Anti Anxiety Meds?
Posted 17 October 2008 - 07:28 PM
I'm not big into taking medicine, but I'm seriously considering some anti anxiety medicine, but I have no experience with it at all. And I don't want to be drugged up on my wedding day, but I also don't want to be a huge ball of stress/nerves.
Has anyone done this? Or takes anti anxiety meds?
Posted 17 October 2008 - 07:43 PM
I went to see my doctor who said that it's pretty common for people to go through this when they are under stress. He gave me samples of anti anxiety medication. I took it the very next day and felt worse then I did when I had the panic attack! It just made me feel weird. I didn't like it at all!
I've learned that, for me, exercise plays a HUGE role in helping me cope with stress. As much as I hate the treadmill, it turns out that I feel much better with a little exercise!
Definitely talk with your doctor and see what he/she suggest. You are not alone, many people suffer with anxiety and I think you just have to experiment with what works best for you and your body!
Best of luck! Keep us informed!!!!!!
Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:05 PM
I'm a flight attendant so we have the medical equipment on board so the other girls checked my blood pressure & pulse & everything was normal
Every now and then here at home I go through the same thing and I just have to talk myself back to being normal.
I don't know if that makes any sense?
But I try to tell myself that it's mental, I'm not going to die, and I just need to take deep breaths and calm myself down.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:25 PM
It may help, but I'd try it now to make sure you know how you'll feel. And if you have never taken anything, take the smallest dose. It might just be enough to take the edge off.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:33 PM
Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:41 PM
but, it took a while to get adjusted to it. I was sick to my stomach the first few days & light sensitive. i'm not sure if I'd try something so close to the wedding. you also have to be careful with alcohol.
zoloft is something you take daily, but it is not habit forming. i think xanax is something you take as needed so maybe it wouldn't be as bad to get adjusted too.
i never wanted to take medicine, but my friend had such a great experience with zoloft i decided to give it a try. it has been wonderful. I'm going to stop taking it in the next year or two. i mostly wanted to get through the wedding.
it helps me a lot though when i drive & fly.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:57 PM
Talk to your doctor and see what s/he suggests.
Let us know how you're doing.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:16 PM
Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:17 PM
Tara a few things you can try the next time it happens are:
deep breathing. 4 counts in and 4 counts out... several times
making a phone call. sometimes talking to someone that knows you are having one the moment it starts helps alleviate some of the anxiety and may take your mind off it.
Xanax and Klonopin are ant-anxiety meds that begin affecting you the moment that you take them. Xanax being the more habit forming according to MD's. This is why it's not something that you take on a daily basis - unless- for some reason it is prescribed that way. Zoloft is somewhat affective for anxiety but is usually not prescribed solely for panic attacks. It also takes about 2 weeks for your system to respond to it. It sounds like you had a panic attack and your doctor will obviously prescribe what he feels is best for you but I thought I would just give you a little info.
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