manicmonday asked 3 years ago

Ive just started having panic attacks.   The first one was in traffic on the freeway.   Then i had one at church when I thought my friend was going to make me go to the altar  and have the pastor pray for me.   then I had one today at the store……..
 
I take so many meds today……..but I thought about calling and asking my doc for something PRN to take when I have an attack………does anyone have any suggestions what to ask for?  I dont want anything to sedate me……..I would like something that would calm me down where I can continue my shopping or whatever I am doing and still be able to drive………
 
when i have one…….my heart beats really fast….i start to cry……i feel like i am going to throw up….i feel like i aneed to run and get away from everyone in a hurry……
 
thanks

9 Answers
mania answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I know that there are some very effective therapy techniques for anxiety attacks… but someone else is going to have to weigh in on their actual names.
 
Klonopin is used successfully for anxiety.  
 
A woman on another board taught me a trick to chew my Klonopin when I was in a world of hurt to make it hit my system faster (I used it for brain spaz cooties), and it would hit damn near immediately ON ME.  But I’m a really fast metabolizer.  I can’t speak for, or prescribe anyone else.
 
Xanax is used as an anxiety preventative, but it is also considered HIGHLY addictive (more so than Klonopin).  My sister in law takes it PRN, though.  Go figure.
 
Strattera is also used off-label as an anxiety preventative.
 
 
m

lynnieg answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Ativan, diazepam, and my pdoc told me even Seroquel is about to be approved for the treatment of anxiety.
 
I have been told placing an Ativan under the tongue can bring pretty fast relief for anxiety.
 

adieuolivaw answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Anxiety?  Who has anxiety?  Not me.  I take Seroquel.  
 
I don’t have time to be anxious.  I’m fighting off torpor.  Hee-hee.  Seriously, my PM Seroquel for sleep also calms me the next day.  And if I were in an extremely anxious state, I’d take a tiny 25 mg Seroquel prn. There wouldn’t be any sedation due to the anxiety.  Watch out, though, when it’s working well and you get home and lie down…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
   
Oh, sure, benzos are the classical choice.  But if one is good, two are better….
 
Adieu
 

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Yes, Seroquel is the way to go if you have hardcore anxiety issues. Unfortunately I have to go to work every day so I don’t take it. It is the sleepy time drug of the century.
 
Jook

bushwompa answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I have had many “ah-ha’s” while reading these boards.  Here’s another one.  I have had a few memorable panic attacks over the years.  However, I never knew that’s what they were.  THe worst one was about a year ago when I was put on Effexor.  I was mad at the time, because Eff is an SSRI and takes time to do anything.  I was expecting that immediate “something” to happen and make me feel better.  This, of course, never came so I stopped taking them.  Big mistake, I know.
 
It was only after reading more on my nuttiness that things began to make sense and that the meds took time to kick in.  I always wondered why I was not prescribed something to make me feel better right away.  I now understand why the docs are reluctant to do that.  If I had access to such a thing, I would be inclined to not take the mood stabilizers and go for the immediacy of the quick fix.  I can see why this is very addictive, not just chemically, but intuitively as well.  I now use seroquel to sleep, so I will remember this for when I have my next attack.  Previously, I self medicated with gravol and nitol (basically, knocked myself out).  Oh, I got back on the Eff once I read up on it a bit more.  It has helped but my anxiety level is still pretty high.

vunja asked 3 years ago

I have GAD and agorophobia. that means panic attacks. not the worst kind, but they’re pretty bad. I stop breathing, I start crying, everything sort of goes numb and sometimes I start hearing things. in general, it sucks.
 
no one, any two times I’ve been in the hospital or through two years of psychotherapy, has been able to give me any really good coping tips.
 
I was wondering if someone here might know something. just, how to deal, how to prevent, how to recover from them, anything. I’m on ativan which has helped so much, but. they’ll never go away and if someone has something that’s really worked for them, I would be happy to hear it. <3
 
thank you.

12 Answers
mania answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I know that there are some very effective therapy techniques for anxiety attacks… but someone else is going to have to weigh in on their actual names.
 
Klonopin is used successfully for anxiety.  
 
A woman on another board taught me a trick to chew my Klonopin when I was in a world of hurt to make it hit my system faster (I used it for brain spaz cooties), and it would hit damn near immediately ON ME.  But I’m a really fast metabolizer.  I can’t speak for, or prescribe anyone else.
 
