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Few questions

Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by danielclark, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. danielclark

    danielclark Account Closed

    I had panic attacks in the past, in 2001 I was put on Paxil 20 mg and that pretty well took care of that issue. It wasn't until recently, when I was sexually assaulted, that Paxil started to fail and I began feeling anxious and suicidal. At that point, I wasn't having panic attacks again. The doctor took me off Paxil right away and switched me to Effexor XR at the time.. which I took for a few weeks but it didn't seem to do anything.. so the doctor took me off of it cold turkey (that was fun) and gave me Ativan to help me through any anxiety that I experienced.

    After I got through the Effexor withdrawal, the Ativan worked very well.. usually instantly. As the months have gone on, Ativan has begun to work less and less which brings me to where I am now.

    I am having full fledged panic attacks again. The hot sweats, tingling in my arms, heart palps and the feeling like I'm going to pass out. I went back to the doctor and he once again put me on Effexor XR 75 mg. It has just been over three weeks since I was put on it and it really hasn't done anything at all, plus with my ativan nothing providing any relief I feel completely exasperated. I recently was laid off from work (not because of my condition, but low work) and would like to get my head sorted out before starting a new job.

    I'm just looking for some advice, personal experience with Effexor XR... and other options other than Ativan.. I've heard of Xanax.. it's like ativan correct?

    Those that are on Effexor or have been, once it's 'fully' in your system, does it work?
  2. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    I have tried both and have mild bipolar disorder and mild panic attacks. The xanax always worked best for both. But I'm sure it also depends on how many mg.s of each you might be prescribed. They are both benzodiazapines so they are similar, though all these drugs can affect each individual differently. Maybe your system is used to the ativan so I think you should talk to your m.d. or pdoc and see if they'll allow you to try the xanax (alprazolam).
  3. Chargette

    Chargette Well-Known Member

    Are you seeing a family doctor or a psychiatrist? If you are seeing a family doctor, please ask him for a referral to mental health. I think you would benefit from therapy along with the medication. Medication can do a lot but it's not 100%.