I am currently suffering from anxiety/panic attacks, this stinks! I am taking 75 mg of effexor xr and have been taking this for about 4 months and am on .5 of xanax and I take it about 2x per day. I am unsure about the effexor. I still on occasion have panic attacks. My doctor wanted me to take about 112 mg...omg I was soo tired. So I went back to the 75 mg. Is it normal to have panic attacks and be on meds for them? The xanax works great but I hate taking it cuz I get really sleepy. I really need some help here and am trying to figure out how I can stop having the attacks.