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Offline Nomadah

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Are you on meds?
« on: February 05, 2014, 04:10:55 PM »
I have GAD, this terrible health fear and mild to moderate depression.

Recently I mentioned having anxiety to a Dr. and he gave me ativan to take when things get really terrible.  I took one yesterday when I felt sick with worry and was googling my symptoms (it's also when I found this wonderful site), and it really helped.

Anyway, I am sort of scared to take medicine because I think it may cause cancer or something in the long term.  Now I'm reconsidering and thinking that it's terrible to live this way and perhaps it's not so bad to take something if I need to.  And I think I need to.

Are you on meds?  And if so, what do you take?
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Offline Sunlover

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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 04:47:03 PM »
I take Xanax as needed.  Sometimes it's needed once daily, sometimes it's not needed for weeks.  I am also in menopause and the Xanax stops the night sweats.
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Offline soaringfalcon

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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 06:04:28 PM »
I am.  There is no correlation between cancer and SSRIs or benzos.

I take Celexa and have Xanax as needed.  I was so resistant to meds but it literally changes your life.  It's sooooo good not to have constant fears and what ifs running through your head like a broken record. 

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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 06:29:01 PM »
Prozac for 3 weeks and Klonopin 0.5mg...now quitting Klonopin.

Anyway, you shouldn't be afraid of meds, they will help you.
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 08:18:39 PM »
I am as well. I take Effexor XR and it has worked well for me. I have gone off of it twice and ended up back in the black, anxious hole. I was resistant to taking them but I probably won't ever go off of them now.

Don't be afraid and be patient as they do take time to take full effect. All the best.
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2014, 09:20:49 PM »
I am as well. I take Effexor XR and it has worked well for me. I have gone off of it twice and ended up back in the black, anxious hole. I was resistant to taking them but I probably won't ever go off of them now.

Don't be afraid and be patient as they do take time to take full effect. All the best.

I did the same tweenie.  This last time was the worst ever.  I started back 5 weeks ago and I won't ever go off again. 
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2014, 10:16:25 PM »
Yes, and that is why I won't stop again...my episodes were getting worse each time. Sometimes we just have to take the first step to getting on the right path and for me, meds and group therapy was the way to go.
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 03:03:23 AM »
I am on venlafaxine ER (generic effexor xr) 225mg a day and have low dose Xanax as needed. I have went off them as well and learned really quick how much they help me.
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 06:26:11 AM »
I'm always amazed that People spend a lot of time worrying about meds and the "chemicals" they contain so consequently they don't take meds which could help them, yet they have no problems with the weird chemicals in their food, soda, McDonalds, pre-packaged food, etc.
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Re: Are you on meds?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 08:22:46 AM »
I agree with patmob.
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