How are anti-anxiety meds bad for your health

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phillypina
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   Posted 11/18/2006 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I read at a sit about taking anti anxiety meds are helpful but long term use is unhealthy, how so?

Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/18/2006 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no clue, I've never heard such a thing.


Maybe those people were talking about the benzos (ie; xanax, klonopin, ativan, lorazepam) which can become addicted at high dosages if on them for a long long time.


But if you're at a low dosage, such as a total of 1 mg a day of any of these, I seriously doubt you would become addicted to these benzos.


I think that's what they were referring to.

Anti-depressants/SSRI's are fine for long term use, and so are benzos.


Maybe they should have made it more clear to you?


Hope this helps


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HeartzExplode
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   Posted 11/18/2006 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I think addiction and long washout periods can be an issue. Lets face it maybe Xanax works a little too well.

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   Posted 11/19/2006 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Well said Enigmagirl
Keep them to a minimum and you should have no problems I have been on Valium and ativan for many more yrs than I care to admit to ......lol
BUT I do not take on daily basis never have and wont
I take only when needed and so far I have had no problems
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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/19/2006 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Yep, I agree with the others, moderation is key.  I had a doctor put me on very high doses of xanax when I was younger and I had to go to re-hab for three weeks to come off them.  It wasn't fun but now I just take valium as needed and I'm fine. (well as fine as a panicker can be lol!!) Hope this helps


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   Posted 11/19/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I do take my Ativan everyday, usually only once a day, sometimes twice if I've having a bad day.

Each pill is .5 mgs. If I don't take it once a day I get the worst panic attacks. I tried to skip it for two days and just couldn't stop panicking for an entire week. Worst week I had had in a while.

The Lexapro can't prevent my panic attacks but if the Ativan can, then I'll take the Ativan, yanno?

I actually need it.

Moderation is key, and the most I've ever taken in one day is only 1 mg, which is my personal limit, I can take more if I need to, but don't.

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   Posted 11/20/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
you are doing great hun at least you have set a limit for self I take ativan as well daily but not my valium .........I take .05 to 1 mg bid if I feel I need it .......
keep up all the great things you are doing to help self
Am proud of you
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   Posted 11/20/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My new pdoc siad that the rebound anxiety from xanax can be very hard on folks that take large amounts to deal with anxiety. He talked about patients at a rehab center that had it so bad that the center had to use huge doses of valium to wean them off the xanax. It's starnge, cuz I used to take 6mg. a day and I never felt like I was out of control or addicted. I cut my doses down all by myself...I guess it's according to the person.
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phillypina
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   Posted 11/24/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
everyone thank you so much for getting back to me. i am taking .5mg of ativan. my first time and its been three weeks and i fel like i need to take it every night to sleep so far. except last night. i realize now its a low dose from all of you, but the first time i had an anxiety attack i could NOT control it. never experienced anything like it in my life. Thanks all esp twiggygal!!
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