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Old 11-05-04, 03:15 PM
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Unhappy I got prescribed Strattera for anxiety

I got prescribed Strattera for anxiety yesterday, but as I see from lots of people on here and other research I have done, it can actually CAUSE anxiety and panic attacks. I already have anxiety and panic attacks and was hoping that this medicine could help with that. I told my doctor that I wanted something like Welbutrin because that really helped with my anxiety but I had to quit taking it because it made me sweat really bad in my sleep. He told me that Strattera was a lot like Welbutrin and would help with my anxiety and panic attacks, but now after doing some research on it I don't know anymore. Just reading about how it can cause bad anxiety in people makes me want to stop it right away. What do you guys think? Is my doctor prescribing the wrong medicine for me, or might it actually work? Should I quit taking it or see how it works? I am just scared now because my anxiety is bad as it is, and I don't want it to get any worse.
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Old 11-05-04, 03:32 PM
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I have talked to MDs who have had great success with Stratterra for anxiety and AD/HD. But, you know yourself best if you feel anxious contact your Dr immediatley.
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That's interesting... I'd have never thought of Strattera for anxiety. I have to admit, since starting it, though, my anxiety level has dropped, though I thought it was just due to reduction of ADD symptoms which were causing anxiety in the first place.

What I do when it comes to meds is pretty much anything my doc suggests. I figure, he's the doc, he knows what works, I should at least give it a shot. If I have any problems with side effects, then I go back ASAP and get it worked out. If it just plain doesn't work, then we try something else. So, I'd say give the Strattera a shot, try not to have any preconceived ideas about it causing anxiety, and see what happens.
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I feel like I've become the ultimate procrastinator while on this med. The piles of files of both business and personal to-do's just exponentially increase. I'm up to 80 megs now, 40 in the AM and 40 in the PM; but I've yet to feel as energized as I did for one short hour 1 week after beginning it in Sep. I really don't know what to make of it and generally have become discouraged that I'll have the patience and courage to keep trying these meds. I have a high power marketing career and a demanding life which I've seriously considered changing due to my ongoing struggles. Hell, I've been a pretty good actor throughout this experience, but feel that my true self will be discovered for a fraud by others. My apprehension, worries, and anxiety over my situation are incredibally debilitating.
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Old 11-21-04, 11:59 PM
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I see a positive result from strattera concerning social anxiety and paranoia. I definatly see a difference with me. I have these strange totally irrational anxieties, that seem to have decreased since taking Strattera. Over all its been positive
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