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1/21/10 11:42 A

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I've been on meds for about 15 years or so and probably should have been on them sooner. Zoloft worked for a long time. Then I developed anxiety and it no longer helped with anything. After trying a few different meds I am not on Celexa & seems to be under control again. The anxiety just seemed to come out of nowhere. I started obsessing over stupid stuff and could not for the life of me get a handle on it.

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1/21/10 9:00 A

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Whooo so medication! I've been on medication for most of my life. Since I was diagnosed with depression in first grade, I think I was on prozac in elementary school? Anyways, 7th grade is when my panic disorder emerged and since then I've been on paxil, lexapro, and celexa. I don't really recall but, I think the paxil helped? At some point the Dr. decided to put me on celexa, I think I was at 20mg. About the same time I believe I was given xanax .5mg as needed for panic attacks. Then the Dr. decided to try lexapro. Completely awful for me. I remember sitting in my favorite teacher's classroom trying to pay attention to her and I couldn't focus for the life of me. I went home and told my mom that I needed to go back and get my meds changed again. Back to celexa! Bear in mind through all of this I was really horrible at taking my medication properly everyday because part of my anxious thoughts focused on "what if i have a reaction to the medication that's bad? what if somehow it kills me?". Bleh. Anyways, my freshmen year of college proved difficult. I ran into the cycle of staying up all night terrified and sleeping during the day. My sophomore year I had a break down of sorts and I went to visit family in Arizona and seek the advice of a different psych than the one had been seeing. Finally something clicked, he diagnosed me with obsessive compulsive symptoms which in turn had been creating the anxiety. Some days I'm not even sure if this makes sense to me but, it clicked at that point and I started feeling really great. He had me on 60mg of Celexa and .5mg of Klonopin as needed. Everything was great for a couple of years, everything was starting to fall into place. Then at some point the meds stopped working or an added stress kicked at me. This time the depression started in, the doc(not the one from AZ, since I'm not there right now) added Abilify to my meds. Strangely this helped with the depression but, my anxiety came back. It really is a yo yo effect with my anxiety and depression. Since then I've kind of been stuck. I'm making a big move to AZ in February so, I should be able to see the awesome psych again. I'll def. keep everyone updated!

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I take Zoloft too (100 mg every morning and 100 mg every night). I have Xanax, but that doesn't seem to work that well with me -- I just get tired! But, it all takes time to get into our systems that's for sure! Have you asked your dr. about Klonopin? You could possibly feel good results with the combo of the Zoloft and Klonopin -- so, if you don't feel a difference in a bit, ask your dr. and see what they say or what else they could offer.

As to getting out of the house -- baby steps, hun. Just go out and stand outdoors at first -- breathe in the air. Put a headset on and your favorite music -- start humming to the music and slowly start walking around your yard. Concentrate on the music and the air! It can help and give it a try and let me know how it works for you. I care and I know what it feels like not wanting to leave the house -- but one step at a time and we can do it! Hugs to you!

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I just started seeing my psychiatrist, who is wonderful, and started some medications. I take 150mg of Zoloft daily and 1mg Xanax twice a day. The Zoloft hasn't kicked in yet and I think I grew immune to the Xanax - either that, or the only reason I felt a result from it initially was from neurons firing after my appointment, which eventually wore off.

I'm trying to get to the point where I can leave my house to at least take a walk.

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You're so right -- it makes us feel more comfortable knowing that we DO understand and we DO understand the need to take certain medications -- plus, what meds works for some of us and not for others!

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I have suffered from anxiety my whole life. I am 47, and am still dealing with trauma from my childhood. I started taking Cymbalta, and take Klonipin .5mgs at bedtime every other night. I just found out that my thyroid is underactive. I just started taking medication for this as well. I have been on the Cymbalta for a couple of weeks, and feel better. I do have days where I feel sleepy, and kind of dopey. I am glad I found this site, because it helps in knowing there are others who go through the same types of issues.

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My drs have me on .5 Clonazepam 2 times a day; 100 mg Zoloft 2 times a day; Xanax, if needed, and 50 mg. of Trazodone at bedtime! I feel like I'd rattle if you shook me! Plus, another med for another Autoimmune condition. I've been on these medications for a few years and I wish there was a way to "get off" or at least lower the dosages, but with my life and stress, they say, stay on, and in so many ways, I'd be "afraid" to go off.

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I have tried Effexor for anxiety. I personally didnt not notice any change in my behaviour. The only changes I noticed in myself were that I was remembering my dreams which i never did before, and I started getting headachs almost weekly (from one a year or less is a big change). I started at 37.5 mg then went up from there to 150 i think. It definatly was not what i needed. I was in a really bad time and needed something faster acting. After a few months on it i missed a day or two accidently of the medication (away from home or something) and i decided not to go back on them to see what mightr happen. As much as i can tell and my boyfriend can tell there have been no changes in my behaviour at all. I can still remember my dreams and still get the headachs. Im worried about going back to the doctor and going thru the whole process again because it took so long to get the first prescription and i dont want to get more headachs.

