Stress Medications

Pop A Pill To Fight Stress

Though there are several alternative stress management techniques that can help you ward of stress, the use of medication becomes inevitable in some cases. Let us take a look at some of the popular categories of medications that can help you fight stress.

Benzodiazepines is a category of stress relief medication that is used to help people who have just dealt with a trauma or an incident that has caused high level of stress. This is a prescription medication and should be used only on the doctor's prescription. Benzodiazepines are one of the most fast acting medications for stress relief. However, this stress relief medication is only meant for short term use. Long term use of benzodiazepine can lead to several unfavorable side effects.

This is yet another popular category of medication used for stress relief. Though most of the antidepressants require a prescription, there are some that are available over the counter too. One of the most common non prescription antidepressant is St. John's wort.  Amidst the prescription antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants (Tofranil), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants (Prozax, Zoloft), and tricyclic antidepressants (Elavil) are the most commonly used.

Anti-anxiety medications
There are several types of anti anxiety medications that can be used to help you overcome stress. Anti anxiety medications are typically used in cohesion with other stress management techniques to help you manage stress. They may be used for both- long term as well as short term. Some of the most commonly used anti anxiety medications include Pamelor, Elavil, Prozac, Buspar and Xanax.

Antipsychotics are one of the most effective medications used for stress relief. These are 'prescription only' medications. Antipsychotics should be taken under strict medical supervision only. These medicines are used to not just treat stress but also prevent a stress relapse. Chlorpromazine and Haloperidol are some of the most commonly used antipsychotics for stress relief.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C, when used in small doses can help you ward off stress effectively. Though Vitamin C is primarily used to boost the immune system, it can work wonders to fight stress as well. Stress causes the wear and tear of both the body as well as the mind. Vitamin restores the wear and tear and helps you function normally. Vitamin C can be consumed in the form of OTC supplements as well as prescription medications.

While these medications are effective in fighting stress, they do come with their fair share of side effects. Thus, it would be wise to opt for them as the last retort. And in case you are using them, make sure you opt for other natural stress management therapies along side.