Posted by Waterlily on December 4, 2003, at 7:53:45
In reply to A Balanced Alternative View of Xanax » maxx44, posted by Clayton on December 3, 2003, at 21:58:13
I find Xanax to be much too sedating. It puts me to sleep. I remember my first horrendous major panic attack...seemed like it lasted for days, and on a holiday weekend. I called the pdoc on call and explained the situation. I told him that I took xanax (previously prescribed for control of anxiety during airplane travel) but that it made me too sleepy. He said "Would you rather panic or be sleepy?". A lot of good that did. I haven't called after hours since then. Once the weekend was over I was able to see my pdoc and he prescribed Ativan, which was really a miracle for me. It controlled my anxiety without making me tired or 'out of it'. It really does break the cycle of anxiety and I wonder if I shouldn't be taking it more often than I am. I use maybe 5 pills of .5 mg every month. The prescription for 60 with two refills on it that I recently had filled should last me for years. My doc asks me every time I see him if I need more.
I've never tried klonopin.