Anxiety Meds.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by greatgran, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    How many find anxiety meds helpful? I have been on xanax for a few years and find it has been a very good medicine for me.

    Also when my sinuses/allergies act up my anxiety / depression goes through the roof..I say allergies but all my allergy test are negative. Foods etc.

    When my sinuses/ ear issues are doing ok so is my anxiety.. Anyone experience this?

    I know xanax has a bad reputation but I have nothing but good to say about it..
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    As you know, I take Klonopin but not primarily for anxiety; that's just one of Klonopin's silver linings for me. I take it so my brain will stop running at night and I can get to sleep and stay asleep. If I get sensory overload and I feel the anxiety starting, I nibble a small piece of the Klonopin and put it under my tongue. It only takes a few seconds for the anxiety and sensory overload to go away. Very helpful in restaurants and stores. A nibble isn't enough to cause me to feel drowsy. In fact, I can focus better without all the surrounding distractions. Klonopin also has helped with pain and the longer I've taken it, the better it has worked for the pain. It reduces muscle spasms and tinnitus. My new doc knows the benefits of Klonopin and is happy that it works so well for me.

    Xanax is in the same family as Klonopin: Benzodiazepines (sp?) They all got a bad rap when every other doc was handing out prescriptions to women for Valium, another Benzo. Valium was soon replaced with Prozac as the drug du jour for women. The only problem I see with Benzos is that we become physically dependent on them and have to withdraw from the slowly if we stop taking them. The DEA has docs scared of their own shadows these days. Specialists in what ails us know the value of Benzos in our treatment.

    Love, Mikie
  3. harrysmom

    harrysmom Member

    Hi, Greatgran,
    Harrysmom here.......still kickin'. Still taking Xanax after 14 years. Only drug that lets me sleep at night and helps with the CFS anxiety. I'm almost 65. I see no reason to stop taking this drug as it works, I take a half a pill, and at this point in my life I could care less if I'm physically addicted to it. The alternative is not pleasant to think about. what's so great about the prospect of being totally drug free with this disease?? Feeling worse? It's a no brainer seems to me. If something as simple as Xanax works, use it. I was heartbroken when the idiots took Darvocet off the market....that actually helped me, too, Without it, life is harder. And being off that drug hasn't made me feel better,.....

    Take care
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Once, I tried to get off the Klonopin because I was doing better. The withdrawal was horrible. Dr. Cheney believes that if we suffer withdrawal like that, we need the med. So, like you, I've decided I may be on it the rest of my life. Why not if it helps me so much that I consider it a miracle drug?

    Love, Mikie
  5. harrysmom

    harrysmom Member

    I've followed your trials and tribulations for years now on this site. Sometimes I think it's a miracle some of us old timers are still around, but we are and some days I'm glad of it and others, well, let's just say some days I'm less than enthusiastic about carrying on. Still, we proceed.

    The thing about Xanax or some other drug that helps us is no matter what we've tried over the years no one seems to be really cured,e ven though there's some improvement and so why not use what at least gives us a few hours of comfort and peace or enables us to do something halfway normal once in a while. I don't beat myself up about it or worry about any dependency thing anymore. Until the medical establishment can give us a cure and put us back among the truly living I feel they owe us whatever comfort they can give us and something like Klonopin or Xanax and a pain killer along with eating sensibly and taking some decent supplements and getting rid of all the stress and overstimulation seems to be the way to stay on an even keel and that's important in living with CFS and Fibro and whatever all this stuff is. Just my opinion, but I feel I'm entitled to those feelings as I've been struggling for 15 years with it and I understand myself better than any doctor who's "normal" does.

    Here's to us!
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    It is good to see old timers still here. I wish we could all leave because of a cure but in the meantime, we can learn a lot from one another. In fact, almost everything which has helped me is something I learned of here.

    My PCP is using peptide injections which have been very successful in Europe for 35 years. I will be trying them and if they are successful, it should make a huge diff. I don't want to use the word, cure, but if I could just feel better, it would be another miracle. I've been getting rid of some chronic virus before I start the injections. I'm on Acyclovir for a while before I start. This virus has set back the injection schedule for a few months but I'm planning on going ahead with them.k

    I'm so glad the Xanax helps you. A lot of us get a lot of good from both the Xanax and Klonopin.

    Love, Mikie
  7. Aberlaine

    Aberlaine Member

    I've been lurking here for years. I remember when you were a leader, Mikie. It's good to see you're still here helping others. There is still lots of good advice here and I come every once in a while to read it.

    I'm on Cymbalta (I take it in the afternoon) which helps my anxiety quite a bit. Like several of you have said, it works so I plan on taking it for the rest of my life.

    When my life throws me more than I can handle, Klonopin helps with the extra anxiety and despair.

    The supplements I've added through the years have finally gotten me to a place where my fibro symptoms have settled down. Either that, or I've adjusted my life to having these symptoms and they seem like old friends. ;) The post-exertional malaise still catches me by surprise, though.
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  8. MsE

    MsE New Member

    Well, Greatgran, you know I would be lost without my lorazapam. So I'm physically dependent at age 76 and I don't give a flying flooey! It makes living with CFS bearable, and it makes living with the aftermath of a mastectomy bearable. Believe me, the mastectomy made the CFS kick into the "wild and wooly" mode and my life has become downright sedentary--more than before. However, when something comes up that I simply have to do and anxiety gets vicious (as it does whenever something comes up that I simply have to do) I bless lorazepam and hydrocodone and manage. I've never had to use more than a very small dose of either of these drugs, but I would be in bed all the time without them.

    I just returned from a week of travel. My youngest brother died, and I made the trip to the other side of the state to attend his memorial service. A couple of weeks before that, I had made the same trip in order to see him when he was in the hospital but in poor condition. My youngest daughter went with me both times or I wouldn't have been able to go. My lorazepam and hydrocodone also went with me or I wouldn't have been able to go.

    It doesn't take too many years of misery before we learn to bless whatever we find that works. Right? Right!
    PS. Now I'm paying the price for making those two trips and am totally wiped out. But I did it, thanks to the drugs, and I'm glad.[This Message was Edited on 11/11/2011]