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Anxiety increase in third week of increased Anti-D!

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Old 08-03-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Unhappy Anxiety increase in third week of increased Anti-D!

Hi All:

I'm wondering if any of you have experienced this. Three weeks ago I went to my Psychiatrist because I was concerned that my anti-D was no longer working as well as it had. I have OCD and anxiety, etc. He increased me from 150 to 225 mg of Effexor XR and as expected I have some side effects (headache, feeling like my eyes were bugging out) the first week then I seemed to start feeling better. However, the last 2-3 days I've been feeling much more anxious.

My understanding is that it can take 4 weeks or so for Effexor to really kick in. So I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else and (though I realize other folks' mileage may vary) if it got better.

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Old 08-04-2007, 02:59 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety increase in third week of increased Anti-D!

Hi Christian,

I can tell you that I was on and anti-D for about 3 years,and at first
it seemed to help(so I thought)but,things got worse.It seemed to make
my social-anxiety so bad.Well,my doctor finally took me off the anti-D,
and for the first time put me on an anxiety drug(Ativan)and it has done
wonders for me,I am almost back to my old self.I am just guessing that
my GP that put me on the anti-D,didn't really realize that it was anxiety
and neither did I.It just happened to be that when a specialist for my
other illness put me on this Ativan it started to work overnight on my SA.
I told my neurologist and she even notcied a difference in me.She must
have realized it was anxiety I had and just did not say.When she put me
on the Ativan she said,(and maybe it was)it was for my other illness also.

So I think that if could really be just anxiety that you may have and not depression at all.
Just my opinion,I am not a doctor.If I were you I would talk to my Dr.
about it. Good-luck!! Sherri

Last edited by Sherri5186; 08-04-2007 at 03:01 AM.

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