The antidepressants most widely prescribed for anxiety are SSRIs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa. SSRIs have been used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), both SSRIs and SNRIs are first in line,” she says. She added that the most commonly prescribed medications to treat both depression and anxiety are SSRIs and SNRIs. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of medications that have a broad therapeutic range
Antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are widely used to treat and prevent a variety of anxiety disorders. Antihistamines and beta-blockers can help mild cases of anxiety as well as performance anxiety, a type of social anxiety disorder.
“Happy pills” — in particular the anxiolytic drugs Miltown and Valium and the antidepressant Prozac — have been spectacularly successful “products” over the last 5 decades, largely because they have widespread off label use. Miltown, launched in the 1950s, was the first “blockbuster” psychotropic drug in the US
Ketamine was originally approved by the FDA as an anesthetic, but is increasingly being used to treat mood disorders such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD