Benzos and long term use.

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edr1222
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   Posted 2/23/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a long time panic disorder sufferer and like many others, I have tried different medications ...such as SSRI's, SNRI's and even some of the old trycyclics.   There has been some moderate success, but only with Celexa in the past, but it seemed to lose it's effectiveness over time.  Through all my trials with different meds, I have always been on Klonopin....sometimes .5 mg per day and there have been a few occassions where i have needed 1 mg.  My question is, are there many of you out there that have been using benzo's, i.e. Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Diazepam,  over the long term ?
 
It seems that through my bouts of panic and when things get bad....Klonopin is the only medication that has consistently been able to be of benefit.  My pscychiatrist says that there are many people who take these meds regularly.  As Panic sufferers, many of us are worried about Benzo addiction, including myself.  I recently posed the question to my psych....."Could my using Klonopin for such a long time ( about 2 strait years ) be damaging my system.\?"  His response was that at my dosage, I don't need to be worrying.  He did say, if I was taking a very high dosage, such as 3 mg per day or more that is might be a good idea to address the issue and see about tapering back.   Over the past two years, I have never taken more than 1 mg per day, but sometimes in the back of my mind, I wonder what long term use of these types of meds can possibly do to our system, such as brain function, liver function etc.  I guess if it helps me to feel better, I should probably try not to worry.  But, worry is a big part of the problem I guess.....kind of goes along with the disorder. 
 
It would be good to hear other peoples experiences with Benzos if you would like to share.
 
Thanks,
 
Ed

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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Ed
I have taken Benzo's for over 30 yrs ........sometimes I have had to be on Valium .....10 mgs 3 times a day and other times only 1 a day
I have also taken Ativan for many many yrs since it first was introduced.....that also was up to 1 mg 3 times a day
I have had to take the Valium and the Ativan during the same day ( not that amount though lol) as I take the ativan mostly to keep my Pyoderma sores from flaring up badly and the Valium for A/P

A few months ago I was able to come off of the meds w/o too much problems and w/d by weaning myself ( as has other ppl) with the doctors knowledge and input......I will not say it was a walk in the park as it wasnt but it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be having been on them for so long ya know
I was doing fine until major life changes and hurdles were tossed at me from all sides and I went back on the Valium with doc's blessings.........I am back up to the full 3 10 mg a day BUT I know I can come back down when I am on steadier ground and things are settling down within my life ........I have done it before and I can do it again BUT I DO emphathize that anyone doing this has a Doctor on board prior to going off benzo's or SSRI's ( most meds actually) prior to doing so
My brain function seems to be in working order .........well as good as it can be in the situation I am in and dealing with ......and my liver is tested every month like clockwork for another medication I take for Crohns so I know thats good ........
You have some very valid questions here and IMHO I think you are okay with the dosage you take
I am sure others will post and let you know their thoughts as well ..........
Take care Ed and keep us posted on how you are doing

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fuzzyw
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   Posted 2/23/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ed...I have severe Crohn's Disease & in '05 was diagnosed w/ a rare eye cancer. Following 6mos. of topical (thankfully!) chemo, I went into another hospital for what was supposed to be a 'temporary' ileostomy'...not to be, it's permanent. Approx. 10yrs. ago my anxiety/panic became overwhelming. I called my therapist & told her that if I couldn't 'get it together' that I would lose my job. I had been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for a few yrs. at this point & following my call, she prescribed Klonipin (clonazepam). I believe that it saved my job & my life. I've been on these drugs for years & had the same fears that you mentioned. My therapist & psychiatrist are both always telling me that I should be taking more of the drugs. The highest dosage of Klonipin that I take is 3mg. daily & I take up to 1.5 mg. Xanax, as needed. The Xanax wears off quickly & tends to leave me w/ a hangover type feeling so I use it mainly for help w/ falling asleep & when I feel that a panic attack is coming on. I was afraid that if I took too much of these drugs then the therapist would take me off, for abusing them. She's assured me, like yourself, that I take such a small dosage that I don't need to worry. Also, she told me that many people take these drugs for life. I also suffer from depression & have tried 14 different anti-depressants...while several made me feel like my old self again, I physically can't handle any of them. This is my first visit to this thread & I'm hoping to find people who've overcome anxiety/panic using holistic treatments such as accupuncture,, yoga, meditation. I'm currently on disability & therefore, can't afford to try many options but still want to know if people have beat this debilitating illness. Lastly, 20/20 did a story about  people dying or suffering from permanent side-effects from the use of Xanax...I'm not worried because all the people were using EXTREMELY high dosages such as 15/20mg. plus other substances...no comparisonto our situation. Lastly, I was a heavy drug user/drinker in my late teens/early 20's & I'm able to handle these drugs without becoming addicted. Well, that's my story...thanks for listening & hopefully, we'll both find the mental freedom that we're seeking! tongue
Fuzzy:
25+ yrs. Crohn's Disease Sufferer (diagnosed in '84); 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Drugs:
Ciprofloxacin as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement; Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism
 
