Is it normal to need both an SNRI and a Benzodiazepine to treat anxiety and depression?
- 3 Oct 2010 by jblt83
- 3 October 2010
- depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, periodic limb movement disorder
I've been treated for depression and anxiety as well as periodic limb movement disorder over the past two years and been on various SSRI anti-depressants all of which only seemed to work for a certain time and then start to become ineffective it seems in treating all my symptoms. Now I'm taking cymbalta (an SNRI) along with Clonazepam which I have switched on and off for about a year and just started taking .5mg again after trying to stay off of it for about a month as I'm not one who likes to take a lot of medications if I can help it.
What I'd like to know from other people being treated for anxiety is if it's normal to require both an SNRI and Benzo to treat these conditions or recommendations for other medication treatments I should maybe talk to my psychiatrist about. So far, cymbalta and clonazepam seem to be working for me though.
Some people do need both and some need one or the other. the fact that you are going for counseling will not only speed your recovery but it will help more in the long run. I think the limb movement is the reason you are being kept on the clonazepam, to control that. Counseling really helped me get over going into a panic attack, the benzo I took simply stopped the one I was having, didn't teach me how to stop panic.
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