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kristen
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posted 01-09-1999 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kristen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

hi, over the last couple of years i have been having problems with anxiety and sometimes mild depression. i still havent taken any meds. i have only used st johns wart and kava kava. i have just recently made the descision to ask my doctor for xanax. from what i have heard and read xanax is used in 2 or 3 doses a day and can become addictive. so i'm kind of nervous about that. i would also like to know if anyone has used valium. i was just speaking to a friend and she told me that she used to get panic attacks. she said that she would take 10mg of valium before going to bed and she would have a good night sleep and it would also keep her calm the following day. has anyone else used valium? should i ask my doctor for that instead of xanax? i am hoping that if one of these meds works for my anxiety, that it will also relieve my ibs. i hope someone can give me some feedback. thanks

musem
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posted 01-09-1999 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Instead of diagnosing and prescribing for yourself, you might find it easier and less stressful to just discuss the problems you're having with the doctor, and leave it him. If he gives you something that doesn't work, he'll have a lot of others in his bag to try. Different meds work for different people. I just started back on Paxil, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing for you to take.

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K
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posted 01-10-1999 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doctors are usually pretty reluctant to prescribe these medications for long term use. Valium and Xanax are in the same category of drugs, and both can be addicting. There are several other classes of anti-anxiety medications that are not considered to be addicting, and it's likely that your doctor will try one of these first. (BuSpar is common, I believe). Ask your doctor which meds he or she thinks are best, and together you can decide which will work for you. And remember, there's a lot of trial and error with medications, different meds work for different people. Good luck! K

Joe
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posted 01-10-1999 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe   Click Here to Email Joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was prescribed Xanax for nervous diarrhea back in November and it works well. My doctor told me it was very safe to take .25 mg twice a day for nervousness but then I read on these discussion boards that it was addicting so I have stopped taking it. I'm wondering why my doctor told me it was safe if it is really addicting. It calmed my nerves down and stopped the diarrhea completely. I'm going to have to ask my doc if it is safe to take long term. BTW, .25 mg is a very low dosage for nervousness. For people with really bad anxiety the dosage can go as high 4 mg three times a day. Maybe that is when it becomes addicting.

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Chantal
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posted 01-10-1999 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chantal   Click Here to Email Chantal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you take a drug for a long time it may be come addictive I have been on a canadian form of xanax for a long time but I dont care if it helps me I am willing to take it for the rest of my life or until they find a cure for IBS. My dr also started me on paxil a week ago because of mild depression well who wouldnt be being in the bathroom for more than half your life. From my experience you are better of with xanax than valium and your dr will tell you that.
Chantal

Karl
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posted 01-10-1999 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kristen,
I've been taking valium
since Sep 98 for anxiety, to control spasms, and to help with sleep. My Psych Doc believes it's the best med to handle all three.

It has helped, but when I
tried to cut back on the dosing all three started to flare again.

In addition, he had me on
serzone (antidepressent) which burnt me out and has recently changed me to celexa (a brand new antidepressent with less side effects). Possibly, serzone and valium were not the right combo to get my IBS under control.

His plan is to cut back on the valium and eventually eliminate it in hopes the celexa will do its serotonin "thing" and at least provide better control.

I am taking 5mg of valium three times a day and have more good days than bad. I am going to also see a GI doc and
see if anything else can be done.

Be aware (like the other folks
said), it can be addicting & one can suffer withdrawal problems, some meds work for some and conversely can also have a paradoxical effect in which the med actually makes one worse.

I read up on meds the doc wants
to give me, ask to take the lowest dose that will control things, and carefully monitor side effects.

I get about seven hours of
sleep, but have to be careful during the morning and afternoon dosing because valium is a tranquilizer and can cause some impairment. Also, if I don't get out of bed after my morning dose, I want to fall right back to sleep.

I am not a doc and am not giving
you medical advice, just my experiences trying to find the right combo to control IBS and its associated symptoms. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR DOC!