I have social anxiety which i can generally hide from most people. but im tired of doing it. most people just dont understand when i just want them to not know anything about my personal life and routines. I find once people know your routine they expect certain things which is what buggs me, i am me and i will not jump through your hoops.

anyone else like this?

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I have been off meds for about 10 years and have just started again. I have zoloft 25mg once a day and xanax .25mg once daily. So far no side effects. i started the zoloft first then added the xanax about 3 days later so I could distiguish if there was a difference. I have some lung problems but my Dr. keeps saying a lot of the symtoms are my nerves. I just don't know.I have PTSD and abnormal diffusion of air in my lungs.

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Have been taking meds for GAD for most of my adult life. I tried functioning without them. Impossible! As in the case of many people, my anxiety/depression is genetic. Both of my parents suffered from this and all my siblings. About four years ago, I began having severe anxiety attacks and visited the hospital several times because my family also has a long history of heart disease and I felt as though I was having a heart attack each time. I haven't experienced a severe attack since then because I take meds, try to eat properly most of the time and exercise. This Christmas was the first in many years that I didn't experience anxiety/depression on a major scale. I also have a deep faith in God and know that no matter what, He is with me. No, I don't think He is going to take this away, but He will help me get through it each day. Have a wonderful New Year, All.

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After seeing my psychiatrist this past week and again complaining about how tired I am all the time, we decided to lower the dosage from 150mg to 112.5mg. Since I didn't seem to be better at 75mg but 150 worked well, maybe 112.5 will still work well and not affect my energy so much? I hope.. I don't remember being this tired when I started the 75mg. So today is my 3rd day on the new dose and at least I can say any withdrawal effect from the small decrease is minimal and tolerable.

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I eat 10 mg of Cipralex (Lexapro in the States, I think) every morning. It made me more stable after a couple of months of horrible side effects when my body got used to them.

I swear, as fast as I'm finished with all the exams next school year, I'll try to get off them. I think I'm stable enough to try to handle my anxiety on my own now. If not, I'll start them again.

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I started taking it in the morning for awhile, then when I felt tired all the time I discussed w/the doctor trying to take it in the evening or at night to see if it made a difference, which it didn't. So now I'm back to mornings.

I did start at 37.5 mg for a week, then 75mg for a few weeks... I don't remember being so tired at that dosage. But I also didn't feel that dosage was helping my anxiety at all...

I am definitely going to talk to my doctor. I see him again soon. I also don't plan on taking the Xanax anymore since it doesn't help anyway.

Has anyone ever tried taking anything like Provigil or Nuvigil to help stay alert through the day? I think I will ask my doctor about that.

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I have never noticed that Effexor made me sleepy. Do you take yours at bedtime then? I take mine in the morning and can function fine, with driving or any tasks.
If you are falling asleep while driving, that is very dangerous!! I think you need to talk with your Dr. You may need a lower dose to start with and gradually increase to your present dose. I wouldn't take the Xanax along with the Effexor if the Effexor is making you so tired.
It's really important that you talk with your doc about this!
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Hey everyone, I just joined this team and wanted to say hi..

I take Effexor, started taking it in August, and right now I'm at 150mg. I had taken Lexapro 10mg for about two years before that but felt it wasn't helping anymore and maybe really never did as much as it should have in the first place. My main issue is social anxiety, specifically speaking in front of a group and going to new places by myself. I know I've gotten a lot better over the years but I still beat myself up over things sometimes. I've struggled with anxiety since as far back as I can remember, and now I'm 25.

The interesting thing is I am working on a master's degree in psychology and having to work with individuals who struggle with anxiety and depression, while at the same time I often have problems with these too.

One thing I've noticed is since I started taking the Effexor I am SO tired... no matter how much sleep I get, I have trouble staying awake. I have fallen asleep in class and even started dozing while driving. Has anyone else had this problem? I am thinking of trying something else, except I feel like the Effexor has helped better than the Lexapro did and I just wish I wasn't always so tired. I also have tried Xanax 1-2 as needed, but never felt a difference in my anxiety level. I've heard it should kick in within 15 minutes or so but it just doesn't work for me I guess. However, it DOES put me to sleep.. not good when I'm already tired.

I saw that someone mentioned that their psychiatrist told them to just stop their meds - it's funny because so did mine. Not right now, but when I told him things I had heard about Effexor and bad withdrawal he said most people can just stop and it wouldn't really be noticeable to them. When I was 17 I took Paxil and just stopped that cold turkey, and it was horrible! So I know now that if I do stop meds, I will taper no matter what I'm told.

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I have been taking 300mg of Effexor for over a year and have been weaning off of it because my doctor wants me to switch to Pristiq. In the past, I would have exactly the symptoms you described if I forgot to take the Effexor. However, since I started weaning off of it (37.5mg less every two days - and I'm now down to 112.5mg), I have had zero withdrawal symptoms. Of course everyone is different, but at least you know now that there is someone who had an uneventful discontinuation. I can understand your anxiety about it though, I felt the same way about discontinuing it. There are a lot of scary stories on the Internet. Fortunately, those stories reflect only one side of the experience.

