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I am new to this board and want to say to everyone on here, I can relate. Here is my situation. I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for about 12 years. They have been dormant at times -- sometimes for years but always come back. About 8 months ago I had my third child and my panic attacks have gotten so bad since then and also continuous. I choose not to talk to my husband about it. He grew up with a mom who had severe depression and I am so afraid he will think I'm a basket case too if I talk about it :(

Long story short, I do fine on Xanax. But my PCP only prescribes a small amount each time. Part of my anxiety is worrying I will run out and need it. I have been in that situation a few times now and it's terrible getting through an attack without any medication. I really need to switch doctors but haven't had time to research it yet.

I also have Mitral Valve Prolapse which is a very common heart condition in women, and it may in fact be the reason why I have panic attacks. My cardiologist confirms this fact. But, he does not think Xanax is helpful in the long run so he doesn't prescribe it. Instead, he recently asked me to start taking a beta-blocker called Toprol XL. That was a month ago-- I got the script filled but I have not taken it yet. Part of my fear is taking new medications and not knowing how they will affect me.

Has anyone had any experience with beta blockers and if so, did they work? I haven't been able to find anything online that is terribly negative about Toprol but I'm still relucant to try it for fear that I will have some horrible reaction to it (it's a vicious cycle of anxiety -- needig the meds for anxiety yet being too afraid to take them, I know!).

If it were as easy as taking this pill once a day, wouldn't everyone with anxiety simply take it? Why would there be reason for Xanax and other drugs of that nature? I keep asking myself this. Maybe I just need to try it and stop worrying but with 3 young children I can't help but freak out at the thought of taking a medication that I've never tried before.

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