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Re: .thanks Elizabeth..mood stabilizers and panic

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2001, at 11:45:03

In reply to Re: .thanks Elizabeth..mood stabilizers and panic, posted by gilbert on December 15, 2001, at 23:11:03

> I found the ativan too weak even at 1.5 the dosage of xanax and klonopin makes me a Eunich....did I spell that right, it actually has more side effects sexually than prozac. The doc is talking about mood stabilizers.....kind of makes me wonder I show no signs of even having bi-polar II. I think I am better off in the long run as far as side effects go on xanax than an anti convulsant. I am very gun shy to medicate what has been life long panic with agoraphobia with anti-pychotics or stabilizers. I have always been a very typical panic disorder patient. He thinks because I did not do well on the ssri's we should be able to sub the xanax with depakote or lithium...I don't get it...I think he would have me on anything but a benzo. Any comment would be helpfull

It's called Benzophobia. Taking one off of a type of med BZD's in your case after not already trying the others available and in higher, theraputic doses is irresponsible in the extreme in my opinion. I know that the NHS uniformly discourages their usage but private care does not. Are you in a position to seek out a private doc that isn't under political or moral pressure to give you the care that you deserve? If not, ask to try Ativan at theraputic doses up to 4 -5 MGs and xanax at a decent dose and valium, and other BZD's. The anti-benzo zealotry is effecting you directly and you should at least have a go of these extremely useful meds before going on to others. Xanax is especially helpful in PD with nocturnal panic. Neurontin, a mood stabiliser could be used as a maintinence dose and xanax on to of that to get you through the night and not awake early. Or perhaps the higher dose of xanax would do that alone altogether.





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