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11 Apr 2006

Panic attack
I am a 25year old male, in a stressful job. I live alone, am financially stable, with no "issues". Last night I woke up from a nightmare and had what I can only describe as a panic attack. I was sweating, my heart was racing, I had a burning pain across my abdomen, my shoulder and neck muscles were in a spasm. Then I started shivering. These symptoms lasted for about half an hour. Afterwards I was exhausted,but could not fall asleep again. Is there any way that I can prevent this happening again? I am in excellent health (but am finishing a course of antibiotics that I have been taking for the past month - I had an infection in a tear duct in my eye) Could the antibiotics be partly responsible for this event?
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01 Jan 0001

This may very well never happen again anyway. It could have been an unusually severe nightmare. If it repeats itself, seing a good local psychiatrist for an assessment and advice could be useful. But I would pick up on your sensible observation that you have been taking a course of antibiotics. Most people, including many physicians who prescribe them, don't know that various antibiotics can cause psychiatric symptoms including depression, confusion, and anxiety
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