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Hi all
I suffered from panic attacks about 10 years ago and bam they came back out of the blue and seem so much worse now or maybe because I'm older?? Anyway, I am taking xanax .5 mg a day since March and I just feel zoned out. Doc tried to put me on zoloft and I got too scared after reading the side effects. I'm so scared of everything. I wake up in the a.m. and think "okay what disease will I have today". When I wake up and feel okay, my brain tells me otherwise and then I obsess about stupid things that I know are not true but I can't stop thinking about it until I get myself in this frantic, can't get up, depressed, stomach churning state. It's ridiculous and I know it's ridiculous but I can't stop. I looked at that xanax pill everyday for 2 weeks before I took a nibble off of it, then realized I wasn't going to go into anaphalactic (??) shock and was okay and now I am okay taking it but if I don't take it one day, I feel like my body is trembling from the inside out...or maybe that's all in my mind because I read that this can happen if you stop taking it. I have been taking it everyday since March. Anyway, my question is, I read that sometimes beta blockers help the panic attacks from even starting but I'm not so sure about those kind of pills because I don't have any heart problems (of course after the umpteenth time to the er for chest pains, I'm finally convinced...okay well somewhat convinced). Anyway, has anyone had any luck with a beta blocker? any meds that don't have a zillion side effects? I mean what good will it do to take a pill that has a zillion side effects if I'm already paranoid about every little twitch that i get? UGH I'm just so depressed about this...I want to be NORMAL again!
Hi,

I've never tried beta-blockers, but I can completely relate to your anxiety about taking drugs with lots of side effects. I also worry about having a deadly allergic reaction to any new med I haven't had before! I was prescribed xanax and paxil for my panic attacks, and it took quite a bit of time before I got the courage up to try them. I took paxil for two years, quit for five months, and just went back on it because my panic attacks and health worries returned. One thing to keep in mind is that the side effects of these meds. can be different for everyone and some of them go away after you've taken the drug for while. Paxil totally eliminated my panic attacks and constant worry about my health -- I never worried about the side effects that persisted. The most bothersome ones for me (and why I tried to get off of it) were morning grogginess, lack of motivation, and feeling kind of emotionless (I scarcely shed a tear for two years!). This time, while starting back on it, I've noticed a lack of appetite, some queasiness, dry mouth, and insomnia -- but these seem to be diminishing at the two week mark.

I know it's a hard decision -- good luck and hope you feel better... :)
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Hi all
I suffered from panic attacks about 10 years ago and bam they came back out of the blue and seem so much worse now or maybe because I'm older?? Anyway, I am taking xanax .5 mg a day since March and I just feel zoned out. Doc tried to put me on zoloft and I got too scared after reading the side effects. I'm so scared of everything. I wake up in the a.m. and think "okay what disease will I have today". When I wake up and feel okay, my brain tells me otherwise and then I obsess about stupid things that I know are not true but I can't stop thinking about it until I get myself in this frantic, can't get up, depressed, stomach churning state. It's ridiculous and I know it's ridiculous but I can't stop. I looked at that xanax pill everyday for 2 weeks before I took a nibble off of it, then realized I wasn't going to go into anaphalactic (??) shock and was okay and now I am okay taking it but if I don't take it one day, I feel like my body is trembling from the inside out...or maybe that's all in my mind because I read that this can happen if you stop taking it. I have been taking it everyday since March. Anyway, my question is, I read that sometimes beta blockers help the panic attacks from even starting but I'm not so sure about those kind of pills because I don't have any heart problems (of course after the umpteenth time to the er for chest pains, I'm finally convinced...okay well somewhat convinced). Anyway, has anyone had any luck with a beta blocker? any meds that don't have a zillion side effects? I mean what good will it do to take a pill that has a zillion side effects if I'm already paranoid about every little twitch that i get? UGH I'm just so depressed about this...I want to be NORMAL again!


