Medication (Experience so far) – Anxiety Blog
I started my treatment of medication for mental health on 30/06/2017.
Citalopram – 20mg Daily
I started on 20mg of Citalopram which is a type of antidepressant known as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). Used commonly for treating depression and sometimes for panic attacks.
I was already experiencing multiple panic attacks per day, coming in recurring waves. Then dealing with the fear of the next attack was a vicious cycle. Booking the doctor’s appointment was interesting, I have always suffered from anxiety, or had anxious thoughts. It progressing into a panic disorder didn’t seem to surprise my doctor as much as it did me. It got to the stage where it was affecting my life, and ultimately left me in floods of tears and a jumpy mess in my GPs’ office.
I was told that the symptoms would more than likely get worse before they were to improve, and that they took 3 weeks before even beginning to take effect. I had no other option at that point other than listen to my doctor’s advice and give it a try.
Before taking any medication, I was doing a lot of research on YouTube and already had myself pre-freaked out for any side effects. I got the brain zapps, which came on suddenly over the first few days. Almost as if there was electric shooting across your skull. Messing with brain chemistry is a scary thing. Then the insomnia.
Citalopram – 40mg Daily
However, the panic attacks did seem to calm down. Which was great at first… I stuck with the treatment for a while, seeing the doctor again every 3-6 weeks. Until i think i might have hit a plateau and they began to increase in frequency again. I now take 40mg per day. Which is still the case.
Diazepam 5mg – when needed
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms. I have been prescribed a handful of Diazepam 5mg, to be taken in extreme circumstances. Twenty tablets in the last 12 weeks. Every panic attack never loses its individual intensity. They don’t last long.
Phenergan (Promethazine Hydrochloride) Tablets 25 mg – one daily
Promethazine hydrochloride is a phenothiazine used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting caused by anesthesia or surgery, certain types of allergic reactions, pain caused by surgery or childbirth, and to sedate patients before surgery or medical procedures. Initially prescribed to keep my eczema under control due to allergies, and to combat my insomnia from anxiety.
Currently this is all my medication. It seems like a cocktail, but has helped me a huge amount. My GP is happy enough to keep me on the SSRI’s in the mean time. To be entirely honest I don’t feel strong enough at all to have them stopped right now. Panic attacks still happen and are just as intense and unique as ever, they are less frequent though. My next step is to work on coping mechanisms and to begin talking therapy.
Please feel free to comment or private mail and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Peace out folks!
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