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Re: benzo doses

Posted by Elizabeth on December 7, 1999, at 12:12:00

In reply to Re: benzo doses, posted by Louise on December 6, 1999, at 22:06:14

> Unfortunately I'm unable to take A/Ds. I've been trying Effexor XR for GAD, but I've developed a terrible ringing in my ears and nausea, so I guess another A/D bites the dust. I had such high hopes for this drug since it's an SNRI not an SSRI.

I wonder what causes the tinnitus. That is weird.

> You're lucky that way. I get GAD which on occasion has triggered a panic attack, but much more likely just turns into agoraphobia, which in some ways is even worse.

Oh, I agree totally - I think agoraphobia is probably the most debilitating of the anxiety disorders.

> They've helped me a lot, along with other natural remedies, but they aren't miracle cures. I'm hoping one day some other med will come along that works well on the GABA receptors without the problems of the benzos or the side effects of the A/Ds.

Some of the anticonvulsants do, FWIW. Gabitril, e.g., is a GABA reuptake inhibitor. Also, I don't recall if you've tried MAOIs, but Nardil (or one of its metabolites) inhibits GABA transaminase.

> Xanax is very bitter. I'm going to ask my pdoc to switch me over to Ativan ... at least for a while. My pdoc is pro-Xanax because he says it's better for panic, but he says Ativan is better for your liver.

That's true, yeah. And yes, Xanax tastes *gross*!




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