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Re: antianxiety meds McDaniel

Posted by Greg on October 12, 2000, at 21:57:18

In reply to antianxiety meds, posted by McDaniel on October 12, 2000, at 20:54:27

I've been taking Xanax for about 7 months and it has been very helpful for my anxiety. I have also taken Valium and while it makes me feel more relaxed that Xanax does (probably because Valium is primarily a muscle relaxant), the Xanax seems to last much longer. This is probably due to Valium having a much shorter half-life (6-8 hrs) than Xanax (6-20 hrs). Also Xanax binds readily to the GABA receptor which I believe (and I could be wrong) makes it more effective in the treatment of anxiety and panic. They are both benzos and there is a high probability of addiction and doses should be monitored closely. I generally take .5mg twice daily of the Xanax and it controls my anxiety pretty well most of the time.

I've never used Ativan or Klonopin so I can't help you there, sorry.

I hope this helps.


> It doesn't seem like Valium is too popular as an
> anti-anxiety drug. It seems like xanax, ativan, klonopin
> are heavily favored over it. Anyone know why? Also,
> for those of you with success on xanax, ativan, or klonopin,
> what doses did you have to take for success. I have very
> serious generalized anxiety disorder which has not responded to
> any of the AD's or even neurontin. Please help. Thank
> you.




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