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
- 2 days 5 hours 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.
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 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!
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