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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for all of your help with my last few posts =]. Although, I still have a little more questions and it would help soo much if you could answer them for me.
-I am also on this website for Migrane-heaches. Could my panic attacks be connected to them at all? (I know that's something to ask my doctor, but I figured I'd give it a shot here)
-Would I have to go to a phsychiatrist to be diagnosed and/or treated for my panic attacks?
-My mom says that some meds for panic disorders can mess you up and that I wouldn't want to be taking them. Is this true? And what are the side affects of the meds you are taking now?

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   Posted 4/13/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   

you can get panic attack meds from an ordinary doc, a psychiatrist usually doesnt help much valium and perhaps an antidepressant are usually prescribed, the ADs can have strong side effects

I dont know re any connection with migranes you could research it on the net


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   Posted 4/15/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agre with Harry 'I get migraines have had since I was about 8 yrs old and was not on a/p meds then
I dont take antidepressants BUT thats my chioce
they are great for helping many as no doubt you have read on here

The valium or ativan and most short acting benzos should not mess you up
I have been on them for 30 plus yrs and I am a fully functioning person .......except when down with crohns or other illnesses I have
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   Posted 4/15/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ocular migraines now and then. They go away for weeks at a time, but yesterday I had one. My gut feeling is that they don't have anything to do with anxiety/panic, but if they happen to occur at the wrong time they'll make it worse.

My regular primary care doctor prescribed my medication. A long, long time ago I went to a psychiatrist for depression, but I think any doctor could've done what he did. Maybe if someone has more than one disorder or is bi-polar or whatever, a psychiatrist would be more useful than a regular doctor. Don't know.

I'm on Klonopin, a long acting benzodiazepine. A few people warned me against taking it because it's supposedly very addictive, but I've heard a good tapering program makes cessation easy for most people. You just can't stop cold -- that WOULD mess a person up. My most apparent side-effect is sedation, and it's sort of random but manageable. Now and then I'm a little unsteady on my feet, too, if I've been sitting a while. That goes away quickly. I can't comment much on other meds except to say I have friends who've been on them. Paxil, Ativan, Valium, etc. None of them were "messed up" by the meds.
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