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Default What medication have you found best for anxiety?

I'm just wondering what medication people have found best for bad general anxiety?

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Default Re: What medication have you found best for anxiety?

short term: ativan. long term: gabapentin. some people do well with Lyrica..
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Ok thank you

I was actually given diazepam but I have not yet had any because I'm scared its addictive
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Iíve used diazepam short-term but Iím on an SSRI, Citalopram, and it helps keep things under check mostly.
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Ok thank you

I was actually given diazepam but I have not yet had any because I'm scared its addictive
When I was prescribed diazepam my doctor only gave me 14 tablets and told me only to use them when things were bad. He said sometimes just knowing you had the backup would help.

Took me 9 months to use them in the end.

Of course it might be different if you have to rely more heavily on them but as I said in my previous post an SSRI really worked well for me.
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When I was prescribed diazepam my doctor only gave me 14 tablets and told me only to use them when things were bad. He said sometimes just knowing you had the backup would help.

Took me 9 months to use them in the end.

Of course it might be different if you have to rely more heavily on them but as I said in my previous post an SSRI really worked well for me.
Yeah same here. I don't think GP's prescribe them very often now because you can get addicted on them or so I was told.
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Thank you

Makes me feel a bit better about it
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oddly enough...

even though Valium (diazepam) has a bad reputation, its less addictive than xanax or klonopin, easier to taper than ativan...

some people swear by ssri drugs. im not a fan, they make me too apathetic and make my mood swings worse. gabapentin isn't an amazing cure all, but its not addictive and it gets the job done.

lyrica is a lot like gabapentin, but there is a a definite withdrawal syndrome after long term use. kinda lame, i know. having said that, its currently less restricted than the benzodiazepines. The benzodiazepines are in Schedule IV of the DEA system, Lyrica is in Schedule V, so I guess the available data shows fewer problems (?).

some people take benzodiazepines for years upon years, no major problems. then you have horror stories, too, so...??? A lot of the horror stories seem to be from careless prescribing and/or excessively rapid tapers, so...there's that to consider...
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oddly enough...

even though Valium (diazepam) has a bad reputation, its less addictive than xanax or klonopin, easier to taper than ativan...

some people swear by ssri drugs. im not a fan, they make me too apathetic and make my mood swings worse. gabapentin isn't an amazing cure all, but its not addictive and it gets the job done.

lyrica is a lot like gabapentin, but there is a a definite withdrawal syndrome after long term use. kinda lame, i know. having said that, its currently less restricted than the benzodiazepines. The benzodiazepines are in Schedule IV of the DEA system, Lyrica is in Schedule V, so I guess the available data shows fewer problems (?).

some people take benzodiazepines for years upon years, no major problems. then you have horror stories, too, so...??? A lot of the horror stories seem to be from careless prescribing and/or excessively rapid tapers, so...there's that to consider...
What kind of horror stories? I take one Xanax a day and I just hope my doctor never tryís to take me off it. I went one day without it just to see I if I could and my anxiety was unbelievable and I had stomach issues as well. But I did go the full day without one. So itís doable but withdrawals are going to be bad. But he prescribes me 2 a day and I donít take 2 a day. I usually just take one. So I currently have over 100. I donít think I have that big of an issue.
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Default Re: What medication have you found best for anxiety?

some people say that benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine tapers/withdrawal/discontiunation ruined their lives, basically. the horror stories ive read over often involve people given very high doses of xanax, back when it was somewhat common for people to be prescribed 8, 10mgs/xanax daily for some forms of depression, severe anxiety, etc. i cannot imagine tapering off that...
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