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Anxiety From Alcohol Drugs
Therapy & self help: Psychotherapy can be extremely effective for treating anxiety disorders. Making an appointment with your doctor to discuss this option can be the first step to great improvements and drugs may not be needed. Cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and imagery are all helpful. Self-help books can also be an option if you want to try on your own, but better in conjunction with therapy. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?
Anxiety: I try to stay from benzodiazepines like Valium regardless of Family History but even more so given yours. Have you tried any SSRIs? Even before turning to medications, have you tried psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy? It does wonders! And is side effect free. In meantime, ask your FamilyDoc to check for hyperthyroidism. And cut down on caffeine intake. ...Read more
Yes: Seroxat is paroxetine, brand name paxil. It is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (ssri), like Prozac (fluoxetine) and others. It takes about 3 weeks of daily use to start working. Being a recovering alcoholic, it is dangerous to use the benzodiazapines (like lorazapam and alprazolam). Because they are cross tolerant with alcohol and can cause relapse or cross-addiction. ...Read more
Metronidazole (diverticulitis) for 4days 3x400mg. No alcohol, no other drugs. I have bad anxiety, insomnia, sweating, dizziness, thirst. Very worried.
Drink lots of water,: Drink lots of water, walk if you can and take your temperature daily. You are likely breaking the fever as the infection gets under control.Most cases of uncomplicated diverticulitis resolve with antibiotics, but you should see a GI doctor or a surgeon for a workup once the attack is better. A colonoscopy in 6 weeks is usually done to screen for colon tumors once you are feeling better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seretonin: While alcohol may temporarily cause you to feel relaxed (it works on gaba receptors in the brain and acts as a depressant), long term use may actually deplete stores of the "feel good" hormone seretonin. If you are having a reaction to alcohol, i suggest abstaining and trying a non-alcoholic alternative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time 4 New Approach?: #1) It really helps to work with a mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital to understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so you can take back you life from anxiety when it interferes w/ your ability to function. Consider researching anxiety & effective treatments: http://www.anxietybc.org ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor solution: The use of alcohol may serve to reduce anxiety in the short term; however it is a poor solution and may actually end up causing other problems. Look towards exercise, mindfulness strategies, breathing techniques and therapy for more healthy coping strategies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: I'm guessing those med bottles tell you to avoid alcohol while taking them, right? Not a good idea to mix alcohol with any drug that affects your mood. Combing alcohol with these drugs could result in overdose situations. Talk to your doctor about this. Excessive drinking can result in increased anxiety and worsen the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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