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I had a heart attack in Nov 2002. Dr. said I was "anxious"..hyper...and I said I agreed.

He put me on Xanax for about 2 months. Finally I called the pharmacist, asking why I was having to come get these pills (capsuls? I don't remember now), anyway...the pharmacist said they were a temporary med used until I could get on to a long term med like buspar or prozac, etc. While on Xanax I was put on another drug like Paxil. After a few weeks I asked my doctor how long I was supposed to take both? His eyes got big (Like he was thinking...oh crap, I forgot about that) and he pulled me off xanax..right that minute. Then I was on the other drug awhile, until I had problems with it, like suididal ideations and he would switch me. I did that 5 or 6 times during early 2003 to early 2004. I do not remember the exact dates, but I was becoming a vegatable. I was on neurontin at the same time, by a neurologist. He knew I was on the other meds. After about 15 months I quit everything in one day. Bad for me? Yeah, it wasn't fun but I did it and felt much better. Before these meds I never, ever thought about killing myself. I have never killed anyone in the usa and didn't want to start with myself. I have often wondered what the long term effects might be from all those drugs.

I remember Xanax, Welbutrin, Paxil, BuSpar, Zoloft, Lexapro, amitriptyline, gabapentin and some valium.

I think I was told to come off one of them..carefully and it seems like it was Welbutrin, but I could be wrong. At the time, it just seemed right. My family doctor said take this, suicidal ideation...uh...wait...don't take any more of those, take this instead, the prescription is waiting for you. And I did.

Don't get me wrong, I love this doctor, he truly thought he was doing the right thing for me, but I would still like to know what I may run into in a few years. Has anyone else evey done this??

Inputs appreciated.





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