This is my first post, I've sufferred from anxiety on and off for over 15 years. Since having a few medical problems last year my anxiety has been worse than ever. I have a mixture of GAD and panic disorder and I've been managing my condition successfully with Lorazapm. I take 0.5 in the morning and the same at night I'm usually fine unless I drink alcholol in which case my anxiety is 10 x worse the next day and to be honest I drink most days inspite of this. I've been on Lorazapm for about a year.
When I abstain from drinking I feel a lot better and have been able to cut down to 1 x 0.5 of lorazapam however my GP has recently prescribed me Citalopram with a view to comming off the lorazapm when the new drug kicks in. I took my first dose yesterday and like a lot of people I've been very nervous about the pospect of side effects. So far I've been fine but I'm not sure whether that's the lorazapam still keeping me calm.
This morning I've been constantly worrying before i'm due to take my second citalopram pill about whether I should simply continue to stop drinking and gently phase out the lorazapam rather than introducing another med into my life.
So basically I'm confused whether to continue with citalapram and phase out lorazapam when if it starts to work for me or whether to phase out my lorazapam on it's own and in both cases abstain from alchohol.
Any replies will be greatly appreciated.