sorry to intrude....question about xanax

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birdiem
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   Posted 8/26/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
i have panic attacks related to another medical problem. whenever my medical problems flares and i get scared (i have been in the hospital several times, it is quite serious), i take a xanax. i am trying to figure out a more natural (herbal or OTC) pill to take when i get these attacks, as xanax is both addictive and usually just puts me to sleep. if you have any suggestions, i would love to hear them. thanks
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debaser
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   Posted 8/26/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
To my knowledge there is no herbal type of thing that's anywhere near strong enough to equate to Xanax, which is a very potent drug. If you're concerned about addiction, you might consider a longer-acting benzodiazepine such as Klonopin or Valium. They are habit forming, but because tolerance is rare they hardly ever lead to addiction.
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   Posted 8/26/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Debaser on this. Some have used Kava Kava, but it can't do what benzos do and there is some controversy about it as well. Just try to take care of yourself and don't worry about the possibility of addiction as you apparently only take it when your anxiety flares up with your medical illness worries you.
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   Posted 8/27/2007 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You have been given the best advice from Debaser and Janetlee

Herbal meds will not cut it nor come close to xanax as posted ........

I wish you all the best and hope you know you dont have to apologise for posting
YOU are not intruding here ....we try to help and support all that do come here

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   Posted 8/27/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Birdie,

Welcome to the A & P forum.  We are open to everyone so please feel comfortable here.

I agree with the others, use your med if you need it and I am sure you would not find an herbal that would be equal to the benzo for helping with anxiety.

Gentle Hugs and take care.  Keep posting

 


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birdiem
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   Posted 8/27/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much for the kind words and support...it is better than xanax :)
katie

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diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   

katie,

You are so very welcome, we love to have new members and you are warmly encouraged to join in anytime.

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jl2
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   Posted 8/28/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hi. does anyone know how long side effects of zoloft will last once the medication has been started?

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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome,

Everyone is different and some people do not notice any side effects, as others have side effects for weeks.  I would say approximately 2 weeks might be a ball park estimate.  I am sure others will have better info for you.

Glad to have you with us and post whereever you are comfortable.

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