The number five technique of relieving anxiety over a CT scan is a common solution, so we included it purely for informational value. However, it is also the solution with the most risk. Think accordingly.
Hold on now... Drugs? Well it is a common manner in relieving anxiety.
If anxiety is something you suffer from or think might prevent you from completing an important CT scan or proceedure, let your doctor know. He or she may prescribe drugs to control the panic and physical symptoms of the anxiety, specifically related to getting an CT proceedure. But there's the catch - and an important one - they must be perscribed by your doctor and approved by the facility doing the CT. Why?....
While 'Taking the edge off' with drugs may help many people get through their anxiety during the scan itself, it should be strongly pointed out that the drugs they might take help temporarily may help, they are simply a mask.
Don't kid yourself. The drugs won't actually cure the actual anxiety, they simply suppress the symptoms for just a long enough time to get through the test. And for some, that may just do the trick.
No drug has ever been developed specifically for claustrophobia.
So maybe if the CT is a one-time thing and maybe if you con't see any other option and maybe if your doctor and your radiologist prescribed it for you and approve it's use during the test then maybe, just maybe, it might be right for you.
It should be strongly noted that if a patient takes any sort of drug for the CT proceedure or exam that they inform the radiologist before doing the proceedure and they find someone to help them to and from the exam until the effects of the drug wears off.
So your doctor ordered an CT Scan for you. Feeling claustrophobic already? Maybe more than a little nervous? There are many things you can do before the actual exam to relieve your anxiety.
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