Rosacea: An Introduction

Anti-Anxiety Drug Treatment

In the absence of the ability to relax, exercise away stress or manage stress adequately by other means, anti-anxiety medications may be of short-term benefit:

  • Xanax (alprazolam) - a benzodiazapene similar to Valium (diazepam), but with shorter-lasting and more predictable effects. Not generally recommended for use beyond 2-3 weeks. Habit-forming potential is high.
  • Buspar (busprione) is non habit-forming but takes 2 weeks to have a therapeutic effect, so is not useful on an "as needed" basis. Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, restless and dizziness.

Anti-Depressants for Rosacea

  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)

These are generally free of side effets, however somnolence, insomnia, nervousness and sexual dysfunction can occur. These usually disappear after a few weeks use, but not always and can be of great concern to many individuals.

Anti-depressants should not be used alone in rosacea cases where any form of bipolar disorder is a present.

Anti-depressants should be used with caution in suicidal rosacea patients.


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