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   Posted 4/26/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried other medications from my Dr. I have used Ativan and Xanax.  Tney both worked well - especially the Xanax but the Dr. says that these meds can be too addictive.  The most I ever took was 1mg Ativan and .5 mg Xanax.  Those are not high doses.  Has any one had problems with these med?  It seems if a medication is working well then the Dr. should let me stay on it but I guess feels I will be addicted to them. Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 4/26/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ativan and Xnax are benzodiazapines and should only be used in the short term as they are addictive so doctors can be pretty strict with them. In the UK, its not often they are prescribed unless you are in hospital.
SSRI's are used for anxiety aswell as depression and can be very effective. Its not good to be relying on benzo's in the long term as sometimes people do get addicted and then can't cope without them.
I was prescribed ativan whilst in hospital for a few weeks whilst my antidepressant (effexor) was kicking in and then the ativan was stopped. I take 150mg effexor and it works really well for me. I also use other methods (eg. relaxation, distraction, complimentary therapy) to help with my anxiety and panic.
Some SSRI's are better for anxiety than others - talk to your doctor about which ones would be suitable for you.

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   Posted 4/28/2007 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Benzodiazepines are effective and work quickly unlike SSRIs. But they have potential for tolerance and dependence, and are used only short term.
As Victoria noted, several antidepressants may be effective for anxiety. Also, anxiety can be treated without medications with alternative therapies like biofeedback, acupuncture, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

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   Posted 4/28/2007 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I know of several people who have used benzodiazepines for years. Tolerance is an individual thing from what I can tell. Dependence, however, is pretty universal.
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