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Anxiety spells, can't control. What to do ?

I have anxiety . It would only come 4 to 6 times a year. Now since December, I have nervous, anxious spells just about everytime I get worried about something or nervous about something. I feel like I can t control it sometimes. It s a scary feeling. What do I do? My doctor prescribe me Xanax a year ago in December, low dosage - .25 I have only refilled the prescription 3 times in the last year and the third refill was just filled about two weeks ago. Can you help me?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your symptoms, it appears that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, probably a panic disorder. Panic disorder is characterized by episodes or sudden spells of intense anxiety.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication which is recommended for short term use only, that too usually as an adjunct to other medication. SSRI anti-depressants are the medication of choice for treating panic disorders. Various psychological therapies and relaxation exercises can also be helpful in controlling your symptoms. So, please discuss with your doctor regarding the above mentioned treatment options.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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