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Re: abilify for social anxiety?

Posted by med_empowered on September 13, 2005, at 15:06:27

In reply to Re: abilify for social anxiety? mworkman, posted by ed_uk on September 13, 2005, at 14:47:51

antipsychotics do sometimes help people with anxiety...its an old off-label tradition; if you notice, things like Stelazine and Mellaril were (sometimes still are) prescribed to those who were anxious and weren't adequately helped by benzos. That said...I'd try the benzo approach first, maybe adding something to the Klonopin (like prn Ativan) instead of continually upping the Klonopin, since drug-induced depression can be a problem. If you decide *not* to take an MAOI, Buspar can be a useful add-on...30-45mgs is a good dose for a lot of people. You might get some help from antipsychotics, but I think you'd be best served by trying the more conventional routes first...one little-used option would be adding a bit of Limbitrol, the elavil+librium combo, to another antidepressant (I think you can add it to an MAOI, but its tricky). Low-dose tricyclic therapy helps a lot of people, so you could probably take a couple Limbitrol tabs daily and get a lot of benefit. Good luck!


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