Fast Five Quiz: Anxiety

Stephen Soreff, MD


August 09, 2021

Medications with known potential to directly cause anxiety include:

  • Corticosteroids (cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone)

  • Drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, lisdexamfetamine, methylphenidate)

  • Asthma medications (aminophylline, albuterol, salmeterol, theophylline)

  • Thyroid medications (Armour Thyroid, levothyroxine)

  • Seizure medications (phenytoin)

  • Parkinson's disease medications (levodopa and carbidopa)

  • Heterocyclic antidepressants

  • Atropine

  • Cycloserine

  • Digitalis

  • Ephedrine

  • Epinephrine

  • Insulin

  • Isoniazid

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

  • Nitrates

  • Reserpine

Read more about excluding medical causes of anxiety.


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