I am on buspirone, xanax, effexor and Hydroxyz pam, for anxiety attacks and panic attacks there are times that it works and other times when it doesn't and thoe are horrific I feel ss though I am going to rip my hair out and I want to tare my skin from my body and I feel as if somthing has taken over me and I just want it to stop!!! I cant stay in one place I kick and hit myself even pull my hair! Sometimes it goes away with in 24hrs andbone time it lasted for 11 days I pray this works I dont know how much more I can take? I have had this most ofnmy life!
With the exception of 'hydroxyz pam', which I can only guess is hydroxyzine; gabapentin and the rest of the drugs you mention are all able to help with anxiety. If you meant to write 'hydroxyzine, then this is also used for anxiety. Gabapentin/neurontin can also cause anxiety, as can the others you mention. Almost any drug can do the opposite of what we want and expect because we're all unique individuals and drugs act uniquely to our body. Sometimes our bodies get used to a medicine and it seems to stop working well. That's when we need to change medicines.
What I don't see is in your list is a benzodiazepine for anxiety. Your Dr. may be kindly trying to avoid the possible side effects of them, but you may need them, side effects and all. Some commonly used ones are Klonopin/clonazepam, chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), Tranxene/clorazepate. While the right one for you can keep your anxiety under control along with a drug like Effexor or others, some of the long term side effects from taking benzodiazepines are memory problems, dependence and possible withdrawal symptoms when the drugs are discontinued.
For 25 years, starting at about age 33 yrs., I have been on clorazepate or clonazepam. That's 2 drugs in 25 years. But I freely admit I am probably addicted to them and, at about the 18 yr. point, my memory started getting bad and I couldn't hold a job. But I couldn't have worked so long without the benzodiazepines. I accept this as a price I pay to have my anxiety from GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) under control. My disorder isn't going away and I believe I will be on an anti-anxiety drugs all of my life. I do understand your wanting to have your anxiety under control. It's torture when it isn't! I recommend you think about this group of drugs and also contact your Dr. for an appointment because you say you are desperate for relief. Since you also get attacks, the Xanax may remain a useful drug because you can take it as you start to feel an attack coming. Xanax is very short acting (about 4 hrs.) compared to some of these other drugs which can work 8-10 hrs. Please give your Dr. a chance to work out what to do without demanding one of the drugs I mentioned. There's a lot more to treating you than what I know from your question. I hope your Dr. is a good psychiatrist because that's the Dr. you need.
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