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Old 04-13-2008, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Which one do you think works better for social anxiety? I've used both and while Xanax helps a bit to relax you, SSRI's seem to make you more outgoing. What do you guys think?
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why not use both?
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I guess that is another option. lol Do you know if they compliment each other? My Dr. said Paxil, although used for depression, also works well on anxiety. Anyways, just curious really. I used Paxil and Buspar before, but Buspar didn't really seem to help alot because when I weane off that I still was ok, but when I weaned off Paxil I noticed a big difference. Are Buspar and Xanax similar dugs?
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Are Buspar and Xanax similar drugs?
Not at all.
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What's the difference then?
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What's the difference then?
Xanax is a benzo and it works and Buspar isnt a benzo and it doesnt work to put it plainly.
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Ok, I also heard Xanax is only supposed to be used for short periods of time. 2-4 weeks.
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Ok, I also heard Xanax is only supposed to be used for short periods of time. 2-4 weeks.
if you use Xanax on a prn basis(as needed) then you wont have any problems and you can take it indefinately.
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Ok, I also heard Xanax is only supposed to be used for short periods of time. 2-4 weeks.
A guideline apparently created by those who live in some fantasy land where anxiety only lasts for 2-4 weeks and then ends and everyone lives happily ever after. I hate to break it to them, but I'm an adult and know fairy tales are full of lies and this would be one of them. In two weeks I turn 35 and have had anxiety for as long as I can remember.

Allow me to list the drugs that have failed me:

1. Paxil
2. Prozac
3. Lexapro
4. Zoloft
5. imipramine
6. Zyprexa
7. Abilify
8. Serzone
9. Neurontin
10. Lamictal
11. Effexor
12. Buspar

All of the above ranged from doing nothing at all to doing nothing to help, but having intolerable side effects.
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how long did it take you to get perscribed to drugs that actually worked??
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to get back to the original question I would take both

if you are lucky enough to find an antidepressant that works for you, it will help more than xanax
but it can be a long search that involves trying many abtidepressants and meanwhile xanax taken sensibly, helps everyone

please dont use the term SSRI to mean all antidepressants, it actually means prozac type, there are several other types too
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how long did it take you to get perscribed to drugs that actually worked??
I'm still waiting for the DEA to be abolished along with their drug prohibition.

I take 10 mg of Xanax daily and I'm still disabled by anxiety. I'd rate Xanax on par with Valium & Ativan (at equivalent doses). I find that large benzo doses help a bit, but they don't do nearly enough. Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.

It seems that as a fully competent and fairly intelligent grown man I'm not deemed capable of deciding what to put into my body so my owners, the US government, takes care of me as their property by telling me what I can & can not do to myself in direct violation of my basic human rights.

The DEA can go F*** themselves. I might make that my new sig line.
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Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.
What are these?
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Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.
What are these?
supposedly opiates help people with anxiety. I take a lot of them and ive tried most every type of them and I feel zero anxiety relief, however they work great for depression till you get tolerant to them. Adderall works great for SA in my opinion. It makes you WAY more talkative and willing to face your fears.
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how long did it take you to get perscribed to drugs that actually worked??
I'm still waiting for the DEA to be abolished along with their drug prohibition.

I take 10 mg of Xanax daily and I'm still disabled by anxiety. I'd rate Xanax on par with Valium & Ativan (at equivalent doses). I find that large benzo doses help a bit, but they don't do nearly enough. Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.

It seems that as a fully competent and fairly intelligent grown man I'm not deemed capable of deciding what to put into my body so my owners, the US government, takes care of me as their property by telling me what I can & can not do to myself in direct violation of my basic human rights.

The DEA can go F*** themselves. I might make that my new sig line.
damn, so nothing works, i really dont know what to say....but, actually, nevermind, im not tryna preach.....
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Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.
What are these?
supposedly opiates help people with anxiety. I take a lot of them and ive tried most every type of them and I feel zero anxiety relief, however they work great for depression till you get tolerant to them. Adderall works great for SA in my opinion. It makes you WAY more talkative and willing to face your fears.
Oh right. I'd not heard of opiates helping with SA before. It's supposedly impossible to get prescribed benzo's here so I doubt anyone would ever be to get opiates for it in this country at least.
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Truly powerful anti-anxiety drugs either have a high addictive potential and/or are too likely to cause fatal OD for the DEA to allow their use, so I get to suffer and drink beer, the only truly effective anti-anxiety drug not controlled by the DEA.
What are these?
Some things I'd like to try include MDMA, methaqualone, Seconal, Nembutal (and other barbs), morphine and other opioids, marijuana.

3 items on my list above are legal C-II drugs, but I could never get them prescribed. MDMA was legal with no prescription at all till 1984 when it was banned, the same year prescription methaqualone magically turned illegal.

I'd prefer living out my life in a drug-induced alternative reality, rather than in my living hell. The worst any drug can do is kill me as if SA hasn't already effectively done that. I'm the living dead. I don't have a life, unless you define life as merely having a pulse.

I'm a fully competent adult with an IQ higher than most of the population and I don't care to have brain-dead twits in government telling me what I can & can not take to help ease my extreme mental suffering. Perhaps none of the above would work. Perhaps they'd end up killing me. But it's my body & should be my choice (a concept liberals only understand when it comes to abortion).
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maybe u could move to a country with much less drug laws??
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Perhaps they'd end up killing me. But it's my body & should be my choice (a concept liberals only understand when it comes to abortion).
I don't find that to be true. Many liberal-minded people are against the prohibition of drugs.
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