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#1 fairymonkey

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

Need an option for non narcotic anxiety medication that wont become addictive and does not interfere for suboxone (opiate blocker) medication. Just want some advice- will be asking a doctor but do not have a psychiatrist currently. I heard Burspar could be one (but hardly works), but are there any other options? I know there is B13 vitamin and herbal treatments.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:51 PM

Let's see.....one is hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril) which is an antihistamine used frequently for anxiety. Dose would be 50-100 mg four times daily. Another really good one is gabapentin (Neurontin), with a highly variable dose to be taken about three times daily. Both of these are generic and pretty inexpensive.

A cousin to gabapentin is pregabalin (Lyrica), a low-level narcotic (schedule V drug, which means a very low potential for abuse). It is used for anxiety also, but it is not generic and therefore very expensive.

For emergencies when I don't have anything to relieve my anxiety, I have found that taking 50-100 mg of diphenhydramine (Benedryl) will calm me down. However, because it causes marked drowsiness you must make sure that you do not have to drive or do anything dangerous.

The best antidepressant for anxiety (non-MAOI) is IMO mirtazapine (Remeron), which is dirt cheap, quite calming, and taken at bedtime helps with good sleep. Downsides are some weight gain and drowsiness at first.

IMO, Buspar (buspirone) is pretty worthless. People that really, really benefit from it seem to be few and far between. However, it cannot hurt to start taking it with on of these other more immediate-acting drugs, since it can take a month to work.

I hope you find something that works for you. I personally recommend gabapentin at several hundred (300-800 or more) mgs taken three times a day. It seems many people have success with it, and my old primary care doc had no problem prescribing it.. Good luck!

James

Edited by egodystonic_james, 27 December 2012 - 05:55 PM.

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1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD - atypical type)

2. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

3. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)(in partial remission)

4. Cotard's Delusion (removed prior to DSM IV in 1994(in partial remission)  

 

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1  Cymbalta (duloxetine DR) 60 mg QAM

2. BuSpar (buspirone) 15 mg QID

3. Desyrel  (trazodone) 150 mg QHS 

4. Xanax (alprazolam) 2 mg TID

5. Lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg QHS

6. Soma (carisoprodol) 350 mg TID


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

Need an option for non narcotic anxiety medication that wont become addictive and does not interfere for suboxone (opiate blocker) medication.


Fairymonkey,

Are you taking suboxone now?
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#4 fairymonkey

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

All the ones you listed I actually own. LOL. No I am not on suboxone. I was simply curious of options.

Edited by Fairymonkey, 27 December 2012 - 07:42 PM.

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My actual diagnosis: It's still a debate. Psychologists can't seem to diagnose me. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder w/ Depression and anxiety. co-dependency issues.
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“Sometimes fate is like a small sand-storm that keeps changing directions. You change direction, but the sand-storm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before death. Why? Because this storm isn't something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you.”
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

Why mention the suboxone, then? Are you writing on someone else's behalf?
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:58 AM

I was simply asking due to just my own research. I wanted to relate controlled substances anti anxiety meds with people who struggled with addiction and are on suboxone (studying to be a substance abuse counselor). I also don't like the fact that valium is the only thing that works for me (all the things listed didn't work for me).

My psychiatrist told my valium could cause dementia later on, don't know if thats true.
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My actual diagnosis: It's still a debate. Psychologists can't seem to diagnose me. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder w/ Depression and anxiety. co-dependency issues.
Past meds: Effexor, Lexapro, Fluoxetine , Bupropion XL ,Klonopin, Ativan, Nortriptyline ,Remeron
Supplements: Melatonin
Diet: Strictly Vegetarian

“Sometimes fate is like a small sand-storm that keeps changing directions. You change direction, but the sand-storm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before death. Why? Because this storm isn't something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

When you're asking out of general interest, instead of about your own particular situation, please make that clear in the initial post.
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