Hi there. Your situation kind of sounds like mine. I suffered panic attacks about 14 years ago that went away. My Dr. gave me some Xanax and Inderal(a beta-blocker). I took the Xanax for a few months and I stayed on the Inderal for a few years. The Inderal greatly decreased my heart symptoms which in turn decreased my panic which enabled me to quit the Xanax. I was fine after that, with maybe a panic attack every six months to a year is all. Anyway, here I am all these years later with the most severe bout of panic attacks and GAD to top it all off. I can't seem to shake it this time. Every time a test I have comes back normal, I start having new symptoms and think the Dr.'s are just "missing" my illness. I have been taking Xanax again, (no Inderal because I'm scared of a reaction even though I took it for years! and because I don't think it would be as effective for my situation now) and my Dr. also prescribed me Lexapro. I've been looking at the Lexapro for well over a month now, even held half in my hand, only to chicken out and not be able to take it. Sorry to get off track. Back to your question. Yes, Inderal can help with anxiety sometimes and can block the heart's reaction (strong, rapid beating/palps) to panic. It worked wonders for me with my first bout of panic. The reason I doubt that it would work for me as well this time is because I don't just suffer from panic attacks, I have anxiety ALL the time. Back then I only thought I had a heart problem and the Inderal took care of those symptoms so I was able to relax about it. Now, I worry I have lots more wrong than just heart problems. I don't think it would hurt to give Inderal a try. It's been around for many years and I've been told it's a very safe med. Good luck!
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okay the doc just prescribed me Lexapro....anyone heard of dire things happening with this. I will stare at the pill for about a month I'm sure....I hate this! Why can't I big a big girl and go take 1/2 of a pill like the doc said? He said "if you can tolerate 1/2 the pill got to the full pill the next week"....tolerate? What the heck does that mean? Meaning if you die after taking the pill, then I guess the next week isn't needed? My bp when I went in there was 140/84 and I suggested that I take a bp medicine but he didn't think so. UGH!


Lexapro = NO! Anyone I know who has taken it(and myself) gets very dillusional and sick! I didn't go a day without puking...I myself am on Zoloft, and its better, but not as good as paxil, my best experience was with Paxil...Don't worry about "blackboxing" or suicide warnings, cause if you take any antidepressant you are gonna feel like crap till it starts working. You just need to tell yourself it can only get better! :wave: I've never taken CR(controlled release tabs) but Ive heard from some that they don't seem to work as well...especially Xanax. I take Xanax and it is the devil. It makes you feel so good(no anxiety), but you feel drugged. blahhh
Hi,

First and foremost the one thing you must remember is that not everyone will react the same to any of these medications.

I don't personaly know anyone who has ever taken a beta blocker, but I know people who took Lexapro, Zoloft, Paxil, Xanax and Xanax XR.

Some of the people who took Lexapro swear by it, others don't like it. Some like the Zoloft others didn't.
A few liked the Paxil and some don't.

Everyone I know...myself included... who took Xanax have nothing bad to say about it.
I took it everyday...1 Quarter MG twice a day for 7 years...I never took more...it never made me feel tired, or happy, or different, it just made me feel like I used to feel.
Once I didn't have panic/anxiety problems anymore I weaned of without any problems...but there are some people who take it for a shorter time than I did and they build a tolorance to it or dependence on it...I myself don't know anyone that happened to, but I have read and my Doctor told me that it does happen to some people.

As for the Xanax XR I don't know anyone who took it that liked it...for the simple fact that it doesn't seem to do what it's supposed to do.
At one point I asked my Doctor about taking it and he told me not to bother.
He said that it was SUPPOSED to last all day, but for 8 out of 10 people it just doesn't do that.
In other words he told me that say you were taking 1 MG...you were supposed to take 1 MG in the morning and that should have been all you would have needed until the next morning...but he said that most people he's talked to say that it maybe lasts 12 hours, but nowhere near 24.
There is no generic therfore it's very expensive.
So he told me that if he had someone on 1 mg of regular Xanax a day and they asked about the XR, he told them to instead of taking the 1 MG of regular Xanax all at once to spread that 1 MG out throughout the day...taking 1 Quarter four times a day and see if that helped them..he said most people said it did.
They didn't up their dose they were taking the same dose only in smaller quantities, but more times a day, still equally the 1 MG.
I'm sure that there are people out there that take the XR version and love it.

As for your Doctor saying "if you tolorate it"...I would imagine he means if you tolorate the start up side effects with the half pill then go ahead and take the whole pill the next week and if not stay on the half pill.
I'm no Doctor but I would assume that's what he means.
From what I understand Lexapro, Zoloft, Paxil and the like do have some side effects when you first start them, but diminish as your body gets used to them.
Then again I've talked to people who say they had no start up side effects.

That's why I said the most important thing to remember is that not everything works the same for everyone.

