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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read more

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Social anxiety sufferers: has Effexor (venlafaxine) XR help?

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Social anxiety sufferers: has Effexor (venlafaxine) XR help?

Effexor (venlafaxine): For some anxious folks, Effexor (venlafaxine) has indeed helped. Review with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc..)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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Will escitalopram help social anxiety ocd and HIV phobia??

Will escitalopram help social anxiety ocd and HIV phobia??

Escitalopram: Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It may be helpful to you if combined with intensive care from a mental health care professional, but may not be fully effective if taken just as a substitute for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for panic disorder?

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work  for panic disorder?

Xanax (alprazolam): Like other benzodiazepines, xanax (alprazolam) works to block panic attacks, very potent, but long-term use leads to tolerance, and difficvulty coming off of it. ...Read more

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Psychiatrist stop paxil, (paroxetine) seroquel, lithium (bipolar1) & inderal (social phobia, agarophobia, panic attack) all together at once 2 w ago. Opinion?

Psychiatrist stop paxil, (paroxetine) seroquel, lithium (bipolar1) & inderal (social phobia, agarophobia, panic attack) all together at once 2 w ago. Opinion?

Combo: Depending on the dose & reasons why all med's. were stopped, & also how long you were taking them. Those factors determine whether withdrawal symptoms would occur. I recommend gradual tapering. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin best for anxiety n panic attacks?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin best for anxiety n panic attacks?

Generally: ... The shorter the effect, the more addictive the compound is. Klonopin has a longer effect than xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Dose of Paxil (paroxetine) to treat social anxiety?

Dose of Paxil (paroxetine) to treat social anxiety?

Alt.behavioral: While researching meds, consider researching effective behavioral/psychological treatments: to conquer social anxiety the "gold standard" treatment is graded exposure/systematic desensitization. To take charge of ocd, the gold standard is exposure & response prevention. A clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety can be huge help. Learn about at anxierybc.Org. Also see ocfoundation.Org. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) completely stop anxiety?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) completely stop anxiety?

Possibly: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine. This is a class of medication that is similar in effect to alcohol, and can be helpful for anxiety. It is best to use only in the short term; other medications such as ssris (for example, lexapro) are better choices in the long run. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) be used for obsessive compulsive personality disorder?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) be used for obsessive compulsive personality disorder?

Antidepressants: can be used to treat OCD. Which one may work best for you is something you and your doc can work on together. See "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing" by Rappaport if you have not read it. It's an oldie but goodie. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could Buspar (buspirone) help with klonopin withdrawal?

Could Buspar (buspirone) help with klonopin withdrawal?

No.: Buspar (buspirone) and Klonopin are from two different classes of drugs. Buspar (buspirone) is not a benzodiazepine and does not cause tolerance or withdrawal. Klonopin is a benzodiazepine and does cause tolerance and withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal from Klonopin like increased anxiety, tremor, seizures, and possible death if severe would not be helped by buspar (buspirone). If taper off of Klonopin needed, use like medication. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety?

In addition to or: as an alternative, consider practicing the Relaxation Response,from a book by Herbert Benson. See this website http://www.relaxationresponse.org/ Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

No, it isn't: Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. Benzodiazapines on the other hand, enhance effect of gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine addictive?

Is fluoxetine addictive?

No: Fluoxetine is not addictive or habit forming. If one stops taking it too soon, symptoms of depression and anxiety may recur. This is not a drug effect -- it is the remnants of the underlying anxiety or depression that was covered by the drug effect. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more