Anti-Anxiety Medications List


Below is a list of the most commonly prescribed drugs for anti-anxiety or anxiety disorders.

This list is not meant to be complete, nor is it meant to replace a discussion with one's health care provider regarding the proper medication to be prescribed for anxiety disorders.


  • Valium (generic name: diazepam)
  • Xanax (generic name: alprazolam)
  • Ativan (generic name: lorazepam)
  • Klonopin ((generic name: clonazepam)
  • Librium (generic name: chlordiazepoxide
  • Serax (generic name: oxazepam

Antidepressants: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

  • Prozac (generic name: fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (generic name: sertraline)
  • Paxil (generic name: paroxetine)
  • Luvox (generic name: fluvoxamine)
  • Lexapro (generic name: escitalopram oxalate
  • Celexa (generic name: citalopram)

Antidepressants: Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

  • Effexor (generic name: venlafaxine)
  • Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine)

Antidepressants: Tricyclics

  • Elavil (generic name: amitriptyline)
  • Anafranil (generic name: clomipramine)
  • Tofranil (generic name: imipramine)
  • Aventyl (generic name: nortriptyline)
  • Sinequan (generic name: doxepin)

MAO Inhibitors

  • Nardil (generic name: phenelzine)
  • Parnate (generic name: tranylcypromine)


  • Tenormin (generic name: atenolo)
  • Inderal (generic name: propranolol)

There are of course others than don't fall into a nice, neat drug category, such as Desyrel (generic name: trazodone). Only your health care provider can determine which medication is best for you according to their diagnosis of your condition.

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