I'm fairly new here and new at trying to survive panice attacks. I've been doing my own research on natural cures and aids for this. It's only been about 7 weeks. I do fine as long as I don't drive more than a few miles or know that I have to go someplace. My mom was out today and wanted me to go home with her for the day. I was feeling o.k. but I just didn't want to go. My mom is 73! I'm suppose to be looking after her, not the other way around. Well, anyway, I called my Dr. who had said I had anxiety following my illness. Once again I explained I couldn't take the Buspar as it made my heart race. It's a long story, but after numerous phone calls I think he understands I need medication for panic attacks not for a racing heart. Effexor was discussed but I don't know yet what med he has ordered. Is anyone taking Effexor? I'm scared of taking meds for the most part.