How many medications for anxiety?

Discussion in 'Medication' started by Karla MOYA, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Karla MOYA

    Karla MOYA New Member

    Curious to see if anyone if on medication and which one and for how long :

    I be been taking medication for 6 years now ..started with Lexapro on Prozac 80mg and Ambien

    Just got prescribed Ativan as needed

    Anybody ?
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  3. Hi! I was taking Paxil for about 8 months. I hated it and gained 50 pounds. I took myself off it. I didn't like how it made me feel. Now Im just watching what I eat, exercise, and take vitamins, minerals like magnesium, and drink lots of chamomile tea. I do still get some anxiety here and there but not as much as before.

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  4. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmm meds are always a thing. I do believe that some people and and some syndromes need medicating, but I always think that with anxiety that there must be another way.
    Sometimes anxiety can be seen as an over stimulation of the brain. It’s always on the run and needs to always be ready. In a situation of live and death, that’s a good thing to be alert, but in the normal day to day life it can become disabling.
    There are other ways to deal with this then taking meds i think anyway.
    Such as CBT (cognetive behaviour therapy), Mindfulness, meditation etc.
  5. Karla MOYA

    Karla MOYA New Member

    I tried them all before trying medication...didn't work
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  6. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    That’s what I mean, for some people meds are the best solution. But then for others the other methods might be better or are a form of further help while taking the meds.
  7. Karla MOYA

    Karla MOYA New Member

    Agree . ..excerxising has always been one of my medication -free coping methods ..before medication it was the only thing that alliviated a bit
  8. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    The doctor put me on a small dose of Prozac as the sertraline was giving me the shakes. These ones don't seem to be having any effect on me at all. Sometimes I wonder if they are working at all.
  9. BKenneth

    BKenneth New Member

    I have been on medication for many years. Currently, I only take Celexa at 40mg per day. It seems to do the trick for the most part. There are definitely occasions of extreme panic and even smaller panic attacks but nothing like it used to be. I started off with Ativan in 2008 but that was not effective at all. Eventually, I self medicated with alcohol. It was the only way I could stay calm and, as you can imagine, it took over my life. I finally went to see another doctor and was given Klonopin and I remember how well it worked, however, I was unaware of the dangers. I became dependent on it and it controlled my every being. Once I quit drinking, I realized I had some mental health issues that needed resolved. Ultimately, THAT was the biggest issue leading to my extreme panic and anxiety. While I do have a chemical imbalance, which is the reason I take Celexa, I also had to learn to understand my thoughts and feelings. There were traumas in my life that lead me to these thoughts and feelings and impending doom. I learned that through these struggles, I was given strength and it has given my life purpose. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to speak with and reach out to those that are just like me and me like them. I get so much out of these forums and communities. I carry that over to my personal life and I can now be a productive member of society. I hope this helps!
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  10. Karla MOYA

    Karla MOYA New Member

    It does help! What do you suffer from ?
  11. BKenneth

    BKenneth New Member

    Sorry for the delay! I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. I would like to add that I no longer believe that I "suffer" from these. They're just a part of who I am. I choose not to let them define me though. I accept that I have them and I am finally at peace with them. Naturally, when they are at their worst, it makes life a little more difficult, but I have witnessed far worse conditions and I tell myself, that what I go through, is not THAT bad.

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