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Posted by yxibow on October 2, 2006, at 18:14:57

In reply to Re: WHICH MEDICINE IS LESS HABIT-FORMING?, posted by Racer on October 2, 2006, at 18:01:43

> If you want to avoid habit forming meds, you might try a low dose of one of the newer antipsychotics. They are used a lot for that these days. Seroquel or Risperdal might be good, based on what I've read here.

I wouldn't go any more than "low" on Risperdal -- a regular dose of Risperdal isn't that much different in intensity than its analogue Haldol. Seroquel is mostly harmless at a low (50-100mg) level, the chance of TD is there but miniscule.

Xanax is more habituating because of its "immediacy" effect on the body, it is more gratifying than Klonopin or Valium. There's nothing wrong with a medically valid level of Valium on the system as long as one is prepared to ramp up and down slowly on a benzodiazepine as needed. Cold turkey is not something to do. Valium has an average of 24+ hours of half life and Klonopin 16+ in the general population. Klonopin should really be dosed twice daily, Valium doesn't need to be, but it doesn't hurt. Xanax has to be dosed up to 4x a day and thus is best as a PRN (as needed) medication rather than an ongoing prescription.

> For what it's worth, if the label "anti-psychotic" bothers you, most of the tranquilizers/sedatives we give horses (and some that we give cats) are actually anti-psychotics. I know the name can be a bother, but the drugs themselves are useful even without psychosis. ;-)

Ketamine isn't an antipsychotic (horse tranquilizer, pediatric anaesthetic, and atrocious street drug K.) -- its in a class of dissociative anaesthetics and is a very nasty thing.

-- Jay




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