Quick question on Oxycodone for anxiety

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   Posted 2/24/2018 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I had posted here a couple weeks ago looking for some advice on managing anxiety given numerous health issues in my life. In sum, the last month has been one where I have had a lot of brain fog/off balance/cognitive issues shortly after a medical procedure (that I have had other times w/o this effect). I am quicker to have anxiety because of the health issues I have had in the past and the not wanting to relapse again once I gain good health. The fear of going backward triggers the anxiety. I did meet with a psychiatrist this past week and she prescribed Zoloft for me. Curious if anyone has any feedback on that medication. But.....as part of this ordeal I always feel as though my eyes are straining with the increased brain fog. This past Wednesday I had spent a lot of time on the computer and felt sore/spaced out to a higher degree. I ended up taking an Oxycodone 5-325mg tablet I had left over from a previous procedure for pain. about an hour later I noticed the fog lifting, balance coming back, and just a more normal where with all. I ended up sleeping well because I didn't have stress that evening. The next morning I took another Oxycodone (and started my Zoloft that day as well) and had the most productive day at work in a month because of the effect mentioned above. Yesterday no Oxy and fell back into my same symptoms. I read that Oxy has something to do with Dopamine levels. Given I had some relief I am trying to understand this as daily functioning is really hard right now. Any comments out there on this???

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   Posted 2/24/2018 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear you have had a tough month.

I have never taken Zoloft but I know a lot of people who have and they have found it to be a helpful medication so I hope it works well for you. It can take anywhere between 8-12 weeks before an antidepressant fully kicks in so you have to give them time and it seems to be the norm for things to get worse before they get better again.

I have never heard of Oxycodone being used to treat anxiety and I would say that if you are not taking it for pain relief then you should be cautious and speak with your prescribing doctor regarding this.

Keep us posted.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 2/24/2018 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think what happens is that the oxycodone has lessened the stressors.....brain fog/balance/spaced out feeling to a degree. Easier to not think about those things when they are not so prominent in your mind. Then you can think external thoughts easier. I think in my case if I can take the symptoms down the anxiety would fade. Curious if you know much at Wellbutrin. That is one medication that increases Dopamine and treats depression/anxiety different that the SSRI's.

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   Posted 2/24/2018 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Wellbutrin works well for many, but can be challenging for some as far as the s/e's are concerned.

However, it is definitely something to consider, as taking an opiate regularly is not an option for anxiety management....and it can be used as an augmentation! (good since you've just gotten into your new start up)

I hope you find the right regimen to help you feel your best very soon!

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