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Successfully treating anxiety can be complicated, but when the patient, family, and doctor work together, what was once complicated becomes much easier. Often patients may not recognize that there is an issue until someone else expresses concern. Many people falsely feel that they should be able to work through any stressful circumstances on their own. While occasional anxiety is typical, persistent, or overwhelming bouts that cause emotional or physical distress can be one of the ailments that make up an anxiety disorder. 

Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or specific phobias all fall under the umbrella term of an Anxiety Disorder. Treatment for any of these issues can include both medications and therapy. While many patients have a hard time understanding how these disorders can adversely affect their health, the dangers are genuine. Not only can anxiety make you sick emotionally, but it can also affect your health as well as your relationships with others. Finding the right treatment is crucial to regaining control over your life and feeling more like yourself.

Who is Effexor for?

 Several medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of an anxiety disorder, Effexor (Venlafaxine) is one of them. Generally thought of as an antidepressant, Effexor can also be useful for treating an anxiety disorder. In the extended-release form, practitioners have found that Effexor was very successful in treating the most common anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety. 

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How Effexor (Venlafaxine) Work

How does Effexor work?

Effexor is an SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant. It is used to help balance serotonin and norepinephrine (chemical messengers) in the brain to decrease nervousness, agitation, and symptoms of depression, as well as to increase energy. 

As a message travels down a nerve in the brain, it causes the end of the cell to release serotonin or norepinephrine. The chemicals then enter the gap between the first and second nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough serotonin or norepinephrine reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell, and the message continues to move along. The first cell then quickly absorbs any serotonin or norepinephrine that remains in the gap between the cells. This process is called “reuptake.”

When the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety. Effexor helps to block the reuptake of the serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the nerve cells giving the chemicals a better chance of activating the receptors on the next nerve cell. 

Effexor is available as both a short-acting and an extended-release medication. Although this is an effective treatment, people typically need to take Effexor for several weeks before the full benefits can be felt. As with most antidepressant medications, children and elderly patients may be more susceptible to the side effects, so it should only be used with caution in either population. 

Side effects of Effexor

Generally, Effexor is well tolerated in patients with no side effects reported, or if they have a mild side effect, it typically lasts a few days to a few weeks and then goes away. However, in rare cases, some effects may be difficult enough to interfere with daily activities. Common side effects include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased sexual desire or impotence
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite stomach problems or constipation
  • Insomnia
Facts of Effexor (Venlafaxine) antidepressant
Facts of Effexor (Venlafaxine)

How to get prescribed Effexor in San Francisco?

Individuals who have unnatural bouts of anxiety can have access to such medications as Effexor. To be evaluated, patients should contact their medical healthcare providers. During the visit, a complete history will be taken, and a medical exam will be performed to rule out any conditions that could be making the symptoms of anxiety worse. Once completed, the physician will determine the need for medication as well as any additional therapy such as counseling. Often, both treatments are used together to get the best results. 

While many people have a hard time recognizing that their anxiety is at a dangerous level, others typically do. Working together with the patient as well as a loved one will help patients to achieve the best results. 

If you live in the San Francisco area and are ready to seek treatment, EZCare Clinic is here to work with you. Our team of caring professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve all your healthcare goals. Not only do our patients have access to the best medications for your condition, counseling, and therapy services are also available as well. 

EZCare Clinic is open from 11 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday. While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. Stop by today and start the road from treatment to recovery. Living a normal life is just around the corner. 

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Medical Help For Anxiety

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older have an anxiety disorder, although only about one third are getting adequate anxiety treatment.

Typically, occasional stress or anxiety is a normal part of life and shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. However, some individuals experience a prolonged or excessive amount of tension that interferes with their everyday life. For these individuals, medical help is necessary to regain control of their lives. While some individuals are concerned with what others may think, many may not understand how detrimental their illness has become or that there is someone who can help. In San Francisco, EZCare Clinic can help individuals who are burdened by stress, anxiety, and depression as well as other mental health issues.

Anxiety disorder is a term used to describe one or more mental health conditions. Although there are several different types of anxiety, each ailment may have similar or overlapping symptoms. Treatment is dependent on what kind of disorder the patient has and how it affects the individual.

  • Panic disorder is characterized by the random feeling of terror.
  • Social anxiety disorder or social phobia results in worry and self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.
  • Specific phobias are an intense fear of a particular object or situation that goes beyond what’s appropriate and causes individuals to avoid everyday situations.

How to know when to seek treatment?

Anxiety disorder

Individuals who routinely find themselves battling anxiety may be wondering when they should seek treatment. While the answer may be different for each person, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any, seeking professional help may be the best option for you.

