I am currently suffering horrific panic disorder and I was switched from Lexapro to Trintellix recently with Rexulti as well. This combo doesn’t seem to be doing anything and my panic gets worse by the day. I'm thinking maybe just the benzo (Ativan) would be better because it seems to be the only thing that calms me down?
Sorry you are going through this. Panic disorder is the is the worst. I suffered with them for years and was prescribed Xanax as needed. Didn't take the Xanax that often but always carried them around with me. Just knowing that I had something that could calm me down helped a lot. My problems with panic disorder was prior to all of the SSRI's. However, there is strong evidence that many SSRI's are very effective at blocking panic attacks even at lower dosages. You didn't say how long you have been on Trintillex or at what dosage. But I would recommend trying to tough out the panic attacks until you have given the Trintillex a full 2 months to do its thing. You may be happy that you did.
Take care and all the best.
If you are suffering from severe panic then maybe taking Ativan as you stated would be helpful in conjunction with your antidepressant. Speak with your doctor and see what his comments are! In the short term Ativan or Xanax is very effective with panic!
Take care & hope you will feel better soon!
Hi Jessica: I was started on 10mgs of Trintellix along with Buspar to treat my anxiety/panic attacks. I was doing so much better, then with dr's ok, went up to 20mgs Trintellix and didn't do so well at that dose. So dr. put me back down to 10mgs and anxiety/panic was under control again. I am one of those people who does better on lower doses of medication and 10mgs works like a charm for me.
Hi, Jessica! The benzodiazepines really should only be used short term until a more appropriate medication reaches it's full effect. But the waiting for the antidepressant/anxiolytic to kick in takes a while and you may experience increased anxiety as an initial side effect:
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Vortioxetine (Trintellix) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
Maybe your doctor might suggest using both for the next few weeks?
Best regards, Wildcat
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