I have been suffering from panic attacks and anxiety(some depression as well)for 20 + years. I have been diagnosed with major depression,bi-polar disorder,panic disorder,adhd,and generalized anxiety disorder over the last 20 + years.I have been prescribed xanax,tofranil,welbutrin,paxil,effexor and lastly klonopin.The only thing that ever seemed to help me was the klonopin(2mg 3 times a day) with an anti-depressant.The only problem was the klonopin ended up putting me in rehab(highly addictive).After getting clean and sober the anxiety of course returned with a vengence.I have(over the last 8 months)been put on welbutrin,effexor,celexa,lexapro,buspar,luvox,atirax.None of these drugs did anything but make me feel paranoid and crazy!Buspar is useless,atirax as well.I honestly think that ssri drugs are useless for anxiety treatment,in fact in my case the condition got horribly worse!The only thing that has ever healped is te benzos.There has to be something out there other than a benzo that works.I am at my absolute wits end.Anyone got ant ideas???
Is there anything out there other than benzos that help with panic attacks and depression?
- 17 Nov 2010 by marsha79
- 25 October 2021 (5 weeks ago)
- paxil, tofranil, xanax, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress, night terrors
hi there! i think i have the perfect medacine for your anxiety that also helps with depression i take it and it helps quite a bit. i also take xanax though but theres been times when i havent taken my xanax and because i also take effexor 150 mg capsules. my axiety is managed. i hope one day to be off xanax and only on effexor which is non narcotic and alot safer. but to answer the question i would say to give the effexor a try good luck
It sounds to me that you have already tried many different anti-deppresants.There is one I can personally recommend and it's called lexapro also have you tried any anti-phycotics because according to your post you only listed mostly anti-deppresants and not any anti-phycotics.Please keep me informed I am also very paranoid as well.So just know that you are not alone my friend.If I could be of any other help just PM me.PS-I added you to my friends list 2 by tha way.
I've been on Klonipin for a long, long time. I was on Xanax for a while, but the doctors I deal with now won't prescribe it because it's so addictive. (Not that the others aren't, don't know why exactly other than that). I have taken Valium, um, nope, didn't work... it made me irritable, angry, I snapped at people. And I really apologize for not remembering, but I was on Ativan also, one of the two, either the Valium or the Ativan, caused me to be achy, have flu like symptoms. I had to stop both of those and go back to the ole Klonys.
Dilantin is also a great mood stabelizer, anxiety, pain, and adhd med. and is not a narcotic. It also helps you sleep.Antideppresants gave me more anxiety also. To much mood stabilizer did the same. I started on a small dose and build up. Good Luck!!
On benzos for 17 years, Christina? What was the highest dose you reached?
Also, everyone, please, do you have severe anxiety gut aches, which can apparently move up into the stomach and upper stomach. These I can normally stop with .50 alprazolam but not always. The fact that these 'iron butterflies' move means, I hope, that there is nothing organically wrong with any organs in the abdom area.
Neurontin, the generic is gabapentin, is an anti-epileptic medication but was prescribed to me by my psychiatrist for anxiety and panic attacks. I have been taking it for almost a year with excellent results. The only side effect that I have experienced is occassional drowsiness. Talk with your doctor but I definately suggest giving it a try. I wish you the best of luck. I know how horrible and debillitating anxiety can be but do not ever give up. Also Effexor didnt help my anxiety at all either.
I don't know about the new drugs for depression, but my wife did real good on
Nortriptyline for 23 years. Which is generic for "Pamalor".
I'ed say that's a pretty good track record !
Good luck !
I was put on some of the same meds you speak of due to me having severe panic/anxiety disorder, none worked only made it worse, then I changed doctors and he told me that meds such as welbutrin, effexer and such meds in the ssri group will make my anxiety worse so he put me on pamalor. It worked great. It took a few weeks to kick in, but well worth it. I hope you find relief soon. Also try to stay away from the benzos. I was addicted to xanax for 25 yrs. Very addictive. Talk to your dr. about Pamalor.
Best of luck!
I have suffered with severe anxiety and major depression for 25 years. Nortriptyline has helped me with depression but the only answer for my anxiety has been a Xanax. Have tried several times to stop it and every time my symptoms come back with a vengeance. I know not what else to do. I take the medication as prescribed and it works okay but there is nothing else that even comes close. I've tried everything I've read through my doctor and he has been very accommodating in letting me try these drugs, but as I said it looks like I'm stuck with the benzodiazepine for life. I don't like it but I don't know what else to do. If anyone has anything new and let me emphasize new please let me know. Thanks in advance for anyone who has any advice.
