... helps me sleep so today i went to the hospital for another severe anxiety attack and i was prescribed xanax 3 times a day will my anxiety attacks stop if i take xanax? is xanax addicting? should i keep taking the seroquel as well?
Hello patty88. Xanax can be and is a addictive drug. Its from the Benzodiazepine family of drugs. Used to help fight against spur of the moment anxiety. Such as a panic attack, or anxiety due to passing a college exam. I'm surprised that you were perscribed Seroquel for your anxiety. Its an antipsychotic and taken at bedtime, because it does exactly as you said, makes you sleepy. I suggest you take the two as perscribed. If the two drugs are from a different doctor let the doctor who perscribed you the Xanax know that you are also taking Seroquel. She/he might suggest that you take the seroquel but at bedtime only. (my own opinion, i'm not a doctor). I'd not take the Seroquel and Xanax together during the day when at work or school, you'll be sedated and lathargic. Regards, pledge
Think of the Xanax as a temporary solution. You won't become a drug addict from a brief use. What is most important is that you get counseling during this time. By finding what triggers the anxiety you will be able to take control again. Without the counseling you will create your own fear that this will keep happening. And then, yes, you may go the darker route. This is a time to get all the help you can.
Congrats on the first step to seek help from the ER. Second step is a counselor ASAP. Third step is use your new calmness from the Xanax to seek the changes you need. Fourth is to know that people do get rid of anxiety attacks once they understand what triggers it and regain their control. I have a very good friend who went through this and fixed it. I am doing the same right now.
Finally a quick warning, no matter how tempting absolutely no alcohol with these drugs. Very dangerous. Take these exactly how the docs said.
You can do this. You owe it to yourself and those who love you. You owe it to yourself and those you love. and now you have a whole bunch of people who truly care in your success and will be here to talk. You will be fine.
With love and best wishes, Karen
I agree with Imariani55. I was on both seroquel and xanax but the seroquel was only for bedtime and it was prescribed from the same Dr. I have problems sleeping and was on high does of other narcotics at the time so it was a problems of what to give me for sleep. seroquel did the trick but do not take that together with the xanax ( i cannot stress that enough) you do not want to overdose. both can make you very sleepy and we wouldn't want yout o not wake up. stick to what the Dr's instructions are with the xanax but only use the seroquel at bedtime and you should be fine. also if it is a different dr who prescribed this i would still check with the other Dr as i am not a Dr and don't know your medical background so what was safe for me might not be for you.
Hey Patti, I think that it is REALLY important that you get your panic attacks under control. You are only 18, and at such a young age to have panic attacks that are practically keeping you from leaving the house is a problem. Some people who never deal with their attacks end up being the ones you 'see on TV', if you understand what I am saying. I would n't want to see you end up like that, especially since you have a fantastic life waiting for you to live!! If you have a good doctor that you trust, follow the directions. Seroquel is an excellent medication to help you sleep without problems of benzo's but yes, it is an atypical anti-psychotic medication. That doesn't mean that you are psychotic, it means that they are finding uses for medications that were grouped as an answer to other problems, that they are finding more and more uses for that drug. Same with anti seizure meds.
They now know that they can help with migraines, nuero pain, and all sorts of other medical problems, even though they fall in the anti seizure column.
Yes, some of these meds are addicting, but there are two types of addiction so to speak. One addiction is a person who is looking to get 'high', and will take anything and everything, needing more and more of that med to get the "feeling" that they originally got. They are self-medicating. In other words, they have other problems besides just taking drugs.
The other type of "addiction" if you want to call it that, is physically dependent. This is what you might get it you stay on the Xanax daily for a long time. It doesn't mean that you are an addict, it means that you can't stop the medication cold turkey. If you do, you will immediately go into withdrawal and be very uncomfortable. Same thing if a diabetic stops their insulin, or someone with high blood pressure stops their meds. They will go into hypoglycemia, or their blood pressure will shoot sky high. It is easy for someone who is not an addict to get off of a medication like Xanax, because you don't need it anymore, but you have to go off of it slowly. That is the difference. I have taken myself of very addictive pain medication by myself, slowly many times. I don't get high off of the medication, it just helps with pain. I do suffer more pain off of the meds, but I needed to do it, once for myself to believe that I could, and once for a surgery. The other times were for various reasons, but I got off of very high doses. Don't be afraid to take medication that you need that you will become an addict.
I hope that I answered your question, and your underlying concerns. If not, please feel free to PQ me, or write again. Good luck with you anxiety. It is not fun to have panic attacks.
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