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Posted by sean on March 27, 1999, at 12:46:28

In reply to I'M AFRAID TO TAKE THE XANAX, posted by Chris on March 27, 1999, at 7:48:03

> I recently had ovarian cyst surgery since the surgery which turned out fine--I have been having hot flashes, chills, sense of dread, racing thoughts, extremely upset stomach, gagging, etc. after extensive blood tests, hormone tests, etc. my doctors (gastrologist and internist) have concluded that I am having anxiety attacks--first tried prozac, which made me stay up 48 hours straight, then buspar, which made me have a stiff neck and extreme muscle spasms, NOW XANAX (0.25 mg) to be taken twice a day "as needed". I am scared to death to try this because I have no idea what will happen next. Any suggestions? She also gave me Hyoscyamine for stomach pain (an antispasmotic). I have never taken much medication in my life. I'm the kind of person who suffered through childbirth, even a headache because I hate meds. Please help!

I've been there w/xanax and being afraid to take
it but totally miserable and panic-stricken
without. I can also relate to major insomnia
on the SSRI's.

While xanax is not a great long-term strategy,
it can help "turn down" the anxiety signals in
your brain and help you reach a state of
stability. Other meds (which take longer to
work) can then take over. Are you seeing
psychiatrist? They are much better at this
sort of thing than regular docs.

I also found that I had a form of bipolar
illness, which in several studies, has shown
to be linked with panic disorder. There a
few medication trials where meds for this
disorder were helpful in panic. This is
good news because these drug are not addictive
in the sense that xanax is, and if you are
also dealing with bipolar-like symptoms on
antidepressants, it may help there as well.

But I'm not a doc... Good luck.




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