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Old 04-19-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Nortriptyline and low body temp, lightheaded etc need help...

Hello, yes.. first post. I will start off by first saying I was on Effexor (150mg per day) for about 5 years and never had any issue with anxiety or funky side effects beyond no sex drive and the worst side effect of all: withdrawal from effexor.
It became too expensive to take and I wanted to try other options. Tried Celexa and I got very bad anxiety after a few months. Now I am on Nortriptyline (first started at 30mg per day, now at 60mg per day).

The problem: I've read into things like serotonin deficiency, maybe I do maybe I don't have that, but the issues I am now having are worrying me. If I haven't take my dosage for the day I get very lightheaded, head pressure, tingling in the arms and legs (floating feeling), loss of appetite, tense muscles, and low body temp (94-95 degrees even under blankets) my blood pressure also seems to rise (around 155/110, heart rate at 90-100bpm) I get anxiety from these symptoms because I don't know what the hell is going on. The symptoms subdue after I take my meds, but it seems to be helping less and less. I noticed I was eating a lot of foods with high tryptophan, which helped a ton, but I wonder if I am crashing from not eating/drinking them.

If this persists I will go back to Effexor, any feedback? thanks!

~ Dave

[edit] I have also realized these symptoms are related to Thyroid conditions in men, I had a thyroid test a few months ago.. not sure if I should get another.

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Old 04-19-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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Re: Nortriptyline and low body temp, lightheaded etc need help...

Well it is always safe to ask the doctor about your symptoms and to see if it is anything really serious.

Although the symptoms you describe, I get them when I am in a panic attack which last a few days straight. And I get even more anxiety attacks just thinking about the symptoms from the panic attacks. It's an ugly cycle....

Old 04-25-2010, 08:45 AM   #3
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Re: Nortriptyline and low body temp, lightheaded etc need help...

yup, I went to the ER and it appears this was a different form of anxiety attack I was not use to/never experienced before. My vitals are all 100% good (excluding blood pressure, it's very high).

I might try a diff med.

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