Finding the right ptsd medication can be like finding the right oil for your car. Sometimes you will have to try out some different types of ptsd medication to find the one that works.
ptsd medication comes in many different forms, there is so much choice on the market today when it comes to ptsd medication. Your doctor and or your therapist will be able to help you through this mind field of drugs.
Personally I have found the SSRI's to be the best ptsd medication for me. They seemed to help me through my darkest time. In my own experience I have found that remaining on ptsd medication for long periods of time tends to have a numbing effect on me and is not recommended.
In addition I had to trial a few different ptsd medication drugs before I found the right type of ptsd treatment that worked best for me. Everyone is different however and you will need to find what works best for you, just remember ptsd medication can be addictive (even if they say it isn't), it's best to use wisely employ other methods of dealing with the condition.
- NYC Couples Therapist Irina Firstein
PTSD Medication Chart
|Drug Class||Brand Name||Generic Name||How It's Thought to Work||Personal Experience|
|Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)||Celexa
Luvox CR †
Paxil * †
Prozac * †
|Affects the concentration and activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical in the brain thought to be linked to anxiety disorders.||It took a good a couple of weeks to see a bit of a lift in my mood. I found the dosage took a good few weeks to be finalised. I did find that at times I was very numb about things and that I didn't seem to feel a lot. Did work for a while. Helped me through the hardest time.|
|Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)||Adapin *
|Affects the concentration and activity of the eurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, chemicals in the brain thought to be linked to anxiety disorders.||Before I tried a SSRI I did try one of these but I found my moods went quiet eratic and didn't really agree with me.|
|Alpha Blocker||Minipress *
||Prazosin||ptsd (nightmares)||I personally haven't tried this but have read that in some candidates it is quiet effective.|
|Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)||Marplan *
|Blocks the effect of an important brain enzyme, preventing the breakdown of serotonin and norepinephrine.||This ptsd Medication group is again said to be effective. I again have not tried this one.|
|Affects the concentration of the neurotransmitters serotonin and/or norepinephrine, chemicals in the brain thought to be linked to anxiety disorders.||This ptsd Medication group is again said to be effective. I again have not tried this one.|
We hope you find the above information helpful and you find relief from the suffering of this illness. For more general PTSD information, help and explanations visit the post traumatic stress section.