Anxiety medications - what has worked for you?

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Registered: 09-20-2011
Anxiety medications - what has worked for you?
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:08am

Hi, I haven't been active on the board in a while but I am back!


I have tried Buspar, Lexapro and Zoloft and had problems with all of them.  Last year I went on Cymbalta which worked great for me but after I was on it for about 6 weeks, they discovered that my platelets had tanked into dangerously low numbers - after being treated for that, my therapist said that although it was unlikely that the Cymbalta caused the platelet disorder, he was unwilling to put me back on the Cymbalta because it was still possible that it was drug induced.  Since then (about 10 months).  I have been drug free and just taking the occaisional ativan when I feel really panicky which hasn't even been very often.


Fall is usually my bad time and sure enough - this week has been rough - night panic, chest pain (I've been checked out previously by a cardiologist so I know it isn't my heart), extreme tension - so I just made an appointment with my pill doc (I see a psychologist every other week) to try something new.  I'm just wondering what other people have found helpful.





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Registered: 09-23-2010
Sat, 09-01-2012 - 8:22am


I've been on paxil, lexapro, wellbutrin, zoloft, ativan, xanax, and pristiq (all for anxiety/depression). Pristiq was prescribed when I was going through some medical issues and was utterly depressed over them. However, after they subsided it helped with the anxiety/panic.

I ADORED pristiq and want so badly to go back on it, however, it raises blood pressure and I was lucky enough to get pregnancy induced hypertension AFTER I had the baby... yeah. So I'm on BP meds and can't be on pristiq. So I'm currently on zoloft. It takes the edge off and I don't go into panic attacks.

The xanax and ativan did squat. I have a very high threshold (I had to take percocet for my c-section and it was like I was taking advil, lol) so that could be why.

My sister was on cymbalta and it made her like a zombie. :smileysad:

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Registered: 09-20-2011
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 11:04am

so I started effexor on Wednesday and had insomnia on Wednesday and Thursday.  My inlaws came to visit and stay with us yesterday and I knew I couldn't deal with insomnia while they were here because I wouldn't be able to go downstairs and read or watch tv with them in the house - or at least the idea made me uncomfortable.  So I stopped and slept 6+ hours last night.  Feel kind of crappy today - headache probably from sleep deprivation.  I will probably start the effexor again on Monday when I can deal a little better with the insomnia.  I am very lucky in that I work from home so I can take things easy if I am exhausted.


I hate the idea of trying all these meds just to find one that doesn't suck.  This is number 5. but if it can help me stop fearing everything from dinner with friends to a vacation, I guess it would be worth it.  I do everything - I still go to dinner with friends, we still go on vacations, we still took our kids to the amusement park this summer - but I don't really enjoy any of it and just keep wondering how long until I can get back home.  That's not  living - it's existing.  I want living and living well!

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Registered: 12-27-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 8:47pm

I was on Celexa for anxiety.  I am on Prozac for depression.  I'm clinically depressed and often think of suicide when not on something for my depression.  I am also on Ambien as needed for insomnia.  I know a lot of people have problems with Ambien but for me it works great!  I get a solid six hours of sleep and feel good in the morning.  However, it still takes about two hours for me to fall asleep.  

I wish you luck and I agree it sucks playing medication roulette.  

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Registered: 10-06-2012
Tue, 10-09-2012 - 9:01am

Its not good though.I understand your pain.Try to overcome with it.