I don't find them very effective and have told my psychiatrist that I'd really like to be off antidepressants since my depression is related to whether I'm having panic attacks or not. I'm also on Klonopin which so far seems to be the most effective med. However, now I'm on two new anti depressants and tapering the Klonopin. Doesn't seem to make sense. I'd like to hear your experiences please.
I have not but my wife has and what works best for her is Klonopin as needed. She can usually feel it coming or when she is really stressed out. I have used anti-depressants lexapro, effexor, cymbalta, Seroquel, Prozac, etc I did the whole gambit and it made things worse for me with thoughts of exiting. To me depression was looking for a medication to solve my problems and after four years I figured that out. sorry to ramble best of luck.
I am having the same problem. I told my psychiatrist the same thing and she got upset because she told me that I was depressed which is causing my panic attacks. I explained to her that I am far from depressed however, there is another underlining issue wich I have yet to find out. She wrote me another prescription for Xanax and I fired her. Antidepressants don't work if you are not depressed, with or without panic!!!
My doctor put me on Pristiq last year when it first came out. (you couldn't even buy it in the pharmacy yet). It worked wonderfully along with Ativan. I had no side effects and the only interaction is Tramadol. Try it. I have been where you are before, and this was the only thing that worked for me. Good Luck!
I have been to 6 psychiatrists over 7 years, trying to find the right combination of therapy and medication. I have Panic Disorder w/Agoraphobia, along w/Severe Depression. Besides the chronic pain I have experienced, the medications I am taking right now have really put the panic disorder to rest (for the most part. I don't think it is fair to expect to be "cured", just to feel the best way possible). I am taking Wellbutrin SR 150mg, once a day (I stumbled upon this when trying to quit smoking and it has kept the depression at a minimum), Ativan 1mg, up to 3 times per day (it is the safest benzodiazapine and remarkably the strongest in terms of quickness and duration of medication), and Seroquel 25mg at night (helps me sleep even though I'm in a lot of pain at night). I have been on Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Xanax, Valium, and different strengths of Seroquel.
I have just started taking Vitamin D, 50,000 units once a week two weeks ago (which is supposed to help since it is getting cold and dreary outside for the depression and hopefully works for the way I feel pain, also). I hope this helps. This is only my 2nd answer to a question and I am not quite sure how this site works yet, if you can message me, please feel free. If you'd like to respond but there is no way to "message", feel free to answer my answer :)
I know that Zoloft works. One of its uses is actually listed as panic disorder. I wake up in a paniced condition every morning. Now I take a Klonipin and wait for it to work and it helps somewhat. Still I am constantly worrying and always have a feeling like something bad is about to happen. I did take Zoloft for a very short time, and it worked really well. Unfortunately, I could not handle the side effects and had to come off of them. Good luck
i also use klonopin for axiety.. at first i was put on a cple different anti depr. but they didnt work for my b/c my problem was not depression! id get bad headaches & no relief for the anxiety.. klonopin is also used for panic attacks, which im sure you know.. if your "mood" alters b/c your worried or nervious, maybe a little to much, about when/where will the next attack come.. an anti dep. might not be for you.. im NO doctor but just a little of my own trial & error! so hope it helps..
anxiety and depression can happen on the same neurotransmiter pathways (seritonin, dopamine to an extent, norepinephrine (which no one has yet to successfully explain to me why Norepinephrin reuptake inhibitors help with anxiety since its alot like adrenaline... ), and for anxiety gaba[there is 1 more i think but i dont remember it... cortisol maybe?]) thats why antidepressants are perscribed but if your problem is on the gaba system then they wont have any effect
I believe for some people they can work for my they havent. I have an agreement with my doctor we will try alternatives(i take up to 4mg of xanax a day for panic) but when its time to come down we slowly taper and i have had some success with a medication for bipolar called trileptal. I believe Panic disorder can be casued by many things I am working on the things that casuedmy panic and thats been helpfull,but the biggest is a doctor who believes that panic disorder is real and is willing to treat it with a medicine that is proven(xanax to work for it) and willing to try other things(ibelieve i have to give a little to) but says i am not going to pull the rug from underneath you. I am starting to feel normal again and function in society again. I was a successfull buisnessman and @%$@ happens and for months i was paralyed by panic attacks, driving to the hospital with what i thought was a brain anyuresum or heart attack. I have people who believe me.
I see my doctor once a week and counselor once a week and I an looking for a support group. JUst keep asking questions dont give up. doctors are afraid because it is addicting,but in studies I read up to 10mg can be prescribed for panic but the average is 4-6mg and tolerance to that after 8 months doesnt seem to build for true panic disorder and is still effective even after that time.
I take 20mg of lexapro daily. It helps me with my panic attacks. I do not take any other type of nerve pill or anything. Every person is different and it may take your doctor several trys to get you on an antidepressant that help. I took zoloft and paxil with no relief. I also started out on celexa which worked for a few years. Then my panic attacks came back. I have been on lexapro for almost 3 years with great results. Trial and error are the only ways you can really find the right med for you. Hope you get it lined out.
I am in the same situation. I have been to so many doctors who prescribe me Paxil and then Effexor. Both which do not help at all. I have had panic attacks so severe that I have had to go to the emergency room several times a year for them.
Finally!! I have found a great psychiatrist who prescribed Klonopin. Which works wonders!!! I also have severe depression where I want to just sleep all day, even though my spirit wants to do so much more. She is going to be prescribing meWellbutrin. So we will see how that works out. Any way good luck on your journey to finding the right Psychiatrist. Seems like you need to change doctors. I find that female md's are more in tune with your medical condition.
Because the two are so often linked, I think psychiatrists tend to treat them together or think one is caused by the other. Personally, I think if youre having anxiety only, taking antidepressants instead isnt a good idea. The side effects of the antidepressants, in my experience, tend to be pretty substantial... especially the sexual side effects, if noone has mentioned that to you yet!
I dont understand why theyd want to take you off Klonopin. Benzo's are excellent for anxiety... Klonopin being the longer releasing, slower effecting, less powerful... then you go into something like Xanax that's powerful and fast acting but fades quick, so it's better for panic attacks, not so good for generalized anxiety.
Some of these shrinks (pardon the derogatory term) are so headstrong that it's hard to have a genuine conversation with them. You need to make sure yours LISTENS TO YOU. I had one that was CONVINCED I had schizo-affective disorder, because of my family's medical history, even though I was very explicit that I didnt have those symptoms. After being put on Geodon, and then Abilify, the side effects were so hellaciously strange that I dropped them and dropped that psychiatrist as well because she refused to accept what I was saying.
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