my doc wants to talk about getting me off my benzodiazepine clonazepam, but beside the xanax, I still need something to deal with the anxiety... does anyone know of non-benzodiazepine drugs or alternative treatments for panic disorder?
BuSpar might help with anxiety
Try Vistaril. Its not a benzo, but it takes weeks to build in your system so it wont help when you have a sudden attack, its not fast acting like benzos.
I also suffer from panic disorder (for almost 20 years now), I take klonopin (clonazepam). It works well for me, however we all react to medications in different ways. Having said that click on the link below for a list of medications for this condition with their respective comments and reviews by other people:
You can use Mirtazapine starting with 15 mg and gradually increasing the dose by 1/2 tablet every 15 to 20 days if required.but a benzo is required to deal with active panic attacks .Ativan or Alprazolam work well also the much abused Diazepam.
Nothing I me. Lol.
I am also looking for a non benzo to replace Klonopin for anxiety attacks
clonazepam is a great and needed drug. I was on diazepam off and on for 20 years. Divorces, deaths in the family etc. Then along came the SSRI and SRI drugs which caused a worsening effect. Paxil left me unable to write my name after 4 weeks and never could take prozac and I have tried others as well. You may not have a choice to stop if you have been on them awhile. It is dangerous. If it is controlling your anxiety do not worry what your doctor wants... he is not the one with anxiety. Besides the drugs they advertise on TV which can be deadly, Clonazepam is NOT. Just don't drink alcohol. In fact, many of the SSRI and SRIs have black box warnings if you are taking opioids for pain. You will develop serotonin syndrome which is deadly. Even the tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptlyne will drive you crazy and give you the syndrome. Stay on the clonazepam. It is safer than other newer drugs.
This may seem out there and you may never heard anyone suggest this but it really works for me-Compro. That's the brand name. Prochlorperazine. They gave it to me once long ago and it just took the edge off, slight calming feeling. It's nothing like a benzo but maybe ask your Dr what he thinks. I am prescribed it for nausea (it's also prescribed for migraine), but actually take it more for an extra boost with my Xanax when I have an especially bad anxiety episode.
Hope that helps!
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