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Re: your response to my attacks

Posted by Susy on July 13, 2003, at 18:09:43

In reply to Re: your response to my attacks Susy, posted by mercedes on July 13, 2003, at 3:04:08

> Hi Susy, thanks for your note. I also take alprazolam but take much more than you. This past March/April, when I was having 6 attacks a week, my pdoc increased my alp. to 1 full mg. three times a day. Prevously, I was on .5, three times a day.
> The way you describe your panic attacks, sounds like you need to take more mgs. I don't know if the dr only prescibed that low dose or if it is because of the cost, or from having to get it from another country. It just sounds to me like you are taking next to nothing, but I'm not your pdoc. Sometimes I won't take the last tablet if I'm already sleepy or not feeling anxiety. However, the next morning I feel some tingling on my lips or like needles poking out of my skin. As soon as I take my dose, the symtoms go away. I also took paxil at one time along with the xanex. However I was drinking alot at that time, very depressed, that I didn't give the antidepressants a chance. Alcohol is a depresant in itself so I was making myself worse by drinking but at that time, it was all I could do to survive. I haven't been drinking hardly, since I've been on Effexor.
> Keep writing,
> Mercedes
> *****************************
> > Hi Mercedes,I feel better because you sound a lot better today, so you mean that you are still taking Xanax 3 times a day and also Effexor?
Is that working ok for you? I mean dealing with the side effects, the fatigue, etc....
Well, I do suffer Panic Attacks since 14 years old now, after I had my second son; but the Drs didn't know what it was,they said first it was low blood presure, and then an imbalance in my hormones.....thank God I didn't suffer that time a lot of panic attacks, maybe 1 or 2 per year and I was able to control them breathing or going out or drinking a cognac.....but this last three years, the attacks came back with vengeance, the first time my son even call the ambulance because we all thought I was having a heart attack.
This Dr. was the one who gave me Xanax for the first time, and I took them as needed.
When my medicine was over I went to other Dr. who make me a series of analisis to determine that it really was panic and anxiety what I suffer. Even an electrocardiogram, blood, xrays, etc....
But when he gave me the prescription he told me "this is the only time I am going to give you Xanax, next time go to a Mental Health Clinic"
When I didn't have more, I went to this place were they give you free clinic attention, and the Dr gave me PaxilCR 25 mg. That was horrible for me so I went back and again she told me that she couldn't give me any more medicine, to go to a Mental Health Clinic, now, I went to this County hopital and wait there for more than 7 hours and at the end, they told me I had to have an emergency to get medical attention. =( I have gone to a lot of different places, even to Mental Health Clinics but they said they don't deal with anxiety and panic attacks, just esquizofrenia,bipolar disorder and other issues.
That is why, I have to take as less as I can because it is very expensive buying Xanax from
the internet and the quality is not the same.
But it is better to take it everyday, even taking it I do suffer a lot of anxiety and attacks, I am praying to collect more strength so I can at least go back to work again.
Well sorry I made it too long, please don't forget to tell me how are you feeling now.
Bye Mercedes =)))




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