Best medicine for Anxiety?

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   Posted 5/24/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Buspar once or twice a day and I don't notice it does much - except sometimes makes me sleepy for about 20 minutes after I take it.

I would like to take something daily that really really helps daily anxiety. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm sick of this feeling.

Also does anyone have any success stories with anything other than drugs? Because I would really rather not take. I have ready Lucinda Bassett's anxiety book but it's about mind over matter. It's harder than it sounds.. ha

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   Posted 5/24/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
long time ago - i tried paxil and senoquin i think - they both just knocked me out. can't remember what it did for anxiety but made me gain like 10 pounds. ick. i know paxil is not healthy to take -

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   Posted 5/24/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety for me is all about how you look at it, I feel the meds cover up the underlying issue

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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
If drugs cover up "underlying issues" that cause me extreme anxiety, I say bring on the drugs! I will NOT feel like that again as long as there's a way to NOT feel that way!
I know I repeat this over and over here, but one thing that will help anxiety, besides drugs, is Taurine (an amino acid) which is non-toxic. I thought it was a bunch of baloney too until I gave in and tried it! My anxiety was in high gear and I'd been putting off trying it. My Mom encouraged me to give it a go and VOILA'! It helped!! It's not like xanax, but it sure took a lot of the edge off!

You mentioned that you take buspar. Buspar is not like a benzo that knocks your anxiety out. Rather, it is an anti-anxiety medicine that affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Buspirone is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.
So although it helps with anxiety, its effects are not like xanax or valium, etc.

I've been on buspar for many years in addition to SSRIs. I stopped taking it for awhile and noticed that my anxiety eventually started getting worse without it. Now I take it everyday.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, five years ago when I first noticed problems with my anxiety, I tried Lexapro. It worked for the anxiety, but it made me absolutely lethargic and anti-social. It didn't bother me, because I was in that medicated state, but it definitely bothered my friends and family. My doctor switched me to Effexor, and I have been on that now for five years. It's true, the withdrawal symptoms are hellish, and you need to be weaned off of it very slowly when you do choose to wean, but it does help my anxiety. For attacks I have the backup Xanax, but that's not a daily thing for me. Effexor seems to control things pretty well.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new here and I no longer have anxiety. I was an anxiety sufferer for 10 years. I know what you mean with it is harder than it is, because I too read the Lucinda book and I went to her seminar and it didn't help me at all. however if you like please go to my profile because I wrote a reply of which I think may help you. It is a small story of how I fought anxiety with no drugs.
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