If so tell me what to do to control it, or what type of medication can help with the problems. I'm having sleeping disorders.
11 May 2011
I have had panic and anxiety for about 20 years. The first medicine I was on was prozac but then got switched over to Zoloft as the Prozac started making me too tired. I have been on 50 mg of Zoloft for several years. Just recently the doctor put me on Clonazepam 0.5 mg twice a day if needed. I haven't used the Clonazepam very often as I am afraid of getting addicted to it. I have found several things that have helped me when my anxiety/panic flares up. One is talking to someone be it a family member, friend, clergy or doctor. Sometimes just voicing your fears can help alleviate them. Also I have learned to control my breathing (breathe from the diaphram) so I don't hyperventilate. Another thing I do is to get out of the house and take a walk or do some light exercise or just do some housework. I sometimes get on the internet and play a game. It really helps me if I can distract myself from the way my body is reacting to the panic. I hope this helps.
31 Jan 2011
I have had both for 15+ years. It wasn't up until about 5 years ago that I started to received help from my doctors. Of course, their first course of action was drugs. I want through a trial of SSRI's until I found one that worked. I was doing that for a couple of years before this was not enough. I started therapy and it has helped alittle. I have read books on these subjects and have tried to gain as much knowledge as I could. I found another therapist that believes in mind over body. He has help so much now that I have stopped Lexapro cold turkey and am I starting to feel better. The behavioral therapy that I have been involved with is not an over nite miracle solutions, but something you have to work at daily. But eventually it starts working and rebooting your mind to think appropraitely and not panic at first thought or reaction. It is all frustrating that you have to find the right drug and therapist and type of therapy to help you. However, don't stop. Once you have done this, your life will start becoming normal again.
30 Nov 2010
i have the most intense panic attacks,every day.i have had them for 10 or more years.i take two ,5mg.valium a day,and its not enough.the best medication that worked for me is klonipin.i have told my dr. that 2 a day is not enough.he wont give me anymore than that.I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP.My panic attacks are terrifiying.they are getting worse. i do not know where to turn.i am scared of life.
19 Aug 2010
I have suffered panic attacks for years. I am currently taking xanax .5mg 3x daily and it helps he a great deal. I have tryed trazadone, but it makes me to sleepy. I have tryed Celexa, that made me burst into tears (horrible side effect) I haved tryed paxil, zoloft, effexor, busbar and other anti-depressents. Nothing has worked for me for panic-attacks exept xanax. I have never tryed beta-blockers before, I believe they are reletively safe. Also of course group therapy and I've also listen to Linda Basset she has a series of tapes on how to get rid of panic attacks and depression with no meds. I know I can't be on xanax for ever, so I am listening to her series of tapes. This is just my personal expeirece with panic, so everyone reacts differently to different medications. I have tryed everything and Linda Basset (Therapy) and temp xanax. I also like to go to support groups and use breathing techniques to get myself out of a panic attack. Just sharing my story..
Like I said everyones different but I just wanted to let everyone know they're not alone and we can beat this. Thanks
27 Jun 2011
hi desera, i started having panic attacks in my late 20s. i am now 58. i tried everything and nothing would help. then about 15 years ago a dr gave me prozac. i srarted with a low dose. my dose now is 80mg per day. after about a month own prozac my panic attacks left and have never came back. i still have a fear of closed in spaces like elevators and still get depressed sometimes. but never panic attacks. i would ask my dr about prozac. this medicine calmed me down and took the edge of things and helped me sleep. i am trying to stop this medicine now so i can take a diet pill. i tried once before and couldn't get of it the attacks started again. i will see what happens this time. good luck,i know how you feel. thelma p.s. this medicine made me gain weight,that is the only side effect i had.
31 May 2010
I have had both or over 10yrs. At first I was prescribed Xanax (Alprazolam) 1mg 2x a day & Trazadone 50mg at night. Then after a year that didn't work so I was taking 2mg Xanax 2x a day & 100mg of trazadone. I got very addicted to Xanax. I am on my second month "Xanax Free" & it has been the worse thing I have ever been through in my life. I am a nurse & very familiar with medications, I would never reccomend xanax to anyone. Have your Dr prescribe you .50 Klonopin in the am and 1mg at night & 50mg of Trazadone. Klonopin are not "as" addicting & you sure won't have the horrible withdrawl symptoms. There are also classes you can attend to help this. Good luck to you.. :)
10 Aug 2010
I had been been suffering from both quite severely ,i have been taking mirtazapine which has really helped and its a good idea to talk to someone a psychologist etc to maybe get to the root of the problem (if there is one) or just to learn how to manage the attacks, mirtazapine really really helps sleep disorder as well . I had anxiety so bad i didnt sleep for about a week as soon as i took the drug i have been sleeping like a baby.
8 Sep 2011
It's as easy as teaching your brain how to function normally again. If you go to a councler NOT A psychologist who is trained in alternate therapy. You will find the best relief for your panic/anxiety. Medications didn't give you this issue so why would you ever think medications would get you out of it. Medications do NOTHING MORE than mask the actual issues going on in the brain. YOU CAN teach your brain through a simple breathing technique how to make NEW connections and instructing your body to STOP freaking out every time you're put into a stressful situation. It's that easy and I know what everyone is going to say there is no quick fix, well this isn't quick and it's not easy, you have to be dedicated to actually getting better. That's the thing with panic, you have to WANT to really get better, and then you will... Seek out someone OTHER than someone who gets kick backs for how many prescriptions they hand out in a day and get back to basics.. BREATHING and LIVING :) Good Luck.
