Originally Posted by KnitWit1987
She once had to have surgery and they had to take her off of the valuim in order to do the surgery
That's odd, they had to give me valium to stop the panic attacks so they could do surgery.
Valium should be OK for surgery.
I ask anyone that is having panic attacks to please try everything else possible before using medication.
It takes time to try everything possible. Time spent panicking with no relief is a good way to let it get out of control.
Besides me not recognizing the panic attacks were back a major reason mine got so out of hand was because of the doctors not giving me Xanax and trying SSRI type drugs (I never got so far as to get into the actual SSRIs before I said no more) that take weeks to know if they are going to help or hurt.
That left me with debilitating panic for months which turned into agorophobia and the constant panic became a habit I couldn't break.
It was only after I got the Xanax that I was able to get back into the habit of leaving the house without fear of a panic attack.
Many panic people don't experience addiction to Xanax just like epileptics don't get addicted to Klonopin. A friend of my sister's was on Xanax daily, timed release for years and quit without a problem, I've had addiction issues with codeine after surgery and never had a problem with Xanax.
Panic people tend to under medicate rather than over medicate and just knowing they have the ability to stop a series of attacks in their pocket is enough without even taking the pill, so if it's prescribed as needed they tend to not take it unless they really need it.
I think taking it like your mother or my sister's friend were prescribed is the wrong way. The problem wasn't the drugs it was being prescribed them constantly for 10 years. They're a fast working short lasting drug meant to stop anxiety not prevent it.
Xanax taken as needed and coupled with exposure therapy and learning meditation techniques works.
Go ahead and try other routes but don't let it get out of hand while searching.
And doctors may be willing to hand Xanax to women but they sure don't seem willing to give it to men.