Panic attack, anxiety & depression. Nothing seems to help. Got no one but my therapist and psychiatrist to talk about it. No one understands. Feels like you're dying, crying for no reason, the heartaches. It's terrible. The Zoloft or Trazodone is not helping and my MD will not prescribe Xanax. HELP.
10 Jul 2010
Well there is xanax,ativan and valium in my opinion ativan is the weaker of the 3 benzos xanax is the strongest and kicks ass when it comes to helping with the painc attacks. The best would be the xanax then the valium then the ativan. I dont know about zoloft ive never taken it doesnt sound so great. If your psych doc does not feel like prescribing these meds. Find someone that is comfortable with giving you this medication thats what i always did.
10 Jul 2010
I agree with mrspage! You need to find another doctor. If memory serves, I believe zoloft affects the dopamine center of the brain, and can make panic attacks worse, and can make one quite irritable. Ask a doctor about Pamelor, it helped my panic attacks. Pamelor is considered to be the "gold standard" for people with panic disorder... if memory serves once again.
I am not taking any anti-depressants, but I take Xanax, and it works wonders!
Good luck to you, I sure hope you find a doctor that listens to you.
18 Jul 2010
In my opinion, your doctor is being cruel. Nobody should feel the way that
you do for an extended period of time! If you have been on the Zoloft for over 3 weeks and at at least 100 mg. it is NOT working well for you, obviously.
I hope you are seeing a Board Certified Psychiatrist, not just and M.D.
This is ridiculous, and I have been through it. We want to live our lives, not just suffer through them!
See another doctor -- and at least get some paliative relief with a benzodiazapine such as diazepam (generic valium) or Ativan.
Problem with Xanix is its short 1/2 life, which makes it more addictive. It will work fast, but then leave fast, so beware of it! I know! Getting off is a pain.
If the SSRI's are not working, you can try Wellbutrin, which increases dopamine, or one of the SNRI's like Celexa.
Let us know how you do. Your situation is heartbreaking. All the best..
Currently on 20 mg. of diazepam daily (2 doses)
50 mg. Zoloft
150 mg. generic Wellbutrin
18 Jul 2010
HI Migdaliarsd, zoloft is an antidepresent that can help anxiety too. But it doesn't do much for the panic attacks alone. I'm on klonopin for anxiety and it works with panic attacks too. Ask for the klonopin, it is not so addictive as xanax as that is probably why he won't prescribe that drug, though I was gonna suggest it. 1 mg of klonopin should help a panic attack when it comes on.
30 Jul 2010
i know how you feel i have panic attacks bad There was a time in my life i couldnt even walk to my mail box or i would have an attack xanax valium an clonopin or all 3 good for panic attacks i am on disability for my attacks becaise i was pretty much home bound for alot of years i left it untreated because i couldnt find a doctor to help me my attacks turned into social phobia.Im taking valium now but in the past i have took xanax an clonopin you just have to find a doctor that will give you these meds i have been to so many doctors an they give you what THEY want to give you keep looking an you will find a good doctor who will listen an care about what you are going through. let me no what happens ... good luck ... there is help out there
2 Aug 2010
I suggest you ask your Dr. to prescribe something to help you with anxiety that is going to work, ie. a tranquilizer of some kind, if you put it that way, the Dr. may give you a low dose of something like Ativan and see if it's enough to help. If you are seeing a psychiatrist, he/she should really be the one that is prescribing medication for anxiety for you. Zoloft is an anti depressant and will not have ANY immediate effect on anxiety and Trazadone is also an anti-depressant that Dr.'s often prescribe for sleep, i find it to be awfully strong and not something anyone should take except at bedtime and for sleep. It's been around for many many years. Anyway, try speaking w/your psychiatrist, they are Dr.'s and can prescribe medication, and if no help there, then try asking your Dr. what he/she recommends in the way of a mild tranquilizer to help your anxiety and panic attacks.
No one should ever have to go through panic attacks, but asking for Xanax right off the bat might have been part of the reason you did not get it, although it's a great drug for bad anxiety, it's also one of the strongest and if you are not taking anything, it's unlikely a Dr. is going to start you off on the strongest of medications, especially a benzodiazapam that is an addictive drug. If neither psychiatrist or Dr. are willing to rx you something other than Zoloft or Trazadone you had better look for another Dr., as neither of those medications are going to help with your anxiety or panic attacks. As far as anti-depressants go, Paxil is the one that is most helpful for long term anxiety, in my humble opinion, but even that is not going to give you the relief you are seeking. Do you have insomnia? If not, I would ask why you are taking Trazadone? The only way that would help your anxiety is to knock you out for awhile. I don't think that's the best treatment. Good luck. Dede
3 Aug 2010
honestly I have Bi Polar and I have had it for years and Zoloft is for depression. I have been on adivan and Zanax but non of them worked as good as Vistaril, which was shocking to me because its like benadryl but they now use it for anxiety and it really help with the pain in my chest panic attacks. A little bit goes a long way. Good luck and keep up with it. As for the rest of your moods maybe if you get the panic attacks under control it will help but I liked Zyprexa when I was on it but ended up with weight gain. the Dr. is now giving me risperidone and it is really helping. We are our own advicits and if we don't speak up for ourselves than we won't get anywhere. Tell them the medicine isn't helping and that you need to get off of it and try something else. If it makes you suicidal plus go to your neares ER. Zoloft can do that at times. Good luck and if you ever need to talk I am here for you.i will pray for you to get threw this.
12 Aug 2010
migdaliasd, First of all you are seeing the wrong kinda of Dr. for panic attacks, Regular MD's are not quaulified in this field. Go see a physciatrist, he will better be able to help you, there are several things he could put you on, but make them listen to you about what you go thru and you have to have good communication and if they won't listen. MAKE THEM. panic attacks are not fun but xanx is the best but very addicting and you yourself have to take them exactly as perscribde or you will run out and be back where you started. i hope i have helped in some way. remember to be open and make them listen to you.
18 Aug 2010
I recommend many different opinions and trying new things. i have a lot of anxiety and depression and possible bipolar. It feels wierd as only 4 years ago i used to be different. i have a friend who has GAD and takes 100mg of zolaft and it helps her. I know that not all medications will work the same. Get more opionions from different professionals if you are in doubt. I once voluntarily committed myself because of alcohol dependency and they found out i was on the wrong anti depressant called ciprimil (citalophram). I was on it for 3 years longer than i should of been. They have me on prozac now, not that it's doing any better. I feel so disconnected to the world. I exercise, which is my past pleasure to keep me sane from anxiety. I try to stay busy reading, or socialising. I have a irrational attitude. i actually believe life is tough enough without having to work full time, buy a house and start a family.
i do want these things but i doubt i will ever have them now because of how i have changed. A good thing to look up is Cognitive behavioural therapy. My psychologist uses it on me, and i also have been to psychology as uni (unfinished and deferred for 9 years), so i am familiar with it. I did obtain a diploma in counselling later on cause i wanted to help people. So i hope something i have mentioned might spark some new ideas. In times of feeling trapped i know personally you need something new to try. good luck
18 Aug 2010
I can sure relate you your dilema, I've gone throught the same thing, I also have severe muscle spasms, when my doctor added Valium, this also helped my Zoloft, and now my problems with the zoloft is better and also working much better for me, althought they have a plethora of medications that they can add with zoloft to help balance you out. I wish you all the luck in the world. My ((hugs)) to you my dear. I hope you find the help you so deserately need. bless you
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