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Old 01-04-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Where ocean meets up with the naked land.
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My doctor prescribed me to take Citalopram and I don't want to take it. It's for people with major depression. I don't have depression; I have anxiety.

Is there any possible way of curing anxiety if I take this medication for a very limited amount of time?? I'm ashamed of taking anxiety medication, it's something I never wanted to do. Yet, I continuously embarrass myself as well as others when they see me suffering from it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Is there any possible way of curing anxiety if I take this medication for a very limited amount of time??
I believe the point of taking prescribed medications is that you then become dependent on them, rather than them actually curing you.

I have a friend who takes Xanax for anxiety..He seems to do rather well with that. Maybe you could ask about another kind of medication if you do not want to take something for depression...
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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I do have an acquaintance who has severe anxiety panic attacks and was helped out rather well by zoloft, a typical antidepressant.....perhaps the whole serotonin thing plays in on both of them....
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Celexa works good for anxiety and depression; I'm proof of it but everyone's body chemistry is different. Even the doctor doesn't know how you'll respond; it's kind of a wait and see thing. Now I'm trying to slowly taper off taking it.
It will take a while to see results and hang in there!
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I take Citalopram for anxiety. It is not a cure-all, it takes the edge off. The rest is done through therapy. It is not a quick-fix, it takes several weeks to a month to work. If you want something that works fast, you'll want a Benzo, the only drawback is that they are highly addictive.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I took citalopram for anxiety for 3 years. Weened myself off of it in July and had a hell of a rebound of my anxiety (both panic attacks and generalized anxiety). I decided to go the non-medication route this time because like a previous poster said, meds don't "cure" it, just mask the symptoms. I am now seeing a therapist to treat it, and so far, I feel a lot better.

Anti-depressants are often used for treatment of anxiety because it deals with the same brain chemical (serotonin). Xanax it totally a different type of drug and is more for emergencies/panic attacks and it is sedative.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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im on zoloft for anxiety (its an antidepressant) the idea being some anxiety is based on a similar chemical inbalance...
that being said...
therapy might be a better option for you if your not a fan of the idea of medication.
in therapy they will try to get down to the REASON you are prone to the anxiety and try to give you tools to help manage it.

anxiety can be a very serious problem, but if your not comfortable taking meds you need to tell your dr that NOW!
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I was prescribed Buspar (Buspirone) for generalized anxiety. Took it for all of 2 days before I gave up since the side effects made me even more anxious. It is one of the standard treatments for generalized anxiety, whereas Xanax would be for panic attack episodes. I did try low dose Klonopin just one time, and it was much better tolerated. Depression and anxiety are often linked and have similar treatments so it might be worth a try. However, I don't have any experience with taking antidepressants.

I'm taking nothing now as I've learned to control my anxieties.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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You could try it. I am on Paxil and it helps my anxiety( which hit me with menopause)alot. I know I will have to wean,but the anxiety was debilitating
and I couldnt take hormones,and since this was physically caused(dropping hormones) I felt therapy was not an option. I never had anxiety till now and
got so bad,because I didnt know what was wrong with me! Paxil is a godsend for me. The only drawback for men is the libido thing. Not so much for a menopausal woman.


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Old 01-04-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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You could try it. I am on Paxil and it helps my anxiety( which hit me with menopause)alot. I know I will have to wean,but the anxiety was debilitating
and I couldnt take hormones,and since this was physically caused(dropping hormones) I felt therapy was not an option. I never had anxiety till now and
got so bad,because I didnt know what was wrong with me! Paxil is a godsend for me. The only drawback for men is the libido thing. Not so much for a menopausal woman.


Greenchili

I was on Paxil years ago. Best med ever! But it can put on weight if you're not careful. I would go back on Paxil if it wasn't for the weight gain.

Right now I take Xanax for BP spikes, it knocks me out cold within a hour.
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