I have an anxiety problem, so does my father and grandfather. Its def genetic. Ive been having serious issues lately, along with my anxiety from my suboxone taper. What can i talk to my doctor about to be prescribed something for a short period of time?
Usually, the first line of medication treatment for anxiety disorders, are the group of antidepressants, such as: zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox, etc. However, more often than not, the drawback on these meds above take about four to six weeks to produce full effect to provide symptom relief. A few individuals, have claimed they have noticed subtle improvements much sooner than that; with all that in mind, must be kept in mind, no one exactly fits the "TEXT BOOK" scenario. Another medication utilized for anxiety disorders, is Buspar; usually takes two weeks to build to level which can/could alleviate the vegetative nature of these disorders, same for the SSRI's. Thirdly, some physicians or providers, will prescribe some type of fast acting medication, to give a more immediate relief; these are such as the benzo's most common two, I have seen in my experience are: Ativan and Klonopin (Klonopin stays in the body longer than Ativan; Ativan produces a more immediate relief). The downside to these medications, which benefits versus risks, even before taking, is that they are, and entire group, others not named, are extremely addictive. Initially turns out as habit, due to relief of vegetative symptoms, then addiction, psychological and physical, because the body system/individual has become totally dependent on these medications, for total relief. I have seen physicians or providers give a short course of, for example, Klonopin, for several weeks at the same time beginning an ssri, most commonly Zoloft. Reason being that the individual is receiving some immediate relief of vegetative symptoms, simultaneously giving the ssri time to build up in the body to provide an efficacious level. Once this has occured, again average four to six weeks, the ssri/zolof can take over providing symptomatic relief and the Klonopin is discontinued completely as not necessitated, in most cases, any longer. Rarely, the klonopin will be kept and individual is to utilized for extreme, breakthrough anxiety/panic attack, but not any longer taken routinely. I know that this has been a long description, etc, but may give you several ideas and or strategies to discuss with your physician or provider so that you are well informed; knowledge is power! Best regards, Cindy
hi,a medication that works quickly and very well is amitriptline or ellivil in low doses may work well. im not a doctor but i used it to come down from 32mg of suboxone to 16mg in 2 months.the elivil is also used for pain management. so keep on a low dose.but talk to your doctor about the pros & cons of it.
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