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What Are Some Non-Prescription Anxiety Medications?

Micah Abraham, BSc
What Are Some Non-Prescription Anxiety Medications?

Anxiety medications - sometimes known as anxiolytics or antidepressants - are the fastest way to get some relief from anxiety. By default, a medication works almost instantly (although some take a week or so to be effective enough to matter), and so countless people desperately turn to medicines in order to get that relief.

But not everyone has time to go to a doctor, and not everyone likes  the idea of taking prescription medications. This brings up the  question: are there any non-prescription medications available? What are  the best anxiety medications without a prescription?

Anxiety Medications and Anxiety Conditions

Before discussing medications, it's important to remember that not  all anxiety is the same, just as not all anxiety medications affect  people in the same way. Different medicines affect each person  differently, so there is rarely a simple answer for which medication to  try. 

It's also important to emphasize that medications should never be  taken alone. Anxiety medications can cause physical and psychological  dependency. If you only take anxiety medicine, you can lose the ability  to cope with anxiety without medication. Then, if you stop taking the  medication or it becomes ineffective (some anxiety medications lose  their effectiveness over time), you may severely struggle to cope with  anxiety in the future. Always make sure you're using methods of  controlling anxiety that do not involve medication if you choose to try  an anxiety drug.

The Non-Prescription Anxiety Drug Options

Unfortunately, there are currently no official non-prescription  anxiety medications. That's because anxiety medications, by default,  affect your brain chemistry. The only anxiety medicines that work alter  your neurotransmitter levels, and while some are effective, those  alterations can be dangerous for some people, interact with other  medications, and possibly be abused.

There is no such thing as an anxiety medication without side effects,  and because anxiolytics can be drugs of abuse or interact poorly with  alcohol, they're considered too dangerous in general to be available  without a prescription. Doctors and psychiatrists need to be positive  you have anxiety, to make sure the risks associated with the drugs are  worth the reward.

Non-Prescription Choices

Medication should always be a last resort, but if you are positive  that you're in need of medication, there's no harm in talking to your  doctor. Prescription anxiety medications are fairly inexpensive, and  some — like Buspirone - have fewer side effects than other medications  (although they tend to be weaker).

That said, there are alternatives that can be beneficial for those  that are struggling with anxiety. Consider the following as potential  non-prescription anxiolytic alternatives:

All of these are, of course, available without a prescription. In  addition, it's not inconceivable that some non-prescription option may  be available in the near future. The reality is that pharmaceutical  companies want to develop OTC anxiety medications, since they have the  potential to profit substantially once they do.

Choosing An Alternative to Prescription Medication

Medications do have their place. Even though they use chemicals that  are not natural for the human body, they're not the demon that some  people have made them out to be.

Yet they are also still risky, and anything affecting your brain  isn't something you want to start taking without a doctor's supervision.  So even if a medication was available without a prescription, it may  not be worth taking without a doctor.

In addition, no anxiety medication should be taken without something  to ensure that you can stop taking the medicine someday, and medication  should be avoided in general if there is a way to treat your anxiety  without them.

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