meds for panic attacks

can you help me w/anxiety attack meds? and dvt problem?
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does anyone take klonipin for panic attacks? - 0.0%
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what works best for you? - 50.0%
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should i consider surgery to remove clots that are apparently not going to dissolve? - 0.0%
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i am so confused and stresed by it all;help, please - 50.0%

 
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artpainter
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   Posted 9/7/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, i want/need to know what meds ..if any..are most effective for panic attacks;i was doing pretty well until recently:the attacks are back  & they are awful!! my doc will not prescribe xanax  or valium;she has me on a low dose of klonipin..is nt working;i will appreciate any feedback any of you can give me ..thanks , artpainter44 :-)
        different subject yet related due to stress;i have had dvt since late feb. ..still have clots in the deep vein in lft calf..my doc waffles abt surgery, says the clots probably won't move;probably? scarey, huh...does anyone know anything about deep vein thrombosis? and about surgery as an option:ie: will medicaid pay for it;i cannot get a straight nswer from anyone;hep, i just want my life back..i still paint in bed w/ leg propped up but it is so limiting..no more big paintings, etc...i will appreciate any information on either or both of these problems.hugs, thanks again, art eyes :-) :-)
i am a freelane artist with too any interests to list here;i believe in kindnes and compassion towards others...and towards animals and all living things...i will respect you if you wil respect me;we are in the same boat, really, we humans..sick or well. if we do not treat one another well, then why are we here?please, please, be kind & & listen....& "walk a mile in my shoes". wewill all be happs


LondonGirl22
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   Posted 9/8/2007 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
since taking effexor, my anxiety and panic attacks have reduced greatly

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Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX


debaser
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   Posted 9/8/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Klonopin for panic and it has worked very well for me. You say you're on a "low dose". How much do you take and how often?
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artpainter
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   Posted 9/8/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, debaser....thanks for the response;my doc has me on .5 mg of klonipin twice daily as needed for panic attacks;she told me not to take more than 1/2 mg at a time so i haven't ....i have had chronic severe anxiety since i was 7 and took valium for it in my 20's ;5 mg twice a day, which worked well and prevented attacks. how much klonipin do you take? thanks, painter i am female, by the way..doesn't matter except there are hormonal components involved also. tc
i am a freelane artist with too any interests to list here;i believe in kindnes and compassion towards others...and towards animals and all living things...i will respect you if you wil respect me;we are in the same boat, really, we humans..sick or well. if we do not treat one another well, then why are we here?please, please, be kind & & listen....& "walk a mile in my shoes". wewill all be happs


stkitt
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   Posted 9/8/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, This is Kitt.  I took  Klonopin for a short time but then went to Ativan at high dose 4mg.  I am still weaning off of the Ativan.  We switched over from Ativan to Valium for the weaning.  I have actually liked the Valium as it is longer acting.

I would need more info re your DVT to make any comments..........what surgical procedure?  What med treatments have you had?

I am so sorry you having a rough time.  I wish you peace and happiness.  Keep posting.

 

 


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tinybit
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   Posted 9/8/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm sorry your having a rough time. my shrink has me on xanax 1mg. 3 times a day. plus i take abilify, topamax, and wellbutrin. and invega if i get to scared lol. but i also am bipolar and have depression. to bad your doctor want give you xanax. good luck.
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   Posted 9/8/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, I have been on Effexor but that didn't help me with the anxiety/panic. I went to my GP and still coudln't get anything and I asked my Psy even that failed and I had to just endure everything. Lot of it has passed may be because I don't have those problems.....

 


 
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debaser
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   Posted 9/8/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
artpainter said...
hi, debaser....thanks for the response;my doc has me on .5 mg of klonipin twice daily as needed for panic attacks;she told me not to take more than 1/2 mg at a time so i haven't ....i have had chronic severe anxiety since i was 7 and took valium for it in my 20's ;5 mg twice a day, which worked well and prevented attacks. how much klonipin do you take? thanks, painter i am female, by the way..doesn't matter except there are hormonal components involved also. tc


artpainter,

.5 mg Klonopin isn't really a low dose...it's the target dose. Clinically they've found that .5 mg bid has proven effective for most people with panic disorder. You're doing the right thing by following the doctor's orders.

I'm on the same dose you're on, although I've been cleared to take an extra .5 mg tablet now and then if I have a bad day. I very rarely take extra (I hate pills), and when I do I usually break the thing in half.

For me the Klonopin started working almost as soon as I started taking it; however, for others I have read that it takes a week or so to really get in a groove. How long have you been on it?

There are certain drugs that will decrease the level of BZ in your system, and I honestly don't know what they are other than Carbamazepine, Phenobarbital, Rifampin. My internet's slow for some reason and I can't get to my PDR. Maybe Kitt is around and can list some more.

There are several other questions to ask. Let's see. Are you taking Roche Klonopin or generic Clonazepam? Some generics are better than others. I've had good luck with Caraco and less luck with Teva, and have heard (this is hearsay, of course) that pure-pac and some other brand is just plain ineffective. I believe 20 percent is what the FDA allows for therapeutic potency when manufacturing generics, but benzos have a narrow index so you'd ideally like to get as close to Roche as possible. A few months ago the pharmacist substituted some of my Caraco generic for the genuine Klonopin. I took it for several days and monitored myself as closely as one can possibly monitor themselves (a lot of room for error there) and I saw very little difference. But that's just me; everyone's different.

The main difference between generics and the name brands are the inactive ingredients (binding agents). Everyone on the planet is different and will metabolize these and the active ingredients a little differently. My doctor and I had a discussion about this just yesterday, in fact. Depending on your size, weight, and a million other factors, you may simply need more Klonopin/Clonazepam than the "target dose". However I'd be careful about that. You don't want to take more than needed, ever.

So I'd think if you've been on this stuff for a week or so and it still hasn't helped, you should go back to your doctor as soon as possible and ask a whole bunch of questions. Benzo's aren't quite like SSRI's and stuff like that...if you really do have anxiety then they should be effective. That doesn't mean they are the best drugs in all cases, but they should be effective to some degree. If it's not, there's a reason somewhere.

I wish I could help you more with the DVT and all that, but I don't know anything about it. If all this stuff is causing you a whole, whole lot of stress, then of course the pills are going to be limited in what they can do for you. On the other hand, I think you would notice a difference on the Klonopin, at least, even if it didn't "fix" you.

Lastly, what kind of doctor are you seeing for this? I've had good luck with my GPs, but ideally a psychiatrist would be part of the mix as they are expert in all types of psychotropic medications.

Good luck to you.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/

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