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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/24/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all
I never thought I'd be writing in an anxiety forum, so here goes. I have had depression for years and was doing very well on celexa. I have arthritis and about 2 months ago I had to take predisone wihch precipitated a hypomanic episode. I sought psychiatric help, as the out burst was at work, and I got scared. The Doc took me immediately off the celexa and put me on risperidal. Did o.k with that for about a month then got depressed again. So I have been off celexa for about 6 weeks.
I switched to a new doc, who I like, but she is out of the country for 3 weeks. She put me on
Lexapro, and I took that for about 2 weeks, I was beginning to feel jittery on it , so she put me back on celexa. So now I've been on the celexa 2 weeks, and having anxiety all day, every day, wakes me up at night(I'm not a great sleeper anyway) and I tremble all day. I've seen my pcp who feels it is anxiety, my heart workup is normal. PLEASE tell me this will pass and I can continue on with my life!~ This has never happenend to me before!

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   


an antidepressant med sometimes helps with depression and anxiety or either one only or occasionally neither

you should try to find 1 that helps you with both

this sadly is only by trial and error

celexa and lexapro are both prozac type, but there are several other types to try if the prozac type dont help

I assume the celexa helps with depression, a typical dose range is 10 to 60, I would ask the doc about upping the dose in the hope it will also reduce the anxiety, it often does

valium type meds, taken sensibly are excellent for anxiety  and go well with all antidepressants, sadly there is much silly prejudice against them from many docs but do ask for some, trembling and other physical anxiety problems are reduces by a beta blocker med such as inderal, which docs sadly seldom think of

,make sure your blood sugar isnt too low, read up about the effects of hypoglycemia on the net

the human body works best when ignored, the anxiety sensations are unpleasant but they wont hurt you

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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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello lshmmrm
Welcome to HW were so happy to see you have found our little family here. You will find great support, advice and friend ships here.
I have been being treated for anxiety and depression for about a year now. They have me on Trazodone to help me with my depression and to help me sleep, Fluoxetine for depression. Oxazepam for my anxiety.
Hope this info will help you out some and then meds you are on start making you feel better soon. Please keep posting and keep us updated on how you are doing. 
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I would suggest asking your doctor if you can take Trazodone at bedtime (25-100mg). It will help reduce the anxiety caused by the stimulation of the serotonin 2C receptors, improve sleep and may act in concert with Lexapro to increase the antidepressive effect.

I have used it for many years with great success with Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Like you, I suffer from significant and chronic anxiety problems and it really helps to offset the stimulating effects of the AD's.

Let us know how you do!

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 1/25/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I take trazadone for sleeping and to stop my overactive mind worrying
It has been a God send med for me
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