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I have Social Phobia and Generalized anxiety disorder, and I was wondering if anyone had an Idea of good long-term anxiety meds to take with mood stabilizers and or antipsychotics, as I'll be using them to treat my bipolar II disorder, thanks, I'm doing research, but I can't find any long term solutions.

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3 minutes ago, JudeAllen1803 said:

I have Social Phobia and Generalized anxiety disorder, and I was wondering if anyone had an Idea of good long-term anxiety meds to take with mood stabilizers and or antipsychotics, as I'll be using them to treat my bipolar II disorder, thanks, I'm doing research, but I can't find any long term solutions.

I’m on a low dose of Klonopin which does help, but I only take it before bed to calm me down so I can sleep.  I am also on an antipsychotic and antidepressant and it doesn’t interfere with either.   Hope you find something that helps.

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3 minutes ago, extendedrelease said:

I’m on a low dose of Klonopin which does help, but I only take it before bed to calm me down so I can sleep.  I am also on an antipsychotic and antidepressant and it doesn’t interfere with either.   Hope you find something that helps.

I was told that wasn't a long term solution though, and I've taken it, at a .5mg dose and it gives me muscle spasms and kinda took me out of it, I was having trouble thinking and concentrating to the point I couldn't spell out my name. Thanks, and maybe if I find the right combination it will work.

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your doctor would know best. some anti psychotics and mood stabilizers are used for anxiety. unfortunately for me they dont work and i have similar issues. i hope you find something that works!!

 

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On 12/21/2018 at 2:55 PM, ladysmurf said:

your doctor would know best. some anti psychotics and mood stabilizers are used for anxiety. unfortunately for me they dont work and i have similar issues. i hope you find something that works!!

 

I'm thinking I'm going to have to change psychiatrists, because everyone from that place isn't very good at their job. Not to judge, but she doesn't even give me breaks before starting a new med, which everyone knows can be dangerous.

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On 12/22/2018 at 4:15 PM, JudeAllen1803 said:

I'm thinking I'm going to have to change psychiatrists, because everyone from that place isn't very good at their job. Not to judge, but she doesn't even give me breaks before starting a new med, which everyone knows can be dangerous.

good luck i hope it works out..yeah usually they give you a break before starting with another medication, i think it depends on medications too, and dosages..but i hope you figure it out..

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I'm on a combination of prozac, abilify and a low dose of klonopin (i take a quarter of a .5 mg tablet at a time).. and it works for me. Mine is for panic disorder/ anxiety, though, not bipolar disorder. I do hope you find the right combination for you soon. I remember how desperate I was before I found my cocktail.

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On 1/28/2019 at 4:24 PM, CrazyEddie said:

I'm a fan of buspar. Cheap, low side effects (some brain zaps, but not as bad as it sounds), and seems to help somewhat.

Well, now I'm 7 days away from being a month on Effexor XR, and it seems to be helping my anxiety a lot but not my depression or mania. I've spoken to my therapist about it and I'll speak to my psych when I see her again.

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On 1/21/2019 at 5:20 PM, Lunachick said:

I'm on a combination of prozac, abilify and a low dose of klonopin (i take a quarter of a .5 mg tablet at a time).. and it works for me. Mine is for panic disorder/ anxiety, though, not bipolar disorder. I do hope you find the right combination for you soon. I remember how desperate I was before I found my cocktail.

Yeah, Prozac wasn't good for me I was constantly in a mixed, manic or depressive state and my anxiety was through the roof. Now my SNRI Effexor XR seems to be helping my anxiety and I'm trying to figure out how to get my psychiatrist to let me try any sort of mood stabilizer with it even an atypical one like lamictal.

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Yes i understand where you are coming from. Probably getting a dog or a cat could really prove to be helpful. I got myself a dog a couple of months back and it is unbelievable how my life really has took a different turn in just this short time. Yes not healed but significantly improved. Life looks a lot better now. So yeah. You could definitely try this option. Otherwise you can try meditation and yoga. It calms you down and get that optimism inside you. 

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On 1/21/2019 at 4:34 PM, sober4life said:

I suggest cardio exercise.  Running or walking or an exercise bike.  That is what cured me.  No medicine worked for me in a reasonable way.

You are currently not taking any meds? I love to work out and have started running again to help with Zoloft withdrawal. I would love to know your story so I can learn from your experience. Thanks! 

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7 hours ago, stefc29 said:

You are currently not taking any meds? I love to work out and have started running again to help with Zoloft withdrawal. I would love to know your story so I can learn from your experience. Thanks! 

I haven't taken meds in many years.  Are things perfect of course not but everyone has to find their own way.  I'm more interested in quality of life.  My quality of life on meds was disgraceful!

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17 hours ago, sober4life said:

I haven't taken meds in many years.  Are things perfect of course not but everyone has to find their own way.  I'm more interested in quality of life.  My quality of life on meds was disgraceful!

One thing I am learning is that I am not perfect. I am a type-A personality who has always been the one to go above and beyond. This withdrawal has put me down. I know I will come out of it, hopefully sooner than later, but I don't know if I can be totally drug free. I would hope to think I can one day. I am just taking Buspar and sleeping aids since I am having insomnia for the first time in my entire life. 

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Tofranil and Elavil are about the best I've had for reducing my anxiety.  I have OCD.  They might say PTSD, also.  I'm an extreme night owl and in 46 years few psychiatrists have understood that I'm just a night owl.  These old "tricyclic antidepressants" help me sleep earlier, but a bit excessively.  Ambien is the best for push-button sleep.

Anyway. I was in an ER room having a breakdown in 1986.  I overheard the psychiatrist tell someone I did not need to be on the neuroleptic the poor people's psych clinic had me on (Prolixin).  I suggested Elavil and he gave me that. I had not been on it in a long time.  It relaxed me on the spot. 

 

 

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On 1/28/2019 at 4:24 PM, CrazyEddie said:

I'm a fan of buspar. Cheap, low side effects (some brain zaps, but not as bad as it sounds), and seems to help somewhat.

I found Buspar an okay supplement to an antidepressant.  I only used it for a few months.

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If you deal with anxiety on a regular basis, medication doesn't have to be your only treatment.
To calm your mind and cut stress, try working these self-care tips into your daily routine:

Exercise 
Pay attention to sleep
Ease up on caffeine and alcohol.
Schedule your worry time
Breathe deep
Tame tense muscles
Look for triggers

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