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Panic attacks / anxiety / heart racing

Hey I have drank approcimately 10 - 20 12oz caffeinated diet drinks per day for at least 8 years.

I am so addicted that often I wake up in the middle of the night, and have this massive craving for caffiene. I cant get back to sleep unless I drink more caffeine.

About a year ago, I started waking up quite often from a deep sleep, with my heart racing, for no apparant reason. These episodes would typically last 10-15 minutes before I fell back asleep.

A friend gave me some Xanax (Alprazolam) pills which I started taking in VERY small dosages (less than 0.5 mg per day) and this seemed to completely fix the problem. I talked to my doctor who specializes in Endocrinology, Metabolsim, and Internal Medicine. He said that Xanax is very hard to get off of, once you are on it, and causes severe complications from withdrwals. He said that he would prefer only to prescribe Xanax as a last-resort. So he prescribed me a different drug that is in the same family as Xanax. It is called Lorazepam. Like Xanax, it is a benzodiazepine, which is a family of drugs that inhibits the bonding of something called GABA to your nueral receptors. These are 1mg pills which I break in half and take approximately 0.5 mg per day.

This has completely eliminated my anxiety attacks, and I have even stopped taking them for weeks at a time, when I could not get my prescription filled, with no apparent withdrawals..

I'm not saying that this will work for everyone. But it worked for me, and It can't hurt to ASK your doctor's oppinion.

Also PLEASE UNDERSTAND that I purposfully limit my intake of this drug to the absolute minimum amount that is effective for me. I think this is generally a good policy when trying to minimize dependancy on a medication, and the possibility of side effects or potential withdrawals.

I'm not a doctor, have no medical training or experience, and am simply providing this information on an AS-IS basis, based on my own personal experiences. Xanaz (aplrazolam) and Lorazepam are both prescription medications (and controlled substances in most countries.) Do not ever begin taking such a medication without first consulting a doctor.

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