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Anyone experienced severe anxiety/depression taking Clarithromycin?

I take Citalopram for anxiety/depression. This year I have had 2 chest infections that needed treating and was given Clarithromycin, 500mg twice a day. The latest chest infection was recently and I stopped taking the antibiotics 5 days ago. I have had some awful symptoms that I don't know what has caused. Shaking, increased anxiety and depression, loss of appetite, twitching muscles and weakness in legs. Balance problems. Heart Palpitations. Now I am having difficulty walking and it is really scaring me. I seem to remember having these side effects when I took these before but not so severe.

I would love to hear from anyone who has had a reaction like this and how long was it before you felt better.

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  • sarah31580 sarah31580 beverley47094

    I have just come back from the Doctors after experiencing terrible side effects from taking a course of Clarithromycin for Tonsilitis. I am on my last day of a 7 day prescription and have been having terrible leg pains for a couple of days which I put down to symptoms of the Tonsilitis. Anyhow, last night I forgot to take my dose (i should take a tablet once every 12 hrs for 7 days) and noticed that the pains in my leg had eased, again I just thought that the tonsilitis was getting better. This morning I continued to take the tablet as prescribed and by this afternoon I noticed that the pains were back in my legs but I also had tingling/numb arms and fingers, short of breath, palpitations and could not stand up for fear of fainting - basically all of the symptoms of a severe panic attack (i have never suffered from anxiety). My husband took me for an emergency appointment at the Doctors who determined that the Clarithromycin was too strong for me hense the feeling of anxiety and pain in my limbs. They have now told me to stop taking them and given me diazepam to ease the anxiety symptoms. Sorry for the long story but basically if you are in doubt, drink plenty of water to flush your system and go back to your Doctor straight away. Apparently this is quite common as they are strong antibiotics.

  • zil40482 zil40482 beverley47094

    I know this was ages ago but have just started a similar course of Clarithromycin yesterday for tonsillitis and I shan't be taking any more. Just realised the dose was 500 mg and i am quite small. I have spent two hours today wondering where and who I was and in a state of extreme anxiety, and could hardly walk around the room without legs feeling as if they would not work. All very odd and I read the side effects and it said disturbance to perception and vertigo, etc. It is totally unlike me to panic and it's a great relief to see I am not  going mad. Quite frankly I would rather have the tonsillitiis! I hope you are recovered now. I am going to tough it out and if it don't go away go back to good old penecillin low dose (although I have read some things about that too), It makes you wonder why the drug companies keep quiet about these types of side effects as they are to my mind so much worse than the expected physical ones!


    • claire09 claire09 zil40482

      I started taking this on Wednesday after finishing amoxicillin for chest infection last Sunday it cleared my chest infection but I was having sensitivity towards light and sense of fullness. I had two treatments of hoopi ear candles and the wax both times was thick.  I. Having panic and heart racing and anxious all the time since being on these. I never have panicky or anxiety I'm scared it's not going to go. I finish tablets Tuesday 

    • trisha. trisha. zil40482

      Hi , how long since you stopped taking this medicine did u start to feel better? I stopped due to similar effect but that was 4days ago&I dont know when ill ever feel normal again.

  • Ailidh Ailidh beverley47094

    Although I've recently posted that Clarithromycin (7 days for a toe infection in someone with newly-diagnosed diabetes) wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared it would be, I Am now wondering how long the anxiety side effects could last.

    Yesterday was the 2nd day after I completed the course, and I felt twinges of anxiety all day, culminating in a lot of crying and sobbing in the evening. A thoroughly disturbed night followed (according to my tracker, while I slept for 7 hours, it was broken 30 times.......) and I was very low and very tearful this morning. Slightly better this afternoon and, in a way, I hope it Was the clarithromycin - I presume it will just wither away.....

  • Caryn36853 Caryn36853 beverley47094

    Beverley and others,

    I am experiencing the same symptoms following the taking of clarithromycin 500 mg for a bronchial infection. After only 4 days on it I began to experience hearing loss and stopped taking it. That was over two months ago. I am still experiencing extreme anxiety, very strange sensations in my body, like hot flashes, muscle twitches, and have lost 12 pounds - and it was always hard for me to lose weight. There are so many other symptoms like sudden food allergies, dry mouth, post nasal drip, the list goes on. Please, if any of you have found an antidote for this, would so appreciate what helped. Your postings helped me to figure out that it was the clarithromycin and not the bronchitis that brought all of this on.

