personal question

  1. I apologize in advance for asking this but I have heard that there are a lot of nurses that are taking anti-anxiety meds like xanax. Do any of you take them on a regular basis? If so, what is the dosage. My doc prescribed it for me b/c he thought I was a little anxious but I haven't taken it yet. I did get the script filled. I guess I'm scared of becoming addicted.
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  3. by   baseline
    I used to take ativan just before I showed my horse. I never used it on a regular basis. Made me sleepy after the jitters were over.
  4. by   NurseGirlKaren
    I got the Rx filled and only have taken 3 in almost 2 yrs. Since you're wary of addiction I would think that would make you less prone to it. Personally, I felt better just having it there knowing I could take it if I needed to.
  5. by   kavi
    Last edit by kavi on Apr 20, '03
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    I think I may get some Xanax before my plane trip to Vegas next month. Either that or get really drunk before the flight leaves. I've never been on an airplane before EVER and am a little nervous.
  7. by   delirium
    Originally posted by nurse-lou
    I think I may get some Xanax before my plane trip to Vegas next month. Either that or get really drunk before the flight leaves. I've never been on an airplane before EVER and am a little nervous.
    Bad idea. Once I had an 8 hour layover at O'Hare. I proceeded to get smashed in the airport bar with a woman I didn't know. We made great drinking partners and were sad to go our separate ways when my flight was ready to leave.

    Anyway, I stumbled with my carryon luggage, got in the wrong seat and was asked to move by the flight attendant, drank an ungodly amount of bloody marys and was just starting to sleep it off when I arrived at LAX.

    Let's just say, I was very well acquainted with the bathroom in my hotel room.
  8. by   delirium
    Oh, besides the fact that, especially when you're traveling alone, a drunk person is a vulnerable person.

    I'm lucky I wasn't mugged or assaulted or something.
  9. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I take xanax. I take it for sleep though, and not routinely. I take 0.5-1 mg prn. The half usually works. It usually knocks me on my patootee!!! I have to say though, that sometimes I am a little "druggy" afterwords, but not nearly as bad as when I take benadryl or other antihistamine.

    If you have problems with anxiety I would recommend taking something more along the lined of an antidepressant like Paxil though.

    Then there is also stress managment and counseling that could help as well!
  10. by   Rapheal
    I suffered through anxiety most of my life as do many of my family members. During the worst point of anxiety in my life I went to a counselor and learned problem solving skills and coping skills. After this I have felt like a different person. It is so great to think things through instead of just reacting to the anxiety.

    It has changed my life and I recommend it to everyone who suffers from long term anxiety. If your anxiety is just situational, such as an unusual circumstance or life change, then the anti-anxiety medication short term may be effective for you. Good luck in finding what works for you.
  11. by   PennyLane
    I take Ativan as needed. I take 1.5-2 mg before a flight and .5-1 mg as needed for anxiety. In fact, I just took one b/c I finished reading the nuclear bomb thread. Nuclear war is one of my (many) fears and if I don't take something I'll be up half the night freaking out...sigh...

    I only take it a few times a month, though. My doctor wanted me to take it all the time, but I never felt comfortable with that and so didn't follow his advice.
  12. by   kittyw
    Originally posted by delirium
    Bad idea. Once I had an 8 hour layover at O'Hare. I proceeded to get smashed in the airport bar with a woman I didn't know. We made great drinking partners and were sad to go our separate ways when my flight was ready to leave.

    Anyway, I stumbled with my carryon luggage, got in the wrong seat and was asked to move by the flight attendant, drank an ungodly amount of bloody marys and was just starting to sleep it off when I arrived at LAX.

    Let's just say, I was very well acquainted with the bathroom in my hotel room.
    I'm too afraid of being too drugged or too drunk to be able to handle an emergency situation in an airplane. Like - in crash landing, if I was knocked out from xanax would I be able to escape or just sleep through it and die?
  13. by   Angella Walker
    Gin is a good companion to me...lol. Loosen up. There are much more serious things to consider in the whole scope of things. My biggest stress in the world is are my children alright. Grades and other things out of my control are the furthest thing from my mind. I am a true believer in God and I know that whatever I am going through, he is in control. Don't want to offend anyone that isn't a believer!

    Do what you can do, anything else..........don't stress about. It will just make you crazy!
  14. by   askater11
    Xanax...is this for a short-term problem?

    I started on Xanax 0.25 mg q 4-6 hours prn. Then while my dosage of Celexa got to the optimal level.

    I didn't use xanax too much. I found xanax made me a little more tired...not really much less anxious. The celexa works wonders. And I was on Paxil before and that worked wonders too. (I had to get off paxil because I had the side effect of bruising)

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