It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Anxiety Message Board

Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-29-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: texas
Posts: 520
cvoor HB User
Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety Panic ?
It seems they are more for depression and bring you up, but when you have anxiety the last thing you need is more stimulation.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 02-29-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 36
JB327 HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

This is like a two sided sword... Depressants are supposed to bring you up, while anti-anxiety meds are supposed to calm you down.. If both Anti-Depressant and Anti-Anxiety medications are used in conjunction, they equal out and seem to treat either condition slightly better..

Some Anti-Anxiety medications treat both, but if you have Anxiety and are just taking an Anti-Depressant, I would talk to your Pharmacist regarding what your current medication treats.. I've been taken off Anxiety meds and put just on Anti-Depressants, simply because the Dr's don't know enough Like the Pharmacists, and assume it will treat both..

I hope this post has helped some and that I haven't rambled on too much..

Old 02-29-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: texas
Posts: 520
cvoor HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

I was thinking the same thing. Anxiety needs a anti anxiety med. I've heard the AD'S make many people with anxiety more anxious, Paxil gave me the Panic attack from Hell, when I took it, I immediately stopped. Never took another AD.

Old 02-29-2008, 07:07 PM   #4
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: usa
Posts: 332
teacher2be HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

i tried zoloft and it was horrible gave me hallucinations. tried lexapro and made anxiety worse and put me in hospital bvecause it did opposite of what it is suppossed to do. dr said never take lexapro again he has seen it do the opposite in some people .

Old 03-07-2008, 02:02 PM   #5
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Clemson, SC, USA
Posts: 98
wangela67 HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

Yes. Some AD are formulated to treat both anxiety and depression. I have suffered from both conditions (anxiety and depression) for a long time. I've taken Valium (as needed), Xanax, Ativan, Zoloft, and Paxil. Zoloft did not help me and I actually had to take Xanax with Zoloft to control panic attacks. I am currently taking Paxil and this drug has done wonders for my anxiety and depression. I know Paxil is an older drug with bad side effects (weight gain, severe withdrawal symptoms in some). This AD has given me a better quality of life. One thing that is important to be aware of when starting an AD, you will become more anxious in the beginning of drug therapy. It seems unfortunate that you actually feel like your condition is worsening in the beginning of treatment. I felt more anxious when I first starting taking Paxil and did not feel like it was working until about 3-4 weeks. At the 4 week mark I started to feel like my old self again, even better. I have less social anxiety, I can ride an elevator by myself without freaking out, I can ride on the interstate without having multiple panic attacks, I'm happy again and look forward to tomorrow. Best Wishes on finding the best treatment!

Old 03-07-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
melanie in mary
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 449
melanie in mary HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

I have tried 3 ad's over the years and I stayed on them long enough (your anxiety seems to worsen in the beginning and usually levels off). The only reason I cannot stay on an ad is because my sleep problems never even out. To me, part of being less anxious is to get good, quality sleep which I never got on those ad's. Of course this does not happen to everyone.

Old 03-07-2008, 02:42 PM   #7
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 20
pynkett HB User
Re: Do Anti Depressants work for Anxiety ?

I take Celexa (generic form). I only have the anxiety and was not depressed. This medication really helps my anxiety. The first week it gave me panic attacks and more anxiety and started leveling off after that. Some people have to get through the symptoms when you first start taking a anti depressant for your system to level out. I also have alot of trouble sleeping at night because of this medication. I got Lunesta to help but it doesn't seem to be working very well and the Dr. just prescribed Trazodone. I will try that tonight but it seems weird to take TWO antidepressants for anxiety and sleep.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Have anti-depressants helped anyone? marshwiggle Fibromyalgia 49 10-01-2010 03:33 AM
Anyone had any relief from anti-depressants? pud Menopause 15 04-17-2008 05:12 AM
xanax vs. lexapro (benzo vs. anti-depressant) zeyavia Mental Health 27 07-30-2007 12:43 PM
Hashimoto's and anti-anxiety meds? raw1973 Thyroid Disorders 6 02-06-2007 03:53 PM
confused about anti depressants rastlin Chronic Fatigue 5 08-09-2005 02:09 AM
Peri, weight gain, anti-depressants ainfante Menopause 8 04-30-2005 04:13 PM
Do all anti-depressants cause weight gain? needachange Depression 5 02-28-2004 07:33 PM
Study on CBT vs. anti-depressants carrielynn Depression 18 01-27-2004 12:18 PM
anti-depressants tom426 Panic Disorders 2 04-18-2003 03:28 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:35 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!