Is there medication you can take for stress?
Over the last year I have been becoming increasingly stressed over the smallest things.
At first I would go to the gym to destress but now there is nothing that helps me, and I am starting to be completely overwhelmed. Is there anything the doctor can give me to help?
- MathieuLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
There are dozens of medications to treat anxiety disorders.
You should see your general practitioner and he can evaluate your problem, determine if any physical problem could be to blame, and figure out what type of anxiety disorder you may have.
Basically there are two groups of medication
1) benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Rivotril/Klonopin (clonazepam). The advantage with these drugs are they work almost instantly (20-60 min), they don't have a lot of side effects, and the ones that most commonly occur are mild and normally dissipate quickly like sleepiness and dizziness. These drugs are often used short term or as needed since these drugs do have an abuse potential. If you have a personal history of substance abuse (particularly to alcohol or barbiturates) make sure to tell the doctor. Although they are typically used short term it can be appropriate to use them long term in some situations and they have been shown to be effective long term. However selective tolerance occurs so the sedation, possible hypnotic effects, and mild euphoria some people have tend to go away quickly. However they retain their anti-anxiety effects long term. Long term use can also cause physical dependency, this is not the same as addiction, it simply means that the body adapts to having the drug and stopping the drug cold turkey can cause physical withdrawal. But if the drug is stopped slowly withdrawal can almost always be avoided. 1/3- 1/2 of long term users develop some physical dependency. Depending on what anxiety disorder you have (probably generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)) would determine the best medication. For GAD Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam) are typically best. Xanax (alprazolam) is certainly a good option and I would avoid Klonopin (US brand name)/Rivotril (international brand name) (clonazepam) since it is the only drug I listed not actually approved for any anxiety disorder except panic disorder and there is a reason it not approved for other anxiety disorders. All of these drugs are dirt cheap.
2) Antidepressants, particularly SSRI class including Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Celexa (citalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), and Cipralex/Lexapro (escitalopram). These drugs are also used to treat depression so they are often better for people with depression and anxiety. A big downside is that it can take 4-6 weeks for these medications to start to work and they can worsen anxiety initially. Sometimes benzodiazepines are used until antidepressants start to work. Antidepressants tend to have more severe and more frequent side effects and since they must be taken daily they are not typically best for people who only need occasional medication. But they are not addictive however they can cause a type of physical dependency and the medications, when taken long term, needs to be stopped slowly. Zoloft and Cipralex (brand name in Canada, Europe) Lexapro (brand name in The US) are the best medications, they have the fewest side effects, risk of physical dependency is lower, and they are more effective. I would avoid Celexa (citalopram) and I would stay clear of Paxil (paroxetine). Cipralex/Lexapro is still brand name and VERY expensive, the rest are cheap. So, due to the price, Zoloft is normally the best initial option.
Very few studies have compared SSRI's with benzodiazepines, those that have been done almost always show that antidepressants and benzodiazepines are equally as effective.Source(s): I am a medical student (M.D., C.M.) at a university in Montréal, QC, Canada for psychiatry and internal medicine. I have a Hons. BSc in pharmacology and I have interned with two psychiatrists and one neurologist. I have also worked as a pharmacy assistant. I have an anxiety disorder.
- 10 years ago
Yes, of course! Just go and see your doctor and tell him how you feel and he will give you recommendations and possible medication to reduce your anxiety. There are all sorts of medications you can take for overwhelming stress and these can be both prescription medication or natural remedies which you can purchase from the supermarket or pharmacy.
However, I encourage you to think about what's making you feel so overwhelmed? Has something happened in your life which started all this? Are you getting worked up over work or school? Try and think about what is causing it, and then work from there.
Meditation is also good for reducing stress, and when you get in the 'overwhelmed' state, just take a minute to breathe deeply a few times (breathe in...breathe out...relax...repeat). Also, music can help you relax, as well as going for a walk, run, swim...or anything else which you are into.
Perhaps you could start a journal or something and each time you get stressed out, write down what the cause was and how you are feeling. And then see if there is a correlation.
