I have anxiety and panic. Before I started taking Xanax (alprazolam) I was terrified of going into stores, taking automobile rides and all sorts of things. I always took local instead of express buses for fear that I would have an attack and wouldn't be able to get off whenever I had to. My problems were finally brought under control when I started taking Xanax. Carrying a pill box filled with Xanax makes me feel secure and lessens my apprehension. None of the antidepressants I've taken have done anything to relieve my anxiety or panic, so I don't understand why anyone would rely on those drugs to treat anxiety and panic. Maybe doctors are reluctant to prescribe benzos and, if they are, they're doing their patients a disservice.
hi jerry,if you want the answer to your question look no farther than the almighty dollar.upjohn was the first to make xanax.before that it was roachs and there valiumn.before that it was ativan by whoever made them.benzodiapines have been around for lots of time.now with all these kidds coming out of school and big pharmaceutical companies snatching them up,there are such companies who have lobbyists in government that make money hand over fist. when you take a drug your doc tells you give it a month or two work,and we do.its all about "MONEY"
I agree and aslo believe doctor ignorance. The ones I have seen have given a short supply of benzos due to the potential for abuse. I have never abused benzos.
They work for anxiety better than the antidepressants for me at least. I'd be doing a lot better with them than without. Good question to discuss.
i agree totally as well, also take xanax for anxiety and panic attacks and also take avanza ( mirtazapine ). without xanax i cant function and leave the house, it has so much of a negative stigma but i know it works for me so dont care what others think. As is always the case, if you abuse it then expect to have problems. Used properly it will help with anxiety and panic.Avoid the hype about it, as long as u are being prescribed it and take it as prescribed good luck to you.
I keep lorazepam (Ativan) on hand for anxiety attacks. Knowing I have them if I need them makes me need them less. Antidepressants may help balance some chemicals in your brain, but for a sudden attack are useless. My doctor has NO problems with me having lorazepam and gives me 5 refills at a time (every 6 months).
Doctors may be wary of patients developing a dependency on benzodiazapines. Becoming dependent on something that works is not necessarily a bad thing, but weaning one's self off of benzodiazapines is difficult. The symptoms and experiences associated with Benzodiazapine Withdrawal Syndrome are horrible.
Hi Jerry, I think I can answer a few of your questions. I was on Xanax and Clonazepam for seven years. I recently had to go off of them because a psychiatrist fucked me over and took me off of them because I landed in a behavior health unit off of a Chapter 51. I was put under commitment for six months and my original doctor told me that I could have my pills back as long as I made a few changes but that I would have to wait until commitment was done. Well, the commitment is over but my doctor changed his mind and told me that I could have them back if a psychiatrist approves it. Well, the truth is that most psychiatrists don't prescribe benzos very much and so thats why the rest of us have to settle for placebo antidepressants such as Paxil or Zoloft. I agree with you very much that they are all doing us a disservice.
When I read your post, I swear to God that I had wrote it myself because you described in perfect detail about how you feel on and off of benzos. We have the exact same reasons for why the two of us need these. If you were me, what would you do to convince a shrink that I need these?
Been there (exactly) and done all of that also. I had Valium as my "security" pill and carried a small paper bag for possible hyperventilating. The pills were wonderful, just had to carry them with me most of the time, but did take a 1/2 on occasion. Eventually, I needed a refill and could not get it. Seems the Dr's think taking 10 pills (5mg) in 6 months will turn me into a raving drug addict!
The Dr's are more than willing to dole out any number of anti-depressants, many of which are also addictive and have side effects. Of course Valium was generic (cheap) while all of the newer antidepressants were name brands thus supporting "Big Pharma".
The Valium was great because it was taken "as needed", so you could test yourself and try things on your own first before resorting to taking one. The antidepressants are taken regularily no matter what and are very hard to discontinue.
Celexa was theDr's replacement for the valium. I've taken it for years because I was afraid of the withdrawal symptoms, they are supposed to be horrid. I recently started "shaving" my Celexa pills to taper down and off slowly.
I have written several answers to questions about anxiety and steps in "curing" yourself.
I had your symptoms and was put on xanax 3 mg per day and it worked fine. Now insurance won't cover it. I'm taking generic Alpazolam and wonder if their are other generics of xanax. I'v had the attacks since 1958 and tried many meds before xanax which is the only one that worked. Do you know anything about generics?
Benzos are great BUT docs get irritated when you ask for them. If you say you need more because you are more anxious they think you are an addict!! I have lived this! I think if the drug works and a person can function with benzos-how dare they try to call you an addict. Xanax has gotten a bad rap. I have gotten thru some reeeeeally anxiety producing/high panic states using what i knew was the right dose for me. The xanax calmed me down for job interviews etc. I am now on lexapro. But it sometimes just isnt enough. I WISH benzos could be bought in a store.
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