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What else besides Xanax?
  1. #1
    Zed Guest

    Default What else besides Xanax?

    What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    effective due to tolerance build up.

  2. #2
    Jason James Guest

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    "Zed" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.


    Do you take a tricyclic or SSRI anti-depressant? These are excellent
    anti-anxiety drugs and usually form the backbone of anxiety treatment. Daily
    use of a benzo is also OK, provided one doesnt increase, and not come
    back-down. That's the trick with benzos I've found,..always have a margin
    you can increase to when things are bad, but come back again when things are
    not so bad.
    I note you are referring to Xanax,..which is taylored for anxiety treatment,
    especially panic. Valium is different in that it has an 8 hour effect
    compared to 4 hrs for Xanax. This suits some people, especially when looking
    for a decent nights sleep. Perhaps, if your Dr is not a Benzo-phobe, he may
    consider Valium?

    Jason



  3. #3
    Vickie Guest

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    On Jun 23, 9:09*pm, Zed <z...@cbgb.net> wrote:
    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.


    The few times my panic had pushed me to the ER, they gave me shots of
    Ativan.

    A friend of mine, who has general anxiety when going to the dentist,
    uses Ativan prior to going.

    Ask your doc though!

    VIckie

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    Zootal Guest

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    Zed <[email protected]> wrote in news:b1126961-efba-4fc0-9e8a-76acc56b9e69
    @s9g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:

    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.


    How much are you taking? I've had Valerian root and Melatonin at night
    recommended, but that would only be for those that take very low dosages of
    xanax to start with. If you are building up a tolerance after five years,
    you probably take too much for these natural remedies to be effective.

  5. #5
    Gigglz Guest

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    On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:11:19 -0500, Zootal
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Zed <[email protected]> wrote in news:b1126961-efba-4fc0-9e8a-76acc56b9e69
    >@s9g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:
    >
    >> What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    >> Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    >> effective due to tolerance build up.

    >
    >How much are you taking? I've had Valerian root and Melatonin at night
    >recommended, but that would only be for those that take very low dosages of
    >xanax to start with. If you are building up a tolerance after five years,
    >you probably take too much for these natural remedies to be effective.



    is that you, Victoria?

    gigglz (deb)

  6. #6
    Zed Guest

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    On Jun 23, 11:29*pm, "Jason James" <a...@ass.com> wrote:
    > "Zed" <z...@cbgb.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    > > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > > effective due to tolerance build up.

    >
    > Do you take a tricyclic or SSRI anti-depressant? These are excellent
    > anti-anxiety drugs and usually form the backbone of anxiety treatment. Daily
    > use of a benzo is also OK, provided one doesnt increase, and not come
    > back-down. That's the trick with benzos I've found,..always have a margin
    > you can increase to when things are bad, but come back again when things are
    > not so bad.
    > I note you are referring to Xanax,..which is taylored for anxiety treatment,
    > especially panic. Valium is different in that it has an 8 hour effect
    > compared to 4 hrs for Xanax. This suits some people, especially when looking
    > for a decent nights sleep. Perhaps, if your Dr is not a Benzo-phobe, he may
    > consider Valium?
    >
    > Jason


    I was on Celexa before during a protracted period of extreme chronic
    anxiety. But I went off it eventually, because I really didn't seem to
    need it anymore and I felt that it was inhibiting me cognitively
    somewhat. These days my anxiety only flairs up on occasion. It's
    always there mind you, it just flairs up worse the usual from time to
    time. The Xanax still does the trick at those times - but it also
    seems close to having played itself out.


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    Zed Guest

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    On Jun 24, 7:11*pm, Zootal <nos...@spam.zootal.nospam.com> wrote:
    > Zed <z...@cbgb.net> wrote in news:b1126961-efba-4fc0-9e8a-76acc56b9e69
    > @s9g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:
    >
    > > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > > effective due to tolerance build up.

