Celexa and Ativan

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I recently started getting panic attacks and a general constant feeling of anxiety. The hospital gave me Ativan (1mg) and my doctor put me on Celexa (20mg). I've been on it for 6 days now. My anxiety seems much worse, which I understand is a side effect in the first week. I have had trouble sleeping (I fall asleep fine, but wake up 3-5 hours in and can't go back to sleep). When the doctor at the hospital gave me the Ativan, he said not to use it unless I was having a panic attack. I know that it is super habit forming and don't want to use it too much, but I feel like I'm about to have a panic attack all day.

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    I've been through this. It will be hard at first, but you can get through it. Once your okay, try to get off the medication.

     

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    Hi Shaughn

    Perhaps you should give it a go and take the drs advice.

    At least you have tried the suggestion that the dr made.

    I know that the constant fear of having a panic attack can be overwhelming at times but perhaps you could try taking the drs advice and hang on when your fear of having a panic attack is not as strong.

    I know these panic attacks are horrible. Take care.

    Cindy.

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    Its the brain telling you u are about to have a panic attack. IF U TALK URSELF OUT OF IT UNTIL IT GOES AWAY then u will realise it was ur brain so u dont need it
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      I talk to myself and ask mysrkf what am I doing. This isnt me and 'snap out of it' if 7 keep telling urself u can do it without the med tgen hopefulky it will get better. I was better for the full week last week then this week I have started to worry again but I talk myself out of the panic and it lasted 10-15mins instead of more than half an hour
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