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I suffering from Anxiety and panic attacks and taking medicine of Vilazodone hydrochloride 20 mg tab twice daily and clonazepam 0.5 mg on sos last three month and Dr. Has given me more 45 day to continue same. So 1) during medication I consume one or 2 times beer in month it's good. 2) also take tobbaco regular so I need to stop it. 3) how long I need to take medicine? 4) feel good during taking medicine but I Vilazodone tab for 1 or 2 day my behaviour change like short tempernes ,anxieties. But now not feel panic attacks. But feel hallucination after stop medicine. So kindly suggest how long I need to take treatment. Please suggest and any meditation and any exercise that I can minimise May stress and live happy without medicine Looking forward for your valuable opinion Thanks.

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I suffering from Anxiety and panic attacks and taking med...
Alcohol dependence is associated with significant physical, mental and social problems. Physically, there can be liver failure, jaundice, vomiting of blood, passing blood in stools, stomach ulcers, damage to nerves of the body, swelling of legs, fluid collection in abdomen, and many more. Mentally, there is irreversible brain damage, worsening of anxiety or depression, triggering of psychosis and mood disorders, dementia, etc. From a social point of view, there may be isolation from neighbors or family, increased abusive behavior to children or spouses, legal problems, accidents, etc. Alcohol tends to worsen anxiety and so does nicotine. If you continue to smoke and drink, your anxiety will not remit. Also there is chance of other problems happening, like fearfulness, paranoia, etc. Your medication should never be taken with alcohol as the sedation may worsen, making you vulnerable to problems caused by over sedation (aspiration, accidental death, etc). Ideally for a proper recovery, you need to take the medication over a long period of time. The exact duration will be determined by your doctor depending on your response, compliance and improvement. Meditation, yoga and exercise are adjuvants to treatment, not replacement. If the condition is serious enough to warrant medication, merely doing these activities will not be sufficient. Lastly, these medications are not like Crocin or painkillers that you take them as and when you have a problem. If you want complete resolution of your symptoms, you need to take them as per the advice of your doctor and for the proper duration. This sort of experimentation is pointless and futile, with no benefit for you.
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