Hey june... well I was on Zoloft myself a few years ago and it did NOT help me sleep... in fact I had more panic attacks on the med and it kept me up all night with anxiety.
I'm on Lexapro (don't have insurance) and it costs me around $88 a month EEK expensive. But worth it. The thing with Lexapro is a lot of people have to take it at night because it makes them sleepy during the day. (maybe my panic is too high because I take mine in the morning and feel fine, even panicky) IMO anti-depressants are NOT for panic disorder but for treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression (which it states on every website of every SSRI med)
IMO, I don't find Ativan or benzos addicting, so I disagree with Aussie. It's just that I take an extra dose when I'm having a really bad panic attack or something... which I rarely ever do... I just take my daily dose that helps me feel stable and not panicky 24/7. I'm not on a very high dose either. 1 mg / a day, and I can take 2 mgs a day but I don't want to feel loopy! So I've never taken 2 mgs.
What is with your doc putting you on all these sleep meds? Sleep meds are addicting, prolly more addicting than a benzo! But you're having trouble with sleeping, right? Benzos are not really for sleep IMO, they're for anxiety/panic.
Gabapentin... never heard of it... it's a pain med so it probably isn't going to help you with anxiety unless it's morphine that will dope you up.. (which still wouldn't help you anyway in the long run with panic/anxiety)
I hope this helps
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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines