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Re: Meds for PTSD??

Posted by Elizabeth on February 17, 1999, at 17:18:58

In reply to Meds for PTSD??, posted by Christy on February 17, 1999, at 1:33:49

> Understanding that PTSD is an emotional condition and not a chemical one, it's symptoms such as panic attacks, depression and what not are debilitating.
> Does anyone know of any medicine that can be safely used long-term to treat these symptoms as they arise?
> Thanks and good luck to all!

I think that the distinction between "emotional" and "chemical" conditions is ultimately misleading. Emotions are absolutely chemical-electrical-etc.

That said...yes, medication treatment of PTSD usually is aimed at the specific symptoms, antidepressants being a mainstay. Benzodiazepines (e.g., clonazepam) and a slew of other medications are also used; again it depends what specific symptoms are manifest. All are safe for long-term use, although you should be aware that benzodiazepine withdrawal is dangerous, so if a benzodiazepine is used on a regular schedule (as opposed to intermittently, "as needed") for too long, tapering off can't be rushed.

Hope that helps some; Dr. Bob's "Psychopharmacology Tips" site has quite a bit on this subject (there's a link from this page).




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