Are you stressed out? If so, you should know there are some medicinal drugs available that can help. Most medications for stress must be prescribed, so make an appointment with your family physician to see what options are available and get started on a treatment program. In the following paragraphs, we will detail a few of the stress meds that your doctor may prescribe.

There are many stress medications on the market right now, and while some have been around for decades, some, such as Buspirone are fairly new. This is a medication that can be categorized as a tranquilizer, but one that’s slower acting and generally safer than stronger ones such as Xanax and Valium. Buspirone increases the serotonin level in the brain, which can help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Unlike stronger tranquilizers, this medication doesn’t usually make people drowsy or cause a loss of memory, which are problems associated with some drugs. And while one reason doctors are now reluctant to prescribe tranquilizers is that they’re often habit forming, Buspirone doesn’t usually have this pitfall. Still, like any medication, some people do experience certain side effects, and these may include upset stomach and dizziness (though that doesn’t mean these are common).

If you would like to maintain a lower weight, you may not want to try some of these medications that reduce your stress. Although this is a prescribed antidepressant that actually works, Xanax can also help you gain weight, something that you may not enjoy if you are on a diet. Most people will take anti-stress medication to improve their health, however gaining weight while taking this drug may actually cause more health problems. Additionally, many people with stress already are prone to being overweight, as overeating is a common response to stress. That is why it is always a good idea to ask about the side effects of any anti-stress medication.

Panic attacks are an especially debilitating type of stress. These may be connected to a stressful situation, or they may appear out of the blue (at least apparently). Either way, these are very upsetting and disruptive experiences, and can make it difficult for the sufferer to even want to leave the house. Medication may be useful at controlling these episodes, though you also should try to find out the cause of them. Among the medications that might be prescribed for panic attacks are antidepressants, as it’s common for people who have these experiences to also be depressed. To help the panic attack symptoms, medications such as SSRIs or sedatives may also be prescribed. Aside from treating your symptoms, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and find out why you’re having these episodes. There are many possible ways to treat stress, and you have to find the one that’s most suitable for your circumstances. Medication is only one possible answer to the problem of stress, though if you’re symptoms are severe, it might be worth considering. While medication is seldom a one-stop solution to all your problems, it can be one part of your overall program to overcome stress once and for all.