... half now. I've always been a care free happy go Lucky young man. Then one day, I start feeling chest palpitations, got short of breath, felt as if I have moments to live, because I'm just going to have a stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, etc.. I racked up thousands of dollars in medical depth from frequent ER trips. I finally learn I have GAD, and depression (though I insist I'm not depressed, my doctor says otherwise) I've tried several medicines; lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, amitryptiline, nortriptyline, and now as of today I'm trying effexor, and atenenol, along with my old Zoloft prescription. My heart rate has been over 120bpm resting for days now. At my last ER trip a few days ago, they gave me adavan, and sent me home with 6 xanax. Those are helping me beautifully, but I think they're temporary at this point. My question is, will the atenenol just slow my heart down, or will it help with an anxiety attack like the xanax 1mg does? I already have out of control health anxiety and super sensitivity. Will effexor and attenenol help me? Thank you for your time. I want to live normal again!!!
I can't believe no one has answered you in all this time. I'm sorry there's not enough volunteers, I suppose. There's also site malfunctions. I have GAD, also. Depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand, so please just accept the depression Dx for now, okay? You're right, the xanax and ativan are helping because they are anti-anxiety medicines. Your other medicines are not. They help somewhat, but you must be put on a regular regimen of anti-anxiety medicine such as tranzene/clorazepate or Klonopin/clonazepam or similar. Yes, eventually they will affect your memory, but there's no better option at this time. Xanax is too temporary. You need long term, 24/7 coverage. GAD is a 24/7/365 anxiety disorder. You have no "off" switch for anxiety... it just builds and builds throughout the day, day after day, and so forth. Medicine is required.
Do you have a good psychiatrist treating you? This may be the reason you aren't getting the meds you need. The ER is a short term help, but you have to keep going back to get the drugs you need. I understand if your Dr. is trying to avoid the meds that will eventually lead to some memory loss, but you will not be functional without those drugs. I have some memory loss after many years, yet I'm doing well. Write back if you have any questions. God bless.
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