Anxiety Drugs

Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 9:44pm
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pI am wondering if there are any TN/PN Adults taking any anti-anxiety drugs. I have heard that there can be problems with some drugs and epinephrine. If anyone has any stress reducing ideas besides drugs that is great as well. /p
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Posted on: Tue, 04/10/2001 - 3:47am
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Is your question concerning reducing stress about being TN/PA? I know that in my older age I have begun worrying more about what I eat, where I eat, smell and touch - things I never worried about growing up with this allergy. I just knew not to eat peanuts!
I know that I suffer from panic attacks with my PA. Just because the shear thought of a reaction drives me crazy. Especially if I have to fly anywhere. I fly a lot with my job and there is so much talk about smell reactions from peanuts on airlines that I now begin to panic before boarding. Luckily, I have never had a reaction for smell or on an airplane.
If you are talking about stress in general, I begin taking yoga about 7 months ago and truly enjoy it. Big stress reducer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Melanie

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 9:41am
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What is the problem with anti-anxiety drugs and epinephrine? I think I need some ideas for panic too. Two days ago I had possibly a mild reaction to something and then had a full blown panic attack. The doctor thinks I did mildly react to something but maybe it was just a panic attack any ideas what to do??????Sometimes I can't get a grip with this stupid allergy and I do not want to become a hermit!!!!!

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2001 - 10:08am
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When I was 20 I developed severe panic attacks (not related to my food allergies because those came later in life) and I have taken anti-depressant as well anti-anxiety medication with no problem. I was on a very low dose when my food allergies developed and the main contraindication with certain drugs and epinephrine is that both can speed up your heart rate. In the case of anaphalaxis my doctor told me it is more important to get the epinephrine than to worry about the medication. Perhaps another line on medi-alert bracelet but, in dealing with a life or death situation take the epi. I often get novacaine at the dentists without the epinephrine in it only because I don't like a racing heart. My dentist told me that many people request no epi for the same reason.
I find the problem with anxiety is that it is also one of the first symptoms of going into shock so how does one tell if it is just panic about "maybe" eating something or is it really a warning. I don't think there are any contraindications with anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax or Klonopin just certain anti-depressants. Wouldn't it be great if there were mental health professionals who dealt with food allergies and the impact it has on our lives. It is a very stressful way of life and I find that so few people take it seriously. I hope that will someday change. Perhaps when all the PA children grow up. Unfortunately, it seems many more children are born with PA today then 20 years ago.
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Posted on: Sun, 10/14/2001 - 4:57am
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I have had panic attacks for years now, but because I am only 16, the doctors are anxious not to give me drugs for it yet.
Instead, as soon as I feel one coming I have to get someone to do counting and breathing with me (lots of my friends are pretty good at this now) and if I really can't control it all on my own, out comes the paper bag. It had been suggested that I got some herbal remedy, namely Bach's rescue remedy. This didn't work for me, but I know people who absolutely swear by it. Lavender is very calming before a paninc attack, but not much good once you've started having one.
Take care,
Rach

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 11:10pm
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Drugs aren't the answer for this kind of problem. Been there, done that, and all it did was turn me into an emotionless zombie.
I would recommend getting hold of some books on coping with panic attacks. There are mental exercises and relaxation methods to help you keep control.
Yoga's good, tai chi, martial arts, anything that gives you discipline and control.
HTH

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2002 - 3:31pm
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I know this is an older topic, but for those that check back. My allergist told me regarding the adrenalin(EpiPen), if you are taking asthma medicines, eating chocolate, drinking colas, or anything with caffeine. They interact with each other. There by making your heart race, and making you feel more anxious, which makes anxiety attacks that more pronouced. Take care. BE SAFE [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2002 - 6:27am
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I finally approached my doctor about anxiety meds but we decided that it wasn't an option because I am breastfeeding my son. What I did do, however, was go on a vitamin b complex and remove refined sugar from my diet. Refined sugar counter-effects the vitamin b complex (and for that matter, it does the same with something like Paxel).
I discovered this solution about two years ago quite by accident so I wasn't surprised when my MD told me this. As I felt better two years ago, I stopped the "treatment" and started on the sugar again. However, with anxiety problems/panic attacks I've been having lately, I started on it again. It's been two weeks now. I still have slight (and I mean slight) anxiety, but no anxiety attacks.

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2002 - 7:49am
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I just met with my PCP today, and she feels I am under a good bit of stress (can't imagine why... son w/PA&TNA possibly starting Kindergarten this Fall...), and has prescribed BuSpar. I researched it on the WWW and decided against taking it. Guess I'll have to de-stress some other way.
Good luck, All.
Tammy

Posted on: Sun, 03/03/2002 - 1:38am
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Hi,
Laurensmom, I just heard on the radio yesterday a Dr. that has a Vitamin B pill called the B-bomer. He totally swears by it, and doesn't agree with prescription meds for everything that ails us.
He says the B-bomer works for Stress, panic attacks, joint pain, tiredness, carpal tunnel, heart bi-pass patients, etc etc.
Maybe there is something to Vitamin B?

Posted on: Sun, 03/03/2002 - 10:55am
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Smack,
Like I said, I discovered this on my own...the first time. I had to be on a B supplement because of a medicaton I was on. At the same time, by coincidence, I removed refined sugar and refined carbs from my diet (only 100% whole grain). I was on the med for 6 months and remained sugar free for about 8 months. It was wonderful but it crept back in. The anxiety attacks started again.
Forgot this happened.
Anxiety started again recently but turned into panic attacks with more physical symptoms. My MD wanted me on anxiety meds but I couldn't because I'm nursing and not willing to give it up. Remembered the luck I had with the vitamin B and hit the health food store instead. Just purchased a no-name brand of B complex...doesn't have to be anything special. The certified nutritionist/naturopath who owns the store said to remove the sugar or the vitamin would not work. Ah-ha...it clicked. Remembered my luck from last time and it hadn't been coincidence. Matter of fact, she said the prescription my MD gave me would not even work had I started it and continued with sugar in my diet.
As far as any other of the ailments you mentioned, I have no idea if it helps them but I swear by the vitamin B for panic attacks.

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