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I would look into a Benzodiazapene. Xanax, klonopin, or Valium. These drugs work specifically on the anxiety causeing portion of your brain unlike the SSRI's I am sure you have tried. When using them understnad that the upfront side effects will be minimal (drowsiness), but there will be a withdrawl period when you try to stop taking them. personally I have resigned to the idea that I will be on these for the rest of my days, but some people are fearful of that idea and want a short term solution. Weaning down however will take some time and you will experience an increase in anxiety when doing it, so carefully decided what is important to you. You can also take a Benzo with an SSRI to get you through the initial anxiety, but beware because a lot of people simply can't take SSRI's at all. I thought I was going to die from the increased anxiety almot all SSRI's have cause me. Buspar is another type of anti-anxiety med that may be useful, but it is not nearly as effective as Xanax in the short term.

Good luck.
Hi Leela,
Sorry I didn't see your question. I still take beta-blockers (metoprolol) twice a day, and I take my magnesium and other vitamins along with the betas with no problem. My doc even said it wasn't a problem. The big things to watch out for mixing with meds or vitamins are antacids and fiber---those two things can decrease absorption of other meds, so keep antacids and fiber separate by two hours from other oral meds or supplements. I'd try the SlowMag, or try GNC's magnesium, it is also very good. Take care!
When do you take magnesium? I read on-line since it is difficult to absorb do not take it before or after a meal. I figure my stomach is the most empty in the middle of the night so I woke up at 3:00am. And took 750mg and went to sleep. When I woke up I had chest pain when I would take a deep breath. I don’t know if it is from the magnesium, sleeping wrong, the start of the flu, anxiety or something else. It is much better though; the pain is about 90%gone.

I have been doing better with my agoraphobia since my prescription was increased. I have been going out by myself for about 4 hours and just driving around town sometimes stopping at small stores. Today was not as good I’m sure it had to do with the chest pain. Although I didn’t feel the best I was still out for a half-hour and stopped at the video store then a gallon of milk.

Who knows if a magnesium deficiency is causing my disorder, but chances are I do have the deficiency? I read you can get magnesium naturally from dark green leafy vegetables something I don’t thing I ever ate! I do eat lots of “comfort” junk food.

I bought just regular “Magnesium” from Walgreen's (250mg) Will these have much benefit or am I better off with “Slow-mag” or something from GNC. About this calcium? It sounds like caltrate is the best. How much, how often and what time of day should I take magnesium/calcium? Thanks

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