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I am going through the same thing as you are now. I am in the middle of changing antidepressants and my panic is out of control. I usually use Ativan but it is not long lasting enough so I have been using Klonopin. It will help you get a long night's sleep. I've noticed that I have to use a full milligram though because anything less is not enough since the panic is so bad. If you have problems swallowing, just chew it up. It doesn't taste bad.

I have to ask, how long have you been on Lexapro and at what dose? Has it worked in the past? I need to find a good med to get a handle on my panic because it has been two months and I have lost so much weight and can barely function. I have a job and a family to take care of and I really feel I am just not coping. I am so scared of not finding a med to stop this. I just can't do it on my own.
sandyf - I was on 15mg of lexapro - now moved up to 20mg in the last month. I think its been almost two years I've been on this. I noticed some issues (random panic attacks) about 4-5 months ago but just took it as a bad period (husband layed off work for a couple months etc). However now i'm in full blown panic all the time and I can't take much more. I wake up every morning in such panic I just want...well you know. And yes I have a job that I just had to take a leave of abscence and trying to hide this from my son is unbearable. I can't seem to shake the panic and beating myself up for messing up the adoption.

This is my 3rd anti-depressant over my life. I think zoloft might have worked better for me anxiety wise but it had its share of side effects for me which is why I finally tried the switch from zoloft.

I'm so phobic about taking drugs its ridiculous and no one understands since I need them so much and it would be the thing that might help. I don't understand it either. It's like I think they are going to kill me or something even though half the time I want it all to end a the same time - as I said i'm a comlete mess right now. I literally (or my husband) has to stand there and force me to take them and then can only do it some chunks as someone recommended.

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