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I am enquiring about appropriate medication for someone

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I am enquiring about appropriate medication for someone suffering with OCD. This person has mainly obsessive thoughts. She is currently on Effexor and this does alleviate symptoms although these thoughts are always in the 'background'. She has tried varous ciognitive therapy with psychologist. Can you recomned any other stpes eh can take to help with this?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Wendy M replied 7 years ago.

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There are usually two types of medications that are used to treat OCD. They are the TCA's and the SSRI's. Or, tricyclic antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. What your friend is taking right now, is called a SNRI, or a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. This class of medication, blocks the reuptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine.

For the most part though, the medications that are mostly used, are within the SSRI category, like Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft etc. The SSRI's have less side effects and seem to be tolerated better by alot of people.

Sometimes they may also provide medications like xanax or trazadone as well, if the obsessive thoughts interrupt their sleep on a daily basis.

So, this may be something worth talking to their doctor about, if the current medication is not working as well as desired.

I do hope this helps.

Take care,
Customer: replied 7 years ago.


She isn't wanting to try benzo's unfortunately and has tried Zoloft with severe side effects. She was previously on Cipramil though this was changed when she had her first real episode involving OCD. Should she see a psychiatrist?

Are there other types of treatment that might be helpful other than meds? Desperate.