I suffer from panic disorder and GAD and PTSD. MY psychiatrist tried me on all the other benzos, but they just dont do the trick. Unfortunately, last month I asked for a small amount of it and was told that he no longer prescribes it. What could I possibly tell him to make an exception in my case?
Hi, J B! No benzodiazepine is good for long term use in controlling anxiety disorders because of the risk of addiction and potentially severe long term side effects including depression, increased anxiety, sleep disturbances, and memory loss. This is why many doctors now refuse to prescribe them. They should only be used discriminately for actual panic attacks and only when they occur, not as a preventative.
I would have a discussion with your doctor about other anxiolytic medications.
Best regards, Wildcat
I would think a longer acting benzodiazepine would be better anyways. You could ask about Lyrica. Keep in mind that one of the major theories behind GAD is that it’s actually a part of depression, so treating it like depression can be useful. Benzo withdrawal also feels a lot like GAD and that takes a few months benzo free to get better in my experience.
I took the benzo lorazepam in the past to treat my anxiety. Doctors are hesitant, or even refuse nowadays, to prescribe benzodiazepines, for all the reasons Wildcatvet gave in her comment.
My doctor suggested buspar for my anxiety. It helps treat many disorders with minimal side effects. It worked well for me at low doses.
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