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Old 01-11-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Using benzos to manage panic disorder

Has anyone here been using benzos long-term to manage their PD? I think I am starting to become tolerant. I have been on xanax, klonopin, ativan, and currently now valium. Now, I feel like the valium is beginning to feel like it is not working anymore. Thanks for reading.

I hope not another benzo withdrawal experience is beginning to happen to me. These drugs are great for anxiety, but can be like trying to withdraw from a drug like heroin once you become tolerant and have to withdraw.

 
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Re: Using benzos to manage panic disorder

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Has anyone here been using benzos long-term to manage their PD? I think I am starting to become tolerant. I have been on xanax, klonopin, ativan, and currently now valium. Now, I feel like the valium is beginning to feel like it is not working anymore. Thanks for reading.

I hope not another benzo withdrawal experience is beginning to happen to me. These drugs are great for anxiety, but can be like trying to withdraw from a drug like heroin once you become tolerant and have to withdraw.
I've been there. I've been on benzos long term for my PD. The withdrawal was the hardest thing I've ever gone thru. And I will never do it again.
Since August of 2012, I became drug free and went thru hellish benzo withdrawal. It lasted months.

I am so drug free now, that I won't even take Tylenol.

PD is so hard. So many people never understand how difficult it is to live with. I am in therapy, and working on it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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Re: Using benzos to manage panic disorder

I have been taking xanax for over 2 years @ .5 mgs supposed to be 3x's daily, but actually only took it twice a day. Just recently had the dosage raised to 1 mg twice a day, due to weaning off of zoloft (still haven't taken the whole 1 mg yet). I'm sorry, but when you have suffered panic disorder w/agoraphobia, ptsd, ocd, gad, and depression for as long as I have (26 years), you will try ANYTHING to make the symptoms go away. I have been on several SSRI's (only to gain tremendous amounts of weight), prozac, ativan, etc.... I have to say that benzo's are the ONLY thing that really work for me, to take away ALL of the nasty symptoms of all of my disorders. I don't care if I have to stay on them for the rest of my life, so long as I don't have to live every day in fear, and in non-stop "panic mode". That's my view on the whole benzo subject.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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Re: Using benzos to manage panic disorder

I have been on Xanax for about 6 years. The two times I tried to wean my self off them slowly, I had seizers. I also feel some days they just don't work any more but I am so scared to not take them exactly at the same time every day for fear of having a seizer. Like I don't have enough to worry about.....

 
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Re: Using benzos to manage panic disorder

Dustytrail, What is the dosage you are on at the moment? And is it the same dosage you have been taking? Why are you trying to stop taking them? Just wondering....
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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Re: Using benzos to manage panic disorder

I'm going through the same thing with withdrawing from Xanax. It's not an easy thing to. It must be done slowly, as I'm sure you're aware. I'm looking into some natural things.

find out what the benzos deplete from the brain. I feel for you. I know what you're going through and it's not funny. I wish I would have known 10 years ago because I never would have gone in that direction. Panic attacks and anxiety suck. They can also be hereditary. 10 years ago, I don't think they knew how addictive they were and that you become tolerant to them and need more. I'm sorry you're going through this, as am I. I found out recently that it's only been about 4 years that the Air Force doctors are not allowed to give Xanax so years ago, I don't think they knew. I don't know if I'll ever get off of it totally, but I'm trying really hard and slowly.

Some days are better than others. Today wasn't a very good day. Good luck and if you need to talk, I'm here. I'm jette

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