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Anxiety Medications

#25
I take Gabapentin/Neurontin up to four times a day. It's helped me greatly with anxiety. I'm also using duloxetine which also helps reel m eback. I hope everyone finds something that works for them. It's been an important piece for me.
 
Thread starter #26
I am taking Atarax, 3 times a day and 37.5 mgs of Effexor. It helps a bit but I am learning to let go of my need to control everything that happens and I focus on the control that I do have. It helps a lot. I also hope everyone finds something that works to reduce anxiety.
 
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I am having full blown panic attacks associated with the breathlessness of COPD. I hope my doctor will see fit to give me a better medication than the Atarax (one that actually works well to stop the panic). My breathing tho is returning to a more normal level after being off of oxygen therapy for a couple of weeks. Stop the breathlessness and that stops the panic.

I hope something can be changed or added to my medicine regimen...(I am using my CBT tools to help reduce panic, but there is only so much one can do when the brain hits red alert. Staying calm and serene is much more difficult when one is gasping for air.).

I don't know when my next psychiatry appointment is but I will keep updating as I go.
 
#29
I am having full blown panic attacks associated with the breathlessness of COPD. I hope my doctor will see fit to give me a better medication than the Atarax (one that actually works well to stop the panic). My breathing tho is returning to a more normal level after being off of oxygen therapy for a couple of weeks. Stop the breathlessness and that stops the panic.

I hope something can be changed or added to my medicine regimen...(I am using my CBT tools to help reduce panic, but there is only so much one can do when the brain hits red alert. Staying calm and serene is much more difficult when one is gasping for air.).

I don't know when my next psychiatry appointment is but I will keep updating as I go.
Hope you are doing ok:)
 
Thread starter #30
Hope you are doing ok:)
Yes, @Carpman and thank you. I am doing better now that my COPD is under better control. I am learning that I can't deviate from my medication regimen even a little bit without unhappy consequences. Still, when I speak to my doctor on August 5th I will make another assessment and perhaps I will ask for a medication change to deal with panic, That is, if problems continue.
 
#31
Yes, @Carpman and perhaps I will ask for a medication change to deal with panic, That is, if problems continue.
Have you tried cannabis? They have oils and tinctures; apparently some people find that calming. Ask your doctor if they are more comfortable with that.

For anxiety, you can slip a few milligrams of oil under your tongue, or get ready-made buccal or sublingual preparations. That's where I'd look next, for anxiety-reduction effects, if it's available in your area.

And hey, either way - I'm glad your COPD is under better control! That is absolutely the most important thing, your breathing.
 
Thread starter #32
Thanks @Allie D. It is not available in my area....yet, but my primary care physician knows I will be first in line if it legalized for medicinal purposes.

My COPD is under better control, but I seem to be having problems with sleep apnea again and the records indicate that it is severe. (I had 46 events per hour last night and it needs to be 5 or under). That means I stopped breathing for 10 seconds, 46 times in one hour.

This is one reason I have to be very careful if I am prescribed benzos...it can depress my breathing and potentially worsen breathing disorders....so I really need an alternative like cannabis. Thanks for the reminder!!!
 
#33
According to my psychiatrist, the Clozaril I'm on is never the drug of first choice because of the seriousness of the potential side effects.

But it's worth the risk to me because it's the best psychiatric pill I've never been on, for me anyway.
 
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