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Hello, I really need some help.


My mother is having anxiety/panic attacks.  I’ll try to keep it short.  She had an ear infection and the doctor gave her a prescription for hydrocodone but told her to use it sparingly because it is addictive.  Because she didn’t want to get addicted she then decided to use Klonopin for the pain in her ear instead.  (Yes, we know this was now a mistake.)  She was using the Klonopin for 2 weeks when she started feeling heaviness on her chest and that lead to panic attacks.  The doctor prescribed Zoloft 100 mg which made her feel awful and then Lexapro 10mg which also made her feel awful. 


She went to a new doctor.  This new one had her continue taking the Klonopin 0.5 mg three times a day and added propranolol to help with the heaviness in the chest.  They checked out her heart and it was fine.  Then she was switched over from Klonopin to Ativan 0.5 mg three times a day to help with the nausea she was experiencing.  She felt like “an elastic band that was stretched and then plucked” so they started her on Buspirone 30 mg a day.  This seemed to help a little.  Then they upped it to 45 mg a day and she had extreme nausea.  She can’t eat any food and only has protein like shakes for the past 5 days. 


They cut it back to 30 mg three days ago and the last three days have been hell.  She feels the most anxiety that she has ever felt and would do anything to get the pain to stop.  She is not suicidal, reports no depression and I am keeping a very close watch on her.




My questions:


What is happening?


The only meds she is on now is Buspirone 30mg and Ativan 0.5 mg three times a day.


Are these meds making her nauseas or is it her “nerves”?


She has tried Zofran, which didn’t work, phenegran, and reglan which both had “twitching” as a side effect.  She takes Benadryl which helps a little. 


Is she now addicted to the Ativan?


Does she need a different anti anxiety med?


I know that no one wants make medical advice without having more information but I really could use some guidance here.


Thank you so much in advance!

Klonopin 0.5mg --> Zoloft 100mg--> Lexapro 10mg --> Klonopin 0.5mg --> Propanolol --> Ativan 0.5 mg --> Buspar 30mg --> Buspar 45 mg --> Buspar 30mg 


Current Meds: Buspar 30 mg, Ativan 0.5 mg, Benadryl 

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Hi dylanbobdylan,

I moved your post here to introductions because its about your mother's situation specifically, you will get a better response here.  Welcome to SA.  I'm sorry to hear about what your mother has gone through, its unbelievable that this has all happened because of a simple ear infection.  Did the ear infection clear up.  Was she given antibiotics for this?  Some people can have bad reactions to certain antibiotics.


I looks to me like your mother has had adverse reactions to a medication and then more medications have been tried and added, exacerbating the problem.  If you mother had no anxiety, panic or nausea before getting the ear infection and being started on medication, then I would assume these symptoms are being caused by the drugs.


How long has she been taking the Ativan and Buspirone?  Both of these drugs need to be tapered if they have been taken regularly for more than a couple of weeks.  Also, please let us know if an antibiotic was given for the ear infection.


It may take a little while, but we should be able to help your mother safely get off these drugs and back to feeling normal again. I suggest not making any changes to medications at the moment, but keep everything the same, when we know a few more details we can offer some suggestions.



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Thank you so much for your kind words Petu!


She was given amoxicillin for the ear infection and it did eventually go away.  She was on Klonopin at varying doses for all of August.  Then Zoloft 100 mg for 3 days, then Lexapro 10 mg and Klonopin 0.5 mg 3 times a day for 7 days.  Than Ativan 1.5 mg/day for 2 weeks. 


Then Buspirone 30 mg/day and Ativan as needed, less than 1 mg/day. 

They increased the Buspirone to 45 mg/day for a week and this caused extreme nausea and mental discomfort. Then three days ago, they decreased her back down to 30 mg/day and that turned her into the saddest thing that I have ever seen.  She has had a hellish 3 days. 


Thank you so much for any help or advice you can give!

Klonopin 0.5mg --> Zoloft 100mg--> Lexapro 10mg --> Klonopin 0.5mg --> Propanolol --> Ativan 0.5 mg --> Buspar 30mg --> Buspar 45 mg --> Buspar 30mg 


Current Meds: Buspar 30 mg, Ativan 0.5 mg, Benadryl 

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Welcome, DBD.


It sounds to me like your mother had a paradoxical reaction to Klonopin, which has been exacerbated by the other drugs plus switching benzos, so now she has benzo withdrawal, too.


Can you see one of these doctors, who might have more of a clue? http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/988-recommended-doctors-therapists-or-clinics/

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Thank you so much.  Thankfully one of the psychiatrist in my area was able to fit us in on Saturday and I will report back on the findings.

Klonopin 0.5mg --> Zoloft 100mg--> Lexapro 10mg --> Klonopin 0.5mg --> Propanolol --> Ativan 0.5 mg --> Buspar 30mg --> Buspar 45 mg --> Buspar 30mg 


Current Meds: Buspar 30 mg, Ativan 0.5 mg, Benadryl 

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