Zoloft, Neurontin, Klonopin for anxiety

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dcoach76
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   Posted 5/20/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Greetings everyone,

I am new to this site, and just typing this message makes me feel better. I've been taking 50mg of Zoloft for 7 years, and I took Neurontin for 5 of those 7 years, both for anxiety. They were glorious for years, but recently I had a major setback. It hurts me knowing that for 7 years I was doing great...got married, had a baby, kicked butt at my job, and then all of a sudden, out of the clear blue sky, my anxiety returned for no good reason.
 
I immediately went to my doctor and she increased my Zoloft from 50mg to 75mg, and put me back on 1200mg of the Neurontin. She also wrote me a prescription for Klonopin at 1mg and told me that for the next 10 to 14 days to take 1mg per day. BUT, I chose not to do the Klonopin because I'm terrified of becoming addicted. However, not every day, but occassionally, I've taken the 1mg of Klonopin and it's worked very, very, very well for me...simply made me feel normal and operational.
 
BUT, I'm still very scared of it and just need some encouragement because, after 7 great years, my anxiety has come back and reared its ugly head. I wish I didn't have to take the Neurontin either, but that helps when I'm not, occassionaly, using the Klonopin.
 
Thanks for your support.
 
D

Georgie Girl
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   Posted 5/20/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I'm sorry that you are experiencing anxiety again.  You will get good support and information here.  I am recently out of a period of terrible anxiety (that had me hospitalized) so I feel your pain, literally. 
Georgie Girl


percycat
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   Posted 5/20/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, D, and welcome!

I can identify with the long good periods and then WHAM! Try to remember that this period is what you called it -- a setback -- only. You will have other good periods, and you will knock this obnoxious condition right back to where it belongs. It simply delights in surprising us, but we can fight it, even if sometimes we just have to take baby steps to do so.

Med-wise, I take a similar combination to yours: Paxil daily (for depression) and ativan on hand for when I need it (very rarely). For me, taking a benzodiazepene such as ativan or klonopin just occasionally doesn't cause any trouble. If it helps you through those roughest spots, don't judge yourself harshly for taking it. Others on the forum have better experience and advice about it, and I'm sure they'll be along soon.

I understand how hard it is to have felt good and normal for so long and now wonder what's going on, why your anxiety is back, and whether you can trust that it will recede again. It sounds like you have a long history of positive results, so your chances are very high that the anxiety will get under control again (at least that's what my professional math background tells me). Try to accept this period as being like summer road construction: it's a big mess for a while, but it will get better again.

Hugs,
percycat

wen4003
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi D,
 
Welcome to the Healing Well forum, you have found a great community that is full of very caring members.  The members are a wealth of information as well as there being several resources here that are available to you.  To the right in the yellow box you can click on the Anxiety-Panic link and it will take you to the resource center.  Also at the top of the page is the Anxiety-Panic Resource page, at the bottom of that page are two links you may be interested in as they may be of use to you.  They are CBT Therapy and Relaxation Techniques. 
 
I'm sorry you are dealing with the the anxiety again, it's unfortunate how it can just come out of the blue at any time and hit us hard.  Don't beat yourself up for this happening or for taking the meds - if they help, then by all means take them until you and your doctor feel you no longer need them.  You know as well as the rest of us that meds help in many different ways and are meant to be useful to us.
 
Do you have any idea what might have brought this round of anxiety on?  Has something happened that you just haven't thought of that could have caused it?  Something very trivial even.  Whatever the reason, keep posting and we will continue to help you through it to the best of our ability.  We care about you and look forward to getting to know you better.
 
Take care,
Wen

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dcoach76
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   Posted 5/21/2008 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Wen,
I'm not sure what brought on the panic attack and anxiety except that it may have had something to do with me being in great shape for awhile and then falling out of shape. I work inside and outside, and sometimes when I'm working outside in the heat, I get short of breath and anxious, that may have had something to do with it. But, the real reason my doctor put me back on the Neurontin was because after the first panic attack, I fell back into a daily routine of anxiety, and I had a really hard time of controlling it.
 
Wow, I'm not sure what Johai wrote, but that person doesn't sound like a fan of meds, reading what I could read scared me though. I hate meds, but I feel I need them.
 
Thanks so much for your support,
D

wen4003
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   Posted 5/21/2008 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi D,
 
I'm sure you will get back into shape soon and if you don't please don't beat yourself up about it  You know as well as I do that it will only make the anxiety worse.  Take the meds that you and your doc have decided is best for you, your doc wouldn't lead you in the wrong direction because it wouldn't be in your best interest. 
 
