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Re: benzo doses

Posted by Elizabeth on December 6, 1999, at 20:03:43

In reply to Re: benzo doses (was Re: social anxiety - benzos), posted by Louise on December 6, 1999, at 17:44:56

> If I took that much Xanax all at once I'd be terribly drowsy (if not asleep), but I'm glad that works for you.

Here's the interesting part: it's sedating for me too, *except* when I am having or about to have a panic attack.

> I tried taking Xanax PRN, but I developed severe anxiety and agoraphobia.

I have to take an antidepressant with it, yeah (no agoraphobia though).

> By the time a panic situation were to develop, it would be too late for me to take Xanax.

I have "auras" (much like epileptic auras) that begin a while before a panic attack. Xanax seems to kick in within a half hour.

> My pdoc advised that because of an embalance in my brain, Xanax only works for me when I have a steady amount built up in my system. Although I take Xanax everyday, I have reduced my daily dose from 3 mg. to 2 mg. per day by taking glutamine and taurine supplements.

That's interesting; I should read up more on amino acids.

> Since I can't take Klonopin, I'm considering changing to Ativan, although someone suggested to me on another Board that Ativan is not as strong as Xanax, even though they believe it is more sedating.

It's not as *potent* - you'd need a higher dose - but I don't see any reason it wouldn't work. It's a bit longer-lasting and doesn't have the awful taste (so if you need it right away you can take it sublingually).




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