Does Elavil really help with panic attacks?
- 13 Aug 2010 by englishrose_12
- buspar, celexa, effexor, effexor xr, elavil, prozac, anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress
I have been having anxiety and panic attacks for almost a year now and Im ready to just give up on help. I have been on 7 different antidepressants. Prozac, Effexor, Effexor XR, Celexa, Buspar, etc. NONE of those have helped me. One made me suicidal, one made me so physically sick I was hospitalized and the rest just made my panic attacks worse!
My mom takes Elavil and has for 20 yrs for anxiety. Im just worried that it will do the same as all the other AD's Ive been on. Its apparent SSRI's and SSNRI's arent right for me. because most of those have stimulants in them that make my panic attacks increase. Would anyone think I should talk to my Dr about perhaps trying Elavil??? ANY advice would be helpful. Im at my wits end with all this! Thanks in advance!
12 Jan 2011
I feel I have to tell you that since I deal with panic and have for a long time I want to encourage you in every way that I can to keep on keeping on!! I have thought many times maybe there is another person out there who has it more difficult than me and perhaps going through this will help a person be able to get through this. I have heard that Elavil is used for panic I think it is an older drug, because I use Xanax please know that you inspire others I do hope that gives you something so hang on to take care
14 Aug 2010
did xanax work for you? if it did, i would request to go back on it. have you tried valium? im not a specialist... and i dont know what im talking about half the time... but i dont see why the dr's would give you anti-depressants for anxiety or panic attacks. idk... i guess they work for different things tho. the dr gave me elavil for sleep because medicaid stopped paying for ambien. the elavil made me feel really weird the next day. i didnt wanna be around anyone or talk to anybody. i hope you find something that works for you
14 Mar 2011
I have written and in the midst of making you my friend I lost the half page that I wrote so I feel this is important, I started having serious panic attacks when I was in my later teens and had them throughout my life, I stayed home a great deal of the time because I could just see myself being out and believe me I wanted to be out with close friends but I thought what wil I do or what will i say if I have an attack right in front of everyone, this went in for such a long time I felt so hopeless, I got a tablet out one day and I started to write whether it was a good day, a bad day or a day when I thought I just couldn't write another word, it was a help to me just to be able to start focusing on the good days, I took a medicaton that they called Librium 25ng.
then one day the doctor told me it ws time for me to be able to handle this without so much medicine at my age, talk about upset but I did withdraw from this medication, the one thing about Panic is that you develop fear so strong that you can't possibly see beyond that awful word, start looking for the positive things, Oh it was one of the hardest things that I have ever done, but I was able to come through that. as I've said I have friended you so if you decide you need a friend to talk with you through the private times I will be more than happy to do so, you be the one to decide, I friended you and now it's up to you, as far as the medication that you mention there is always the possibility that this might help you, many of us have seen people post positive results about this drug on this site, just be sure and discuss this with the doctor first, I cannot tolerate the Celexa, prozac,
pristiq, cymbalta, and many of the others I was able at one time to take Librium 25mg. and then from there Diazepam 10mg. but now I only use 1 tablet in the morning, I will be thinking about you and wishing you the very best my first name is Billy my site name is , please consider working on getting better
14 Oct 2010
I have Taken Paroxotine for 20 years mainly on 20mg dose sometimes upped to 40 mg.Eight months ago I was put on ametripalyne, I put 28 pounds on in the last 3 months,had swollen ankles which soon bacame an oedma so I was put steroids and was taken off the ametripeline25 mg,paroxotine 15mg and another anxiety tablet. That was 8 days ago . All the symptoms you are having I am having I have been advised its at least two weeks for the drugs to get out of your system.Just go with the flow! Try not to worry.
26 Jan 2011
I understand that Elavil is for depression, not anxiety. For anxiety and panic attacks, I take Xanax and Klonopin. They have worked very well for me. I haven't had a panic attack in quite some time.
14 Aug 2010
hi english,i am on elivil and it is one of them drugs that can be used for more than one thing.it def does help anxiety and taken with my sub it even helps with pain.i take 50 mg at 7am,50mg at 4pm and 100mg at 12 midnight.it helps with sleep also.so i would say,yes give it a try.take a benzo as last resort. cause like maso,said they are habit forming. but they really do help. in the future if your still trying different meds ask your doc to prescrib them 2 weeks at a time. don't buy into it takes a couple of weeks to see any progress on A/D. if it gets really bad just ask for a weak benzo.i hope this helps a little...