Good luck xx
- 4 years ago
Oh dear. Am sorry you are not getting on well with idea of the beta blockers, they can drop blood pressure lower and that's not aways pleasant if your BP wasn't high in the first place.That's the main trouble with them. All drugs have side effects and most people don't actually get many or any of them. Sometimes a drop in BP is a good side effect for some! As for herbal remedies the best thing for anxiety and stress is whats in Kalms in most supermarkets, pharmacists or online supplement firms. The ingredients are Valerian, Hops and Passion Flower. Don't buy the Kalms ones they are too expensive get Tesco's own brand it's exactly the same ingredients. A green plastic tub in alternative health aisle marked Stress Relief. Good luck
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- 4 years ago
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- Anonymous10 years ago
Hurting people hurt others. It's not you.. They are the ones who have a problem. They are sick and being mean makes them feel better. People/kids/parents do mean things or lie to manipulate. They just want the reaction so they can get high feel good from it. You have to look at the agenda and not just the words. Abuse is anything that's not uplifting so forget what truth is being used right then.
When they or you have been thru a bad past/rejection/father gone it makes things start. So called disorders such as Bipolar, cutting, OCD, anxiety, panic attacks,hearing voices can all come from a tramautic past. It opens doors to the negative and things like addicitons, cravings also. You can talk to me or google "emotional abuse" Knowing the truth is the step to freedom from pain.
Sickness can be a spiritual problem so praying to get rid of negative things of a spiritual nature is often needed after years of abuse.
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- ?Lv 510 years ago
A certain level of stress is unavoidable, in modern society, so it is a good idea to develop effective coping methods. Light to moderate daily exercise combats stress. For some people, it helps to visualise a quiet, relaxing scene (imagine, as vividly as you can, that you are on a tropical beach, reclining comfortably; you luxuriate, as the the sun warms you, and a gentle breeze caresses your skin lightly, inhaling the tangy, sea scented, salt laden spray from the sparkling, translucent, aqua waves, crashing on the white, coral beach sand, and feeling the hot sand slip through your fingers in one hand, sipping your favorite drink with the other; all the while, the seagulls call, swoop and cavort playfully overhead in a cloudless, azure sky: you feel just like one of them, free to soar and cartwheel, or just glide in the heavy, humid air, and that this moment will last forever). Go to: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/MM0062... & http://www.healthjourneys.com/free_audio.asp & www.meditainment.com/stress-buster & http://www.freehypnosistreatment.com/meditationtre... & http://www.meditainment.com/free-meditation-conten... & www.healthjourneys.com which are all free. Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily; (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it.
See: Mercola.com SEARCHBAR: "krill oil". The supplement DHEA is thought to counter the stress hormone, Cortisol. Ginseng & Lady's Slipper are recommended herbal remedies. Progressive Muscle Relaxation http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.htm... can be learned quickly, and takes only several minutes Also: http://www.mindtools.com/smpage.html & http://relaxationemporium.com/ & http://tinyurl.com/29so4u & at www.lessons4living.com there is an audio demonstration. At Amazon.com there are: "sounds of the ocean", & "ambient rain sound", & "mountain river sounds" via the searchbar. You could repeat: "I feel calm" and/or "I can handle this.", or employ the EFT version for use in public, for which you can reasonably claim that you have a headache, as you use the acupressure massage/tapping on your temples, but it may be advisable to restrict yourself to subvocalising (saying it to yourself, in your mind, not aloud). "Even though I sometimes suffer from stress, I deeply and completely accept myself". www.mercola.com searchbar: "EFT", & "EFT therapists" or www.tapping.com (13 free videos) - professional is best. Practise a daily relaxation method, such as http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditat... or www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Yoga Nidra, (a series of easy mental exercises only; no flexibility required) at http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_25.html or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Options: A massage (at least neck and shoulders) with jasmine, lavender, juniper, and/or bergamot, or German chamomile essential oils added to the massage oil, and to a warm bath, preferably beforehand, to help make any tension knots and muscles more pliant (others may only want, say, a sandalwood & juniper, mix; check first).Source(s): Aromatherapy: http://www.aromaweb.com & http://www.aromatherapy.com/essentialoils & http://www.naturesgift.com/infomenu.htm & http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au and/or long, stretching yoga exercises, or T'ai Chi. Most people are suggestible, to some degree, so you could either seek professional hypnotherapy, or more alternatives along such lines are on page M, at your-mental-health.8m.com To relieve stress, and tension, allow your head to drop down slowly as far as it will go, then very slowly rotate it, (without turning your face to the left, or right) keeping at maximum extension all the way. Then go back the opposite way; TAKE YOUR TIME! Repeat as necessary.