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Hey everyone. I have been on Effexor for about a year now. My husband swears that it is working and I'm much calmer. I missed talking my meds two days in a row last week and I will NEVER do that again. I didn't know that my brain would start racing every which way, my eyes were bugging out. I was shaking and dizzy. I could barely function. I had to go home from work to lay on the couch and regroup.

Anyone else ever experience this? Will this side effect occur again when the doctor starts to wean me off?

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I think I've had a really good response to the last few days of Seroquel. Today we're beginning the wean off of Effexor and adding Pristiq to the mix. I'm a bit anxious about adding the Pristiq. I've had a couple of good days in a row and I don't want to mess up was seems it could be a trend.

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I just started taking Seroquel for a chronic Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I was pretty taken aback when my doctor suggested it because, from what I understand, it is a pretty strong antipsychotic. Has anyone else been prescribed Seroquel for anxiety? If so, what were your experiences and how long did it take to start working?

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The only thing I don't like about the nice fuzzy woozy feeling is that I haven't been able to accomplish much today (not focused or confident that it won't affect my work), but mainly I just sat around today because I felt sick. I get a small gag reflex when I yawn or swallow water. Slight headache, a little numbness in the lips. I will probably call my doctor tomorrow after taking a second dose, noting side effects, and update her on how it's affecting me just to be safe.

There are so many meds out there and they all affect people differently so I know a lot of it is just trying it out, narrowing down what works best and with minimal side effects. The process just makes me uneasy as well. I've never been big on taking pills but the anxiety has reached a level where I really wanted something just to knock it down so I could handle the high stress right now (unemployment being the big part) and until I can find a good way to reduce and control it. I have noticed that exercise has helped and SP has really helped me stay focused on exercising, for which I am very grateful.

In the past (2002), I was put on Paxil for about a month - and I think I slept the whole month. This is the first time since then that I am trying it again. I am paying for my own insurance at the moment and with it the meds (for a 2-month supply) cost me a painful $200. I plan on running through the two months unless any serious symptoms come up or I can't stand it, and then talk with my doctor about what I liked, what I didn't, and if there is another option that is cheaper. I can't afford $100 a month, not even with any new job I get, unless it is just that wonderful and makes me see bunnies and sunshine (forgive me sarcastic humor- it's how I get through the days sometimes).

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'll keep them in mind.


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I will be honest with you. Within 48 hours of starting Pristiq, I felt stoned. But since I live in a state of constant anxiety, I did not care AT ALL. For the first time in ages, I just moved smoothly through my day with no panic attacks. I did experience dry mouth and headaches, severe, both of which have disappeared.

If you go two more weeks on Effexor, and I have a friend who swears by that, might change to Pristiq...my side effects two and a half weeks in are minimal and my life has already turned around.

I do not know what is waiting for me at the pharmacy in terms of copay....i know there is no generic, but I am lucky to be insured. What do you pay, may I ask?

YOu may do well on Celexa or something that is available in generic format. I did ZOloft and Celexa (much better) in my twenties with good results.

I hope some of this helps. All the best. Write me privately if you need any personal support.

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I just started anxiety meds today - and I feel woozy and nauseous. I'm on Venlafaxine (Effexor), which would have been nice to know the cost before it was put through the pharmacy. I thought this whole process was supposed to reduce anxiety, but between insurance, money, and med. effects...ugh. Makes you wonder if dealing with the anxiety was better than seeking help. I don't feel particularly anxious at the moment, nothing but woozy and sickness.

Typically, how long does it take to adjust to meds, and how do you know if the meds are just not right for you, or any meds for that matter?

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I am one of those people that would not give up my meds. I know what I am like without them. I am either in the pits of depression or in the highs of mania. Or just anxious as can be worrying about what's going to happen next. I am Depakote as a mood stabilizer, Effexor and Trazodone for antidepressants and sleep, I also take Lorazapam 1 mg PRN for anxiety or sleep.

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You know it's interesting to note how many folks complain about weight gain on anti depressants. I am one of those who eat a whole lot more when depressed, and I don't exercise. Anti D's have the opposite effect on me. I feel energetic and just, not so....low. I am able to stay in calorie range and the added benefit of exercise is just a wonderful appetite suppressant.

Regardless...and I do mean this, there is nothing, not even weight, that would make me, at this point, stop taking these meds...I shouldn't say that...but there is nothing like worrying all the time so much so that you have no life and cannot tolerate the little things in life. It's been awful.

I wish everybody here the best, on or off meds, changing meds, getting fit. We can do it, and support each other in the meantime! Chronic anxiety is hard, in my case genetic along maternal lines...and we all deserve a worry free life.

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I myself was on prozac for a while but got weaned off and slowly put on celexa. I have to say celexa is by far the best treatment i have ever had but that is just my personal experience.

