I'm on Lexapro and had found it to be wonderfull for me, but at frist I did have problems sleeping but got over it as it kick in and had found it to help out so much for me that I haven't had a P/A since I started it.
lexapro is one of many SSRI or prozac type meds, what happened when he tried the others? how long did he take them?
if he gave them a long enough trial then perhaps the SSRI type will never work for him and he should be trying some other type, there are several and often if 1 type doesnt work another will, sadly docs dont always think of this
mirtazepine and effexor are 2 of the other types as an example, staying on ativan is quite normal when starting any antidepressant and can help reduce any early side effects
I used to have panic attacks some lasted for hours, ativan or any other valium type med in a large enough dose will greatly reduce or stop any panic attack, but should only be taken as needed, he shouldnt rely on it too much or dependance can result
these work fastest if the tablets are disolved under the tongue, read up about sublingually on the net
tell him to try to relax and to not tense up to try to stop the panic attacks,let them happen when panicky he should breathe deep and slow and avoid rapid panting
there are many self help books on overcoming panic disorder or agoraphobia, get some and if he becomes too nervous when reading them, you can read them to him
it will help if you rub or massage him as he is probably very tense, any warmed vegetable oil helps with this
the panic attacks wont harm him
stay with us and read the other posts, try to build up a supply of ativan as he doesnt want to run out
Yes i have p/a with phobias. I took paxil years ago, which helped. Can't take because I am still breastfeeding. So they tried zoloft, it made me Too....Tired..... So I am on effexor with much relief. I just upped my dosage to 150mg last night.
I was able to go shopping this weekend, something I haven't done in several months. I give thanks to my God for this.
Was I talking to you in the chat room last night?
A long with the Lexapro I take Diazepam for my moments of high anxiety and haven't had one manafest itself into a panic attack yet
If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues wouldbe without root and would not last. -St. Vincent de Paul
about 5 months ago I was given an rx for Lexipro -5 mg once a day- I took it before bed. I woke up @ 2 hours later with a feeling like I had 5 cups of coffee- it was horrible. I was almost hallucinating...I immediatly stopped the drug.
I do take xanax at bed time usually, but occassionaly once during the day as well, depending on my anxiety level. My dose is to break a .25 mg tablet in half. And believe it or not, .125 works for me. I have an unusually low tolerance for all drugs and alcohol so it never takes much to kick in..
I was given another rx for 5mg lexipro and told to give it a try- I was told to break it in half- and take 2.5 mg once a day. I am on my third day and I still feel like I am speeding - I feel hyper -like I am on the verge of a panic attack -but luckily, so far, it never materializes. although - it seems my stress/depression related symptoms (heavy legs, occasional paralytic swallowing like thingy, and SOB) have subsided. AND... it also feels like my sympathtic nerve response has been put to sleep- which is a good thing because as you all know that little nerve can completely unnerve somone with an anxiety disorder.
My concern is that all I see here on this site are people talking about brain fog, and/or sleepyness. I have the opposite. I feel like I need to take half a xanax to calm me down mid day... which I do- but is this normal? Should I keep taking this drug? I would liek to know your thoughts..