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|10-17-2007, 12:56 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Medications with Anxiety
My doctor - who knows that I am in recovery from drug addiction - wants to put me on a med similar to valium for my anxiety. Another point is that a medication that I started 6 weeks ago, (let's call it "B") has a side-effect of anxiety (but only for a few %).
I am limited to what "B" drugs I can take, and they all have various side-effects. I need this medication to live.
Do I take a valium type med with my current "B" drug? or Do I switch "B" drugs, and lose that option for a med later...
I really don't want to be on some mind-altering medication just to survive my "B", and I don't want to just give on "B" to start something else that will create new side-effects.
(yes, I am going to talk to my sponsor about it, but he's not familiar with anxiety much)
|10-17-2007, 01:29 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Northen Europe and France
I assume you´re in AA because you have a sponsor and you´re working the steps, right?
In my country there are certain anxiety drugs you can take and others you can´t take if you´re a recovering alchoholic. Valium is one of the drugs I cannot take.
Can you speak to a doctor or counsellor in a rehab clinic? They should be able to tell you what you can take and what you cannot take.
I am not a drug counseillor so I cannot really help you there, but I´m sure you will find a solution to this problem.
Love and light,
|10-17-2007, 03:54 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Omak WA
All I can tell you is that I had severe anxiety attacks for years and when I quit drinking they became intolerable. I would have one in a grocery store or places out in public...needing to get away out by myself. My doc first had me on Ativan and then switched me to Xanax. He felt like he could trust me to take these meds as he directed which I did because I always worried I wouldn't get to refill a prescription if I used it up too soon. Drugs have never been a problelm with me. I am a basically responsible woman except when it comes to alcohol.
I have decreased my Xanax from 1.0 mg three x a day to 0.5 mg twice a day prn. I hardly ever use it now but do take one if my anxiety is building up.
I am no doc so think you should ask your doc about this. I advise writing your questions down to take to the doc so you remember what you want to ask.
God Grant Me the Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change..the Courage to Change the Things I Can Change..and the Wisdom to Know the Diifference.
Sobriety Date: July 10, 1988
|10-17-2007, 06:40 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Anytown, USA
Just my 2 cents....take with a grain of salt.
If it is 'similar to Valium' in that it can take the edge off, but isn't in the same family....something like Buspar, then that would make a lot more sense. Risk for addiction, OD, and whatnot is much less.
You should ask your doc his/her rationale with the meds. If he/she doesn't regularly work with addiction or psych meds, you may want to see someone else....since both areas are quite particular in how they should be handled.
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark
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