Several Eye meds used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)
 
Too many former drugs to name. Resection-'91, Sub-total Colectomy-'93, Rectal Abcess Excision-'01, Ileostomy-'06 (several other unrelated surgeries)


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   Posted 2/23/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Fuzzy
Thanks for sharing your story it really does help to hear from others in the same situations
I have crohns as well amongst many other DD and I too believe that w/o my a/p meds I would be lost ...........BUT I do also use techniques that help me thru the times ...........
I do Cognitive behavioural Therapy ( life saver for me )..........Breathing and Relaxation tech's as well as some hobbies that keep my mind occupied .........I FIGHT this DD known as Anxiety and Panic with all I have
I firmly believe in the saying that
"I have Anxiety ...........Anxiety does not have me "

The greatest support system is right here with all these wonderful and understanding ppl we have that will do anything they can to help you or anyone out if within their power

YOU have gone thru Hades and back and you are a FIGHTER........Kudos to you
Stay with us please and keep posting I am sure you have plenty to offer this forum ..........
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badgenetics1
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   Posted 2/27/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to pipe in. I have been on Klonopin for 2 years, higest dose would be 1.5 mg per day. I also have had severe anxiety about taking this anti-anxiety med (how ironic) I also have tapered sucessfully and unsucessfully many times. I know I do have some physical/psychological "attachment" to it, basically because it has worked so darn well for me in the past. I also have the same attachment for coffee and chocolate :) But at times I do feel like an addict :(

I think I have come to the conclusion just not to suffer anymore, and If I need to swallow a few pills to do that its OK.

I have been off it for as long as 6 months, so it is possible to taper off. I would be dead without it.

Best wishes!

Ginny
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   Posted 2/27/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a long term benzo user too. 6 years. I hate it.  I was prescribed Clobazam (frisium) which is also used as an anti-epileptic.  I had simple partial seizures.  I had no idea what I was about to get into by taking this stuff.
 
Over 2 years, my dose went from 10mg all the way up to 40mg a day in order to manage my seizures.  Yup, 40mg a day.  At that point, my neurologist said, "I don't think this is working for you."  No, really???  Ya think?
 
So I'm tapering off of this crap right now, and it's hell.  It's so flippin' addictive.  Amazingly, I'm down to 22.5mg a day now, from 40, last June.  So my taper is going well, and faster than predicted.  I can only do 2.5mg every 6-8 weeks. I notice my anxiety go haywire within 2 weeks of tapering down.  Then it makes me psycho for a couple of weeks, then I'm okay!  I give myself about a 3 week period of feeling good, then I taper down again.  I should be off it completely in another year.  But holy moly is this stuff ever addictive.  I feel like I'm a drug addict.  I hate this medication with all my being skull   I'll never ever go on another benzo ever again.  Just wanted you to know how bad it can get on those really high doses.  Take with great care.
 
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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Add me to the list, 24 years approximately and I am not worrying about getting cured now even thow my Pdoc thinks it would be good.  I use them is smaller amounts now but without them I am thrown into anxiety attacks.

