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Old 01-10-2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Why is diazapam so taboo?

I have suffered panic disorder along with chronic anxiety since I was 16 years old. I went two years before Valium was introduced which to me was a miracle drug. The doctors have tried me on every medication they have for anxiety but all made me worse. I cannot take Xanax either. I am now 61 and without my 2 to 5 mg. of diazapam I am a complete basket case. My BP goes way up and my whole nervous system goes crazy, even my motor skills. I went off my medication for 6 months but found myself totally unable to work or participate in any social activities. I have never gone over 10. mg per day(and then very seldom) of this medication but most all doctors seem terrified of the thought of diazapam. I recently moved from SC to NV. My doctor in SC had no problem with my medication but out here I cannot find a doctor who will listen. I have thought of ordering them from the internet. Anyone have any likewise problems and if so what would you suggest I do? All the doctors can say is that it is addictive. Well I say I am addicted after over 30 years of 2 to 5 mg. per day. What about the quality of my life, is that worthless? People with seisure disorder take addictive meds and thats ok. What is the difference? My disorder is every bit as disabeling.

 
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Old 01-10-2005, 02:27 PM   #2
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Re: Why is diazapam so taboo?

welcome charlieboogs

IMO there are some people like you for who a benzo is the only answer, Ive heard some psychiatrists admit this, your task is to find one of these, generally older docs and psychs are less antibenzo as they can remember how useful they were

sadly most younger docs have been conditioned, or maybe brainwashed, to prescribe antidepressants only for anxiety and panic attacks, and also brainwashed into believing, quite wrongly that benzos are always addictive for everyone
otherwise you might make regular trips back to see the old doc or try an internet pharmacy

BTW I know of 2 psychs who specialise in panic disorders and both prefer benzos to antidepressants

the new patented antidepressants are much more profitable than benzos, and this may be whats motivating all the current mass hysteria
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Old 01-10-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: Why is diazapam so taboo?

My goodness, thanks for responding. I have tried all those new fandangled anti depressants and they only made things worse and ran my blood pressure up. Also, seems like some of those drugs can have dangerous side effects, suicide is an example. I try to tell the doctors that I am not depressed like sad just very anxious and nervous. Just one 5 mg of diazapam works. I can go for days wothout even taking any. I believe I will try the internet or take a trip to Mexico. Once again, thanks.

 
Old 01-10-2005, 11:54 PM   #4
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I just talked to my psychiatrist today about whether benzos are really so addictive as people say. Like he said, they are addictive but they are also very helpful. He said people who can stay at the same dose are usually fine. The problem is with the people who are constantly tinkering with the dosage. Up and up, thats the problem. It doesn't sound like you have that problem at all and it says a lot that you often go days without any. You found the dose that works for you and have stuck with it. I would try being more persistant with the docs. Are you seeing a general practitioner or a psych doctor?

 
Old 01-11-2005, 12:42 AM   #5
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Right now I see a psych Dr. I have to pay him $85.00 per month just for a med check which consists of calling in a perscription of 30, 5mg tablets of diazapam. The meds are only $9.00 He won't give me any refills as he wants the monthly $85.00. I am thinking of trying the internet pharmacy. Its hard to find a good doctor.

 
Old 01-11-2005, 01:00 PM   #6
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Re: Why is diazapam so taboo?

good luck, I know several like you who get their benzos on the net

 
Old 03-04-2006, 04:56 PM   #7
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Hello. I had a simular experience. For years my doc put me on nerve pills. *since i was 17* and told me eventually I should see a therapist who could help me work out the problems causing my anxiety. The problem was, my heart would race when I would go to a store, and have to write a check, with people standing behind me, etc. or in other cases as well. If i had to go have dinner with my mother in law, in my early twenties, instead of being relaxed, my hands would shake, and my mouth would shake, everything really, unless i took something. Come to find out later on, it was mitral valve causing these things. They symptoms of it. Now, I take doctor prescribed beta blockers to control my nervousness and racing heartbeat. They aren't a cure, but they regulate the irregularity that can lead to clots and strokes etc.

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