Using Antidepressants for Anxiety
Antidepressants Used As Medication for AnxietyA number of drugs that were originally approved for treating depression have been found to be effective for anxiety disorders. If your healthcare provider prescribes an antidepressant for anxiety, you will need to take it for several weeks before your symptoms start to fade. So it's important to not get discouraged and stop taking these medications before they've had a chance to work.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
- Citalopram (Celexa®)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro®)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac®, Sarafem®, Selfemra™)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox®, Luvox® CR)
- Paroxetine (Paxil®, Pexeva®, Brisdelle™)
- Paroxetine controlled release (Paxil CR®)
- Sertraline (Zoloft®).
SSRIs are prescribed for various types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety disorder (see Anxiety for more information on types of anxiety and see Comparisons of SSRI Antidepressants for more information about which SSRIs are approved for anxiety treatment). SSRIs are often used to treat people who have panic disorder in combination with OCD, social phobia, or depression.