Before I was diagnosed with anxiety, I was sick and was getting depressed because, well, being sick will tend to do that to you. I went to my PCP and was prescribed some sort of SSRI...one of the newer ones. Taking that pill is what CAUSED me to have a fear of medications. Before that I didn't like taking them, but it didn't make me nervous, and this was before my surgery so I had no idea that I was developing an anxiety disorder, either.
Well, what happened was I took my first dose. Everything was okay. I'd been on SSRI in college and they never bothered me. However, that night a few hours after my second dose I began to get violently ill. I never took another one and a long time after that when I went back to the same PCP for treatment with A/P, he wouldn't consider giving me an SSRI. I thought I'd have to fight with him about
it (he had all the pens and notepads and stuff in his office).
A lot of people won't like reading this, but there are more than a few doctors who are skeptical about
the use of SSRIs as front-line treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. I think it's against the forum rules to give out the name to that forum, but it's a little known corner of a very popular medical site in which doctors can talk to one another.
I don't know. I had a bad experience. That's anecdotal. I've read other peoples' bad experiences. Also anecdotal. Since I made up my mind never to take an SSRI as long as I still had a pulse, I haven't read very much about
them. I don't want to scare anybody...I've also read peoples' posts who said they had no problems with SSRIs for A/P disorders.
Long story short, I'm glad you gave it a shot. None of us know how you truly felt so we can't say if it was the right thing for you to quit or not. Likely the side effects would have gone away in a week or two, but those might've been a couple of really long weeks, you know?
There are other medications you can try, so don't give up all hope on pharmacology. This is largely a psychological condition but all signs say there's a physical part of it, too. Some may need medicine to get better. If you are one of those people, you may have to give in one day and take some kind of medicine whether you like it or not. Remember, A/P is a progressive disorder. If gone untreated it is almost certain to get worse, not better. So definitely do SOMETHING and if you have to, explore other kinds of meds with your doctor.