Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (cont.)
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Some people require medication to help them with their anxiety and depression from PTSD.
First-line treatments are the antidepressant class of medications. Two medications, sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil), have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. There are many other antidepressants that are successfully used in clinical practice for PTSD as well.
For children, there is not strong evidence for the use of antidepressants. There is limited evidence for the use of arousal-dampening medicines such an antiadrenergic medications (for example, clonidine or propranolol) as well as for the use of other medications. Prazosin showed to be effective for nightmares. You should consult a child and adolescent psychiatrist for further information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2015
Maria Pease, MD
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