Okay I start having another panic attack about 45 minutes ago, I took a xanax and let it melt under my tongue and then drank some water, I am still panicky... something just does not seem right, when do you go to the hospital and just say, there is something really wrong with me, I can not get over the panic attacks-this is a first that it hasn't helped at all. I have the shaky feeling, and like I can't breath. Wow, I am just a mess!
What miligram is your xanax? If it's .25 it probably won't do much for the attacks you are experiencing. If it's one entire miligram or 1.0, then it should be helping calm you down a bit. You may need to take two miligrams for it to be effective, yet, NO doc in his/her right mind will prescribe that much for you to take several times a day. The only people that get large doses are usually really large guys, in my experience and I've been here about 3 years on this forum.
Maybe you should go to hospital and tell the emergency team that your meds are NOT working? Not a bad idea, your regular doc would be notified of your er visit, which would lend more credence to your complaint, not enough miligrams!
Good luck Brenda!
Brenda, I am so sorry you are going through all of that horrible anxiety. I know it's hard to focus when you're having a panic attack, but please try try try the relaxation breathing that other members have mentioned to you as it truly helps... if you're not able to do the breathing, or it doesn't help then go to the ER and tell them your meds are not working... my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you... pamee
1mg of xanax should hav an effect on a panic attack, I have suffered with sever anxiety and panic attacks almost my entire life. There are many different benzodiazapines and each works different for different people, u may need to try another one. Read up and study these benzodiazapines to better understand them. I think I know exactly what your feeling cause the same thing happened to me with atavan or lorazapam. Also xanax is a lil weird, I used to hate it cause it never helped me or even did anything until I started seein a doctor who was very knowledgeable in the benzo department, he informed me xanax has an extreamly high rate of having paradoxical effects when not perscribed at an adequate dose. I now swear by my xanax and believe it helps me more than any other anti anxiety medication I've been perscribed. It can actualy make your symptoms worse w/o an adequate dose because of the fast onset, peak, and extreamly fast plasma drop.
Usualy klonapin(clonazepam) is a safe bet, its strong enough for panic attacks and lasts longer than the short acting xanax. I also believe, (but don't know for sure), that clonazepam has one of the highest rates for success among panic & anxiety sufferers
Hi. First let me say i understand how you feel, truly. I don't know what milligram you use... i use 0.5mg. Sometimes i have to take a 2nd one. But, I wait about 15-20 minutes in between... try to distract your mind by doing something you enjoy, a light hearted favorite tv show, or chat with someone that is supportive about something light & fun. Distraction is the key. If you are still short of breath, you can take another. You may become drowsy, on the way back down. No driving or using equipment, stay away from caffeine including chocolate. If you feel like you need to cry, cry! Its cathartic and helps to release the intensity inside. If you have a place to lie down, do it. Try to stay calm. It feels like you may die, but you won't. You may feel lightheaded... but It will be ok. You will be ok too : )
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