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03 Sep 2007

Hi Doc,

I am taking Aropax as prescribed to my by my doctor since Wednesday last week. (29 Aug). I've been feeling relatively ok all along up until today.
I got to work this morning and started feeling really strange. I work in a professional engineering environment and have to concentrate. I completely lost focus and concentration.
My hands were sweaty, I was feeling shaky, I felt ridiculously strange the whole day. Even slightly anxious. I thought this is supposed to work on my anxiety and stress symptoms.

My GP prescribed it for me for 3 months - I've been under severe stress at work and it's been getting me down to the point where I feel down in the dumps the whole time. I also wake early in the morning and suffer from headaches at least 2-3 times a week.

It seemed like the Aropax was helping at first but now I had the strangest side effects I've ever felt before and I"m not so sure I want to continue taking it. I'm not sure I can function properly.
Can I just discontinue or should I phone my GP? (I've done so anyway but he was not in the office today)

Please help.
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01 Jan 0001

With most drugs, side-effects are usually most noticeable in the first couple of weeks, though it sounds a bit odd for you to have suddenly felt so affected after nearly a week on the drug. Symptoms like the early morning wakening sound like a Depression is possible, but one should NEVER EVER take any drug for Depression for just 3 months. Either you have a real Depression, in which case you should remain on the meds for at least 6 to 9 months, or you are unhappy and stressed by not depressed, in which case you wouldn't need to meds at all.
I wonder whether it would be helpful to ask your GP to arange for you to see a good local psychiatrist for a review of your status and to advise on the best treatment. Something like CBT counselling might be really useful for you. as a supplement to or substitute for, the meds --- but its generally best not to stop meds for any but terrible side-effects, without checking first with your doctor
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