Ok, I feel compelled to talk about benzo's, which is a shortened version of the name benzodiazepine. These medications include the popular Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin. They are for occasional use in treating severe anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle spasms and sometimes even alcohol withdrawal (although your brain doesn't know the difference between benzo's and alcohol, and their use can often activate the craving center in your brain to WANT alcohol if you are a recovering alcoholic). Everyone is different in their response to these medications, and I in no way want to go against what your doctor might prescribe, but there are a few things you need to know about these medications. They are addictive, and when used regularly for an extended period of time, can cause unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal when discontinued. Also extended use can cause symptoms of memory loss or instability of gait. While many people are on these medications for years, and claim no ill effects, they still have not addressed the primary problem which is "What is causing the anxiety?", and "Why can't I deal with my anxiety without medication?" If your anxiety is chronic, it could be a symptom of a generalized anxiety disorder or ongoing depression. ...Like I said, I definitely do not want to go against anything your doctor might tell you, and benzo's work pretty damn fine when used as they were intended, but if you use them more than a few times a week and/or you have been using them for an extended period of time, there are larger issues that you might be better served to address. As for taking these medications before an important meeting, that depends on the person and their own body's response to the medication, but remember this...they are central nervous system depressants. .....NOW don't everybody yell at me. It's just that I know a few doctors out there who hand these meds out like candy, and tend to dismiss a middle aged woman's anxiety as being all hormonal. There is probably not another medication out there that works as well and if your doctor prescribes it, it can bring you amazing relief, but for LONG TERM use we deserve better.
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