Welcome to Just answer !
Well, it has just been two days that you have been on this drug regime , which is too early to expect a miracle recovery to happen , since this drug regime should be given it's due time period to reach steady state plasma levels so as to produce the desired effects ..
so give this drug regime another 3-5 days to let your body adjust and respond to the drug regime..
and please do not compare the last time when you were on these drugs as everytime it is different response from the body , so it is quite normal to see this varied response this time around..
Could the introduction of the medication to my body increase anxiety
it many times happens ..
since effexor is an activating drug
which sometimes causes anxiety initially but later in a few days satrts to allay the same anxiety..and panic attacks
and please note that whenever you get a panic attack you need to try to breath in and out from a paper bag or else do an exercise where in you need to intentionally breath deeply in and out for 2-3 minutes and then your breathin problem will subside ..
along with panic feeling..
and if this do not work ..
then you need to take 0.5- 1 mg dose of ativan
at the time of panic attack ..
thank you that is very helpful to hear. I have been hesitant to take the 1mg of Ativan because I do not want to over do it to where I can not function
No you can take ativan as PRN that is
as and when required basis ..
so do not worry , as you can take as much as 4 mg / day ..
but make sure that you inform about this PRN use of ativan to your doctor ..
I hope this helps and allays your doubts..
and gives you some assurance..
so hang in there , this will be over soon ..
it does thank you for your time
Wish you all the best..
Wwll, i can see that you are struggling with anxiety, but having said that you are also getting there albeit slowly as expected, which happens at times..
However , as of now you what you can do is that you shall inform your doctor that you need to take an additional 1 mg of ativan other than the already continuing 1 mg dose of ativan. But this additional 1 mg you need to take at a different timing say after 8-10 hrs of first 1 mg dose pf ativan..
So, kindly adopt this ploy of using another dose of ativan to see you throught this troubled and distressing phase while your symptoms subside in due time as the drug gets settled in your system.
I am positive and hopeful that soon your symptoms of anxiety will start to go away , but until that happens do as mentioned above and do inform your doctor about this and take his approval as this seem to be the most plausible remedy for your problem at this point when you need some more time for the drug effexor to produce it's desired effects ..
I hope this helps..
Wish you all the best and God bless..
yes you do that..