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Friday, March 27, 2015
Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Switching Medications Based on my Reaction
After being on paqxil for panic disorder (i've been symptom free for over 5 yrs) I decided to taper off (with prozac) with the eventual goal off becoming drug free. (This is all under a doctors care). In the last 2 weeks I have become extremly angry with pysical symptoms like headaches, lightheadedness, stomach problems. I've had a complete blood work up and its unlikly that theres anything physically wrong. Should I just go back on paxill?
I think you should seriously consider discussing this with your physician. Some of the symptoms you mention can be associated with anxiety disorders and depression. I think you should be evaluated for both of these conditions. You might also consider some counseling and therapy (especially cognitive-behavioral therapy) which can be quite effective for anxiety and depressive disorders. It may be that a lower dose of medication, or a different medication may be right for you, but please discuss it with your health care provider first.
Nancy Elder, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati