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What medications are used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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Doctors use antidepressant medications to treat PTSD -- and to control the feelings of anxiety and its associated symptoms -- including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paxil, Celexa, Luvox, Prozac, and Zoloft; and tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil and Doxepin. Tranquilizers such as Ativan and Klonopin; mood stabilizers such as Depakote and Lamictal; and neuroleptics such as Seroquel and Abilify are sometimes used. Certain blood pressure medicines are also sometimes used to control particular symptoms. For example prazosin may be used for nightmares, or propranolol may be used to help minimize the formation of traumatic memories.

From: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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