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Old 06-03-2003, 10:10 AM   #1
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Is there an over the counter replacement of some sort to Xanax?

Something similar?

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Old 06-03-2003, 12:48 PM   #2
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Only thing I can think of is, unfortunately, alcohol. Alcohol and benzodiazepines like Xanax are cross-tolerant and effect basically the same receptors with some differences. Both benzos and alcohol carry addiction/dependancy issues.

Have you tried chammomile tea when anxious? I doubt it would be strong enough to stop a full blown panic, but it would be able to calm down the nerves....also, some OTC antihistamines that cause drowsiness might help calm too.

And I have also heard that Valerian root is very chemically simular to benzodiazepines, but unfortuately could actually have some of the dependancy problems too in time, although it is not as strong as the benzos so there would be less danger of that happening.

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Old 06-03-2003, 02:56 PM   #3
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i was wondering...I know that when you have a glass of wine the affect is much like when you take a xanax. Well it is for me anyway.....But i don't drink and take XANAX at the same time. Has anyone had a drink then needed an XANAX? what to you do then.......Most of the time, the wine works and the nerves calm down.bride527

Old 06-03-2003, 07:20 PM   #4
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I read your last post again. If I were you, I would get the hernia fixed and treat for the Acid reflux. I think you will find the chest pains to get a lot better. At any rate, xanax is also used to wing people off of heroin, etc. so I don't think you'll find anything over the counter to replace it. But as I have posted several times, if you are at a point of xanax, talk to your Doctor about klonopin instead. I still think you should treat the physical injuries first. Good luck

Old 06-04-2003, 09:08 AM   #5
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I was told once that Kava kava was an excellent substitute for Xanax...yeah right! Studies in Europe supposedly confirmed this. Anyway it didn't work AT ALL. Herbs just don't compare to the drug. Perhaps it could help someone with mild anxiety, but for panic type anxiety..forget it. Didn't help me squat.

I love herbs and natural eating and living, smart way to live, but chemicals are potent and it the drugs and chemicals that work best imo. St. Johns wort did nothing for me either.

Old 06-04-2003, 11:01 AM   #6
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Actually, Valarian, not Kava, is the comparable herb to benzodiazepines, but unfortuately yes, an herb is quite weak compared to a drug. However, that's why the drugs are harder to deal with in terms of addiction/dependance/withdrawals and can be alot more dangerous....

Old 06-04-2003, 06:17 PM   #7
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A better alternative is Passiflora, or passion flower. It works for me. Of course, don't take it everyday, just when needed.

I used to take Valerian root as a sleeping aid, but was told by my doctor that long term use causes depression.

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