Quote from allen_dave:Jennita, that's very interesting! I also tend to agree. How did SSRIs become so popular for treating anxiety?!
Well, I feel redherring is right, but also, our medical community here FINALLY caught up with the rest of the world and realized that benzos indeed cause severe physical dependancy among other things (UK's Dr. Heather Ashton knew back in the '80's).
But alot of the problems were that doctors used them as "preventative" thus daily dosing at substantial doses when people really didn't need them, and not as they should be used, aka "as needed" for panic attacks, shock, etc. So many people ended up as accidental addicts.
Benzo's were medicines' answer to the barbituate problems, which were very popular intil their problems started to arise. Benzo's were first toted as completely non-habit forming or addictive, alot like just taking an aspirin, imagine that!
Then Valium got abused and was toted mother's little helper; became part of the drug scene. It's still used/abused to "come down" from other drugs like speed and cocaine. But Valium is far weaker/less potent than the newer benzos like Ativan, Xanax
Actually, I found out my uncle took Valium after my aunt died; he didn't have a large problem getting off it although some people do. So sometimes, if used correctly, a weaker benzo like Valium may work out for some people. But I know one woman who could not get off a few mgs. of Valium without severe insomnia and nervousness.....so one never really knows.
So between the realization of severe physical dependancy and tolerance(what some think is addiction but is not true addiction) of these drugs and the new market for SSRi's, benzos are not the first choice anymore.
Benzos replaced barbituates, SSRi's replaced benzos....
But it's already been established that SSRi's have "discontinuation syndromes", aka physical dependancy and need for increase dose over time(tolerance) but it's being denied right now by the medical community, at least intil they come up with a new drug again! :eek: