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How is anti-anxiety medicine used to help with generalized anxiety disorder?

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If you have acute anxiety (marked by panic attacks), you will likely need to take an anti-anxiety medicine. The most prominent of anti-anxiety drugs are those known as benzodiazepines. But benzodiazepines sometimes cause drowsiness, irritability, dizziness, memory and attention problems, and physical dependence.

Another anti-anxiety drug is buspirone (Buspar). Buspar, however, can have its own side effects and may not always be as effective when a person has taken benzodiazepines in the past.

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide, Oxford University Press, 2005. 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition, 2000. 

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, New Perspectives for Treating GAD, 2004.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 29, 2020

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide, Oxford University Press, 2005. 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition, 2000. 

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, New Perspectives for Treating GAD, 2004.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 29, 2020

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