Post # 1
So we are leaving for our honeymoon in 4 days (yay)!
But I have anxiety and am really, REALLY nervous (okay, minorly freaking out) about traveling in general.
We have to fly from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale before boarding the ship for our cruise.
I’ve flown quite a few times in my life, but never really developed a fear until our last vacation in 2009. It kind of came out of no where and now ….. AUGH! I’m totally freaking.
My doctor gave me Xanax to take before each flight, but I’ve never taken it before so I’m just wondering how it’ll work. Will I be sleepy? Or just calm? Or what if it doesn’t work at all???
And it’s not just the flights – it’s getting to the airport on time, security, layovers, weather delays, bags getting lost ….. UGH!!! I am a mess.
Seriously, we are leaving in 4 days and I’ve been having a panic attack since last night
My husband is a pretty good traveler and he usually takes the reins with this kind of stuff but I’m still nervous. Nervous. Nervous.
Okay, I’m totally freaking out!
How do you guys DEAL with this???
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
My dad has to take Xanax before dental appointments because of his extreme anxiety. When he takes it, he explained it to me as he just feels relaxed and none of that fear really gets to him. It works great for him. He never said it made him sleepy or groggy or anything like that. I’m sure it will work great for you and you will have a GREAT time!!!
Post # 4
I’ve dealt with anxiety pretty much all my life and have been on meds for it on and off since 12. Xanax is one of them I’ve used before but not frequently since I was a teen. I actually am planning on getting back on it for those time when I need something that works fast. It just helps you relax a bit, make you not care as much. I feel like I can actually feel my blood moving slower/heart not racing, and just my whole body relaxing. It makes me fall asleep sometimes too.
Post # 5
I don’t take Xanax (addiction runs in my family so I wanted something that was less addictive), but I take another anti-anxiety medication for flying.
It.is.awesome! So awesome. So very awesome, I wish I had done it when I first started anxiety attacks while flying about a year ago. I would have saved myself many sleepless nights.
It just keeps me relaxed. It doesn’t make me fall asleep but it helps me sleep better while on the plan. I just don’t have those anxious thoughts that I normally get when I fly.
Why don’t you take one tonight a few hours before bed? That’s what my doctor suggested to me to see how my body would react to them. Since I don’t really take medication, she suggested that I start with half a pill before the trip to see how effective it was & if it wasn’t enough move up to one full pill. (Remember you don’t want to take one when you have to drive somewhere!). And no drinking either while taking them, of course.
Good luck with it! It’s going to be such a weight off your shoulders, you’ll see.
Post # 6
Good morning fellow bee!
I was prescribed Xanax for the very same reason! I used to have severe panic attacks due to a plane I was on severely dropping in elevation and taking a nose dive (Can you say SCARY!?!?!) BUT my desire to travel was so much greater that I needed to figure out a way to conquer my fears or at lease alleviate the extreme anxiety. I spoke to my doctor about my issue and they gave me a prescription for it.
Xanax calms my nerves and allows me to get thru to flight(s) without panic attacks. Turbulence still makes my belly go flip flop but nothing even close to like it was before. The doctors usually prescribe the medicine according to your weight and hopefully you will be fine. I don’t think it will make you nauseous or dizzy but try it first before you get on the flight.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t take Xanax on a plane unless i’d taken it a few times on the ground. You really don’t know how your body is going to react to that stuff or any of the Rx anti-anxiety meds or sleeping pills.
My sister freaked out on Ambien on a flight to London and locked herself in the bathroom for 2 hours.
My fi had surgery and was given percocet which makes me mellow and drifty; it made him nervous, shaky and paranoid.
myself, Xanax makes me want to sleep for about 12 hours.
Really Pittsburgh-> Atlanta is about 2 hours in the air, and another hour to FLL; just have a few drinks or even some hot tea, and you’ll be much happier than trying to predict how your body is going to react, or having to transfer in Atlanta when you’re half-drugged.
Post # 8
I take Xanax for dental work (like cavities).
I take one an hour before, and one 30 minutes before. Then I feel pretty mellow! Not sleepy or anything. Just relaxed and VERY Zen.
Post # 9
I hope you are doing well! I realized that you are leaving today or tomorrow and wanted to check in! I take Xanax on the rare occassion that I have a massive panic attack. It makes me feel relaxed. Nothing stresses me out. So I hope it makes your travels enjoyable! Let us know how you do!
Post # 10
Just wanted to let everyone know that we are back from our honeymoon. It was pretty awesome, and all 4 flights went very smoothly (as long as you don’t count the hour and a half/mile long line to get through security at Ft. Lauderdale on the way home lol).
I took the Xanax for all 4 flights and really did notice a difference. I was still a tiny bit nervous, but it was controllable. It was amazing to be calm enough to actually use the deep breathing/positive self talk methods I’ve learned over the past few years.
It really allowed me to focus, and while the nerves were still there, they weren’t out of control.
And it didn’t make me sleepy or anything!
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@Stace126: Awesome! So glad to hear!
Post # 12
Xanax is awesome (when used for it’s intended purpose)
Post # 13
Congrats! I’m glad it was manageable!
Post # 13
I’m new to the board and a newlywed as well. We have our flight to NYC on Wed and I am a complete mess. I am a 39 year old male who grew up an Army brat and then joined the Air Force for 8 years. Flight was a normal thing for me. It is fascinating and amazing to me how the whole drag vs lift keeps a Tylenol shaped vessel in the sky!
Anyway, I don’t know what happened but a flight last year to NJ had me freaking out. Literally! I am shaking typing this right now. My flight was a typical flight with mild-moderate turbulence and I was shaking like a leaf and gripping my armrest so hard that my left forearm got a Charlie horse! The turbulence didn’t help either as it made me rather queasy and forced me into the bathroom to stand up and absorb the ups and downs of the craft with the bending of my knees so that it minimized my queasiness.
Oh and get this, we drove to Cali to Sea World and there is an attraction in the rear in which you sit down and put on a seatbelt and sit in front of a huge screen. Anyway, I had no idea that this attraction simulated flight, but just as soon as the floor started moving beneath me and the speakers spewed out aircraft engine sounds, I literally ripped my seatbelt off and tried to dash for the exit. No lie! My wife grabbed my arm and assured me that all would be ok and to lean with the movement of the seat. It helped me get through the attraction but it was rather embarrassing. Here I am 6’2″ in shape and an ex-Security Police for the Air Force trying to run off of a grounded park attraction. It really is that bad.
And here we are about to fly to NYC for our honeymoon on Wed the 22nd and I am a mess. I saw my doctor last week and was prescribed Xanax and instructed how to take it. Starting this weekend, simply thinking of the flight knots my stomach up and makes me shake so today I decided to come to work on 1 Xanax (I believe .25mg) and it did NOTHING for me. My doctor advised that I can take a max of 3 per flight. So I am really hoping that the 3 work on Wed.
I wonder, really whether I should take the flight to NYC and my loving wife already assured me that she would understand if I wanted to cancel. Bottom line is this: the 3 Xanax pills MUST work on the flight despite the 1 pill not working at all today with my flight thoughts/anxiety.
What do you all think?
Post # 14
Blacksheep242: Take one, wait 30-45 min and take another and if that doesn’t work in like 45 min after the second dose take the last. I am crazy scared of needles so dental work is the scariest thing ever to me. I take two and the dentist can wave whatever he wants in front of my face and IDGAF. If I don’t I’m crying, shaking, sweating and throwing up. Good luck but I would think that dose would make you relax enough to fly.
Post # 15
Can.I.Be.Mrs.C.: thanks. I’ll give it a shot and report next week when we get back.