Does anxiety medication really work

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994817 tn?1249741878 My doctor wants to put me on anti-depressant (anti-anxiety) medication. I'm not sure which ones. Anyway, she said the first two weeks were harsh cause your body is getting used to the medicine. But I just started school and can't really deal with that so I'm holding off on the medicine till I see what a psychiatrist thinks. I have an app. with one very soon. Well, I have pretty severe anxiety. Let me tell you! My heart just NEVER stops racing and pounding!!!
Avatar n tn Also my psychiatrist told me alot of people who suffer from anxiety/depression will think the medication is making them worse because the are already struggling with anxiety/depression. However, some medications just don't work for people, or cause side effects such as fatigue. I was on lexapro 10mg for a year, then stopped, and started to take it again for a little over a month and it no longer worked for my anxiety. So I slowly weaned off the lexapro and switched to cymbalta.
Avatar n tn Xanax is a good medication for anxiety. So is Valium. They are prescribed for anxiety disorders. If I were you, I'd ask the doc if the Cipralex could make the heart palpitations and anxiety worse, and I would also ask if he/she has ever used a betablocker to help treat symptoms of anxiety and whether or not you might benefit from one. Low-dose betablocker is frequently prescribed to help treat symptoms of anxiety (fast heart rate, palpitations, premature beats, anxiety attacks).
Avatar f tn Im afraid of becoming addicted to them, and from what I hear most anxiety medication is highly addictive so I have put off any sort of treatment for my anxiety.
Avatar f tn Does it make sense to take medication in order to be "mentally loose" for therapy? Have had a really bad week but are feeling calmer due to ?splitting. Cried a lot on Sunday and was probably able to do a bit of grieving. I think I might be understanding stuff on a slightly deeper level which may also be helping. Had an emergency psych appt on Monday which was pretty unhelpful but I guess indirectly helped me to get where I am now.
633403 tn?1281178665 Starting school is really stressful even for people who don't have an anxiety disorder. I know the 'fear of fear' that happens to all of us who have had extensive periods of panic attacks. Glad you can, at least, see someone @ a clinic. Also that your records can be forwarded to whomever you see. You are probably right about more drug seekers at a county clinic. Same as ERs...just the way it is. Does make things tougher for people like us.
Avatar n tn I have suffered from anxiety on and off for more than ten years so there are times when I think I am having heart disease symptoms but there has never been any problems found. I'm nervous that being on meds would make these episodes become more frequent. Thanks.
1179039 tn?1263997168 I was on Lexapro for about 3 years originally 10 mg and had tapered it down to 3, as I was feeling much better, unfortunately I have had a setback and need new medication. I changed medication 3 days ago and feel really awful, sick, dizzy, weak shaky legs and headaches. Is there anyone here who swapped these medications, and how long did it take for your body to adjust? Thanks a lot for your help.
Avatar f tn you should really check with your doctor about how to stop taking them. Some meds should be tapered slowly. I hope you are able to find the support here and there that you need. Tuck has given you good advice.
Avatar n tn I was taking this drug for about two years my pcp said I had to be on Effexor or Prozac or one of their buddies or I would not be able to be able to get my meds for anxiety like lorazepam ? I never really felt depressed but do suffer from anxiety. I have been off all the Prozac and Effexor style drugs and feel alive again. And treat my anxiety with buspar and have never felt better.
Avatar n tn I feel like I've tried everything though, and if medication won't help me then what else will work? Basically, what I'm asking is does Zoloft really work or should I just wait for my depression to pass?
Avatar n tn Does nothing at all to alleviate anxiety. The only thing it does is lessen the side-effects of anxiety. It does help a bit with confidence because you "think you have an edge", and you do, but it doesn't get rid of it at all. Plus, you have to take it at least an hour before you need it so is only really good as a "performance anxiety" aid. For those who have social anxiety that can strike at any time it doesn't fit the condition unless you take it every day.
Avatar m tn None of us want to take medication, but for many, it has given us our life back. Anxiety is like any other medical condition requiring medication to control the symptoms. If you were told you had diabetes you wouldn't think twice about taking the necessary medication(s), anxiety is not different. You can try therapy which can be a lengthy process, and often the medication is needed during this time. You can safely wean off benzos under the guidance of your psychiatrist.
Avatar m tn Hello I have a question about two anxiety medications that I have been take for a very short period of time. I have always suffered from anxiety but never really took medicine for it until this past Sunday I had a terrible panic attack and had to go to the ER. The doctor gave me 1 tablet of lorazepam that was 1 mg. it wasn't really helping and she gave me 5 pills to take home.
Avatar n tn Hi, Just have a few questions about Anxiety Medication, Basically I have Anxiety\Panic Attacks, and ill be going to see my DR this tuesday about medication. My first question is, for whoever takes some type, how effective is it? does it really help? My aniexty is quite servere, but it is improving without any medication, alot better then it was at one time. I also have another quesiton thats been bothering me, How safe are these types of medication? Are they addicting? Cant they hurt you?
Avatar n tn I only take it at the most 3-4 times a month, If that. Only if I am having a really bad anxiety attack that I can't control. I've gotten better at dealing with them, so I dont use them that much anymore. Klonopin has to build up in your system, and most people take it regularly, not as needed. I may be wrong. I am sure someone who uses klonopin will answer your question. I am pretty sure though that you have to take it regularly for it to build up in your system to take effect.
Avatar f tn Does medication actually get rid of anxiety or is it mind over matter, please comment and let me no ur merthods 2 get rid of ur anxiety its sending me crazy!!
669357 tn?1225720542 ) So that wouldn't really work out all that perfectly. LOL I'm going to call my insurance company for a list of doctors that provide mental health counseling and go from there. Thanks again, I really appreciate your wonderful response.
411389 tn?1230128077 It was a short lived experiment I guess, I am pleased and feel much better now I've stopped taking Effexor but still the Diazepam is not really helping with the Social Anxiety. I cant seem to calm down and I still freak out whenever I have to go out. It's something I'd give anything to avoid but life revolves around going to the markets for food and such, that's about it but for the time I'm there, I am in hell.
2216810 tn?1420860476 I can't contact to my pdoc because he is out of state for few days but I wonder if it's right to take antipsychotic for anxiety?I'm so worry! Does anyone take that med or do you take antipsychotics to treat anxiety??