iv been having panic attacks for years..iv been on 7 ssri meds and they dont do any thing for me but give SideFx..Xanax just makes my life 100% anxiety free..but the doctors wont give it to me..i have to ask them 3 time after they put me on these meds that dont do anything for me..what should i do?
From the additional history provided, its seems that the dose of xanax, that helps you is very high.
This could be due to the fact that either you are resistant to xanax or that you have become addicted to it.
In addition the treatment for Panic attacks is SSRIs like fluoxetine. Xanax is given only for short term treatment of panic attacks.
You might consult your psychiatrist and undergo Cognitive-behavioral therapy which might be very helpul for you, as it will - help in:
1. Gaining understanding of and control over distorted views of life stressors or life events.
2. Learning to recognize and replace panic-causing thoughts to decrease the sense of helplessness.
3. Learning stress management and relaxation techniques to help when symptoms occur.
Behavioral treatment appears to have long-lasting benefits.
Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and regularly scheduled meals may help reduce the frequency of the attacks. Reduce or avoid the use of caffeine, some over-the-counter cold medicines, and other stimulants, because they may make symptoms worse.
thanks you..yes im just very tolerant of alprazalam and benzo's and never take them more then 2 days in a row..2 times a week,sometime 3..but when i do have to take it..i have to take 2 to 3 mgs or it will now work..im going to see a new doctor next week i will ask her about what u told me,thanks
Also, find and read a book called, Is it Me or my meds? A great view of the effect of drugs used for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc. The book contains interviews with lots of people and examines if our meds make us who we are, or if they change us into someone else. It also discusses the stages of using these meds: from a beginning frought with questions to eventual acceptance of the need and benefit of the med(s). I'm really finding it true to my own experience and also informative about what others have faced in the dance between humans and their SSRI meds.
Some of those interviewed faced your trouble: finding the right one with side effects they could live with. The stories are amazing!
i understand where your coming from..and ill look in on that book,but SSRI Drugs Have wayyy more SideFx Then Benzos and u dont have to take them every day at the same time everyyyy nite..and if u miss a dose you get brain ticks lol..i mean its crazy! they kill your teeth..my wife has been on lexapro for 7 years,she brushes,don't take any other meds at all,don't drink and its gotta be the lexapro..oh and by the way she still stressed out everyday..so i say to her why do u still take it if its not working? because she cant get off it!!! there the worse meds . who ever made them should be SLAPed
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