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I'm sorry for the setback. Possibly it's too soon for you to be completely off medication, if it is affecting your life negatively.
I know a lot of people have the desire to be off meds, but it isn't always possible, just like a diabetic who needs insulin.
Maybe you need to discuss it further with your doc.
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Yes, I am. My doc weaned me off of welbutrin. I was determined to face this without meds. I have read about and am trying to put into practice deep breathing etc. But there are so many places that I am having trouble going now. And my kids lives do not stop because I need to slow down and get a grip. I have 3 kids in sports and attending their games etc is becoming so hard! I guess I am getting impatient and very discouraged. I thought I had it together and then I had that big attack and it really set me back. I really just want to feel normal again. :(

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I hope that if you are getting off your medication, you are doing it with your Dr.'s support and direction.
There can be some unpleasant withdrawals otherwise.
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Hello. This is my first post :) I went off my anti-depressant med about 2 months ago. I was feeling confident about not having panic attacks. And was doing well! I was so proud of myself. Then I had the worst one I ever had about 2 weeks ago now. I am having a terrible time now! ugh. I have ativan - but i think i have built up a tolerance to it and am trying to not take it as much now. Quite a few years ago I was on Paxil for postpartum depression - long before I ever even knew what a panic attack was - I gained a lot of weight on Paxil. But I remember feeling so confident and happy. I even hosted a bridal shower for my friend. I never would have been comfortable talking to a group that large etc, before! I wish now I could find a med that worked liked Paxil, but did not have the weight gain side effect! (I gained like 40 pounds!) Can anyone tell me the best med for panic attacks? But without the weight gain problem? That would be wonderful!

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I'm finally getting off all medication. What a delight!!!

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I just joined the forum; this is my first week on Pristiq after not having taken anything for almost a decade. I am having side effects like dry mouth and jittery stuff, however, it's diminishing. I can't believe how much better I feel right now - i was totally against medications...anyhow, so far so good. I hear that the natural supplement melatonin, which you can get at your health food store, can help you fall asleep at night and is not as dehydrating as Benadryl. Anybody else on Pristiq?

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I cut out the xanax as I didn't know if that was causing my legs to swell. It was the latest of meds the dr. prescribed for me and that was right before our vacation.
Then, on the television the other nite, I saw that "lyrica" can cause swelling in the face and that is still happening to me so I cut out half of the lyrica the dr. prescribed to see how that works. I cannot cut out all of it as I need it for the extreme pain in my feet---the nerves were damaged in my car accident when my feet were exposed overnite in the winter time. Two pills a day never affected me with swelling in the face, but when he increased it to four, two times a day, then my face swelled up like a pumpkin.
I would love to know if others have had this reaction to either xanax or lyrica. It seems I have become very sensitive to all meds in this dept.!
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The meds I am on: Effexor and Remeron for depression, Risperdal for a mood stabilizer, Clonazepam and Lorazepam for anxiety and panic, do not make me feel like a zombie, and don't seem to be causing weight gain either. I've been having a bit of trouble getting the weight off, but I haven't been exercising as I should, and I often eat too few calories in a day, which doesn't help. I don't do that on purpose, but just don't seem to have much of an appetite.
I hope your med check appt. goes well, and maybe you can get some answers for you.
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I love your question Lynnes6. I would also like to hear the same comments/recommendations/suggestions...

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I appreciate your coming to an understanding that the meds help you function better than you would without them. I am still struggling with that issue.

I have med check appointment this Tuesday. Does anyone have experience with meds for anxiety and/or depression that do not cause weight gain* or make you feel like a zombie?

*Doc says the pill in itself does not cause weight gain. Well, yeah, but ...

I really would appreciate your suggestions and experiences.

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I take zoloft for depression.
I use geodon, trileptal, topomax and lamictal for mood disturbances.
And for anxiety I use klonopin, buspar, and visteral.
Plus I am taking Flaxseed and B-Complex.

I have spent since last summer addressing the mood disturbances to rectify that part of it when I think the anxiety was really bothering me.

I have spent since this spring rectifying the anxiety medication. With the help of my medical staff, of course.

However, I have been doing a lot better.

I still have some issues with sleep but part of that has to do with habits and some of it just comes and goes. I do not specifically take meds for sleep because I end up way too tired the next day.

I know I could not function properly without my meds, I have finally come to an understanding of that point thereby making it easier to cope with taking all of these meds and functioning better in everyday life.

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Thank you Leslie, I hope too next time I have somebody who knows what they are doing.
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Thanks Leslie. I'll ask the pharmacist :-)

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I don't think Benadryl has alcohol in it, but you could check with the pharmacist. It also comes in capsule form, which is what we used to give to our elderly patients in place of a sleeping pill (I'm a retired RN). It worked wonderfully.
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Thanks for sharing. Does benadryl have alcohol in it? I'm an alcoholic in recovery ~ hence the question :-)

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Here is something I'd like to share with those of you who can't sleep. It's been my biggest issue for quite a while. Once it got so bad, I called my psychiatrist, and he mentioned all kind of medications which I however did not want to take, finally he said, you may as well take benadryl (OTC). Which I did. Worked beautifully, 1-2 tablespoons at night. Then, the funny thing I talked to an old psychiatrist of mine in Germany, and when I told him that story, he said, why, we give that to our patients a lot. Hey, I'm not recommending anything, but maybe check it out with your own doctor.
I have been fine for the last couple of months, but now it's back, and for the last 3 days I took it, and I sleep through the night and I'm so much calmer of course.

