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Severe depression post anti-anxiety medicines - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, i have been prescribed propranolol for bad anxiety/panic attacks, but i have got bad depression as well. ive been reading a lot of dodgy stories about this drug, that they give you bad depression & can bring on diabetes, i have type 2. Am i just being paranoid?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   male,40
Doctor :   and can you briefly describe the symptoms of anxiety/panic attacks?
Doctor :   The treatment for anxiety and panic attacks are of 2 forms.
Doctor :   Medical drugs are one form of treatment.
Doctor :   The drugs are advised based on the symptoms that you have.
Doctor :   Propronal(betablocker) are drug used if your predominant symptoms of anxiety are tremors, papitation and sweating.
User :   but would it not give me more depression whitch i dont need
Doctor :   Though not all, some of the people have reported depressive symptoms following the use of this drug.
Doctor :   If you develop such symptoms, you can report back to your doctor and a change of the drug may be advisable then.
Doctor :   These are however not the commonest side effects.
Doctor :   The commonest side effects are bronchoconstriction causing breathing difficulties, worsening of asthmatic attacks, nausea, vomiting and so on.
Doctor :   If you develop such symptoms, you need to report back to your treating doctor and change of the medication may be needed.
User :   i suppose you have to try it & see what happens, its the 80mg ones i got. i have never tried anything before,
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Yes, you may have to try the drug and watch out for these symptoms.
Doctor :   If you have any of such symptoms, then the change of the drug can be done.
Doctor :   In the mean time, I also suggest you to use lifestyle changes, behavioural modifications that are also useful in treating the symptoms of anxiety.
Doctor :   These measures will gradually help in reduction of the dose of propranol and may help the doctor in stopping the drug if needed.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes, i have to try something cause its ruined my life. the depression side of it is terrible
User :   thats why i cant let it get any worse
Doctor :   A positive frame of mind is very essential in treating the condition. I wish you a good healthy future ahead.
Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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