You basically have two choices, Brod. Either another benzodiazepine or an antidepressant.
Lorazepam (Ativan) is a short acting benzodiazepine, as is Xanax (alprazolam). Long acting (24 hours+) benzodiazepines are diazepam (Valium) or clonazepam (Klonopin). Oxazepam (Serepax) is also often prescribed for anxiety. It is a metabolite of diazepam but has a shorter half-life than its parent.
There are a great number of antidepressants. None is intrinsically better than another, though one or two may be for a patient. It may take several attempts to find the best one for you. You doctor will be able to recommend one to start.
No - relay to your phyysician your concerns about xanax. I have to emphatically note that the xanax withdrawal and craving syndrome are 'hell on wheels.' There are many other meds your physician may prescribe that have fewer side-effects.
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