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Bromazepam and Other Benzos

Posted by banxious on August 22, 2002, at 23:10:29

I posted a little while back about severe situational anxiety and wanting to try bromazepam (not available in US).

I have since gotten a script for it and have been using it on and off. I thought the dose prescribed by my pdoc was a little high (6mg BID-TID prn), so I have been trying smaller doses with some success. I am really curious as to the degree of relief of anxiety I can really expect to receive from this drug, or any other benzo? Is it reasonable to expect true calm?

I will be leaving home for university for the first time shortly, that in combination with SP, GAD, depression in remission and mild inattentive ADD, needless to say I am feeling anxious -- its a lot for an 18 year old to deal with. Tonight I tried a full 6mg of bromazepam and still had these anxiety "surges", so I tried another 3mg about 75 min later. I feel a little calmer, but the anxiety is still there, is that what I should expect?

I have tried clonazepam 0.25-5mg BID prn. I switched to bromazepam because the clonazepam acted more like a heavy sedative than an anxiolytic.

My other meds are Remeron 30mg-60mg qhs, gabapentin 1200mg TID (for SP), Dexedrine 7.5-25mg/daily prn. Just finished a slow (4 month) taper of nortriptyline, 100mg-->0

Previously I have tried BuSpar 60mg/day, Effexor 225mg/day and fluoxetine 40mg QD, Parnate 10mg TID. All with little success. I've had some very occasional experience with Ativan, and I don't really care for it. I am concerned about dependence, tolerence, and interdose withdrawal associated with alprazolam.

I am starting to wonder if maybe some Valium might be more effective?

Sorry abouot the long post, but I would appreciate any insights that more experienced people might offer.




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