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Old 03-11-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Anxiety meds

The doc is wanting to put me on anxiety medication but I have been against it while I try to recover and do my VRT. Now I'm wondering if it would help me or make me worse. I am very sensitive to medications they make me sick or feel bad. Once a doctor prescribed Celexa said it would help take the edge off but had me all jittery and throwing up. Not good. Also my Vestibular therapist says that certain meds can interfere and hinder VRT so I'm not sure what to do.

I am going to be doing a huge household move in July from the States to Canada and there is so much to do for the move (like buy a house) that I'm thinking I could use help in the anxiety department but I don't want it to mess with the VRT or with my head and nerves or make me all crazy or sedate me. Does anyone have suggestions in this department?

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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Re: Anxiety meds

I'm not saying this is something that would necessarily be right for you, but I had to use xanax at .25mg/day for a whole month during the beginning of this mess. It helped me very much, as I didn't know I was even having panic attacks (never before in my life). It is an addictive benzo med, so you have to be extremely careful and most docs are kinda leary about prescribing--or at least so i've noticed. key is small dose when you really need it only. and taper off when you are quitting it. you can't just jump off it one day. i had to cut my .25mg pills into quarters to get off them without feeling totally weird or bad. However, I was glad to have them and it got me through the roughest of times with this dizzy crap. Just be very cautious if you do get on them to moderate yourself. I don't do well with a lot of meds, and this one didn't bug me at all...maybe a little irregularity and some hungover feelings in the morning if i took it before bed.

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Old 03-11-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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Hi Susan,

Using a benzo is fine as long as you do so wisely. It won't hinder your compensation. I used valium a lot when things were rough and still do to this day if a dizzy spell hits - which is rare luckily. This from a previous post:

It goes without saying that any benzo should be used wisely and not used without due care. But to avoid them altogether when they work so well at taking the edge off of really nasty days during the chronic compensation period I think is unnecessary. Professor Hain (neuro-otologist) says the following:

SUMMARY

Lorazepam and Klonazepam are particularly useful agents because of their effectiveness and simple kinetics. Addiction can be avoided by keeping the dose to 0.5 mg BID or less. Similarly, low doses of diazepam (Valium) (2 mg) can be quite effective. Clonazepam (Klonopin), appears as effective a vestibular suppressant as lorazepam. Use of alprazolam (Xanax) for vestibular suppression is avoided because of the potential for a difficult withdrawal syndrome. Long acting benzodiazepines are not helpful for relief of vertigo.


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Old 03-12-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. Has anyone taken long term anxiety meds like SSRI's?

 
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Yup - I've been on Cipramil for 4 years - low dose. It was THE drug that finally ended my anxiety and dizziness after 9 months of hell.

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