What types of anxiety meds work for your loved ones? My son is on 100mg haldol injection once a month. He has recently been complaining about having anxiety so they prescribed Hydroxyzine 50mg up to 3 times a day as needed. He says it doesn’t do anything and from what I understand it is basically just an antihistamine (I didn’t tell him that though). Any suggestions on what might work better for him?
Try to keep him off benzodiazepines. They’re extremely addictive. Check out Buspar. But the lower doses don’t help, trust me. But the higher doses can be very beneficial
@Cat_Nip You are right that it is a antihistamine, but it has mildly sedating effects. It’s just like benedryl being used for sleep and it is also a antihistamine. My son has a hydroxyzine prescription as well to take as needed for anxiety. He hardly takes it and I don’t really know how much it was helping him when he was taking it.
But I can tell you from my own experience with it, as a med for anxiety with flying, that it can take the edge off.
I agree with @Zannah about trying to avoid benzos for the reason stated. They can be great for someone who needs something every once in a big while for a specific situation. But as an everyday prn anxiety med the risk of addiction is high.
He actually asked for something he could take daily, to prevent the anxiety before it starts rather than after the fact. I suggested something along the lines of Zoloft but they prescribed the hydroxyzine. I agree something other than benzos would be best. I just hate that what they gave him isn’t giving him relief.
I will ask them about Buspar! Thanks @Zannah !
Just remember that if it doesn’t work at all, a higher dose is probably needed. I think it’s usually 40-60 mg that helps
Clonazapam works pretty well for my daughter.