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Old 11-19-2010, 04:23 AM   #1
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Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

If I go to my primary doc and ask for a prescription for anxiety problems (without going into details about my OCD) will the medication help the OCD?

 
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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

I believe only certain anxiolytics would allow you to respond depending on your OCD symptoms. Actually anxiety is the most common symptom of OCD. Thus reduce the anxiety, reduce the obsessions and compulsions. Please do not be afraid or embarrassed to talk to your doctor. There may be other meds that he will need to prescribe which may include antidepressants. Also you may need to attend counseling to help you with your symptoms. Sincerely, searchin

 
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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

If you mean a tranquiliser (like Valium, Ativan, Xanax) then the answer is no.

An SSRI antidepressant would probably help (Prozac, Zolfot, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro) but you may need more than the "basic" dose used in simple depression.

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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

Thank you Searchin and Jonnstar.

The reason I don't want to go into details about my OCD with my doctor: I have no mental health care insurance, and a very limited income. If my doctor wants me to go to a psychiatrist for treatment, instead of prescribing something himself, I'd be up a creek without a paddle. I was hoping anti-anxiety medication will take the edge off my symptoms for now.

 
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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

Ask for a trial of Zoloft or one of the others, starting at the "standard" dose. and increasing after a month to a double dose if you need to.

Most doctors regularly prescribe these for depressed people, so s/he should be comfortable doing that, especialy if you have no insurance. The SSRI's are considerded the "gold standard" for OCD.
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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

There are antidepressents that help with OCD...Lexapro...Celexa...I have used both with great results.
I was given both at different times in my life for anxiety and obsessive thinking....

 
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Re: Does anti-anxiety med work on OCD

This information is from the OCD Foundation:
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