Xanax is used as an anxiety preventative, but it is also considered HIGHLY addictive (more so than Klonopin).  My sister in law takes it PRN, though.  Go figure.
 
Strattera is also used off-label as an anxiety preventative.
 
 
m

lynnieg answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Ativan, diazepam, and my pdoc told me even Seroquel is about to be approved for the treatment of anxiety.
 
I have been told placing an Ativan under the tongue can bring pretty fast relief for anxiety.
 

adieuolivaw answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Anxiety?  Who has anxiety?  Not me.  I take Seroquel.  
 
I don’t have time to be anxious.  I’m fighting off torpor.  Hee-hee.  Seriously, my PM Seroquel for sleep also calms me the next day.  And if I were in an extremely anxious state, I’d take a tiny 25 mg Seroquel prn. There wouldn’t be any sedation due to the anxiety.  Watch out, though, when it’s working well and you get home and lie down…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
   
Oh, sure, benzos are the classical choice.  But if one is good, two are better….
 
Adieu
 

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Yes, Seroquel is the way to go if you have hardcore anxiety issues. Unfortunately I have to go to work every day so I don’t take it. It is the sleepy time drug of the century.
 
Jook

bushwompa answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I have had many “ah-ha’s” while reading these boards.  Here’s another one.  I have had a few memorable panic attacks over the years.  However, I never knew that’s what they were.  THe worst one was about a year ago when I was put on Effexor.  I was mad at the time, because Eff is an SSRI and takes time to do anything.  I was expecting that immediate “something” to happen and make me feel better.  This, of course, never came so I stopped taking them.  Big mistake, I know.
 
It was only after reading more on my nuttiness that things began to make sense and that the meds took time to kick in.  I always wondered why I was not prescribed something to make me feel better right away.  I now understand why the docs are reluctant to do that.  If I had access to such a thing, I would be inclined to not take the mood stabilizers and go for the immediacy of the quick fix.  I can see why this is very addictive, not just chemically, but intuitively as well.  I now use seroquel to sleep, so I will remember this for when I have my next attack.  Previously, I self medicated with gravol and nitol (basically, knocked myself out).  Oh, I got back on the Eff once I read up on it a bit more.  It has helped but my anxiety level is still pretty high.

manicmonday asked 3 years ago

Ive just started having panic attacks.   The first one was in traffic on the freeway.   Then i had one at church when I thought my friend was going to make me go to the altar  and have the pastor pray for me.   then I had one today at the store……..
 
I take so many meds today……..but I thought about calling and asking my doc for something PRN to take when I have an attack………does anyone have any suggestions what to ask for?  I dont want anything to sedate me……..I would like something that would calm me down where I can continue my shopping or whatever I am doing and still be able to drive………
 
when i have one…….my heart beats really fast….i start to cry……i feel like i am going to throw up….i feel like i aneed to run and get away from everyone in a hurry……
 
thanks

9 Answers
mania answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I know that there are some very effective therapy techniques for anxiety attacks… but someone else is going to have to weigh in on their actual names.
 
Klonopin is used successfully for anxiety.  
 
A woman on another board taught me a trick to chew my Klonopin when I was in a world of hurt to make it hit my system faster (I used it for brain spaz cooties), and it would hit damn near immediately ON ME.  But I’m a really fast metabolizer.  I can’t speak for, or prescribe anyone else.
 
Xanax is used as an anxiety preventative, but it is also considered HIGHLY addictive (more so than Klonopin).  My sister in law takes it PRN, though.  Go figure.
 
Strattera is also used off-label as an anxiety preventative.
 
 
m

lynnieg answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Ativan, diazepam, and my pdoc told me even Seroquel is about to be approved for the treatment of anxiety.
 
I have been told placing an Ativan under the tongue can bring pretty fast relief for anxiety.
 

adieuolivaw answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Anxiety?  Who has anxiety?  Not me.  I take Seroquel.  
 
I don’t have time to be anxious.  I’m fighting off torpor.  Hee-hee.  Seriously, my PM Seroquel for sleep also calms me the next day.  And if I were in an extremely anxious state, I’d take a tiny 25 mg Seroquel prn. There wouldn’t be any sedation due to the anxiety.  Watch out, though, when it’s working well and you get home and lie down…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
   
Oh, sure, benzos are the classical choice.  But if one is good, two are better….
 
Adieu
 

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Yes, Seroquel is the way to go if you have hardcore anxiety issues. Unfortunately I have to go to work every day so I don’t take it. It is the sleepy time drug of the century.
 