    >
    > How much are you taking? I've had Valerian root and Melatonin at night
    > recommended, but that would only be for those that take very low dosages of
    > xanax to start with. If you are building up a tolerance after five years,


    I don't think it's a matter of how much (I've had refils expire before
    the bottle was empty) as for how long.

    > you probably take too much for these natural remedies to be effective.


    That's interesting because I don't take "these natural remedies"
    period.

  8. #8
    Zed Guest

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    You know, when I asked what else besides Xanax, I was kind of
    expecting someone to recommend something similar to it based on
    personal experience. That's why I come here for pill advice, because
    of the personal experience factor. Then, yes, I discuss it with my
    doctor! Please don't try diagnosing me, just tell me what else (if
    anything) besides Xanax has worked for you. Has anyone here switched
    from Xanax to Lorazepam for example? Thanx.

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    Gigglz Guest

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    On Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:30:39 -0700 (PDT), Zed <[email protected]> wrote:

    >You know, when I asked what else besides Xanax, I was kind of
    >expecting someone to recommend something similar to it based on
    >personal experience. That's why I come here for pill advice, because
    >of the personal experience factor. Then, yes, I discuss it with my
    >doctor! Please don't try diagnosing me, just tell me what else (if
    >anything) besides Xanax has worked for you. Has anyone here switched
    >from Xanax to Lorazepam for example? Thanx.



    i've taken xanax for years. i've never had an addiction to it,
    either. i take it "as needed". i went thru a very bad time where i
    was in constant panic, and for some reason the xanax wasn't doing the
    trick. the doctor DID give me lorazepam (ativan) for when i was in
    panic mode, and the difference in the med was just enough to help me
    thru. absolutely do try lorazepam if you haven't. i keep my
    lorazepam for panic attacks, and xanax for general anxiety.

    good luck!

    gigglz


  10. #10
    Zed Guest

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    On Jun 27, 7:54*pm, Gigglz <nut...@nuthin.com> wrote:
    > On Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:30:39 -0700 (PDT), Zed <z...@cbgb.net> wrote:
    > >You know, when I asked what else besides Xanax, I was kind of
    > >expecting someone to recommend something similar to it based on
    > >personal experience. That's why I come here for pill advice, because
    > >of the personal experience factor. Then, yes, I discuss it with my
    > >doctor! Please don't try diagnosing me, just tell me what else (if
    > >anything) besides Xanax has worked for you. Has anyone here switched
    > >from Xanax to Lorazepam for example? Thanx.

    >
    > i've taken xanax for years. *i've never had an addiction to it,
    > either. *i take it "as needed". *i went thru a very bad time where i
    > was in constant panic, and for some reason the xanax wasn't doing the
    > trick. *the doctor DID give me lorazepam (ativan) for when i was in
    > panic mode, and the difference in the med was just enough to help me
    > thru. *absolutely do try lorazepam if you haven't. *i keep my
    > lorazepam for panic attacks, and xanax for general anxiety.
    >
    > good luck!
    >
    > gigglz


    Thanks!

  11. #11
    Figaro Guest

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    On Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:30:39 -0700 (PDT), Zed wrote:

    > You know, when I asked what else besides Xanax, I was kind of
    > expecting someone to recommend something similar to it based on
    > personal experience. That's why I come here for pill advice, because
    > of the personal experience factor. Then, yes, I discuss it with my
    > doctor! Please don't try diagnosing me, just tell me what else (if
    > anything) besides Xanax has worked for you. Has anyone here switched
    > from Xanax to Lorazepam for example? Thanx.


    I switched from Valium to Xanax then back again. Later I switched to
    clonozapam which is my current maintenance med, with Valium as needed for
    breakthroughs.

    All of the benzos have their adherents and detractors. A p-doc
    specializing in anxiety once told me that, in his experience, individual
    reactions vary considerably so there is no "best for this type of symptom"
    benzo. He encouraged guided experimentation to find out which one is best
    for the patient.

    Personally, at equivalent dosages, I find Valium to be more effective over
    Xanax for stress-related tension and GAD. Xanax did seem to have a
    stronger impact on panic and physical reactions to memory flashbacks.
    Valium also starts to work a tad faster and lasts longer.

