I know I have discussed this till some of you may be tired of hearing it, but when I went and saw my GP doctor she said she can not change any medication that a psychiatrist prescribes.(which I do understand)..She believes it is basically a slap in the face to give someone with documented panic attacks for year only one .5 mg xanax a day. Today I am panicking out of control I took the .5 mg and it will not even touch the panic, it is to the point that my panic attacks are so bad I don't even know how I can take care of my son. If I go to the hospital with a sever panic attack do you think they could give me at least a shot of ativan to make it through the day, I literally feel like I am going to pass out(or die)... I can't even describe how bad this one is... please what should I do, my psychiatrist will not return phone calls, and my GP can not change my xanax... I feel like a junky that needs to try to find them on the street so I can feel better.
Hi Brendaboo, I feel so bad for you! You really need to fire that **&^%$% psych doc! I also agree with the gentleman (sorry, I didn't catch your name) that said any MD can rx benzo's, not just a psych doc. You may have a bit of luck going to the ER, as km suggested, but that is only for one day, you need help every day, not just today.
My MD prescribes my xanax, up to four mgs a day, and you sound like you need that dose. Or more! This is no way to live and how dare those doc's to deny you a medication that works for your panic attacks, or should work, IF they would prescribe enough!!
Have you ever had a history of alcohol or drug abuse? If not, there should be no problem with this. I don't understand why someone won't stand up for you! Maybe you should
beg your medical doctor to rx something (and enough of it) until you can get into a new psych doc. Yet, psych docs generally won't rx more than two mgs of xanax. But that's better than .05!
You poor baby, I know what it's like, it's a living hell and if no one will listen to you it makes it all the worse.
Let us know if you call your MD, what he/she says?
I wish you the best,
Brenda, first of all, you never ever have to apologize for how many times you've written in... Period! That's what this site is for and that's what we're here for. Honey, I know how you feel right now and ill try to help. It was right before I found out I was pregnant with this last child. Me and my hubby had not quit drinking yet, and weren't getting along very well, and separated. My two older boys were 11 and 15. They were staying back and fourth with me and their dad. I got one of the best jobs in my life. I got a job at Wal Mart Corporate. You can imagine what a good impression I wanted to make. The first three days my 15 yr old wouldn't go to school. I mean I would tell him to go, but he just wouldn't. I told him I. Was going to call his dad and have him come get him if he wouldn't mind me. Here I am, my first week at a new job, and my sons sitting at home.
That night I did call his dad and he came and got him and it was a different school so maybe... I was feeling ver anxious and it was making me sick to my stomache. My husband called and said they would be coming to get my car. The next morning I hitched a ride to work and received a call from my ex husband that they found my 15 yr old in the bathtub severely intoxicated with a bottle of Jack in one hand and a rifle in the other and a goodbye letter to everyone. They took him to the hospital and a couple of days later to a mental hospital. I went into my bosses office. She didn't even ask what was wrong with me she just said get in the car I'm taking you to the ER. Blood pressure ans pulse was off the charts. They gave me a couple of shots until I calmed down and gave me a short script for Xanax. They had drew my blood and also informed me I was pregnant. Here I am, separated from my husband, trying to learn a brand new job I would never get the oppurtunity to work at again, I can't get my son to go to school, so he threatened to commit suicide, they let me go at work... With Eligible for rehire stamped on my file, I had no car, no money, I'm pregnant, and rent is due. That was the whole turning point in my life. I couldn't take nerve medicine,but my husband who I was separated from basically came and got us and we made a promise to each other to quit drinking? Eventually my son got out, but after I had the baby they had to put me right back on nerve meds for anxiety and panic. Believe me. This lady knows all about stress, anxiety, and panic issues. Find another doctor who will listen to you. What to say? Be honest and say you've been having a lot of very panicky feelings, and its affecting your life. You don't have to tell them everything. I did that once yrs and yrs ago and did land in the psych. Unit. Tell him what dose your on, and you don't want a real high dose, but you feel like it would benefit you and feel like it could be raised a bit. He can either say yes or no, but as long as you don't flip out and give too much info... You should be fine hon. Trust someone whose unfortunately had to do this a few times over th long hard yrs. good luck to you, and please keep us informed. Please. You're friend, Ruthie
i don't no where u live but i live in nj, i have panic/agorphia for yrs not to mention other mh issues... a while back i went to the er and they did give me a shot of ativan for my bp was up and i couldn't come down... now my psychiatrist has me on 1 1/2 mgs of klonipon 3x's daily... so many times i will say take me down and see if i can take it at a lower dosage my panice is just to bad cause most people want it uped and i tell my doc i want it lowered..last time he see me he uped it from 1mg 3x daily to 1 1/2 3 times daily I can't even think right with my disorder and have come to accept the fact that in order to stay calm i need to take my meds in order to deal with everything that is going on with me... i would say try the er and see what happens, but when i went i didn't walk in i was so bad an ambulance brought me in... good luck, and in my opinion if your psychiatrist doesn't even have the respect to call u back, i would be looking for another... that's rediculus... i wish u nothing but good health and to get help... they can't just leave u to suffer like this, why won't she give u more the .5 a day?? have u already asked her/him the psychiatrist? i would tell them that it is not enough for just one a day, n that u r going to wind up in crisis... good luck and keep us posted if u need anymore advice...
