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Re: Buspar - is this normal?

Posted by Jackster on January 14, 2003, at 3:58:45

In reply to Re: Buspar - is this normal? Jackster, posted by ZeeZee on January 13, 2003, at 9:10:49

> Yes, I use xanax as needed, usually when having a lot of anticipatory anxiety or actually panicking. Since I find it sedating it's not pratical for me to use daily. Also, because of its short half life it's not practical for use with my anticipatory anxiety that comes days in advance when having to step out of my invisible agoraphobic boundaries. My agoraphobia just keeps getting worse.
> I've been told by others on this board to use Klonopin daily because I will find that the sedative effects will wear off while providing the anti-anxiety effect. I've been afraid to go this route.
> After experiencing the dramatic change in my "what if" thinking while on MAOI's (can no longer take Parnate and Nardil) I'm still looking for something that will target my thinking without tranquilizing me. I'm planning on asking my pdoc for Moclobemide, another MAOI that's not sold in the US.
> I don't panic very often (I guess because I avoid whatever the situation is) but my agoraphobia and what if thinking is the biggest problem for me. My pdoc wants me to try Paxil however I've used Paxil in the past as well as other SSRI's and they've created intense panic out of nowhere for me. I'm deathly afraid of them - also not a good attitude to have to have a drug work for you!

Wow - your situation sounds so like mine. I was on Xanax for about a year after having a meltdown when I tapered off Paxil and tried starting Prozac. (Waaayyyyy to activating!) I found the Xanax way to sedating - which has put me off using benzos. (although klonopin doesn't seem as bad but have only tried it at lower doses). I too don't panic that often because I avoid situations that cause the attacks - and I know what that "What if" thought is like. It's amazing how fast the attack follows the thought.

Have you tried any tricyclics? I feel like I've really flogged the Paxil to death - it hardly works now - but my Pdoc is reluctant to change it - just augment it. The buspar didn't work - so it could be depakote next.





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