I have been dealing with anxiety for a few years, worse since having my son in 2012. Normally I can deal with it but this time it's bad. I can't work and all I want to do is sit at home (my safe place). I have been on Prozac 60mg once a day since July and Zyprexa 2.5mg once a day since October. I was doing good until I was put on progesterone to start my period. Monday will be two weeks since I took my last one of those and I started having this panic attack on Sunday knowing my husband was going out of town for two weeks. My dr called in Klonopin 1mg 1-2 a day as needed until I could see her. It has helped lessen the panic but it's still there and it made me sleepy. After seeing her yesterday she feels the problem is from the progesterone and it has to get out of my system. She feels my Prozac and Zyprexa are fine but wants me to do Ativan instead of Klonopin. I'm very scared and don't know what to do. I haven't been able to work and I need to. They tell me to focus but I can't. I'm afraid these meds will make me feel out of it but if it will help I would be willing to take it. I'm so scared and confused. I'm not eating and I feel like this will never end.
The first thing to do is to take a deep breath because you're going to be OK. The second thing is to understand that the two medications work differently. Klonopin is a long-acting anxiety-reducer that basically works over a period of 12 to 24 hours. It is meant to lower your anxiety or keep anxiety attacks from happening. Ativan, on the other hand, is a medication that you take when you feel an anxiety attack coming on. Should you have this happen, you should go ahead and take per instructions and try to breathe deeply to calm your heart rate. The medicine will kick in fast. It will also will burn off within just a few hours so you're not left tired all day. The point of it is to help you through the panic attack, possibly be helping it stop, or by helping it to be less intense than in the past. It's impossible to say how it will affect you in terms of making you tired or sleepy until you give it a try, so you might want to try taking it when you're home and not driving or at work. Best of luck, Meggie
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