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Offline NycJoe

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Anxiety Attacks
« on: August 02, 2011, 08:03:52 PM »
I have had anxiety attacks off and on for years.  Lately it has gotten much worse.  Years ago I took Xanax as needed and it always worked.  I stopped taking them after a while as the anxiety attacks lessened.  The Dr I have had for years does not like xanax as she feels it's addictive which I understand though I never had a problem with it.  So in the last year she has tried me on Lexapro, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin all of which I hated and did not work.  I am not depressed (of course panic attacks after a while get one there) so what kind of anti anxiety meds does anyone out there take that work for them?  I'm going to see her tomorrow and just beg her to give me something that works.  I'm tired of the heart palpitations, cold sweats, short of breath feelings.  Yes I have had my heart checked, stress test etc so good to go there.  It feels like a heart attack though!  Almost daily.... Which is driving me fucking nuts.  I start a new job in Sept and can't afford to have these at work.  Any insight much appreciated.

Joe

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 01:00:49 AM »
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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 05:49:33 AM »
Lorazepam
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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011, 07:37:50 AM »
Zyprexa.  Actually psychiatrists are using this more for anxiety, even though its original use was as an anti-psychotic.
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Offline NycJoe

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 02:22:54 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys.  Always like to learn what others are taking and what works for them.  My doctor gave me Xanax and propranolol.  Hopefully these will help!  We shall see....

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011, 08:17:22 AM »
Fairly soon after diagnosis, I started having anxiety attacks.  I'd never had them before, and they came as an unpleasant surprise, to say the least.  I took Prozac for several months, and they helped a lot; I felt really good and had no anxiety. 

One day, soon after taking my dose, I felt weird.  I can't explain it, but it's like the Prozac turned on me or something, and I never took it again.  At any rate, I've only had maybe one or two anxiety attacks since then (late '06).  When I start to feel anxious now, I try to recognize it for what it is, breathe deeply, etc... all the things one's supposed to do to to relieve anxiety.  This generally works.  When I need something stronger, I'll take a Klonopin (Clonazepam).  My Dr. will give me a couple prescriptions per year of them (30 each time).  When I ask for things like this, I'll say "with no refills; I'll call you if I need more".  He never seems to have a problem with it. 
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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 01:24:33 AM »
Lorazepam

I'll second that. It's not as strong as Xanax, the pills split easily by hand if you want to take half or a quarter, and it can be taken sublingually which means faster effects.

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 08:22:36 AM »
I'll second that. It's not as strong as Xanax, the pills split easily by hand if you want to take half or a quarter, and it can be taken sublingually which means faster effects.
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Offline Basquo

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2011, 09:04:49 AM »


Acturually klonopin is stronger than Xanax and valium. One of the strongest benzos there is. Trust me I have been on them all. Klonopin works the best!!

Correct. I suggested Lorazepam (Ativan) for the reasons I stated above. Sublingual, it's extremely fast acting but it's also mild enough to take during the day and still lets you be function. If I were to take Xanax, Valium or Klonopin it would most likely knock me out. I haven't had one of those in years.

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2011, 09:06:18 AM »
It's only stronger if you mean "longer half life" which, indeed, klonopin has a much longer half life than xanax. So if your anxiety is general and occurring regularly (like daily, and/or several times a day) klonopin is the more useful benzo-class drug. Xanax is good for specific anxiety, like taking before having laser surgery up your butt hole.

I always like to add that, while these drugs do indeed work, you're only going to solve this issue long term by cognitive behavioral therapy. Think of the medication as more of a band-aid until you get to the point through therapy that you can be weened off of them.
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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2011, 09:31:35 AM »
I always like to add that, while these drugs do indeed work, you're only going to solve this issue long term by cognitive behavioral therapy. Think of the medication as more of a band-aid until you get to the point through therapy that you can be weened off of them.

I agree. Benzodiazepines have their uses but the psychiatrists I work with prescribe them judiciously. They are not approved by the FDA for longterm use. Both psychological and physiological addiction can be a problem and there is evidence that prolonged use can cause cognitive problems. Cognitive behaviorial therapy is effective for treating anxiety.

Offline NycJoe

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Re: Anxiety Attacks
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2011, 11:07:26 AM »
I agree about behavior therapy (which I have had) and not using something like xanax regularly.  I have been on xanax a few times before and always only for a months supply which in the past has lasted me anywhere from 3-4 months or more  I just take as needed.  Not daily. However, when it is needed, wow does it work well.  At least for me.  Which comes in handy when I am at work or on an airplane so I don't look like some kind of freak that is sweating, out of breath, and  holding my chest.   

Joe

 


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