Ive been going through excessive anxiety for over twenty years. I've tried most medications including benzos (valium,ativan), ssris, snris, trycyclics, maois, and aps. Ive asked to try Xanax but my doctor refuses to let me try it. Does Xanax help with anxious thoughts, rumination, focus?
Xanax can help with anxiety. It is highly effective for short term use (at least six weeks), but not for long term use, as you can build up tolerance.
All benzodiazepines can help with anxiety as they are mild sedatives which help to mask the symptoms. But, unfortunately, they don't address the underlying disorder.
Have you ever considered therapy such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy? It should be the first line of treatment along with medication if needed.
Also, have you ever tried buspirone (BuSpar)? It a non-habituating anxiolytic that can help some people with anxiety/panic disorders.
Just some thoughts to discuss with your health care provider...
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Anxiety is a bitch to live with!
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