don't know what to think..?

Posted , 3 users are following.

I feel I'm going round the bend. Spent last 4 months, 3 on citralopam, couple of weeks on flu (GP stopped both these cos she thought I was allergic). Went on Venlafaxine - quite good but scared of terrible addictiveness, so now back on flu for 12 daysonly. Feeling rough - tight chest, difficulty swallowing and anxious, weak legs. Went to emerg. doc yday - he said trouble with throat not entirely due to anxiety but something to do with throat muscles (maybe). Not quite sure I believe him because these symptons really worsen when I'm more anxious. Do any of you folk suffer with a muzzy head and slight disorientation? Mind you I have never really got truly settled on any of these meds - but your help would be appreciated as I am getting more anxious (don't suffer from depr) the more letters I read. :cry:

0 likes, 6 replies

Report / Delete

6 Replies

  • Posted


    I felt really anxious the first month I was on Flu more than normal. One minute I had pins and needles, then I was dizzy etc. I kept going..glad I did.

    just remember you aren't the only one.

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Thanks for your assurance Donna. I know I am not the only one, but my problem only arose because of the withdrawal of fluphenazine from the market, I was happy as Larry for many years on that 'evil' medicine, as they call it. Still I suppose I must be patient and wish everyone in the forum well, as I HOPE to be one of these days. You too Donna. :!:
    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted


    I'm taking Fluoxetine and have been for 9 months now. This is the 2nd time in 9 years and find they do help with my depression and anxiety. However a friend of mine was on them for 20 months and has just started to take Citalopram as the Flu started not to work. I can say that I had been also having counseling for the first few months of taking them. This was to try and get to the cause of my problems which made me need the pills in the first place. I'm not saying the dual treatment works for everyone but I was very glad I had someone to talk to and understand the root of my depression. Over the months I gained my confidence to visit friends, I bought a camera and now take photos of our animals, family and my garden, this does not sound much but the pleasure I get is enormous. The old saying \"it's good to talk\" does work. well for me anyway.

    Good Luck and take care

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Hi there. Thanks for your reply and support. I think I will ask my GP tomorrow if I can go for councelling too, although I did that round together with psychiatrists 25 years ago (found nothing wrong) and only because they discontinued fluphenazine did my symptons come back. Feel grotty again today, but then Heba, tomorrow is another day (full of surprises, as you know). Think flu MAY work for me, but think I need a higher dose than 20mgs - oh well we shall see. All the best to you.


    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Hello Marion

    I forgot to mention Ive just had my bunions taken off both feet and had the stitches taken out today and feel on a high, feel like Ive won the lottery, yes that high and really can't wait for next summer to try on sandals. However having to stay in all the time and do very little is a bit hair pulling to say the least, but I know it's just situational and not long term feeling and that's the difference.

    I hope the dual treatment works, my councillor gave me beads to put on my wrist, the first were to say \"I am ok\" and another set to say \"I trust\".

    I call them my emotional crutches and do not take them off for any reason apart form the op on my feet 2 weeks ago. It sounds silly but ! set broke and boy was I upset, a very good friend mended them for me and there stronger than before.

    All the best Marion and take care



    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Morning Heba

    Sorry to have misled you about councelling - haven't gone that road yet. Went to GP yesterday and now completely trust her when she said my difficulty in swallowing and lack of breath is DEFINITELY tension/anxiety. I am going to stop searching the net (except to communicate with you and the forum) and tell myself that all will come right in the end. I have stopped being paranoid that something is seriously wrong with me as I have had 2 or 3 opinions. Phychiatrists told me 20 odd years ago, after brain scans etc that there is nothing wrong except indogenous anxiety. As I said Fluphenazine kept me absolutely fine and I wish I could get hold of that company who discontinued it suddenly. Anyway, I wish you all the best and good luck with your bunions for next summer. Enjoy your long weekend

    Marion xx Keep in touch Heba.

    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up