anxiety meds?

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I was given some lorazepam as a short term aid, but I only have 2 or so pills left. What medications are there for anxiety that are slightly more long term and not as addictive. Got a doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon so I will chat about it then. I just wanted to know what people were on and how it affects them

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    Long term anti anxiety meds isn't really what they ate designed for. Most often meds will help support you while you deal with the cause of the anxiety, I'm therapy etc, but they aren't really meant to be taken long term
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    Hi Weeasy. I copied this from the NHS  website- In most cases, the first medication you will be offered will be a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). This type of medication works by increasing the level of a chemical called serotonin in your brain.

    Examples of SSRIs you may be prescribed include sertraline, escitalopram and paroxetine.

    SSRIs can be taken on a long-term basis but, as with all antidepressants, they can take several weeks to start working. You will usually be started on a low dose, which will gradually be increased as your body adjusts to the medicine.

     Hope that helps. Good luck. Xx

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    Totally agree with Tracy, and sometimes old fashioned Tricyclics like clomipramine in low dose (10mg-25mg) or beta blockers (can slow down the rapid heart rate) and eventually a course of CBT.
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    I take: 

    Mirtazapine which is supposedly an antidepressant but really just helps sleep and feel a bit less anxious.

    Propanolol which lowers my heart rate so makes me a little less physically anxious.

    Amisulpride which is an antipsychotic but in low dosages work for anxiety, kinda just makes me think/worry less

    I also take diazepam or lorazepam when things get really bad or I can't cope, but same as you just for short term. Despite all the meds I still feel anxious and depressed. Good luck finding the meds right for you smile x

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