so scared to take meds

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My health anxiety is soooo bad I'm even afraid to take meds for fear of them causing a bad reaction...I have reflux so the doc gave me prilosec and I have had the pills for a month...dreading taking them but I know I have to try...anyone else have this problem or helpful suggestions to overcome this fear? I know it is so silly but to me its soooo scary!

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    I'm the same, have a total fear of meds, I never take anything, all just part of anxiety I'm afraid to say
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    I'm the same I don't like taking meds, only when necessary, why don't you try gaviscon or something over the counter for reflux first?? 
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      Oh ok , I had to have lanzoprazole, but did have a few effects from them, in the end I perseveered and it has eased a lot, my Dr did prescribe rinitidine as well, but I haven't tried them, I hope you find something that works, but try to control the anxiety aswell this will help a lot ☺
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    I worried for months about taking escitalopram and I've been taking it for two weeks and it has been fine and I have also stopped crying everyday!!!! So far so good! 
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      Hi sorry to butt in on danes convo. your bit about crying every day caught my eye. but like i said....im so worried about the heartbeat thing.....and re xmas....as i believe you can feel worse for 2 or 3 weeks into taking things? im only on 10mg citalopram....well not yet as im bothered about taking them.....and i know once you start you cant just stop. thanks
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    Same here, your not alone
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    Hi.... I have just been diagnosed with depression but my main thing that has developed is anxiety. i have fought having tablets despite both my sisters saying they helped them.   I have had the pills for 2 days now..citalopram low dose...like the doctor said  its up to me to decide if i take them. my counsellar that i have seem about 5 times thinks they will help me...as i just burst out crying at the slightest thing and seem to be facing a brick wall every way i turn. trouble is last week i had an episode of rapid heart beat....and my heart was 'missing' a beat every 3 beats then4 then 2 then6 etc...went on for a while never happened before...i rang 111 an they told me go a an e. ecg ok of course as it had calmed down by then. ive read so much about it on here and another forum. like you....im bothered about side effects etc....as on mine it says dont take if have had episodes of irregular heartbeat!. i checked with the doc and she said its ok to take them!. plus coming up to xmas....i dont want to feel worse....as i believe they take 3 to 4 weeks to kick in? and you can feel worse in the meantime. i know i will be anxious from day 1 if i start with them!. checking all day to see if i feel any different...plus i shoudnt have read the leaflet lol..but then you have to know what to expect and what to be aware of. its all a dilema and going round in circles!. even tho i double checked with the doc about taking them...i still feel like checking again lol...i did mention to the surgery it was the heartbeat thing.from what ive read and been told i know the pills hopefully should make me feel better to cope with things better.....but that heartbeat thing put me right off! lol. its not silly......at all...and its scary.....what our minds do to us is terrible lol......and so much is caused by stress. I do hope you manage. look at it this way....what bad reaction could you have?....nothing that couldnt be sorted.....and you prob wont have one.....but its not that easy to tell yourself that!. good luck x
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    I am exactly the same! My GP gave me something for the dizziness which is still troubling me almost daily even though my panic attacks and depression are u der. Control with prozac. I have taken prozac several times over the years so my mind doesnt see that as a problem, but the moment i am given a new med i have never taken it sets me off in a dilema with worry in case it causes drowsiness which would trigger another panic! Its a vicious circle but i have found a way to do it... I get my mum to come and sit with me, just the very first time i take a new med... She keeps me distracted, she looks for signs i am anxious and reassures me i am ok, i tell her if i feel the tablet working and she keeps telling me i look fine... She is well versed in what to say to me to keep me calm.... If you have someone you could trust and who is   Aware of your anxiety give it a go
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