02-28-2010, 05:35 PM
Status: Community and Website Administrator
Join Date: May 2012
waste of time
(Copied over from old review system)
Posted by kim00
Social Anxiety Background
I have severe social anxiety, and panic disorder (there have been other anxiety-related diagnoses, but I can't remember them all).
My therapist put me on this because he was against putting me on a benzo. Since it is an anxiolytic I thought it would at least do something to help.
I started taking it and over the course of about 3 months I got up to 50mg/a day. I didn't feel any noticeable relief of anxiety symptoms at all from the beginning, but my therapist just kept encouraging me to up the dosage and try to "believe" the medication was working.
I didn't notice any decrease in anxiety symptoms at any point during my treatment. In fact, if it hadn't been for the side effects, I wouldn't have been able to tell I'd taken it at all.
The side effects were few, but they got to be pretty bothersome at times. I often had sudden extreme dizziness, and strange jerky sensations in my neck and face. I've read that those involuntary "ticks" can become permanent when a person takes a high dosage over a long period of time. Also, when I was sitting in class, I would sometimes get these sudden bursts of what I can only describe as excited energy, but they weren't enjoyable or helpful. It was kind of an "I have to jump up and go somewhere or I'll scream in front of all these people" feeling....almost obsessive-compulsive.
So eventually I tapered off of them. I'm surprised at some of the higher ratings people have given this medication. By itself it does nothing, and I personally think any success acheived by augmenting an anti-depressant with this drug is more of a placebo effect than anything.
Sorry to be long-winded, but I just want to save other people the time and money and hope they might invest in this useless pill.