(Closed) Fear of flying

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You need anti-anxiety meds, not sleeping meds.  I mean, I’m not a doctor, but everyone I know who’s terrified to fly takes Xanax or Klonopin. You’ll feel calm, cool, and collected and probably sleep.

Just go to your primary care doctor and tell them you need something to calm your anxiety re: planes.

Post # 4
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah I agree that you need to talk to a doctor to get anxiety medicine instead of just sleeping pills.

Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hey there,

I hate flying but love to travel too.  Ove the years I’ve developed a system that works for me… 

Meepsie Pre-flight cocktail – a xanax, a glass of wine (or a screwdriver for morning flights) and a melatonin.  Once I’m on the plane, I put on eyeshades and headphones or earplugs.  Usually, by the time the safety announcement starts up, I am zonked.  🙂

Also, if I’m awake, and turbulence hits, I count in my head up to 100 and then backwards down to 1 as many times as it takes for me to calm back down.  When it’s really bad, I do my counting in Spanish, which I am not fluent in.  I really really have to concentrate on the numbers.  But usually doing it in english is enough especially if the pre-flight cocktail hasn’t worn off yet. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Second the Klonopin.  Works like a charm.

Post # 8
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hear you, my dear.  I’m not a fan of flying either but just like you, I do it because I love to travel.  Otherwise, I’d never see my brother and his family who live in Germany! 

Anti-anxiety is key.  I probably should say this but so is alcohol.  I always have to have several drinks before my flight…especially if I have no meds.

On board, I’m white knuckle passenger all the way.  And if we hit turbulence, forget it.  I’m a mess.  Longer flights are better for me because I have the personal video screen to hold my attention.  Or I try to focus on reading (while taking off).  I also do very deep inhales and exhales to attempt to calm myself down.

I then look around at the other passengers who aren’t freaking out like I am and feel like a complete idiot but lol…such is life.

Post # 9
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@july: Klonopin might work for you.  Fiance has weird reactions to medication but Klonopin works like a charm for him. 

If Valium is not working to calm you down for the flight, then it might not be the best medication for you.

Post # 11
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@ july – I also am terrified to fly, but props to you because you at least DO it. I absolutely refuse. I have never flown, and just staring up at a plane in the sky & imagining myself it in is almost enough to give me a panic attack.

Anxiety meds nothing. I’d need a full-fledged tranquilizer, as in knock me out COLD.

I actually put ‘overcome my fear of flying’ as one of the top 5 things I want to do in my lifetime.


Post # 12
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m exactly the same way! I hate it, but my family is on the East Coast so I don’t really have much of a choice but to suck it up and deal with it. It’s strange because when I was younger, it never bothered me at all, and then in the last 5 years or so, it’s gotten progressively worse. I’m a bit of a control freak so I have no doubt that’s part of the fear for me- not being in control.

I have a prescription for Ativan but I’m not sure it helps that much because my anxiety level is so high. The best thing I did was get a portable DVD player. I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to use that as a distraction than reading or listening to music. I recommend any movie with Christian Bale :).


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