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    Do you take anxiety meds?

    I'm just curious if anybody does and what they think of them. Anxiety is a huge issue for me, but none of the medications I am on help. One of them, wellbutrin, significantly increases the anxiety I feel but it helps so much with my mood, that we seem to be at a dead-end, meaning mood wins out so I take the wellbutrin.

    My SIL takes ativan, but she takes six or more at a time and seems quite dependant on them. Is this something I would have to worry about if I took it?

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    ativan is habit forming, so in my opinion you would want to be careful with that. i believe that if you do become dependent on it, that when you try to quit it makes the panic attacks worse (but you may want to do some research on this to verify that). taking an occasional one won't hurt though.

    As an aside i read somewhere too that regular exercise can make a big difference for your anxiety - again something you may want to verify and look into.
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    Miette,

    I have been on many different medications for moods but about a year ago was prescribed a medication for my anxiety for the first time ever. I too always was given meds for moods as it was the more predominant issue over the anxiety. Anyway, I was given a low dose of Clonazepam with the instructions to take 1 daily as needed. I found in the beginning that some days I did need it and others I didn't. Most days now I do take it in the a.m. because work has become a huge anxiety trigger for me. When this happened and I started taking the one in the a.m. I would find that the odd time by the afternoon/evening that my anxiety would spike again for a variety of reasons. It was then that I went to my doctor and the prescription was changed to read take up to two daily as needed. I still most days only take one (on work days mostly, weekends I don't seem to need them as much) but I always have the option take another one if needed.

    I find that they work really well for me and I honestly can't believe that I was never prescribed anxiety meds before a year ago. What a relief they have been.

    For more information on anxiety medications you may want to check out this website that has some good information www.drugs.com

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    The reality is that, despite the concerns about addiction potential, for most anxiety disorders benzodiazepines are still the most effective medications.

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    l have terrible anxiety/panic issues and my PDOC is constantly warning me of the risk of addiction to Klonipin which l find really helps with the panic and anxiety. l only take it if l need it and she started me on Lamotrigine and was telling me that it worked wonders for "most if not all" of her patients and l have been on it now for about 4 months, and at every visit, l have told her, it has not helped me at all.
    The last visit she told me to keep trying it to give it a chance to get in my system and work and so far nothing. The only thing she said to me was nothing worked for me as she sat at her desk writing.
    l felt a bit sad thinking l was a hopeless case and she was giving up on me, so at my next visit, l am going to again tell her the medication is still not working and she is probably right, nothing is working for me.
    l was on Topomax and l think it worked as l lost weight and seemed to think much clearer as l have "Mixed Personality Disorder" (which the PDOC) said is the hardest disorder to treat but was taken of the Topomax when l was starting to see black out of my peripheral vision.
    l take Effexor and Seroquel regularly, with 100mg. Topomax at night along with the 200mg. Lamotrigine and Klonipin as needed.

    Michelle

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    Lamotrigine isn't usually used to treat anxiety per se, Michelle. It's normally used as a mood stabilizer, like Topamax.

    I would question the statement "nothing works for you" for ANY patient. To me, all that really means is "I haven't yet found the right combination of medications for you".

    Sometimes, especially for medication for panic disorder, less is more, depending on what other issues or conditions require medication.

    Are you also receiving psychotherapy, especially CBT? I think the experience of most people with panic disorder is that medication alone will not "cure" you.

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    I take mirtazapine [anti-d which also helps with anxiety. efexor made it worse...]
    I was on propranolol [beta blocker] prn for panic and anxiety, for about a year. But I managed to stop taking it though, with the help of therapy.

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    Yes, sorry you are right. The mood stabilizers are Topomax which worked much better and the Lamotrigine which l really don't find any change in myself. l have been on Effexor now for almost 2 1/2 at 300 mg. daily. The Dr. herself is moody at times and sometimes she says things that are not very nice and others she seems more understanding. ln such a rural area here in the Pontiac, she is the only Dr. that is available or else l would have asked for a referral a long time ago because l feel at times worse leaving her office then l did going in.

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    The lack of resources in rural areas is unfortunately a real and significant problem.

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    Re: Do you take anxiety meds?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    The lack of resources in rural areas is unfortunately a real and significant problem.
    This is so true.

    I do take anti-anxiety medication. Clonazepam is what I take, once a day before bed. I was taking it as per needed twice a day, but I felt too sleepy and disoriented on it during the day. I can really tell a difference if I accidentally miss a dose. My anxiety seems to go through the roof if I do.

    chelles, I'm sorry your doctor doesn't seem to be more understanding. I hope you can get it worked out.

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