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Panic Disorders board


I have suffered from PAs and anxiety for some 12 years, and for the past 6+ they've been under control -- pretty much -- thanks to Xanax and Paxil. However, my doctor just weaned me off Paxil to start Wellbutrin. Took one yesterday, and was up vomitting all night, had shakes, sweats and a monster headache. It scared the hell out of me. Part of my anxiety includes an unhealthy fear of pills -- so unhealthy, in fact, that while pregnant with my second child, I refused to take prenatal vitamins. I thought they might cause some sort of reaction. Sounds crazy, and it is. But sometimes I think I am. I'm a well-educated professional, and I should know better. My doctor now wants me to try Zoloft or Effexor, but I'm afraid, as usual. The Wellbutrin was prescribed to help me stop smoking and, hopefully, improve my sex drive. But I'm thinking I should stick with the Paxil, however, I hear it may soon be taken off the market. Anyone else with fear of pills? The only one I'm not afraid of is Xanax, it's the only one I can rely on. I take .50 mg up to four times a day and have for six years. I'm one of the lucky ones who has a doctor willing to prescribe it, given it's addictive properties. But I don't care about being addicted -- it's better than suffering with PAs. Back to my main question, can anyone offer any advice?
I'll definitely look in to cognitive therapy; I know little, if anything about it. I'll also check out the Web site you mentioned. Thanks!
Since you've been around this board a while, as you're referred to as a "veteran," and I'm a mere "newbie," (lol) I'm curious what your thoughts are on Zoloft.
You know, anyone will tell you that different people react differently to different meds, there are many people who had great success on Zoloft as a matter of fact a lot of people that visit this board are on either Zoloft which they sometimes refer to as Z or they are on Paxil.

But to show you the differences that people have in reaction,

I couldn't tolerate either of these meds, they gave me tachycardia (fast heart rate) which was very scary but not dangerous.

After many trial and errors what has been working for me is 20 mg fluoxetine which is the generic for prozac (it might be upped to 40mg) and .5 of klonopin in the morning and 1 mg Klonopin in the evening (which is a very low dose) it is a benzo, it calms and sedates you a little. I trust the Prozac, it is the widest prescribed anti in the world and goes under, I believe five different names. I also have a friend worrywort I met recently on this sight that started this med and is having the same effect.

But if you are already on the Zoloft, give it a try. It is just not on my favorites list, but seems to work for others. Also don't rely on the "veteran" label.

People can be "Veteran's" and still have there head up there but (sorry to put it that way) I didn't earn the title through time, I earned it by how many posts I put up and responded to. So many people can actually become a Veteran if they sit around and type for a couple of weeks. Always listen to your intuition about what is right for you, even when it comes to doctors, many will want to put you on anti-phsychotics which have way more side affects and might not be necessary for you. Also, please, don't look up and get freaked out about side affects, although sometimes they can occur EXTREMELY RARELY, most people don't realize that the drug companies put all those side affects there to protect there buts in the event it occurs naturally while on the med, they can't be sued. But if you see the same thing happening over and over with a certain med, that is a red flag.
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I have suffered from PAs and anxiety for some 12 years, and for the past 6+ they've been under control -- pretty much -- thanks to Xanax and Paxil. However, my doctor just weaned me off Paxil to start Wellbutrin. Took one yesterday, and was up vomitting all night, had shakes, sweats and a monster headache. It scared the hell out of me. Part of my anxiety includes an unhealthy fear of pills -- so unhealthy, in fact, that while pregnant with my second child, I refused to take prenatal vitamins. I thought they might cause some sort of reaction. Sounds crazy, and it is. But sometimes I think I am. I'm a well-educated professional, and I should know better. My doctor now wants me to try Zoloft or Effexor, but I'm afraid, as usual. The Wellbutrin was prescribed to help me stop smoking and, hopefully, improve my sex drive. But I'm thinking I should stick with the Paxil, however, I hear it may soon be taken off the market. Anyone else with fear of pills? The only one I'm not afraid of is Xanax, it's the only one I can rely on. I take .50 mg up to four times a day and have for six years. I'm one of the lucky ones who has a doctor willing to prescribe it, given it's addictive properties. But I don't care about being addicted -- it's better than suffering with PAs. Back to my main question, can anyone offer any advice?


effexor has worked miracles for me. I am no longer depressed or suffering from anxiety. Sorry to hear you are on xanax because they are really addictive. I hope you find something that works. Just remember there are people like you, and you just have to keep trying until you find the right medication. Take care