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    Anxiety treatment without SSRI’s

    I have chronic generalised anxiety with insomnia - going on 12 years. I have previously suffered a serotonin reaction to a SSRI so these are not an option for me. I now suffer pain from chronic tension also.

    The one medication that does help me incredibly is alprazolam, however I am so afraid of developing a tolerance or addiction I resist taking it and only take it when things have gone too far. My GP has prescribed me 0.5mg PRN - but the ‘as required’ nature really bothers me! Can I safely be prescribed a low regular dose (every 1-2 days) under guidance by a psychiatrist long term? I currently use one every 3-4 weeks and I avoid situations to manage it in between. It’s no way to live and it’s affecting my quality of life and relationships.

    What should I do?
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