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From the ADI network site:
Anti-anxiety agents, such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin: These are the agents of choice for starting anxiety management. More research is now available on Klonopin, Rivotril, (clonazepam).
Many "primary care" physicians (GPs) have not been trained in the anxiety disorders and see these medications as being "addictive". However, these medications are NOT addictive for people with clinical anxiety disorders. Over three dozen research studies report that people with clinical anxiety disorders do not become drug addicts as a result of temporary anti-anxiety use. These medications can be very helpful for people with social phobia. Find a psychiatrist who understands this. These medications are tolerated well and almost always help. There are few side effects (e.g., tiredness at first) and they work quickly. There seems to be more research support for the use of Ativan (lorazepam) and Klonopin (clonazepam) in the treatment of social anxiety than the other anti-anxiety medications.

If a professional tells a person with a definable, DSM-IV anxiety disorder that the anti-anxiety agents may prove addictive to them, the professional (a) is not aware of research in the area of anxiety, and (b) should probably not be treating you. The anti-anxiety agents work, they are safe, and people with anxiety disorders typically stay on a low dosage when going through CBT. These medications are nothing to worry about. When stopping anti-anxiety use, it is necessary to taper off the medication slowly, by reducing the dose gradually over a period of 3 to 4 weeks.

I have taken valium, XANAX, and ativan (in the hospital). XANAX and Valium were both "long" term medications (3-6 mos.) and neither turned in to one that proved to provoke any sort of dependancy, at least for me. This is also true for the majority of the Hundreds of Millions of people for whom BILLIONS of prescriptions were written for said medications over the course of 40 years (FORTY YEARS!)- since Valium first came out. I'm not making that up- the numbers dont lie, as Valium and Xanax in their day were once one of the most prescribed medications; literally MILLIONS of prescriptions a year, and that was 20+ years ago. The sheer numbers of prescriptions, and the people they have helped through difficulties with ABNORMAL anxiety speaks for itself.

"Over three dozen research studies report that people with clinical anxiety disorders do not become drug addicts as a result of temporary anti-anxiety use."

Makes sense to me. I have a hard time putting anything foreign in my body, and as I was told by my therapist, who has 25+ years of experience, this extremely typical for the majority of anxiety sufferers.

"If a professional tells a person with a definable, DSM-IV anxiety disorder that the anti-anxiety agents may prove addictive to them, the professional (a) is not aware of research in the area of anxiety, and (b) should probably not be treating you. The anti-anxiety agents work, they are safe, and people with anxiety disorders typically stay on a low dosage when going through CBT."

I'd say a) and b) are right on. As a matter of fact, I'm going to look up the ADI? website, print off this article and give it to my doctor and see what she says. Some Doctors are so far up the **S of prozac and paxil it is a crime against their patients, IMHO. If this SSRI don't work this one will, rinse and repeat. IT SUCKS and is a JOKE and a RIP OFF when BEnzo medications work just fine for anxiety and have done so for 40+ years. Why treat every little nuance when only one bugs you?

"When stopping anti-anxiety use, it is necessary to taper off the medication slowly, by reducing the dose gradually over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. "

Sounds like a plan to me. I did that, in a week or so, and had no problems with either Valium or Xanax.

I too have never heard of anyone having poor health as a result of benzo usage. You'd think after 40 years, something would surely begin to show up by now....I'm sure some in the medical community are STILL waiting with baited breath.

Thanks for the post hry33- Im going to look for the site and give that info to my doctor next trip.



[This message has been edited by nickey69 (edited 06-11-2003).]





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