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Re: Benzos, Benzos, Benzos... ed_uk

Posted by mattw84 on April 18, 2005, at 17:58:41

In reply to Re: Benzos, Benzos, Benzos... mattw84, posted by ed_uk on April 18, 2005, at 14:36:53

> Hi Matt,
> After your withdrawal is complete, you could consider using Xanax prn for severe anxiety. I do not know whether this will be necessary, it's just a suggestion. Benzos can be very useful for the prn treatment of severe anxiety.
> You *may* be physically dependent on Xanax but you are not a 'drug addict' AFAIK! There is no reason to avoid Xanax completely in future, prn use will not re-establish physical dependence. It's only necessary to avoid a drug completely if there's been a psychological 'addiction' eg. alcohol in a former 'alcoholic'.
> I'm not sure why you've decided to withdraw overnight, I would not want you to experience intense anxiety or have a seizure.
> Ed.


It's not overnight per se, and perhaps I am crazy for wanting to withdraw immediately. I can only say that I am not gaining anything by taking the Xanax other than a stigma from my peers.

I have no addiction - psychologically, and I would have anticipated physical withdrawal symptoms to have began to precipitate by this point. Undoubtedly I will experience some symptomatic withdrawals, but I have a stable mindset going into this and that is a large factor to consider. ..

Inspite of my medical training, my B.S. in Psychology still holds water in that there is much to be said for "mind over matter."

*Also - the treatment was originally treatment for agoraphobia, not relative to panic nor generalized anxiety.

I much appreciate your concern -- and I am definately paying attention to what signals my body is sending. However, you need not worry - granted the fact that I am not. =D 3mg b.i.d. to zero, that has to be some kind of world record right??

Thanks again Ed!





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