MAO inhibitor for anxiety and panic attacks

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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
I justwondered if anyone is taking an MAO
Inhibitor for panic attacks for anxiety?
Many Thanks :-)

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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   


MAO inhibitors have much clearer indications for use in the treatment of depression, especially for patients who have atypical features or treatment-resistant illness.  The use of MAO Inhibitors for anxiety is not something I am familiar with.

However, another member may have some info for you.  :)

Take care and keep posting.

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Wiggyann, Hi, I was put on a MAO for depression/anxiety a few years ago but found that it didn't work for me (but most meds don't so no true indicator!). 

Have you ben prescribed this med or just thinking about it? It can have some contradinications (spelling?) and side effects that can be unpleasant.  Oh gosh I'm sounding negative here!! I hope someone else can help you more than me.  Keep us posted.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
stkitt and nervymeg,

Thanks so much for your posts. I had
panic attacks and severe anxiety for years
and took many different anti-depressants
which did not work.

Then, I ran into a girl I had gone to high school with and she suffered from panic attacks and had been started on the MAO
Inhibitor, Nardil and was doing great.
So, I made an appointment with her doctor and he started me on Nardil also. This helped me immensely and I have been taking it for over 25 years now. In that time, I have found several other ladies who have been on them for a number of years.

I wanted to find out if anyone is taking an MAO who posted on this site. Plus, I would like to find out what other medications have really taken care of this condition?

Thanks a lot,

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/21/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi !  I have been yaking a maoi, parnate, for years now.  It is the absolute best for depression but because of its worrisome side effects, it is a last resort medicine.  It is wonderful (although I do take many others.)  Without it I become catatonic.  (I also suffer from a rare form of bipolar.)  Always carry the food don'ts list with you and get ready to bevery outspoken.  You will be at part's and have to always turn down wine.  No chocolate either.  And forget CHinease food.  You are going to have to speak up and answer questions over and over.  I don't mind; I feel like I am educating people about mental illness and not "fake" it is.  Who would turn down a free trip to Napa Valley season opening wine and cheese tasting party if they were just trying to get attention?  I live in California so that has actually happened to me.  You will need to ask what is in the "house dressing" - a lot contain Blue CHeese.  Most good cheeses are off the list   I love to know I can eat mozzerella and mild chedder - so my doctor said that is about 1 slice of pizza for a chain place.  Still it is a risk.  ANd then there are medication contraditions.  Some can take benedrl, some can't,  No cold meds.  No regular aethesia, there are alteranatives but you must tell them you need one.  Tell your dentist everytime you sit down for any service, even a cleaning.  Finally you need an ID bracelet in case you are in an accident so those trying to save you don't giver you meds that would revive a normal person, but kill you..
On the good side not everyone reacts the same to MAOI's.  I take some meds that are contraindicated with Parnate. I had to start slowly disoling the caps in water and taking a teason at a time, but now I take a high dose of that one med.There are two otheres that I also take that are contraindicated I take.  SO you are not toatally removed from using contraindcated meds.  I just have to take my blood presssure at home many times a day.  I also come from a family who are MAOI responders and metabolize drugs in an odd way. 
There is a patch you may want to ask about.  It has all the drug restrictions, but less food restrictions.  Most can eat normally except for wine.  It has gotten good reviews.
It is hard at first, but now it is normal for me and my extended family as well.  And chances are this will work.  It is strong and good.  Others don't even come close in the medical arsenal.

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   Posted 5/23/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
Many are on SSRI's ,Benzo's MAO's Ect.....
It all is up to the persons doc and the persons reaction to certain meds

WE cannot give out specific Medical advice as we are not Professionals but we do try to help with support and what works for us ya know

Meds ( valium) and Self help techniques I find FOR ME are the best combo

Take care and stay with us

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