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   Posted 9/3/2010 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a great day yesterday except for a small dull headache, of course in the back of my mind I think my headaches could be something more!!  Anyway, last night around 7pm, I began to get this overwhelming hot flash and began sweating badly and couldn't sit still! I had the racing heart and it lasted just a few min, felt much longer!! Of course, I then got frustrated, upset, and worried setting my anxiety into full gear!!   Do any of you experience hot flashes?? I am increasing my Zoloft to 100mg today after increasing from 50 to 75mg 1 1\2 weeks ago. The doc had told me to double my 50mg but I only increased to 75mg first because I am scared of the side effects!! I had been on 50mg the last year and a half due to pregnancy, tapered down from 100mg prior to pregnancy. Any thoughts?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/3/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and congratulations! I don't know about medication side effects, but I do get the hot flashes which either starts with, or sets off anxiety. Also I remeber getting really overheated after childbirth. I'm sure that your's was anxiety, or hormone related, but since I assume that you're seeing your doc/obgyn regularly, it wouldn't hurt to mention it;)
Feel well,
Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/4/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I get them too just before an attack. Often it's my first sign of an impending attack. It starts around my waist and quickly rises upwards to my head at which point the attack begins. It only lasts one or two seconds.

I've also noticed that since developing panic attacks, I'm also more sensitive to heat. It was humid outside yesterday, but we had the windows open. In the evening I came out of the bathroom, which was even more humid and warm because there's no window and the door was shut. Just as I came out I had an attack. I put on the A/C and felt better. The same has happened to me in the car over the summer with the heat leading to a hot flush and then an attack.

I don't know if a hot flash can be a side effect of medication, but I have heard from a number of people that they can make you more sensitive to the heat.
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