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Yes. Todd Hanna. They are. Everyone of the previous answers were very well said. points well presented. Between the two, having been on both, and xanax, went into detox, spent 5 weeks and a few days, getting cleaned out. Not going to go into the this, that and the other, details. The one that worked the best for me was the valium. No doubt. I actually could feel it working. The xanax I never felt it working, yet my body would demand it and what happened is that the dose was increased and increased to the point where it was a danger to me. Hence the hospitlization. They are both benzos, addictive as the dickens, the longer on them, the more difficult it is to stop. Same equation for both. very best to you.
I have only tried Xanax and I feel that it really helps during panic attacks. I actually take a very small dose right now that still helps (1/4 tablet of 0.25mg). Crazy right? I just feel that if that amount helps me for now, why take the whole pill? The small dose that I take makes me just a little bit drowsy and dizzy for just a little bit but better than experiencing panic.
Not everybody has problems with withdrawl upon stopping xanax usage. I have mixed feelings about xanax to be for sure, but when I have the panic attacks that feel like a heart attack I'm glad I have it. If I were to generalize I would say its better for panic attacks not for daily usage and valium/klonopin are better if you need to take something every day because you have generalized anxiety.
A lot of people have both and are on both, the valium/klonopin for generalize anxiety and xanax for anxiety attacks. This does seem a bit much so be careful when you start down this road and make sure you are in therapy or taking other means to address anxiety.
However I have been on 4mg xanax per day for a couple of months and stop cold turkey without any withdrawl symptoms every couple of weeks now. I think the important thing to take away from everybody's experiences is that everybody is different, and to consider whether your panic attacks are daily or occasional. These medications are definitely weird, they can increase anxiety in many people. They can cause mental anxiety to manifest in the more physical heart attack like way. I recommend if you can keeping to dose low and I personally take breaks from the medication every few weeks although if one is addicted this could be medically dangerous. However it keeps my tolerance low and gives me a sense of how it is effecting my anxiety and my addiction level. You need to be really aware while you are on this medication.
Everybody's personality and brain chemistry is different so it is so hard to generalize. I can remember my first anxiety experiences at seven years old. Does that mean I need anxiety medication? Not necessarily, it means I have anxiety and I need to deal with it. While I am in therapy and meditating and exercising I have xanax available and take it as needed. My doctor will definitely not support me being on it for much longer and I hope to have more of a handle on my issues soon.
While everybody is different, everybody I know who has been on any benzo for many years who is not an in denial drug addict regrets their dependence on benzos, and that may be the best perspective I can pass on.
I know what I've posted may be strange and contradictory, but that is my feeling after experience with benzos and witnessing others struggle with it. There are many contradictory things. Know thyself and pay good attention. Definitely avoid doses that lead to memory loss, that is very scarry.
I am a recreational user of both Valium and Xanex, so I am no expert.
What I have found and been told is Xanex is way cleaner, stronger and longer acting then Valium, I could take a Full light blue Xanex at 12 pm tommorow afternoon, and the half life basically dies about 8 o clock the next night, compared to yellow Valium which dies out after about 6-8 hours in my experience, Valium has alot of crap in it whilst Xanex is the pure essence and is at the top of that particular drug family/tree.
ps: Xanex with green and or alcohol is great!
For me Xanax works better but everyone is different. If you have an addictive personality I would recommend you do not get Xanax. It is a very powerful drug. When I first got it years ago I quickly became addicted to it but since then I have learned the proper way to use it. Even though your bottle will tell you otherwise, Xanax should not be used every day. You shouldn't even use it once a week. It should only be used as the very last resort to save yourself.
I know this isn't part of the question but it goes for everyone who suffers from anxiety. Instead of taking pills there are different things you can do that will calm yourself. Just look them up on the internet. You may find that something as simple as a breathing exercise can help you. I've had very severe anxiety problems my entire life and I've learned that having to rely on a pill to get you out of that hole doesn't fix anything. You actually make it worse. I truly recommend using any anxiety medication as a last resort. Try to fight it, sometimes you will win and sometimes you wont. If you can't win you have that last resort. But let me tell you, that first time you beat it all on your own feels amazing. It will never go away but you can make it manageable with just the power of your mind.
I have taken all kinds of meds for my Anxiety and my Depression. Some doctors think its the same disorder and like to treat with one med, not true.
Anxiety= After trying Valium, Xanax and klonopin here are my personal results.
I find Xanax to hit the fastest and the hardest but also does not last long so you will need more and more.Although the Xanax works fast and gets one high the fact that one needs more every day or the symptoms get worse. Xanax is out.
Valium is mellow comes on with a buzz but again come afternoon another dose is needed. I found that 1 mg of Klonopin is to weak for me but 2 mg is perfect. It does not get me high, there is no buzz. It starts to come on in 20 to 30 minutes. Unlike the other drugs the Klonopin lasts all day for me. No more Anxiety and panic attacks. I find this class of drug however good for anxiety is bad for depression it makes me more depresses because it acts as a down. Doctors like I said like to treat anxiety with just an anti depressant I went down this path trying all kinds of anti depressants to fix anxiety did not help for me. I can not recommend an antidepressant because everyone responds differently to them. I personally like the way Cymbalta works for me. Feel free to contact me and better to talk with someone that is going threw it. The docs can read all they want but without suffering from it really can not understand In my experience. firstname.lastname@example.org
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