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.
Life is NOT like a bowl of cherries! It's more like a jar of Jalepenos...... what you do today might burn your A$$ tomorrow!