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Re: Meds for anxiety prn tensor

Posted by Emme_V2 on March 3, 2013, at 7:08:41

In reply to Re: Meds for anxiety prn Phil, posted by tensor on March 1, 2013, at 12:05:00

> > Just curious tensor, why stop Clonazepam to start another drug that is going to have more side effects?
> > I know that no one wants to be on a benzo for whatever reason but I'm just curious.
>
> I have tried most things to stop my recurring depressions that are becoming more frequent. I have not been benzo free for twelve years, so it could play a role. A rapid discontinuation doesn't work, the anxiety and the depression are too much to handle.
> Going the Ashton way, which I plan todo, will take over six months. If, under that period, there was a stressful event I can't resort to benzos as usual, that would be throwing away months of tapering.
> I do not want something to take regularly just for this, amitrip is doing a pretty good job. I'm just thinking ahead, maybe I think too much, I don't know.
>
> /tensor


I think all benzos are not created equal. When I suspected that clonazepam might be making me more depressed, I cross-tapered over to xanax, which I use PRN to this day. It's pretty much an ideal drug for me. I know how my body handles it, no side effects, no tolerance, no rebound anxiety or withdrawal when it wears off.

I personally wouldn't be so quick to dis benzos. They've been around a long time, they are well understood, and a lot of people do well with them long term. You might want to consider crossing to another one and see if it makes a difference in how you feel.

Other than benzos, Paxil helped my anxiety and my depression, but it pooped out for the depression. A tiny dose of Seroquel has worked well for me PRN when my anxiety hits the stratosphere or if I simply can't sleep.

Good luck.

 

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