Good luck with the Lexapro, I hope it helps you to feel better.
Thanks all of you. I have no idea what to do. I'm so afraid of taking medicine but I know deep down that I need something because I can't keep living like this anymore. The xanax does help me and I tolerate it very well (sometimes I get a headache from it). My doctor explained to me today that Xanax is like a bandaid but that a medicine like Lexapro would help with some neurotransmitter stuff that he thinks may be going on. He said also to try CBT and that stuff but I can't see myself sitting through a therapy session. The ones I've been to before always wnat to bring up my my past and I just dont think that has anything to do with who I am today. I can't explain why I panic and feel like I have cement head some days...i just do. Something is going on inside of my head and I can't figure it out and I'm soo soo afraid of taking medicine. My sister is on Lexapro for depression and she said she feels nothing but better from it and she is on .25mg a day. Although my sister isn't a highly anxious person like me....she is level headed but was feeling a bit blue form a breakup and has been taking it for about a year and she said after the first week she felt better. I want to be like her and just take the stupid pill and suck it up and grow up. As for my blood pressure...it's only high in the doctors office and the only time I really take it is when I'm feeling anxious and yes of course it is high. He didn't want to give me b/p medicine because he doesn't feel that I truly have "high blood pressure". I keep looking at the pill but I don't want to throw up uncontrollably like the other post said he did. What if I can't get up and go to work..maybe I'll wait for the weekend or maybe I'll just call my doctor and tell him I had a bad reaction...but then where am I then? UGh back to square one....thanks all for letting me vent. It helps... :wave:
oh so yours actually went down...maybe because you weren't so stressed? I went onto this other health board forum and there were old posts in there about lexapro and almost 90% of the people were talking about the fact that they threw up, etc. Also most of them said they gained weight as in 12-15 pounds! I've lost 12 to 15 pounds from the mere fact that I'm so stressed out I can't eat a thing. I don'twant to gain weight! Oh well...Friday is dooms day or a new beginning...we'll see. Most people also said they take it at night and some said they have insomnia from it. Does insomnia mean your heart is going really fast? The doc said I could continue to take Xanax (which always puts me right to sleep) so maybe if I can't sleep I can pop a xanax...I just don't want my heart to stop from one pill telling it to go fast and another telling it to slow down. I'm a nightmare right? :)
I wanted to give you what I hope will be a little encouragement here. This time last year (Dec. 23rd to be exact) I was hit with my very first full blown panic attack. From there it turned into everyday anxiety and I mean bad anxiety. I worried non-stop everyday for months. I saw so many doctors and specialists and had all the tests done. Everything was normal.

I was prescribed Paxil CR by a family physician and hated it. I had a horrible time with it and only lasted 8 days and I was begging to stop it. So he then prescribed me Xanax which I took twice a day for the next few months (.25mg's). The Xanax was a lifesaver at times. It made it possible for me to get out and do things and feel somewhat normal. It did make me tired in the beginning but that passed after the first couple of weeks. I've never had any problems with it.

Well then I switched docs and he of course wanted me to try another SSRI. I was terrified and refused. I started therapy in June and that has helped. But I still needed more. My anxiety was far too much for me to handle and I have a two year old and I wasn't able to be the best mommy I could be. So, I started taking Lexapro. I sat down with my psychiatrist and told him how scared I was, ect. He told me to start taking 5mg's daily. I could call him anytime with any questions and that alone was a relief to me.

I did get nasty heartburn in the beginning and took Nexium until that passed. It lasted about two weeks. I'm now on week 9 and at 20mg's and am feeling 80% better. I'm able to go do things now that I feared doing just a couple months ago. I have so much more patience with my daughter and I feel happier.

The first few weeks can be rough on an SSRI but you can get your doc to give you something like Xanax to get through it, you'll be happy you tried it. I still take the Xanax once a day but I plan to wean off in the next couple of weeks. If this SSRI doesn't work for you, try another. All meds affect people differently. For me, Lexapro has been great and I no longer have any side effects.

My blood pressure was also running a little high before Lexapro and I lost over 40lbs. (some of it was baby weight too) and my blood pressure is now normal as well.

I was once in your shoes and was just as terrified as you were. But I did it and I'm glad that I did. Hope this helped you some!! :)

-Sarah
tHANKS sARAH. I hope to be as brave as the people on this board someday. I am still looking at that 1/2 of 10mg pill and saying to myself "take it take it take it take it". I do take xanax and was perscribed 1mg. 3 x a day but I can only manage to take 1/2mg once a day but notice lately that I'm breaking that up to 1/4's so i can take it twice a day. the anxiety and panic have gotten worse and the xanax helps believe me...if I didn't have it now I don't know what I would do without it. So anyway, I do hope the Lexapro helps me. I have a low tolerance to medicine and hope that the .5 mg. doesn't make me go out of control...see that's what my biggest fear is....that I take it and my heart stops, or my b/p goes up, etc etc etc. I guess that's part of OCD and anxiety and panic. I'm hoping my husband crushes up the pill and hides it in my food and then I won't know I took it and I can wake up the next morning and say "wow I made it" without having some horrible reaction...but of course that is being a big baby and I guess I should face my fears...but that's hard. Everything is so hard. But I do appreciate your comments...I hope to be free from these somedays but i have to take the first step myself...it's just taking that step....Thanks so much for your encouragement....I really appreciate you all.