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SRIS and other anti anxiety for tachycardia/palpition?

serotonin reuptake inhibitors, read some people use it and recommend it. anyone ever  try it to help calm mind from tachy palp issue? since i read other anti depressant could make tachy worse i wonder about this one.
plase share your experience  :(
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sorry i mean SSRI Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor
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I have read SSRI's can make afib worse, also lengthen the Q-wave, which is not good.  Not sure I'm using properly terminology, but my cardio checks the length of the wave with a ruler to make sure it's not too long.  I don't know if this is true in other arrythmias or not, perhaps something to look into.  There may be a thread on this board for SSRI's.  Hope this is of some help.
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thats not good news :( i heard it from people who have postural tachycardia some positive feedback from it, thats why i search for more info. but maybe it works differently :( thats why i ask the exp of people with other type of heart tachycardia
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I take Xanax and a beta blocker which helps a lot.  The beta blocker will slow the heart rate.  Might be worth looking into.
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SSRI's and SNRI's can both be used for POTS and other tachyarrhythmias.  Both however exhibit a nasty little side effect.  Once you get on them, it's really hard, even painfull switching or getting off of them.  My wife has been on both.  Fist it was an SSRI.  But when it was discovered that it interferred with her Tamoxifen treatment following breast cancer, she switched to an SNRI.  What followed were a couple weeks of, odd, strange behavior as she tapered of one and ramped up the other.  Now we understand that getting off this SNRI and back on the SSRI is even harder. Users report crushing headaches and blue flashes of light among other symptoms. I'd use caution if thinking about trying either one of these.
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that sounds horrible :( i thought its promising n hoping it could help. since some people recommend it.
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I occasionally have to take SSRIs for panic attacks, which occur in bursts every few years.  They are always accompanied by a dramatic increase in PVCs--a bad combination.  My psychiatrist has tried me on five SSRIs, of which some increased my anxiety and some made me so sleepy that I could hardly do anything.

Ultimately, I found that zoloft was the *right* one for me.  I take it regularly for anywhere from two to four months or maybe a bit longer, until my 'car alarm', as my shrink puts it, cools off.  During that time, first my awareness of my heartbeats subsides, and then the actual number of extrasystoles decreases.  After I have felt normal for a while, I taper off the zoloft--very, VERY slowly.  It's a matter of several months, actually.  I am wary of the effects of quick withdrawal, and must say that I have never experienced anything adverse.

One size does not fit all in the SSRI department.  Every individual is different, but based on my own experience, I would say that an SSRI in the presence of anxiety and benign tachycardia would be worth trying.
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