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The World Health Organization recommends against the use of benzodiazepines and antidepressants in those having experienced trauma. Some evidence supports the use of hydrocortisone for prevention in adults, however there is limited or no evidence supporting propranolol, escitalopram, temazepam, or gabapentin.
Benzodiazepines or other Opioids.
Some doctors may prescribe a type of anxiety medication called benzodiazepines (or benzos) – but benzodiazepines aren’t a good treatment for PTSD. They can be addictive, cause other mental health problems, and make PTSD therapy less effective.
When you have PTSD, you may not have enough of certain chemicals in your brain that
help you manage stress. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) are medications that can help raise the level of these chemicals in your brain so you feel better. Sertraline, paroxetine, and fluoxetine are SSRIs that work for PTSD. Venlafaxine is an SNRI that is effective.
If you’ve been taking benzodiazepines for a long time, talk to your doctor about making a plan to stop. Ask about PTSD treatments that are proven to work and other ways to manage your anxiety.