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Ive suffered from panic and GAD for almost a decade now. For

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I've suffered from panic and GAD for almost a decade now. For 2 years, I religiously self medicated using oxycodone. The level of anxiety that it masked was unheard of. I never wanted to ask for a prescription though, because doctors look at you funny when you mention a controlled substance. I totally understand that, as it is an addictive narcotic. But, what it did to help me can't be ignored either. I stopped taking the oxy in May, as it made me feel as if I was doing something wrong, because I wasn't prescribed that. I've been on 1 med for 9 years (klonopin), and another I was on until I couldn't afford to pay my deductible anymore (lexapro). Both help in their own way, I guess. But, not like the other did. Is there any validity from anyone in the medical community that supports my claim that this actually helps? My doctor also makes me come in every time I need a refill. That takes time out of work for me. Being strictly commission based, that's unacceptable.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 5 years ago.
A nacortic might help with GAD, because essentially you are high on the narcotic, in a way.
In other words, the endorphin like activity counters the GAD with euphoria, to put it crudly.
this has to do with neurotransmitters, but this use is also addicting, and not much differernt that using alcohol to releive stress and thus self medicating.
Both are problematic.

GAD shoudl be approached with SSRI medication and CBT...cognitive behavioral therapy.

Using only meds really might help you function, but does nothing to adress the underlying problems
good luck

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