Re: Xanax and other benzodiazepines

From: Karen Kaplan (
Thu Mar 9 05:31:14 2000

Thanks Dana - still, xanax is better than Ativan, a close relative - that and Halcion are the worst of the benzodiazepines (psychotic rage). Plus, now I cannot even tolerate 0.25 mg of Xanax for a rare good night's sleep since last summer's mess. I was given Rx for Ativan upon release because the stupid surgeon thought it was just another name for Xanax and I believed her for 30 hours. I find it outrageous that I was bombarded with benzodiazepines and under-medicated for pain. What is Drug Enforcement Agency doing? Much rather go through morphine withdrawal than the benzodiazpine blues. I STILL have thoughts of suicide as a result of that episode (one of the side effects of Ativan is suicide ideation - thank you very much!) Karen

>----- Original Message -----
From: Dana <> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 10:33 PM Subject: Re: Xanax

> I, too, was told that Xanax is one of the most addictive drugs available
> when I had to use it briefly to deal with overwhelming anxiety. My pcp
> told me that he is also a drug counselor and finds that Xanax is one of
> the hardest drugs to get people off of. Definitely use with care, but
> if you need it - you need it!! To pain free days - Dana
> At Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Karen Kaplan wrote:
> >
> >Ginni:
> >I know you have too much else to deal with, but Xanax is addictive. I
had > >to go through a supervised stepdown withdrawal last summer, and it was
> >rough, especially the last week and the two weeks after the last tiny
pill. > >Just a warning from when you are hopefully post-operative and not on
> >Vicoden.
> >Xanax is also a depressant. However, for many people ,it really helps.
> >Just a warning - I didn't know until I tried to stop after only ten days.
> >Best,
> >Karen

>> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: <>
> >To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <>
> >Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 11:35 AM
> >Subject: Re: Karla,
> >
> >> Karla,
> >> Glad my experience could help. It helps so much to know that I am not
the > >> only one suffering. I have been through the worst two months suffering
> >and
> >> finding the right doctor. I live in Florida and it seems as soon as
the > >> doctors see my videos of my last two surgeries they say they will not
go > >in
> >> there. I am going back to California to Dr. Nezhat, who helped me
before. > >I
> >> just have to stay strong enough for another three weeks and then know I
> >will
> >> get the care I need. I have seen four doctors here who all say my case
is > >> too extreme for them. I am lucky to have a good GP who will give me
> >anything
> >> I want to keep my strong and pain free until the surgery. I know what
you > >> mean about the bowel movements. They made me have one of those stupid
> >barium
> >> tests and six days later I have still not passed any. Has this ever
> >happened
> >> to you? I feel like I am full of cement. A friend in Alaska who just
had > >> her third adhesion surgery this year just told me about a new
prescription > >> laxative which she says works wonderfully without any harsh chemicals
or > >> cramping pain. It is called Miralax. Has anyone tried this and what
do > >you
> >> think of it? I am going to ask my GP about it. I have had good luck
so > >far
> >> with Vicoden, although it makes me speedy instead of relaxed so I am
also > >> taking Xanax twice a day and this is helping. I have not eaten in two
> >months
> >> now, just liquids to avoid a bowel obstruction and my weight is getting
> >> ridiculously low. My adhesions have not only completely glued up my
bowel > >> but have also attacked my stomach and I have vomiting every night. The
> >> doctor says it is because when you are laying flat (as like sleeping)
it > >> causes it to flow back upward and this causes the vomiting. Getting
> >people
> >> to understand what this is like is impossible. My in-laws think their
> >poor
> >> son got stuck with a reject, sickly wife, thank God he is supportive
and > >> sticks with me. I hope you find some relief and have more good days
than > >> bad. Thanks for writing, this waiting for the surgery is the worst.
Are > >you
> >> considering more surgery? Ginni
> >>

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