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   Posted 2/27/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Long term damage...

...well, to be honest with you, there hasn't been a study about this. There has been for higher dosages since it was originally developed for people who suffer with seizures, but those doses are much higher that what we take (or should be taking!). Klonopin wasn't approved for panic disorder until relatively recently.

I wouldn't worry about it. I mean, it's a quality of life issue. If it's the only drug you've found that works, you have two choices. They are to take the drug, or to suffer. My personal choice is that even if the stuff cuts ten years off my life, it's worth it. Now it's NOT going to do that, but you see what I'm talking about, right? I'd much rather live as normal of a life as possible even if there are some repercussions later on. Not a doctor or researcher, but your dose (and mine) is so small that I really doubt it could do any major harm. But that's just a hunch.

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   Posted 2/27/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking xanax for18 years. Small dose for five years which did not help me. Now 1mg 3 times daily and an extra dose if I get an attack which is rare. I too was worried about long term usage but my doc said the benzos are safe. I used to see it as an addiction but now I see it as something that makes my life here bearable. Those first 5 years were no joke. I have resigned myself to taking it for life beacuse whats the sense of livng if my quality of life is in the unbearable without it.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/28/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Great input and Thread IMHO

I too believe that I want to live each day and if that means I ahve to take a pill to do it I WILL .......

I think this thread was a good thing to start up and I do hope more add to it

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marthamae
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   Posted 2/29/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken Xanax for about five years. I take it as needed. When I had surgery I took about 1 mg a day to help me with anxiety and pain and being overwhelmed. If I have a panic attack I might take .5. If I'm going through stress, I might take a .25 a couple times a day for a week or so. When I got depressed I took Xanax, along with all my psych drugs to calm me down.

I will also go days, weeks, and even some months without taking any. My psychiatrist gives me enough to take two .25 per day and he just gives me the proper refills every time I see him so I have quite a stockpile so I am happy that way.

Panike
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   Posted 2/29/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I also agree that this a good thread because i've been taking xanax sometimes .1mg a day or just at bedtime for about 4 months now.I was also worried about the long term effects of it or getting hooked on it,but like many others have said it has been a life saver for me.I have been on many different SRI's and hydroxizine for years and nothing has worked or given me instant relief from panic like the xanax. I usually take a very low dose but if i'm really bad off i will take .1mg twice a day which is rare.I agree with what some of the others have said about if it improves your quality of life why worry about it. I try to live life day by day and not worrying too much about the future.So if it makes me feel good today then i'm not worried about the addiction,i'll tackle that problem if and when it gets here!

Aurora60
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   Posted 2/29/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm curious what would be considered a high dose to take of Xanax.  Would 1.5 to 2 mg be considered a high dose?  If you go off of it can you have seizures?  Wondering because I don't want to take something that would be harmful but suffer a lot from panic. Which is worse to suffer from panic and not be able to go out and feel like you're going crazy or take the meds and possibly get addicted?  Klonopin never worked for me.  Thanks for any replies.

fuzzyw
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   Posted 3/2/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora60...an average dose, per 'The Pill Book', is .75 to 4mg daily. Generally, it depends on the individual & their degree of anxiety (your doctor should be monitering the type & dosages of all drugs that you're taking). I'm unable to tolerate most drugs, including antibiotics, but seem to have a fairly high tolerance for sedative/tranquilizing type drugs. I was once in an extreme state of panic & took 5mg of Xanax...it helped but didn't completely calm me. In a normal state of anxiety/panic, this dosage would've been more than enough. It also depends on what other drugs you're taking (ex: 15mg Xanax + Valium could be dangerous). I find that generally, the worse the anxiety, the more a person is able to tolerate. One tip: Xanax is not known for causing seizures (this is a rare side-effect of Klonipin (generic: clonazepam)) but, to avoid side-effects of withdrawal (generally, not feeling well), it's best to taper off the drug rather than stopping it cold. Very easy to do & helps to lessen a sudden anxiety attack. tongue
Fuzzy:
25+ yrs. Crohn's Disease Sufferer; 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Drugs:
Cipro as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement; Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism (too many former Crohn's drugs to list)
Several Eye meds used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)
Surgeries:
Resection-'91, Sub-total Colectomy-'93, Rectal Abcess Excision-'01, Ileostomy-'06 (several other unrelated surgeries)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input fuzzyw

Doc's should be monitoring all your meds especially pain and sedatives or SSRI's IMHO.........

