What meds do you guys take, if any for anxiety?
Does it work? How does it make you feel?
If you don’t, why not?
What meds do you guys take, if any for anxiety?
Does it work? How does it make you feel?
If you don’t, why not?
Yes, benzos must be used carefully. You can't just stop them "cold turkey" or you run the risk (according to my doc) of withdrawal symptoms and a possible seizure. My doc told me that to get off them you must taper down gradually over a 10-day period to avoid any problems.
Everyone seems to respond a little differently to these meds. Someone said on here that Ativan actually made his or her anxiety worse! Personally, I've tapered off Ativan in the past with no ill effects when I no longer needed it.
I thought you could only have them for 5 days max ? I'm so confused why I haven't been prescribed these when my anxiety has been so bad
I am not a doctor, so I am not an expert on these meds. But as far as Ativan goes, I have been taking it for months (with my doc's approval, or she wouldn't keep writing the scripts) as needed, with an eye towards eventually tapering off it when things improve. I've tapered off of it in the past, and I'm slowly doing so again now.
I'm really questioning my healthcare now, more than ever. I keep reading all the meds people have been given and psychotherapy etc ... I've had no quality of life for as far back as I can remember, I have learnt so much from this forum, one thing I have learnt is my healthcare has been appalling, I thought unless I took antidepressants which I had dire side effects from, there was nothing more they can do, the only reason I know about benzos now is because a mental health nurse wrote in my notes that I was clearly requesting benzos. For the absolute audacity, I thought only the hospital could prescribe the tablet they gave me when I couldn't cope. I live in daily pain from my anxiety, have to avoid almost everything I used to like to do, have no social life, don't see my friends, quit about 6 jobs, almost lost my house, and all along there was a medication that would have given me a lifeline when my anxiety became unbearable. The most I ever thought was possible was asking for a one off zopiclone sleeping tablets prescription to pull me out of the pits of despair and financial ruin, usually after I have sat in my house for months after quitting a job and suffering in silence. Even that 'luxury' got pulled from me when I changed my GP. Every time I think about the mental health nurse writing that I was 'clearly requesting benzos' my heart feels like it's going to pop out of my chest.
I’m in the same boat, Onlyme. I had to quit college, and switch to online. I haven’t left the house in weeks (besides doctors and psychiatrists appointments). If you have had a history of substance abuse in the past (for example opiates), they won’t prescribe you benzos. Also any suicide attempts that have left you in the hospital is also unlikely. When talking to psychiatrists, you have to word everything carefully. Any hint of severe depression and they will not prescribe it. You also need to describe your anxiety and how bad it is to the fullest extent. Do not hold any of your symptoms back. If you do have depression that is not caused by anxiety; I don’t think benzos are the way to go. Also, not sure if you’ve ever tried it, but beta blockers mask a lot of the physical symptoms of anxiety (racing heart, dizziness). I’d ask your GP about that, perhaps. I hope all goes well for you!
I've never done substance abuse, the most I have done is tried weed almost 20 years ago and that was very short lived because it made me an anxious wreck. I've also never tried to commit suicide or even so much as threatened it, my depression comes from my anxiety, my life history should be a huge indicator as to why I have anxiety, statistically I would be expected to be an alcoholic or drug addict by now, when I read up on how certain life events can affect people. I've had seizures from my anxiety it's been that bad. I'm not a whnger, I don't run the doctor's every 2 minutes with every problem I face. I just crack on with it, I have tried propranalol it does help with the physical symptoms, but it worsens my insomnia, so it's a vicious cycle. I need to know exactly what I have been diagnosed with as far as I know it is depression and anxiety from my old GPS. I don't think my old gp ever referred me to a psychiatrist or psychologist, but I can't be certain. What I do know is, I have never spoken to someone long enough to explain everything that's going on with me. When I did get 2 hours with a private psychiatrist he believed I had ADHD, I struggled to understand it, and because he asked me to gather information from my childhood and life, it sent me into a frenzy, because I spend my life blocking out all the things that have happened. So I ended up not going back to him, when I finally accepted that he could be right, after researching ADHD and monitoring my own behaviours and reactions, but my GP and me to a CMHT and refused to give me sleeping tablets or anything for my insomnia which resulted in me convincing myself I was bipolar again. They put me on antipsychotics without even trying me on anti anxiety meds and something to help me sleep or refer me to an ADHD specialist. So basically it seems they didn't even try to treat to my anxiety and insomnia they left me to turn delusional from lack of sleep and then gave me anti psychotics after I explained, what had been happening.
I noticed you said that you've got off venaflaxine , how did you do this , I'm really struggling, still on 18.5g .
I'm not dependent on them as in an addiction. I've come off them at various times over the years by tapering off with my doctor's help, but for me and my GAD, it works best for me to stay on an antidepressant continually. Everyone is different, but SSRIs like the medication I'm on is far different from benzodiazapenes like Xanax and Ativan that are highly addictive.
