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Re: GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK)

Posted by Nickengland on March 24, 2005, at 18:02:13

In reply to Re: GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK) Nickengland, posted by ed_uk on March 24, 2005, at 13:07:23

If you suffer from severe anxiety, it can be helpful to have a few diazepam 5mg tablets to take if things get really bad.

Yes I guess it some ways it would be safer to know I have them just in case. All deprends on whether the psychiatrist will give diazepam to me though. He refused clonazepam and didn't offer an alternative, but I can always ask again. Is diazepam the least likely to be abused?

Sounds good. Don't start them both at the same time though or else you won't know what's helping!! Do you think you might be giving up on carbamazepine too early?

Yes in some repects I am. I've cut back on the dose , well I haven't taken it in the past couple of days and feel so much better. Through the past Ive had this effect of mood stabiliers pushing my mood down like this and have continued for a couple months only to cease the medication because of this. I think if I continued with carbamazepine I'd end up dis-continuing it anyway. With the trileptal maybe having less side-effects, im hoping (praying!) that'll i'll be able to handle that on a long-term basis.

Hmmm..I wonder if I will have any problems getting the gabapentin, as like you say I wont know which is working? Unless I can get both, start with the trileptal for a few weeks and if all goes well (if i can the side effects) add the gabapentin later if needed...

Thanks for the data on pub med : )..Is it mainly used by professionals in the US or Uk too?

Oh forgot to mention about the lithium the last time. I was taking a small dose 400mg for about 2 months. I could see how it works, but for me the weightgain was too much. I felt useless and at my worst point was in bed till 4:00pm in the afternoon!!!! Again this was another that pushed me too far down.

Ahh Manchester and Yorkshire, I've never even been that far up north. Been all over the south, lived in xxx for while and xxx..God i miss that place! Hope that oneday soon when Ive got my medication sorted to move again.

Kind regards,





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