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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
User :   hello nice to meet u
User :   i am very very scared as i am on movox for anxitey attacks and very worried about getting the sertoine syndrome
Doctor :   Why are you scared about Serotonin Syndrome
Doctor :   It is not life threatening it can be managed easily
User :   as i am on a ssri plus read a stoie about a guy that had it from just taking the drug i am on
Doctor :   I think you are more worried after reading a story
User :   it really happened to him
Doctor :   Ok I understand, but it does not mean that it happens to everyone
Doctor :   What is the dose of Movox you take now?
User :   i know
User :   50 mgs and been on it 4 days now
Doctor :   What is the SSRI that you take?
Doctor :   are you with me?
User :   it luvoc
User :   luvox
User :   but the chemist gave me one that was cheaper
User :   u there
Doctor :   What is the dose?
User :   50 mgs
User :   i told u that
Doctor :   Even Luvox?
User :   no its movox the same but cheaper at chemist
Doctor :   Ok, I understand you are taking SSRI class of medication but SSRI cause Serotonin syndrome when it interacts with any other medicines

Doctor :   like MAO inhibitors
Doctor :   Since you are not on any other medications, I do not think you should fear about it
User :   nut why did that guy have it with just taken luvox
User :   why
Doctor :   Each person reacts differently for the same medication
Doctor :   It depends on factors like 1) Age 2) Weight 3) Other illness
User :   well i could get it then
Doctor :   4) Any other medications
User :   he was on the meds for 6 months b4 it happened
Doctor :   For 50mg and that too for 4 days I think that is not a possibility
User :   very worried
User :   i dont know if the meds are working for me
User :   i am losing weight i was 52 kgs and now i am down to 49 kgs very very worried
Doctor :   The medication should be reviewed by the treating doctor after it is prescribed
Doctor :   if it is working or not
Doctor :   The symptoms are reduced or not
User :   i thought the meds where working and then wheni had to go and pick my son up from school i got very very anxious and shaking
Doctor :   Now I feel that more than the anxiety problem that you have, the fear about the serotonin syndrome is bothering you
User :   yes it could be
Doctor :   This is another way of expression of anxiety
Doctor :   I suggest to consider reviewing the medication with your doctor again
Doctor :   May be he wants to change to a different class of antianxiety medicines or increae the dose of it
Doctor :   MOVOX
User :   what u mean another way of expression
Doctor :   I mean that is also anxiety
Doctor :   that means the medication is not helping you
User :   is serotione syndome life threatening
User :   they say it is tho when i read up on it
Doctor :   I sincerely feel that you should not think about the Serotonin Syndrome and leave about that behind in your thoughts
Doctor :   and consider reviewing the medication with Psychiatrist
User :   that is who put me on this med
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Go back to him again and explain
User :   and say that
Doctor :   yes
User :   and say what
Doctor :   that you think your symptoms were not controlled in most situations
Doctor :   and that there is a botheration about Serotonin Syndrome now
Doctor :   The thoughts about serotonin syndrome are lingering and it making me more anxious and apprehensive
Doctor :   Though the dose of the drug is safe
User :   is movox safe
Doctor :   Yes the dose that you take is safe
User :   what about if the doctor increces it
Doctor :   The doctor shall critically analyse the symptoms and suggest a right dose for you which is safe
User :   so so worried about the sertoine sydome
Doctor :   As I told, you should leave those behind and continue to go ahead with positive hope
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   i feel weird when i breath and when i take i deep breath i feel i cant get a good breath
User :   yes
Doctor :   These are all the features of anxiety
Doctor :   Along with medications, you get a counselling from a Psychotherapist
Doctor :   That really helps
User :   i get alot of set backs when talking with psychotherapist
Doctor :   Ok but that is the right way to go about with the problems that you have
Doctor :   I think you shoudl not give it up at this stage
User :   so scared about the serotoine syndome as its life threatening what i have read about it
Doctor :   No it is not lifethreatening if early detected
Doctor :   and it can be easily treaated
User :   how you know if u have it tho
Doctor :   Intense redness in the face, diarrhoea, sweating, dizziness
Doctor :   are few earlier symptoms
User :   i have the redness in face and sweating
Doctor :   All the above should come together
Doctor :   along with abdominal pain
User :   is it bad when u have the earlier symptoms
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It is good to go to the doctor for check up
Doctor :   and timely treatment can stop further worsening of problem
User :   cool
User :   i am losing weight too
Doctor :   THat is Ok
User :   no it aint
Doctor :   I do not see any concern if you do not lose more than 3 kg a month
Doctor :   A person with anxiety problems tend to gain or lose weight
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   yes
User :   but lost this weight in 1 month
Doctor :   Do not worry , you just seek an early appnt with doctor
Doctor :   and review the medicaitons
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