If you've been on the anti depressants for years do you class that as dependency or addiction ? They both work for anxiety and they are both taken for anxiety, what's the difference between dependency and addiction on medication that works ?
That's different depending how you stop them. Any mental health meds have to be weaned off. Effexor is horrible if you don't taper. I have PTSD, major depressive disorder, and anxiety. I take regular daily meds. It helps the PTSD and anxiety if I stay leveled daily, the PTSD and anxiety isn't as bad. I take Wellbutrin, effexor, trileptal, and trazadone and prozasin to sleep. Sleep is vital, if you are sleeping well or long anxiety and such will be worse. That's why daily meds help me. Good luck!!
This is what I was told about quetiapine, I had no side effects at all, just the original problem why I took them insomnia and anxiety, my anxiety and emotions were all over the place when I was on them, I was crying non stop, now the tears have stopped, the memory loss has stopped, the swelling has started to go down, my skin picking has stopped. I was also told the same about zopiclone, I had no side effects coming off them either, I just got mega busy to exhaust myself. I couldn't have felt any worse than what I did whilst on quetiapine. I actually got that scared on them, I started to wonder if they could alter my brain to make me think I was suicidal, I knew that I wasn't and never would be, but thats how scared I was of losing my mind on them. I would never touch an antipsychotic again and I would never take a head med that I have to continue taking daily ever again. I think the tipping point came when I told my daughter to get her mum, and I couldn't remember significant dates and I got careless when looking after my grandson, not putting things out of reach etc ..things that my anxiety had usually come in handy for.
I've tried several, I finally found one that's helping (Mirtazapine). Before this medication I couldn't eat, I forced one boiled egg and a cup of V8 juice a day and that stomach ache, went looking for a gun, didn't feel like living. Now I have a appetite and don't feel like Killing myself. Don't get me wrong, I still have issues, but it's something. I feel fine, no side effects. But someone else said they got addicted to it? I was off my meds for several days,. I didn't feel it?
I take effexor but no med supplement for anxiety as needed. I've used ativan in the past and it worked for what I needed at the time. Back then I was dealing with extreme agoraphobia so it was an absolute necessity. Now I'm trying to Hi use CBT and mindfulness techniques for my every day GAD. Though, if I were required to fly at some point I'd ask my Dr for an ativan Rx to deal with my sheer fright.
I took Citalopram 10mg then 30mg for about 3 months - then I felt well enough to do without them. I just used them to help me dig my way out of the hole I was disappearing into - I felt they did that well. I manage well without them now. I still have bad days, but they are now outweighed by the good ones - whereas before it was the other way round.
Hi..I have had PTSD OCD depression and anxiety due to traumatic life events..I've never taken meds..have had councilling creative art therapy and CBT which has really helped..I'm not free of anxiety as it is a natural emotion as is anger and sadness ...I know how to manage my anxiety with the mind tools I was given by my therapist.no one will be completely rid of anxiety as we would jumping of roofs etc with no fear of our actions..to a certain extent it keeps us safe but when on overdrive it's not nice x
I have been on Zoloft for six years now. I started with the lowest dosage given. It was 25mg daily. I was soon increased to 50 mg. I now take 75 mg daily. I have been on this dose for 3 years now. They can give up to 200 mg daily. I am not a pill taker. I will never increase. I am a big talker. No matter the drug nor dose. There is no wonder drug to heal the pain with PTSD. It requires lots of talking. The Zoloft made me very drowsy at first. I finally started drinking coffee again and it helped. The caffeine keeps me awake. It just takes time for the drug to adjust and the drowsiness is not so bad. I find this drug helps me to not obsess over food. I was an Anorexic for 40 years. I have recently recovered. It helps to deal with the 50 years of repressed memories of why I became ill at 14. The new childhood rape memories. I will always be on Zoloft.
Thank you all for sharing and continue to share this information... I’m not one for anxiety but my anxiety has it’s really bad days and I second guess my decision on taking meds. I’ve used cbd in the past and have always been able to recover to my normal life without panic attacks for years. But it’s getting a little hard this time. Once again, thank you all for sharing.
I take 20Im daily of Cipralex (Lexapro) and Trazadone at night for sleep. Sleep is essential to address issues. Also, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).
I used to take Paxil but my Dr. switched me to Ciprolex which helps with depression and mild anxiety. I tried mirtrazapine but it is very sedative. For severe anxiety, I was on clonazepam to break the anxiety hamster wheel but I'm not taking it anymore because any benzodiazepine (benzos) can be highly addictive. I see a reluctance in those struggling with mental health to take or remain on anti-depressants as if doing so is a failure on their part. But, if you had a physical illness such as diabetes, you would advocate prescribed medicine; possibly because we still feel the stigma around mental illness. I have stopped taking anti-depressants only to slide into a deeper depression so I have accepted that I need to stay on them.