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Anxiety Disorders Treatment

What are the benefits of non-benzodiazepines for anxiety?

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  • AMichael Mufson, MD, Psychiatry, answered
    Non-benzodiazepines are prescribed for insomnia, a common symptom in anxiety disorders. Medications such as zaleplon (Sonata), zolpidem (Ambien), and eszopiclone (Lunesta) have begun replacing the benzodiazepines because they are just as effective, but shorter-acting. This means that they're less likely to cause side effects, tolerance, or withdrawal symptoms.
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