all the difrent doc's i have been to have put me on some sort on anti-depresants and they do not help and make my anxiety worse. I have been put on Seroquel,Effexor-XR,Lexapro,Celexa,prozac,Buspar,Cymbalta,Trazodone,Paxil-CR,Geodon,atarax,Klonopin,ativan,xanax (effexor,Trazodone and Celexa have put me in the ER and i had so called Drug Toxicty from them) (paxil-CR,Cymbalta,Seroquel, have caused stomach problems and other issues)(prozac,buspar had no effect at all in controling my problems) (xanax,ativan and atarax had short term help then they just didnt not work anymore to help ease my anxiety. In between all of this I had been put on Klonopin taking 1/2 mg 3xtimes a day stoped my anxiety and had and decreased my panic attacks by 80% I still have issues with insomnia but not every night. I can't stress this enough I DO NOT abuse this med,had "0" side effect, but because of other peoples abuse on this med my doc's look down at this med everytime they take me off of it they put me on an anti depresant ( I simply tell them im taking 5-HTP and it has been working well for me,I don't have or suffer from depresion) they continue on how well these other meds will help me so much better. I have been dealing with these doc's for 10-11 years now is there anyone who can give me some sound advice to let them know what helps and what makes me worse without sounding like an "addict" PS my anxiety is so bad I have lost every job i have ever had im now even off the road and cannot drive because of the panic attacks that happen while im driving. I thank anyone in advance that has any input or information that can help me.
Sorry to hear you have had a time of it with trying different meds. Antidepressants are often prescribed for anxiety disorders as many of them have antianxiety properties too. I suppose the docs don't want you to become addicted to the Klonopin but would prefer you to take a non addictive med long term such as the antidepressant. I know you don't want to keep trying different meds, but unfortunately it is a trial and error sort of ordeal. Once you find the correct med, you'll be amazed at how much better you will feel. If the klonopin is working, I can understand you just wanting to take it though. Just gonna have to enlighten the docs some how.
I feel for you and can relate. I have GAD and suffer from episodes of panic attacks and insomnia. I am in the throes of an episode as I type this. I recently tried Buspar for my anxiety, but it had no effect on it. I also have Valium to take in low dose daily, but I only will take it when needed. When I am in a full blown panic/insomnia episode nothing works to allow me to sleep. Only time and as a sufferer yourself, you can understand how one feels about time and waiting for relief to arrive. Patient is excruciatingly hard to be.
I saw my dr. yesterday and made the decision to try Paxil for my GAD. Years ago I used Paxil and it did help some. Nothing truly helps my panic attacks w/my insomnia other then telling myself, "this is temporary and will pass." I still don't sleep, but my panic level remains rational when I talk to myself in positives rather then the doom and gloom that is constantly lurking there in my mind. Don't you hate the irrational and illogical thoughts that occur when in the presence of panic, anxiety and/or insomnia?
I am not familiar w/Klonopin other then I have heard of it. I will research it having read your question here. My panic attacks typically revolve around my not being able to sleep --my sleep goes into insomnia, (thanks to all the adrenaline that I release in panic mode) my anxiety and panic seems to have to run its course before I finally am able to sleep well again. I am on day 4 of this current panic/insomnia episode.
It is such a crap shoot w/these drugs, finding the correct fit for an individual.I also do CBT therapy with a psychologist and that has helped me. I just wanted to let you know you are not alone. As for your jobs and inability to maintain them due to your disorder, don't be too hard on yourself. At present, I am thinking I will have to take a leave of absence w/my job as this current episode does not seem to be easing up anytime soon. I am exhausted from lack of sleep.
I know my episodes are temporary and will not kill me, but as a true suffer of the disorders--I feel that they will never end, I will never sleep again and I will die from it. It is a struggle to say the least. I wouldn't wish this condition on my worst enemy.
Truly, while it may sound cliche, "One day at a time" is what I am learning I have to do, in order to get by. My doctor told me, "These are the cards you were dealt" unfortunately. No quick fixes--it is a chronic chemical imbalance and at times is triggered by something in my life and other times it just happens.
I hope that this has helped you in some small way. Please know that you are not alone. Take good care.
Im not a doctor. Im an experience stressed out.excessive worried anxiety. Panic attack survivor! Generic xanax change my world! No trippy mind games. Just a drug that made every thing calm instead of over whelming. Which if anxiety isn't treated asap..it can lead to phobias. Seriously .every new panic attack in a new environment. .like driving. Grocery shopping etc... crowded places..I stopped doing and going in fear of what if I get anxiety attack. .will I fainting omg not in public! Eventually it lead me right into agoraphobia. ..xanax. structured schedule. No caffeine. Sleep well. And walk or lift weights for 15 minutes at least. I found out strength makes me feel less vonularble. .good luck
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