Jook

bushwompa answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I have had many “ah-ha’s” while reading these boards.  Here’s another one.  I have had a few memorable panic attacks over the years.  However, I never knew that’s what they were.  THe worst one was about a year ago when I was put on Effexor.  I was mad at the time, because Eff is an SSRI and takes time to do anything.  I was expecting that immediate “something” to happen and make me feel better.  This, of course, never came so I stopped taking them.  Big mistake, I know.
 
It was only after reading more on my nuttiness that things began to make sense and that the meds took time to kick in.  I always wondered why I was not prescribed something to make me feel better right away.  I now understand why the docs are reluctant to do that.  If I had access to such a thing, I would be inclined to not take the mood stabilizers and go for the immediacy of the quick fix.  I can see why this is very addictive, not just chemically, but intuitively as well.  I now use seroquel to sleep, so I will remember this for when I have my next attack.  Previously, I self medicated with gravol and nitol (basically, knocked myself out).  Oh, I got back on the Eff once I read up on it a bit more.  It has helped but my anxiety level is still pretty high.

vunja asked 3 years ago

I have GAD and agorophobia. that means panic attacks. not the worst kind, but they’re pretty bad. I stop breathing, I start crying, everything sort of goes numb and sometimes I start hearing things. in general, it sucks.
 
no one, any two times I’ve been in the hospital or through two years of psychotherapy, has been able to give me any really good coping tips.
 
I was wondering if someone here might know something. just, how to deal, how to prevent, how to recover from them, anything. I’m on ativan which has helped so much, but. they’ll never go away and if someone has something that’s really worked for them, I would be happy to hear it. <3
 
thank you.

12 Answers
mania answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I know that there are some very effective therapy techniques for anxiety attacks… but someone else is going to have to weigh in on their actual names.
 
Klonopin is used successfully for anxiety.  
 
A woman on another board taught me a trick to chew my Klonopin when I was in a world of hurt to make it hit my system faster (I used it for brain spaz cooties), and it would hit damn near immediately ON ME.  But I’m a really fast metabolizer.  I can’t speak for, or prescribe anyone else.
 
Xanax is used as an anxiety preventative, but it is also considered HIGHLY addictive (more so than Klonopin).  My sister in law takes it PRN, though.  Go figure.
 
Strattera is also used off-label as an anxiety preventative.
 
 
m

lynnieg answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Ativan, diazepam, and my pdoc told me even Seroquel is about to be approved for the treatment of anxiety.
 
I have been told placing an Ativan under the tongue can bring pretty fast relief for anxiety.
 

adieuolivaw answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Anxiety?  Who has anxiety?  Not me.  I take Seroquel.  
 
I don’t have time to be anxious.  I’m fighting off torpor.  Hee-hee.  Seriously, my PM Seroquel for sleep also calms me the next day.  And if I were in an extremely anxious state, I’d take a tiny 25 mg Seroquel prn. There wouldn’t be any sedation due to the anxiety.  Watch out, though, when it’s working well and you get home and lie down…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
   
Oh, sure, benzos are the classical choice.  But if one is good, two are better….
 
Adieu
 

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
Yes, Seroquel is the way to go if you have hardcore anxiety issues. Unfortunately I have to go to work every day so I don’t take it. It is the sleepy time drug of the century.
 
Jook

bushwompa answered 3 years ago

Re: panic attacks
I have had many “ah-ha’s” while reading these boards.  Here’s another one.  I have had a few memorable panic attacks over the years.  However, I never knew that’s what they were.  THe worst one was about a year ago when I was put on Effexor.  I was mad at the time, because Eff is an SSRI and takes time to do anything.  I was expecting that immediate “something” to happen and make me feel better.  This, of course, never came so I stopped taking them.  Big mistake, I know.
 
It was only after reading more on my nuttiness that things began to make sense and that the meds took time to kick in.  I always wondered why I was not prescribed something to make me feel better right away.  I now understand why the docs are reluctant to do that.  If I had access to such a thing, I would be inclined to not take the mood stabilizers and go for the immediacy of the quick fix.  I can see why this is very addictive, not just chemically, but intuitively as well.  I now use seroquel to sleep, so I will remember this for when I have my next attack.  Previously, I self medicated with gravol and nitol (basically, knocked myself out).  Oh, I got back on the Eff once I read up on it a bit more.  It has helped but my anxiety level is still pretty high.