I have been taking .5 mg Ativan and .5 Lexapro for almost 2 months now for anxiety. I wanted to get off both meds after reading some of the horrid side effects. It worked for a few weeks where I felt back to my old self. Lately, I am experiencing rapid heart beat and mild panic/anxiety attacks. I wanted to find more natural ways to control my anxiety but I am dreading the withdrawal symptoms I may go through. If anybody has any advice please let me know. I will be seeing my doctor this Tuesday and will let her know what I wanted to do. Thanks.
Benzodiazepines can very well be addicting meds, they are a schedule class III drug, the same category as Vicoden. From rxlist "Use of benzodiazepines, including lorazepam, may lead to physical and psychological dependence." So i would definitely talk with your doctor before stopping these meds, you might have to do a slow taper. Best of luck to you!
Benzos are an addictive drug, and abrupt stoppage can cause seizures, though that rarely happens, because they are also an anti-seizure medication. While ssris and snris aren't technically addictive, it's just a technicality, since stopping them can be as hard as stopping any addictive drug. However, it can also be very easy, and if you've only been on it a short time most likely will be. Psychiatrists know better how to do this than regular docs, and some psychiatrists are a lot better than others.
And by the way, the fact a drug is addictive or like an addictive drug isn't a reason to take it or not take it necessarily -- it is a sign to be cautious, not to never take something. That depends on how badly you might need it.
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