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Has anyone taken these over the counter anxiety medicine?
That doctor was my uncle and he was not my medical doctor-sorry if I implied that. The side effects of St John's Wort can be very damaging to your health and his ealry warnings may have saved me from becoming ill. Thank you though for reaching about about this!!
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My doctor had me try L-Theanine 200 mg. It did help. I take it everyday.
@littleonefmohio Hello, like parus and Volunteer Mentor Teresa, I have not heard of OTC anxiety treatment. The only thing I was ever given for anxiety that is an OTC is Benadryl. It calmed me, but I got sleepy
I too suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. When I get a panic attack, I now practice what I describe as mindful breathing. I focus on an object in the room such as a picture on the wall. Then I take a series of deep breaths. When I first started this process I could barely get 2 deep breaths in. Now I can take breaths from the beginning. The most important thing is
breathing in your nose and blowing out your mouth.
Littleonefmohio, can you share with us if there is something that triggers your anxiety? Have you been treated for anxiety by any medical personnel in the past?
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I have subscribed to the APP Headspace. It is essentially a meditation and mindfulness series and utilizes breathing techniques like you described. It costs about 12$ per month. I am not on any medications and try really hard to stay that way. This has helped me a lot and I subscribe to the philosophy that I spent my entire career (I am 73 and recently retired) being sort of wired and ready for the work day that it is going to take me several months if not a year or so to deprogram myself from that idea.
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Yeah it can cause heart rhythm abnormalities
Hello- My middle name should be anxiety!! I use to take St John's Wort and a doctor told me to get off it as it was dangerous. I haven't tried any other over the counter remedies for anxiety. Medicines can be very pricey but since our health is priceless I wouldn't chance taken anything not sanctioned by your doctor. I think that messing with chemicals and some of these are very exotic is very dangerous. Take care
I agree it is dangerous. I fear taking extra things with the "Big 3" due to potential drug interaction.
Outside of sleep aids and some supplements that are marketed for depression, I'm really not familiar with OTC products that are used for anxiety. Is there any supplement or product in particular that you are considering?
If you have real anxiety OTC and vitamins don't work, I have tried it all and the only thing that works is a benzo
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I have tried a number of over the counter products but none of them did the trick, Only got me unwanted side effects. I get anxiety and panic attacks while on a long trip from home and a few situations, like at the dentist.
Thanks for mentioning this in other postings – I feel really a fool for having them, glad to see I'm not the only one…
My doctor described me diazepam/valium 5 mg whenever I have a panic attack and that's the only thing that really works for me. My doctor said that it is a rather straight forward product and more trusted by him than a lot of stuff you can buy in a drugstore…
I just use CBD oil and that helps me with sleeping.
That's my two cents and personal experience. I admire people who can breathe away panic attacks or achieving that with mindfull thinking etc. Maybe I must work on that but now I have my hands full to just hang on..
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Hello, @faraway53. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm so glad you don't feel as if you're the only one who experiences anxiety and panic attacks after reading here. That is truly an important component of the community.
Glad the diazepam/valium is working for you whenever you have a panic attack. Sounds like an effective action plan. Thank you for sharing this and your use of CBD oil for sleep. With your use of the oil, you have something in common with @gailb, whom I'd love for you to meet here, among others in this discussion who are so helpful.
Do you also use the medication to manage a long trip from home now, @faraway53?
Thank you for your feedback. It's very true that reading the stories here is helping me. I feel less alone in my lifequest when I read the other struggles with panic attacks.
I must say that I lead a quit life now, away from the rat race in the big city. Once I was very keen on "scoring" in my job, get promotions and so. But when I finally got there it was no fun, not what I expected. The anxiety troubles just went along and changed perhaps their outer appearances but inside It was just the same..
I had more money to spend but that didn't did the trick. A panic attack in a Mercedes is the same as having one walking the streets..
When I had to deal with unfortunate aggression of one of my clients (I ended up in hospital) I had a rather big implosion. I could not walk the streets because of the fear for another anxiety attack and was hyperventilating a lot. Agoraphobia kicked in..
The real big change happened when I quit my job in the city and moved away to the countryside . I live in a small village now, everything is green and trees and a nice house..two cats in the yard like in the song.
That works for me. I do have anxiety attacks every once and a while, but much much less than I had in the city.
Only .. at this moment I am having a hard time getting accepted by my social contacts.. Some things I can and some I cannot.
I would like it very much to get it out of my system but I am not there yet. But the positive side is that I accept it from myself. It is a part of me now but I try to live my life as normal as is possible. When I have to do something challenging …( for me that is…) I tend to take half a pil in advance. Most of the time that's enough.
But when I am having a bad one I just take the pil, or two, and it all goes away in about 20 minutes..
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Hello everyone I'm currently suffering from an anxiety disorder and I'm searching for an over the counter medication because it is so scary. I'm sometimes scared to leave my own house. I really need help staying calm day 2 day until I start back working I have been unemployed for a year now and that's not helping
My wife has been diagnosed with MCI and it has gradually progressed. We have been through the Mayo HABIT program which also pays attention to partners as well as participants. I have had varying degrees of anxiety since retiring and learning of my wife’s diagnosis. Mayo has given me access to psychological help and my biggest benefit is understanding anxiety better (knowing that it may always be present in some degree) and learning how to become mindful through meditation. I have subscribed to the app Headspace and I find it extremely helpful. You learn about your brain and how to have some semblance of control over where it goes and how you think. Nothing is perfect for everyone but this has helped me a lot without resorting to either prescription or over the counter drugs and herbals.
I've had anxiety for years and your probably need counseling and prescription meds to help. Don't try and self-medicate. There are many good programs around- call your doctor. Get help
Good morning all,
I've had GAD since my daughter played her narcissist games with me and she destroyed me by not letting me talk to my granddaughters. I have not a clue in the world as to why since I thought we were always very close.
Anyway, dr told me yesterday that the DEA is getting tou and shes c
Sorry. She cut my Klonopin in half
Not going to lie I'm scared of the symptoms coming back and making my
Life intolerable. Not doing wrll here am I? lol
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