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   Posted 11/21/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I was suppose to up my dose of Zoloft from 50mg to 100 mg last night .. But I did a NO NO and googled and found something about Seratonin syndrome AND totally FREAKED out!!!! VIEW IMAGE I am being treadted for Anxiety/panic disorder and ocd and deppresion. I know I should have never googled because I am at constant worry!!! He also gave me xanax but I am afraid of medication and wont take it. Been on the zoloft for 3 weeks now.I am one to constantly moniter my pulse breathing ect... as you all probably know. I just need someone to talk to me . I am having a BAD daytoday and anxiety is VERY high. It has been doing better and I probably need to up it. But now this is REALLY bothering me!! Thanks in advance!! VIEW IMAGE

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   Posted 11/21/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
You have a point re this syndrome however this is one time you really should make a list of all your questions and talk your concerns over with your physician.

If there are other meds to choose from you may want to go with one that is not a SSRI/SNRI drug.

I wish you the best,


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   Posted 11/21/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
everyone makes ssri's look so bad when in reality they have really helped alot of people. I have crohn's disease and I have to take meds that can cause Lymphoma and all kinds of nasty things to happen but you know there comes a point when you have to ask yourself what is best for me right now? There is always possible side effects to everything. Water can cause this and certain foods can cause that. Well take the leap and do what your doctor told you to do and you will get better. good luck and god bless. Barb

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   Posted 11/23/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   


You have a good point as it does come down to overcoming the fear and giving the medication a try.

I have a hubby with Crohn's too and he has had to be on meds that he preferred not to take but it came down to making a personal choice and he really needed the med.

Those of us with anxiety often struggle with decision making as we get into the what ifs?  I try to just make my choice and then live with it.  I hope I choose right and most of the time I do.

Good input.


I wish you peace and happiness.


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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
if you feel the anxiety coming on use the Xanax---it will help. You can always start with 1/2 pill.
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   Posted 11/24/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Barbz very well said. I too have Crohns, and I take my meds because I know that that is my illness and it must be dealt with, just like the anxiety and panic.
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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