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
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.
28 Jul 2011
Have you talked to your doctor about trying cymbalta? Or have you tried that already? I was on zoloft for about a year, it helped some with GAD, but caused my blood pressure to become elevated . The doctor tried me on lexapro, which did not help at all. After the lexapro didnt help, we tried cymbalta . It was like a miracle drug for me, I took it for about 6 months, but had to stop taking it because of the cost $175 a bottle w/o insurance.I am going to see if there is some kind of program through the distributor so I can start taking it again. Good luck and I hope you and the doctors find something that works for you . Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I know how tough it can be
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.
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
24 Jul 2011
We are definitely in the same boat. I just feel like no one understands or even cares what I feel, INCLUDING my doctor. If you are taking Zoloft, I am also, you can always increase your dosage. The max is 200mg and the normal dosage is around 100mg. I am on the max. My suggestion would be to try some specific medications for your anxiety. (ex; Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan) These are "benzos" and they specifically target your anxiety and work instantly. Klonopin did wonders for me. Everyone is different so talk to your doc about how you are feeling. There are so many different options for you out there, and different combos to try, so don't think you're stuck :) Make sure you inform your doc of the trazadone and never take it at or around the same time. If taken together they may act as a pretty nasty tranquilizer. Wish you the best of luck and hope you feel better soon! ~HOPE
27 Jan 2011
I have Chronic pain from polio when I was younger and broke area's in my back and along with that have had panic disorder since about 10 years ago, unless a person has had the experience they have no idea how to understand what someone like you or I go through,.
at times you do feel like you are going to die and then when it passes you wonder if and when it will happen again, I have taken several of the benzodiazepines such as Librium (old one) Valium, Ativan and then was placed on Xanax I am on the extended release that comes in 2mg release, I could take it up to four times a day but only take it once a day, usually they giuve that one a 12 hour basis but things got so rough that the doctor said I had a healthy liver and it was detoxifying it and ridding itself becuase I had been on it for a good period of time, she does not restrict me to every 12 hours I just know deep inside if I don't try hard to control the amount I take then it will not be as effective, some doctors just don't and frankly won't prescribe xanax, it has potential for abuse, I am not perfect but I use just what I have to and no more I had a friend who became addicted, once I saw that I decided to restrict myself and deal with some of the attacks rather than be in the condition that he was in, I have used Lexapro 10mg tablets 1/2 tablet for a week then increasing it to a full 10mg dose it did a good job for me and worked faster than most rugs in its class it is an SSRI, not suppose to be habit forming like the Xanax is, have you ever taken Klonopin I haven't it was just a thought, its given for other things as well but it is also prescribed for panic, you might discuss this with your doctor he might be willing to try this and who knows it might even help you please let us know how you are doing I do care I am going to add your name as a friend and I am listed as Caringsonbj please take care
10 Dec 2012
hi, have been on zoloft and for me also didnt help panic attacks or anxiety. SO i went onto the xanax which was great till i got on it and needed more and more over the years! its a short term drug, but i used it for years ( prescribed of course ). SO now am off the xanax and back onto the prozac... doesnt help with the panic attacks but get yourself a good pyschiatrist,,, xanax am telling u is not good long term... terrible to come off ! hope u feel better soon...
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
30 Aug 2011
The last two docs I've seen won't prescribe Xanax either. I take Klonipin. Doc has just raised the dose to three .5's a day. I've dealt with depression for close to 20 years. It is heartbreaking honey. I've just recently gone through divorce. My 2nd divorce... we separated a year ago, but the divorce was just final in July. I know heartbreak. I can truly relate. I've been on Valium. It caused me to be irritable, angry, I snapped at people, I was aggrivated. Had to stop it. Ativan caused flu like symptoms. Achiness, weakness. So I'm back to the Klony. She just raised the dose to three a day from 2 a day. We'll see how it works. I also take Lamictal and a new med doc put me on, Celexa. Kinda waitin to see how it does. Best of luck honey! Hope you find help SOON!!
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.
11 Sep 2010
Hi there! :) I so understand!!! I can not take depression meds..make me feel really bad!! I do not know how old you are... makes a slight difference. there are great doctors and psychiatrists who will help you..I found that alprazolam(xanax) and busbar help..with a good therapist..good things will happen! :) If you are really young and drinking... meds like zoloft or any others will send you into a deep dark place you do not want to go. Hang in there!!!
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