Side effects all of a sudden after 5 months ???

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Hi all,

so I've been taking ami for anxiety for about 5-6 months. I'm currently on 50mg and have been for a month or so.

I tried a few SSRIs but none of them agreed with me. Anyway, all has been ok until last night when all of a sudden an hour or so after taking it I was hit with this horrendous panicky, jittery, cold sweat type of feeling that is still here now. I literally feel like my whole body is shaking. It's exactly the same feeling as I had when starting SSRIs. What I don't understand is why now ? I've had virtually no side effects from this med.

Any ideas ? really don't wanna feel like this for Xmas !

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    Sorry - Amitriptyline- should have been more specific
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    Hi Rach smile

    So this horrid, jittery and sweaty feeling - is this the sort of panic attack that you would experience prior to taking any meds?

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      No, it's totally different. It's exactly the feeling Ive had in the past for a few days when going on a new ssri or upping the dose, but it's completely different to my 'normal' anxiety/ panic etc.

      That's why it's so weird that it's just come out the blue 😞

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      Sorry to hear that sad

      I have taken SSRI"s in the past. One in particular I took for many years.

      I personally found that SSRI's can 'alter' the anxiety symptoms. My panic attacks continued to happen on medication, though far, far more infrequently and the intensity was also considerably less.

      That being said, they still DID happen.

      These medications will not get rid of anixety entirely, they mostly act as a buffer or mask it.

      It sounds to me (and again I can only speak from my own personal experience,) that you are not having side effects but instead your anxiety is changing.

      SSRI's by their very nature alter the chemicals within the brain. This will in itself alter your anxiety. I think your best option is to talk this through with your GP as there may be something he/she can suggest or even say to put you at ease.

      Personally, I wouldn't accept another perscription for pills on top of what you are taking as throwing medication at the problem never helped me.

      You could try counselling. This I found to be the most beneficial.

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      Also, if it is a side effect this may just be how your body responds to the drugs. Then I suppose you will have to see if the cons out weigh the pro's sad i am really sorry that I cannot be much more help to you - hopefully someone else on here can smile

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      Thanks for your advice ! It's much appreciated.

      Its just frustrating as the Amitriptyline has been kind of working so far.

      It's so hard to know what to do for the best.

      I have a telephone appointment with my doc later so I'll see what he says 😳

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      That's brilliant, Rach smile And a very positive first step. I would take a guess that your body is still getting used to the drug. If you have heightened anxiety levels, your medication will react to it and your body may well be producing these counter-like symptoms.

      let us know how you get on smile

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    Hello rach

    Sometimes we can suffer a relapse, for at time and eventually you should be ok.

    Give it a few days, there is little you can do at this time of the year.

    However if you can manage an appointment or make a one Christmas Week go for it. 

    I have developed Gout for Christmas and the Surgery sent me medications to cover part of the Season of Good Will. We hope all will sort out given time


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