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I know I haven't posted on here in awhile, but I'm really looking for some advice from people I trust, not just random forum people. You guys are my favorite forum people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I've been having panic attacks and some general anxiety problems since I got home from school...I've been having a lot of family problems and money problems trying to get through school, and since I'm already predisposed to anxiety this is really setting me over the edge. The whole situation is additionally problematic because I depend on my boyfriend too much, constantly calling him and needing him when I have panic.<br><br>
To make a long story as short as I can, I went to my general fam medicine doctor and he gave me a prescription for Xanax .5 MG pills to take for my panic. So far I've had them for a week or so and I've taken 3 pills. I only need them at bedtime, because that is when I have to be alone (another problem for me) and night time is my panic time.<br><br>
My worries are...am I going to get addicted? I don't take them all the time but I have been taking them when I need them, because my panic attacks have been straining my family and my boyfriend. However, I really do think that when I go back to college, my panic attacks will go away almost completely. If not, do you have any advice? I'm just looking for ANY opinions you guys have about this. I tried to take KavaKava but it really didn't work for me, and I just can't burden the people around me with my panic attacks any more.<br><br>
Thank you,<br><br>
Lindsay
 

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Hi Lindsay,<br><br>
Sorry. I'm a "random forum person" but I have experience with Xanax and other benzodiazepines. I have consumed Xanax, Valium, Librium, Klonopin, Temazapam, etc regularly for over 10 years. I love my benzos and they work! Will you become addicted? Who can say? It's good that you don't take these pills everyday. I am not addicted personally but I have a friend who is. She takes 6 mg of xanax first thing in the morning (with coffee) and another 4 mg or so (with hard alcohol) throughout the day. She has bought these pills on the blackmarket, forged prescriptions, doctor shopped, and illegally imported them. These pills can be safe and effective and they work better than anything you can buy OTC. On the other hand, if you can live without them, you should. They are best for emergencies only! Hope this helps!
 

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Well, I'll tell you my personal experience with benzodiazepines, but first of all let me say <i>I am not a doctor. A doctor is the only person who is qualified to answer these questions for you efficiently.</i><br><br><br><br>
Anywho, I've taken Xanax once or twice but didn't really like it. I've been prescribed Klonopin, a similar drug, for panic disorder many times, and yes I became addicted to it. I could see what was happening though and I stopped before it went too far. I kept some emergency Klonopin (but not very much) and only took it occassionally.<br><br><br><br>
Eventually my anxiety got so bad that even drugs didn't help. I couldn't <i>stand</i> the feeling of being all messed up on pills- it was just one more thing to be anxious about. I'd think "What if I'm allergic to this, what if someone slipped a similar looking pill into the bottle and it's poisonous, what if something is really wrong and I mistake the symptoms for the medicine, what if there's an emergency and I have to leave but I can't drive" etc. etc. I sought out more help after that and discovered cognitive behavioral therapy, which is helping 10,000 times more than any drug ever did and it feels like it's actually improving my anxiety, not just burying it underneath a chemically altered mental state.<br><br><br><br>
So, will you become addicted? I have no idea, I know nothing about you. Only you and a doctor can answer that question. All I know is that it's possible.
 

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i strongly feel that these sorts of medications should be taken in tandem with councelling. without councelling to get to the roots of the underlying problem, i feel that these medications are simply dangerous bandaids.<br><br><br><br>
xanax is a highly addictive drug--so your fears are warrented. i highly recommend that you ask your family prac for two numbers--a psychologist and a psychiatrist (you may need a referal for this one for insurance purposes).<br><br><br><br>
i would recommend that you make appointments with these individuals to help you. a psychologist will provide therapy to help you talk about your anxiety and help you gain skills to cope and undo that anxiety. the psychiatrist will handle the medicinal support--helping you determine whether or not this support is even warrented (it may not be) or if another medicinal support would be a better fit. They're trained in these things in a far more extensive capacity than a family prac.<br><br><br><br>
i'm sorry that you're struggling with this. I wish you all the best!
 

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Zoebird, you're right. Psychologists, at least here in Germany, like to treat axiety better than chronic pain, because they and, of course, their patients see an improvement. Taking a benzodiazepin is easing the situation but not resolving it.<br><br>
Rainbowmoon: chances are great that you don't suffer from addiction, but benzodiazepines carry that risk. If you take them over a longer period then you increase that risk. The metabolites sometimes have halflives for elemination that exceeds the halflife of the original drug.<br><br>
My advice: seek additional help of a psychologist and try restrict your use of Xanax (but have a word with your GP first, tell him about the worries you carry because of the drug).<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My psychiatrist won't prescribe Xanax.<br><br>
Why not try Ativan first, which is milder & less addictive? Even Klonopin is less addictive.<br><br>
HOWEVER it is my experience that anxiety related to poverty is not really relieved by medication, because the answer is getting more money.<br><br>
It's a shame so many poor people are doped up for anxiety & depression when they have real issues like money, housing, education, security & self-esteem that aren't addressed at all.<br><br>
If you are like me, your anxiety will decline significantly when you get a job that pays half decently.<br><br>
What are your prospects? I know you are a student, but could you work part-time? I waitressed & worked as a TA during my first degree, & had no anxiety. The anxiety only happened when I went on social assistance & had to live on $500 a month.
 
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