Why did my Doctor put me on HYDROXYYZIN PAM 50mg Caps After Knowing I was self medicating myself with alcohol for Panic and Anxiety and my Doctor put me on HYDROXYZINE 50 MG Caps
Do NOT drink while on this medication. If you cannot stop drinking long enough to try the medication to see if it works as well as alcohol, then you are alcohol dependent and may need treatment for said alcohol dependency. As Kaismama said, he is hoping that you will use the hydroxyzine rather than the alcohol. Alcohol is not a good treatment for anxiety. It only masks your problem. Yes, certain medications can mask the problem too but you need to be utilizing BOTH medication and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with a counselor to help you to deal with anxiety and panic WITHOUT chemical intervention be it meds or alcohol. If you find you are not able to stop the alcohol use to try the medication, you need to inform your Dr. You may need inpatient therapy for a bit or you may need alternative outpatient therapy to get you off the alcohol. Be sure that you are following through with counseling because meds alone are not going to be successful at helping you. You need someone to help you learn to help yourself in overcoming debilitating anxiety and panic. Often times it is learning to recognize he signals and learning to turn off those signals. Some people use self talk to do this. Learn to tell yourself "Calm down, I can do this." learn to slow your breathing, slow your heart rate, etc. There are many techniques to help you and you will find what works for you but it can take some practice before you are successful, so be patient with yourself. CBT and biofeedback can be great tools to learn to deal. Best of luck! The hardest part is admitting there is an issue and you have done that. Trust in your Dr and therapist and learn to trust in yourself. Remember that other people are just people, like you, and the ONLY power these situations have is the power that YOU ALLOW them to have over you! You can do this!
- Hydroxyzine Information for Consumers
- Hydroxyzine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydroxyzine (detailed)
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