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Originally posted by smyleegrl
Take the medicine. Give it three months, then be honest with yourself. Did it help? If so,there's your answer.
Medicine can be a real godsend. I understand wanting to overcome your problems without pills, but would you ask a diabetic to go without insulin shots? A nearsighted person to not use glasses? It's the same thing.
Best of luck to you, my friend! Please keep us informed of how you're doing!
But this Panorama investigation discovers the drug may have a darker side - the programme reports that people can get hooked on it, suffering serious withdrawal symptoms when they try to come off it.
Originally posted by ErroneousDylan
Well, I'm not always so keen to trust doctors. Also, I know ultimately it is still my decision, but I still wouldn't mind some persuasion one way or the other.
Mentally, am I a weaker person for taking them?
Physically, could I do harm to myself from them?
That's really all that is important to me.
Originally posted by FissionSurplus
I've been through what you're going through. For anxiety I do prefer Xanax. The antidepressants caused me to gain way too much weight, and gave me a sort of flattened affect (no highs nor lows). As a rule, in the beginning, people are given an antidepressant and a benzodiazepam (such as Xanax). Then the benzos are used as needed, and the antidepressants are taken daily.
I am no fan of Big Pharma, but when it comes to anxiety and the suffering it causes, along with the way it narrows your life down to nothing, I definitely go the Pharma route. In the old days, people like us became alcoholics or were hopsitalized for a "nervous breakdown".
I would use the pills as prescribed, and like the other posters said, give it several months. Make sure you don't run out, or you will go through something unpleasant...not necessarily like a true withdrawal, but more like you feel weird and start getting "brain shocks"...it feels like you're suddenly falling and then your brain gets these weird shocks to it.
Understand the risks, and weigh the pros and cons. For me, they're a Godsend. As for Big Pharma, still not a huge fan, but some of the older, tried-and-true drugs can help quite a bit.
Originally posted by amesT
reply to post by ErroneousDylan
Paxil never helped my anxiety. Remeron seems to help, Xanax works best.