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Unhappy My first panic attack in two months (mentions medications and substances)... - December 29th 2011, 12:59 PM

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Today, was my second day of quitting cigarettes. I have been feeling crabby and irritable even since before I quit... I lost reality for one brief moment and thought about doing a very silly thing while I was in the shower. I got out, crying my eyes out and having strange breathing patterns, and thankfully my mum came to my aid and calmed me down, and helped me get changed and everything because I was so shaken up.

I'm scared. I was doing so well coming off of my Flouexetine capsules (I am taking one every other day), the Phyciatrist thought I should as my mood swings were quite traumatising and he reckoned Flouexetine can at times make it worse. I don't feel mood swing-y anymore, I just feel depressed and irritable 24/7 this past week or so.

I started a pack of cigarettes again, and I feel guilty yet relieved about that. I don't think it helped much quitting at such an awkward time... I hope to try again when I feel better. :/
Sorry for this post I just needed somewhere to blurt things out...

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Re: My first panic attack in two months (mentions medications and substances)... - December 29th 2011, 01:23 PM

Like you said, quitting cigarettes alone can be a pretty trying experience in itself. Nicotine is a strong substance and simply quitting it can take a lot out of you -- or in your case, significantly increase your anxiety levels.

The medication and treatment your on for you anxiety is most likely still working but your body's fight with the nicotine may override it in many cases. If you let your doctor know, they can probably arrange a dosage or different course of treatment that can accommodate quitting cigarettes as well.
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Re: My first panic attack in two months (mentions medications and substances)... - December 29th 2011, 01:42 PM

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Like you said, quitting cigarettes alone can be a pretty trying experience in itself. Nicotine is a strong substance and simply quitting it can take a lot out of you -- or in your case, significantly increase your anxiety levels.

The medication and treatment your on for you anxiety is most likely still working but your body's fight with the nicotine may override it in many cases. If you let your doctor know, they can probably arrange a dosage or different course of treatment that can accommodate quitting cigarettes as well.
Thank you for the reply. I do feel that may be the case, I am going back in in a week or two, so I will probably let them know then that I am going to attempt quitting again (hasn't worked today), and that I may need some new treatments on top of it all perhaps.


   
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