Posted by Dave Emond (126.96.36.199) on August 08, 2001 at 14:55:11:
In Reply to: zanax??? posted by keri on August 08, 2001 at 14:08:40:
I've been taking Xanax for about 10 years now. Before I got hit with CH. Xanax is an anxiety medication, that is all it will relieve.
Xanax will help in keeping calm during an attack, but will not touch the pain. It is a very addicting medication, but is far safer in relation to drug interactions as would be antidepressants.
If your husband does not already suffer from anxiety in severe form (i.e. panic attacks) I would not recommend this medication. Primarily because of it's addicting qualities. It will not stop the Beast from coming, it will not reduce pain.
I only use it because of a history with anxiety, as I feel an attack coming on, I may take it in order to keep me from further panic during the onslaught of pain.
If you want more information, feel free to e-mail me, I know this drug well. I was once able to get off it for a short period, which is extremely hard to do (if you already have an anxiety disorder), but once I got hit with CH, the worry and stress about upcoming cycles and the time during shadows inbetween attacks was to much for the chemical imbalance that causes anxiety, so I found myself addicted to Xanax once again. I hate the stuff, and wish I could get off of it. If this never ending cycle I'm on now ever ends, I'll try my best to kick it again.
Conculsion: Don't use unless he already has a history of anxiety disorder.
Write if you want more info, and best of luck,
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