... start 7.5 mg of remeron last week but I haven't yet because living alone I'm really scared of the side effects. Almost 2 years ago (around then ) I took 10mg of lexapro and had a 5 hour long panic attack. I'm really scared to start remeron if I get a full blown panic attack or if after a few days or weeks I start getting full blown attacks because the meds aren't working. I'm 5 ft 7, 131 lbs (I've been gaining weight rapidly due to anxiety), and it took me well over a year to even think of trying another med (being the remeron). Can you give me any tips? hints? Also can I also take a vitamin D tablet too? I do excercise. I sleep well even without remeron. I'm trying to break the fear of going out alone
It sounds like in some instances you're afraid to be alone anytime. Before I forget, yes you can take vit D. Most people in temperate zones need it. I am always a little uncertain about a new med, I figure my dogs are too little to reach the phone to call for help. lol I keep my cell with me after I take one. Then I can call for help if I need it. Unfortunately until you try a medication you don't know if it will help. These meds also take 4-6 weeks to help, so its at times a struggle. If you can take it and hang in their long enough you will be helping yourself.
I sympathize with your feelings about living alone. I read these articles all the time- he was found unconscious by his wife. Etc. keep your cell phone close to you. If you're especially anxious or upset go crash w a friend. But honestly I've lived with and without roommates and through it all the anxiety was the same pretty much. Having someone there didn't change things that much at least for me. I'm roommate less at the moment. I've had high anxiety lately. But I have managed. I take lexapro and a supplemental benzodiazepine as necessary. My breathing exercises have helped a lot. And reading calms me too. I'm curious to try meditation as well. Hope you feel better.
I too am always scared to start new meds - and am married so not even alone like you. I always cut the dose in half for the first few days to make sure I can tolerate them ok. My doc told me that was ok to do. Fortunately I always have low doses of a Benzo med (usually Ativan) on hand to help with any panic attacks that might start but Ive come to realize most of those attacks only happen because I start having obsessive thoughts about having one. So I try to keep my mind busy on other things. Its really hard to do but if you give in to those terrifying thoughts the panic takes over completely and an attack is sure to follow.
Megsi - I have been on Remeron or several yrs and 7.5 is a very low dose. Sounds like the experience with Lexapro has you afraid. That is understandable. Keep in mind, most panic attacks when one is not getting enough of the meds they need as opposed to the ones they are taking. Plus, Remeron should be taken at bedtime, which will help you get a good nights sleep, although it is not usually prescribed for sleep problems. When you get to taking it on a regular basis, and a theraputic level, it does helps ones days be a bit better. Your fear may be why you are getting started at such a low dose. Once you get used to it, it is likely yur dose will be adjusted. I have has NO adverse reactions during the yrs I have been on it, Its worth giving it a try, long enough to see how it works with you... Best of Luck!!
Remeron has done wonders for me. It took a week to get rid of my irritability but once it was gone I felt like an entirely new person! It's pretty much conpletely cured my major depression. I'm also on other meds so I think that the combo has something to do with it. I take 2mg of Xanax, 15 mg of remeron before bed, and then after breakfast I take 20mg adderall. I suffer from PTSD, anxiety, major depression disorder, and ADHD.
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