Zoloft and Panic Attacks

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Cassiopea57
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   Posted 11/11/2006 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
sad Hi, this is for first time on here and I am a little nervious. This past year, I've been suffering from Panic Attacks. I only take Xanax if they get really bad and that is 2.5 mg. He gave me .5, but they are too strong so I cut them in half. Two weeks agao, he wanted me to Effexor. The first and onlu time I took, I had panic attacks all day. Today, I started off on a 25 mg of Zoloft. Thing thing. Panic Attacks all day. I felt gitterey and just night right. Outside of counseling, is it possible to continue to take the Xanax on an as needed basis and not take an antidepressant. I really don't suffer much ffrom depression....mostly anxiety and panic attacks. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

dmb1975
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   Posted 11/11/2006 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.
I tried 25 mg of Zoloft 6 weeks ago... took it for 5 days and then ended up in the ER with a bad reaction to it. It just didn't work for me, it kept me up all night, made me feel REALLY weak, anxious, etc. I stopped that and just have taken 1/2 of my .5 mg Xanax when panic attacks occur. I went to my Therapist last week and she would like me to try Lexapro. I am really nervous about trying it. But, also want to feel better again... So, I have a Dr. appt. on the 21st, so we will see if my Dr. also thinks that I should get it a go.
I am going to try and take the lexapro in the evening before bed, because the zoloft i took in the am and i could never sleep and also felt really, really panicky on it.

Shebig
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   Posted 11/11/2006 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Cassiopea

Welcome to the site, sorry about the circumstances though. I take Zoloft and Klonopin. When I first started the Zoloft, I got very nervous and paniky for the first couple of weeks, but these side effects subsided. You may not be able to take SSRI's, not everyone can. I'm not sure if you can take Xanax alone for a long period of time, but there are many anti-d's out there and I'm sure your doctor will find one that will help.

Anti-d's also help anxiety as well as deppression, I don't really get depressed either, I mainly have A/P, but my anti-d seems to be helping quite a bit. I hope you feel better soon and it's nice to meet you.

smurf  Judy


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janetlee
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   Posted 11/12/2006 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
As Judy said, some SSRIs are for anxiety as well as depression. You may want to ask your doctor about Atenelol or Inderal, to see if it would be an option. These are blood pressure meds that slow your heart rate. I am on Atenelol and it helps me to not go into a PA. Many performers use this med before going onstage, to prevent PAs. They don't stop the anxy feeling, but do control your heart pounding so hard and fast.
Best wishes!
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   Posted 11/12/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Welcome to HW were happy you have joined us here. You will find pleanty of support and information here and it won't take long you will be calling us all your friends.
 
I see you are already receiving some great information and support. Please post as often ans you like and welcome again to HW.
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Cassiopea57
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   Posted 11/12/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the replys. Last night, I spent some time researching the SSRI's and I do not think at this time, I will able to take them. As soon as my body starts reacting to any meds (other then the Xanax), it goes into panic mode. I hate it...and I hate to keep trying different ones thinking "this one will be different". Tueaday, I start seeing a new therapist and am looking forward to it. I saw the last one for 6 years an dearly loved her. But we became too close of friends and it wasn't working anymore. My goal is to get through this without the antidepressants and hopefully wean off the Xanax in time. Sometimes, I get scared I will always be this way. Anyway, thanks again to all of you. I will keep you in my prayers for full & complete recovery. Linda

ROLLINGSTONE
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   Posted 11/14/2006 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
HI
I am new to this. I too suffer from panic attacks. I take zoloft and I am still afraid to go places in fear of having another attack. How do I cope with this

Rollingstone

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   Posted 11/14/2006 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this chat room how does this work some please help me

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smittythepig
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   Posted 11/14/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
just to offer up another anecdotal experience:
 
i took zoloft for about 7 or 8 years. then i switched to lexapro for a year only because i had gained weight and wanted to try something different since i had been on zoloft for so long. i should have just stuck with the zoloft. but i will get to that in a minute. 
 
