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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 5/20/2005 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  My name is Rich.  I have had anxiety for 8 years now.  I was on Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and Clonzopan.  I was taking the medication for a couple of years but stoped cause I was feeling better which was a big mistake.  The past three weeks have been like hell for me.  I haven't seen my MD in about 3 years cause everytime I go to him I have masive panic and anxiety attacks.  I don't like him anyway cause he was quick to write a prescription.  Anyway, I was at the dentist three weeks ago and I was feeling great until he opened my mouth and started to give the novacain I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin.  My heart was pounding out of my chest and I felt like I couldn't breathe and started to feel dizzy.  I asked him if I could use the bathroom cause I was having a panic attack.  I felt so embarrased cause that never happend before.  I usally take a clonzopan before I go see the dentist so I wouldn't feel like this but that day I thought I could get away with it.  Well my wife has had enough and made an appointment with her doctor this past Monday.  I went to see him and took a clonzopan before I got to the office but I still had a massive panic and anxiety attack.  I felt like running out of the office.  I went to the bathroom like 4 times for no reason.  My wife had to come and get me and tell me they are calling me in.  I was so afraid.  The nurse came in and I explained to her what was happening right at the moment.  She took my blood pressure and my pulse was pounding like a race car engine with a nitrous boost.  She said to me that she was going to speak with the doctor and see what he wanted to do.  He came in to the office and I kind of started to feel a little relaxed when I saw him.  He prescribed me Lexapro 10mg on Monday.  I have been on it for 5 days now and still get the panic attacks and anxiety.  I take the clonzopan and feel somewhat better but I was wondering if anyone is going though the same thing.  When does the Lexapro kick in and will the panic attacks and anxiety go away.  I have a doctors appointment on June 1 and was hoping by that time I will feel comfortable and relaxed when I go cause he is going to do a complete physical.  I hate the way I feel sometimes and get so mad at my self and feel alone.  Thanks for reading my story and please if someone can give me some advise I would appreciate it.  This is my first time posting my problem over the internet. 

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 99
   Posted 5/20/2005 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Rich... I have been on lexapro since march... the first few weeks were rough but finally i am feeling better.
so many of us on this board are on it and most of us speak very highly of it.

stick with it! trust me i know it's rough.

i'm going to bump our thread on lexapro... you can read all our stories there!

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 9/29/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi rich im on lexapro also week 3 its been tough i aint going to lie, but so many people have had benefits from it, so i will stick it out for a few more weeks, like any med it just takes time be patient and there are loads of medications if this doesnt work.keep us posted and good luck.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1449
   Posted 9/30/2006 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   

clonazepam is a valium type med and a large dose of it ,with  the tablets disolved under the tongue, will greatly reduce or stop any panic attack, so always carry some with you when out, you are obviously now taking a too small dose, or perhaps your tablets have been spoiled by hot storage or may be inactive fakes, especially if got thru the internet

the other meds are antidepressants and if you can find 1 that works for you, it will help a lot with the anxiety and panic attacks

keep in mind that many docs now refuse to prescribe any valium type meds at all, insisting on antidepressants only, which most of us here think is very stupid sad

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

tangerine bear
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 941
   Posted 10/2/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Rich, and welcome to the group!

I just wanted to let you know a little tip for when you go to the dentist. It is quite common for them to use meds with epinephrine (adrenelin) in them. I always have to let the dentist know that I can't take this. I found this out when I had a procedure done one time at my ob/gyn, and couldn't breathe. A lot of local anesthetics contain this, and it's not the best thing for people with anxiety or breathing problems.

Take care!

It's a jungle out there.....
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2014
Total Posts : 205
   Posted 2/21/2015 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Lexapro started working for me when I finally got to 20mg dose. Started on 5 , then 10, then 15, now 20. I'm at week 4 of 20 and feel better. I was told by my doc I'll see more benefits after week 8 on this dose. So stick with it.

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2015
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 2/22/2015 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there :)

Hope your doing ok!
I am on week 2 for lexapro on 5mg.
The first week and even this week have been a bit rough. Hang in there! Ride it out.
I am only starting to see some effects now, but never give up!
It gets worse on the meds before getting better!

Best of luck!!

Scaredy Cat
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 26963
   Posted 2/22/2015 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Locking this thread down as it is super old...and none of the OP's are around any longer...

Anyone can feel free to start a new thread on the subject at any time!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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