14 Dec 2012
Hello englishorse12. Yes it can. Elavil is perscribed off label for anxiety disorders. As also for pain and several other ailments/diagnosis. Regards pledge
29 Feb 2012
I have the same reactions to ssris that you do... they make my heart race and cymbalta gave me serstonin syndrome..which can be fatal... like you I am scared to take any kind of ssri... but I was desperate for sleep and my ambien stoppeed working bc I guess I was takin it too long... but elavil has improved my sleep tremendously... and helped with anxiety/depression. I did feel hungover for a few weeks, but that went away... my quality of life has changed simply bc now I can actually sleep... i average 9 hours of sleep now that ive startef this med... compared to sleeping only about 4-5 hours before... its workin wonders for me..i totally understand where your fear of ssris comes from, but this drug is older and its chemical makeup is differenr than the newer ssris. I think that doctors try to push the newer drugs bc they get kickbacks from the drug manufacturers... but this drug is awesome..and ive had fibro for 8 years and hve tried just about everything...
its definately worth a shot... my suggestion would be to have someone with you when you first start it... it will decrese some of your anxiety of starting a new drug if you know you hve someone there to help you if you have a reaction..good luck!
15 Oct 2010
What works for your Mom should work as well for you.
I'm surprised your dr. didn't put you on It sooner.
Most psychiatrists want to know what family members suffer from and what medcations work for them. Since these conditions are often hereditary sometimes the same medications due work wonders.
Give it reasonable time to work though. God Bless and Good Luck. Keep us posted.Sable
19 Mar 2011
I suffered from the same problem untill i was put on klonopin and zoloft the first drug is addictive but it helps in the fact that it takes away the fear of the return of another panic attack THANK GOD, i know zoloft works bcuz while ridin n the backseat (which i could never do)i realized ,omg, im n the back and didnt freak out.Hope u can find a doc.who will let u try this combo.GOOD LUCK:)
27 Sep 2010
After prayer and searches I found a product called Sublingual B12 B6 with folic acid by trivita. a small pink tablet. It dissolves under the tongue. If you are not happy after 30 days. Try something else. www.trivita.com. I am not a doctor and I don't know the severity of your attacks. I also read Psalms 91 over and over again plus I surrounded my self with friends, family. Only the ones that uplifted me. a social life is a big help.
1 Nov 2011
I was prescribed Klonopin and Neurotin to help control my panic disorder. I take that in addition to Abilify, Cymbalta, and Wellbutrin to control both my panic attacks and my depression. I have been afflicted with both since I was 10, and it took me 15 years to find something that is actually controlling my symptoms. Good luck, and take an active role in learning CBT and practicing it along with your medications.
1 Sep 2010
Elavil was a miracle drug for me. I suffer severe panic disorder plus chronic pain. While on Elavil I had no pain anywhere, felt calm, slept like a baby. No other drug has ever been able to do this for me including controlled substances. I have the same problem with antidepressants you do. They send me into worse panic attacks. You are not alone. I was alergic to the Elavil and stayed on it anyways because it worked so well. The ER took me off of it and now they won't let me have it. It is a Trcyclide. Non of the other Trycyclides worked like that one. They made me panic. I have the pharmacy looking into what the chemical difference is that made Elavil different. I'll let you know what they find. I miss that drug. wish I wasn't alergic but it swelled my legs to 3 times there size and dropped my thyroid so they had to take me off it. It made my heart rate really high to but I never felt it. Didn't even notice.
Any other drug that increases my heartrate sends me straight into a full blown panic attack but that one. What ever that chemical difference is is what accually helped me. I have to be on Klonopin or Ativan. I go back and forth between the 2 plus Celexa. Can't tolerate the Celexa without it. Find a Doctor that understands this. Pray, pray hard then go to a different Dr. Thats what I had to do. I suffered a long time till I found a Dr who would listen. Congress has a pretty tight noose around Drs necks. That's the problem. Find one that cares. It will take a while but I had to to survive. Kept ending up in the ER. Maybe you won't have that allergic reaction to Elavil I did. You are truley a lucky soul if you don't. Nothing works better then that stuff.
31 Oct 2010
Try Zoloft @ 100mg.
28 Sep 2010
I can relate to your problem all too well!! I have been suffering from panic attacks,anxiety,and depression for over 20 years.None of the SSRIs are any good at all.I have been told by doctors..psychiatrists and regular m.d.s that SSRIs are supposed to help anxiety,wrong!!Just as you have said they, increase the anxiety..not help it.I was on several benzodiazapenes(xanax,klonopin).They work, but are very addictive and create their own problems.My life was almost destroyed because of addiction problems.I am currently off all medication(I was in drug rehab for the benzos and alcohol abuse).I am still.. after 20 odd years.. trying to find an answer for my problem.I understand your situation all too well.I hope and pray that we both find help.I will keep trying and wish you well.Just be very careful with any seditves.God bless
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