Should I take a Zanax before interview??

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katekate888
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   Posted 12/7/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
So tomorrow i have a interview for a manager position and im so nervous i dont think im going to sleep tonight. I know that im going to  have even more anxiety tomorrow morning before the interview. the thing is that ive never taken zanax during the day, only at night to help me relax if i needed to before bed... so.. I was thinking of taking it tomorrow before the interview to calm my nerves but im afraid that it will make me act differently...idk maybe im thinking about it too much.. does anyone have any advice or suggestions??
 
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/7/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I take up to .25 before interviews or other really scary times! I also take .25 the night before at times.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


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   Posted 12/7/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take .25 mg before any stressful moments I know I am gonna be facing.  I take it three times daily but if I know something is coming up that is going to be extremely stressful, I do add an extra dose.  I have never noticed it making me act differently or anything.  If you are really worried about taking it, maybe just take half of your dose.  I've been doing a lot of job interviews lately myself so I know exactly how you are feeling and what the anxiety feels like to go on an interview.  Just go in there confident, prepared and be yourself and you will be fine.

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   Posted 12/7/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   

i doubt it would hurt to take a little extra- depends how your system reacts to it. im on 4mg and i cant even feel it.

good luck with interview!! Maz XX


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   Posted 12/7/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to take four mg before when I was under a lot of stress when my first husband was dieing of lung cancer. I could function on that too. But now I take .5 three times a day and that works good.

I would suggest you taking a little so you wont have as much anxiety. I carry extra around in case I get anxious in public places. It doesn't take long to kick in and that helps so much.

But if you really want to know what to do, you should really talk to your doctor about it. But in my opinion, it would be a smart move.

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/8/2008 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Lusima while I agree that it is important to learn coping skills to help w/ anxiety a job interview is no place to practice that cold turkey. Medications like xanax are available for a reason and to be used on occasion to deal w/ anxiety. If she was asking if she should take it every day before watching the news the better answer would probably be well lets see what we can work on here - but she is asking for a one time or rare event, totally different.

And there are many that now live fulfilling lives with the help of DAILY medication that would not be able to work or leave the house without it. Not everyone can just "get over it." I don't think you meant to be judgmental in your post but please be considerate of other people.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/8/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I've taken it for 25 years. If you want it to act real fast put it under your
tongue. Gee... if it was me I'd take half my usual night dose. If I still
felt stressed I'd take 3/4 ...
However, follow your OWN good advice.
Pamela

Mazfire
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   Posted 12/8/2008 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Lusima87 said...
I say start controlling it... It's not that its uncontrollable... Don't get depended on stuff like that... I have extreme anxiety when it hits me, however I always deal with it instead of getting on tranquilizers ...
Somehow learn how to control the anxiety... Its hard but I used to be some place in life where I was totally outa control and everything feared me... So I believe everyone of you can do it as well... You need to feel the anxiety in order to change it...

Lusima, im sure you meant no harm, nor did you mean to be patronising, but telling someone to start "controlling it" is a bit insensitive, particularly for those of us who need meds to function. ive been dealing with this (A/P) since i was 10- so for 18yrs. i have confidence in my doctors who choose to treat me with meds and i know my body well enough to know that my chemical imbalance needs to be corrected. this is not a decision that was made lightly.
 
im glad that you dont have to rely on meds to get by. id give anything to be drug free. however my condition is such that i require daily medication, and have done for the last 15yrs.
 
you said 'you need to feel the anxiety to change it'- i feel the anxiety every day. i take my meds, do therapy and i get on with my life. i refuse to feel guilty or ashamed for being reliant on medication to assist in controlling my illness- i dont know, you made it sound like it is weak to take meds- and i cant agree with that.
 
good luck with your journey- its great that you have a handle on your anxiety, med free. thats a huge blessing. :-) Maz XX



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Post Edited (Mazfire) : 12/8/2008 3:28:59 AM (GMT-7)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/8/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

I am new to this Forum but I am not to to Anxiety and Depression ~ If I'm an
expert on anything it's those two subjects. Unfortunate for me, but very very
true.

