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Old 11-06-2002, 03:29 PM   #1
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I am looking for advice on how to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. I am a recoving addict with almost 4 years clean. I was in a car accident 10 months ago and can barely drive now. I have 3 kids who need rides everyday. Both my doctor and phychiatrist know I am in recovery and they don't want to prescribe any addicting medication, but I am at my wits end. I really would appreciate some feedback.


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Old 11-06-2002, 07:13 PM   #2
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Hi Lilly! I may be wrong, but I think there are medications out there to help with panic attacks that are not addicting. Have you talked with both Drs about this? Perhaps you should seek another opinion. I had full blown panic attacks when I was younger and I know how horrible they are. I'm not on medication for them, I think I sort of learned how to talk myself out of them. Your doctors are wise to not want to give you anything addictive, but you should find out if there is anything to help you that isn't habit forming. I wish you the very best.

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Hi Lilly. Ask your doctor about Buspar. It is a non-addictive anti-anxiety med. Its takes a while (up to 6 weeks) to get into your system but it may help.

Good luck with your recovery. I know where you are coming from.

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Old 11-09-2002, 08:43 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I see my doc next week.

Old 11-11-2002, 12:45 PM   #5
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Ask for Ativan that is non narcotic. I know at my last visit my dr also mentioned a couple of antiseizure meds that are also used to stop anxiety/panic attacks. So there are options out there for us. Good luck.

Old 11-11-2002, 02:51 PM   #6
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I saw my doc today. My panic was so bad that I couldn't even drive my kids to school this morning. So I called my doc and she squeezed me in. She increased my paxil and gave me a low dose of klonopin to get me through until these acute panic attacks stop and the paxil starts to work. I actually drove myself to the drug store to pick up my script.
thanks for the support.


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