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ANXIETY

Hi,

I was on Paxil for several years...got fat...got off of it and went on to Welbutrin SR. Started at 150 went to 300. Ears started ringing on 300 went back to 150. Ended up with lots of symptoms (at least thats what I thought they were from).

Had a near panic attack this morning, but managed to stave it off. The last full blown, on my way to the hospital via ambo, panic attack I had was in 1990. This was close. Have managed to mentally hang on and keep myself relaxed and get through the near attacks.

I have been off of WB for the last month or two. Am wondering if I should start taking it again. (Took one pill this morning) I run a non profit group getting ready to go on a HUGE pr campaign TODAY. And I am the founder and spokesperson.

So, since I had no attacks in the past month or two while off the meds, could this upcoming talk show interview be the kick off for another round of trouble...I am completely beside myself. I deal with the public everyday and keep up a great facade...until the day is over and I am relaxing. Then it starts...the stress, headaches, bodyaches, weird tingling in feet and ankles and sometimes hands...then it goes away only to come back a day or two later.

Is there anything I can do besides WB? Also, how long can I take WB, is there a time limit before it doesnt work, or you get freaky side effects? I found a forum on nothing but med side effects...holy cow...its a good thing I didnt read it when I started the WB...

Thank you for any advice you can give me...I really want to feel normal. I am always in a state of...oh boy, whats gonna happen next and geez...am I gonna live through it?

Thanks!
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242532 tn?1269553979
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
You can take wellbutrin for years, but what I would recommend is some form of psychotherapy, since your anxiety is so clearly triggered by having to suppress your true feelings, rather than learning to live with, control, and profit by what you are telling yourself through your feelings.  That is much better than a lifetime of medications.
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I have had anxiety ever since I was 17. I blew it off until I started to get panic attacks when I was about 21. I am 23 now and I have tried Paxil, Paxil CR, Zoloft, and celexa. The paxil seemed to stem the anxiety but it made me feel very detached from myself. The zoloft was crazy. I literally made me crazy. It made my anxiety so bad that I wanted to die. I literally cried from the pain. The celexa did nothing for me. Anyway, the point of this post is to show everybody is different. SSRI's don't seem to work for me. I was recently put on Klonopin which is a benzo and it seems to be working. Perhaps you should try a similar medication? Yes, there is a risk of forming an addiction but I don't care. Anything is better then living the hellish life of anxiety. I am not giving up. If the Klonopin does not work, I will continue to search for something that does. Speak to your doctor about a taking a benzo like Klonopin and giving that a shot. Trust me, I know how bad you feel. You are not alone. I would give ANYTHING to feel normal again, anything at all. Life is just not fair. You may also consider speaking to a psychologist. Good luck
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HI,

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE TO ME! I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH.

I HOPE THAT THINGS GO BETTER FOR YOU AND THAT THE MEDS START TO WORK...I HATE FEELING THIS WAY...

YOU KNOW THE ONE THING THAT WORKS FOR ME...IS IF I AM FORCED TO BE IN A PUBLIC SITUATION...IS THAT STRANGE OR WHAT? IF I HAVE TO KEEP GOING, I DO...

I WILL CONSULT WITH MY REG ABOUT MAYBE SOME THERAPY...

IT MIGHT BE PTSD RELATED TOO...LONG STORY SHORT...

MOM DIED WHEN I WAS 14...CO2 POISONING ACCIDENTAL
DAD LOST IT...BEEN ON MY OWN SINCE 16
RAN OVER BY TRUCK IN 2000
CUSTOMER AT MY JOB WENT NUTSO AND I HAD TO CALL 911 AND HE GOT SHOT AND KILLED BY THE COP...HE WAS GOING HOME TO MURDER HIS FAMILY.
I COULD GO ON AND ON...

MAYBE ITS JUST A COMBO OF EVERYTHING...

THANKS,
JO
Avatar universal
If I were you, I'd take a xanex before your presentation. It's a wonderful drug. I always take one before I drive ("Do not operate heavy machinery"...)

I take a tricyclic, but it makes me fat. My doctor gave me an RX for Welbutrin, but he's an internist, and I don't think he knows much about anxiety disorders, and I keep reading that WB doesn't really work for anxiety.

For some weird reason, even with all my anxiety and panic, I love public speaking! Can't drive on the freeway, but can talk for an hour in front of 400 people--this disease is just strange and disconcerting.

The thing that makes me feel the most comforted is knowing that I'm not alone and that others have been on this same path.

