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Re: Loxapine for anxiety

Posted by Elizabeth on April 9, 1999, at 7:03:04

In reply to Loxapine for anxiety, posted by Dawn on April 7, 1999, at 16:50:05

> Pleeze help someone. My doctor won't perscribe anything 'addicting' for my panic attacks!!! I'm now takin Carbamazepin, Ranitidine and Celexa. But nothing for panic execept loxapine(because it's not addictive). Is there another non-addicting anti-anxiety besides Buspar that will calm me?
> Thanks

Hi there. I think this is very bad practice, refusing to prescribe "addicting" drugs (i.e., benzodiazepines) for spontaneous panic attacks (which is what I assume you're having), even when other things don't help.

That said, Celexa ought to be helping (the others probably won't). How much Celexa are you taking, and how long have you been taking it?

Some other things that might work, if you've given Celexa enough of a chance and it hasn't (if you're not in the U.S., you may have other options open to you beyond these):

high probability: another SSRI (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox); a tricyclic (e.g., imipramine, nortriptyline, desipramine, clomipramine); a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (phenelzine, tranylcypromine); venlafaxine (Effexor)

moderate probability: nefazodone (Serzone), mirtazapine (Remeron)

worth a shot: gabapentin (Neurontin), valproate (Depakote), clonidine

Carbamazepine, loxapine, and buspirone aren't for panic disorder, and it's always offputting for me to hear of doctors attempting to use drugs like these for that indication.




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