Posted by cache-monkey on October 7, 2004, at 13:47:35
In reply to Re: Help with anxiety/benzos, posted by Fred23 on October 6, 2004, at 22:58:36
> I seem to recall a benzo that actually has antidepressant qualities, but I'm not sure it is available in the US.
You're thinking of Xanax, which is available, but doctors are less likely to prescribe it now due to its bad reputation.
Ativan is another benzo that doesn't worsen depressions, and is less sedating that Klonopin, but doesn't have as long of a duration of action.
So, my pdoc has been giving me a prescription for Xanax to help with my bouts of anxiety and near-panic-attacks. Low dose; 0.25mg tablets, which I take maybe 5 of a week. Thing about it is that I can sometimes feel a little "hung over" the next day when I take one in the evening. Is this common to all benzos, or is it some reaction I'm having to Xanax?
I'm thinking about asking for a different benzo and had been thinking about Klonopin because of its long half-life. (In the back of my mind I'm worried about getting dependent. I've been fine so far with the Xanax, as indicated above, but I'm pretty thoroughly addicted to cigarettes, so...) But I'm concerned about Klonopin's potential for depression because I tend to have dysthymia.
So I'm wondering about Ativan. Anyone have experiences with it? Efficacy? Any sort of "hang over" effect?
Thanks for your feedback,