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Side effects of anti-anxiety medicines - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello,
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   How van i help you?
Doctor :   'can
User :   I am feeling some movements in my arms just the lower half and I wanted to know if this could just be a side effect
Doctor :   Please give your Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height, Weight and Waist circumference.
User :   32f XXX Married 5'1 210lbs
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Since when are you having this symptom?
User :   I had been taking some Xanax and I would feel these same movements
Doctor :   Since when are taking Xanax?
User :   I had stopped taking it for a couple of months and then a week ago I took another one again
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   During the last period in between the xanax this arm feeling had gone away but after I took the xanax again a week ago it came back
User :   I am also one who has lots of side effects from meds.
User :   I never felt this before Xanax either
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Any other associated symptoms ?
User :   I have been feeling really good lately. I have been having allergy symptoms though
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can you describe the movements in the arm?
Doctor :   Is it present only at a place or it radiates along the arm?
User :   I can only feel it if I put my forearm on my stomach and it feels like my muscle is throbbing but no apparent rhythm. I put my arm on my husbands stomach and he could not feel it.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can you see any visible movements?
User :   It has slowed down in the last day or two. it is not as noticeable now
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   no you cannot see anything at all
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How many times do you feel like these?
User :   it happens through out the day many times. I even notice it while I am sleeping. Off and on maybe 10 times also I notice when I pay attention to it, it slows down or goes away
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I am thinking it is something from the xanax or it is in my head. But I feel it when I am not thinking about it. I will forget about it and then I feel it.
Doctor :   Have tried to feel the movements any time?
User :   what?
Doctor :   Have you tried to feel the movement in you arm with other hand?
User :   yes and I cannot feel anything
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I do have a lot of anxiety. Even since I have started talking to you I can feel the scared feeling all over my body right now.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs. If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
User :   Just so you know I saw a rheumatologist who had said I had a slightly high level of inflammation in my blood. He said it could be nothing or it could be something bad. He wants me to go back in 6 months ot have it rechecked. This has put me into a paranoid state of wondering about every little symptom.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I do no smoke or chew and occassionally drink alcohol. The last time was on Saturday I had a half of a glass of a Mai Tai
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   When did you meet rheumatologist and what reason?
User :   I saw him this month and for the inflammation in my blood
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   but I did have an ear infection when I had the bloodwork done
User :   but that was the second test I had taken showing an elevation in my blood
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Drugs like xanax can cause symptoms like these.
User :   even a week after taking it?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   ok so if it is getting better each day is that a good sign?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   ok well that makes me feel better.
Doctor :   If your experiencing it , you should contact your doctor, He might put you on other medication.
User :   Well I was trying to get off of meds. I have Xanax and Zolpidem and after I take either one I feel like a mess. I took a Zolpidem about 4 days after the Xanax and I think that may be why it is taking so long for these feelings to go away
Doctor :   Who prescribed you these medication and for what reasons?
User :   I thought I was completely done with Xanax but I started having anxiety problems one night and took a half of a pill. Now that I look back I would have rather had just dealt with the anxiety
Doctor :   You are not supposed to start or stop any medication without consulting your doctor.
User :   My internist prescribed me the pills. I had a bad reaction to taking both aleve and advil which made me have gastro problems. The prescribed me protonix which I had a bad reaction to and I kept taking it everyday for a month. I could not eat or even function at all. I lost 25 pounds in a month.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   So I got the Xanax because I started having anxiety issues
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   but it is only as needed
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   So this one even caused a huge mess in my life.
User :   The same goes for the Zolpidem
Doctor :   For how long did they prescribe you Xanax?
User :   I don't know
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I did not get anything specific
User :   I got the original RX in October of last year
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :  
I would recommend you to get to the doctor and consult on this issue.
User :   The whole mess started in August of last year
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   on what? the arm movements
Doctor :   To your internist and discuss about the xanax.
User :   what do I need to discuss? She told me to take it as needed and I do but now I don't want to take it anymore. Do I need to go over the side effects with her? or stopping it?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Tell her about the side effects, She might want to reconsider on the medications.
User :   She is at the point where she does not want me taking any meds because of the side effects of protonix. She says I am in the 1% of the pop who can't take meds
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   is there something else I can take for anxiety that has less side effects?
Doctor :   You have tell her about your side effects right?
Doctor :   There are other class of drugs, but you have to consult your doctor first.
User :   The last time I saw her it was because of the ear infection. The time before that was because of these bad headaches. Now I know the headaches are caused by the side effects. When I took this last Xanax I had a headache and since I stopped they all went away
User :   So I don't think I talked to her about side affects because we did not realize they were side effects
Doctor :   Its not a problem,
Doctor :   Next time you can talk to her about it.
User :   ok thank you for all your help
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service
User :   ok
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