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Which has been most affective?

  • Ativan (lorazepam)

    Votes: 13 17.1%
  • Xanax (alprazolam)

    Votes: 22 28.9%
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)

    Votes: 34 44.7%
  • Valium (diazepam)

    Votes: 7 9.2%
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tranxene (clorazepate dipotassium)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
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Klonopin... and I have tried every benzo on that list (and some more).
 

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on the contrary.....Xanax has worked best for me--and i've also been on every Benzo that exists. Docs don't like to prescribe Xanax, as it is extremely addictive. but, oh well... it works for me, and that's all i care about.

Klonopin turned me into a massive zombie--couldn't function at all. couldn't drive, think, move, talk, etc. i had to call my Psychiatrist ASAP and ask him to put me back on the Xanax, and he did.

when you really think about it, isn't just about everything addictive-either psychologically and/or physiologically? i mean, seriously!

i guess that ppl respond differently to each Benzo, though. so, take what works for ya. sometimes, it's just a crap-shoot. ya gotta try more than one of 'em to find out which one provides the most relief.
 

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When it comes to benzodiazepines I am astonished at how many people here have accessed them. America has a bigger prescription drug issue than Europe.

Doctors in Europe will MAYBE give you Valium, and only for short-term use.

Your only chance of getting any stronger benzos is if you're going mad and the police surgeon has to sedate you, you're about to undergo surgery, or you're severely mentally ill (ie. rocking back and forth in a psychotic fit).

I am talking from experience, diazepam (Valium) is like a wonder drug for those with social anxiety, the feeling of relaxation is great. At the beginning 5mg had me chilled out, now it takes me 15mg.

It's a road to addiction, I'm on it, I don't like it. I have used some crazy techniques to limit my use of valium. I take an envelope, put my pills in it and send it to myself 2nd class mail. Just do I know I can't take them all.

I was given a week's worth of benzos on Tuesday and by Wednesday they were gone, and what do I do the rest of the time, knuckle down and take the sweat, no choice.

I was in a state-run mental ward for two weeks, the people who are on strong benzos there are gone, there's no hope, you can see it in their eyes. The guy in the bed next to me was screaming all night the poor man he was in his own private hell he needed him I pray for that man he was a nice guy and his mind was taking him through torment, he needed benzos.
 

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Klonopin... and I have tried every benzo on that list (and some more).
The outcome would be much the same if the question were "which benzos are most commonly used in the US?"

My guess is that the first 4 on that list make up around 99% of the benzos used in America. The last 2 are virutally never used at this time in the US.
 

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Clonazepam saved my life, .....literally. My thought process is better, I am sharper and more witty, confident.


Have been using it for 6 years, .....and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
 

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Clonazepam saved my life, .....literally. My thought process is better, I am sharper and more witty, confident.

Have been using it for 6 years, .....and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
Your location is listed as the UK, the motherland of benzo bashing. Doesn't the NHS also only allow Klonopin to be used for seizures?

I'm going to make a wild guess that you don't get your meds from the NHS.
 

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For me it was alprazolam. They were all pretty effective at reducing anxiety, but alprazolam (Xanax) had this extra something that made life fun. Could just be because Xanax was the first benzo I used (i.e. before tolerance of any kind).

My problem with benzos was that even in the beginning, I needed at least 2mg of Xanax (all at once) to lose my SA, and sometimes 3mg upwards. Less than that reduced anxiety but didn't make me comfortable enough to socialise. Therein probably lies my problem; that I don't have simple anxiety-based SA, but a personality that is fundamentally socially dysfunctional. I needed doses bordering on recreational just to get the enjoyment back in life. Eventually I decided I'd rather have anxiety than take benzos, anticonvulsants, or any other dumb drugs.
 

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When it comes to benzodiazepines I am astonished at how many people here have accessed them. America has a bigger prescription drug issue than Europe.

Doctors in Europe will MAYBE give you Valium, and only for short-term use.

Your only chance of getting any stronger benzos is if you're going mad and the police surgeon has to sedate you, you're about to undergo surgery, or you're severely mentally ill (ie. rocking back and forth in a psychotic fit).

I am talking from experience, diazepam (Valium) is like a wonder drug for those with social anxiety, the feeling of relaxation is great. At the beginning 5mg had me chilled out, now it takes me 15mg.

