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Posted by: Troy | 2006/04/04

Does it work

Hi there

My Dr put me on Aterax 50mg 3 times a day,plus Ativan 2.5mg twice a day and at night time i am on Dormonoct 2mg,well my anxiety seems to be under control,but i want to know how safe Atarax is and for how long can one be treated with it,and i have been on SSRI`S but i cant get one that works well with me i need a strong one what do u suggest,i have been on Prozac and Aropax,all i have is chronic anxiety i am 25 years old and male,thank you any advice will be geatly appr

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All the drugs mentioned don't CURE anxiety, but, being sedative, may reduce its symptoms. Dormonoct is used to help you sleep at night, and not by day ; Ativan is a sedative tranquillizer. Aterax is an odd drug, strengely popular with some, especially older, GPs, and purely sedative. It's actually an antihistamine ( a type of drug used to reduce allergies ) which is too sedative to be much use for that, and used to sedate anxious people. I have never prescribed it. Ativan ( and I suspect Aterax as well, though there are fewer studies of it ) can cause dependency if taken for more than a few months,
As you suggest, it would be more usual these days for a shrink to use an SSRI, for depression or anxiety. Citalopram ( chemical name ) cheapest in the chemically equivalent form of Cilift, is a useful possibility there

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