Mazfire, I think you're a genius. Thank you. I do battle with intractibe pain also.
We need you on the side of people with pain also.

It's terrible to be misunderstood and we are. Yes, everyday in everyway.

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Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


peacesoul
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   Posted 12/8/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Lusima87 said...
FitzyK23, trust me I'm not being judgmental at all...! And I never said to just stop, I know that not possible and I'm not saying go cold Turkey to an interview. For me let me emphasis FOR ME, it is more important to fix they problem rather than take meds for it... I've had anxiety for 6 years now and it was at a point where I was not able to get out of the house, even to school and almost didn't graduate due to this. And I went to therapy and worked soooooo hard to get to where I am now... And I lived anxiety free for 2 years and life decided to throw some stressors on me and I started getting it back. I am deciding to use Lexapro for 3 months and see how that works and see if the chemical imbalance goes back to normal. Those quick fixes are extremely addicting, I was just saying it as a concern for addiction not to be judgmental. I know there is a point where you can't control it and yes it's fine to take one but my point was so keep in mind that this can go away with coping methods and therapy and you can learn to control it. That's all I was trying to say.

I agree with you 101%, I'm 42 yrs old, have suffered from horrible anxiety/depression since I was 19 and am also struggling with a chronic illness which enhances my panic and I take xanax only when needed. I've never wanted to rely on meds to get me through the day. I learned to "control it" with a lot of therapy and scary, terrifying exposure therapy.

I went from being housebound at 20 yrs old for a yr to going out, getting a great job where I had to drive far, meet clients and face everything I thought I could never face, all w/out meds.
That's not to say I still don't have some fears/struggles still, but I am again trying to control it.
 
You're wise for your young age to know that it's imperative to learn how to control the anxiety and not let it control you. Anxiety is not an illness or a disease, it's a condition created by our thoughts.
 
I'm not saying meds do not have their place, but meds will only work for so long. There are people who have actually convinced themselves that they need meds to function for the rest of their lives. You can't change their mind. This is the only way they know how to function.

As for as the poster asking about taking xanax before an interview, yes, I think that's a wise idea if the anxiety is going to get so bad you're going to be sick, but to rely on meds to face every tough day life has to offer, to me, is a crutch.
To me it's like the drug addicts or alcoholic that needs a "fix" everyday. In reality that fix makes them addicts.
Most addicts have underlying anxiety and depression. Self medicating is the same as medicating.
 
In no way did I think you were being insensitive by saying to control it. This is exactly what a smart/wise therapist would suggest. It's called cognitive therapy.
 
This is just my opinion, take it or leave it :-)
 


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Post Edited (peacesoul) : 12/8/2008 7:28:41 AM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 12/8/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow,  first of all the title of this thread is "Should I take a Zanax before interview??" 

Kate 

If your script is written for you and you have a need to take a small dose and your physician agrees with the use of the med then I would say take it.  I have done it. Now that is my opinion on your question today.  :)

We are here to help and support each other not to debate the use of medication or indicating that people using drugs are likened to addicts.

Advicing someone that is having an interview today to work on there coping skills is good advice for the future but the question was not "How do I deal with anxiety without medications?"

 

 


 

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   Posted 12/8/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I think we have to come to the conclusion that some people need medications to help them and some don't.

I am happy for the ones who don't. More power to you. But there are some of us who need medications. I have taken xanax for over 20 years and it never has stopped working for me. So saying that they quit working is not true.

Besides as Kitt said, this post was asking "should I take my xanax before the interview?" I still say yes, if you feel that this will help you.

This thread was started by somebody who feels this interview is very important to them. So I say, go for it, do whatever helps at the moment.

Please don't compare us to somebody who would self medicate. Some of us need medications and can lead a very productive life taking them to keep us sane.

Sorry if I rubbed anybody the wrong way. We all have our own way of coping. Some need meds, some don't. If you can get through things with out medications, you are very fortunate. But don't put down the people who do, or compare them to a drug addict.

For those of you who don't need medications, please keep an open mind. Some of us are not that fortunate, and not everybody is the same.

Hugs to all, Karen
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