List of Medications

Anxiety Medications

Here is a list of the anxiety medications I tried:


  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Alprazolam Regular (Xanax)
  • Alprazolam XR (Xanax XR)

Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac) – 20mg
  • Zoloft (Sertraline) – 100mg
  • Pexeva (Paroxetine – Similar to Paxil, but not Paxil) – 20mg, then 30mg
  • Paroxetine (Paxil) – 30mg
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro) – 20mg
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac) – 20mg (again)
  • Fluvoxamine – 300mg


  • Buspar

The Anxiety Medication I Stuck With

The medication I ultimately stayed on was Pexeva at 30mg. On this medication I did not have even one palpitation, for seven years! Panic attacks were non-existent. The only side effect was tiredness.

panic free on pexeva

Because of insurance issues, I switched to Fluvoxamine, but have had two panic attacks already in less than a few months. I am currently fighting with the insurance company, Cigna, to cover Pexeva again.

In addition to Pexeva, I always have alprazolam (Xanax) in my purse. During the 7 years on Pexeva, I rarely needed it. If I did, it was preventive and I would take .25mg. Now, on Fluvoxamine, I find I need it much more often. When the two panic attacks hit, I had to take .5mg of alprazolam (Xanax), to stop the attack quickly.

If you have any questions on which side effects I felt, or how effective each one was, please send me an email.