Medications for Anger

Medications for anger often target anger indirectly, typically having a calming effect. It’s not quite as common to use medications for anger as it is for other issues, such as depression and anxiety. Nonetheless, it’s often necessary and is nothing to be ashamed of.

Anti-depressants

Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, and Paroxetine can have a calming effect. The increase in serotonin can cause a reduction in general feelings of anger and irritability.

Anti-psychotics

Quetiapine is an anti-psychotic often used to treat schizophrenia, but don’t let that scare you off. It can greatly reduce aggression and other feelings of irritation. I take a different anti-psychotic, Risperdal, and it significantly reduces my irritability and anger, and that’s with a very lose dose of 2mg.

Mood-stabilizers

Lithium is a mood stabilizer typically used for bipolar disorder. It reduces all negative emotions to an extent, preventing most extreme emotions. I take it, and I consider it a miracle.

Beta-blockers

Propranolol is a harmless medication that is rather weak. It’s a beta-blocker and is often used for things like stage fright. It prevents the natural physiological symptoms of excited states, such as shaking hands and sweating. It reduces anxiety and flattens you out a bit. I’ve used it for stage-fright, and it was modestly helpful. If taken at a much higher dose, it could certainly reduce rage.

Benzodiazepines

Xanax has a high risk of addiction if you have access to high quantities of it. A good doctor will restrict access to it to a large extent. If taken responsibly, it can greatly improve your life. When taken at the proper dose and not too frequently, it will sedate you within 20-30 minutes. That is why it is often used for panic attacks.

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