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I'm surprised that the psychiatrist just told you to stop the med, without tapering back down! I'm glad you don't see that psychiatrist any more. I hope next time you are ready to try a med, you will find a more compassionate one.
Best wishes to you!
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Thank you .
My general family doctor is the one who prescribed the meds to me. I agree, I shouldn't have had to suffer that long, but being the first medication for anxiety/depression I didn't know what to expect. But as it went on I knew something was not right and it was pretty scary. I was told also by my psychiatrist to just stop taking them. So I did. Bad advice I guess.
Thankfully I do not see that psychiatrist anymore!
Appreciate all the advice too.


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Was the prescribing Dr. a psychiatrist, or a general practitioner? Whenever I've been with a psychiatrist and have had very negative effects from a new med, I've been told to get off it, rather than suffering with it for 6 weeks. It is true that a med can take up to 6 weeks to reach its full effect, but you shouldn't have had to suffer for a month while waiting! And, when coming off a med, you need to be told how to do that safely, and not just stopping cold, which can cause more problems.
I'm really sorry that happened to you.
If you do decide to go back on meds, I hope it will be with a psychiatrist, and one who is willing to hear what you are saying.
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Thanks Leslie for replying. Well my doctor kept telling me to 'wait it out' because it could take up to 6 weeks to work. Eventually I had enough, and I was scared of what could happen, so I told her I was stopping. I am not sure if I need meds now though, I am working with a group for anxiety, have seen a therapist (may go back to her once group is over) and hope that helps. If not though, I think meds may be in store, since by then I will have done everything I can on my own.
Glad your meds work well for you too.
Thanks again appreciate the response!

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I'm sorry the Effexor affected you so badly, but you shouldn't have had to stay on it for a whole month with those side effects. Any time you are having a bad reaction to a med, your doc needs to know right away so you can be taken off it safely.
Anti-depressants are certainly not all the same, and each med works differently on each person. Don't be afraid to try something else. You may find that the next med is just the right one for you, or you may have to try a few, as I did.
I am on Effexor and it works well for me, and I am also on Remeron, which I take at bedtime to help me sleep.
This is something you should be working with a psychiatrist on, since they are the most qualified to prescribe medications for depression and anxiety.
Best wishes to you!
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Good topic.

I was on Effexor for a month last year and had a horrible experience. It was really scary actually. Felt numb, I reacted slowly and could not find the right words a lot, had trouble concentrating, hallucinations, anxiety, insomnia, hyper....and also the withdrawal was horrible as well, I had migraines, nausea, tired, etc. I know it is something that has helped others, but I am now really scared to take any medication for anxiety/depression.



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Snow~ I know EXACTLY what you mean about Wellbutrin. Did nothing, except make my anxiety worse. I had my mouth all chewed up, migraines from clenching my jaws all the time. I went off that, Dr. put me on Cymbalta. What a difference it has made for me. I also take 2mg of klonipin 2x/day. I take 1/2 in the morning, 1/2 in the afternoon, then 1mg at night to help me sleep. I feel like like a new person. I don't have body pains and getting sleep, makes all the difference in the world!

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I have tried several antidepressants. Wellbutrin just made things worse ("like pouring gasoline on a fire" is how my doctor put it). Prozac helped but made me sleepy all the time. Celexa helped more, but made me even more sleepy. Finally, Lexapro worked as well as Celexa, but doesn't make me sleepy. That's working for me right now. (Of course, the one that works for me would have to be the one with no generic, so that I have to pay $$$ every month. Oh well -- it's worth it.)

It has made a HUGE difference for me. I can shrug and deal with things.

Never tried any of the Valium-like meds. I don't think it would work for me; I don't really have acute panic attacks, just an ongoing background level. I need something that builds up and keeps working.

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Aseeral,

I've been on Celexa for almost three years. My doctor said I will have to probably take it the rest of my life due to recurring depression and anxiety issues. What a difference it has made for me. I still have issues with being in public but I can now function. I haven't had a depressive episode in over four years. If you decide to try it, start out slow to see if it works.

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I have felt so tired lately, I went to the Doctor to have some blood tests done. They all came out normal, so the Doctor really thinks it is Anxiety/Depression since I have several family members who are on Medication for Anxiety/Depression. He wants to give me a prescription for Celexa. I guess I'm just trying to decide if I should start into a medication (since I'm nervous about it) or if it will make a huge difference. I don't know much about Celexa, as most of my family is on Paxil.

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I am on a generic brand of Prozac called fluoxetine. Been on it for over two years and it does help. When I am feeling like a panic attack could happen I have xanax as a put the fire out kind of thing, I only take those on really bad days or if I need to get through a work day and I am having issues in the morning.


