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TOPIC TITLE: anxiety
Created On 6/25/13 5:01 AM
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6/25/13 5:01 AM
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Hi Dr. Price
About 7 years ago I took cipralex for half a year for depression. Afterwards I took Remotive (ST. John..) for a few years.
Ever since I got off the meds I deal with anxiety. I didn't have this problem before takind meds. I have my ups and downs and don't always suffer from anxiety. If I do I usually feel as if I can't breath. usually breathing execercises help, but I'm upset about it since I didn't have this problem before.
After dealing with a traumatic situation I'm taking Serenada 100mg. It helps, but sometimes I still get these "breathing problems". Besides that things got a lot better and B"H I'm functioning very well.
Can medication cause people anxiety or do you think that my anxiety was caused by something else? - this question is regarding the first time I took meds.
Being anxious after my traumatic experience is not a question... The question now is if I have to be carefull regarding medication since I had these affects to begin with and If I'm ok with the breathing issue if I need to increase the dosage or if I can just deal with it.
Thanks again for your input

Dr. Price MD

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6/25/13 8:56 AM
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Medications used to treat anxiety can sometimes make anxiety worse. For this reason, it is advisable to start with a low dosage and adjust carefully, monitoring for positive response without side effects. It is unusual for the medication to cause a new anxiety disorder which persists long after the medication is discontinued.

Rabbi Price, M.D.

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