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I have been almost 2 yrs without an attack & so proud. My doc prescribed me Zoloft 2 yrs ago, I never took it, I did a good job of dealing without it. I have Xanax, was given this for flying, which bothers me, but I dont fly often.

Well anyway, these past mths they have started again, I was driving one day for work 40 miles outside of my town, got 10 miles away in a deserted area, started thinking I knew no one & then Bam the "I am alone, cant breathe feeling" I sped to my desitination, freaking out but when I arrived I was ok. But now that has escalated to having them everytime I go out of town & if it is over 30 miles I find excuses to not go alone. Even then, if I get to my destination, whether alone or not & I am over 30 miles I have an attack, especially If I stay overnight. I have resorted to taking Xanax when it happens. I have to go out of town alot more for work & I cant stand this. I will be going over 5 hrs away in a mth & I know I will freak out, not only the drive but being there alone for 4 days, I will lose it, I know I will. To add to this the last few weeks I have developed feelings of being trapped at stop lights or in drive thrus when I cant get out of line.
I called my doc & they are booked til the day before I leave for my trip, all i have is Zoloft that expired 2 yrs ago and Xanax. I know I cant take expired medication, Has anyone had luck with herbal remedies? Also any suggestions to get me thru this, for some reason, I seem to have them when I think I am alone and dont know anyone to help me. I am so discourgaged
Quote from Mal979:
I have been almost 2 yrs without an attack & so proud. My doc prescribed me Zoloft 2 yrs ago, I never took it, I did a good job of dealing without it. I have Xanax, was given this for flying, which bothers me, but I dont fly often.

Well anyway, these past mths they have started again, I was driving one day for work 40 miles outside of my town, got 10 miles away in a deserted area, started thinking I knew no one & then Bam the "I am alone, cant breathe feeling" I sped to my desitination, freaking out but when I arrived I was ok. But now that has escalated to having them everytime I go out of town & if it is over 30 miles I find excuses to not go alone. Even then, if I get to my destination, whether alone or not & I am over 30 miles I have an attack, especially If I stay overnight. I have resorted to taking Xanax when it happens. I have to go out of town alot more for work & I cant stand this. I will be going over 5 hrs away in a mth & I know I will freak out, not only the drive but being there alone for 4 days, I will lose it, I know I will. To add to this the last few weeks I have developed feelings of being trapped at stop lights or in drive thrus when I cant get out of line.
I called my doc & they are booked til the day before I leave for my trip, all i have is Zoloft that expired 2 yrs ago and Xanax. I know I cant take expired medication, Has anyone had luck with herbal remedies? Also any suggestions to get me thru this, for some reason, I seem to have them when I think I am alone and dont know anyone to help me. I am so discourgaged


:wave: Hey there.

I'm sorry, but I don't know of anything that would work that fast for you anyway. I would suggest medicine and counseling, but this all takes time, as you welll know. I'm sorry and wish you luck.

Melly
Hi mal
you need to learn some relaxation and coping skills, generally called CBT, you should have done this before
xanax as needed will help with the usual cautions re driving, if panicky in the car its best to stop and walk around a while to calm down

zoloft is worth trying, but can take several weeks to work properly
MAL..
I know exactly what you mean by the stop light and feeling trapped thing.. ugh :( I used to get so scared to see the light go yellow knowing I'd have to sit there, stuck .. If that happens now I just get out my cell phone and call someone.. anyone to distract me. You could always put on a talk radio show. A few deep breaths can't hurt.
I have taken Xanax for years and years . It has always helped buffer the anxiety. I have also tried the Bach Rescue Remedy.. I think it helped. Go to your natural foods store and browse through there, you can always ask someone for help.. plus there are hot teas that could help also.
You're NOT alone. :)