I have posted about my panic disorder, which is severe to put it mildly. My psych doctor upped my zoloft to 150 mg a day, but still only gives me 0ne xanax .5 mg a day for severe panic which doesn't even help anymore. My regular doctor was quite confused with why he would only give me such a small dose of anxiety medication, she gave me a prescription for klonipine 1 mg 2x's a day, it has helped a lot but when I have the sever attacks it does not prevent them and the xanax is not enough to help me, being my psych doctor will not up my xanax, should I ask my regular doctor... She said I have no coping skills and my body reacting with anxiety is what is keeping me sane.
- 27 Dec 2012 by brendaboo
- 31 December 2012
- xanax, zoloft, anxiety, panic disorder, doctor
Added 27 Dec 2012:
Also when I spoke to my family doctor, she said she believe I am suffering from PTSD, and that I do need therapy to deal with the issues that have traumatized me(I had my first panic attack at 9 years old)....Doctors so frown on giving out xanax anymore that I fear I will be denied. I just want to be able to function.
Hi brendaboo, YES, ask your doc for more! I've been where you now find yourself, and it's a living hell. I've found xanax to be quite efficacious, but only at a decent dose, it keeps panic attacks at bay and calms me down IF a big one hits. Your regular doctor is right, in this gurl's opinion, you need more. Twice a day is not enough for you, or so it sounds.
Ask for three or four, see what she says. I am able to take up to four miligrams of xanax, if I need it, and that is quite a lot. You sound as if you could use four to five times a day, one miligrams.
Lara (or #4, as I've been given a nickname by pledge)
I'm with Mc! And I'm #4 too. My pain doc prescribes 1 mg Xanax PRN which is 4 a day on most days. I take them as preventative and if a severe one is coming on, I'll take one and I don't feel my heart beating in my ears within 20 minutes. Klonopin is great for some people, much milder but also very very hard to get off of. I'm sure all benzos are but I know klonopin is brutal. I figure I will never be off Xanax so I'm not worried. Yes, we need coping skills but I'm sorry, when I'm driving and suddenly feel like I can't swallow, become short of breath, and like i am going to have a heart attack, I don't have time to think back to coping skills and talk myself down before I cause a car accident. I was started on .25 mg but worked up to 1's very quickly!!! Good luck! It's the worst feeling :-(
Hi brendaboo, welcome to the site. I agree with all who wrote to you. Personally, I don't think this current dr. Is taking you seriously enough or even possibly doesn't care. I think you need to find a dr. Who will listen, take you more seriously, and prescribe what your body/illness needs. I have suffered with anxiety/panic attacks my whole life, and due to the loss of almost all of my immediate family and other traumatic issues in my life, I too have PTSD. You don't need a dr who takes this lightly. It can, and has crippled me emotionally due to inadequate help! For years instead of going to a dr for appropriate meds, and therapy, I shoved my problems in a bottle. An alcohol bottle which not only numbed me out so much, I didn't have to worry about the anxiety and panic problems... It crippled me even worse and worse until I got off of it. I'm not implying you'll do this, but I am saying some people go to drastic measures when their in enough pain...
No matter what kind. And the same goes for the anxiety issues. It's pathetic the number of people that can get their hands ahold of these meds for recreational use, and sell or give them to others, yet you go to a dr sometimes and are either put under a microscope, or not given enough to help you... The one who really needs it, instead of a drug thug! I, personally have never had this problem due to having medical records that go way back proving am one of the ones who need it. But when I moved to another state for the first time, I will never forget going to the dr the first time and him lowering all my meds and rearranging them the first time he met me. It messed me up soo bad that I took myself to another psychiatrist with past medical records in hand and got somewhat straightened out! It has still been touch and go, and switch to this and that. But I had to find a good dr period, and I think you do too. I don't know what all has or is going on in your life, and its none of my business unless you choose to share, but the dr.s will not come to you're door. You have to look for a good one. Even though its a pain in your neck! Don't let anyone undermine what you're dealing with and give you very little help if you clearly need more. Please keep us updated, as to I will anxiously want to know how things are going with you. Please take care, and we are all here if you need us. I pray you find the help you need, hon! Your Friend, Ruthie
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