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Re: Looking for the experts David Newhouse

Posted by Snowie on October 18, 2000, at 6:54:36

In reply to Looking for the experts, posted by David Newhouse on October 12, 2000, at 14:17:45


Xanax works on GAD; Klonopin does as well and supposedly lasts longer than Xanax, but that wasn't my experience. Some people like Valium, which I've never tried. I have tried Tranxene, which is similar to Valium. Those drugs are called benzodiazepines, and once you start taking them on a regular basis, you will develop a dependency. However, some of the SSRIs (anti-depressants) also produce withdrawal symptoms, so I guess it's all in your perspective. For a long time, the benzos were the only drugs that helped me. As an Internet pdoc once wrote me, what is a functional life worth to you?

If you prefer to avoid the benzos, you might want to try Neurontin, which for some reason has helped me. Serzone wasn't bad either, but it made me dizzy and didn't last long. Serzone may have been a better drug for me had I not already been taking Xanax. Celexa was great, but I lost my libido. To borrow a phrase, prescribing brain drugs is an art, not an absolute. It can be a trial and error process to find the right drug or combination that helps you, with the least side effects.


> Does anyone know of a good med. cocktail for severe generalized anxiety. I know it's subjective. I've tried the ssri,maoi's,and a bunch of other crap. If anyone out there has had any luck or knows of a effect combination, please let me know.




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