  • chris87099 chris87099 beverley47094

    I was prescribed Clarythromycin for a nasty chest infection quite recently. I take Sertraline and Buspirone for anxiety and depression and about three days into the course of antibiotics I began to feel not well, severe anxiety attacks and depression severe. I stopped taking the Clarythromycin and after two days my mood began to lift

  • melissa66098 melissa66098 beverley47094

    I am so glad that I found this post. I'm on day 12 of 14 of Clarithromycin 500mg twice a day for a sinus infection that seemed to be causing recurring tonsillitis. I have never felt so anxious and depressed in my life. It's so scary. I have had the other side effects too, the awful taste, lack of appetite, poor bowels, belching, acidic feeling in stomach and so on. But it's the anxiety and terrible shakes and negative thoughts that are so worrying. I called the doctor today and she told me to stop taking them. I figure that they have fixed up my physical sickness so feel.OK about not finishing the whole course. I've taken a really long course and I'm very small. I am so heartened to read the posts where people have said that the anxiety has passed in a couple of days after finishing the tablets. I've taken my last pill now and fingers crossed these terrible symptoms pass. I hope everyone on this thread is feeling better now!

    • Caryn36853 Caryn36853 melissa66098

      Hello Melissa!

      I am praying for you Melissa, that everything will return to normal quickly for you.  I'm feeling a lot better now, and hope that the issues that remain will eventually clear up.  If the anxiety continues once you're off the clarithromycin for a while, you might try a probiotic that contains the helveticus and longum strains of bacteria.  I used the Jarrow 35/15 formula that included these two strains for about a week.  Within the first 24 hours, the anxiety symptoms disappeared.  Over the past few months, my digestive system has recovered and I continue to use greek yogurt.

      Wishing you the best,


    • melissa66098 melissa66098 Caryn36853

      Thanks Caryn for your thoughts. I am starting to feel a little better now and have got some probiotics to help along the process. Just such a shock to the system! Am hoping that the anxiety and depression will start to either away with time.

      Thanks again.

  • melissa55652 melissa55652 beverley47094

    Hi all very important information about clarithromycin is that it depletes your potassium stores massively. Look up symptoms of low potassium weakness leg cramps twitches heart palps are all symptoms. I took this a few times within one year n nearly died of a heart attack from such low potassium. It caused me so many problems n much suffering.

    My bloods were all coming out wrong so it took ages to figure out what was happening to me but I was as close to being dead as a person can be. I don't understand how docs are not aware of this. Every time your on a course of this a course of potassium supplements should be prescribed alongside. And I see some posts of people taking long 14 day courses.

    Basically you've only so much potassium in your body n a 7 day course of this depletes 90,000 mgs of potassium from your body which is massive. The upper limit for potassium per day is 7000mgs but this is near impossible to get in but should get at least 3000mgs per day to replenish. This will take around 2months. Every point you go down in potassium means you've lost 30k from your stores.

    The reference range is 3.5 - 5.3 but you wanna be at least 4 or higher. I was almost empty at 3.4 n many people have serious symptoms at the low 3s but a lot of docs think this is not that serious n mildly low levels can't cause this but the fact is half people are empty at low 3s some can go down to 2s its just a discrepancy on how it measures different in different people probably depending on body weight or bloods it's very sensitive blood test anyway.

  • luc 79454 luc 79454 beverley47094

    Hi Beverley and co,

    Can you give me an update?

    Did your symptoms ease? I feel like I'm going through the same thing. One week after finishing a double course of antibiotics and feeling ultra anxious still.

    It stopped for a day or two after stopping the meds the. Started two days ago again.

    No anxiety or anything prior to this.

    When will it stopppp?

    Help smile

  • albert777 albert777 beverley47094

    I started taking Clarithromycin twice a day for bronquitis 6 days ago. Side effects are rare heart palpitations, insomnia, uneasiness, and anxiety. I will consult with my Doctor if I can finish it before the 10 days. It is working on my bronquitis and sinus infection but definetely a horrible experience...........

  • richard10704 richard10704 beverley47094

    Hi all, 

    I appreciate this is an old post now but I always think it comforting to those suffering to hear recent stories. I have an ear infection. I have been taking Clarithromycin for 5 days after already completing a course of Flucloxacillin that didnt work. Now I must state that I am an anxiety sufferer however I function well on a day to day basis and manage to control the anxiety without medication. 

