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“I was finally able to start living again.”

Rick Collier

US Marine Corps

Medications

Medications can be used to treat PTSD. Learn more about which medications most effective for PTSD and which medications are not recommended.

  • Medications for PTSD
    Medications that have been shown to be helpful in treating PTSD symptoms are some of the same medications also used for symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Benzodiazepines for PTSD
    Some medications, including Benzodiazepines, are not recommended. Benzodiazepines are medications given by a doctor to improve anxiety and sleep. They do not help with PTSD symptoms and can have serious side effects over time. There are better treatment options.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
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Also see: VA Mental Health