How do you feel about anti anxiety medications?

@cynddvs (2950)
United States
April 5, 2007 9:34am CST
My fiance is thinking about getting on something for his anxiety. I'm a little uneasy about this. I know these medications can become very addictive. I would rather try a more natural approach first. Does anyone know of any natural ways to ease up anxiety? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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@kiwikidz (753)
• New Zealand
5 Apr 07
I think it would depend on how bad he is and what is causing his anxiety, if he is depressed he should seek a doctors opinion as getting help sooner is better than later as he might need stronger medication to help. IF he is just a bit stressed out, maybe some relaxation courses or body massages will help him unwind, also talking to him about what is worrying him helps a lot. I have been on anti-depressants now for a few years because of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and panic or anxiety attacks, my doctor has told me I will have to take them for the rest of my life, so I just try to stay positive and cheerful which helps me get through each day. Bless you both and hope that things work out alright for him.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I think a big part of his anxiety is work. He runs his own business and he has a lot of pressure on him to make his clients happy. This means him working almost everyday. I'm really hoping he'll go and talk to a doctor soon. I just try to keep things around the house as calm as I can for him. But it's hard to him to unwind when he gets home because he feel as if he needs to keep working. Anti depressants don't worry me as much as anti anxiety medicine. I was on Celexa for a while and it never really had any bad side effects for me. But I have just heard really bad things about anti anxiety medications.
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• India
6 Apr 07
Anxiety and depression are some times caused sometimes as the side effect of some diseases.You know eppilepsy, after aquiring this disease there is a chance for the person to be affected with these type of disease.If the condition is accute, medication is unavoidable. But to a great extend you can control by natural means. Yoga, meditation and prayer helps you in overcoming thi.There are special posters to be practised for this.An expert can help you in this.
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• United States
6 Apr 07
i have had to take anxiety meds before and they can be very helpful and i did not find them to be very addictive at all.it depends how bad your husbands anxiety is sometimes just avoiding the stress can be helpful but in other cases they need medication only a doctor can tell for sure.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I did try this one natural product called Nuro-calm or something like that... it was something that you sprayed in your mouth that was supose to be all natural herbs. It didn't work for me but maybe it would for him. I got it at a natural medicine pharmacy.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I have bad panic attacts where I start to shake and litterally can not even walk. It doesn't happen much... only if I am really under a lot of stress. I do take Xanax for it but only when I have an episode and a bottle of 30 pills lasts me a whole year. I find it helps a great deal because if I catch it early it calms me down and makes it so I don't get so tensed up later and I need the pills even less. I don't suggest any medication that is taken constantly. It's better for with anxiety attacks to take something only when needed and you will not find he would get immune to it. I only believe that anxiety medication should be taken if anxiety is actually hindering a persons ability to preform daily activities.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
I think like others here I'd say there's a lot of factors involved to consider. Talking to a doctor and that client you mentioned for alternative medicine would be good places to start. My fiance has tried Bach flowers and chamomile tea which helps somewhat. On the other hand my panic attacks are waaaay too debilitating for any natural remedy I've tried! They just don't even make a dent! I've personally had great success with Paxil and saving my Xanax for any attack that crops up instead of taking it regularly. Xanax really is addictive and I hated the way it'd black out chunks of my memory and "zombify" me. Taking it only for the occassional panic attack I don't have those problems! I just take a Xanax, nap, and I'm a-ok again.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
I was prescribed Xanax for panic attacks but it made me feel so good I was afraid of becoming addicted to it.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Xanax is one of them I'm really afraid of. Back in my party days I took a Xanax just for the heck of it and it just pretty much knocked me out. That was one of those "never again" moments. I've never heard of Bach flowers. I'll have to look into that.
@lifeluver (743)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
Hi cynddvs :) I am glad to see that your fiance has your support because whichever way he decides to tackle this problem, your support will be the most important thing he has. I suggest you both sit down and talk about what is causing his anxiety. He might want to look into whether or not his insurance (maybe his employer covers it?)covers this type of illness. A lot of employers do and that way, if he needs to take some time off, he won't have to worry about losing his job. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I made it very clear to my dr. that I only wanted medication to "stabelize" me. That way, I could go on with my life, so to speak, while doing "talk therapy". One thing that I have discovered, is that it isn't just one thing that causes anxiety. There are things called "triggers" that start the anxiety ball rolling. So, an important thing to discover with talk therapy, is what these triggers are. Once one knows that, dealing with the anxiety becomes easier and that leads to getting off the meds. Hope this helps and God bless.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Thanks for your response. He is self employed so he can take a few days off without it really hurting us but it would be hard for him to take any extended time off from work. I think there are really a huge combination of things that trigger his anxiety. We just need to work on controlling those things and I guess redirecting his energy somehow.
@suju15 (184)
• India
20 Apr 07
I don't know how bad are things at your end, But I would definitely, suggest Yoga, n Meditation practices.Medications are ok initially.Later on, if the body becomes addicted to them, then leaving them becomes very difficult. You can try advising, Yoga n Meditation. Walking also calms you. Occasionally, listening to some soft music can also heal you. Talk to him and make him understand that he cant be every where, and do everything himself. Reduce his workload, and have a break, in between. I know its easy to say, but keep your spirits up, and take care, think positive.Things will work.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
20 Apr 07
One herb I've had good results with is valarian. Valerian is available in powder filled capsules that can be swallowed easily. The drawback with valerian is that it could give you bad breath, you could use tic tacs for that. I've tried valerian to help me sleep when I was suffering from anxiety, and it worked pretty well. I would recommend taking the minimum amount first to check on how it affects you. The first time I took it, I had sort of a hangover from it the next day, not real bad but it made me feel sluggish. When I backed off the dosage, it worked fine.
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Besides taking walks, I don't know of any natural remedies for anxiety besides counseling, and I don't think that is what you are looking for. I know someone who is addicted to anti-anxiety medicines, but the doctors are silly for letting him stay with them, and so many of them! There are non addictive forms of anti-anxiety prescription medication, such as Vistaril. It is available in generic form so it can be cheaper than medicines such as Xanax or Valium. Also, Vistaril comes in very low doses, medium doses, or higher doses, so he doesn't have to be on a lot.
@Lisa625 (11)
6 Apr 07
i have been on several and there are some deep side effects, i think you should weigh the problems against the meds. if your taking them everyday your body depending on what it is will not necessarily become addicted i hear,but i've also heard that you have to be weaned off. i think the more addictive ones are the ones like zan and val and things sold on the street and you can always refuse them
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• United States
5 Apr 07
I have read that St. John's Wort it of great benefit in helping anxiety.