    Since starting a course of Clarithromycin I have been going through hell! It started with my head feeling full yet lightheaded and unsteady. This feeling alone set of a terrible bout of anxiety. It got so bad that yesterday I had a complete break down in front of my wife and cried my eyes out. She took me to a doctor who checked the ear and gave me the all clear. She has given me 2mg diazepam to try and break the anxiety cycle and I stopped taking the Clarithromycin last night. I am praying to God that I will feel normal again in the next few days while the drug leaves my system. Other than the doctors appointment I haven't left the house. I have spent most the time locked away in my bedroom. I haven't even been able to play with my two young sons. 

    The one thing I want to share is this, having been here before with bad reactions to other antibiotics, when its happening to you, you feel like you are in a hole and that you cant climb out. Your brain prevents you from thinking rationally and you feel like the anxiety never ends. 

    Trust me it does end. The drugs will leave your system and you will begin to feel better. Do not expect it to be instant. You may have a few wobbles in the first few days but it will pass. 

    I wish you all the very best of health and hope that my own health improves too!

    • Smiler68 Smiler68 richard10704

      Hi Richard

      I feel i'm going mad just now. I wouldn't say i'm a sufferer from anxiety. I do worry about things, but everything seems amplified now since I was on Clarithromycin. When I started taking the course i had the nauseas feeling and horrible taste in my mouth which I could cope with. On the night of day 5 of the course I went to bed and suddenly this awful feeling came over me, it's hard to explain. I felt I didn't know what was happening to me. A kind of feeling of losing sense of reality and confusion. A really scary experience. I was panicking and ended up in A&E that night. I was checked over and sent home to rest. I didn't feel too bad the next couple of days following this, and even went back to work, but then on that night the same thing happened again. When it happened i'm unable to sleep, so went back to the doctor who gave me sleeping tablets, but now all I feel is very anxious, all my feelings are overwhelming and i'm not sure how to deal with it. Does it go away? As I feel now i'm finding it difficult to function properly

    • Daphne69 Daphne69 Smiler68

      Yes. It goes away when the drug is mostly out of your system. I took zpack on Dec. 5th to 9th. I have never had anxiety in my life. On day 2, my heart startes pounding and palpitating and my whole body felt like it was crawling. My mind was racing with terrible thoughts and I thought I was going crazy. It was the most awful, terrifying and lonely experience. I couldnt explain to anyone how I was freaking out so bad inside. This continued off and on for the days I was on zpack and then again on the 2nd, 4th and 8th day after I finished. One time it lasted feom 3am until 3pm. I had to call in sick for work. Thank god I looked it up online and found that I wasnt the only one. It helped keep me from feeling totally helpless and hopeless by telling myself it would pass with time. And calming my breathing. And calling people to talk me through it. And you know what? It did pass. I am fine now. Back to normal. You will be okay. It's hard, but it will ease as the drug leaves your system. Take care of yourself. You are okay.

  • eleanor92912 eleanor92912 beverley47094

    Oh my god i am so sorry for everyone on this page but glad to see that i am not imagining these things , i am on day 3 of these Clarithromycin tablets 500mg its a living hell is all i can say , i found a lump in my neck doc said it was a swollen gland but have no other symptoms was given amoxicillin but the lump remained so i went back to my doc who gave me these tablets i didn't realize they were so strong but the side effects  are just horrendous , bad taste in my mouth really strong taste , so anxious , i have had a bout of anxiety in the past but that was a long time ago cant stop crying , snapping at everyone , some quite irrational thoughts , feel really scared but of what i dont know the lump well that is very slightly smaller so all this combined with the worry of not knowing why the gland was swollen in the first place has been the worst experience of my life finish the tablets on Wednesday , will try to stick it out fingers crossed , wish everyone on here better , How to tablets with such bad side effects get approved by NICE  i do not know  .

    • rachael02693 rachael02693 eleanor92912

      I am so glad I found this descussion ! I was put on antidepressants fluoxetine 20mg  5 weeks ago and after a rocky start week 4 I started to feel much better! Then I got a ear infection and was given amoxicillin 500mg but after 5 days they wasn’t working so I was given these clarithromycin 500mg after 4 days I was having a break down !! Crying all day wanting to end my life !! Not able to leave bedroom bad  anxiety really bad depression !! I am so sad that the doctor asked me if I had any allergies or on any other medication and I told him I suffered depression and on antidepressants !!! 

