I am a 39 year old male who is terrified of my anxiety medicines. I have had anxiety for the past 4-5 years. It was pretty much manageable until this past January when I had a massive panic attack that seemed to last for weeks. Since then I am unable to leave my "safe zones" I go to work throughout the week. On the weekends I pretty much stay home. When I am left home alone I have panic attacks. My quality of life has drastically declined. I have seen my primary care physician several times and been prescribed: Xanax 2.5 mg as needed, hydroxyzine 2 times a day 20 mg, and Prozac 10 mg for 10 days then up to 20 mg once daily. I am terrified of taking any of these medicines. I see a therapist as well. All my therapist talks about is my fear of medication and I do not get much out of our sessions. I feel I need the medication (Prozac) but I can not bring myself to try it. My main concerns are side effects and I feel once I start I will be trapped into a life of being on medicines. I have read several horror stories regarding medication. Can anybody here give positive details about taking Prozac? Has anybody overcome this anxiety on their own? Thanks in advance!