I do study Pharmacology and since this IS the Anxiety/panic room, Id figure id write a Different TYPE of Drug INFORMATIVE Post.
What is the best Anxiety Medication for me?
Xanax: Approved by the FDA October 16, 1981.
Xanax is Short acting with a Half life around say 4-6 hours which is why it's prescribed anywhere from 2-4 times a day
Xanax XR is a Controlled Release drug for people WHO DO metabolize and its more convienient. (Some think the XR is less addictive and i i prefer it but expensive.
Xanax does stop PANIC in it's tracks faster than any other Benzo according to DATA.
Valium: Approved November 15, 1963
Valium is a Bit longer acting medication than Xanax. It's got more sedative effects and has a longer half-life than xanax.
Valium is better for anxiety in people with pain because of it's muscle relaxing properties.
Valium is also much older but not as dependant.
Ativan: Approved March 29, 1991
Doctors usually Start with this Drug because it's a little easier and less addictive.
Ativan does not have any G.I or stomach upset properties but Not as fast acting as Xanax.
Ativan works for Some or most. As far as Xanax Vs. Ativan = Trial and error based on needs.
Buspar: September 29, 1986
This Drug Actually is used for Anxiety such as the rest but For me ive noticed a little more side effects. It's actually one of the newer choices for CERTAIN anxiety types.
Buspar is usually Prescribed 7.5mg twice daily or as your doctor decides.
Buspar is used also for motor activity, smoking cessetation, Anxiety and hypersensitivity
Klonopin: Approved June 4, 1975
This Drug is VERY selective because it is prescribed usually once a day at MAX 4mg a Day.
It's Long acting and good for people who are always on Edge. Almost like Xanax XR and also Less Addictive.
Many people on this forum probably have tried Klonopin,.
Klonopin is also used in Bipolar and other depressing disorders.
Some People With anxiety and heart issues also use Drugs such as:
Inderal, Atenolol and other BETA Blockers because they have "Adrenaline Blocking" properties.
I hope this info helps some if they were looking for advice on these meds.
To make a long story short.. Always ask your DOC but IMO,
XANAX: Less edgy person used for AS NEEDED Panic attacks.
Xanax XR: Same purpose, but for less "panic" and a "what if" this happen type people. Around the clock mind relaxation.
Ativan: Looking for a less addictive medication that may control anxiety without the need of a stronger drug such as xanax.
Valium: Not many Doc's prescribe this anymore but more sedating, muscle relaxant, and good for anxiety.
Klonopin is has more anti-depressing properties than xanax does but still less addictive.
Learn to take Xanax and your Meds correctly when needed with your doctor and taper. You shouldnt Ever be afraid to take your medication. Never Wait for Panic. Take as prescribed and You will be ok. Listen to your body, your doctor, and get off them slowly when your ready.
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