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In drug treatment of anxiety
two types of medicine used. For immediate relief of anxiety benzodiazepines group (like ativan
) of medicines are used and for long term relief most commonly SSRI
(selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) (like citalopram
) are used. SSRI takes around 3-4 weeks to show its effect.
Ativan is not used for long term due to risk of addiction. Addiction do not occur with citalopram.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Wish you Good Health.
Dr. Ashish Mittal