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Re: Difference between Ativan and Valium?

Posted by greenhornet on December 1, 2006, at 7:57:07

In reply to Re: Difference between Ativan and Valium? Quintal, posted by laima on November 29, 2006, at 9:22:08

> I have ben following this discussion with great interest as it brought back MANY memories. More than fourty tyears ago I was put on the ole' Meprobamate (Equanil) It worked wonders for me and my life went along fine until a new doc decided that I "had to get off that stuff" -- Well, I did and within days I was drinking vodka like a "wild Russian" I had never abused ANY substance prior to this. I stayed on this back and forth cycle (tranquilizers-booze-tranquilizers-booze) off and on for years until someone decided that I was depressed and put me on Imipramine. What followed was years of AD's. There are very few I have not taken. Then came the Ritalin when I was diagnosed ADD. Loved the stuff!!. Had to stop it, back into a horrid depression. After a couple of years of more antidepressants I came off everything. Today I take Wellbutrin SR 400mgm/day, Stattera/120 mgm/day, and Ativan 0.5 mgm twice a day. The Ativan made all the difference in the world. A physician in my family thinks that I was possibly not really depressed at all-- and that the anxiolytics are what I should have had in the first place. The only one of these meds that I ever really abused was the Ritalin -- the rapid buildup of tolerance did it.
I realize that every one and every situation must be viewed individually, but I have occasionally wondered what would have happened if the original anti-anxiety med had not be discontinued, and so abruptly??
This has been a good discussion. I really do feel that too many physicians are still way too "skitterish" about benzodiazapines...

> Well put, I agree.
> > Yes, I'm not sure I got 'high' on Klonopin either. The euphoria was more to do with the overwhelming sense of relief when all the anxiety melted away. I had little trouble withdrawing from opiates even though they are pleasurable to me - they enhance life, but benzos I sometimes think I need just to survive.
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> > Q




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