Stay Alert for Common Errors With Anxiety Meds

Recent spot shortages of buspirone will raise questions about meds to treat anxiety in adults.

SSRI (sertraline, etc) or SNRI (venlafaxine, etc) antidepressants are usually used first if meds are needed for anxiety...they have the best evidence. But it can take about 2 to 4 weeks to start seeing benefit.

Watch for common mix-ups. For example, it can be easy to mistake citalopram for escitalopram...or duloxetine for paroxetine or fluoxetine.

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