But it doesn't seem to work that good anymore. I think I built a tolerance to them as I have done with other medication. I do go someday's without taking them at all. So I am sure I am not addicted. I just when for extreme anxiety or panic attacks as needed. My Psychiatrist does not seem to want to increase the dose... is there a way to make them more effective? (with food, without food, etc... ) When I have a bad panic attack I need it to work... When bad panic attacks hit I feel as if I am loosing my mind or will die. I have tried CBT but it does no good when I am going through this... Any suggestions to help me... I would so appreciate it
Hi, I hope my experience helps you in some way. I've been on Valium, Xanax, and Ativan (not at the same time, at different times in my life). I was on Xanax for quite awhile and I just was no longer getting the effects I so desperately needed. I too was not addicted to the Xanax even though I'd taken it for awhile. I'd take a dose and 20 minutes later to an hour later I'd be right back where I was. I talked to my doctor and she told me that it would be a good decision to switch me to Ativan... it will calm you down, maybe not as quick as Xanax (unless the doctor tells you to hold it under your tongue, then it will work as quick and even better) and it lasts hours longer than a Xanax does. I have only switched back to Xanax once when I was dealing with a death in the family but happily switched back to my Ativan soon after. Good luck and please let me know if this has helped and how you are doing :)
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