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    Diagnosed anxiety, panic disorder, ocd. Help only from xanax. Problem of getting prescription of same from doctors. Help

I have been diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorder and ocd.I have been put on multiple meds but the only one that has halped me is Xanax but doctors won't write prescriptions for it because so many patients are just drug seeking snd looking for a high.
I Don't know what to do?I am miserable and have no life because the panic attacks and the anxiety rule my life
Sat, 28 Sep 2013
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Hi,

Xanax is a benzodiazepine that gives only temporary relief by alleviating these symptoms. This drug has many side effects, the most important one being dependence which means, once you take the drug regularly you will not be able to do without it. That is the reason doctors are reluctant to prescribe it. There are many other drugs which are used to treat the conditions you have mentioned without these side effects. There are many options like Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors etc. Please consult a psychiatrist and go back to him/her regularly for follow up, i am sure will receive the right help.

Hope this helps,
Dr A Rao Kavoor
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