Anxiety Home > More Anxiety Drugs and Questions for Your Doctor
In addition to anxiety medications and certain antidepressants, other medications may be used for anxiety treatment. Beta blockers, such as propranolol (Inderal®), metoprolol (Lopressor®), or atenolol (Tenormin®), are often used to treat heart conditions, but have also been found to be helpful for certain anxiety disorders, particularly social phobia. When a feared situation, such as giving an oral presentation, can be predicted in advance, your doctor may prescribe a beta blocker that can be taken to keep your heart from pounding, your hands from shaking, and other physical symptoms from developing.
Before taking medication to treat anxiety:
- Ask your doctor to tell you about the effects and side effects of the drug he or she is prescribing.
- Tell your doctor about any alternative therapies or over-the-counter medications you are using.
- Ask your doctor when and how the medication will be stopped. Some drugs can't safely be stopped abruptly; they have to be tapered slowly under a physician's supervision.
- Be aware that some medications are effective in anxiety disorders only as long as they are taken regularly and symptoms may occur again when the medications are discontinued.
- Work with your doctor to determine the right dosage of the right medication to treat your anxiety disorder.