Pace maker and benzodiazapines

I recently had a pace maker implanted and I take metoprol ,xanax and ambien, I haven't noticed any illeffects . I'm not taking the meds to get a buzz. At my age(63) been there done that. The medications help. I'm hoping my doctor continues to give me my meds. They and my new pace maker have given me a new lease on life.




by Swangirl - 2019-10-24 17:20:55

If you haven't already you should watch the CNN show by Lisa Ling "This is Life", the Benzodiazapine program.  The extreme examples she shows are not rare and as a psychotherapist in the psychiatric unit I've seen them first hand.  They are the easiest drugs to get hooked on and as your body quickly develops a tolerance they stop being effective.  The dose .25 is the smallest size but many people are taking .5 or 1.0 everyday, even multiple doses to deal with anxiety and insomnia.  They are usually the generic versions of Klonopin, Valium, Xanax and Atavan.  Getting off the drugs causes extreme reactions.  Also the combination of ambien and xanax is not good for older people as there is research to associate these drugs and the combination with dementia.

I don't want to be alarmist but there are many good ways to deal with insomnia and anxiety without drugs.  Every therapist can direct you or there are many online programs, some free.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been around for 30 or more years and is tested and researched extensively to show it's effectiveness.  Yes, it's easier to pop a pill than to change your thinking and belief systems but at what cost?

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