PLEASE HELP!! Severe panic attack from taking meds!

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Julie1014
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   Posted 5/6/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a long time since I've been here.  I am having a severe panic attack.  I have Crohn's, and was just diagnosed with shingles.  The doctor put me on Valtrex.  I HATE taking new meds.  It is debilatating to me.  I took the Valtrex 2 1/2 hours ago, and have been having horrible panic.  I just took a Xanax.  Does anyone else Experience medicine phobia?  Crohn's has certainly put me to the test.  I called the pharmacy and they said Valtrex shouldn't cause panic.  I know it's probably all in my head.... How do you cope?  I read all of the side effects, and feel like I am experiencing every one.  I don't know how I am going to take the next pill..... Please help.  Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Julie1014
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   Posted 5/6/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply. I am trying to do some deep breathing exercises right now. I dread taking the next pill..... Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 5/6/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Julie,

You may be experiencing anticipatory anxiety as you are thinking about the meds and worrying that something bad is going to happen.  Remember you will be ok and yes I over think taking new meds too and every little twinge that feels different in my head I think it is probably the med.........the old "I knew this would not be good" thinking.

Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :

Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.

Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying

Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties

Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue

Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.

Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.

Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.

Stick with us and we will help you through.  If you feel your med is the cause and it continues please recheck with your physician.

Hugs
Kitt


 
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Julie1014
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   Posted 5/6/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt, thank you so much for the informative reply. It means more than you know. Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


jordaNZone
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   Posted 5/7/2008 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Julie..I too find it hard to take new meds - so after taking them I go to bed  :-) 'cause I figure you can't fall much further - probably sounds funny but it works for me lol...
Once I realise that nothing drastic is gonna happen I am up and about as usual lol...
Maree
 
  •  'Raindrops on roses..'
  •  'Peace of mind will come to us when we are happy with 'not knowing'...
  •  'No more stinkin thinkin...'
  •  'It's not how we survive the storm..But how we Dance in the Rain..'
 
 
 
 
 
 


UC since'76
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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Pharmacists are an often overlooked goldmine. They know everything, plus they have computer programs with information on it. If you are scared, talk to a pharmacist. They are often really busy, you have to pick your time, but just call up and ask when he has some uninterrupted time to talk to you. All in all, they will spend more time with you than doctors (mine, at least), and performing this informative and comforting function isprobably really rewarding to them.

No, I am not a pharmacist. Just someone with the utmost respect for them.

(I usually hang out on the Ulcerative Colitis forum.)
Ulcerative Colitis since about 1976
Pan colitis since at least 1994
 
Never had a flare until MD gave massive dose of Magnesiun while hospitalized for bronchitis.
 
During subsequent hospitalization for the flare, GI looked me straight in the eye and said "don't ever stop using Asacol."
Insurance company thought otherwise so I'm on no meds.


stkitt
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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   

UC has an excellent idea and I agree Pharmacists are a wealth of info and are much more familiar with the interactions of the meds etc.

I hope today is better for you Julie.

Hugs
Kitt


 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


Julie1014
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   Posted 5/7/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
My day is a little better today. Don't get me wrong..... the pain is horrible, but I'm only having intermittent anxiety attacks, which I can pretty much bring under control. No panic attacks yet today!! I can't thank you all for the wonderful advice. It's funny you mentioned a pharmacist.... I was so nervous to take the second pill last night, so I called the pharmacy. The pharmacist that I talked to was outstanding. Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


wen4003
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie,
 
I'm glad that you were able to get some information from the pharmacist last night and others are right, they are a wealth of information and we often forget they are available for just this sort ofo thing.  I'm happy to hear that today is going better for you.  Keep posting and we will help you through this, you've gotten some great advice so far.
 
Happy day,
Wen

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Always seek professional advice from your doctor.

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stkitt
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   Posted 5/7/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Julie,

So glad your having a better day.  Another of my practices is to try to stay in the moment, don't worry about yesterday as it is history, and worrying about what will happen tomorrow only causes the anxiety to rise so stick with today and stay in the moment.  When a "stinkin thinkin" thought enters your mind, let it flow right on out. 

Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.

I am so glad you have joined our HW family and please keep posting, we are here for you.
Calling your pharmacist was your own idea..............and you did it, so kudos to you hun and stay in the moment. 
Hugs
Kitt
 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


Danxiety
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   Posted 5/7/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, i seem to be the same way. Also, adjusting to the initial side effects of some meds can be daunting.

Hang in there!!!
Dan
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Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, possibly Bipolar 2.

"We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves."
- Pema Chodron


Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. Well I am also have alot of phobias from taking any prescription or OTC med because it seems that i am very sensitive to anything, actually i could be fine with one thing and take it again a few weeks later and get horrible side effects. But I have been taking valtrex for years and have NEVER NEVER experienced any side effects from it, and i think the possible side effects that it can cause is really minor stuff, but thats just me. Well I just thought you'd might like some advice from someone who does take this med.
 
-hellokitty

Julie1014
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   Posted 5/8/2008 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   
HelloKitty, thank you so much for the reply! After getting over the initial fear of taking Valtrex, I seem to be tolerating it just fine. Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Hurray, I am so glad you are doing well on the med and I am very proud of you for coming here and sharing your fears with us.  We care and now you are a great example of success, you made it through the anxiety.

Kudos and Hugs to you.
Kitt


 
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Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


wen4003
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie,
 
Great job to you for being brave enough to continue with the med and getting past the anxiety.  As Kitt said, kudos to you!!
 
Take care,
Wen

Co-Moderator Anxiety/Panic Disorders

Every little bit helps, please donate to HW if you can!   http://www.healingwell.com/donate 

I am not a medical professional, any advice give is purely from personal experience.

Always seek professional advice from your doctor.

Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea

Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium

 “Be a good listener.  Your ears will never get you into trouble.” - Frank Tyger

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