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Pharmacotherapy

Michael Van Ameringen and Mark H. Pollack

in Generalized Anxiety Disorders

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199557837
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199607341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199557837.003.0005

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Pharmacotherapy

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• A broad range of agents have been found to be efficacious in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). • Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, serotonin noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitors, pregabalin, and the benzodiazepines are typical first-line pharmacological treatments. • First-line agents have been shown to be effective in the long-term and to prevent relapse. • There are few evidence-based strategies for treatment of refractory GAD, but augmentation with atypical antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, pregabalin, or cognitive-behavioural therapy may be helpful.

Chapter.  7372 words. 

Subjects: Pharmacology

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