Future of anxiety medications?

Question by agua4211: Future of anxiety medications?
What does the future hold for sufferers of anxiety (social, generalized, panic), in regards to medication? Right now, the main medications that are prescribed are SSRI’s and anti-anxiety agents (Xanax). For many sufferers of anxiety, including myself, these medications offer little in the way of relief (xanax seems to offer only short term relief and has problems with dependency and withdrawal). Do you think they will come out with more promising medications/therapies in the near future (next 20-30 years)? Or will the current medications still dominate?

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Answer by Lisa
I think as research progresses there will be better medications. I just wish they would come out with ones that cause less sexual side effects.

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4 Comments on "Future of anxiety medications?"

  1. Danny
    16/03/2014 at 7:57 pm Permalink

    Wow! great questions. Personally I think the SSRIs and SNRIs are here to stay for some time now. I don’t see much here- just companies claiming they have something new in this category with beter effectivness and less side-effects. – With the accent ofcourse on claiming. Remember that anxiety/depression not only has to do with neurotransmitters- ( neuron-connections) – but actual neural networks/pathways. New medications would have to work in the same way as (for example) CBT.

  2. InSiteFul
    16/03/2014 at 8:43 pm Permalink

    I don’t know about specific medications, but I would offer that any drug that works in our systems does so because we have a natural brain receptor that can “read” that particular chemical. This means that it exists to receive naturally occurring chemicals created within our bodies.
    With anxiety-related issues, which are quite prevalent, our response to environment or thoughts can trigger too much or too little of a chemical which then tumbles into the experience of anxiety and its unpleasant friends.
    There is very interesting research being done on how our very own bodies can be taught/trained/retrained to create the right levels of the chemicals that are involved in these disorders.
    Happily, we can learn from existing, practicing cultures in other traditions to find applications for our society.
    Perhaps these will be solutions with results similar to that the drugs also seek to find.

  3. Andy
    16/03/2014 at 8:47 pm Permalink

    I think that there will be newer medications that have higher success rates and will be able to be used at lower dosages than our current ones (ex: .5mg – 1mg as opposed to 50mg – 100mg.)

  4. robthomasjr2000
    16/03/2014 at 8:48 pm Permalink

    you can bet they will. they will also do more damage and never handle the real problem. if you can drug a society, you can control them. if your income was derived by druggin people, wouldn’t you be searching out ways to “get more clients”?

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