today is day today, lastnite i had a panic attack and could not finish up my work week, came home, took a hot shower and had to take a xanax, it helped and i went to bed. today about noon, i could feel a panic attack comming on, i tried self positive talk, breathing excersizes, reading up more on my condition to see what others have done to help, journaled and prayed and read my bible. i was able to keep it at bay and it went away, but this evening to prevent an attack i went ahead and took a xanax and i still feel some of the fear that comes with it, and im trying to find out why im still feeling this way. i guess im so affraid of that im gonna die feeling that even when i take under my dosage of medication i think something is gonna happen to me. i called many numbers yesterday in hopes of finding an inpatient behavioral health treatment center that i can go to, get the correct support and groups and be stabalized on medications. also im still taking the prozac 40 mg but am seriously thinking about trying the cymbalta my dr gave me to try instead. it is in the same family i believe so will i have problems of withdrawl from prozac, and whos taken cymbalta and had good outcomes. also got my appt with my phsyciatrist november 3. hopefully she can help get me stable on the rite medications. thanks all of you for helping me, leanne
Hello leanne. I feel bad that you're hurting. That appointment with your phsychiatrist is less than a week away, so thats not too long a period. The xanax is helping you at the moment and thats good. Nothings going to happen to you. Meaning, you'll have your moments, and they'll scare you, yet you'll see that they pass. Thats a big thing. Just remember that it will go away. You'll not keep feeling this way. I was on cymbalta. Just under a year and a half. It was ... a drug that really didn't do the job for me, so I stopped taking it. And I had a very late reaction to it. Having said that, a lot of people from the site take cymbalta. Use it for various reasons and are satisfied, happy with taking it. As to the prozac, you will have some withdrawls, so you need to taper. Prozac can stay in your system for weeks, so that being said, your withdrawl will be much less stressfull, you wouldn't notice it as badly. very best to you leanne, try not to worry so much, it will really just add to your anxiety.
I think you should wait til you meet with the pyschiatrist before changing your meds,it wont be long now before you meet with him/her and they could suggest switching your meds altogether,and you wont benefit by changing from the prozac to cymbalta at this stage,as it'l take another 4-6weeks for that to kick in,so i would suggest just sticking to the prozac til thursday.
Did you try halving the xanax like i said before? I understand feeling like you're gonna die with a bad panic attack,but try relax,take deep breaths,i know you've tried that and i know its hard at the best of times,but you will get through it! Keep telling yourself you will be ok,it's just an attack and it will pass!
Keep posting and writing things dowwn,you're doing great,just hang in there,this time next week you'll have met with pysc and hopefully be on new meds and on the road to recovery!
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