I'm currently on Lexapro too, and have been for nearly five months now. I like it, the side effects passed quickly, but I also had a benzo type medication, and still do, which is called Ativan (Lorazepam for generic)
You said you have Xanax, which is much like Ativan, and very helpful with panic attacks. Maybe you should get the prescript
ion filled and in those moments of terrible panic, take one, but make sure you take one while you have some time to be at home to figure out how you react to it at first. (I couldn't drive for the first couple days I was on Ativan, but now I can)
Ativan is helpful, but I also take the Lexapro to diminish the need to take the Ativan as often as I would have to without the Lexapro. The Lexapro helps curve my anxiety and panic throughout the day, but it doesn't seem to help wtih preventing my panic attacks
In my personal opinion, the thoughts about
your cars sound a bit obsessive, and may cause you worry. If you do feel more anxious when thinking about
the cars; try deep breathing exercises. Try to distract yourself or try to think about
something else. I tend to get a bit obsessive about
things like if I forget my pills at home.. and the thought races through my mind a million times in an hour ... such thoughts like... "I could turn around, even tho the traffic is heavy to get my pills" "I need my pills, I am scared to be without them" "What if I have a panic attack and have no Ativan with me?" "what if my car stalls and I'm stuck on the side of the road panicking" What if what if what if what if... and then I try to just turn up the radio reaaaalll loud and ignore those thoughts otherwise it'll drive me into a full blown panic attack.
A good resource for breathing techniques is http://www.pe2000.com
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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines