Ive been having severe anxiety for 2 months now that's affecting alk aspects of my life im on 40mg celexa and was taking Ativan and my doctor switched me to klonopin .5md 2X a day. I started in yesterday . How long till I feel relief... Im anxious all the time and hve bad thoughts and just plain miserable I wnt my life back and enjoy my kids which I cant now due to this .any answers or advice would be greatly appreciated .
How long till I find relief?
Added 20 Jul 2016:
I've been on the celexa for 9 years and they jumped uped me from 20mg to 40mg.
Added 20 Jul 2016:
also, I have had no appetite have lost 13 which normally would make me hppy but not this way.
Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering like this. Klonopin has more of a slow burn in terms of how it works in comparison to the others you took, which came in hot & fast (but then burned out fast, too.) Klonopin will stay in your body for so long, the previous one you took will still be chugging away when you take your next one. It builds on itself, and works as a preventative. It won't help you much if you're having an anxiety attack and you take it. You're meant to take this on a set schedule so it keeps anxiety attacks FROM happening.
I know that you're anxious for results to happen now, but if you slow down and just try to take even, deep breaths, you may find that you're able to get through an anxiety attack now better than you could before. It's not like you're going to have a "voila-I'm no longer anxious" kind of feeling. I know you don't expect that, I'm just reinforcing that it will take mindful control on your part. The medication should give you a fighting chance.
I know you can do it. You've suffered long enough. Did something specific happen two months ago? If so, there could be multiple angles to approach what you're dealing with. Maybe you have PTSD, etc.
I wish you all the luck in the world. It's already in your system, just give it a little longer for your blood serum to be "fully saturated." (so to speak)
Minnie; You have some really great advice; I just want to add a few things that I do at one time I could barely leave the house. But pushed through it. Just pick a day my dear, And as they call it baby steps. do little things at a time such as try and relax breath deep and slow when you feel the anxiety etc. coming on. to help slow down your heart beat and other symptoms. Make sure you continue your medication you can take it with or without food but don't miss any dose's and take it about the same time each day. Remember now they just upped your dose so some of the anxiety can come from the medication It reaches it's peak in 3 to 4 weeks from when it changed. But anyway you have to be good to yourself. Don't try to overcome this all in just a short period of time, Start out maybe with a walk up and down the block with the kids, Or a little picnic in the house or in the yard. little by little expand your walks further and further, And you know even if you don't feel hungry you have to eat a good balanced diet.( i'm to talk ) ask your doctor about what kind of vitamins you should be taking. In many anxiety clinic's and stop smoking etc the vitamin B-50 OR B-100 on a day does help!!! with stress and such things. But make sure you sit down with the kids and eat. Anyway sounds like your on the right track. But please you well get through this I am a big Believer on people like us as part of this is a chemical imbalance in our blood. Finding the right medication or combination of medications is part of the key I am 58 now and have had all the different mental health issues since was in grade school. But most would not even know that I have much problems, Right now I am also recovering from stage 4 Hodgkin's Cancer and have been in remission for almost 6 months. Life is so worth it, Still having some chemo brain problems and my eyes are not great so please excuse me if I have made errors here. And please keep in touch like my saying I try to live by is STAY POSITIVE, your Faith if your a believer, and a sense of humor. Above all be kind to your self. Chuck1957
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