Originally Posted by UltraShy
Originally Posted by korey
my psychiatrist thought that 4mg of Xanax was equal to 15mg of Valium
Your doc is an idiot.
My GP didn't even know off hand what size Valium comes in. He had to look it up to find out there are no 20 mg Valium tablets -- I could have told him they come in 2, 5, & 10.
I wouldn't call my psych an idiot, but I would agree that his Xanax-to-Valium equivalency was a bit too conservative for my needs. He was glad to switch me back to my 4mg/day dosage of Xanax, though.
The reason I switched to Valium in the first place was for its muscle relaxant properties in addition
to its anxiolytic properties. Unfortunately, Valium (even at that tiny daily dosage) made my mind "foggy", if that makes sense. It also made me sleepier than I was comfortable being all the time. I would've bitten the bullet and stayed the course if the Valium had shown any potent anxiolytic or muscle relaxant effects, but it didn't, so it wasn't worth it.
Hopefully I'll see another doctor sometime in the near future about getting a muscle relaxant for my back pain. I know it'll have similar, if not, more intense effects like the Valium, but I would only take it at the end of the day (My days consist of carrying around a 40 lb. bookbag on my back at school for 5 hours and then standing on my feet for (at least) 5 hours at work.) It's already hard to physically get out of bed in the morning, and I'm only 19. I honestly don't see the harm in getting a muscle relaxant to "unwind" all of the muscle tension I seem to build up each day. The one I want in particular is carisoprodol (Soma) because it turns into an anxiolytic agent inside the body, which could give me even more anxiety relief (plus, it could function as a cheap sleeping pill when the need arises, and believe me, it does
). Unfortunately, Soma is listed as a commonly abused prescription medication on the narcotic control bureau website for my state (take a look for yourself, ha
), so I doubt any doctor would give me an adequate prescription for it, especially considering the fact that I'm only 19 (because 19 year olds simply can't have physiological problems, just as they can't have psychological problems either, right?
Wellbutrin SR 300mg, Eskalith CR 900mg, Luvox 100mg
Things I have tried:
Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR, Remeron, Wellbutrin SR, Eskalith CR, Topamax, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, Restoril, Desyrel, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Inderal, Lopressor, Thorazine, Lamictal, Abilify, Depakote, Geodon, Seroquel, doxepin, chloral hydrate