I know everyone is different and I'm sure to get several different answers but I'm curious as to what has worked for people with strong anxiety and panic attacks. I was on Paxil for several years worked great however I was always tired and lazy and gained weight throughout the years. I tried to work the weight off by joining a gym and dieting and it wasn't comming off. I was informed this most likely is due to the medication so the dr. suggested we could try something new. I started taking Zoloft now have been on it alone without the paxil in my system for about a week. My appetite is gone I get sick feeling and my anxiety has really sky rocketed. I want to give this drug a chance however I can't stand living with anxiety/panic attacks. Im scared I'm going to fall back to my old roots and not be able to work or leave my house and I DON'T want it to get that way again. Any suggestions on what may work better or if Zoloft has worked for others and how long till the anxiety goes away?
11 Oct 2011
I have a prescription for Ativan (lorazepam is the generic) that does a good job of calming me down. Klonopin (clonazepam) also serves the same purpose and is less expensive. However, both of these drugs are controlled substances as they can be addictive. So, take them in moderation. I use either of these in combination with Cymbalta and Ritalin, which keeps me from sleeping all day, but if I take too much of the Ritalin, my anxiety level shoots through the roof. The Ativan will bring me back down to earth again and let me sleep.
11 Oct 2011
hello kd6789. I've been on many various drugs when it comes to anxiety. You might go the route of say a xanax, or valiumn. Both can become highly addictive. (benzodiazepine family) Xanax, is a short acting benzo. Youll take one and generally say some hours later, will need to take another. The valiumn is a long acting one. It might be a day before you feel the urge to take another one. I also, might suggest prozac. The sister drug of zoloft. You might want to talk to your doctor, explain the latest as to whats happpening on your meds.best to you, hope you do feel better soon.
11 Oct 2011
Hi, i have emotionally unstable borderline personality disorder, and suffer with a lot of anxiety also. I don't suffer panic attacks luckily, but the depression can get pretty bad. I am on a combination of citalopram(celexa), seroquel(quetiapine) and amitriptyline. I will say that although it isn't the case for everybody, i have found citalopram really help me. You do have to get past the first 3 or 4 weeks to reap the benefits, but for me it was worth it! The seroquel are classed as an anti-psychotic and are used quite commonly in bipolar, which is what i was first diagnosed with. The amitriptyline are classed as an antidepressant, but i take them more to help with my sleep. As you have stated you will get a lot of advise from people recommending different drugs, and unfortunately the only way you will know if they are right for you is by trial and error. I hope you find the right medication for you and start to feel better really soon!
11 Oct 2011
I'm also trying to find the right combo of meds to help with my anxiety/panic attacks and depression,i've tried many with no luck but i was on prozac the sister to zoloft as Pledge pointed out and found that good with little side effects.
Maybe give the zoloft a chance to work and in the meantime you could ask your doc for xanax to help ease the panicky feeling's. I take it and find it great for panic attacks,but again you have to be careful and only take as directed by your doc as it is addictive.
Hope this helps a little.
Best of luck and hope you find relief soon
26 Oct 2011
Hello I too have been diagnosed with chronic panic disorder i was born with it, im 51 and been on everything i think they make for thiis, however the working med for me is Xanax, i take ( and im saying me) 2mg 3 times a day is what the doctor writes and he pretty much lets me take as needed I dont ANY more take more then 25 orr 30 pills in a month unless i have a few bouts or bad month, I used to stay on them constantlly till i had huge tunnel feeling when i ran out early, which i never did again, I take a 1/4 in morn, then afternoon it isnt take on onset as i keep it always in my and on me, its my way of life i guess, there are alot of self talk things one can do to help stop the attack which last most in part of 1/2 hour the rest is the come down from the attack which can be worst, I have not done well with any other except Xanax as the other intensify my symptoms, create them or they dont do anything. I call xanax a wonder drug...
hope this helps, oh its harder these days to get a doc to give as they are habit forming and wanted readily on the street so , good luck with this and oh if you take it will intensify ur alcohol in take by # times soif u have 1 glass wine is that of 3, so my advice isdont if u do drink , i stopped when i got the meds... great day
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