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Starting on meds -what to expect?

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Old 02-01-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Starting on meds -what to expect?

My husband's cortisol levels were v low and his Dr suspects Addison's Disease. He's had panic disorder (regular panic attacks, often for no apparent reason) for the last year and been prescribed all kinds of meds (eg benzos) which just seem to have made matters worse. We're hoping AD might be the missing piece to the puzzle.

He's a few days into taking hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone. He says he's feeling "buzzed" with an unpleasant tension in his neck that makes it feel like he's trying to crawl out of his skin. He's also having a really hard time settling down to sleep at night -even more so than he had before. It does appear to be decreasing the panic attack symptoms (less heart palpitations) so we think it's helping?

Does that sound normal? How long did it take people to adjust to their meds? Any advice I can pass onto him?

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Old 03-07-2018, 07:30 PM   #2
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Re: Starting on meds -what to expect?

None of this is familiar to me, but I think there is wild variability in symptoms. The only thing I noticed when I started meds was I finally started recovering from flu-like symptoms that had been running roughshod over me.

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