Acute Stress Disorder: Top Drugs That Work

Friday, 15 Oct 2010 03:41 PM

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Every one of us faces stress at some point, whether it's caused by exams, jobs, a financial crisis, or everyday activities. Stress is an inevitable part of life that often leads to anxiety. But when stress interferes with daily activities, it is considered a stress disorder. In the U.S., 18% of adults suffer from acute stress disorder.

Acute stress disorder treatment calls for medication, psychotherapy, and reducing stress through family or social support. The first step towards treating acute stress disorder is to accept the illness. The second step is to seek help from a medical professional. A psychiatrist is the best person to give advice on medications for acute stress, which includes antidepressant medications and anti-anxiety drugs. It should be understood that acute stress disorder medication does not cure the disorder but keeps the symptoms under control. Psychotherapy is another promising acute stress disorder treatment modality.   

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a kind of stress disorder. PTSD occurs in people who have experienced trauma such as a serious accident claiming the life of a loved one, a natural disaster, an explosion, rape, etc. PTSD can affect anyone, including children. PTSD patients often find it difficult to sleep, concentrate, and have flashbacks of the traumatic event.

 Here are the top drugs that work for acute stress disorder:

1. Serotonergic antidepressant drugs like Prozac given in doses of 10 to 40 mg a day, depending on the severity of the symptoms of acute stress disorder.

2.Paxil is another antidepressant medication used for acute stress disorder treatment. It also treats disturbing psychological symptoms that
develop with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

3.Cymbalta is used for acute stress disorder, as it maintains a mental balance by increasing serotonin and norepinephrine.

4. Zoloft (Sertraline) is used to treat panic attacks by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. It belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors class of antidepressant medications. Almost every type of antidepressants has some side effects, making it mandatory to visit a health care professional for frequent check-ups if you are taking them.

5. Ativan (Lorazepam) and Klonopin (Clonzepam) are anti-anxiety drugs used to manage agitation and anxiety in PTSD patients.

6. Another class of acute stress disorder medications includes benzodiazepines like Xanon (Alprzolam), which decrease abnormal excitement in the brain and treat panic disorders. These are habit-forming drugs and should only be used for short-term therapy.

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