13 years ago I started having panic attacks - I had no idea what it was or why it was happening to me.. my doctor started me out on Paxil (same group as Prozac) and I was just as nervous as you about taking these pills... it took a little convincing but finally I started up on them.. and yes - the first 3 weeks were filled with anxiety and nervousness but then over a couple of days I began to be able to not let the anxiety escalate.. and after week 4 I was ready to begin working with myself with regards to the anxiety and depression...
My advice - start taking the prozac and keep in mind until it helps that your mind is merely playing tricks on you..
I have had anxiety problems for some time and my doctor gave me clonazepam and diazepam i was taking them but suddenly i stopped them(i should not have stopped because now i am once again having problems with anxiety)because my anxiety levels were down and i had some side effects with the medicines.
The medicines help but only if you take them correctly and results will be good.
Good luck and start with the medicine!!!!
Fear of new medicine is common among anxiety sufferers. I have had long and rough experience with this. I used to look my meds up on the internet and read all about them until I was too scared to take them. Stupid. Don't do that. Don't read the info pamphlet that comes with your meds. Don't look them up in the library or ask your doctor friend to tell you about them. All it does is scare you into not taking them. You need them, and your doctor would not prescribe you something that would hurt you. Trust in that. Take your meds, then immediately after, get busy doing something (anything, like clean out your closet) and get your mind off it. By the time an hour has gone by and you have not died, you will know the med is okay. Blessings - Blu
PS: I feel it should be made clear here that it is NOT SAFE to stop taking medications without consent and supervision from your doctor. Doing so can cause awful withdrawals, even when you take them correctly. Most meds in this category require a tapering schedule that you get from your doctor when stopping a med. Also never attempt to taper on your own. You cannot know how fast or slow to do it yourself. Tapering with your doctor will give you the least amount of withdrawals while lowering the dosages at rates that your body can handle.
Hi there -
We suggest that if you have any questions about your medication, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist. They are often able to tell you more about possible side effects.
You should always educate yourself when starting a new medication. While some of the info can be presented in a scary way, it's never a good idea to go in blind, not knowing what to look for or expect, and while I totally agree that the doc or pharmacist is a great go to person for info, I don't agree with having blind faith in them in the respect that if they prescribed it, it's the right approach. And, I just respectfully disagree that if a person hasn't "died" after the first hour of taking a new med, that they are in the clear as far as serious adverse reactions to look for.
It's more important than ever for patients to be educated and proactive. It's a law that every prescription filled in this country be accompanied by a educational monograph. They are usually very user friendly and easy to read. Certainly they should be read and not disregarded. If more people DID read them, people would have a MUCH better understanding of what to expect with a new med.
If you have a fear of meds, like a lot of people do, then work with your doc or pharmacist to help you sort through the info, and stay away from excessive info searching (like numerous internet searches). Now THAT will lead to more anxiety, but just basically educating yourself about any med you're going to take is crucial. Just because you may fear a new medication, sticking your head in the sand and hoping that the doc's idea was a good one isn't the way to become empowered about your own mental health care.
I would always encourage people to remain vigilant about being an informed patient and while having trust and faith in your doctor is important, blind faith is never a good idea,.