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Non-addictive Anxiety Medication: 5 Best Drug Options

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Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
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Dr. David Toomey

DO

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The medications listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only. Their inclusion does not guarantee that they will be prescribed to any individual, as treatment decisions are ultimately at the discretion of healthcare providers. This list is not exhaustive, and healthcare providers may prescribe other medications, including non-stimulant options, based on the patient’s unique health circumstances and needs. Read more

The symptoms of anxiety are overwhelming, and as the day proceeds, the symptoms can escalate. Approximately 40 billion Americans suffer from anxiety at some point in their life. However, the combination of professional help and anxiety medications are the most effective methods to control anxiety. The stigma surrounding anxiety medications remains a barrier to care.

Are There Non-addictive Anti-anxiety Medications?

Yes. Anti-anxiety medications can be both non-addictive and potentially addictive. This blog will focus on effective non-addictive medication options, how these medications work, and their possible side effects.

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A List of 5 Non-addictive Anxiety Medication Options:

If you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, your mental health professional will determine which non-addictive anxiety medication would be best for your condition. All prescribed medication should  be taken under the direction of certified mental health experts.

Below is the list of the most frequently prescribed non-addictive anxiety medication options;

  1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
  2. Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
  3. Hydroxyzine (Vistaril)
  4. Buspirone (Buspar)
  5. Beta-Blockers

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs):

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are drugs commonly prescribed for depression, but these medications have also shown great potency in managing the symptoms of anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors work by increasing the amount of a particular brain chemical known as serotonin. This neurotransmitter is primarily responsible for boosting mood. These medications are very effective for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The most common SSRIs include the following medicines;

  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Citalopram (Celexa)

Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs):

SNRIs are most commonly prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Similar to the mechanism of action of SSRIs, which increase the level of serotonin, SNRIs also act on the reuptake of norepinephrine (another brain chemical responsible for alertness). These medications are known to produce positive mood effects. Examples of SNRIs include;

  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Hydroxyzine (Vistaril):

Hydroxyzine is a fast-acting non-addictive anxiety medication. This medication  is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety attacks and panic attacks. The effects of hydroxyzine are temporary, but more immediate. The mechanism of action of this medication is in helping to balance the neurotransmitters of the brain (serotonin and histamine). This improved balance helps to regulate mood by acting primarily on the histamine receptors.

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Buspirone (Buspar):

The mechanism of action of buspirone is similar to that of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRI’s; buspirone is very selective and acts on a single subtype of a serotonin receptor.

Beta-blockers:

Beta-blockers are also a widely used non-addictive anxiety medication and help to temporarily relieve the symptoms of anxiety. The medication targets the specific hormone (adrenaline) by blocking its effects. Adrenaline has a crucial role in producing the fight or flight response, which often exacerbates anxiety. Beta-blockers are not usually the first-line option for treating anxiety, as they do not change the brain’s overall chemical balance. The results produced by beta-blockers are temporary, and are used to target specific symptoms of anxiety: tachycardia, sweating, and rapid breathing.

Some common beta-blocker medications are as follows;

NOTE: All prescribed medication should be taken under the proper guidance  of a certified and licensed mental health professional.

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Side Effects of Non-addictive Anxiety Medication

The table below summarizes the non-addictive anxiety medication side effects:

Non-addictive Anxiety Medication

Side Effects

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Withdrawal effects
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual problems
  • Visual disturbances

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Vertigo
  • Constipation
  • Decreased libido

Hydroxyzine

  • Chest discomfort
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Skin rashes
  • Face puffiness
  • Shortness of breath

Buspirone

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Excitement
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

Beta-blockers

  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness

The side effects of the non-addictive anxiety medications usually subside after three to four weeks. However, promptly report to your mental health professional if the side effects don’t subside and you experience any adverse reactions. When prescribed non-addictive anxiety medications, don’t stop taking them on your own because some of the medications are associated with withdrawal effects. Instead, talk to your doctor about tapering your dose.

Coping Techniques to Manage Anxiety at Home

Although non-addictive anxiety medication remains the standard option for the treatment of anxiety, some evidence-based self-coping skills can accelerate the recovery process, these include;

  • Practicing progressive relaxation techniques
  • Guided meditation
  • Exercising daily for 30 minutes can release particular chemical substances called endorphins, which help to boost mood
  • Listening to music is also known to relieve anxiety
  • Perform square breathing: breath in (inhale) for 5 seconds; next, hold the breath for 5 seconds. Finally, breathe out (exhale) for 5 seconds. Pause for some time and repeat.

Get Professional Help

Non-addictive anxiety medication can help to manage  symptoms and lower their impact in your daily routine. Some adverse effects are associated with non-addictive anxiety medications, but these usually are temporary and subside within a few weeks. Any prescribed medication should be taken under the strict guidance of a licensed mental health expert. Obtain comprehensive professional help from MEDvidi and access the effective treatment options at the most competitive price.

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Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
Reviewer:

Dr. David Toomey

DO
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