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Hi Xiang Ting. Your situation sounds a lot like mine. You are not alone. I have been self medicating as well for awhile with GHB (this is actually pretty safe substance if used responsibly) - but is very addicting and has some nasty rebound anxiety if dosing constantly. Before that I had tryed Paxil or paroxetine an SSRI, and was also on Cipralex AKA Lexapro for about 7 or 8 months which did nothing for my anxiety or depression really, maybe broughy my anxiety down a tad, but thats about it. Paxil made me fiend for alcohol for some reason, but it did help with my panic and anxiety.

Lately (the last 2-3 months or so) I have been self medicating with Oxycontin (not good) - as this has made me nauseaous lots of times, as well as its very addicting, and when I stop using it, I get some withdrawals like severe dialated pupils, diahrea, aches & pains, depression, and anxiety. Everything in my life seems like it gets worse and worse everyday.

My family doctor retired and its very hard to find a new doctor in Canada here, and our healthcare system isn't all that great like some people make it out to be. Our prescriptions are still VERY expensive here unless you have a good medical plan through your work, which is rare now. My fam doc that retired was the most knowledgeable doc that I've dealt with, but its a shame he's retired now. I have been prescribed Lorazepam at 0.5mg for panic attacks when I was having them severe, but ativan sucks as it did nothing for my panic attacks. Xanax is the only thing that helps but even that, I need about 1.5mg dose for it to do anything to help. I'm always worried about my heart rate, even though I've been to a cardiologist as well back in Grade 10. I'm now 20 years old, and none of my friends suffer from the anxiety that I suffer and live with every day. It's just god awful. I went to 2 new doctors and both are clueless when it comes to anxiety. One doctor wanted to prescribe me Effexor XR right off the bat, and the other one wanted me to take trazodone... like uhhh.. Effexor XR with no benzo for the initial side effects? I don't think so. I don't knwo what to do. Its very hard to find any doc that is taking new patients.

I can't even get a referral for a psychiatrist here. The doctors in Canada here at least where I live, are not that knowledgable it seems like it. Or its very rare to find a doctor that is knolwedgeable in the anxiety/depression field. I mean, the two doctors I went to, I knew more about the medications out there to treat Anxiety then they did!

Sorry to rant on like this, I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone and that I am in the same boat and need assistance as well :(

I hope you get better, Zopiclone is not as addicting as benzo's are and there should be something to help you get off of it. Or maybe you could ask for a script for Clonazepam since it has a long half life and is good for anxiety as well and could help get you off the Zopiclone. Feel free to PM me as well.

Hope you feel better mate.





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