Whilst you have gotten absolutely great responses to your question, I am responding to you in maybe a different approach to the majority of the others, as in I have also suffered with anxiety and panic for over nine years now, but thankfully have manifested controlling my anxiety/panic. I do not and have never taken any medication whatsover for it, instead I guess I just pushed through it with breathing excercises, yoga, meditation, healthy diet and seeking speak therapy! Also I did indeed try some herbal remedies alongsie accupuncture, and for me, personally that did wonders for myself, but I know that everyone is different with different needs to be met!
If you ever need to talk you can always pm me whenever you like and hopefully I can be of some sort of assistant to you.
You will get through this, that I promise you!
I have used Ativan for years and found that it worked very effectively. I used the sublingual tablets, under the tongue, as they acted faster, although not as long acting as the oral dosage. I didn't have any trouble getting off of them, either, which is rather amazing, from what the doctors have told me. No problems at all, so give it a try, you'll never know, otherwise.
Good Luck to you,
and ps: to Jikan, no I'm not stalking you, we just seem to be on the same "wave", or something.
You've received a lot of great advice here already.
Lorazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. This results in a reduction in nervous tension.
Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety or anxiety associated with symptoms of depression.
Although, it is in the same family as Xanax, it acts quite differently, so I would defer to our doctors' recommedation and take it as prescribed.
Your anxiety isn't going to dissipate on it's own if you have a chemical imbalance. That's why medication is necessary.
I have faith you will get better! Youre not going to just snap out of this, its a process.
Trust your doctor. Consider a therapist. It's a vicious cycle that you CAN break.
I take ativan as needed. And I love it. It just chills me out! I take it before bed a lot of the times.
I also just started back on the lexapro, a very low dosage 5mg. And will work my way up if needed. IF NEEDED. =)
I just got sick and tired of feeling the way I did. My mind wouldnt stop racing with mind chatter... questions just rolled through my head 24/7 "Am I ever gonna get better? When am I going to feel better?" Just none stop mind chatter. My heart rate was 104 everyday for 2 weeks... I couldnt stop pacing... I couldnt concentrate... I couldnt keep very good balance... I had terrible butterflies in my stomach... could not eat... I tried to beat it on my own... but I had to get a little extra help from the Dr.
I'm feeling MUCH better, and I have faith I, and you and everyone can beat this evil thing called ANXIETY!
Therapy and meds are a GREAT combo!
Take a deep breath, you are going to be OKAY. =)
I too was once afraid of taking medicine b/c of side effects... but once I started taking the lexapro... i felt better... they said it takes 2 weeks to feel it... I felt it in 3 days!
Good luck. Youre going to succeed!
Try all the different meds...and eventually you will find one to help you. Don't think you are going to be like this "forever" because you won't. It is a vicious cycle at times, but it will get better. Try relaxation techniques and deep breathing in conjuction with the meds. I personally like Klonopin for my anxiety. (I am also on Paxil). I walked around as you do now for a period of 6 months straight and I thought I was going mad. But with time, patience, prayer and the doctor's help I have improved 99%. Yes I get anxious still and some times more than others, but I know that it will also come to an end again....Best to you!
Hang in there. Try to think positively, and be open to what the doctors are telling you. One thing that helps me when I think something is totally wrong is by saying "So What" instead of "What if". If you keep focusing on your physical sensations it will eat you alive. I know this is hard to do, as I struggle w/ this also. Just remember you are not alone. Once you find the right medicine that works, you may find some relief.
trust me i know exactly what your going through. and like you i never want to take medication. i just recently started taking buspirone and it does nothing for me really. xanax doesn tmake me feel crazy it actually helps but makes me feel way too tired. i also get nervous trying new things but you have to if you want to get better. Also, i dont know if u considered talking to a therapist but that might help you. You need to get things off your chest. im always here if u need to talk i know exactly how you feel. keep in touch = )
When it comes to the medications - you never really know until you try them. The best thing you can do is trust your doctor, too. Don't be afraid to try something new. Think of the future and getting better. There's no one on these forums that DOESN'T want to get better, and in order to do that you have to have faith. "Grab the bull by the horns" as they say. Take control of your situation and stay positive.
EVERY medication like this will have some sort of side effect, and they react differently with each person - everyone's body is different. The most you can do is trust that it's just the medication and give your body time to adapt to it. Stay under your doctor's supervision and hang in there.