Medically reviewed by Susan Vachon, PA-C on February 4, 2022
If you think (or already know) you have anxiety, you might not have easy access to a doctor to get treatment. If your nearest clinic is 100 miles away, that’s not a short trip you can take any time. Even if you have a doctor next door, sometimes life is too hectic to schedule an appointment.
That’s why you may want to consider getting an evaluation for anxiety online. It’s a hassle-free process you can try without leaving the comfort of your home. By speaking with a medical professional online, you may be eligible for prescription medication that you can have sent straight to your door.
You’ll Need a Consultation
Before you can have any medications prescribed for you, you’ll need to complete an online consultation. This will basically be similar to seeing a doctor in person, but without all the hassle that comes with driving to the office, waiting forever, and then driving back home. Usually, you’ll start by filling out an online health assessment that is then reviewed by a medical provider.
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As part of the assessment, you’ll answer questions about your symptoms including how often they occur and specifically which symptoms you experience. The information you provide will be evaluated by a medical team with specific training in managing mental health disorders.
Of course, you will also provide your medical history, current medication regimen, and any allergies. This helps them see if there could be an underlying medical cause for your anxiety. It also helps them know what medications might be best for your personal needs.
You’ll Have Access to the Top Anxiety Meds, With One Exception
The good news is that once your online medical professional makes a diagnosis, if medically eligible, they will be able to prescribe you commonly used antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications such as Citalopram, Fluoxetine, Escitalopram, or Sertraline. These are all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that help your brain to better use serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation.
There are other types of antidepressants you may be eligible for as well, like Duloxetine (the generic version of Cymbalta) and Amitriptyline, which work slightly differently than SSRIs but produce similar results.
You can also get a prescription for buspirone, which you might also know as BuSpar. This is an anxiety medication that also targets serotonin as well as dopamine in the brain, helping to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
Finally, beta-blockers, like Propranolol (the generic version of Inderal) can help people who have trouble with situational anxiety such as performance anxiety. These work on a temporary basis to treat the physical effects of anxiety, like a rapid heart rate and tense muscles.
There are a few exceptions that an online medical team will not be able to prescribe. These include controlled substances like benzodiazepines and stimulants like Adderall.
Why is this? The FDA classifies benzodiazepines as a controlled substance, meaning that getting a prescription requires an in-person visit. That’s because it’s easy for people to misuse benzos and take more than they need. If this happens, they’ll be at risk for serious side effects. Also, some people can become addicted to benzos, meaning they’re physically dependent on them.
This means you won’t be able to get prescriptions like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax through telehealth. But luckily, SSRIs and other medications are becoming more commonplace for the treatment of anxiety anyway, so you’ll likely have plenty of effective alternatives to try.
You Won’t Need to Visit a Pharmacy
Perhaps the best part about getting anti-anxiety medication online is that you don’t ever need to leave the house, even to pick up your prescription. Once you complete your medical assessment and your provider creates a treatment plan for you, they’ll send your prescription straight to your home.
This makes it super convenient if you live in a rural location without close access to healthcare or a pharmacy. Within a short amount of time, you’ll have access to the medication you need to help you start feeling better.
You Can Reach Out Any Time You Have Questions or Concerns
After you have your initial consultation and receive your prescription in the mail, that’s not the end of it. You’ll still have access to telehealth any time you need to check in with something.
For example, maybe you’re experiencing some side effects from your medication. Or maybe you have questions on how often to take your pills. Text your questions via our messaging platform and a medical professional will go over your concerns with you.
With telehealth, there’s no waiting weeks or months for an opening with your doctor. You can message them same-day so they can answer your questions right away. However, It is important to know that messages are not checked 24/7 and if you ever experience an emergency please dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.
Give Online Anti-Anxiety Treatment a Try
As you can see, the whole telehealth process from start to finish is relatively simple and way easier than trying to schedule an appointment with an in-person doctor. If you’d like fast relief from your anxiety symptoms, then online anxiety treatment is worth a try.
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