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Posted by med_empowered on August 31, 2005, at 21:42:34

In reply to PROZAC, posted by lotus on August 31, 2005, at 21:22:58

SSRIs...including Prozac...have helped me a little bit with social anxiety. On the downside, they can make some people feel "wired" and there's the possibility of akathisia, (hypo)mania, insomnia, sexual problems, etc. On the upside...when they work, they work without the sedation that you get from benzos, and they can help with co-occuring depression as well. So..its a mixed bag. I wouldn't recommend using an SSRI alone for anxiety unless its mild...if you're having panic attacks or staying away from important social events, you really need more aggressive treatment. An SSRI, maybe some Buspar, a benzo, maybe some propranolol...that kind of combo *will* help tremendously. Single-drug treatment with an SSRI is a lot more iffy.




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