Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

14. How do I know what medication is right for me?

Choosing the right medication, medication dose, and treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation, and done under an expert’s care. Only an expert clinician can help you decide whether the medicine’s ability to help is worth the risk of a side effect. Your doctor may try several medicines before finding the right one.

You and your doctor should discuss the following.

  • How well medicines are working or might work to improve your symptoms.
  • Benefits and side effects of each medicine.
  • Risk for a serious side effects based on your medical history.
  • How likely the medicines will require lifestyle changes.
  • Costs of each medicine.
  • Other alternative therapies, medicines, vitamins, and supplements you are taking and how these may affect your treatment.
  • How the medication should be stopped. Some drugs can’t be stopped abruptly but must be tapered off slowly under a doctor’s supervision.

(Please note that any information on this website regarding medications for anxiety disorders is provided for educational purposes only and may be outdated. Information about medications changes frequently.)

For more information on medications, see Mental Health Medications from the National Institute of Mental Health.

For the latest information on warnings, patient medication guides, or newly approved medications, visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.