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    Medication for HA?

    Guys, when do you know when the time s right to try meds?

    I was on sertraline and then citalopram for a year in 2018 but I hated them. Every morning when I reached for the medicine cabinet, it was like a reminder that Iím not ok.
    I had side effects too...like low libido (I mean, mine is naturally quite low, but this was rediculous!) cystic acne, weight gain and capped emotions.
    I worked hard to get off them, but I crashed out and relapsed badly. Iíve tried low intensity CBT as an alternative to going back on medication, but Iím not really getting better. And now Iím told the waiting list is another 12 months before I can start high intensity CBT.

    I have ďokĒ days and bad days, but lately, maybe due to the pressures of Xmas and new year, Iíve forgotten how to feel any emotion but fear. I feel dead inside.
    I get married in 8 months, but Iím not excited like I should be.
    I want to run outside in the freezing rain just to feel something!

    Iím wondering if going back on medication is my only option here? And how do I know if Iíve reached that point?
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    Re: Medication for HA?

    Only you can tell if you've hit that point.

    For me, I was barely able to function owing to new fears every day. The kicker for me, though, was knowing how much it was harming my husband, who's always been immensely tolerant of my mental health issues. I felt I owed it to him to be the best spouse I could, and if that included meds then so be it.
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    Re: Medication for HA?

    Thatís a really good point Iris! I guess I hadnít thought of it that way.
    Strangely, my fiancť is very anti-medication! I donít really know why?!!! But he prefers me not to rely on them. 🤷*♀️

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    Re: Medication for HA?

    It doesn't have to be a permanent thing - it can just be for a few months while you get your coping strategies back into place.

    The thing to ask is whether or not you feel you're basically okay, I think.
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    Venlafaxine modified release

    Iím scared to take my first tablet!

    Iíve taken sertraline and citalopram in the past, but came off medication 12 months ago (came off to quickly and relapsed)

    My health anxiety plods along on a 6/10 most days. Itís not getting worse but itís not getting better either.
    but today I had a meltdown in front of the GP and she has recommended 75mg Venlafaxine.
    But what Iíve read about it is terrifying!!!
    Iím sitting here trying to get the guts to take my first tablet, but also wondering if itís worth it!

    Iíve not had my blood pressure checked prior to starting either?!

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    Re: Venlafaxine modified release

    Quote Originally Posted by Limeslime View Post
    My health anxiety plods along on a 6/10 most days. Itís not getting worse but itís not getting better either. but today I had a meltdown in front of the GP and she has recommended 75mg Venlafaxine.
    But what Iíve read about it is terrifying!!!
    You would probably have been just as terrified by what is written about sertraline and citalopram. Serious issues are rare with antidepressants generally, and SSRIs and SNRIs specifically. Side-effects lists should be taken with a very large dollop of salts as they include everything reported during drug trials irrespective of whether the med could have caused them. For example, several list viral diseases such as herpes as side-effects. Unless there is something very wrong with our understanding of these diseases that is impossible.

    Iím sitting here trying to get the guts to take my first tablet, but also wondering if itís worth it!
    Would going back onto either sertraline or citalopram be easier? If so, ask your GP to prescribe one of them instead.

    Iíve not had my blood pressure checked prior to starting either?!
    Do you have heart disease?
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    Re: Venlafaxine modified release

    Hi

    This is just a courtesy reply to let you know that your post was moved from its original place to a sub-forum that is more relevant to your issue.

    This is nothing personal - it just enables us to keep posts about the same problems in the relevant forums so other members with any experience with the issues can find them more easily.

    Please also read this post:

    http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=213239
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    Medication recommendations?

    I really think Iíve reached that point where I need to consider medication to manage my HA.
    But itís a minefield! And I feel my HA is more OCD than anxiety (although definitely still both!), so I want to give myself the best chances of finding the best medication first time.

    Please could you tell me what medication has worked for your HA?
    Bonus points if it didnít cause weight gain! (I have a wedding dress that I need to lose weight for!(

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    Re: Medication recommendations?

    This is honestly one to discuss with your GP, Lime.
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    Re: Medication recommendations?

    I have done. She gave me Venlafaxine but having read reviews, I donít think itís right for me.
    I will go back to my GP, but id just like to be prepared with some ideas to discuss with her

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