31 Dec 2012
I have atleast one anxiety attack almost every day, currently I'm seeing a therapist and its starting to help! She taught me a trick to not really get rid of them or make them stop bit how to deal with them. It sounds really dumb but just try it next time you have an attack, whenever you're having an attack it seems like your locked inside your head, that you can't breathe, and that the worlds out to get you. The trick is to escape your head and focus on something else, if your sitting outside you can think about the color of the leaves on a tree the clouds and different shapes they make, or even the color of the grass.
Like I said I know it sounds dumb but it works for me ans several others, so next time you get an attack try it if it works then keep doing it so that next time you feel like you about to have one you can stop it before it turns into a full blown attack, and if it doesn't work you can always comment back and let me know I have a couple other things that might help but no promises. I hope it helps and that you stop having them! If nothing works please find someone to help you because there's probably a reason behind them and once you've figured it out you can try and get overit or move on so that you will stop having them. I wish you the best of luck! Let me know if this helps!
26 Apr 2010
I have had the same problems for many years, first off I strongly advise against getting xanax. I was put on it at the age of 8. Im 47 1/2 can't get more addicted than that. Try asking for klonopin or a low dose of ativan. As for Sleep try herbal at any drug store before going to a doc. So many Prescription drug for your problems are all additictive. Hope I help in some way. NightAngelSky.
12 May 2010
Yes, I have had such a problem. I am diagnosed as having panic disorder with agoraphobia. Seven months into my treatment, I am asymptomatic.
The first step is to consult a psychiatrist and obtain an accurate diagnosis.
The usual course (depending on which anxiety disorder you have) is the use of an TeCA (tetra-cyclic antidepressant) such as Remeron or Trazodone AND an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) such as Luvox or Paxil, (et alia) along with a medium or long acting benzodiazepine, such as Klonopin or Valium AND/OR (for sleep only) Restoril or Dalmane; the latter being preferential for extended use beyond a few weeks as Restoril loses it's effects after only 7-10 days. Benzodiazepines are beneficial for a course of no more than a few months; long term use almost always causes more harm than good. Never escalate the dose of a benzodiazepine unless directly ordered to do so by your psychiatrist!!! Follow directions TO THE LETTER. If you feel the dose of any of your medications is either too low or too high, discuss the issue ASAP with your Dr.
As soon as it's feasible, benzodiazepine use should be decreased, very gradually, to avoid any withdrawal reactions and only under Dr. supervision. Never stop such a drug suddenly, doing so will cause terrible anxiety... at best.
Normally, treatment with the aforementioned tetra-cyclic antidepressants Trazodone or Remeron and the SSRI's is continued for a minimum of four months and usually more than one year. At first, you may experience strongly undesirable effects such as excessive hunger or daytime sleepiness; given enough time, these side effects wane. You will be sorely tempted to discontinue treatment prematurely. DO NOT! Give the prescribed treatment a chance for at least one year.
Pay special attention to diet to avoid weight gain.
7 Jun 2011
Desera, if you are having a hard time right now and not seeing a Dr. do so quick... even a good Family Doctor. Depending on what's going on(assuming this is not a simple stress related anxiety syndrome) you would likely best be put on a course of an SSRI along with a temp. RX for a benzo to help buy you time to get the SSRI working(takes a few weeks and might make you more anxious at first only). I wish they had SSRI's when I was diagnosed in 1981. They have proven very helpful both to myself and many others. I was on fluoxetine for many years it helped me allot. I'm on Celexa low dose now as I read/learned a great deal on anxiety and how to calm oneself down, etc.
Hang in there..it's all adrenaline fueled by a worrying mind.
I bet a Dr. would have a good talk to get your exact symptoms/history and give you an RX for perhaps zoloft, celexa or fluoxetine(SSRI) along with a small RX of Klonopin, diazepam or Ativan( a benzodiazepine) to get you calmed down/sleeping well until the SSRI kicks in. Very important to get evulated by him AND a therapist to get you talking about what you're feeling and going through. It will help to get it all out in the open. Trust me, you're NOT alone and they know all about anxiety. It can be treated with a combination or meds, patient education and talk therapy. Keep in mind you could come off the meds in time. If this is just stress, that will need to be addressed.
27 Jul 2013
I have panic attacks and an anxiety disorder. I don't leave my house but once a month to get the things I need and that is usually a quick trip to the store. I just feel safe at home. What is harder is that I can't and I don't try to keep my family there too. I know that would not be fair. But I often fear they will not return. But as far as sleep. That is my hardest time. That is when my panic attacks definitely happen. My heart races. I think I am having a heart attack and dying. Xanax helps but it just makes things dealable. I wish it would put me to sleep and stop my worry but it doesn't. I try to be careful. You hear of all these stars dying of overdosing on Xanax. I am sure they are taking way more then there suppose to. What I am saying is it is tempting to take a half a pill or another pill more but you really have to be careful when you are desperate to stop the fear.
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