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Is lorazepam better or escitalopram for anxiety? And what about sertraline? Please answer any psychiatrist.

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Dear sir, lorazepam is an immediate acting medication whereas escitalopram and sertraline provide benefits gradually over time. But lorazepam can be habit forming and is more like symptomatic treatment without treating the cause. Escitalopram and sertraline are not habit forming and more than just symptomatic treatment. In any case, the choice of appropriate medication must be made by a qualified psychiatrist. There are many factors to be considered before starting any of these medications. Take care!
There is nothing called better or inferior. All medications are tailored to an individual depending on the symptoms, response and tolerability. Over the Counter self medication and self medication by googling is dangerous to one's body and mind. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine and can cause severe dependence and side effects on a longer run. Escitalopram ad Sertraline are SSRI's and need to be prescribed carefully adjusting/ titrating dosage by a psychiatrist. Hope this info helps.
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