Roll of meds for A/P and continued symptoms.

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Patty B.
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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm kinda confused about the roll of meds for anxiety/panic.
Are meds suppose to eliminate the attacks or help cope during an attack or divert from having big attacks or perhaps all of the above and more. The reason I ask is because from scanning the recent posts it seems that people are still having episodes while on meds---???---
And how does your A/P differ from before and after on med--as it seems people still carry anx with them (I know that I am not taking pdocs into account here and I don't want to over simplify--I'm still learning).
Patty B.

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   Posted 11/2/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Patty,

     I have had panic disorder for over 20 years and I have found that the meds (xanax) reduces my general anxiety levels. The meds never cured me from having situational panic attacks, ie; I still need to have easy access to an exit whenever I go anywhere, but whereas before I was taking xanax I could not drive and did not leave the house much; I have found with meds that I am coping better,

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   Posted 11/2/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   

if an antidepressant can be found that works for you, it will greatly reduce or stop severe anxiety, stress and panic attacks, these meds need to be taken daily

valium type meds are also very helpful and can be taken only as needed, they also help with breakthru panics when on an antidepressant, some docs wont prescribe any

anticonvulsants are sometimes used for reducing panic attacks, these are usually taken daily

neurontin and other expensive wonder pills come and go, theres always a high placebo effect with anxiety meds

basicly valium and perhaps an antidepressant are the first choice meds

learning relaxation and CBT also helps a lot

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

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   Posted 11/2/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Patty,

My anxiety and depression meds help me a lot. I am much calmer now and yes I still have anxiety and depression among other illnesses but the meds help some to keep me leval and the epasodes not as bad..

I have an illness, My illness don't have me.


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   Posted 11/2/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Patty

My meds have given me my life back, I still have anxiety, but am now taking a ssri with my klonopin and I find I am much less anxcious and more able to deal with my stressful life. Before I was on medication, I was suicidal, house bound without a moment of peace, I was like that for many years, I'm so glad those years are behind me. I never thought an anti-d could help with anxiety, but as Harry says the right one will really help. I hope you found this helpful, and that you feel better soon.

Hugs Judy smurf

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   Posted 11/3/2006 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I dont take SSRI's but do take short acting fast acting A/P meds that help me thru an attack very quickly
the meds are different as are we but I am sure you will be able to find one that works for you

already been given great advice so I will just say keep reading and learning all you can
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Patty B.
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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone
I guess I ask because I want to know what to expect.
I have either been in a calm time when I haven't had any signs or problems (except for the day to day palpitations which is usual for me)--or the meds are working but right now no way of knowing unless things get bad. It's been 5 wks on Paxil so it should be kicked or kicking in
Basically I am well these days. Might even say perkier while suffering a migraine yesterday and today. :-)
Patty B.

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