How Lemonaid treats anxiety

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Stress, panic attacks and anxiety disorder are very common. But excessive anxiety means you have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. These feelings are often difficult to control and can be stressful. They can make it hard to function day to day, so it’s important to seek help.

Can you diagnose anxiety online?

Yes. Our doctors and nurse practitioners use the same guidelines to diagnose anxiety online as doctors in traditional practice.

Can you treat anxiety online?

You can. Lemonaid can help you understand your anxiety and, if appropriate, prescribe anxiety medicines after an online video consultation. We’ll work with you over several months to figure out the best medicine and dosage for you.

Are anxiety medicines effective?

They are. How a particular anxiety medicine works for you is difficult to tell in advance. That’s why it’s so important that we work with you to adjust your anxiety medicine if needed.

How quickly do anxiety meds work?

Anxiety medicines don’t work overnight. You may need to take an anxiety medicine for 4-8 weeks before you get a sense of how it’s working for you. You’ll probably see the full benefits of the medicines after 3 months.

We prescribe and ship one month of medicine at a time.

How long will I need to take anxiety medicines?

Most people stay on anxiety medicines for 12 months the first time they take them. If your anxiety returns, then one option is to stay on anxiety medicines lifelong.

Treatment & risks

Anxiety is complex. While mental health is one of the most common uses of telemedicine, we aren’t able to help everyone and results don’t happen overnight. If your anxiety or wider situation is too complex for us to handle, we’ll be straight up with you and recommend you see someone in person.

The anxiety medicines we prescribe online are prescription medicines that are FDA-approved and taken by millions of Americans every day. But like all medicines, they come with the risk of serious side effects. And while we’ll do all we can to personalize your anxiety care and find the right treatment plan for your goals, there’s no guarantee that the medicines will work.

Who we can’t help

Because we’re an online doctor’s office, there are necessary limitations on who and how we can help. We strongly recommend you do not use Lemonaid if any of the following apply. Instead, you should see a doctor in person.

  • Under 25
  • 61 or older
  • Bipolar disorder
  • You’re suicidal or have had a history of suicide attempts
  • Taking MAOIs or have taken MAOIs in the previous 2 weeks
  • Seizure history
  • Kidney disease or kidney transplant
  • Liver disease
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • You have a bleeding disorder, or taking medications that increase risk of bleeding
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Glaucoma or family history of glaucoma
  • HIV
  • History or family history of QT prolongation or arrhythmia
  • History of serotonin syndrome
  • Currently take tricyclic antidepressants
  • Actively using substances including marijuana
  • Actively using alcohol
  • You need time off work, wish to file for disability or work compensation

We aren’t able to write work notes for time off. We also can’t do disability evaluations or work compensation cases.

For any questions about whether we can help, please give us a call!

If you’re having a psychiatric emergency, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255