Hi all. Shortness of breath is my main complaint with anxiety. Do meds help with this symptom?
Question posted by sweeney01 on 6 April 2013
Last updated on 27 June 2018
Hello everyone... new here. I can't tell if I'm having panic attacks anxiety or what. I feel like I can't breathe and get chest pain and tightness. Scares me to death. Feels like I'm gonna die. I've had 2 stress tests and 2 echocardiogram in the past 3 years and multiple other tests. I'm convinced there's something wrong with my heart but I'm told I'm fine. I can't get it out of my head and feel like I'm going crazy. Klonopin is the only thing that gives relief. I've tried SSRI but all make me feel worse. I lost at the moment and need something to get me thru this. I 've been married 4 years and have a 2 year old and they need me to be there for them. I feel completely drained all the time. Work is becoming difficult to deal with as well. I've had to leave multiple times. I get dizzy and nausea and feel like I'm going to pass out. Can anyone relate?
Hi all, I've been feeling very uncomfortable & anxious. This is usually in a social environment & it's difficult given I work in a customer facing leadership role
I do feel like I'm not breathing well most the time also & at times I'm talking and need to grasp for air. I haven't had any panic attacks though.
I tend to read into things a lot at the moment & I think this has come from dramatic work changes/stress at work.
I haven't seen a doctor about this as it's hard to describe how I feel, any suggestions to assist?
SSRI's (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) SSRIs are the first choice of depression selected by health care professionals for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Commonly prescribed SSRIs include the following:
These are examples of benzos:
Helex, Xanax, Xanor, Onax, Alprox, Restyl, Tafil, Paxa
i think we benefit from these meds for anxiety and panic attacks.
Be sure to talk to you doc, Sweeney.
Peace be with you,
Panic attacks are awful. You really don't know when they are coming on. All of a sudden, you feel scared, frightened and all alone. You feel as though something bad is about to happen. I know xanax helps me. Sometimes, I can feel them coming on. I get this scared feeling. I then take a xanax and it helps. When you first notice the feelings, pls take your meds for anxiety. It does keep it from coming full force. God bless. You are not alone.
Hi again sweeney. I forgot about your having shortness of breath. That sounds more like a panic attack. You really need to talk to you doc. This can be avoided with the right med.
Peace, hope and Love,
Hi sweeney. I have the same problem. I take Klonopin and Lamictal and Gabapentin for anxiety. As soon as I realize I'm having anxiety, I take what my doc prescribed, which is Gab and Klonopin.
Anxiety is horrible. For me it leads into a panic attack. So, I have to catch it before it gets worse.
Please talk to your doc about this. There's lots of meds to take for anxiety. He/she will lead you right to the med you need for anxiety.
I'm here if you want to talk more. I think we're friends. If not, friend me, then we can have private conversations.
May peace be with you,
Shortness of breath is Very common with anxiety.
And the more anxious you are the harder it is to breath. That is usually how a Panic attack starts & your breathing becomes more rapid.
How often are you getting short of breath ? Also have you spoken to your Dr..about this yet?
Xanax is a good medication that works fast for panic attacks. But if you are having shortness of breath alot then your Dr. will put you on a extended release med.
A good & easy breathing technique to practice & use when you are anxious & having problems getting your breathing under control.
To learn this you put a hand onto your stomach then take a Very deep breath thru your NOSE ONLY.
You should feel your stomach rising & keep taking in as much air as possible & then hold it for a few seconds.
Blow SLOWLY THRU YOUR MOUTH with your lips pursed. Keep Blowing air out until you cannot blow Anymore air out.
With your hand still on your stomach you will find it will go down.
Repeat these steps until your breathing slows down to a normal pattern. By doing this you will get your anxiety & heart rate & shortness of breath to a NORMAL pattern.
I hope this helps you & any others out.
Take care, Kathy
Dear sweeney, I do think my Klonopin helps me with my shortness of breath.
It is really noticeable if i am forced to go without, I can hardly breathe...
But of course my smoking does not help... D-Squared*
Had that just this morning. Unfortunately not unusual for me (though it's only a couple times a week now), I end up taking a xanax. Not the best way to handle this, but it's all that has worked for me. I'm hoping someone out there will have an answer that might work for both of us and anyone else who is dealing with it. Hang in there.
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