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Suggestions for anxiety medication

Maceasar

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Hello
I have had depression for 40 years and anxiety for 30 years.

My anxiety manifests in excessive sweating. When Im having anxiety, I am sweating. Not all the time can other people tell that Im sweating but there are times when people can tell. I would rather have a rapid heartbeat as opposed to sweating

I started taking Xanax [pronounced Zan-axe] (1.5 mg per day) and I turned my life around. I couldnt work before Xanax but I was working while on Xanax.

But my doctor didnt like me being on Xanax. I live in Canada and the College of Medicine frowned upon the use of Xanax. I entered hospital and I came off Xanax. That was 7 months but my anxiety attacks are severe and I have asked my doctor for a substitute to Xanax, but Im not sure what I can take. What tranquilser can I take that will help with my anxiety?

I have taken Quintipine (Seroquel) but it didnt help. I am taking propanonol , a beta blocker, but it does nothing to help. I see my doctor in about a week and I want to know what valid options I have.

I have tried mindfulness, meditation, CBT but it hasnt helped with the anxiety.

Thank you
Mark
 

Akenn

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Hello
I have had depression for 40 years and anxiety for 30 years.

My anxiety manifests in excessive sweating. When Im having anxiety, I am sweating. Not all the time can other people tell that Im sweating but there are times when people can tell. I would rather have a rapid heartbeat as opposed to sweating

I started taking Xanax [pronounced Zan-axe] (1.5 mg per day) and I turned my life around. I couldnt work before Xanax but I was working while on Xanax.

But my doctor didnt like me being on Xanax. I live in Canada and the College of Medicine frowned upon the use of Xanax. I entered hospital and I came off Xanax. That was 7 months but my anxiety attacks are severe and I have asked my doctor for a substitute to Xanax, but Im not sure what I can take. What tranquilser can I take that will help with my anxiety?

I have taken Quintipine (Seroquel) but it didnt help. I am taking propanonol , a beta blocker, but it does nothing to help. I see my doctor in about a week and I want to know what valid options I have.

I have tried mindfulness, meditation, CBT but it hasnt helped with the anxiety.

Thank you
Mark
I am surprised they don't prescribe Xanax. In US they prescribe it very often. I dont take medication yet but they want me to start Lexapro. It's an antidepressant and used to treat anxiety. I was feeling better so decided not to start it but people on this forum have given me good feedback on Lexapro. I don't know if you are taking an antidepressant. I also have chronic insomnia and was taking Ambien to sleep it stopped working and I find myself beyond restless starting at 3am. Best wishes
 

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Thanks for the reply.
I am on Wellbutrin, and Paxil is suppose to help with the anxiety but it hasnt.
Its interesting that Xanax is prescribed in the US? I thought about writing the College of Medicine to find out more about their view on Xanax. But knowing that Xanax is still prescribed in the Us is very helpful to know and maybe a bargaining chip with my doctor
Thank you
 

Akenn

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Thanks for the reply.
I am on Wellbutrin, and Paxil is suppose to help with the anxiety but it hasnt.
Its interesting that Xanax is prescribed in the US? I thought about writing the College of Medicine to find out more about their view on Xanax. But knowing that Xanax is still prescribed in the Us is very helpful to know and maybe a bargaining chip with my doctor
Thank you
They prescribed it to me because I had a health scare and they think I developed anxiety as a result. I haven't touched it at all. I didnt even ask for it and they were quick to prescribe it. I am to afraid of unwanted side effects to try any medication. I mean I know that sounds weird as I take a sleeping pill. But I have taken it in past and never had bad side effects with it. I guess trying something new like a benzo or antidepressant is what scares me
 

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Some countries have actually banned Xanax. Not exactly sure as to why. If you need instant relief it is good. When used the correct way there is nothing wrong with it. But a lot of people up their own dose after about a year or so. To feel the same effect they did when they first started on Xanax. Which means it can lose its effects. Might find it doing nothing for you after a certain period of time. This is when people take more. Then they might have to come off it. Which can be hard for most people. Benzo wise I prefer Klonopin. ( We call it by a different name here in Ireland ) The effects are not instant. More spread out throughout the day. No instant kick. Certainly won't lose it effects after a year or two. Just a more steady release into your system. But like Xanax, some doctors hate to give them out. Simply because it is another Benzo. Think younger doctors are against them big time. The newer generation of doctors.
 

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Xanax works well for me too, here in US, but my doc has also taken me off of it. Docs in general fear patients will get dependent on or abuse alprazolam (and other benzodiazapenes). I now take clonazepam, which works, but not as fast as Xanax. It is a benzo, but doc follows me pretty close and I am not "drug seeking."

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Maceasar

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Akenn, Cuchulan, Boomer57,
Thank you for the input. Im trying to find out what options I have when I see my doctor on Monday. I have been aware of Clonazepam/Klonopin but I never asked my therapist about it as an alternate. I dont know if he will be open to it because it is a benzo but I feel like I need something that helps with the anxiety
Thank you ;-)
 

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I first got diagnosed with generalized anxiety 20 years ago. i was prescribed lorezapam at the ER for instant relief. And boy did they work well. Too well. the prescription instructed to take one daily as needed. I understood this as one daily until they are all gone. There were 30 pills. When the pills ran out, i went to the Dr for more. This was a different Dr, not the one who originally prescribed the pills. The new Dr looked at me then looked at the empty bottle of medicine then looked at me then the bottle then me again and said "you finish the whole bottle? ". I. Said yes why? He explained how addictive and powerful these pills were and that i shouldn't rely on them for daily use. I said that I felt fine. Anyways, he asked that i stay off them a refered me to a neurologist who prescribed effexor. The next few days were hell getting off the lorezapam. Cold sweats, shakiness, headaches, vomiting, insomnia. Anyways, long story short, i can understand why Dr's steer away from these drugs. They are effective but habit forming as well.
 

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I was responsible with Xanax. I didnt abuse it. The hard part was getting off of it.
Top wean myself, I scraped 'grains off of Xanax' but it didnt help.
I was only on .75 mg and I went into the hospital to get off of it. The hospital would halve the dose and that worked. No more Xanax

But I had a huge anxiety / sweating attack at the hospital and I sat away from other patients. I dont know what its like but Ill take valium at this point.

Im housebound with no drug
 

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Most doctors are dead said against prescribing Xanax in the USA. One Doctor even told me it was like cheating on a big test idk wtf test he was referring too this is my life. Another doctor told me that I was was abusing them by taking 1.5 mg a day. They do work but they are hella hard to get off also I built up a tolerance to them pretty fast and had to take more and more to feel the effects. Honestly they work but I can't reccomend them to most people because they can be addictive. I took SSRI'S and SSRNs for 15+ years then got off of them and can't take them because they give me horrible insomnia. They worked great for my Anxiety but I cant tolerate them anymore.
Oh yeah some studies said they can cause rebound anxiety when your not taking them idk if that's true or not.
 
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