Hi Dear Brendaboo,
How are you doing? Are you still struggling? You don't need a psychiatrist as mentioned above and like to see what he felt when he thought he was having a heart attack, the sense of impending doom, pacing back and forth... I was driving home late in the snow the other night, the glare from the lights and people tailing me, I seriously thought my heart was going to explode. Luckily I had my Xanax on me and put it in my mouth, tried to get enough saliva to swallow and pulled over until it kicked in. What some of these health professionals do to us is torture!!!
Get a new doc! Don't know your bio but ill look, are you a chronic pain fibromite as well? If so do you use a pain mgmt doc? If you are, and rely on your GP switch to pain mgmt. I'm prescribed 3 1 mg Xanax a day and 4 10 mg Valium a day (for muscle spasms) but the Stines didn't write a song about it for nothing. It is our little helper and taking the Valium as scheduled has decreased my panic attacks. But I know how dreadful they are and I just want to electronically send you relief (not breaking any contracts anybody as this obviously is not possible). If you're really feeling bad, go to ER and say you're having chest pains. It's not a lie as you probably are with your anxiety. They get you back ASAP and let them know how severely panicked you are. It's the only way I see any relief until they up your Xanax. What is the reasoning again? I was told once long ago as I've been a faithful Xanax user since my teens and will be cremated with it. You need to be on a continuous schedule. Oh, back to my point, I was once told I needed to learn coping skills such as deep breathing which is impossible as you're already hyperventilating and to tap my face in a certain motion as soon ill focus on the tapping and the anxiety will dissipate. Right! That may work for some but not us who have PTSD that is the root of my severe anxiety. Let me back up to see where're your at right now...
Hi Brendaboo. I can understand your frustration. I fight every day with panic attacks, and it really is horrible. As I have a young child also it makes me feel guilty that I succumb to these panic attacks once in a while. I feel weak and hopeless. My husband works interstate at a month at a time, so it is harder still. I am lucky to have family to visit while he is away. Otherwise, I feel that I would be abit of a panicky mess 24/7. At age 20 I was diagnosed with severe panic disorder. At 21 I was taking 3 x .5 alprazolam a day. Cut to age 30 and I was taking 3 x 2.0 a day. When I found out I was pregnant I cut down to 1 x .5 a day, which was a bloody big deal for me. So my doctor pretty much said, I don't think you need these anymore, and has never prescribed them to me again. But I was very proud of my self, I must say. Now that I have had my little boy, for the past 2 years, I have not been able to live full time at my own home in the country because of my panic attacks.
I have been to my psychiatrist who says I just have to deal with them and count to ten. BOLLOCKS, as I'm sure you would agree, there isn't any amount of counting or slow breathing that can control these horrid feelings. As far as I'm concerned, if you have never had a panic attack you have no idea how tremendous and debilitating they are. I feel abandoned by my psych and dr ( my dr making the comment that "I've taken the alprazolam long enough now, and that I shouldn't need it anymore". Like I have a bloody choice in the matter. My mother is the only person I can talk to about this. No one understands or has ever understood my anxiety. I feel for you so much because, I know how you are struggling. And how hard it is to be a calm mum. I feel let down. My 'help' for my panic disorder just stopped. There is supposed to be help for mental illness, but that must be only if your a schitzo or something. Severe anxiety doesn't count. I am going to see a new psychiatrist this year. I need, as you do, to be able to live my life at least 90%. You should try to get to see another psych. .5 a day isn't enough to help with your attacks. Not if they are as bad as you have described. I am getting through because I am on Cymbalta. The panic attacks still loom overhead and occasionally one will take hold but at least it's not an every day occurrence. I have 1 repeat left and then I am on my own, surprise surprise. I will endeavour to get better help with my anxiety this year. Find someone who understands panic disorder, who can actually help instead of hinting that I should "be over it". I really hope you find the help you need in your journey. And I hope you have someone to talk to about your attacks. That is very important. Focusing on my son helps a great deal. But unfortunately we still need outside help :-)
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