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Can I take benzodiazepines for anxiety if I have had addiction issues in the past?

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Dr. John Moseri
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine is not the first line of treatment for just an anxiety.
A thorough psychaitric evaluation is necessary to inform diagnosis and choice of treament. Past history of addiction to alcohol and other drugs except benzos, is not an exclusive criteria for the use of benzos for treating panic disorders.

In brief: Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine is not the first line of treatment for just an anxiety.
A thorough psychaitric evaluation is necessary to inform diagnosis and choice of treament. Past history of addiction to alcohol and other drugs except benzos, is not an exclusive criteria for the use of benzos for treating panic disorders.
Dr. John Moseri
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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: W/ supervision ONLY

With expert, close clinical supervision, psychoactive meds (including benzodiazepines) can be safely utilized.
Do not improvise. Only take as prescribed. The meds should be used on a predetermined schedule to prevent anxiety rather than chase it. 1st steps: get a great doctor, see him/her regularly, be entirely honest &compliant in treatment -& see if benzo's are even indicated for your situation.

In brief: W/ supervision ONLY

With expert, close clinical supervision, psychoactive meds (including benzodiazepines) can be safely utilized.
Do not improvise. Only take as prescribed. The meds should be used on a predetermined schedule to prevent anxiety rather than chase it. 1st steps: get a great doctor, see him/her regularly, be entirely honest &compliant in treatment -& see if benzo's are even indicated for your situation.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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