It's a road to addiction, I'm on it, I don't like it. I have used some crazy techniques to limit my use of valium. I take an envelope, put my pills in it and send it to myself 2nd class mail. Just do I know I can't take them all.

I was given a week's worth of benzos on Tuesday and by Wednesday they were gone, and what do I do the rest of the time, knuckle down and take the sweat, no choice.

I was in a state-run mental ward for two weeks, the people who are on strong benzos there are gone, there's no hope, you can see it in their eyes. The guy in the bed next to me was screaming all night the poor man he was in his own private hell he needed him I pray for that man he was a nice guy and his mind was taking him through torment, he needed benzos.
A weeks worth on benzos? Is that the most they'll prescribe at once? Man, that really sucks. I'm 19, went to my doctor for social anxiety and "panic attacks" (to get the benzos). He gives me Zoloft for the SA and hooks me up with 90 .5 Xanax a month with one refill. And when and I call for a refill, there's never any questions asked by him...the nurse grilled me though. But who cares, shes a nurse!

Also, I don't use the Xanax more than twice a week, sometimes not at all. I don't want to become addicted. But I keep refilling the script because let's face it, it's better to have too much than not enough at all!

Some people here (USA) even get amphetamines for SA. Not sure how controlled that is in Europe, but here it's like candy for any child exhibiting the slightest bit of ADD/ADHD.

I'm not sure why benzos are so taboo in Europe, but I think it's complete garbage. Denying someone SAFE drugs is a denial of personal autonomy and has no place in democracy. If it were up to me, opiates, coke, and meth would be illegal because these drugs have proven to be a bane to society, due to their strong potential for addiction and the malignant actions they often tend to manifest against society (e.g., robberies, HIV).

But I believe everything else should be legal as long as there are warning labels on the products.
 

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To add further, I've been only been given valium by the NHS in extreme conditions like when I was in hospital for an operation. Any other circumstances, such as panic attacks everyday that warrant the help and aid of such a med, and I'm not given any. Every GP and psychiaitrist I've spoke to where I live seems to be very anti-benzos, and very pro SSRI/SNRIs. While I'm annoyed about the whole thing, and thier reluctance to prescribe me valium, my experience of it while I was in hospital (where I was given a lot) is that in the end, it wasn't even worth taking - it did absolutely nothing for my anxiety. So perhaps stronger benzos would be what I need, but the chances of me getting clonazepam and alprazolam are even rarer than valium and I have more chance of winning the damn lottery!

Like euphoria said, in the end would I like to be cognitively dulled and dumbed down, just to feel a little less anxious? To me, they seem to be no more perfect than SSRI/SNRIs when you look at it like that, and so I can perhaps see why they are being sidelined as far as treatment goes for anxiety disorders. Not that I entirely agree with these changes (because they can be very useful for some people) but you see where I'm coming from.
 

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UltraShy, .....I have been prescribed Clonazepam off label for anxiety by a great psychiatrist who trusts me. I have a repeat prescription for Clonazepam, .....and they ain't generics, ....they are Roche Rivotril.
 

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Valium works best for me, I've tried the 4 common benzos.

In the UK the NHS won't cover Xanax, the British health system is very benzo-phobic. Ironically chronic pain patients have no problem getting opiods but chronic anxiety sufferers will be lucky to get a low dose of diazepam or lorazepam. BTW, getting a regular benzo script is not easy in the US it's just not as difficult as the UK.
 

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Only used valium but it has saved my bacon many a time. Fast acting and works a charm.
 

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the best for me

The best for me is diazapam wich is valum it conqers SA but doctors wont prescribe it and yet in Mexico you can by it over the counter
 

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I've only tried Ativan, but it works well for me. The only problem is if I'm extremely upset and need a lot (more than 2mgs) to work, I end up extremely tired (fell asleep on my desk for 3 hours last week).

I can't imagine having a hard time getting benzos. I had a doctor's appointment today about my depression meds, and also asked for more Ativan. He wrote me a scrip for tons of them so I don't run out. Thank goodness I don't live in the UK.
 

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I tried every one them except for Librium and Tranxene never herd of Tranxene before...
Like euphoria said for social anxiety i found alprazolam the most effective anxiolytic and empathic benzo especially in social situations, on clonazepam i felt always tired and depressed to many side effects ... Lorazepam was to mild for me..
 
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