Thanks for stopping by,
this could be kinda long but it’s important and I put detail into it..

Just incase you don’t already know?:

EFFEXOR XR is a prescription antidepressant and is indicated for major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

CLONAZEPAM/KLONOPIN is a prescription used for :
Controlling certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy and for the treatment of panic disorders. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the activity of a naturally occurring chemical in the brain.

(I’m a {}male
{}20 years old)

– Diagnosis:
{}Panic Disorder
{}Clinical Depression
{}Social Anxiety

– Medicines I’ve tried
{}Lexapro
{}Celexa
{}Paxil
{}Abilify
{}Buspar
{}Ativan
(And of coarse {}Effexor XR & {}Clonazepam (Klonopin)

– Went to Doctor, then community mental health clinic,
now I’m at a much better place then the mental health clinic
Seeing a psychologist and waiting to see the psychiatrist

Until I can see the psychiatrist at the new place I’m going
I went to a different doctor (who accepts Medicaid)
and explained this all to him

– I was on effexor xr 75 mg for about a year+
(which my doc told me is an ineffective dose,
the therapeutic dosage for Effexor XR is at least 150-300)

-And also on Klonopin (Clonazepam) .5 mg 2x daily

– I was on both (Klonopin& effexor xr) for about a year up until December of 2008
-I no longer had insurance and decided to try going without any medicine for awhile, and there wasn’t a way to “taper off” without insurance, so i stopped both cold turkey
(please no comments on how that’s not good.. i know)
However I made it through getting off of these medications and it wasn’t as bad as everyone said.

– Since going off of these medications my panic/anxiety & depression has peaked
– So like I said I went to a doctor until i can see the psychiatrist

-He suggested I try going back on effexor only at a therapeutic dose

Below is the treatment plan for now read and discuss after:

Effexor XR 37.5 mg
(they want to ease you up so they give you 30 pills at 37.5 mg each and say:
take 1 for 5 days
(37.5 mg/day)
take 2 for 5 days
(75 mg/day)
then take 3 for 5 days
(112.5 mg/ day)
Then I can get a script filled for 150 mg Effexor XR
The 150 mg should start to help the panic, social anxiety, gad, & my depression

In combination with the Effexor XR; I will start back on *Clonazepam* 1 mg 2 times per day
*(PS: I know clonazepam is a controversial drug and may
have withdrawl effects but for the benefits of functioning
way outweigh the risks. So no comments on that please)*

The 1 mg Clonazepam twice a day should help control my anxiety and panic

In addition to those medications I’m already seeing a psychologist,
I believe talk-therapy alone isn’t the cure but I’m hoping medicine and
the talk therapy will be beneficial together.

In your answers you can leave advice comments etc,
just no lectures or anything like that thanks.
Also If you do take these medications (esp. together)
leave you experience/progress

Any advice on what time you take
Effexor XR (currently taking it in the morning)
Clonazepam/Klonopin (currently taking not specific times, but twice a day)

answers(/anything you have to add) I receive is appreciated

Tagged with: AnxietySocialAnxietyAnyonebenzoClonazepamdepressionDisorderEffexorhelpKlonopinPanicSNRI

Filed under: Panic Disorder

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