question about xanax from mernie

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   Posted 12/5/2007 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
mernie said...
If I asked this before, please forgive me, but is anyone out there on xanax for anxiety disorder. I am T1 diabetic on pump for 8 years. Been T1 for 48 years. Sugar was a problem in the beginning when I got sick, so I hardly ate to keep the sugar down, but sugar has been in good control. I am wondering if the xanax is taking my appetite away or is it just because I'm not well yet. When I got sick, I couldn't eat or sleep until I went to the Pdoc. and got meds. Eating is better but I just don't have my appetite back like before and I keep losing a lb. every week. I've gone from 138-140 to 125 in three months. My Pdoc doesn't think it's the xanax.

Anyone have any experience with anxiety, xanax along with the diabetes??? My xanax is 0.5 4 x's per day. Works well that way to space it out. Keeps the anxiety away great, but what about the appetite?? Appreciate any advice or experience anyone has had with this lousy disorder. Diabetes is hard enough without this added burden!! Appreciate any wisdom out there!
(There haven't been any replies in Diabetes, so maybe some members can help her out here.  Thanks.)

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   Posted 12/6/2007 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I personally do not have diabetes, but I do take xanax and have never had a problem with losing weight.  Before I started taking the xanax for my anxiety and panic attacks though, I was super thin and couldn't put weight on because of the anxiety.  My guess is that she just needs to give it a bit more time until her anxiety is fully under control or at least manageable.  I think she will find that it is not the xanax either, but the effects of the anxiety keeping the weight off.  I hope she finds the answers she is looking for and hope she is doing well with both her diabetes and anxiety.  Hugs to her!!
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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome,

I think perhaps it could be you are feeling depressed and anxious about the diabetes and you have been quite ill which may account for the lack of appetite.

I have never heard of Xanax causing weight fact if anyone discovers a med that causes weight loss, it will be an overnight best seller.  :)

Are you able to make yourself eat your meals as ordered by your Dietician? Maybe discussing your likes and dislikes in regards to your food plan would be helpful.

I would love to send you a few pounds for the holidays.  I do hope you start getting your appetite back.

Gentle Hugs for you and keep us updated.


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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your input. Kitt, you are exactly right. When I got so sick, the only way to keep the stress and anxiety from raising my sugar was to hardly eat. Then I was so depressed after so much anxiety. Plus like you say I was anxiety ridden even more about the sugar. I ended up not going anywhere, and started to make my own meals. I had someone working with me to make adjustments with the pump, but then I was afraid to eat out. Now I am doing much better. Still not real secure about eating out and counting my carbs but doing better.

I've been looking at all the good resources on this site. I have also been attending meetings called Recovery Incorporated. It's very similar to CBT. They are all over the country and actually was founded by a Dr. Low who had a nervous breakdown himself. My mother went to these meetings 50 years ago. Anyway, I am doing everything I can to over come this.

Later I'd like to ask some questions about the other meds my Pdoc has me on, but I'll save that for later. Thank you all so much!!
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