Several types of medications can improve control over anxiety. There are certain drugs that can control physical and mental symptoms of an anxiety disorder, for instance: benzodiazepines, antidepressants and tricyclic antidepressants.
Benzodiazepines: have robust efficacy in the short-term management of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), but were not shown effective in producing long-term improvement overall.
Antidepressants: Antidepressants are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) that has failed to respond to conservative measures such as education and self-help activities. GAD is a common disorder of which the central feature is excessive worry about a number of different events. Key symptoms include excessive anxiety about multiple events and issues, and difficulty controlling worrisome thoughts that persists for at least 6 months. Antidepressants provide a modest-to-moderate reduction in anxiety in GAD.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs): TCAs are often used in the treatment of several anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia (SP) also known as social anxiety disorder (SAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Other medications one might try to treat anxiety disorders include:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
Seek medical help in case the side effects of the aforementioned medications intensify over time.