As for Johai and what you were able to read, please disregard anything this person has to say and don't let it scare you.  No matter what this person's profession may be, he/she does not know all there is to know about meds.  So please just follow your docotor's orders and if you have questions about the meds ask either your doc or pharmacist as they are the best ones to give the kind of advice you need.  If the Klonopin helps to relieve some of the anxiety take that as your doc has ordered as well, it's what is most likely best for you.
 
Remember, we are here to help and support you so please keep posting so we can do that.
 
Take care,
Wen

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Always seek professional advice from your doctor.

Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea

Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome D
Glad you found us here and I do hope you will continue to stay with us and get the support you need
I think you will be just fine and with the new dose of meds plus taking the Klonopin as needed will help you
I would let your doc know you are taking them ( klonopin as needed) just so he is in the know about what you are doing
I dont believe taking 1 mg daily would hurt you yet I am not a professional I am just like you I have anxiety and panic and I take Valium for it .......
I have for over 30 plus yrs
I did wean off of them WITH my doc's approval ( and a slow wean that did not affect me as badly as I had though it might )
but due to many circumstances within my life I needed to go back on them again'
I am the better for it IMHO

Stay with us and yes plz do keep posting......get the support and caring you need


LYN

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/23/2008 10:26:09 AM (GMT-6)


dcoach76
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Howlyncat,
Thanks for the response. Yes, my doctor has me on a mid-range dose of Zoloft at 75mg, and she has me on a low dose of Neurontin at 1200mg a day (yes, that's a low dose for that med.) I took Neurontin for years and then stopped when I was feeling better, but now I'm back on due to the return of my anxiety. It helps me greatly, is not addictive, and there are very few side effects...I've talked to a lot of anxiety sufferers that use Neurontin and swear by it. Now, as for the Klonopin, I only use that when I need it...for extenuating or certain situations...have only taken a very low dose of Neurontin today, and I feel great...knock on wood.
 
Thanks again for your support!
D

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
D
Glad you are having a good day
'Keep posting and letting us know how things are going for you k

LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
 
Moderator @ Anxiety Panic..Alzheimer's..Co mod @ Crohns
                               FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
 
   
 
                   
 


stkitt
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning dcoach76,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.  I am Kitt and I did write you a long message yesterday and then poof it went into cyberspace.  I did not see the message about the outtage.............dah.

I am glad you have a combination of meds that is working for you.  I took Klonopin for a very short time and feel it is a good drug for quick relief of panic.  I agree with Lyn on using your meds.  If you need them and they help you, then using them is a wise decision.

Every drug has many side effects but each person responds differently to meds.  Please remember, however,  to never  rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forum to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified health or medical professionals to meet your individual health or medical needs. 

You appear to have a good physician and a trust relationship with this person. I am glad you have joined us as we love new members in our family.

Hugs to you
Kitt 


 
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dcoach76
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/21/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
Thanks so, so much for your kind words and advice...which I am taking! I've been with the same Dr. for about 8 years, and I trust her completely. She is definitely one that believes in the benefits of medication, so I trust her and do what she says. She helped me greatly over the years with this regimine of meds, so starting them back up again seems to be working greatly.
 
Thanks again so much, and I look forward to posting more.
 
D

stkitt
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   Posted 5/22/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello D,

The sun is sort of shining here today.  How are you doing?  Just thought I would drop in and check on you :)

Hugs
Kitt


 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


dcoach76
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   Posted 5/22/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitt,

Actually, I feel great today. My doctor took me off of the Neurontin yesterday because she said that the increase in Zoloft should do the trick, and now I don't have to put up with any of the pesky side effects from the N. So, I'm actually LESS medicated and feeling great. I am starting today on my new workout regimine, so I should start to see not only physical gains, but from those physical gains...mental gains will come too!

Great day today!

D      :-)


percycat
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   Posted 5/22/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
D,

That's such great news. I'm glad you're feeling good and hopeful!

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
D
So happy to see you still around and sharing your days with us
I have been away sick and have missed you all so much

See ya rounbd the boards

Tis beautiful outside today here in Ontario Canada but I am stuck in the house ......whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Sick again whats up with that I do say lol
Take care all

Laugh and LIVE

LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
 
Moderator @ Anxiety Panic..Alzheimer's..Co mod @ Crohns
                               FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
 
   
 
                   
 

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