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Macieann

802d

Hey everyone… does anyone else get scared to take heavier anxiety meds like lorazepam? I’ve been dealing with a relapse with anxiety for the past several months and I have lorazepam to take as needed when it’s bad. But I guess I’m scared to take it out of fear of becoming addicted to it, or it possibly not working and having no other “emergency options” left at that point. I don’t know… I’m just having a really tough time with taking it even though I know it will help how I’m feeling. I have GAD so when I do have anxiety it tends to snowball quickly and get me stuck in a rut of it

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    • BrunosMama

      477d

      I struggle with the same issue, especially as a recovered alcoholic. My Propranalol has helped reduce my need for my Xanax. But if I get snowballed like you said then yes, sometimes I still need the Xanax. I'd be worried if I couldn't get it anymore, so I may be addicted to it but It's been 20 yrs and I don't abuse it.

    • BrunosMama

      477d

      I struggle with the same issue, especially as a recovered alcoholic. My Propranalol has helped reduce my need for my Xanax. But if I get snowballed like you said then yes, sometimes I still need the Xanax. I'd be worried if I couldn't get it anymore, so I may be addicted to it but It's been 20 yrs and I don't abuse it.

    • NOLA_Musician

      797d

      Hi @Macieann I can relate to you 100%. More like 1000% haha. You are basically describing me exactly in my last anxiety relapse. Here’s the thing - the fear of the Ativan is certainly somewhat healthy- benzodiazepines are among the most difficult drugs to get off of, WHEN you’re actually addicted to them. But you have to remember that your anxiety itself is the culprit that is keeping you from taking medication that can help your anxiety subside. Could you imagine if say, diabetes made you not want to take insulin? Pretty counterintuitive! But that’s what anxiety does to us. I would say that if you are not prone to getting easily addicted or forming habits around medications, you should take advantage of these wonderful and amazing meds that allow us to function in our lives during these times of relapse. It is highly probable that you will only need to take it for a short time to get you through the phase you’re going through (which is exactly what it’s designed for). Definitely talk to your Dr about these concerns, but make sure it’s a psychiatrist and not a general practitioner. And keep in mind, there are other alternatives- you are not stuck with the decision on benzos or suffer. Definitely talk to a psychiatrist.

      • Macieann

        795d

        @NOLA_Musician thanks so much for the comment! I do have a regular psychiatrist who I’ve been with for 4 years, and he’s basically saying the same things you are. Right now I’m not having much anxiety, and it’s funny to look back on my last episode of it and think, “why the heck didn’t I just take it?”… the mind is such a tricky place. You’re 100% right when you say that it’s the anxiety that makes me feel that way.

    • GassyGirl94

      802d

      I take 1mg of Ativan and it can be hard to get off. It makes me really sleepy so I try to only take it before bed. If the doctor doesn’t refill, I’ve found Tylenol pm before bed on occasion helps. Lemon grass helps a lot, unfortunately I’m allergic to it.

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