I was wondering if anyone could clear up a couple questions I have about benzodiazepines?
About a month ago, I got prescribed Klonopin for situation-specific anxiety. It did absolutely nothing except make me want to sleep, which isn't exactly an effective way of dealing with situations you don't like. I looked around online and discovered that a lot of people don't like the Purepac generic of Klonopin, which is the kind they prescribed me. Basically, they said that for Klonopin you need to go with brand name or the Teva generic; Purepac is basically sugar pills.
The pharmacist, the psychiatrist who prescribed the pills, and a new psychiatrist (first one went on maternity leave) all told me that this was BS and all forms of Klonopin work basically the same. They told me that the pills are regulated by a government agency, which didn't exactly engender trust for me.
I saw the new psychiatrist a couple days ago and asked him about the possibility of trying something else in the benzo family. He told me that it was likely they would all work the same way for me. He said that benzos are generally not good for social anxiety like I have - they're best to relax people and put them to sleep. Then he spent 20 minutes trying to persuade me to take SSRIs.
Do benzos really not work for social anxiety, and are all the different brands the same? What do people think?
Also, just as a side rant, I found his sales pitch on SSRIs to be very annoying. I must have told him about 5 different times that I didn't want to take a pill every single day and produce a constant alteration in my state of being. He came back with every argument he could think of, the weirdest one of which was probably that I will be graduating soon and it's best to experiment with meds while I'm still under student health insurance. Christ, I never thought I'd hear a doctor actually telling me to take medicine I don't want or need to take. That's just weird to me.