... really doesn't seem to help the anxiety at all. amber
It reduces anxiety and the symptoms that accompany it such as excessive, ongoing worry and tension, restlessness or a feeling of being "edgy", irritability, muscle tension, headaches, sweating, difficulty concentrating, nausea, the need to go to the bathroom frequently, tiredness, trouble falling or staying asleep, trembling, and being easily startled.
I don't recall your specifics, but if the bezodiazepine isn't working have you tried the first line of defense which is the SSRI type antidepressants such as Paxil or Zoloft?
Just my thought,
Xanax is one of the drugs in the benzodiazepene family, designed to lessen anxiety. Other drugs in the family include klonopin, valium and ativan. For many, it's quite effective. However, it has a huge number of drawbacks.
First off, if you've been taking the xanax for any length of time (or if you're switching to this after taking other benzos) - then it could be that the drug is actually "backfiring" on you. These drugs were intended for short term use. In essence, once a person has been using these drugs for a while, they actually will cause more anxiety, rather than relieve it.
The other major drawback to benzos is the dependency and addiction that is so common with them. The physical dependency occurs rather quickly, so that stopping them will result in many physical symptoms. The detox is generally very difficult - and longer than many other drugs. Psychologically, these meds wreak havoc, in my humble opinion. The more a person relies on a drug like this to cope with anxiety, the less ability a person will have with their own coping skills.
I strongly encourage pursing any number of other techniques to handle anxiety, including counseling, meditation, yoga and/or exercise. It takes more effort and time, where a pill is a "quick fix" - but these techniques have virtually no drawbacks. Rather, they build inner confidence in one's ability to handle life without a drug. The more we "flex" those muscles, the stronger they become. (And the less we "flex" those muscles, we lessen our ability to handle stress and anxiety.)
There are non-addictive anxiety medications available, which I believe should be tried BEFORE any benzo med like xanax. Also, check out the natural food store, where you'll find many herbal or natural remedies for anxiety, including kava kava and valerien root.
In my opinion, any of the benzodiazepene drugs should be the last resort, when all other avenues have been explored. Doctors give these meds out all too easily, leaving people with a dependency and/or addiction problem that is far worse than the original anxiety.
God bless. I hope this helps.
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