Prozac is a SSRI. And there are no blood tests to tell if you need it. It controls how your body uses seratonan, the happy hormone. It really is trial and error.
Ativan is safe as a short term anti anxiety for up to a month. The problem with it is that people get dependant on it and take it past that point. Over a long period it causes chemical changes that are hard to correct. There are people here that keep it as a "just in case pill" but seldom if ever use it. It is cheap, so go ahead, just if you find yourself using it often get your doctor to switch you to a longer acting safer one in the same family
Propranolol. This beta blocker is used by musicians for stage fright, and surgeons for hand tremors. It is not real good at keeping your heart from racing but it does work. The one side effect that is annoying is that it limits your ability to exercise since it restricts how fast your heart can beat and therefore how much oxygen you can get to your muscles. It is used more for anxiety now than angina which it was originally meant for.
All three medications are considered safe if used within there limitations and if you need them. None are Addictive, (chemical change) but you can become dependant. (mental)
There are people here that use or have used Prozac and can give you there pro's and con's. I can't having never used it.
I talked to my doctor today and even though my blood tests for thyroid problems were fine she wants me to keep getting them done every two weeks to make sure. She also wanted to prescribe me Prozac (I said no) and Ativan (which I will probably get filled but never use) and keep taking Propranolol (which I'm not sure I really want to).
Does anyone have any thoughts on these medications? I'd really like to try to do without them.
Hello Ashley and welcome to the site. Panic attacks can be scary. Once the doctors have ruled out any physicial problems, it's a great relief. So now on to the next stage which is studying and really practicing the CBT Program, do all the homework, learn about yourself, your triggers, what is it which makes you so fearful. This takes time and as you said in your post you did the CBT very quickly maybe this time you can start at the beginning and slowly absorb and practice the information. If you are like me, I found I undertood it even better the second time around. I think I've studied it 3 times now. And I am panic free. I find the relaxation techniques very important to practice every day, morning and night. I like the breathing exercises and the visualizations. The progressive muscle relaxation exercise is tops for when I feel over tired. Post as often as you like, that's what this site is for - ask questions even if they seem silly to you. We've been there, nothing is too silly. We all started at Square 1. Hope to hear from you again soon,
welcome Ashley, we are a friendly supportive group here and all have similar problems, you have the right attitude, thats just how i felt i will do whatever i need to to get well, keep that in your head and go for it :)
Hello Ashley. Welcome to the site, the very successful site. Part of our success, because the program is very good, is the support you will get here. CBT definitely works but some times it can be a little hard to understand. Feel free to ask questions and post comments and ideas. I am one of the free, (cured) in case you wonder why I don't suffer from panic attacks. Believe me, I did. We are a friendly group, I think you will like it here.
I thought I'd introduce myself here because it helps to know that I'm not alone in these experiences.
I recently had my first panic attack at work and had no idea what was going on. I went to the ER and have been going to different doctors since then. So far no physical problems have been found.
I've been terrified since my first attack and have had several since. I've been living in a nearly constant state of panic, anxiety, and depression. I've been reading CBT books but my tendency is to finish them too fast. While they are helpful for a short period, I think I need to take my time in this program to be truly successful in getting over this.
I haven't been the same since I started getting the attacks and it makes me feel even worse because I feel like I'm not as fun to be around anymore. I'm often anxious or crying now, even at work. I'm going to put in whatever effort I need to to get better.