Racing Heart Beat on Day 13

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I just had a racing heart beat out of nowhere. I am on day 13 of Prozac after a break of a year (was on it for almost 20 years). Has anybody else had this? I started to panic so took 4mg of diazepam which has calmed me down slightly.

 

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    Hi dom

    I am on week 6 of fluoxetine and have been having awful palpitations and chest pain. This is not a symptom i had before the drug. I hope it passes for us soon xxx

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      Hello Star,

      I never had it before either. It's one thing that might make me change meds but it worked fine for me last time. Weird thing is I had almost no side effects the first time around. This time it is different.

      I would love to be at week 6! How much better is it than week 2?

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      Hi dom

      Week 6 is easier the obsessional thoughts have got alot lot better they are barely there now and the spaced out tired feeling has gone  but inplace of it i have this chest pain and i am struggling to sleep at night.  The depression had lofted alot but i still get down when its my time of the month.

      What is ur dose and what time of day do you take it? I take mine in the evening and take 15mg i am trying to bring it earlier in the hope i will sleep better.

      I think i could deal with the hert symptoms if i knew they werwnt dangerous but i worry this med is going to clog my arteries and cause a heart attack or stroke or something but i know thats  mist likely my anxiety talking xxx

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      Hello Star,

      I'm on 20mg and take it in the morning. That is supposedly the best time to take it but I know people vary. My sleep is abominable but improving a bit daily. I slept like a log before I started on it.

      I think a thumping feeling in the chest is quite common but 99% sure there's no risk of heart attack of stroke from it. Have been researching loads about it. I had that throb in my temples (from the Prozac rewire?) but checked my BP and was pretty normal.

      I guess you're at the stage soon where you know whether or not it is for you.

      I haven't yawned in a week but have the spaced out feeling ...

      So you still have anxiety at week 6? How much has it improved?

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      Hi dom

      The depression is alot better but the anxiety isnt. The intrusive scary thoughts are alot better but i think the physical feelings like the heart symptoms are worse if im honest. Night times are awful i either cant sleep or wake up in a night sweat having really bad nightmares and panicing. Are you on it for depression or anxiety? Xx

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      Hello Star,

      I am on it for both anxiety and depression now. Originally I was only on it for depression, but started getting panic attacks when I quit.

      The doc gave my Lorazepam for sleep today, and said that a BPM of 120 is not an A&E situation even tho' my normal resting heart beat is 60ish. I think you need something got your sleep. What have you tried? I'll give Prozac 8 weeks then I am outta here. My intrusive thoughts are pretty much gone now on day 14 x

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      I feel the same. I have been on it 6 weeks and dont fancy the depression right before christmas so im going to give it until after xmas them if i still have all this stuff going on im going to taper off. The heart symptoms are worrying me xxx
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      Well there are a tonne of others that you can pretty much go straight on to if it doesn't work out. Here's some links I found for ones I am interested in if things go belly up wink

      http://wiki.psychiatrienet.nl/index.php/Fluoxetine-mirtazapine

      http://wiki.psychiatrienet.nl/index.php/Fluoxetine-citalopram

      http://wiki.psychiatrienet.nl/index.php/Fluoxetine-sertraline

      http://wiki.psychiatrienet.nl/index.php/Fluoxetine-venlafaxine

      http://wiki.psychiatrienet.nl/index.php/Fluoxetine-paroxetine

      You'll bve on 10 weeks by Christmas Star. You may be great by then. I will try half a Lorazepam tonight and report back on sleep. Doc said take a whole one but I'll give half a try first.

      Based on my doc today I don't thing the heart symptoms are actually dangerous. It is a racing heart and makes us even more anxious, but the heart is capable of way more. We just wake up in a sweat because it's like we've been working out in our sleep but the heat can't get out because of our duvets. But then all this is easy to say when my heart isn't racing.

      I have everything crossed for you x

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      Hello Star, did you try the breathing exercises where you breathe in completely through nose, wait three seconds, then breath out using lips to make sure it is nice and slow? Deffo helps me a little.
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    Hey Dom , I'm on day 10 and last night I had an extreme amount do chest pain , only lasted 5 minutes but was scary enough for me to call an ambulance, they checked me out and said I was fine , no heart problems, today I see doctor and he told me the same but did say flo messes up stomach acid levels and he said he believes that's what caused my pain , after the ambulance left I took my quetiapine and that carmed me down down slightly . All I can say is try not to panic and maybe speak to your docto r for reassurance. Joe 

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      Hello Joe,

      Sorry it was so bad for you that you had to get an ambulance, but great that it was just 5 minutes. It is such early days for us that based on my past usage I think we will be fine. It was a fantastic med last time I was on it. The weird thing this time is Prozac stopped my obsessional thoughts within a day, and stopped the panic adrenalin rushes within 3 or 4, so something good is going on. I still feel like I will panic, but don't actually get there.

      Let's make a pact to get to day 42 wink

      Did you get insomnia?

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    I Dom, I am a long term user, two weeks into a re start ofter coming off only months ago, Not in a good place as I am suffering non epileptic attacks. Went to AE on sunday, Doctor said that my natural Seritonin system was damaged and I will be on Fluo; for the rest of my life, He said I should have been taken off it years ago.

    I wish you the best of luck, John

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      Hello John, so after being off for just a couple of months you have all the side effects starting again? I'm on it for good too if it works this time. Fingers crossed. We aren't going to give up.

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    Ya totally get it. Was on Prozac and doxepin for 6 years. Took a 6 month break and back on it. It gives me rapid heart beat at random times. Sometimes I know why and other times it’s out of nowhere. I think I have to ask my doctor to go back to my original combination. There’s a reason it worked I guess. But I’m here to talk. Cuz I’m right there with ya .
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      Hello Tina,

      Why did you take a break? I took a break without telling anybody. Regretting at leisure wink Day 14 tomorrow and looking forward to breaking the back of this Prozac initiation gremlin.

      We're all in this together smile

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      I was on Prozac and doxepin for 6 years and the combo cashes me to gain 50lbs. And after 6 years I was like most people “I think I don’t need it anymore” or maybe I need a change. So doctor put me on Wellbutrin -I didn’t like welburtin so I stopped talking cold turkey like an idiot and things in my life stressed me out big time and sent me into a bad anxiety ridden episode so then I decided to back on Prozac. 😕. So we’ll see. I know it takes a long time for it to kick in. The first time I ever started Prozac it took 6-8 weeks. So know that it’s normal. 

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      What day are you on Tina? I sure hope it doesn't take 8 weeks. I have stuff going on too and don't feel strong enough to address it until I am back to being me. 8 weeks takes me in to February sad

      Yeah I thought I didn't need it anymore. Was on 40mg and just stopped. Lesson learnt.

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