I have anxiety-heart races as soon as I wake up and my thoughts are going crazy. My dr. prescribed me Zoloft, but I'm not depressed and its not doing much for me-only been on it for 2.5 weeks though. I am taking Klonopin as needed which helps-I also take Ambien at night to help with sleep. I don't like having to take pills- Has anyone tried beating their anxiety without pills (or maybe just with a Xanax or Klonopin)? If so, how did you do it?
For a start I would NEVER take Ambien.. that stuff is evil with horrible side effects. The Klonopin youre on should help you sleep. I take that every other night to sleep - 3mg. Xanax is faster acting but it is possible to calm your heart down, just difficult. Its preferable if you have someone there who can reassure you that everything/you is ok, but I would seriously advise you to get off the Ambien! What you are experiencing is one of the serious side effects:
Serious or life threatening Ambien side effects may occur:
* difficulty breathing
* difficulty swallowing
* swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, throat or face
* itching hives
* throat closing up
* shortness of breath
* pounding or racing heartbeat
* chest pain
* blurred vision
* vision problems
My best friend had an antidepressant and worked with a therapist for a year. She understood her triggers and learned self calming. Hasn't had a panic attack in fifteen years.
The Zoloft is essential. Under all depression is anxiety. Anxiety masks depression. Zoloft handles both. A good choice. Too soon for you to have a difference. Please give it time.
Yes, it can be done with a good therapist who specializes in anxiety. And one has to be willing to work and trust the therapist. If you are willing, you can do it!
When I started zoloft it took the full 6 weeks for it to full work for me. Klonopin was my miracle pill for my anixety.
I can relate to not wanting to take any medicines, for so many years I didn't I just dealt with it however I was just simple miserable. So after givening up the fight of being medication free, I am at a much better place in my life. I still struggle with it sometime but after a year of being on them and seeing the difference in my life I have accepted that its ok.
I would also suggest cbt therapy, this will give you the tools to handle and recongize your anxiety.
It has helped me a great deal.
So hang in there, try to give the medicine time. My doctor said to me when I first went to him is give it one year then see how it goes.
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