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I am on lithium, trileptal, geodon and desyrel... all of them are for anxiety and/or depression. I also have clonazepam as needed but I dont take it too much only in extreme cases.

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Lexapro doubled.

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Help. I am new to this team, but have been on SP since January 2008. I have taken lorazapam for probably 15 years to be able to sleep. My doctor told me I have to come off it. I've come off very slowly and have been on buspar for less than a week in addition to citalapram. Since coming off lorazapam, the GAD has increased horribly, and I don't want to leave the house, and have given up all the activities I was involved in. My biggest anxiety is not being able to sleep. I couldn't sleep even as a child. I hated giving up the lorazapam because I got a good night's sleep and it never lost it's effectiveness. But since I'm 63, the doctor said I must come off it, since it makes older folks lose their memory. Another one of the joys of aging! Has anyone ever come off bezodiazapines? I can stay awake all night or get only 2-3 hours of sleep and still manage to function. By the fourth day, I'm so exhausted that I finally sleep, but it's not too restful. How long does it take the buspar to work?

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You guys are so luck that you can take meds to help all I can take is depakote and xanex antidepressants almost killed me I am hypersensitive to them my husband found me 30 more minutes I would not be here. No I have to do the best I can, and I still try to work.

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i've been on Lexapro for 5+ years now, and it has really changed my life and lessened my anxiety and depression to a great extent (thank goodness).

i also take Lorazepan as needed, which is not that often these days!

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That's great...I did that with the Cymbalta I am on..was taking 2 daily now down to 1
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Finally down to just one: Clonazepam.

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Thanks CGEMMEL! Yes, the "edge" does seem to be off my life right now - which is fantastic!

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Happy to hear you feel better. It is wonderful when you lose the grip of anxiety and can be more positive about your life and have confidence in yourself. Keep up the good work!

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Actually on Lexapro and it seems to be doing the trick. SO much difference to my life now.

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Was put on Aropax (Paxil) and had an allergic reaction (like I did with Zoloft earlier this year.

Going to try Effexor and see how i go.

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I was just put on Paxil one week ago and my anxiety is gone. Not even joking, I don't have it one bit. I feel more than a 1000% better then I have in over 3 years. It's incredible. I'm finally happy again! emoticon

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Welcome Emma - you have a lot on your plate and you've come to the right place! Sounds like you're doing the best you can but it's hard to hang in there at times. Funny how you think some day your parenting issues will all be gone but then you realize it's a life long journey, and you wouldn't want it any other way.

I think it's important to realize that taking care of yourself is the best way to help the rest of your family. I am struggling to get rid of 20 lbs. I put on after taking Paxil when my mother died. That was 7 yrs. ago today. I know I can do it but it sure takes time.

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Hi everyone. My name is Emma & I'm new on this team. I'm married & have 3 wonderful sons & a step-daughter & son. Between the 5 children, we have 9 precious grand kids; 5 girls & 4 boys.
I think when I first noticed anxiety was when my oldest son was deployed to Iraq 4 years ago & he's a father to 2 beautiful girls. It was hard on them to have him so far away & they were constantly upset. I think I had it longer but that is when it reared it's ugly head. My second oldest son & his wife divorced 2 years ago & they have 2 wonderful boys so at this point the anxiety got worse. Then to add more to the mix, last July where I worked for almost 8 years, we were told that October 1st was our last day of employment that they were closing down the pharmacy. Well, that was a kick in the teeth. Then my second oldest son got deployed to Iraq this January and again not a easy thing to accept. We do get to see our 2 grandsons every other weekend but it's hard because they were constantly at our house visiting or staying overnight.
My Dr. had me on Zoloft 2 X daily to start, it worked for a while but eventually I had to go on Cymbalta 2 x daily & Ativan at night so I could get some sleep. That did the trick but now I cut back, I do not have to take the Ativan & instead take Tylenol PM to get my sleep & cut back on the Cymbalta to 1 x daily. So far that has been working really well for me.
I'm also on bio identical hormone replacement therapy & that is when all my weight problem started so, of course, that added to my anxiety problems. I gain 30 lbs due to this therapy & I'm really upset about the whole thing. So this is where my BFFL told me about SP & I'm a member since March '09. I am hoping that I will lose weight but it's going to be a rough road because of all the meds I'm taking but I am not quitter, I have & will continue to fight this weight problem so I need all the support & friendship I can get.
Thanks to all who read this & understand me.
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I think it's best to ask a doctor. In my case, I prefer a long-term daily anti-anxiety med because it evens me out all the time and I get to feel like myself instead of anticipating the next anxiety attack. And I have to add that the counseling to modify my behavior did the real trick, but I was lucky to have my insurance cover most of it. Good luck, Carol

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I take zanax for my attacks. They take awhile to kick in--maybe I need a stronger dose. My attacks occur once a week on the average.Any input would be appreciated.

