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antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds ?

I have been on lots of antidepressants (SSRI's)over the last 15 years for anxiety. I don't have panic attacks--I have been a SERIOUS nail-biter my whole life. Most of them help some, not as much as I'd hoped and I hate the side effects. No doctor has never recommended an anti-anxiety med like diazepam or alprazolam --I'm assuming because of the dependence/addiction issue?--but I'm thinking of asking for one. What is more commonly prescribed of these two classes and have you found one to work much better than the other?

I tried Buspar too and got up to 60 mg per day, but it didn't help much--just made my fingers start to tingle.

Thanks.

Susan
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replied April 1st, 2008
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They are both for different symptoms and disorders. Totally different componients in either. One is for depression and the other for anxiety. I am on both. Alaprazolam is for anxiety and Buspar is for depression.
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replied April 1st, 2008
I thought buspar was for anxiety. And I am on antidepressants for anxiety--not depression.

Sue
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replied April 1st, 2008
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sjde wrote:
I thought buspar was for anxiety. And I am on antidepressants for anxiety--not depression.

Sue


You are right sue. Blame it on my Bipolar and having to get off my Limectal and going through a major crash right now! Not flipping taking anything yet.
But they still manage two different disorders. I also suffer from both for years and years.
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replied April 2nd, 2008
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My doc prescribed buspar for my anxiety and I HATED it....now I take Xanax and it works very well for me...buspar made me feel weird and anxious...it had the opposite affect that it should have...???
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replied December 22nd, 2009
I am 20 years old. I use lexapro for two monts i must say great anxiety and depression are gone. I found Lexapro online on google i must say great medicine also for young people.

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