    Sorry, I have no experience with Ativan, and will probably never try it
    because of it's short duration. Rrom the info in some of your earlier
    posts, it sounds that either Ativan or Valium would be a reasonable choice
    for you

    BTW, the odds are against you having developed a tolerance for Xanax.

    Fig

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    Con Pollard Guest

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    On Jun 24, 12:09*am, Zed <z...@cbgb.net> wrote:
    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.


    Yes, wean yourself from the drug, get some hiking shoes and get
    out of the house and stop thinking about yourself so much.

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    V*nessa Guest

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    "Figaro" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1kd00lkjz212b$.1evnd5munpba7$.[email protected] ..

    >
    > Fig


    hiya Fig

    long time since i've posted here. How have you been?

    Vaness


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    Figaro Guest

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    On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:18:36 +1000, V*nessa wrote:

    > "Figaro" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:1kd00lkjz212b$.1evnd5munpba7$.[email protected] ..
    >
    >>
    >> Fig

    >
    > hiya Fig
    >
    > long time since i've posted here. How have you been?
    >
    > Vaness


    Good to hear from you, Vanessa. I'm surviving, hope you're doing at least
    that well Only here off and on myself.

    Take care,

    Fig

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    V*nessa Guest

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    "Figaro" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:18:36 +1000, V*nessa wrote:
    >
    >> "Figaro" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:1kd00lkjz212b$.1evnd5munpba7$.[email protected] ..
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Fig

    >>
    >> hiya Fig
    >>
    >> long time since i've posted here. How have you been?
    >>
    >> Vaness

    >
    > Good to hear from you, Vanessa. I'm surviving, hope you're doing at least
    > that well Only here off and on myself.
    >
    > Take care,
    >
    > Fig


    I'm doing very well thanks. Surviving is a good start

    V


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    Sheldon Guest

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    "Zed" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.


    IMHO most benzos are similar, however YMMV. Some come on slow, some come on
    fast, and each seems to last a certain amount of time given a comparable
    dose. I've been doing well on Lorazapam (Ativan) for about 6 years now with
    an SSRI chaser. That said my drug of choice would probably be Valium. I
    don't take it regularly, but I've had it for minor surgical procedures and
    it's a very smooth drug for me.

    Whatever you take, I think you have to fight the urge to up the dosage.



  17. #17
    Gail Michael Guest

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    If you can get Ativan, good for anxiety.
    Gail

    "Zed" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > effective due to tolerance build up.




  18. #18
    Mike colella Guest

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    On Aug 10, 1:38*am, "Gail Michael" <gailmich...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > If you can get Ativan, good for anxiety.
    > Gail
    >
    > "Zed" <z...@cbgb.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    > > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    > > effective due to tolerance build up.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    For what its worth my P-doc claims he will not presribe xanax or
    valium. He called them dirty drugs-whatever that means. He only will
    prescribe lorazepam and klonopin. He thinks they are great drugs and
    he prefers them for anxiety /panic even on a daily basis. I am taking .
    5 loraz x 2 daily for GAD.
    Colin

  19. #19
    ~*LiveLoveLaugh*~ Guest

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    "Mike colella" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Aug 10, 1:38 am, "Gail Michael" <gailmich...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    >> If you can get Ativan, good for anxiety.
    >> Gail
    >>
    >> "Zed" <z...@cbgb.net> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> > What else works as effectively and smoothly as Xanax? I've been on
    >> > Xanax for 5 years now, and needless to say it's becoming less
    >> > effective due to tolerance build up.- Hide quoted text -

    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -

    >
    > For what its worth my P-doc claims he will not presribe xanax or
    > valium. He called them dirty drugs-whatever that means. He only will
    > prescribe lorazepam and klonopin. He thinks they are great drugs and
    > he prefers them for anxiety /panic even on a daily basis. I am taking .
    > 5 loraz x 2 daily for GAD.
    > Colin



    Odd b/c Klonopin is a benzo too. Just like Xanax.

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