Like you with the xanax I took enough Valium yesterday ( really bad day and I swear it did nothing but I am sure it would have knocked over a horse ...still within the amount I am allowed to take if needed when under severe stress)

Take care ....LYN
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fuzzyw
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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that people get freaked out when starting these drugs, due to the rare horror stories that are shown by the media. Also, it seems to be a trend that the people most concerned about developing an addiction or believing that they're taking too high a dosage are actually the ones that are taking minimum dosages. You have to weigh your options, for every drug & every medical procedure. In the case of anti-anxiety drugs, has your life improved while on these meds? I made the decision to take extremely potent drugs for Crohn's Disease & eventually ended-up w/ a rare cancer (may or may not be due to the drugs). However, if I were to go back in time & in the same position, I can honestly say that I would've taken the same route as I was in excrutiating pain & barely functioning (it was a last option in my case & I knew the potential for SERIOUS side-effects...I had to sign a consent form prior to taking these drugs). The anti-anxiety drugs, when taken in moderation, are known to be generally safe & can positively change one's health (no drug is w/out possible side-effects). Lastly, you can always lower the dosage and, like a friend of mine, she takes an anti-dreppressants in cycles, not all year long. In other words, you have several options when it comes to these meds...every individual requires different needs. Go w/ your instinct & certainly talk w/ others taking these drugs (& there are thousands!).
Fuzzy:
25+ yrs. Crohn's Disease Sufferer; 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Drugs:
Cipro as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement; Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism (too many former Crohn's drugs to list)
Several Eye meds used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)
Surgeries:
Resection-'91, Sub-total Colectomy-'93, Rectal Abcess Excision-'01, Ileostomy-'06 (several other unrelated surgeries)


badgenetics1
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   Posted 3/4/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to add a funny story, I as I mentioned have taking Klonopin on and off for a few years and last summer went into hosp to have a birth defect corrected in my heart. Before the surgery I was terrified, crying, etc. They THOUGHT thy could give me some midazolaim (sp) a valium derivitive to calm me down. Although I don't remember much, the nurses and Dr.'s were astonihed at how much to took to have affect on me. They said I was talking and awake through the whole thing and had gone through the max amount allowed and I was still agitated! So, I think it speaks to the fact that the more anxiety you have to begin with the more tolerance you have. As my psych said, if you are a 10 on the anxiety scale, it just takes 10x more drug to have the same effect.

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   Posted 3/4/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

badgenetics1

Great sharing and I am one of the people that can take high doses and still walk and talk. I have been on a benzo for 26 years and Valium is the one I use as it is the longest acting.
I am like Lyn, right now with several issues going on in my life I either took the larger dose or I was feeling like I was short circuiting inside my whole body.

Remember each person is different and always consult your physician before changing doses.  Take care.
Kitt


 
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   Posted 3/4/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi All...I had a similar hospital experience...after spending several hours in the ER, following a diagnosis of a serious rectal abcess, the doctors made the decision that the abcess could be safely excised w/out surgery. Personally, I was hoping for the surgery as I'm not keen on needles & pain. Anyway, the next morning I was wheeled down to the basement area & I was the only patient (note: this was at Brigham & Women's, a major Boston hospital & I felt like I was in a Robin Cook medical thriller...creepy!). I was freaking out but so glad when told that I would be given Ativan. So, they get ready to infuse the drug & state that they're giving me 1mg! Needless to say, it did nothing. They added another mg. & guess what? Finally, I'm given a 3rd mg. & am told that that's the max! They may as well have given me a placebo. Fortunately, I was injected w/ alot of Lidocaine (ugh...hate that stingy stuff!) & the rest was painless, thankfully. 

