Hey! I am seriously having issues with taking meds. I have been taking ativan .5 mg 3x/day for about 18 days now and celexa. Tried the Celexa at 20 mg to start and was not able to tolerate it at that dose (nausea, increased anxiety), so was backed down to 10 mgs. I don't mind taking the medications. My main problem is that I'm afraid of several things: 1. Getting addicted to the Ativan. This is my worst fear. I feel like the sooner I get off of it the better. The thing is that it has helped me so much! I am so much better than I was several weeks ago. I feel like I can cope with this rough time now. Then I tried cutting back on it, and my anxiety began to increase again. Not a whole lot, but enough that I started getting discouraged that I would have to take it for a long time and become addicted to it. I can just see myself in a drug detox unit going through horrible withdrawals and the stigma of being a drug addict. (My brother is a meth addict so that probably doesn't help my fear!) 2. That the meds might not work for me and then where will I be? I thought I would feel all better with the celexa (I've been taking it at 10 mgs for 2 weeks now and I feel more positive, but want to be better NOW! =) Or that I will have to keep trying different ones and I've already been down that road over the years with bad results. I am now currently upping my celexa SLOWLY to the 20 mgs my doc wants me at. I guess I just feel like my life is so out of control and I hate depending on meds, but I want to take them if they help. Any advice for me? And no scary stories please. I don't think I could take that right now. How long has anyone been taking Ativan and can you taper off of them with minor withdrawals? My husband understands my fears and thinks I need to be on the Ativan as long as needed until I begin to feel better and get past this rough spot as I have been through this before. I will have to be on Celexa for the rest of my life so I am okay with that. I just hate the anxiety of the meds on top of the anxiety I already have. Thanks for listening!
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