  • rachael02693 rachael02693 beverley47094

    I am so glad I found this descussion ! I was put on antidepressants fluoxetine 20mg  5 weeks ago and after a rocky start week 4 I started to feel much better! Then I got a ear infection and was given amoxicillin 500mg but after 5 days they wasn’t working so I was given these clarithromycin 500mg after 4 days I was having a break down !! Crying all day wanting to end my life !! Not able to leave bedroom bad  anxiety really bad depression !! I am so sad that the doctor asked me if I had any allergies or on any other medication and I told him I suffered depression and on antidepressants !!! 

  • lisa64017 lisa64017 beverley47094

    Thank you so much for posting this and all who have shared.

    I started 4 days ago. 500 MG per day.

    I have a dark history of depression and anxiety disorder, diagnosed with disthymia, so I get these period of "double depression" once in a while.

    I've kept well for a couple of years so not on any anti depressants at the moment.

    The clarithromycin dosage was 500mg twice a day. Day one I just felt nauseous and lethargic. Day two I felt overall disconnected. Day 3 I skipped work and had to call suicide hotline. It spiraled quickly. I did not handle it well. I'm stopping the treatment now. I'd rather get my chest/sinus infection back than to lose myself completely.

    • Daphne69 Daphne69 lisa64017

      I am so sorry that you are having such awful side effects to this drug. It is good that you stopped taking it. I had taken the 5 days of mine before I figured out it was what was causing the panic attacks and other symptoms. It takes time for this drug to leave your system, but I found the awful effects were subsiding and becoming less frequent as time went by. I am okay now, and have been since about the 17th of December (I took Zpack until Dec 9th). Maybe you can explain the situation to your doctor and they can give you something or suggestions to help you through this. Hugs to you.

  • danielle98394 danielle98394 beverley47094

    Omg!!!! I am so relieved to find this post! I had the most horrific day today! I was given clorithmycine yesterday (January 25th). The pharmacy didn't send me the paper they usually put in the bag and didn't advise me of the side affects on the phone AND in fact said I could take one in the afternoon and when I go to bed (500 mg) PLUS the doctor said I could take Tylenol. Well I took this all at 1 and went to nap for 2 hours. I woke up groggy (normal I figured) and my mom dropped my 2 year old daughter off to me. So I took another C-pill at 8 and 1 Tylenol because I didn't want to take too much...and I was feeling sort of okay and had a moment to call my friend who's been Having a hard time finding a diagnosis for the mental health challenges she's going through. She said she's been given high functioning autism, which is extremely hard to diagnose in adults and females. Anyway... this got me thinking maybe I have high functioning autism and not general anxiety like I thought (which I manage

    okay enough with yoga and meditation).... because of all these X factors (I'll spare you the details) which was kinda mind blowing in a positive way because I've worked for many years with individuals with autism.... and now enter backstory; manifesting all at the same time in March 2014 I had lost the opportunity to graduate university, my grandfather and had been in a borderline emotionally abusive relationship- Well this guy and I got into an argument one day and I became a mess. So much so he didn't know what to do so he brought me to the mental health ward, where I stayed for two days. I had an episode there where I just freaked and managed to hide in a locker room that had been forgotten open...well I got privalages taken away (like my clothes) and pumped with something to calm me down. It was terrible because I had worked in the mental health ward at another hospital and by shear crazy (pun NOT intended) I shared a room with a lady who had been a patient! Fastforward to me being released, leaving the guy, move to another province, get better...become pregnant by a guy who lied to me and told me he was infertile one night stand)-I had been off BC because I had been dating a woman since the last man...and gave him the option you know, to meet another night-honestly it was such a raw and romantic night both conversationally and intimately... but things didn't really materialize more because I realized he wasn't as emotionally healed as he and said...fastforward, I only found out when I was 3 months pregnant and had just met a new guy, was returning to school, my health was on track (even though I had been laid off from a job, I had school setup) so I decided to keep my daughter (I was 28)...Anyway. Fastforward to my mental health deteriorating because the father of my daughter was so emotionally abusive and drug/alcohol abusive and in/out about supporting the pregnancy and impregnated 4 other woman plus just not parent material and his mother was adding to the crazy. Plus feeling like I lost the good I had rebuilt...AND abandoned because the guy I met who said he would stand by me (and had a daughter who recently called me her second mom)...backed out...and my roommate kicked me and my cats out (at least giving me two months to figure it out)....AHHH nearly had an abortion at 4/1/2 months pregnant because I didn't want my daughter to be around the crazy...but more lies..i believed them because I wanted her and was struggling you know? Maybe someone here will. Anyway, I came home to where I grew up. To rebuild for my daughter and rebuild a relationship with my mother.

