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I do believe that stellinator meant that xanax worked well to check the panic symptoms, not that it made people feel better by the statement "Xanax was great". First of all there is no mental medication that is not addicting or chemical changing that doesn't require winging off of to be safe. Addiction is not abuse. Medications that play with your seritonin levels are far more dangerous then benzos if not taken properly or winged off in the correct manner. I have taken srri's and I am on one now. I have taken xanax for years and and I take it on an around the clock dosage of 1mg for approximately every six hours along with 300mg of neurontin becuase I am disabled from an ssri reduction. I have never taken xanax during a painc attack to stop it unless it is the specific time of my daily dosage. Having to up your dosage is a farce when you understand that you can not cure panic attack with any method. Abuse starts when a person believes they have to up their dosage to try to cure or stop all of the symptoms which is impossible. Teaching people the proper understanding of the medications is more important then labeling the medication addicting when it may be the only relief for that particular person. Another thing is that xanax only makes "abusers" feel better, like a street drugs might. When I take my xanax at every dosage, I dread it and it does not make me feel at all better then before I took it. It only checks the severe symptoms of my condition that never stops. An as far as not having side effects, I can tell you that is not in the least bit true. Here is a comparision of common, un-common and rare side effects of xanax, Welbutrin and Effexor as an example. I have at least 70% of all of the xanax side effects at different times. Comparing a benzo that acturally is the only real thing that works for panic attacks with two of the ssri's that might work for some, which medications are truly worth the worry based on possible side effects alone?

SIDE EFFECTS OF XANAX (alprazolam):
drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, diarrhea, upset stomach, changes in appetite, restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, blurred vision, changes in sex drive or ability, shuffling walk, persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still, fever, difficulty breathing or swallowing, severe skin rash, yellowing of the skin or eyes, irregular heartbeat.

SIDE EFFECTS OF WELLBUTRIN (bupropion):
drowsiness, weakness or tiredness, excitement or anxiety, dry mouth, insomnia, nightmares, change in appetite or weight, frequent urination, difficulty urinating, constipation, blurred vision, change in sex drive or ability, excessive sweating, headaches, seizures or tremors, loss of coordination, fever, severe skin rash, itching hives, chest pain, shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, irregular heartbeat.

SIDE EFFECTS OF EFFEXOR (venlafaxine):
upset stomach, drowsiness, weakness or tiredness, excitement or anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, dry mouth, skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual, changes in appetite or weight, headache, constipation, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, blurred vision, changes in sex drive or ability, excessive sweating, jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms, slow or difficult speech, shuffling walk, persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still, fever, difficulty breathing or swallowing, severe skin rash, yellowing of the skin or eyes, irregular heartbeat

Sincerely,

Sickman :)





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