I have been doing therapy since 2008, and it has brought me a long way from where I used to be. I also practice
That's great...keep it up.
relaxation techniques, I just want to know what the best medication is to take to eliminate an anxiety attack is while it is begginging as I am able to identify them fairly early, but unfortunantly not able to prevent them
A lot of docs prescribe xanax...but its highly addictive. A great alternative (which is still addictive, but not as much) is lorazepam (ativan). anywhere from 0.5 mg to 2mg (rarely more) is helpful; you can dissolve it under your tongue for quicker effect.
If you want non-narcotic/addictive alternatives you could try antihistamines like vistaril or benadryl which both come in liquid form for faster effect. Some patients benefit from buspar, but it's not usually my 1st choice cuz only a small % of people get benefit from it to abort a panic attack when it's just starting.
Thank you for your input, I have tried lorazepam in the past but it really had a zombifying effect on me. Is xanax taken daily or only upon incident?
It can be either. It may still have a zombie like effect....
Ok, thank you for your assistance I will make an appointment and see about getting a prescription.
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