  1. Does my anxiety affect my physical health? Anxiety, as well as other emotional issues, can adversely affect both the mental and physical health of the individual. Physical symptoms may include dizziness, stomachaches, shortness of breath, chest pains, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, individuals who already have a preexisting condition may find that the increased anxiety inhabits the ability to get better.
  2. Is my anxiety affecting my work? People who have uncontrolled anxiety may find that they have difficulties at work, such as showing up late, frequent absences, or even difficulty performing the job itself.
  3. Does my anxiety affect my relationships? Anxiety can cause individuals to have unhealthy feelings of jealousy, avoidance of social gatherings with both friends and family, and the inability to communicate effectively. Often these issues become so dramatic that they begin to withdrawal from virtually every aspect of their life and severing any connections to those that they love.
  4. Do I abuse drugs or alcohol to help cope with my anxiety? Often individuals who are suffering from anxiety, as well as other mood disorders, will turn to alcohol or medications to help them overcome the symptoms of their disease. For many people, this quickly spirals out of control, and they become addicted, creating other possible life-threatening circumstances.
  5. Does my anxiety cause me to miss out on the things I used to enjoy? Individual who often find themselves making excuses not to participate or avoid certain situations? Anxiety can make someone feel like a prisoner and withdraw from living. They may feel trapped, isolated, and fearful.

Types of treatment

Seeking professional help is the first step to recovery. While many individuals are scared to talk to a medical professional, it is crucial that you make that first step. Anxiety, like any illness, is nothing that should make you feel ashamed. At EZCare Clinic, a team of medical professionals will help you find answers and treatment for your anxiety disorder.

For most patients, treatment can include medications as well as therapy or counseling. While many may shy away from this type of treatment, most mental health professionals believe that talking about the things that cause the most distress can help patients come to terms with any underlying issues. Typically, counseling will also include the patient learning some coping techniques that can help calm them when they feel anxious.

Effective medications

Effective anxiety medications

Several anxiety medications are useful when treating anxiety disorders. Depending on which condition the patient has, physicians can prescribe Paxil, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, or many others. Patients must be seen by a qualified medical professional to get a prescription. These professionals can monitor for any adverse reactions as well as adjust the dosage as necessary.

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can see patients Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (415) 966-0848.

If you are suffering from uncontrolled anxiety, call today. Don’t let yourself be held prisoner any longer; there is an effective treatment for you.


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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can be a normal part of life; in fact, it can be helpful in some ways. From helping us recognize dangers to motivating us to get things done, moderate anxiety is beneficial. Unfortunately, for some individuals, anxiety can spiral out of control and overwhelm to the point that it interferes with everyday living. Once the physical and emotional symptoms begin to degrade the quality of life a person has, what was once thought to be “normal” could be an anxiety disorder.

Typically, medical professionals group several conditions under the umbrella term “anxiety disorder.” These may include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorders. Having multiple mental health conditions at the same time can also occur. Depending on what type of disease a person has been diagnosed with will determine the kind of treatment they should begin. Regrettably, there is no medical test to determine the type of anxiety a person has.

Once patients take that first step on what can be a long road to recovery, they often find that they have several choices to make. Do they seek therapy or medications? Is a combination approach better for them? While some patients may avoid counseling due to the negative connotation associated mental health, many find that talking does help, but it may not be enough. For some, pharmacological help in addition to therapy is the only way to get control over their condition and to get their lives back on track.

Anxiety Treatment Options

Several medications can be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. The two most common types are anti-depressants and benzodiazepines. Benzos are typically only used for short-term treatment since it is a fast-acting treatment method and because it can cause dependency if used too long. Anti-depressants, on the other hand, aren’t addictive in the traditional sense and can be easily adjusted if needed. Most often, physicians will prescribe both anti-depressants and benzos to be used together during the first few weeks of treatment. Once the patient begins to respond to anti-depressants and therapy, the benzos are generally discontinued unless something changes.  

The most common anxiety medications are:

The most common anxiety medications

Anti-depressants

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Celexa

Benzodiazepines

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan

Types of Anxiety Therapy

While there are several types of therapy for individuals who are living with anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is most often used. It works by retraining the person how to think through the anxiety causing event. Other forms of treatment might include hypnotherapy or biofeedback, a method that uses bodily awareness as treatment. Although many patients choose to use therapy and medications at the same time, not all do. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, these measures do not always work.

When Anxiety treatment methods don’t work

Despite going to therapy, taking the medications as directed, and following all the advice, some still may not feel like their old self. So, what now? Waiting on the medicines to work can be frustrating, but giving up isn’t the answer.  Most experts will tell you that there are a few things you can and should do throughout the treatment process.

  1. Talk about the options and be willing to ask your physician the hard questions. How can I get the most from my medications? How long should it take for my prescriptions to work? What can I do to manage any side effects? Can I do more to alleviate the anxiety?
  2. Give the medications time to work. While some anxiety medications are fast-acting others are not. Anti-depressants typically take six to eight weeks to affect the brain’s chemistry. While anyone who has an anxiety disorder wants to feel normal immediately, it’s usually going to take some time.
  3. Manage depression symptoms as well as any other health conditions. Though it may not seem like it, things that affect other areas of the body can exacerbate your anxiety. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and socializing with others also helps to combat depression.

Anxiety Treatment at EZCare

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Adequately designing the treatment for an anxiety disorder rarely happens the first time. Often patients, physician, and therapist have to try different medications and methods to find the right one. Don’t give up hope if the first medication doesn’t make you feel better overnight. The goal of treating anxiety as well as many other mental health conditions is for remission. Don’t give up until you feel like your old self again.

Call EZCare Clinic when other treatment methods don’t work. Our experienced medical team includes physicians, therapists, and counselors who are dedicated to finding the solution that will fulfill all your medical needs.

Our practice is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Although appointments are appreciated, walk-ins are welcome. You can reach us at (415) 966-0848 or schedule your appointment online.


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