I wound up in the ER last Monday after taking the antidepressant Cymbalta and was told that the fast heart beat (142) was caused by that. I have had the same reaction to other antidepressants so no longer can try any of those. My doctor has had me on 0.25 mg of Xanax three times a day for the last several weeks. She gave me a prescription for 0.5 mg of Klonopin twice a day and wants me to try that for two weeks to see if it helps better with the anxiety/panic attack mode my heart seems to be in constantly. I had an EKG and stuff in the ER and it was normal so the heart pounding is most likely from anxiety.
My question is, what is the difference between Xanax and Klonopin? I am scared to take any new meds at this point but want the heart pounding/anxiety to be better so I can function at least. Is Klonopin just a different form of Xanax? Or is it more of an antidepressant? The Xanax doesn't seem to be helping too much with the heart pounding part of my anxiety. So any help is really appreciated.
I am scheduled to go on vacation in a few weeks and just don't want to feel this heart pounding and worry the whole time. I know my worrying about feeling like this on vacation is part of the cause of my anxiety. It is just hard to let go of.
I did also get the names of 5 or 6 therapists from my doctor and will be calling Monday to get an appointment with one of them to try to help me come up with some ways to deal with what may be causing all the anxiety and get to the root of it and some coping skills for it.
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 2007; UCTD 2007; Lupus Sept. 2006; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Lunesta, Ultram PRN, Xanax, Darvocet, Ursodiol.