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Hey, psychiatrist prescribed me Xanax, at first 0,5mg twice a day but I couldn't do anything besides sleeping after it and had serious problems with vision etc. So now it's 3rd day of taking 0,25mg once a day, and I noticed I get panic attacks after about 20-30 min after taking it.. like right now, I don't feel calm, I feel horrible panic, my heart is racing, feeling weak and dizzy, it's scary.. did something like that happened to anyone ? Gosh I'm so scared right now ;(
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Hey, psychiatrist prescribed me Xanax, at first 0,5mg twice a day but I couldn't do anything besides sleeping after it and had serious problems with vision etc. So now it's 3rd day of taking 0,25mg once a day, and I noticed I get panic attacks after about 20-30 min after taking it.. like right now, I don't feel calm, I feel horrible panic, my heart is racing, feeling weak and dizzy, it's scary.. did something like that happened to anyone ? Gosh I'm so scared right now ;(





I looked up side effects. One can be dizziness. The other things you are experiencing were not listed. Try to do some slow deep breathing. Count breaths out to 8 then repeat. Maybe you are feeling nervous about this new drug? Try to relax and put a call in to your psychiatrist in the morning.
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Thanks, now I'm feeling a little bit better. I'm always extremely nervous when i have to take any medication, because I had horrible side effects after taking ssri before.. but I tried to calm myself down, tbh today I wasn't even anxious because I was thinking, I took this med already and probably caused all symptoms earlier because of my stupid anxiety.. but it happens even when I'm chill.. dunno, I have appointment to psychiatrist tomorrow so we'll see what doc will say about it.. sigh I'm so angry at my stupid brain, so many years of life wasted because of stupid panic attacks.. tried so many things, tried meds again, and still nothing really works..
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I'm so sorry you're struggling, lucami Please, do speak to your Pdoc as soon as you can. Hopefully he/she will have some suggestion. Many hugs
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I haven't felt that with benzos, but I do with most meds that are physically sedating. I have the reaction you describe with antihistamines. I would definitely ask for a different med.
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Benzos are known to cause mood instability when you take them on a regular schedule your body gets used to the smooth feeling then they wear off and your body craves that smooth and panics when it doesn't get it that why people are always abusing benzos by taking them more often , before the scheduled time or more of them they are trying to stay in that smooth spot. Many peoples anxiety gets worse on them but they are addicted and any suggestions that they quit cause panic.
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I took benzos for years. I never had bad side effects, and never had to increase the dosage. When I switched insurance the new doctors refused to prescribe benzos. That's why I ended up here on PC. I was trying to figure out what happened.


Some people don't do well on benzos and some people abuse them, I guess. Now the rest of us have to pay the price. This worked well for my anxiety and since then my anxiety has been an ongoing issue.



Like lucami I get severe side effects on anti-depressants. I am now on no drugs. I take the herbs passion flower and valerian...but both are sedating.


Lucami, I am glad you are feeling better. I responded because when you posted you seemed freaked out and I know how that is. I had panic attacks when I quit smoking cigarettes and it was horrible!!! I actually cured myself using guided meditation CD's I took out of the library. But I did it pretty extensively...about three hours a day. Finally the panic attacks subsided but I still battle anxiety.


Best of luck, Lucami...hang in there!
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Nammu I'm NOT addicted benzo NOT used to benzo I DON'T abuse benzo and the most importantly it DOESN'T make me feel smooth. I'm freaking scared of being addicted to anything and losing control to the point I never even got drunk in my life. I just started to take this damn Xanax as psychiatrist told me to because my anxiety and panic is so strong the whole freaking time I'm not able to do anything. At first I was supposed to take whole pill at morning and afternoon. Tried it once only because it knocked me so strongly I couldn't function at all, slept half of a day, and on the next day I had strong problems with vision. So I called my doc and he told me to take half of a pill twice a day but still felt bad so half of a pill once a day. My problem is this **** is not working for me at all, it gives me completely opposite effect. Im supposed to be on psychotherapy session right now but I didn't go because of damn panic and I'm crying I'm scared and angry and hate my life and all of this freaking meds for just not working at ****ing all
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DechanDawa it's good that at least it worked for you for some time.. I tried so many things like psychotherapy meds herbs mindfulness meditation yoga and gosh nothing really helps.. been to mental hospital for 6 freaking months where doctors didn't event want to give me to try any meds anymore for some reason.. I was more calm when I was there I think because I was far from my toxic family, but there was a big park, and many activities in other buildings I could attend to, but I didn't because when I was leaving the building with my ward, I had strong panic attacks.. and nothing helped me with this damn agoraphobia.. I hate myself for having this crap, I hate that ive lost so many years of life I don't ever get back.. no work no school no friends just existing for no reason..
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Nammu I'm NOT addicted benzo NOT used to benzo I DON'T abuse benzo and the most importantly it DOESN'T make me feel smooth. I'm freaking scared of being addicted to anything and losing control to the point I never even got drunk in my life. I just started to take this damn Xanax as psychiatrist told me to because my anxiety and panic is so strong the whole freaking time I'm not able to do anything. At first I was supposed to take whole pill at morning and afternoon. Tried it once only because it knocked me so strongly I couldn't function at all, slept half of a day, and on the next day I had strong problems with vision. So I called my doc and he told me to take half of a pill twice a day but still felt bad so half of a pill once a day. My problem is this **** is not working for me at all, it gives me completely opposite effect. Im supposed to be on psychotherapy session right now but I didn't go because of damn panic and I'm crying I'm scared and angry and hate my life and all of this freaking meds for just not working at ****ing all





Oh gosh, sorry you missed your appointment. Call the psychiatrist so he/she is aware of what is happening. With these drugs the doctors should monitor and follow up but often they don't. I really feel for you. I get extreme side effects, too. IDK. It sounds like they might suggest something else. I ended up having to go off all medications because what they prescribed kind of made me feel insane. You aren't alone. Hang tight. It is not your fault.
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