At Teen Anxiety, part of our teen anxiety treatment involves the provision of appropriate medications to help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. As a trusted Southern California Teen Anxiety Treatment Center, we carefully evaluate the condition and symptoms of our clients first before prescribing any medication as part of their treatment program.
Medications for Anxiety
To better understand the role of medications in a teen’s treatment program, here are some commonly used medications used for anxiety and what their functions are:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
SSRIs, such as fluoxetine, citalopram, sertraline, paroxetine, and escitalopram, have been shown to be effective in treating all anxiety disorders. SSRIs relieve anxiety symptoms by blocking the reuptake or reabsorption of serotonin, which helps improve an individual’s mood. Possible side effects may include weight gain, sleepiness, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction.
Benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam, alprazolam, diazepam, and clonazepam, are typically used for treating anxiety on a short-term basis. These medications are effective in reducing muscular tension and other physical symptoms experienced by individuals with anxiety. Possible side effects may include drowsiness, sleep disturbances, weakness, sedation, and unsteadiness.
Tricyclic Antidepressants, such as imipramine, nortriptyline, and amitriptyline, have been shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety. They can be used to elevate an individual’s depressed mood and have been shown to reduce panic attacks. Possible side effects may include dry mouth, insomnia, constipation, and blurry vision.
At our Teen Treatment Center in Los Angeles, we use different medications depending on the teens’ conditions and severity of their symptoms. We thoroughly evaluate our clients first before we prescribe any medications for their treatment to ensure their safety, health, and well-being.
If you have any questions regarding our medications and other programs for Teen Anxiety Treatment in Los Angeles, California, please contact us at 888-248-1278 or Set an Appointment now.