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I take the generic for Celexa. I started about 7 yrs. ago on Paxil which really helped but over two years I gained 20 lbs. Doctor put me on Effexor but i was too shaky and had no appetite. I would've lost weight I guess but would have never slept! Then I tried Lexapro which was weight neutral and really worked well for several years. The only reason I switched to the generic for Celexa was because it was similar to Lexapro and so much cheaper. I too like many tried to stop the meds but I had panic attacks again. I started with GAD in my teens before anyone knew about it (that was the 60s). I lived a life of avoiding that which made me anxious and had some hard times. I finally sought help when my mother died and I couldn't cope (I was 51). I highly recommend counseling with a good cognitive behavioral specialist. I also practice tai chi which is a good way to move the energy through your body. Besides learning to recognize what I most feared, I learned that I would build up lots of excess adrenaline that needed to be worked off by walking or other exercise. I try to do deep breathing exercises every morning and night. I'm doing well with the anxiety now. My biggest fear is having a panic attack while I'm traveling. I'm working on that. It's great to read all your posts. Good luck!

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Hi Tammy!

I welcomed you at the intro thread. I can understand your worries about the meds. Alot of the antianxiety meds do cause drowsiness...clonozepam being one of them. I take ativan which is in the benzo family and at first it made me really groggy, but after a week or so it wore off and I am more accustomed to it. I find if I take it about 30 minutes before bed time it helps me not to wake up so groggy too.

I really hope that you can find some relief so that you can have some enjoyment while in NY. I tend to avoid things and push them out of my mind as well. For me it has made things worse than had I just dealt with them in the first place.

While on your trip practice some deep breathing techniques and positive affirmations to yourself. I hope this helps some. I'm glad to have you here on the team.

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5/5/09 9:18 P

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Hello, I am new to this site, but not new to Sparks -have been a member since January '08, and unfortunatly experiencing anxiety isn't new to me either. -Twenty years ago, my doctor put me on Bur Spar (sp)...didn't like it, didn't take it. so for the next twenty or so years i went without any meds. Not so bad, most times. There are times when I look back through the last ten years of my life and wonder how I was ever able to "feel so normal" so much of the time.
After months of thinking about it, I finally asked my doctor for a prescription for Clonozepam -though I fear anxiety medications, here lately I've been feeling more afraid without them. I am a smoker, who is trying to quit, I have a trip with the high school band with my sixteen year old daughter, coming up in less than two days, and I want to be able to enjoy this trip with my wonderful child. So far I've done nothing but freak out over it, and try to push it out of my mind so I can at least function.
I began taking the clonozepam today, took .25mg. the prescription is for every twelve hours as needed for anxiety. I wanted to try it today, because I wanted to know how it might effect me before I leave for New York. I just took my second dose this evening, and feeling groggy, will that feeling go away? I am a nurse, with a book shelf full of medication books, but for me, it's the human experience that I find the most reliable.
-Oh and seeing a post from Danielle10...motivated me to reply to this thread, because, I too have a hard time walking by myself, I get so afraid and I haven't the slightest idea why. Thanks Danielle10, your simple post gave me some comfort and I don't feel so alone. I would love to go walking, just for the sake of walking outside, and not be so darn afraid...
Thank you to all who read my post, and I believe I am going to find some comfort here!
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5/5/09 3:58 P

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I take Paxil and xannax. They help, but I have also found that deep breathing and exercise helps a great deal. Hugs Roni

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5/5/09 11:29 A

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SPUNKY420:
I am having almost the exact same issues as you with the cipralex. I also need to take acid reducers all the time due to the serious heartburn Im getting. I also just yesterday had the same stabbing pain under my armpit and through my chest like you described. After a few hours of pain it went away, and I have not had it back though. I hope I never get that back! Have you talked to your doctor about that? I never thought those things were connected, but I guess maybe they are.

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Hi! I'm a newbie here - and I'm on Zoloft, Klonopin, Trazodone and, when needed, Alprazom. The drs. just keep adding to my list. But, I have found that Trazodone (at bedtime) has been the latest life saver for me -- it aids the other anti-depressants and helps me get to sleep. Winds me down big time!

But I have found that concentrating on my positives and ignoring my negatives have been working wonders! And, I'd love to get off some of these medications!!


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I am currently taking Lithium and Effexor XR. The Effexor XR is supposed to treat both my depression and anxiety disorders, and I do see a marked improvement, but I feel it's not working to its full potential. The Lithium isn't for my anxiety, but rather to stabilize my moods, especially being on an antidepressant, because I am diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II as well.

I have been prescribed Ativan (Lorazepam) in the past, but it didn't do much to help my anxiety. I've also taken Klonopin (Clonazepam) once when I had a major panic attack at work a few years ago, and that helped immensely, and almost immediately... but I don't have a prescription for that. I'm hesitant to ask my doctor about anti-anxiety medication because I don't want him to feel like I'm trying to self-medicate or that I want it to abuse. I do have a history of experimentation with drugs, and smoking pot, up until recently. When I got pregnant, I gave up all of that.

