Posted by Melanie-00 on December 6, 2010, at 14:25:16
In reply to Re: I wish there was a pill for stress, posted by Deneb on December 4, 2010, at 22:56:13
I am not able to get access to benzos either, at the moment, and even if I were, I'm not sure I would take them. When I took them briefly in the past, they worked great for me, but then when I went back to my doc to get a refill, I was informed that they were addictive and that I could get only one more prescription filled. I was not ever addicted to benzos, being on them such a short time, but even in that short period, I was becoming psychologically dependent. That is, every time anxiety reared its ugly head I *thought* about taking a klonopin pill, though most of the time I didn't. Knowing that I couldn't get more benzos made me really scared about what would happen if I really freaked out and had nothing to turn to, so I basically stretched those last 30 pills out over a year! Taking a quarter of a pill here, a quarter of a pill there, and then, only when I was really desperate. Running out of pills became a new source of anxiety for me because benzos were really the only thing I found to help me in my worst periods. (Exercise helps a lot for more mild anxiety.)
Recently, my anxiety has been worse again, and I've started to investigate alternatives to benzos. I heard good things about niacinamide (one of the forms of vitamin b3), but so far, it has not had the hoped-for effect. Then again, I just started it a few days ago, so maybe there's still a chance it will help. (I started a thread about this on the "alternative" board.)
Inositol helps me a tiny bit, but it's nothing to write home about. It might take the sharpest edge off of my panic, but that's about it.
I hope you find something that helps you!