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   Posted 9/1/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys...I am a moderator on the GERD board, but due to family and personal problems, haven't been here in a while.  I actually started out on the anxiety and panic disorders board because for 10 years, I have suffered from panic attacks, and actually about 2 years ago, was agoraphobic.  Thanks to Lexapro, Xanax, and my friends here, I made it through that.
Well, over the past several months, my anxiety has been creeping up again.  Things have been rough, and I am back to having several panic attacks a day, and have been using Xanax 1 to 3 times daily to get me through the attacks.
Today, I finally went back to the psychiatrist...the same one who helped me through my last big episode, and she prescribed me some things that are causing me to worry...and at the moment, making my anxiety worse.
She prescribed Klonopin .5 mg when I get up, and before bed.  Zoloft, not sure of the dose at the moment, but a low dose, when I get up, and 50 mg of Trazodone before bed. 
Of course, being who I am, I came home and looked at all the side effects.  I am not worried about the Klonopin, I have been on that before, and I welcome it, because at one point, it helped me greatly.  I am terrified of the Trazodone, because it seems to have effects on the heart.  And, it doesn't sound like it's cool to put the 3 together.
She is the doctor, and wouldn't do anything to hurt me, I am ASSUMING.
I guess my question is...has anyone ever had this combination, or been on the Trazodone and or Zoloft...I am curious on side effects, and how it helps, if it helps with panic disorder.
I am not taking the meds tonight, except the Klonopin, because I have to work tomorrow, but I did take an entire week off work to get adjusted to all of this insanity.
Any thoughts will be much appriciated.
THANK YOU ALL...and my apologies for the length of this!

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 9/1/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Im on Zoloft 75mg week 5. The anxiety/panic attacks went away..i think...havent had one in about 3 weeks.. But, it takes long for the meds to kick in. I have other side effects from it..lack of appitite and slepplessness. I take .25 of xanax to sleep.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy :)

The doses seem to be fine to me, but I'm not a professional. I always say that it does not hurt to have a second or even third opinion if you are having second thoughts, because the main goal for these meds is to start recovering from your anxiety/panic. It is great your are seeing a psychiatrist, because she will be able to help you further. Have you done any CBT over the years and practice daily relaxation exercises? I think this plus just trying to live healthier has helped me out more than anything. . . Plus it is always good to get some exercise in everyday, even if it is just some walking to get those good endorphins pumping through yous system. A few months of this and the proper meds should have you feeling better.

Take care and keep us posted :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort. . . Your Bro Sam :)

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   Posted 9/3/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm asking the same question but w/different meds and haven't gotten any responses except to trust my "doctor"; I hope you find the help you need.

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   Posted 9/4/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I am taking 50 mg of Zoloft and its week 6. My anxiety has decreased greatly, my social phobia is also getting much better, i havent been getting much panic attacks but i do get some depression bouts and overthinking. I dont feel any side effects from Zoloft. My appetite hasnt changed. I am somewhat more lethargic since ive been on it. The first few weeks i experienced some Nausia and carsickness but my doc said that was normal and it went away in the second week.
Hope that was helpful. Also i researched alot about zoloft and it said that a very low percentage of the people that take zoloft experience inconveniencing side effects.
For a while I would sweat ... profusely! and hot flashes, that only happen occasionally now and I dont know if it is linked to the meds.
Good luck !
I think its best to get as many opinions as you can. As informed and educated as doctors are, they are still human and it wouldnt hurt to be sure.
% Yogi with Anxiety %

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   Posted 9/4/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tammy,

Just getting to this now.............you have received great advice from the members and our own Sam.  :-)

Trazodone has been a good drug for me and I take it at bedtime....it really helps me sleep well.  I hope you have the same experience.

Nice to hear from you again and I hope your family is doing better.  I had a lot of family problems this year and I am hoping the rest of 2009 goes smoothly but we take what we are dished out and try our best as that truly is all that we can do.




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