I know there is nothing wrong with asking, and that the worst he can do is say no, but I am still unjustly afraid (this is part of my anxiety disorder). I am fearful of what *could* happen to the point that I refuse to do whatever it is I am afraid of, and the whole situation kind of snowballs, as things get worse, and I get more afraid to deal with it.

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4/24/09 12:50 P

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I take clonopin to be able to sleep at night and not have horrible nightmares. I take 50mg of Celexa, but I still can't get up the courage to go outside and go for a walk on my own. :(

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Right now I am on Cymbalta and Lunesta so I can calm down and sleep at night. I have been on these for about 6 months and, so far, I have noticed improvement. I thought it an odd combination when my doctor first suggested it. I have tried several other medications in the past, but so far this combination seems to work for me....for now anyway.

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4/16/09 2:58 P

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Thank you for your post. I started on 10mg of Lexapro the middle of my junior year of college because my anxiety got so bad. Things got a lot better and I've keep my anxiety under control for more than two years. However, after a heavy couple weekends of drinking with friends college style my anxiety came back with a vengeance. I don't want to up my dose or go on more meds so I am trying to make it through with what I've got. I feel a little better knowing that other people are going through the same things I am and that you say a healthy physical lifestyle leads to a healthy mental lifestyle. I am determined to get better.
PS I too sometimes have issues at restaurants with friends I don't know why either.

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3/28/09 10:45 P

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See if your Dr. will try Paxil, Celexa or Lezapro they are all good for anxiety and panic. I have tried all 3 and Paxil worked for 10+ years then stoped working. So now I am on Celexa this seams to be working but it took 10 weeks to realy kick in. Hope this helps.

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My Doctor has put me on Cipralex 10mg which is a SSRI and since taking it I have had a decrease in my daily anxiety but I have been getting chest pain near the breast bone and armpit which causes alot of discomfort and seems to get worse a week before my period. I mentioned this to my doctor who told me its my anxiety that is causing the pain.. except I dont seem to be experiencing anxiety while having these pains..?? I also take lorazapam for when Im feeling really bad.. and since taking Cipralex Ive had to start taking pantoloc for Acid reflux.. it seems to have bothered my stomach as well...

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3/21/09 9:03 P

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I take xannex. I found that ativan started to make me agitated after a months use. I have noticed that my anxiety has started to get worst and I am now starting to have more panic attacks. I am in search of something new to help control through out the day. they gave me vistaril to try but makes me SUPER tired. I want something that will take the anxiety away and not nock me out. Any suggestions?

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3/18/09 1:13 P

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I too take Atavan for when the axniety is overwhelming. It makes me sleepy but I find if I cut it in half and take the smaller dose it helps. Of course always check with the Dr. before cutting things back.

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I am currently taking Zoloft. I also have Atavan for flare ups. Not sure if the Zoloft is the most effective medicine for me, and the Atavan makes me sleepy.

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3/8/09 10:17 P

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I took Lexapro for about 9 months and I liked it okay--but I feel it took a little too much edge off I wasn't anxious but I wasn't happy either--then I was switched to celexa when my insurance ran out. Celexa first made me gain about 10 lbs (boy was I unhappy with that!) and overall just didn't seem to help. So I went off of it.
Does anyone have any regular non-medicinal tips for controlling anxiety during the day?

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I'm currently taking generic Lexipro. I've been on different meds over the years. This on seems to help with shutting off my mind so I can sleep. Nothing helps me well enough for me to go back to work.

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When I first Started it was Xanax .but now it's Busibar. Paxil seems to help me with my SA.

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I started on Lexapro about two years ago, but it didn't do much for me other than make my PMS symptoms extremely severe. I was having a several-day panic attack each month around that time. UGH. So I was switched to Cymbalta and my BC was changed to make me have a 7 week cycle instead of 4 and things have gone much better.

I tried to switch from Cymbalta to prozac b/c it's more affordable. But prozac made me hypoglycemic really bad, so now I'm on Effexor. Still expensive, but better than Cymbalta, and does the same thing as Cymbalta.

Things are pretty good, but I still have trouble around that time of the 7 weeks. I'm thinking I need to get on the birth control shot, which makes it to where you don't have that time of the month at all. But I've heard good and bad things about it, so I'm still undecided.

Anyone else get worse around that time?

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No longer on meds.....

(was on Prozac and Klonopin and Ritalin a few years back for my panic attacks anxiety adhd)

able to manage with some life skills I have learned over the years...




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Paxil. Just started last week. It's the only thing I've ever tried before so I don't know if anything else would work for me better. Right now my only issue is that I am having trouble sleeping. My Dr. gave me an RX for Atvair (sp?) but he said it was as needed only and he didn't want me to take it for very long. basically just until paxil to kicks in. So I have been avoiding taking the atvair cause I don't want to get dependant on it. emoticon Sure wish I could get a good night sleep...

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I take Metoprolol for high blood pressure, it also is prescribed for anxiety. It's a beta blocker and is supposed to block adrenal glands (or something like that) and lower your heart rate. So far its working, but I have to do other things to calm myself like cry, excercise, or read.

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