Don't Know If Medications Are Working Anymore

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Camylou
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   Posted 6/16/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
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I don't know if my medications are working anymore; I'm on fluoxetine (Prozac) and alprazolam (Xanax) and I am still having panic attacks. I missed work today, but I've GOT to get to work somehow tomorrow, I don't care if my husband has to drive me there. Going there scares the dickens out of me, but I have to be able to work. I don't want to go down the path to disability; I think I am still capable of working---just overcoming the fear once I get to the workplace. So tomorrow it's off to work, no matter how I feel. I'm more scared of losing my job than being scared to be there.
Keep you posted on the outcome.
Camylou

stkitt
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Camylou

Good morning. I am sorry your going through a rough time. Have you talked with your Dr. about your medications as there are many choices and it often takes a hit and miss approach to find the med that works best for you.

Also wondering if you have a therapist to see and talk through your problems with. My therapist is great and she always helps me put things into perspective.

Take care and keep us updated.

Kindly,

Kitt

melodee
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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Kitt. There are other medications you can try. If one med doesn't work, you should be able to consult your doctor and have him prescribe a different one. I've switched meds 5 times. Finally I found one that worked for me.

The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
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Camylou
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I am going to see a psychiatrist on June 24, who will probably decide whether my medication should be changed and what to. My current doctor has me on the "maximum" amount of Prozac and Xanax he will give me, so no upping on those. Once the psychiatrist issues his psych assessment, I will likely (hopefully) have some changes to my medications with better outcome. Right now, they don't seem to be working very well. I have no idea what the problem is---I'm taking them correctly (right time, etc.), but they're just not dulling the panic attacks. I'm missing more work every day and it is frightening to me. My husband and I live off of what I make, because he's unemployed and works odd jobs to bring in a little extra cash. Talk about causing anxiety attacks, huh? I will keep you posted on what happens, and in the mean time pray for me to be able to go back to work, and keep working like I used to be able to do with no problem. This whole thing makes me think I'm going crazy, but crazy people aren't as mentally lucid as I am so maybe not.
Camylou

stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Camylou,

I have been on medications that just pooped out on me. So then to the trial and error of finding a new one that works. I think I have finally found one so life is looking good right now and I will live in the moment.

You are not crazy by any means. You have some very real problems that are causing your anxiety to be elevated. I will say a prayer for you and I hope your appointment next Thursday goes well.

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

Camylou
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I can hardly wait for Thursday to get here. I have so many things I need to have answered about what has happened to my mind and what I can do about it. I really don't think my medications are working any more, at least to full capacity. I'm missing work everyday because I'm having panic attacks every day, and I need to get back to work. And I'm scared to death to go to work, I just don't know why. I guess 21 years of the U.S. Postal Service has taken its toll on me mentally. I talk to people that have been there longer than I have, and they say they can't wait to get out of there, per all the awful things they've had to go through to work there. I will let you know how the appointment goes and hopefully the report will be good, toward getting me started toward recovery.
Camylou
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