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Re: Im scared of benzo drugs » kiwiredbeach

Posted by Racer on October 28, 2006, at 14:34:00

In reply to Im scared of benzo drugs, posted by kiwiredbeach on October 27, 2006, at 9:04:10

I just saw a new pdoc and got a shiny new dx and a new drug to try. I've got a history of problems with medications, and am frozen in fear of pdocs after some bad experiences, and spent a week in a perpetual motion machine of anxiety over the thought of starting another SSRI. In other words, I have a great deal of empathy for you in your current situation.

That said, I've taken benzos for sleep a few times, and taken them daily for sleep for more than 30 days at a time. After nearly six months taken up to 4mg of Xanax to sleep, I had some withdrawal issues. After six weeks of taking 1mg of Xanax every single night, I had a night of moderate insomnia. (Even that one night was partly situational, by the way. The same events that led to the insomnia the Xanax was supposed to help with, also led to at least half of that one night of moderate insomnia.) There were no other after effects to stopping it.

I hope that my experience helps reduce your concern. I also hope the paroxetine helps with your GAD.

Good luck.




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