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   Posted 9/8/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
Diane (ocean1)
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 2007; UCTD 2007; Lupus Sept. 2006; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Lunesta, Ultram PRN, Xanax, Darvocet, Ursodiol.

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   Posted 9/8/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
These meds are not the same as AD's so they work somewhat different and should work faster but short life span ......Perhaps talking to your doc about the amounts of med may be needed......

I take neither of them I am on ativan or diazapam when needed
There are quite a few here that can let you know how the Klonopin works for them I am sure .....

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   Posted 9/9/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have severe panic and anxiety, suffered unnecessarily for too long and finally went to the Pdoc last month. Prior to that my family doc had given me buspar to take 2xs a day and ativan for taking on an as needed basis and I was having to take it very frequently as my panic attacks were invading and taking over my life.
So at any rate the Pdoc put me on klonopin 2xs a day and put me off the buspar and I noticed a change almost instantly. My daily functioning level went up I feel less spaztic and stressed I have more energy (why a tranquilizer makes me feel like I have energy I do not know). I monitor my blood pressure and I notice my blood pressure is lower and I don't get the heart racing while on it. Not a single person has said "your neck is red" or "why are you blushing" since I have been taking it. Give it a try and I wish you luck. I am greatful my doc put me on it as I was about to have a nuclear melt down I think. I was also put on zoloft at the same time but I doubt that has started working yet. I was on zoloft in the past as well for panix/anxiety and it worked for years.
I was afraid at first to take the klonopin b/c everyone was like "oh it is addictive" or "it will knock you out and make you a zombie" it has not done that to me, I have a much milder mood but still am myself. I am not in constant fight or flight mode.  Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 9/9/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Try Lucinda Bassets Anxiety Program it has done wonders for me. I am almost anxiety free!!!!
Best of Luck to you
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Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/10/2007 10:10:58 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/9/2007 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Im not an expert... I am just now starting to get help with medications... however this is what happened to me....

I started Zoloft in march and wound up in the ER as well.... rapid heartbeat, dizzyness, headache. Nothing horrible, but I new something was diffenatly wrong. I obviously never took another pill. I have been relying on xanax ever since and it has worked pretty well for me... I dont take it everyday, just occasionally.

However... I have heard that when you start taking an SSRI like zoloft (and possibly a SSRNI like Cymbalta ) at the start of initial treatment you can experiance an INCREASED level of anxiety. Looking back with this knowledge I think I may have just had a major panic attack, so maybe you did as well... you might want to ask your dr about that... dont rely on my info, as im just taking a guess. Im going to the dr this week to talk about taking an SSRI AND xanax for the startup period.

Do you know what your Blood Pressure is when you feel it beating hard? You might want to buy a BP cuff at walgreens and check it, then give your doctor this information.

I hate the fact that there are like 100 differant treatment options... Its confusing me as

Work with your doctor, it seems like some people actually do get the right meds and they are so happy... hopefully we will be there too sometime soon =)

Have fun on your vacation!

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   Posted 9/10/2007 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Klonopin is definitely not an anti-depressant. In fact, it is a CNS depressant. If you have anxiety, then, it should help. It is similar to Xanax in that it is in the same category of drugs, but it works a bit differently. I'm sort of puzzled why Xanax didn't help, but the Klonopin's worth a shot. If it does work for you then you can take it over the long term, unlike Xanax.

Give it a week or two to judge, though. You may be a little more anxious at first from switching between the Xanax and the Klonopin because your new dose of Klonopin isn't quite as potent as the Xanax you were taking. If you're not feeling better within a couple of weeks then I'd go back to the doctor to re-evaluate.
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