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11/11/11 8:44 A

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I've been playing a game of Russian Roulette with my Anxiety back when I was first hospitalized with a Severe Panic Attack in the ER in Morgantown. I've tried many medications so far. Buspirone did nothing for my anxiety, nor did Paxil. I found out I had terrible reactions to Abilify. So the combination that ended up working so far the best for me is. Vistaril, Ativan, and Cymbalta. Even then when high tension comes up or anxiety flares from some life event the meds aren't strong enough to hold it back.

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10/26/11 7:09 P

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I have, but no longer do. I do need them.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

Nancy Rubio
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10/25/11 9:19 A

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I'm currently taking Effexor ER, Klonopin and Lamictal, as well as Ambien to help me sleep. It is quite the cocktail but it seems to manage the symptoms well enough that I can function semi-normally and have been able to return to work. Eventually, the plan is to lower the Klonopin dosage and increase the Effexor and Lamictal, since the Klonopin is extremely habit forming but it works when I am having a severe panic attack.

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10/17/11 12:03 P

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When I had my first severe attack last month, and was diagnosed, I was prescribed Loraxepam. I took it for about the first week but had to cut back because I couldn't afford to refill it. I was also told, and read, that stuff is kind of deadly. I've since refilled my prescription but have also taken myself out of the place/situation that caused the severe anxiety and so have not felt a real need to use it. Mind you, the other day I was close to a similar situation and started shaking but managed to get through it without having to medicate myself, Alhamduilillah! :)

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10/17/11 11:43 A

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I have been on a number of drugs that have failed first my pdoc tried Buspar but since I was recovering from a concussion that really wasnt helping so off I went. So on I went Xanax. I really dont think that helps much but I have been on that awhile. Then they tried putting my on a couple differrent SSRIs but me and SSRIs just do not agree so off of those I went also. So I am still on just Xanax. Something was mentioned last time about switching it to klonopin because it has a longer half life or something like that but whan it was all said and done I still stayed on Xanax. I have been complaining for weeks that I really dont think its doing anything but I think it falls on deaf ears oh well.

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10/6/11 8:18 A

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I take Propanolol and Citalopram. For me Propanolol does help but I don't think I'm seeing any real benefit from Citalopram so I'm going to ask my GP to consider prescribing me a different SSRI.

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7/30/11 10:09 A

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I took Xanax and Klonopin for many, many years until they lost their effectiveness. None of the benzos work for me now. The only help I get medication-wise for anxiety is through my anti-depressant.





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7/29/11 5:40 P

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I started taking meds when I was 19 (and I'm 32 now). I tapered off and quit them 3 weeks ago. I really wish I had learned to deal with things differently. I go through severe episodes of health anxiety/ death anxiety and then horrible thoughts that I can't shake that cause severe panic. I have been seeing an acupuncture therapist to help me with the anxiety and withdrawals and she recommended I use 5htp which a natural Amino Acid that increases Seratonin levels- you may want to do some research and look in to it.

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7/20/11 12:20 A

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I take xanax everyday, and yes, it helps a lot. i used to have chronic horrible neck and shoulder pain from anxious tension, and constant migraines--all that has completely gone away, and I very rarely have panic attacks now, and I just feel much more relaxed in general. it doesn't cure anxiety, but it definitely lessens it.
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7/19/11 6:59 P

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I take meds for my depression and, since January, am on Propranalol for anxiety. I have my Xanax in my purse, but have only taken it once since Jan. Focusing on things I CAN control helps when there are stressors that I CANNOT control.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will make your paths straight.


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7/19/11 6:55 P

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I do take medications for my anxiety. My depression medication has a little in it, I take a low dose of clonzapam twice a day and Ativan when things get out of control. That with the counseling it does help me. For me the key is the therapy as they can teach you other ways to help reduce your anxiety, find triggers and help you alleviate them too.

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7/19/11 6:00 P

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Because of a breathing problem I am having, my doctor took me off ativan and put me on a low dose of Klonopin.
It's doing squat!

Apparently, this class of anxiety drug (both Ativan and Klonopin) can worsen breathing problems not help them.

Now I am trying meditation for anxiety.

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7/19/11 5:04 P

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Nola--you life sounds like mine except I have Bob. Do you want to share him. I haven't been lonely either. Many ways to entertain myself. Glad you remined off how lucky I am.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

Nancy Rubio
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7/19/11 4:17 P

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Please stop by and talk to your Spark Friends. I have no Mom or Dad, no husband and my kids are all grown and have lives of their own. I am rarely lonely because of my Spark Friends and there is always someone who has walked in shoes like yours. emoticon

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7/19/11 11:24 A

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Thank you for sharing. My appointment is next week. I just feel totally frazzled, fried and confused. I wish I didn't have to come to work, all I want to do is crawl under the blankets and sleep.

My reasonable side knows that this will pass, but it just feels like it wont. I'm having serious financial problems from my DH being unemployed for a long time and I'm just having such a hard time coping now. This isn't a new problem, but it's just feeling like it's worse then ever. At times like this I wish I had a mom or dad or someone to talk to - that's just making my anxiety worse, knowing all I have is my husband.

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7/18/11 11:49 P

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I take a very low dose of zoloft and it takes the edge off. I keep a prescription of xanex but take it very seldom. I turned the last bottle over to the sheriff's office for disposal as it went our of date. I had taken other meds many years ago and then was off for 15 years. I started taking them again about 2 years ago and am not sorry at all. I hope you find what works for you quickly.

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7/18/11 9:42 P

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I take clonazepam. I usually take some to help me sleep well. If I have to I'll take one during the day. I only do if I get really stressed and the anxiety is bad or I get too tired otherwise. I'm also on a antidepressant.

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7/18/11 8:38 P

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yes some work some dont you have to give them a chance and see what happens.



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7/18/11 6:17 P

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I take Libruim and it really works well for me. You find out what works for you--- as what was said below, you may have to try out many medication and there side effects.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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7/18/11 3:06 P

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I take clonazepam and it helps me.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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7/18/11 2:08 P

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Hi!

I am taking meds since a year,now. It really takes the edge off. But, yes, I still experience anxiety, on a daily basis. my oldest son has autism and developmental delays, his behaviour is unpredictable, so, I always feel like I'm on high alert.
Intense, sweat and aches producing physical activity helps me, but I have to do it daily.

You and your doctor have to work together to find the right medication. Do not be surprised if you have to try a few to find the ideal one for you.

Hope this helps.
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7/18/11 1:40 P

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I am feeling like I just can't control my anxiety lately more and more. Normally I can find things to take my mind off of it and then it'll go away, but these past few days have been bad. I'm making an appt with a Psychiatrist to see if meds might help. I was just wondering what your experience is.

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