Thank you for your feedback, Betsy. I actually only take the Klonopin when I can’t sleep. It’s prescribed for daily use but I feel the Lexapro has helped a considerable amount with anxiety to the point where if I do experience anxiety (and it’s mostly have difficulty staying my chair and/or ants in my pants) I jump on the trampoline, go for a walk or do meditative yoga or Thai Chi. Before taking Lexapro none of those would have aided my symptoms. I 100% agree with what you’re saying and in my opinion Benzos should be prescribed in small amounts with follow up appointments scheduled more frequently with prescribers.

But I also feel that it’s not just with Benzos or psych meds, it’s simply the way of western medicine. There’s a pill to fix everything, right? I had recently dislocated a rib which is intense pain. My choice is to see a chiropractor and take Ibuprofen and Tylenol as needed. I had a CT scan done and when I went to review the results with my primary care physician she immediately offered narcotics for the pain, which I declined, but I did ask to be prescribed Ibuprofen 800 because at that point I was taking 4 at a time from over the counter bottles and my insurance would cover the expense of the prescription. She agreed. When I went to the pharmacy to pick it up she had written a prescription for 100 of them with 5 refills. I thought, she’s either expecting me to be suffering for a long period of time or trying to get my repeat business by causing stomach ulcers. Either way I felt it was overkill and unnecessary. If she truly felt I would need to take all that then I should have been directed to schedule a follow up appointment on my way out the door- even if it is only Ibuprofen.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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