Hi my name is Lou I'm a 56 year old Male. I'm new here and looking for some help. I had issues about 30 years ago when I thought my health was deteriorating. Long story short I ended up with depression and anxiety from worrying so much and was put on an antidepressant called Pamelor and I believe xanax but not sure but in that family of meds. After about a year I was weaned off both meds. I rarely had any issues again until about 7 years ago. Again I was being tested for an illness. I was misdiagnosed and it turned out to be asthma instead of COPD. But before I found out it was really asthma I begin to have anxiety issues. I could not stop my thoughts from worrying about my health and so I was put on Cymbalta and Klonopin. I took the Cymbalta as prescribed but I only took to klonopin once. The Klonopin seemed to help but I was so afraid of addiction that I stopped it and ONLY took the Cymbalta. The cymbalta worked within 2 weeks. After about 1 year I asked the Dr to wean me off of the Cymbalta. I did this and have been fine the past 6 years. So until now I felt great with the exception maybe 1-2 times every other month I may have a day or 2 of slight anxiety but nothing I couldn't deal with.
But now I have had anxiety for the past 5 days. No panic attacks just the nervous feeling, edgy and can't think clearly and constantly worrying. I can't stop from thinking about my health and to make matters worse I am so afraid to take Cymbalta or rhe Xanax that the doctor prescribed me. My biggest fear is that I'm going to get addicted to the meds. This fear makes my anxiety even worse. I don't know what to do. My doctor is away on vacation so I saw the fill in Dr. She prescribed me Buspar 10mg 2x a day. When I did some research most of what I read had people saying that they have more anxiety and nervousness from taking Buspar. So now I'm afraid to take it. The assistant Dr. also told me this med acts similar to Xanax in that it works within a an hour of taking it. But the difference is that it's non-addictive and works immediately. From what I have read through my research that's also not true. I read it takes 2-3 weeks to work. So now I've lost me trust in using this med. So I wanted to ask the experienced people on this site, do you think that I should just take the Xanax .25mg only as needed and see if that helps? If I get it under control then try go without the Xanax and see if I don't have the anxiety any longer? But if the anxiety returns then I try to start taking the Cymbalta and the Xanax together? Once Cymbalta kicks in wean off the Xanax and stay on the cymbalta? Please help since I need a plan. Thnx.