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Hi,
 I have had an anxiety disorder with an overlay of depression for about three years, after five years of leg and knee operations. I have kind of gotten control of the depression, which was mild, and the anxiety from 2mg of xanax each morning. I would like to lost the xanax and wonder what AD is felt to be the most effective against anxiety? I'm taking 20mg of Prozac which helps with the depression at bit but can't tell any difference in the anxiety. It's a wierd pattern. I wake up every morning with anxiety, starts to dissipate by mid afternoon and is completely gone by night. I could withstand an enemy attack at night...nothing bothers me, but in the morning I feel like s.... Any ideas would be appreciated as it is driving me nuts!
Barbara

GFK
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   Posted 1/14/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Each AD works differently for everyone. You just need to find which one works for you.

For me, Zoloft did nothing, but paxil has been working for 10 years.

Karen

jzz
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   Posted 1/14/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen,
Has Paxil helped with both depression and anxiety?
b

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   Posted 1/14/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
everyone reacts differently to antidepressants, since the usual prozac dose range is 20 to 80, first ask about upping the dose
 
its common to be at your worst on waking
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Aussieangel
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   Posted 1/14/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Zoloft worked for me for both, avanza and effexor haven't worked.

I now find being on clonazapam for the anxiety the best and my new doctor is going to start me on Przac for the depression as he finds that combination really good for both depression and anxety.

It is an individual thing though, what works for one doesn't work for others.

jzz
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   Posted 1/14/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the advice. I think I misspoke when I said I had upped to 20mg. I am taking 20mg in the am and 20 in the pm. I am going to up to 40mg in the am and 20 in the pm and see if the effects are a little stronger. I have had no side effects through the whole thing. When I was in the hospital and just left my 2mg zanax off in the morning I had no ill effects. I guess I'm lucky, but on the other hand I need more to get a response from meds.
I do have a question. Is it common in anxiety disorders to have the exact effect, the exact timing, and the exact reaction day after day, no matter what happens during that particular day or night? Also, mine  seems all physical, jumpy stomach, tightness down the spin, instead of mental turmoil. It is a puzzle, and as I never in 55 years had problems with anxiety or depression, I have no point of reference. I'm 62 now so between constant pain and then this anxiety kickin I'm at a lost. It started on a single morning in July two years ago and had not left except during my operations for almost three years. Very strange......
Thanks again,
b

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   Posted 1/14/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Paxil really is the only one that has worked for me. The problem with Paxil though is it is very hard to get off of even when weaning down.

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." Thomas B. Macaulay


tylerman
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   Posted 1/14/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have that too. I usually have the most anxiety during the morning/afternoon, but at night it gets a lot easier.

jzz
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   Posted 1/15/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

This thing is really wierd. It's like it's controlled by time instead of situations or environmental factors. It started full blast on a day two and a half years ago and hasn't let up since. It's driving me nuts!

b


sandie222
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   Posted 1/19/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
What do u mean by paxil is hard to get off of is it addictive ?

sandie222
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   Posted 1/19/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
is paxil addictive?

Ginny
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   Posted 1/19/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Barbara,
 
My anxiety is EXACTLY the same as yours!!  I'm a mess in the a.m., but by supper time everything has calmed down and I feel normal.  I'm only getting 4 or 5 hours of relief every day.  It's driving me crazy too!  As you can see from my signature lines I have a lot of crap going on.  We're (me and the docs) aren't sure where the anxiety is stemming from either.  Lupus is brutal if it gets in the brain or spinal cord, so I might have some central nervous system lupus going on or my seizure disorder that is causing the anxiety.
 
I was on Paxil for 5 years (2000 - 2005).  It took me 2 years to taper off of only 30mg!  It's VERY addictive stuff.  I had to come off of it because it was causing really bad side effects.  It did squat for the depression and actually made it worse.  So I came off of it and for about a year I was fantastic.  No anxiety, no depression.  Now the anxiety is back and I don't know why!
 
So I understand your frustration for sure.  I'm on Frisium (Clobazam) for my seizures.  It's an AD but a mild one.  I'm also on a tricylic acid called Amitriptyline.  Again, low dose for my fibromyalgia pain.  So neither AD's are used to treat depression.  I just don't have depression!  But I will if this anxiety keeps up for much longer!
 
Good luck in your search for a reason and a treatment Barbara. 
 
God bless,
 
Ginny
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Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder, libman sach's endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, food allergies
Prednisone, Imuran, Coumidin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, micronor, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Acidophilus


jzz
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   Posted 1/19/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ginny,
 
And I think I've got problems! Mine sounds quite minor next to your problems. My two knees are doing well, I hope my additional exercise will help me lost weight some day, and my health otherwise is good. It's just this anxiety that is driving me nuts as well as some depressive episodes. If I can get my meds balanced maybe I can get a handle on the anxiety. My main problem is that I have been so even tempered and had no depression or anxiety my whole life and all of a sudden I'm hit with it. I have nothing to compare it with...how bad it is, etc. But, it could be worse as I always used to say. I wish you the best! Keep in touch.
Barbara

Ginny
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   Posted 1/19/2007 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barbara,
 
Well!  We all have our health issues and they all deserve equal attention! I hope you feel encouraged that you're not alone in this battle.  I love HW just for that reason.  There are people here who care and want to help! 
 
I also understand how disturbing it is to have this going on when you've been so well and even-tempered your whole life!  I'm in that boat too....  It's upsetting isn't it.
 
I'll be saying prayers for you Barbara!  When the anxiety gets really bad, I love to pray.  It's calming.... :-)
 
God bless,
 
Ginny
"Thank you God for the storms that blow me right into your arms!"

Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder, libman sach's endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, food allergies
Prednisone, Imuran, Coumidin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, micronor, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Acidophilus


Geebs
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   Posted 1/19/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
All of the SSRIs work equally well for both anxiety and depression, but no one can tell you which one is going to work for you unfortunately. I've used Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Trazodone and now, Lexapro. Prozac made me extremely anxious and did not work for my depression, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you.

Paxil was the best, followed by Zoloft. Now, I'm trying Lexapro because the Zoloft has pooped out after 6 years.

jzz
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   Posted 1/21/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again for the kind words. I know all of this is tough for everyone. There are so many variables and with most of us other things involved. One of my most used saying is things could be worse. I try to keep it in my mind as much as possible. The hardest thing for me with this anxiety thing is I feel so like myself at night and I know the next morning the funky feeling will be there when I wake up. One day maybe it will change. I hope it does for you guys too.
Take care and have a good Sunday.
Barbara
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