    Fastforward to the above statement and the below...

    omg what a weird night-that first night on the pill. I kinda slep but it was wierd... ANYWAY I woke up at 330 in the morning today (January 26th) and just felt f*****g wierd. I had a work training to go to though and my mom had come to pick up my daughter and bring her to daycare (thank god)... anyway I was feeling so wierd that I didn't eat but popped my pill, told brought a banana and a cookie and had every intention to get breakfast on the way...AND then BAM f*****g 7 in the am!! Basically I had a vagal something but my thoughts...HOLY f**k....I was like on some high/burning out (which I was for work and intended to take steps that afternoon)...managed to get off the bus, tried asking for help at the terminal post by knocking on the window. Didn't work. I passed out. Came to, tried again. Got in. Paramedics. Hospital. And BAM all my earlier trauma mentioned and that conversation with my friend. F**k. Just f**k me. Was a nutso day.

    Doctors, tests, confessions to mom, ask for a neuroconsult ALL the while knowing they want to send me to psyche. I can tell (because of above)..and my ptsd kicks in so I'm practically mute as f**k. Shaking. Not present.

    Fastforward to clean results (no psyche visit-thank god I had my mom with me-

    Do groceries. Come home. Eat. Take my pill and tylenol.....

    OF Course because I didn't realize it was the PILL causing the MAIN symptoms... I had stupidly not looked to see what it was, thinking it had been penicillin I was given for an ear infection. Busy single mom life with a full time job, you know?

    Again, my mom to the rescue bringing my daughter home and really just had to put her to bed....AND omg the trip I just had. TERRIBLE images in the head. Wierd. Like my eyes closed but I'm seeing images as if my eyes are open. and just grotesque. Hallucigenic like.So my anxiety or (whatever I have-I will follow that up) PEAKS.... temporary insomnia I guess, paranoia, fear, chest pain, not feeling full or hungrym tummy gurgling. Just sooo disconnected....talking to my mom all the while... stressing for the safety of my daughter while I'm messed up and my mom is saying my stepdad takes this pill (for something else) he says yeah it' that. How there F**K does he function?? Mom calls the pharmacy and they say "yeah thhtose are reported side affects" okay so some ease...but CANT sleep. So alone. So scared. Was told I could still breastfeed (though pretty much no production). I'm researching this pill (for the zillionth time)...

    ...and then it hits me to type clorithmycine and anxiety. And here I am. I'm back to the real world.

    Thank you all for sharing. Like. I would kiss you. You have saved me (and my daughter right now).

  • sn25041 sn25041 beverley47094

    I'm so glad I found this post. I'm currently on day 10 of a 10 day treatment of Clarithromycin 500mg/twice daily, one more pill to go tonight. The treatment is for a chest and skin infection that have been resistant to other antibiotics so far. Due to other complications, my body is quite run down right now and not fighting off infection well at all. I do struggle with anxiety and bipolar disorder, but do not take medication for either, and generally am able to maintain a functioning life and schedule, and I manage alright. 16 years of a mood disorder, several panic attacks, daily anxiety, and I've never felt this bad that I can remember.

    The first couple days of treatment I was lethargic and nauseous, but that passed. Then I had a few days that I felt pretty alright, as close to normal as I could be, I think. I did start experiencing some weakness in my legs, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath, digestive discomfort, but that wasn't brand new to me, as the past few weeks have already included those symptoms, due to another health issue, so I chalked it up to that, even though those symptoms had not been present for maybe a week or so before starting the Clarithromycin. 

    Then, within the past few days, I suddenly started experiencing extreme depression and anxiety, uneasiness, nothing like what I deal with on a regular basis. Uncontrollable sobbing, for hours a day, a constant feeling of fear and just "wrongness", zero motivation, loss of interest in most things I used to take pleasure from, have been stuck in bed for days, extremely negative thoughts (very non-typical for me), loneliness, agitation, nothing brings any sense of comfort or relief, other than sleep, which I'm not getting a lot of.

    I only have one tablet left, I'm undecided about whether or not to finish the course. On one hand, one more tablet can't make things much worse, and I'm still extremely anxious about the infection, as it doesn't appear to be completely cleared up even after completing most of the course. But, on the other hand, if the infection isn't going to improve with just one more, maybe it'd be best to start the process of flushing it out of my system.

