There are many different types of anti-anxiety medications on the market today for both men and women that are either quick acting and/or long lasting. Here is a short, yet comprehensive list.
Benzodiazepines, such as Generic Valium, are some of the most highly used medications against generalized anxiety disorder and social phobias. Benzodiazepines are fast acting drugs, but can cause drowsiness and withdrawal symptoms when taken off the medication.
Azaspirones, such as BuSpar, is a drug that is specifically used for generalized anxiety disorder. It is a long lasting drug that starts slowly and is in the system typically between two to four weeks in your system. It does not have bad side effects, cause sedation or memory loss.
Beta blockers lower adrenaline’s effect in your system and can lower some anxiety symptoms, including heart palpitations and sweating. But, beta blockers also lower blood pressure. Beta blockers are fast acting but should not be taken if you suffer from vascular diseases, congestive heart failure, angina, or hyperthyroidism.
Tricyclic antidepressants are non-addictive and therefore long lasting. It aids with anxiety-related disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder by assisting neurotransmitters to return to their normal state in the central nervous system. These medications are known to produce weight gain and are dangerous if overdosed.
What should you be aware of when looking for the right anti-anxiety medication? Discuss with a doctor prior medical conditions and current medications that you are on that might hinder the effectiveness of one of the medications. If you think you are going to be on an anti-anxiety medication for awhile, you should look more toward the long-lasting medications – they are less habit-forming and do not cause withdrawal symptoms. If you are looking for a medication to take on the short term or on an as needed basis, consider a quick acting anti-anxiety medication, but be prepared for withdrawal symptoms and discuss with your doctor the best way to wean off the medication when you no longer need it.