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Can Benzodiazepine be taken instead of Stalopam without any side effects?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: Hi, i have anxiety disorder and panics. If i take stalopam plus 5 mg . I will not have any fears but it has few side effects like reducing sex drive.


And i dont have depression. So it is. Goid idea to take benzodiazepines instead stalopam ? Pleae advice.my martiage is comming up in next 2 weeks.so i would like to have some meficine to reduce my panics
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes benzodiazepine with psychotherapy

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us. I can understand your concern.

Sexual side effects are common with Escitalopram. If your anxiety problem is not severe, you can go with only benzodiazepine. In that case I recommend stopping Escitalopram gradually by tapering to half dose if you are taking already.
Benzodiazepine should be taken under medical supervision to prevent dependence and abuse.

With benzodiazepine I also suggest going for psychotherapy. In psychotherapy I specifically recommend CBT- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This will reduce your need of benzodiazepine and you can stop it easily.

You can ask your doctor for this approach.

Hope I have answered your query, I will be happy to help further.

Regards,
Dr Chintan Solanki.
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Can Benzodiazepine be taken instead of Stalopam without any side effects?

Brief Answer: Yes benzodiazepine with psychotherapy Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. I can understand your concern. Sexual side effects are common with Escitalopram. If your anxiety problem is not severe, you can go with only benzodiazepine. In that case I recommend stopping Escitalopram gradually by tapering to half dose if you are taking already. Benzodiazepine should be taken under medical supervision to prevent dependence and abuse. With benzodiazepine I also suggest going for psychotherapy. In psychotherapy I specifically recommend CBT- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This will reduce your need of benzodiazepine and you can stop it easily. You can ask your doctor for this approach. Hope I have answered your query, I will be happy to help further. Regards, Dr Chintan Solanki.