Good Morning OC Guy
Welcome to the Anxiety/Panic Forum, this is Kitt.
You describe what, IMO, sounds like anxiety and perhaps you start to hyperventilate and then feel like fainting??? If you only have this happen in crowds and when your home alone, then I would suspect it is a problem you have no matter where you are.
I would suggest following your physician's directions and your not going to become addicted in a couple of weeks. Your other option is, as Lyn pointed out, go back to your physician and discuss the meds and different meds or look at therapy of some sort.
You are truly among a caring group of people that understand this disorder very well.
Stay with us and keep posting. Again welcome.
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