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    Hi guys...Just giving the "anxiety compilation" thread a bump for the weekend in the hope that newbies stopping by this place will find some helpful stories in the compilation.

    As always, I am interested in anyone's observations on the effectiveness (or not) of baclofen in reducing both alcohol craving and feelings of anxiety.

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    Cassander;1165926 wrote: Hi guys...Just giving the "anxiety compilation" thread a bump for the weekend in the hope that newbies stopping by this place will find some helpful stories in the compilation.


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    As always, I am especially interested in hearing observations on the effectiveness (or not) of baclofen in reducing not only alcohol craving but also feelings of anxiety.

    Thanks!

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    I am trying to reduce my dose. I find that I am very anxious in the mornings. I put this down to having gone off Baclofen overnight. It is the Baclofen equivalent of a hangover. It takes a long time during the day to feel ok again. I am taking propranolol 20 mg morning and night which is helping. I am hoping to come off Baclofen but when I stop taking it for any time, I suffer from huge anxiety to the point I feel I am going to flip out. It obviously works.

    I think the absence of anxiety that Baclofen brings is hugely beneficial. Success breeds success, and confidence breeds more confidence.

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    gratitude;1155384 wrote: cass,
    thanks for the "spark" recommendation. I'll check it out.
    Grat -- have you had a chance to look at Spark, yet? If not you can find some good reviews at Amazon.

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    cass,
    how goes it? just ordered "spark" on amazon. I had just enough left on a gift card,yes!
    I was also going to order one of Dr.L's books on psych and neurology but it was 30$! must be a textbook. thanks for reminding me of spark.
    what is going on in Cass's world of researching anxiety and BAC? grat.

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    gratitude;1169919 wrote: what is going on in Cass's world of researching anxiety and BAC? grat.
    Hi Grat

    Nothing new or earth shaking. I'm still on the lookout for more anecdotal evidence that long term anxiety and increasing alcohol abuse are often linked and that baclofen can relieve both cravings and the underlying anxiety. There doesn't seem to be much question to me that this is true, but the more evidence we can accumulate, the better, I think.

    Thanks for asking!

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    Bump for the weekend.

    Newbies and lurkers: Take a look at the stories posted by members here and see if there is some resonance. See if you can see your story in theirs. There might be some help for you here.

    Longtimers: If you have anything new or more or different to add to the subject of anxiety/baclofen/alcoholism, please fire away.

    Cassander

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    Cassander;1175690 wrote: Hi Grat

    Nothing new or earth shaking. I'm still on the lookout for more anecdotal evidence that long term anxiety and increasing alcohol abuse are often linked and that baclofen can relieve both cravings and the underlying anxiety. There doesn't seem to be much question to me that this is true, but the more evidence we can accumulate, the better, I think.

    Thanks for asking!

    Cassander
    I was taught that anxiety is increased by alcohol intake, have listened to a couple of lectures on this where it was explained that as you drink more the nerve endings responsible for addicition/stress multiply. Remove the alcohol sedative -either as you sober up or inbetween binges and you become highly strung or anxious. I know a couple of days after a binge I'd be jumping at everything/everyone in sight as well worrying myself silly, having panic attacks that sort of thing. Now my drinking has subsided I am more constant and do worry less, or if I do have an anxious day I'm usually ok 24 hours later instead of escalating further.

    So I suppose like with depression, there could be chicken and egg here. Has the anxiety come before drinking, increased with drinking or partly as a result of it?Does baclofen take it all away, or simply balances off the level you have gotten to?

    Sorry if this doesn't seem very scientific, it's me trying to put into words my thoughts and ideas!

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    UK, I'm with you on that post all the way.

    I've had an incredibly anxious week, or couple of weeks, or has it been a month? All I know is alcohol or not, I'm unmanageably crazed, panicked, etc. 40-50mg baclofen plus gabapentin 600mg/day is not doing the trick for me anymore.

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    Bruunhilde;1178326 wrote: UK, I'm with you on that post all the way.

    I've had an incredibly anxious week, or couple of weeks, or has it been a month? All I know is alcohol or not, I'm unmanageably crazed, panicked, etc. 40-50mg baclofen plus gabapentin 600mg/day is not doing the trick for me anymore.
    Ta I know I don't read many scientific papers, or books about this. I only know about myself and others I know, plus the odd lecture I've attended given by psychotherapists and addiction experts. The explaination about the nerve endings/receptors or whatever they are made a lot of sense to me, especially in relation to my drinking. Also know I was highly stressed just quitting on willpower, Nal for some reason has helped with this. Or perhaps the Baclofen I did take did something. I don't know, I just know alcohol doesn't make anxiety any better!

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