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Re: Any Meds Effective for GAD?

Posted by Louise on November 29, 1999, at 21:54:18

In reply to Re: Any Meds Effective for GAD?, posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 1999, at 20:36:42

>Does Xanax make you fat, ugly, and miserable???

Elizabeth, no, not at all ... just the opposite for me, it suppresses my appetite, but my understanding is that many of the antidepressants can alter your metabolism and cause weight gain.

>Well anyway, any of the antidepressants, except probably Wellbutrin, might be worth trying. There are also other benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Ativan that could work as well as Xanax with less frequent dosing (many people can get away with taking Klonopin twice a day).

I tried Klonopin a few years ago, but developed serious depression and a few other side effects while taking it, and I had never had ongoing depression before. It was also terribly difficult to wean off of, even while going back on Xanax. I am curious about Ativan ... I've heard it lasts a little longer so that you don't have that "rush in-rush out" feeling that I experience with Xanax. I've also heard that most of the antidepressants don't work for anxiety. What to do, what to do? I'm really curious about Effexor. I've heard a few good things about it, and wonder if it might be effective for general anxiety, without causing weight gain.





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