Good luck.
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I'm surprised to read that most people have never tried Lexapro. It's the only thing that has completely stopped my panic attacks and the only side effect I have ever gotten is light-headedness.
I've been taking 20mg of it once a day for three years. (you also don't feel drugged or detatched when taking lexapro... that's what I really like about it)
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I am glad I was able to help, even if it was only a little bit. It sounds like you have gone through many hardships in your life, certainly more tramatic ones then I have been through. You are exactly right however. The only way to overcome this horrible disorder is to push yourself. You have to do what you can to not let it interfere with your life or you will just be a prisoner. Everyday I am alive, I am getting better and better at doing this, and I hope the same happens for you!!
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I was on xanax for 3 months for a racing heart and I tapered off for a month.  It was hell to say the least, but I did do it.

Now that I have been off of xanax for over 3 months now, if I feel completely stressed or need to relax, I do take a xanax.  I don't take several a day nor do I take them daily or weekly.  

I use xanax as it should be used, only as needed.  It works within 10 minutes and it takes away the anxiety and panic.  I will never take them again like it I did at first.  It does have a short life of 6 to 12 hours.  I don't feel it wearing off, and thank God my body doesn't crave it.

I use to think xanax was a horrible tranquilzer, but I don't now, because I know how it should be taken...not everyday.  For those who need an anti-anxiety med, think of a longer acting benzo, and know that you will go through withdrawl if on for over a month.  At least you know what your getting into.

When I started taking Xanax I had no ideal that it was addictive.  I'd never would have taken them so consistently as my doctor directed me to do.

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I wish i as able to take an anxiety anxiety medication.  I am a recovering addict/ alcoholic and believe it or not i turned to drugs after a ptsd trigger when i didn't have enough ativan to make me 'high.'  I can't take antidepressants they trigger my bipolar and other non addictive anti anxiety pills or what i was using for that nozinan i fainted twice as i have anorexia and chlorpromazine after 1 month i had constant shaking in my hands.  Anyways i just wanted to talk about the downside of benzos but i'm actually jealous lol sorry of ppl that can take stuff like that and not get hooked.  My brother is ok that way.
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If depression isn't a factor, then ask your doctor about buspar.  It's not as fast acting like xanax, but it's not as addictive either.  It takes about 2 weeks for it to take full effect.  It may be an option for you.  However, also keep an eye on your mood, because a panic attack can be the first sign of oncoming depression.
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I agree, if you are looking for something strictly to help with anxiety, buspar is great.  I took it for 2 years and was very happy with it until other factors in my life shifted and I ened up needing to change meds.  Good Luck!
284558 tn?1225610592
hi my name is kim i am 31 yrs old and i have anixety  and i also have astama man when my asthma kicks in my panic attack.i have never had this till mom passed and then all the stress came with my brothers.i am taking lorazepam and they just gave my xanex for the anixety there are days that the pill lorazepam takes for ever to help.i take 1 mg but i split them in half to the 0.5 in about 5 hrs it makes me feel as if i am jumpy and  it feels as if i cant breath.i am on  breathing mach.i dont know whta else to do  please help.
264156 tn?1206990594
Hey there!

I just wanted to come in and say that I had been experiencing a huge amount of stress the 2 years. To sum it up, I was in the Army and had to deal with deployment to Iraq, went through an unplanned pregnancy, am now a full time student and mommy, and NOW the Army is trying to deploy me again. Throw in financial issues and and marriage trouble and you have some monster stress and anxiety.I believe everyones situations are unique to that individual, just wanted to kind of give a general idea of the stress I've had. I was ending up in the E.R. on numerous occasions with my heart going crazy in the 160-180's. I had seen several doctors and had been prescribed numerous medications. I was on and off ativan, only to find that rebound anxiety was 10 times worse than the anxiety I had had before. I was just convinced that I had some sort of serious health problem: a tumor, cancer SOMETHING. There was no way that anxiety was making me feel this awful, right!? WRONG. Anxiety and stress will do some intensely crazy things to your mind and body.

All that being said...I am now able to laugh in the face of anxiety. I feel a panic attack coming on, I acknowledge it..and just let it float on past me. I truly think that is the key. Listen to your body. When you feel an attack coming on, instead of running from it, recognize that it is happening and talk yourself through it. Even out loud. I'm not saying this will happen right away. It took quite a few times for me to get it down. There is an older book "Hope and help for your nerves" that was a blessing to me. I think the greatest medicine to beat this nasty disease is your own mind.
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