Any medication used in the treatment of anxiety can be considered an anxiolytic. Often anxiety symptoms and full-blown anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder occur along with bipolar disorder, and in those cases it’s common to see anxiolytics used.
Medications that have anti-anxiety properties include:
• Buspirone (Buspar): This is a medication that binds to specific serotonin receptors in the brain, and is used in a condition called generalized anxiety disorder.
• Hydroxyzine (Vistaril): This is a short-acting antihistamine that can reduce symptoms of anxiety and is often used in an “as needed” or “prn” manner.