is the meds dose correct ?

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   Posted 10/16/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
many docs refuse to take SA sufferers seriously and think of us as hypochondriacs or that we are greatly exagerating in some hysterical way
this results in the right meds but at much too low doses VIEW IMAGE

for many years, I took a max of 2mg valium a day, took ages for me to realise that this dose was much too low to help me, none of the many docs or psychs I saw told me this VIEW IMAGE

also after finding out the benefits of beta blockers I finally got a doc to prescribe me some but of course his dose was much too low to help me
its a good idea to study your prescribed meds on the net for possible side effects and the usual dose  range
a few older docs still dont know about panic attacks and confuse them with siezures or hypoglycemia or transient strokes (TIA)

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 10/16/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Harry thanks I really do appreciate you valuable input to the forum
Thanks again
BTW Totally in agreement I was on 2 mgs 4 times daily and that was to help stop sores
Luck for me I have a doc that listens cares and talks to me about tx not just decides on his own how to try and " fix me" if only there were more like him out there
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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
The problem for docs is that dosage varies so much between individuals.
In the early 70's I was on valium doses of 30mg and 60mg daily(sometimes taken in one dose). Days taking 100mg+ were frequent...but not recommended.
At the same time my sister-in-law took 2mg and within 30 minutes was asleep for over 24 hours.

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Post Edited (jethro) : 10/16/2006 4:29:35 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/17/2006 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe it totally has to do with our Metabolism and what rate it is going or not going at
My doc said that the amount of ativan (posted above ) would have knoocked him on his keister yet he is a big amn and me I am just over the 100 + lbs so go figure .
It seems like you harry and I are from the old school with meds and docs
it is to bad that doctors have still not tottally taken to unsteratanding and doing more research inot A/P
I am truly bless with my family doc
He is our doc ,therapist and just all around darn good listener
Also as I have many times posted he will listen to my thoughts baout tx and he will wiegh up his thoughts about his and mine and we work together thus making it so much easier on me
Empathy is one of his greatest attributes and sadly that is not the case with many docs
be well all take care and
great input and insight
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   Posted 10/17/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
my doc keeps adding meds. I am already on too many. She added wellbutrin on top of my Lexapro and then I couldnt sleep, so she called in a sleeping pill... she doesn't get it. I'm just not going to take all that! Soooooo,
I stopped the Wellbutrin. Therapist thinks I need to see an endocrinologist. Maybe????
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   Posted 10/17/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with harry, its hard for them to get it right, and im lucky in that way with lyn, my doc really does listen to me, hes just a family doc, so thats the bad part, but.....since he does listen and spends enough time with me that its worth it. Bear, since i was in the hospital last month, i have carried around 10 bottles of different meds i have had to take, not all at the same time, but its a nightmare. But, at the moment i do need them all, :( ....i wont for long. I HATE taking meds for anything, but whew with this stuff, its better than the alternative. I hope all goes well with you, but please ask ya doc bout the wellbutrin again, just to be safe....not that i want you to take to many pills, i just get scared when we go to messing with it ourselves ;) an endocrinologist could be just what you need, dont they deal with metabolism? take care
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