My wife is seeking an anxiety medication. Her daughter is using Xanex and her brother is using Ativan. She has been prescribed Effexor but didn't like the affect of because is was a one a day yet some days are worse than others and sometimes she needs a little more help than other days and may need to take a extra pill. She has quit taking the Effexor but, getting off of that medication was quite the experience from hell. She is going to the doctor next week to see if the two mentioned above medications would be a better fit for her.
This question has also been asked and answered here: Ativan vs Xanax - What is the difference?
There are better things for anxiety when its a chronic type condition then ativan or xanax, and also docs are getting more and more afraid to order those benzos because they get alot of flak from the DEA. What is the problem with taking a pill every day if it stops anxiety attacks? There is a medication for anxiety, buspar, but it has to be taken every day, and it takes a few weeks to work. It is not a controlled drug like benzos are and it doesn't cause dependence. It prevents anxiety not treats it. I wouldn't think effexor would be the drug of choice for anxiety anyway.
Hello James, I agree totally with kaismama. The xanax and ativan are both benzos and very easy to become a habit/addiction. They are both short acting and one tends to take more of the benzos, because they soon build up a tolerance. The effexor should be taken daily, and it usually takes between 2-6 weeks to reach the full benefit. Effexor is not a med you take only when you feel you need it. How long has your wife been on the Effexor? There are many good medicines that help anxiety, but the dosing is daily. Best of luck to your wife... pamee.
P.S. please tell her to talk to her doctor and let he/she know all of her concerns.
I am not a doctor let me say that first. I am a person who has been treated and is still being treated for anxiety. There are better choices than either Ativan or Xanax, Xanax being the greater evil of the two because it has a greater chance of causing your body to become dependent on it, you take it a while and your hooked and it's difficult to get off. My doctor personally told me that Xanax would be a last resort. The thing you have to keep in mind is these drugs work differently for different people, it all depends on each individuals chemical make up. Be careful, study, read all you can and be your own best advocate. I would agree that neither drug would be my choice, I tried Buspar which is not a benzo and it worked against me, obviously something in my chemical make up was no good for that drug. I would stay away from benzo's if possible but sometimes that is just not easily done. My bet would be on Ativan but again every person is different. Good luck to you.
I’ve been on both. Xanax is fast acting, but you need to take often.
Ativan was good but the withdrawals were horrible! Swore I’d never take again.
I’m taking Klonopin 0.5 mgs. now. Have been on this for a couple of years. It takes a while to work, but lasts much longer than Xanax.
I’m sensitive to all medications so can only take the lowest dose. The only side-effect of Klonopin is you get tired if you take doses too close together. Works great as a sleep agent as well! Another alternative for your wife.
Good luck to her, anxiety is tough to deal with!
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