    Anyway, the negative thoughts were starting to erode pretty deeply, so reading all these stories has given me a glimmer of hope. I will do my best to hang on to some positivity over the next few days, and have faith that this storm will pass!

    Thank you to everyone who's contributed here, knowing there's a light at the end of the tunnel is all I need to push past this! 

  • annie43052 annie43052 beverley47094

    I took 2 of these tablets 5 days ago. After the first one I felt a bit better after weeks of tonsillitis and penicillin not having worked. I took one again in the evening. After an hour or so I started to feel very odd. I felt scared, extremely anxious and starting shaking/shivering uncontrollably. Later that evening I rang for an ambulance. The paramedics checked my obs which were all fine. I think the outcome was a panic attack which I felt very embarrassed about. I had since read the leaflet of side effects from clarithromycin. I couldn't believe what I was reading and how extreme it could be. I was a bit concerned but it did say these were rare and I didn't think it likely that I would be affected in this way. After having the paramedics out I did some research online about other experiences and found very similar reactions. The next morning I decided to stop taking this drug (also under medical advice). I vowed to never go near it again just after this one experience. This was only the beginning. Over the next few days things got worse and worse. I have had extreme/acute anxiety, trembling, shaking and shivering. I have never over abused the health services but I have been phoning 111 multiple times daily, going to A&E on two separate occasions, the first time talking to a psychiatric team. My record doesn't look good but its clear I have been very very distressed. My anxiety has been so extreme I haven't been able to look after my two year old and luckily my family have helped with this. I have lost a lot of weight as I have hardly eaten a thing, Im still having delusional feelings and thoughts at night, hearing voices when I try to sleep. My doctor has now put me on diazepam and sleeping tablets but it is hasn't totally taken the edge off. The experiences I have read on here and other sources are similar but possibly not as extreme as Im taking it, however I have read about a few instances of psychosis seemingly caused by the drug. 

    Today I have actually had breakfast which is a massive breakthrough and I haven't paced up and down looking out windows as I been doing but I don't know if thats the sleeping tablets and diazepam masking it a bit. I am desperately hopeful that this will start to ease but I think it will be a slow process.

    I have a history of mental health (anxiety and depression) although I have read others with this experience having no previous issues. I would say my previous was fairly mild and I have never experienced something like this in my life. I have phoned people saying I think I need to be taken away and hospitalised.

    So, I do hope this is a breakthrough, having had breakfast and being able to write all this. My mission here is try and get any answers or response to the time it has taken for similar symptoms to ease. If anyone can respond I would be so grateful. This has turned my life upside down, I can't work and my daughter has gone away to other family members as I can barely care for myself.

    When I get better I will decide what I will do about all this, how I raise awareness and possibly make somebody accountable for the loss and severe distress I have experienced. 

    Can anyone please help.....???

    • marareta marareta annie43052

      Hang in there I'm the same and I haven't had a tablet fir 7 days it's so awfull but we must take strength from the other reports on here my anxiety is thru the roof I took 500 mg twice a day fir a week never again we will be ok love just believe we have to x

    • annie43052 annie43052 marareta

      I know I hope so as 2 antibiotic tablets have turned my life upside down! Please let me know your progress and when you start feeling better..? 

      I'm currently taking diazepam, sleeping tablets and an antidepressant just to get through the days! 

    • Daphne69 Daphne69 annie43052

      I found the first 10 days after stopping the pills were the worst. I called people when I was having massive anxiety to talk me through it. I also tried breathing exercises, meditation and distracting myself by reading uplifting books, drank relaxing herbal teas etc. Although I knew it was medication-caused, I still treated it based on things I read about anxiety attacks. It got better as time went by, but would flare up during hormonal times like PMS, and I would easily overreact to things that normally I could handle. I went to a naturopath, and he said the reaction to the medication had caused my sympathetic nerves to become hyper sensitive, and he assured me it would continue to subside over time, but also recommended a herbal tincture to help soothe everything. I am back to my regular self now. It has been 3 months since I took the medication, and the worst of it had passed after 10 days or so with occasional flare-ups that were never as severe or long lasting , felt more like extra stress or irritability rather than panic and scary thoughts. It does get better. It does subside. Take extra good care of yourself, reach out to others, and you will get better. And certainly keep talking to a doctor or naturopath.


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