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Re: GABITRIL (tiagabine) new anti-anxiety drug??

Posted by further on November 9, 2003, at 21:05:31

In reply to Re: GABITRIL (tiagabine) new anti-anxiety drug??, posted by KarenE on October 29, 2003, at 11:23:34

> I have been taking Lexapro (20mg) and Welbutrin (150mg twice daily) for quite some time now and Gabitril (2mg) was recently added to my medication. I have only been takng i for a week or so now but in th past few days I have experienced a dull aching chest pain accompanied by slight nausea. I am wondering if anyone has any information on adverse side effects of Gabitril, and Gabitril in conjunction with Lexapro and Welbutrin.
> Also, does anyone believe, as I suspect, that 2mg daily is insufficient and will make no noticeable difference in the anxiety that is affecting every aspect of my life?

Having recently, after three kinds of therapy and several psychiatrists, come to understand that my underlying problem is actually anxiety, and not the million other things that they've been treating me for, well my cursed nonspecifc anxiety continues to rule and disrupt my life. But I sort of digress.

To get to your question, I'm currently becoming quite interested in Gabitril for it's anxiolytic effects and so have been reading a great deal about it. Unfortunately, I have only one answer for you, which would be to your final question, which would be that I believe your feeling to be correct about the dosage level.

However, I just ran across an article regarding a very small scale study which found Gabitril to be effective in reducing anxiety. They started with a small dose such as yours, and then increased it over time to more like 10 mg a day in seperate doses, if memory serves. So it could well be that your doc is just starting off slowly and has an actual plan. Let's hope. If he doesn't seem to be ramping up the dosage over time, then if I were you, I'd suggest that he do.

Here's that link...

Just some more tidbits of hopefully fairly accurate info that I've run across.

I'd certainly be interested in hearing anyone's experiences with it, at higher doses and for extended periods, as it continues to sound very promising to me.





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