when i started the zoloft i went a full 5 weeks or more where the anxiety was even worse than it had been before. i am not sure why i stuck it out, but i did consult my doctor several times and he reiterated that it often takes as much as 6 weeks to truly kick in. fortunately i listened to him this time and gave it a chance. 5 or 6 weeks is an eternity when you are going through severe anxiety. but at around the 5 week mark, when my dosage had been increased to the max 200mg/day, it kicked in almost all at once and i realized i wasn't anxious every moment and i couldn't even give myself a panic attack if i tried. it just got better from there. for 7 or 8 years while i was on it i didn't really have any panic attacks at all. i could still get nervous or anxious in certain situations, but it was under control. the reason i started taking it in the first place was for both OCD and anxiety. i also was not so stuck on thoughts like i had been in the past with the OCD.
 
anyway, i switched to lexapro a little over a year ago and didn't have any issues with the switch. it was seemless. in retrospect i wonder if this was because the lexapro wasn't strong enough for me (no pain no gain, right ;-). but this May i had kind of a relapse and came to the conclusion the lexapro just wasn't strong enough for me or wasn't working on the right parts of my brain (even though it's an SSRI there are subtle differences between all of them that aren't totally understood). so i switched back to zoloft. the transition was rough for about the same 5 or 6 weeks. and each time the dose was increased the anxiety peaked for several days. so clearly zoloft has a very strong impact on me. but the benefits, once it starts doing it's job properly, are worth it. this time those 5 weeks or so weren't quite as bad as before because i kind of expected it and had hope that if i rode it out it would work again for me. and so far it has.
 
so the bottom line is that zoloft, and probably most of these drugs (like drugs of all kinds), have an odd tendency to make the problem they are fixing worse initially. and again, a month is an awful long time. but i would seriously consider trying to give it , or some other SSRI, that period of time. if it's still not helping after 6 weeks i would then try something else. because again what works for one person soemtimes doesn't work as well or at all for someone else. it's a rough process trying to find the right medication, and it takes a while. but once you do it's totally worth it i think. 6 weeks is relatively short when you think of it in terms of being happy for years to come.
 
just my 2 cents.

MsKittie
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   Posted 11/14/2006 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Rollingstone

You made it to chat thismorning but the site reset it's self and you didn't come back.

Please click on chat above on the blue line.


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Cassiopea57
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   Posted 11/14/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Just My 2 Cents and to all the others who've replied. If my panic attacks were not so severe, I might try riding it out for 5 or 6 weeks. But right now, I just can't. I started with a new therapist today, so hopefully in a few weeks, I may feel better about taking Zoloft. Time will tell. Thanks again. I really do appreciate everyones input.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/14/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to all the new ppl
I know you will all find a great support system here and find the ppl fantastic too
I dont take SSRI's my choice and yes I do take a med somewhat like you do Cassiopiea I have found that the meds for my a/p are enough for me....on a need to take only basis I dont take all the time .......

Rollingstone I think Ms Kittie got ya there lol

Smitty
most ssri's take or can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to feel the benefits I am not against them I choose not to take : many ppl do carry on well with both classes of meds IMO
Again all welcome to HW post and get to know us all and us you
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   Posted 11/17/2006 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
hope no one else has this problem but it sounds like some of you do. each new symptom or disease causes me to run to this computer and research like a crazy woman ( which i probably am). i cant stop until i run out of information and then go back to see where i fit??  then i worry until i see the doctor-sometimes im wrong-sometimes im right.  but the point is i dont need the extra anxiety and knowing a few days sooner?  not much help to anyone, especially us with to much to worry about already!  advice to myself> listen to the doctor, then check up on him!
                                         advice to myself> sometimes the less you think about things, the better.
i take zoloft 100mg, and have for about 10 years.  its true that you need to give it alot of time to actually settle in and start helping you feel less anxious.  personally i think its working sooner then we think as zoloft has never given me a single clue that im taking it...yet i notice im calmer, and can even keep less stressed by my kids!  its not a miracle cure but it sure helps.
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