Med Makes Panic Return?

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/28/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
After a recent discussion with my PCP about my constant anxiety and past history of panic, I was put on fluoxetine.

Having gone many months (a year or so, perhaps) without a full-blown panic attack, I was pleased to see my anxiety decrease substantially as well after a couple of weeks on my new medicine.

However, out of nowhere, last Saturday, I had a severe and full-blown attack -- full of panic, fear, feeling of impending doom and death. One of the originals that started this horrible journey that I've been on for 14 years.

I wonder if it's possible that my new medicine, while helping my anxiety, would be increasing the likelihood of having panic attacks.

And I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.


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   Posted 11/28/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello, and I am sorry that you had to go through a full blown panic attack as I know how uncomfortable that is.

Some of the meds may cause an increase in your anxiety until they are at their therapeutic  range.  This may have been your problem.

Some physicians will prescribed a benzo for a few weeks while starting the new med to cover the anxiety side effect.

You may want to check with your physician if this is a concern for you until your meds kick in fully.

Take care of you and know we are here.


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