There's also a drug called Vistaril. I was also on Xanax for years and when I was hospitalized to get off of the Xanax (the worse experience of my life thus far) besides the barbiturate taper they also gave me Vistaril and I now use it in place of the Xanax as needed. Works well for me. Good luck to you!
Marsha did u ever get help?
I have to tell you, you may be having bad anxiety if you got off benzos too quickly. Dr. Heather Ashton says reduce by 5-10% every 1-2 weeks. When you get to 20% of your original dose, reduce 5% every 1-4 weeks. You will have to use a compounding pharmacy (liquide compound is available) to get off more easily. That being said, sometimes rebound anxiety and depression last weeks, months and in some cases years after getting off. Some ideas to help are the drug Mirtazapine, or Gabapentin, or Klonopin, and nausea pills if you are sick to your stomach. Many people say Zoloft works. The truth is you have to find a good psychiatrist that understands benzo withdrawal because it looks a lot like the need for Benzos. I know Benzos are a fast relief, but try to stay off them if you can. Try everything else before going there. I'm with you, I'm reducing from Lorazepam and it is the most painful thing I have ever done. But I know it will be good in the end. Brain function will return with time and support medication.
I am blessed with severe anxiety. I have taken a number of ssris but they are useless when an anxiety attack hits. Right now I am on Zoloft and Ativan. I take 4 one-milligram Pills a day. Because I have taken it so long, I have built up a tolerance to it to an extent. One pill when anxiety hits is not very effective so sometimes I end up taking two pills. Lately I have developed a urinary tract problem which has caused super anxiety that I can’t seem to shake so I have been taking about 100 mg of diphenhydramine (Unisom) and sometimes it helps. I don’t want to be taking Unisom, though, because I’m not sure this is good for me. When I take an Ativan, its calming effect doesn’t last very long. I see my psychiatrist in about two weeks and am thinking I might ask him to switch me to Clonapin because I have read that it works longer than Ativan.
Do you think that is what I should do? I would really like to get off the benzodiazepines altogether, but I don’t know what else is out there for my severe anxiety at this time. Any help would sure be appreciated.
Hi - I am in the same boat , I have a failed back surgery . Which put me in a wheel chair for walking any distance , and being in the car over 30 min I can hardly walk . So I was told I had to give up my pain meds or my Valium . I had to choose to be tapered off my Valium , I have such little quality of life as it is , if I stopped taking pain meds I would have no life at all . I have been this way for over a decade , just the last 2 months I have finally been able to sit in a recliner , and it took me months but I can get in and out of the bed , memory foam we thought it would be great for my back but I could not move or turn over in it , I could get in but not out . Now finally I can . I am here trying to find something else to replace the Valium , we have tried Buspar no good , gabapentin , no good . I hate the panic attacks but with severe chronic pain , there is just no way I could give up pain meds .
Personally I think keeping the pain meds are a better choice , if I panic I can at least take that to calm me down a bit . Also you should be able to still get muscle relaxers , they do help somewhat with panic .
Here is one thing I learned to try to calm down - Smell the roses- then blow out the candles - they always say take deep breaths- this helps you to focus on them easier !
I am having the same problem, I am on percocet, remeron, effector & xanax, I was told I would have to give my pain pills or xanax up, the pharmacy wouldn't do my last script of xanax so for 4 days I was a hot mess, I didn't sleep for those 4 nights, no sleep at all, the sleep deprivation plus my panic attacks made for a horrible experience, I too don't know what to do, I have panic disorder, manic depressant, ocd, severe nerve damage in my neck, no 1 can help because the damage is at my brain stem in my spine so I am desperate, what do I do? ??
I absolutely can't sleep without my xanax, I have been a guinea pig with meds that would probably knock most people out for days but nothing works like a benzo, does anyone else have this problem & if so, any suggestions on a medication to help me sleep, sometimes I feel like I'm alone in this struggle because if you've never had a panic attack and chronic pain then you wouldn't understand, I too was hospitalized thinking I was having a heart attack but it was a severe panic attack, I've been on these med for 10 yrs., how can you choose when this is the only way to function somewhat normally in life, I'm so lost and then the thought of being without my meds just brings on more fear. .. can someone help?
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