I have heard of so called remedies called "herbal Xanax", something like SleepWell which claims to be like Xanax. Other things like Kava Kava and Valerian root I have also heard of, but not as benzo. like medicines, mostly for sleep, and I hear Valerian can have effects on the liver. I am just wondering b/c I take Xanax as needed for Panic Disorder but I really don't want to have to be on it any longer than needed. I don't abuse it and would rather have a longer acting benzo. instead, but Klonopin was shot down when I asked for that. Anyway I was just wondering. I don't think there is, but if there is please let me know. I am curious. I need something that will help with panic attacks and sleep. I don't get panic attacks all the time, and yes Xanax works great, but again, I don't want to be on these longer than I have to. Been on and off of them for years. I get off when I feel like I have been on them too long so I don't get addicted but then 4 or 5 months later panic attacks sometimes get worse (this also depends on my current stressors in my life) and I end up back on it. Valium worked great, but different doctors have different opinions on which benzo. is the best. Some think short acting ones like Xanax while others choose Valium or Klonopin. Any alternatives? Thanks
7 Sep 2011
No, there is no such thing as herbal Xanax.
Kava Kava is safe now. The problems with liver damage occurred years ago when it first became popular, and farmers would harvest the plants too early and use too much of the root in the formulations. I use Gaia Herbs Kava Kava daily as well as Xanax, and my liver is doing fine (just had blood work done and liver enzymes were normal).
I understand your concerns about becoming dependent on a benzo. But realistically, some people with panic disorder just need to be on a benzo for life. As long as you don't abuse the medication, you are fine. If you'd like something that acts longer, you could ask your doc about Xanax XR, but in my experience, these aren't nearly as effective as regular Xanax, and the generic versions are crap. That's just me, though.
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