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

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

Journal of Clinical PsychiatryNew Perspectives for Treating GAD , , 2004.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

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

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

Journal of Clinical PsychiatryNew Perspectives for Treating GAD , , 2004.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

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