Anxiety Medication

Written On: March 23, 2016

By: Phillip Stewart

If you have an anxiety disorder you might need medciation as part of your treatment. Medication does help in its own way. However there are also the side effects and concerns you may have to deal with. If you feel that medication is the way to go for your treatment then it is the time to talk to your doctor. Many medications can come for anxiety treatment.. However they are not meant to be seen as a permanent cure for your anxiety. If you are on a medication it is highly advised that you take it along with a form of therapy, self-exercise, or even natural remedies.

Anti-Anxiety Medication 

Anti-Anxiety drugs are also known as tranquilizers in a sense. These mediations work by relieving anxiety by slowing down the nervous system. The relaxing effect has made these medications quite the item. They are mostly prescribed as sleeping pills or muscle relaxants. It can be quite nice to get that relief. Some types of these drugs include:

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Klonopin

These drugs are typically fast acting which in fact means that they are very effective medications. They usually bring relief in about twenty-thirty minutes after taking them. With the benefits, however, also comes the side effect. What are some side effects that can come with taking anti-anxiety medication? woman is feeling sleepy in the office

  • Sleepiness 
  • Drowsy
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Reduced brain activity
  • Impaired thinking or judgment
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Mania
  • Hostility
  • Upset Stomach

Anti-Depressant Medication

Did you know that a majority of the medications used for depression treatment have been also approved to treat anxiety? In fact antidepressants are preferred over the basic anti-anxiety drugs. They also have lower risks and the risk of abuse is also smaller. Antidepressants take up to at least six weeks to start relieving symptoms. If your anxiety require ongoing or long term treatment antidepressants might come recommended for you.

Symptoms of Antidepressants woman lying and holding her head due to dizziness

  • Weight gain 
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Sleepiness
  • Nervousness


A new form of anxiety medication has been come to be known by the name Busipirone or Buspar for short. It acts as a sedative by releasing serotonin levels in the brain. It is slow acting and takes about 2-3 weeks to work. It has quite the advantage since it does not impair memory or coordination. Other side effects are very minimal and it does not feel that addictive. If you are suffering from anxiety talk to your doctor today and discuss medication options. Do not wait any longer to deal with your symptoms.