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What medications are used to treat depression?

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When treating anxiety disorders, antidepressants, particularly the SSRIs, have been shown to be effective.

Other anti-anxiety drugs include the benzodiazepines, such as as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan). These drugs do carry a risk of addiction or tolerance (meaning that higher and higher doses become necessary to achieve the same effect), so they are not as desirable for long-term use. Other possible side effects include drowsiness, poor concentration, and irritability. Some anticonvulsant drugs (such as gabapentin [Neurontin] or pregabalin [Lyrica]) and some atypical antipsychotics (such as aripiprazole or quetiapine or Seroquel) are also occasionally used "off label" to treat anxiety symptoms or disorders.

SOURCE: News release, FDA. WebMD: "Mental Health: Medications Used to Treat Mental Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 23, 2017

SOURCE: News release, FDA. WebMD: "Mental Health: Medications Used to Treat Mental Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 23, 2017

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