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Medications for Social Anxiety Disorder

Medications for social anxiety disorder (SAD) include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and beta blockers. In general, SSRIs have become the medication treatment of choice for SAD.

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What Medications are Approved by the U.S. FDA for Treating SAD?
Learn which medications have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Medications for Social Anxiety Disorder
Medications for social anxiety disorder include a range of options, such as benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Medications for Anxiety: Drug Benefits, Risks and Side Effects
This in-depth article from Helpguide.org discusses the benefits and risks of taking medication for anxiety, guidelines for using medication, and an overview of all of the major types of medication used to treat anxiety diosrders. This is a good place to start if your doctor has recommended medication for your social anxiety, or if have been given a prescription already.

Valium
Valium is a benzodiazepine used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

Klonopin
Klonopin is a benzodiazepine used primarily in the treatment of panic disorder.

Lexapro
Lexapro is an SSRI used in the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

Effexor XR
Effexor XR is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used in the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.

Ativan
Ativan is a benzodiazepine used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and short-term anxiety.

Xanax
Xanax is a benzodiazepine used primarily in the treatment of panic disorder.

Vistaril
Vistaril is a medication used in treating anxiety disorders and short-term anxiety.

BuSpar
BuSpar is an anti-anxiety medication used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and short-term anxiety.

Luvox CR: A Drug Used for Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Luvox CR is a prescription medication for social anxiety disorder treatment. Learn about the potential side effects and who should not take this medication.

Zoloft
Zoloft is a prescription medication used to treat social anxiety disorder. Learn about the potential side effects and who should not take this medication.

Paxil CR
Paxil CR is a prescription medication used to treat Social Anxiety Disorder. Learn about the potential side effects and who should not take this medication.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medication for Social Anxiety Disorder. Learn about how SSRIs work and what the possible side effects are.

Prozac
Prozac is an SSRI used in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.

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