Hi again........ Xanax

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   Posted 11/25/2006 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I haven't been on for a little while. Things have been up and down, I had a few emergency trips down to the hospital and extra visits to my pdoc before finally starting to sort things out.

I'm on rivotril 500micrograms morning and night and 225mg of efexor XR daily. Things have been going ok for almost a month, I've been panic surfing any attack I've had and doing realistic talking like I've learnt from the anxiety clinic.

My pdoc took me off valium and prescribed Xanax for any major attack I do get and so far I haven't needed to touch it.

Now for the last couple of days I've had constant anxiety, while not nice it hasn't left me in the mess where I've had to go to hospital. We're having trouble with the real estate agents, with Xmas coming and bills there's more money problems and to top it off there's a major bushfire in the valley I live in. We were put on evaction orders last week and I coped. As soon as the threat moved across the valley the anxiety hit. See I'm constantly having to stay close to home and watch the fire reports as they expect this week to be a scorcher and with high winds the fire could swing back again and threaten us. In 94 our very small suburb lost about 10 houses and our house is considered the buffer house. I'm not concerned so much about the fire hitting it's the waiting, I know that would put anyone in a constant anxiety position so for people like us who are sensitised it's murder.

My question is would it be best to take a little Xanax to stop this constant middle grade anxiety that's with me all day or try to keep up with the positive thinking. I'm scared that I may become addicted to the Xanax as I can't see these situations easing for quite a while, at the same time I don't want the middle grade anxiety taking me backwards.

Thanks guys, I'd just like some opinions from others on Xanax and what you would do in my position.

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   Posted 11/25/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aussie Angel, yeah  
     Being also Australian, I feel it appropriate that I answer you on your question. I gather oit is bushfire season again and I cannot imagine what it is like having to live in a bushfire prone area. In answer to your question, I believe you should try taking xanax to help you through this difficult period. I would suggest you talk it over with your doctor first, but speaking from personal experience, I think xanax would be helpful now. I am a very anxious person and I have been taking xanax for many years now, ie, simply to lower my general anxiety level so that I can cope on a day to day basis.
Good luck and I hope the bushfire situation improves soon. yeah   yeah   yeah      

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   Posted 11/26/2006 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
hi angel, have you talked to your doc about an alternative to xanax? My primary doc and my psyche doc don't prescribe xanax. I used to take .5 as needed and never got "addicted" to it, although, I must say it can be "habit forming." I started taking it to go to sleep and it became a habit. Have you ever tried an old med called "Buspar?" Also, my psyche doc prescribed me a med that is for "acute mania." I'm not bipolar but some psyche docs are prescribing in lieu of xanax. Anyway, maybe you could talk this over with your doctor? Hope everything settles down soon.
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   Posted 11/26/2006 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys, the anxiety started to leave around lunch time today yeah. So I'm looking at the positive side, the attack was as severe to start with and it didn't last as long as my worse (5 straight days of full on panic /anxiety)

I see my pdoc on Thursday so I''ll ask her about the Xanax then, if need be I can ring her before then but here's hoping the rational talk, accepting and floating are working. :-)

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   Posted 11/26/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
rivotril ( clonazepam)_ is also a xanax type med but your dose is small
by all means take the xanax when needed as it acts quickly, even quicker when disolved under the tongue which I expect your psych forgot to mention ( look up sublingually on the net)
be aware that occasionally the effexor doesnt work for a person or can take 6 weeks to start
anxiety sufferers are usually far too sensible to become addicted to xanax or any other benzo type meds
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 11/26/2006 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Harry.

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   Posted 11/26/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aussie, bushfire season again....I almost lost my house in the canberra bushfires a few years ago..scary.  I was on xanax for quite a while and found that it didn't last long..it's good for intenese anxiety but valium last's longer and keeps you on an even emotional level.  But for really bad anxiety xanax is best.  You are doing really well in a tough situation..it will pass.  I hope you feel well (better!!) soon yeah (((hugs))))
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   Posted 11/27/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, atm it looks like we'll be safe from the bushfire the predicted winds aren't ment to happen anymore.

When I was having the really severe attacks valium didn't work that's why I was then prescribed the Xanax.

Compared to where I was at, I can see that things have improved both in length of severe attacks and the intensity.

I'm reading a book the doctor recommended called Complete self help for your nerves. The 4 points are facing, accepting, floating and time.

I guess I've got to work out where my 'extra med needed' level is now. Or do I keep working on the rules of the book.
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