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I took Zoloft on and off for about 10 years, the last time I tried to go on it I had HORRIBLE side effects and had to stop it. I have been having daily panic attacks again, 1 or 2 a day, sometimes constant, since starting perimenopause. I have been taking xanax .5 mg 2-3 times a day for this. I do not want to have to keep taking benzos, I would rather just take 1 pill daily instead of taking 2-3 daily. Has anyone had any luck with this med for GAD/Panic Disorder? I have come to the realization that I will probably have to be on a med for this for the rest of my life. How are the side effects of starting this med? And what is the ideal dosage for GAD/Panic Disorder? Thanks in advance, Fox
I tried Lexapro for depression not anxiety and it didnt work for me. I didnt have any side effects or anything it just didnt do anything so eventually I went off of it. I know other people who take it for depression who really like it and one of them also has an anxiety disorder and she has ativan that she takes when she gets anxious. I dont know if this really helps you or not. :)
I took Paxil for 14 years for GAD and it was pooping out on me. I have transitioned to Lexapro. I've been on Lexapro for about 6 weeks now. At first it was like I had nothing working at all but I had a few side effects, restless legs, some stomach upset. After 4 weeks on 10 mg I bumped up to 20 mg. I was still having some morning anxiety & was feeling a little teary, although I could tell it was starting to work. Now, after 2 weeks on 20 mg, I am finally forgetting about having anxiety again. I had a great night's sleep last night & woke up sleepy & wanting to go back to bed, not bolting awake with anxiety like I had been. Lexapro is definitely working for me! I did read that 10 mg seems to work for depression, but often 15-20 mg is needed for anxiety. Good luck.
For Lexapro I tried it with no results what so ever. But I heard good things about it for anxiety, It just didn't work for me. Good Luck and try it.
I am on Zoloft now and it isn't really working for me. A little back story...I was on Paxil CR for a few years, but it left me feeling "fuzzy" and I gained a lot of weight. I then switched to Zoloft, but after about 2 years, it seemed to stop working. So then I switched to Lexapro and it worked wonders for me. I went off of all anxiety med when I was trying to get pregnant and did really well, but as soon as I had my baby I went back on Zoloft because it is the only med I can take while nursing. It really isn't working that well. As soon as I'm done nursing I'm switching back to Lexapro. I didn't have any side effects with it.
I took Paxil myself back in 2002 and had a 60 pound weight gain from it, so I refuse to take that again! I still haven't lost all of the weight that put on. Then I was on Zoloft a few times before and it helped me tremendously, (I don't know why I went off of it in the first place) but when I tried it again recently, it gave me severe panic attacks, and I had horrible dizziness, derealization, shakes, and headache for 2 weeks. I don't recall getting THAT bad when I went on them before. Not sure if it's because i'm currently taking xanax 2-3 times a day, and it's just too much in my system at once, or what. But I would like to get off of the Xanax because I feel that my body is becoming dependant on them. As soon as it starts wearing off I get really anxious, like I have to take another one. I do not like that feeling at all! I've been taking them for about 4 months and to be quite honest, they scare me, just for the simple fact that they can be addicting, and I don't like taking pills in the first place! I'm contemplating giving the Zoloft another try because I just got a refill for 50 mg right before I stopped taking it, so I have that whole bottle left. But i'm kind of scared of those side effects again. Was thinking on Lexapro, but I heard there is no generic for them and I have no prescription drug coverage from my work. I'm gonna go see my Dr. tomorrow and ask him what he thinks my best option would be. My gyno told me a few months back that I was starting perimenopause, that's when all of this started back up again. He told me that since i've had GAD and Panic Disorder already that it would only get worse for me. And boy was he right! So here I am living in this hell of anxiety and panic EVERY day again. Don't get me wrong, Xanax is great for the occasional panic attack, but I don't like it for every day use, it seems like it's making my panic worse!

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