GOOD LUCK & I HOPE YOU FEEL
BETTER,

KARL

Jarndyce and Jarndyce
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posted 01-10-1999 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jarndyce and Jarndyce   Click Here to Email Jarndyce and Jarndyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kristen, drugs like Xanax at low dosages are no more addictive to someone with a nervous disorder than drinking coffee. Anxiety disorders are physical in nature (genetic) and must be treated with drugs! I go on and off of Xanax all the time and I've never felt ANY side effects or withdrawl symptoms. Don't listen to those anti-drug, scaremongerers. If you do, you'll be the one who suffers in the long run.

TERIO
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posted 01-10-1999 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TERIO   Click Here to Email TERIO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a difference between a real nervous disorder - panic disorder, than just anxiety from IBS. Check with you doctor! If it is anxiety from IBS that you bring on then with work you might beable to stop or slow it up with therapy. Cognitive therapy - biofeedback. Why not try these first before DRUGS!

JillAnn
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posted 01-11-1999 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kristen,

First and formost, talk to your doctor! But I can attest to the fact that not all drug are for all people. I took Paxil for a while and it made me very very ill, but now I'm taking a low dose of amitriptylene and am doing a lot better. I had such huge anxiety over my IBS that I practically couldn't function.. it was ALL I thougt about, literally. I didn't really want to take an anti-depressant, and my husband (who won't even take asprin) was REALLY against it! But, the Amitriptylene is very mild and the side effects listed with it aren't as scary soundint as for Paxil/Prozac/Zoloft, but I think that Valium and Xanax must be effective for some people becuase they are pretty widely prescribed so I read.

Just talk to your doctor and don't expect a miracle after the first dose ( I think I did ) and if one dosent' work, don't be discouraged ( that was the biggest thing for me) Work with your doctor and if your doctor isn't willing to talk to you.... get a new one!!!

GOOD LUCK!!

Jill

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Duane
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posted 01-11-1999 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Jarndyce and Jarndyce !

[ Anxiety disorders are physical in nature (genetic) and must be treated with drugs! ]

This statement interests me. Can you provide documentation on this claim. I'd like to hear more about it.

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Regards - Duane
ps - I'm not a Doctor or Bartender

cc050
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posted 01-13-1999 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cc050     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have been on xanax for about 3 months
now and it has helped. i dont know how
effective valium would be. i would think
that it would make you tired through out
the day. definetly speak to your doctor.

heykate
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posted 01-13-1999 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having been through Prozac and Paxil (they created panic disorder in me), Bentyl, and various high fiber diets, I still find valium, taken sparingly and only during a major flare-up to be my drug of choice. I haven't tried Xanax since the valium works so well to break an IBS "attack," but whatever works, I say go with it. We suffer too much pain and embarrassment to worry too much over what works for us. However, addiction is a concern. I find that I only use valium as an emergency measure - and do not get addicted. But when I get that relief - Oh, baby, is it worth it! Good luck.

cc050
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posted 01-14-1999 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cc050     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heykate i was wondering if you only use the valium to calm down durring an attack, wouldnt it also be effective in preventing an attack? I havent tried valium yet but i have read that it can work very well as an anti anxiety med and it can be used in a single daily dose because of its longer half life than a med such as xanax.

TERIO
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posted 01-14-1999 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TERIO   Click Here to Email TERIO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Panic disorders don't have to be treated with drugs only. That is the easy way, you still have to go for therapy if the doctor isn't too lazy. Some docs just give you meds. and get you out of their hair. You can treat this without drugs. Cognitive therapy is one way. Don't confuse high anxiety because of IBS with a true panic disorder, I really believe they are two different ones. Your mind is strong, so strong it can do this to you, so it is strong to get out of it too. Now depression is different, that could (?) be chemical imbalance (even thou they can't prove that) but anixety isn't an chenical imbalance in your head, it's just you making stuff worse. I have high anxiety because of my IBS, but it has gotten better with coginitive therapy and accepting the facts that this is how I am. GoodLuck

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