I have suffered with panic attacks and anxiety for about 3 years now. In the last month my life had sharply spiraled down hill. I have been out of work for a week and a half and have barely been able to drive. Yesterday I was on the third floor of a museum and had the most intense panic attack ever. My heart started pounding absolutely out of nowhere and couldn't stop thinking about fainting in front of hundreds of people. Thank god for the emergency Ativan I had in my pocket. My doctor prescribed me Zoloft two months ago and I am absolutely terrified to take it. I took Lexapro a few years ago and ended up in the ER two hours after taking it. Since then I have been traumatized about taking another SSRI. I keep reading about the start up affects being more anxiety. I can't handle any more anxiety. How can I get over this? Any advice would be so much appreciated!!
Your Dr needs to put you on something like klonopin until you are on zoloft for a month. By then the anxiety from starting it will be over.
While lexapro and zoloft are both ssris people react very differently to them. Maybe if your Dr put you on something as i suggested you may be less scared.
This may sound obvious, but I would strongly suggest you discuss this with your Dr, meaning tell him/her you are not taking the Zoloft and taking Ativan instead. Your fears (concerns) are valid, but you can't go on this way, so, hopefully the Dr can give you enough information and reassurance to give the Zoloft a try, or he/she can offer alternatives that do not cause you fear. Keep me posted.
I was in your exact same situation. I have extreme anxiety and panic attacks, and was also prescribed Lexapro a few years ago. I too, went to the ER after taking it. It made me feel weird and created more anxiety. I finally went to a new doctor here recently and was prescribed Zoloft. I was terrified to take it once I saw the warnings about it causing anxiety. But I was also desperate to get this under control. I started taking half of a 50mg tablet. I took it with my family around in case something "happened". It made me drowsy, but it has been the best thing I have ever decided to do. I now have the attacks far and few between. It makes the anxiety much easier to control. I never thought I could control my anxiety, but this has been a miracle for me. I have only used my Xanax once in the past 3 months. Believe me, this medicine helps a lot. If it helped me, I'm confident it will help nearly anyone with this condition. Good luck to you!
I also went thru disabling anxiety that created depression as well. I was put on ativan also and buspar which I guess gave me some control but muscle twitches made me stop. At the start of my horrific anxiety I drove myself crazy questioning every thing bad I read about medication. I.Too.was traumatized by Lexapro which caused a scary heat melting.panic attack few hrs after dose. Zoloft was the first real med.I.allowed myself to try with Dr.advice to lay off Google lol and reading med pamphlets which she took out. Zoloft was the best medication for all that disabled me mentally. It was a new me! I was very comfortable and happy since I didn't experience any noticeable side effects or increase in fear. I suggest u jump in and take it as I did. I.always knew I.had my trusty ativan for back up :-). What we experience from this type of anxiety I.would not wish on an enemy. Give it a chance.
I'd taken Zoloft for over 20 years n it worked well for me. More so on the anxiety n panic attacks than depression. And I didn't experience any serious side affects at all. Plus I could choose to take it either at night or day. It didn't make me drowsy, though I could go to sleep easier. And I too, felt the fear of taking it and any other SSRI's or SNRI's... but I knew I needed it are something like it and or another (med) to help me to maintain and to feel normal again, to be my normal self. Whatever that is! I think We all experience that FEAR !!! Especially when it comes to this type of illness. It is frightening, but We're Not alone. We have each other right here n many more that's going through this as We are. And it can be different for each of Us, for We all have Our own stories n conditions. Conditions that vary for each of Us. The same as the medicines/prescriptions. The worse part is...
We have to go through trial n error before We find what works for Us. But once We find the right (med) that works for Us ... We are on the road to recovery. Though We have to remember it's not a miracle drug in the perspective of getting Us Well, completely curing Us. But it is, in the sense maintaining Our Wellbeing. It's the same as with people with sugar diabetes, thyroid, high blood pressure, heart conditions n so forth. Again... U r Not alone! Give Us an update & ~ god bless ~
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