Question: I'm an insomniac (although I could sleep all day) & had been prescribed sleeping pills. Like anti-depressants, I was unable to handle the side-effects. My therapist has suggested that, rather than take my 3rd dose of Klonipin, at bedtime, that we replace this with Seroquel (generic name: Quetiapine). This drug is an anti-psychotic used for Manic-Depression & Schizophrenia & has numerous side-effects. She told me that I would be put on a minute dose & not to worry about these effects. While I don't have either of these illnesses, my mind tends to race w/ thoughts (often negative) when I try to go to sleep. Has anyone had any experience w/ this drug or another type of anti-psychotic?  tongue


Fuzzy:
25+ yrs. Crohn's Disease Sufferer; 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Drugs:
Cipro as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement; Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism (too many former Crohn's drugs to list)
Several Eye meds used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)
Surgeries:
Resection-'91, Sub-total Colectomy-'93, Rectal Abcess Excision-'01, Ileostomy-'06 (several other unrelated surgeries)


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   Posted 3/4/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, this is artpainter44;i was on valium for 8 yrs until i got a new doc who said i was addicted;i wasn'r because i took a certain amt for a certain..set.. time, then tapered off & stayed off for several month to 3 yrs one time....benzos are so easy to become addicted to; you need more & more to get same effect;now my doc is alternating a small dose of klonioin with something called serax..same family...easier to taper off of....i haven't takes any benzos for 4 months, will probably start back on in a month or 2(it is for cfs;it's like a miracle drug ;it supresses at least a couple of overactive things in my immune system & allows me to function & just feel normal.does anyoe else here go on, of, om, off?if so, how does it work for you? i still have very bad cfs days...mostly when off or tapering;but the good days make up for it some..a lt, actually!! out of 30 days, without bevzos, i had 2 good days if i was lucky;this way it's 2 weeks or more...eben taper & off..it's better. please share any similar experiences..thanks, artpainter44

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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Artpainter,
It is so good to see you here.  I am glad that you have worked with your doctor and are on a schedule of benzos that cover your problems and give yoy those couple of good weeks. I am on the Valium and it works well for me as it is long acting. 

Keep on posting here, it is wonderful to see you on the site.

fuzzyw

I use the Trazodone at low dose for sleep too and not as an antipsychotic.  I know there are other members that use some of these same meds off label for sleep but they are such low doses that you should not have a problem.  Just remember your physician in the go to person if you feel you do run into any concerns.

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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Fuzzy-
 
about the Seroquel, my Dr. suggested it as well.  I also have had major sleep issues but decided to try Lexapro first.  It has tremedoulsy helped my sleep, as opposed to other Anit-depressants I have tried which make insomnia worse!  I also could not tolerate sleeping pills (Ambien, Lunesta).
 
However I would try Seroquel if the Lex no longer works, there is emerging evidence that it is useful in very small doses for anxiety and insomnia.  My Grandmother takes it and she says she has no ill effects at a low level (12.5 mg I think)

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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.....I have been taking Xanax for 18 years, yep 18 years.
I was so afraid of addiction it only made my panic attacks worse. I finally found a great therapist and she really calmed my fears. She said sometimes anxiety is a life long problem and if it takes a pill to live, then so be it.
She also said, "people who are afraid of being addicted, are the ones who will not ABUSE the drugs? She told me to chill and take the xanax and stop worrying. I have no side effects from xanax and take 2mg a day. It makes my life bearable and when things are going fine, I am a very happy person
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Tootie, Hi I am Kitt and so glad to see you here in the A & P Forum.  I totally agree with you.  If it works and you need the med to live a productive and happy life then use it..........

I think I have been on one kind or another of benzo for 22 years. Feeling like I cannot leave home or crying all day is not the choice  Iwould make so the meds won hands down for me.
Of course each person is entitled to their rights and believes.

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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
hi i am new i have anxiety and panick attacks also on benzo
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