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Old 11-05-2004, 12:48 PM   #1
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Are there any non addictive anti anxiety drugs?

I have high blood pressure and frequently experience unexplained bp spikes with rapid heartrate. I think these events _cause_ my anxiety, not the other way around. My doctor wants me to think about trying an anti anxiety med for a bit to see what happens with my bp.

I'm not real keen on taking more drugs than I have to, especially ones which are addictive.

So are there any anti anxiety drugs out there that are not addictive?

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Old 11-05-2004, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: Are there any non addictive anti anxiety drugs?

Not that I know of.....tried everything here. Group therapy, yoga, exercise....anything but benzodiazepines.

Old 11-05-2004, 12:58 PM   #3
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Re: Are there any non addictive anti anxiety drugs?

Gosh, there are none that I know of. If I needed something to try and calm me down I would try meditation and prayer. If I still could not get my heartrate to slow down, I would make an appt w/ a contemporary med doctor, such as an internal med doc who specializes in addiction. A reg doc will not know if something is addicting or not.

Goodluck and Im glad you asked about this! Better to ask now then when it's too late.

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Old 11-05-2004, 07:52 PM   #4
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Re: Are there any non addictive anti anxiety drugs?

You may want to ask you doctor about Buspar/ (generic-Buspirone HLC). Since I am in recovery and have a very healthy fear of readdiction, my doctor prescribed this for me a few years back for anxiety. I believe in higher doses it is usually prescribed as an antidepressant, but in low doses it really helped me with anxiety. I had no problem discontinuing when it was time and if I am extremely anxious from time to time ... occasional panic attacks especially when I am in a car it really takes the edge off. Please check with your doctor to see what he thinks. Please, stay away from the benzos, they can really "grab" you. I had to go to rehab to get off xanax ... that was 16 years ago!
Hope this helps.

Old 11-07-2004, 10:14 AM   #5
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Re: Are there any non addictive anti anxiety drugs?

I had a friend who cold turkey'd xanax...against my advice. But she was abusing them for a couple of months. Bars morning noon and night. She took melatonin to calm her, rescue remedy (herbal stuff) and Omega 3 (its fish oils) this stuff is supposed to get your chemical levels back to where they are supposed to be. In a week she was fine. But the Omega 3 was recommended to her by a former heroin addict who used it for his detox. Thats all the herbal stuff I've heard.
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