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Panic anxiety disorder

Oct 31, 2005

I have a major problem with Panic and anxiety Disorder, I have been on many drugs to help, I have asked several times if I could be prescribed xanex, but have always been turned down, I have been on this product years ago and know it truly helps, nothing else helps, even when they uped my dosage on Clonazepam.Why wont the docotrs listen to me and just let me try it out again, I know it's supposudly an addictive med but so are some of the other meds I am taking. I have suffered with this for many years, alot of times I cannot even go outside just to go outside or I go into these attacks. then it sends me into major depression,this has been going on for over 15 years now and keeps getting worse. I just dont understand why any doctors I see will help, they seem to think i may just want Xanax because of what it is ? I could care less. I just want some relief thats all.. give it to me for a month or two. anything that will take away my Panic and anxiety so I can be free for just a little while. Thanks

Response from Dr. Horwath

When Xanax is taken in combination with protease inhibitors, such as Ritonavir, a problematic drug interaction can occur, which can cause unusually high levels of Xanax, excessive sedation, and respiratory depression, which can be especially problematic in people with respiratory disorders. In fact, this combination is contraindicated.

There are other excellent treatments for panic disorder. Many antidepressants, such as the selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs: Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, etc.), are very effective in relieving the symptoms of panic disorder. There are also very effective cognitive and behavioral treatments, which can be quite helpful to relieve the symptoms as well as the phobic behaviors that often go along with panic and other anxiety disorders.

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