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.... my doctor (actually a nurse practitioner) has never asked me if i need to take benzos? i have the annoying combo of ADD with some anxiety. i'm on concerta now and i feel more productive and clear-headed than i have in years..... but, i am afraid to tell her that i've started smoking pot again, mostly because even though i feel active and aware and all that fun stuff (and i've gotten up enough energy to start working out on a regular basis, finally!!!) ..... i still feel edgy as hell. i didn't want to start smoking pot again, but last week i had a few drinks of whiskey at night, then i had another lower back spasm on thursday (probably due to stress)..... so i'm convinced that i really should be on ativan or klonopin to moderate that. what do i have to say to convince her?? it's frustrating. up to this point every time i have anxiety symptoms we just talk about changing my dosage or switching to a different antidepressant. are benzos really that bad?

maybe i just need to call her and say, hi, i need an ativan prescription, please. i used to take ativan (also xanax and klonopin, not at the same time of course) in college for anxiety, so should it be such a big deal to ask for them again? it would certainly help in keeping me from smoking pot again.

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.... my doctor (actually a nurse practitioner) has never asked me if i need to take benzos? i have the annoying combo of ADD with some anxiety. i'm on concerta now and i feel more productive and clear-headed than i have in years..... but, i am afraid to tell her that i've started smoking pot again, mostly because even though i feel active and aware and all that fun stuff (and i've gotten up enough energy to start working out on a regular basis, finally!!!) ..... i still feel edgy as hell. i didn't want to start smoking pot again, but last week i had a few drinks of whiskey at night, then i had another lower back spasm on thursday (probably due to stress)..... so i'm convinced that i really should be on ativan or klonopin to moderate that. what do i have to say to convince her?? it's frustrating. up to this point every time i have anxiety symptoms we just talk about changing my dosage or switching to a different antidepressant. are benzos really that bad?

maybe i just need to call her and say, hi, i need an ativan prescription, please. i used to take ativan (also xanax and klonopin, not at the same time of course) in college for anxiety, so should it be such a big deal to ask for them again? it would certainly help in keeping me from smoking pot again.

Sounds like a good idea. Tell her/him that you are experiencing intense anxiety.

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Isn't the pot cheaper and with fewer potential side effects?

Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but as uptight as doctors are about prescribing benzos, I often wonder why people don't just opt for weed.

Well, there is the illegality thing, but look at what people go through who have a legitimate need for medication??

Anyway...I will get off my soapbox but leave you with this...

http://opioids.com/hydrocodone/painpolice.html

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I hasn't been my experience that doctors ask if I think I should be on a particular med. I explain my symptoms and they describe my med options. Benzos aren't really that bad, but they have a bad reputation, so a lot of doctors will avoid them.

All that said, most of my doctors have been pretty responsive when I've done some research and suggest a particular med. Your doctor/nurse can't read your mind. If you think you need a benzo, then you need to tell him/her. Given that you've taken them before, this should be a pretty easy conversation.

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Isn't the pot cheaper and with fewer potential side effects?

Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but as uptight as doctors are about prescribing benzos, I often wonder why people don't just opt for weed.

Well, there is the illegality thing, but look at what people go through who have a legitimate need for medication??

Anyway...I will get off my soapbox but leave you with this...

http://opioids.com/hydrocodone/painpolice.html

Pot may have some benefits but for most people with mental illness chronic use is not a good thing. It can induce more anxiety, panic attacks and psychotic symptoms not to mention mood swings.

It is an individual thing of course.....

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Pot may have some benefits but for most people with mental illness chronic use is not a good thing. It can induce more anxiety, panic attacks and psychotic symptoms not to mention mood swings.

It is an individual thing of course.....

I agree!!! It affects me really badly (or at least differently). I'm way more depressed for up to a month afterwards even after using it once. And while high, it doesn't relax me, it gives me anxiety/paranoia/mania/psychosis/depression/otherstuff - usually depending on my original mood - that doesn't go away for hours.

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