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I am 30 with hypertension and anxiety and get tickling down my arms and across my chest at night what is wrong with me? i take htcz lisinopril paxil (paroxetine)

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Talk to your psych: You may be experiencing a rare side effect of paroxetine - numbness or tingling in the limbs. Anxiety also can lead to hyperventilation & numbness & tingling in lips, fingers and toes & extend centrally to arms, legs & trunk. Prolonged hyperventilation may worsen the symptoms leading to seizures. Talk to your doctor about adjusting Paxil or switching medication. Ask about anxiety as well.
Dr. Elizabeth Black
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Concerning symptoms: These symptoms could be related to your hypertension and/or to your anxiety. Regardless, you should be under the regular care of a qualified physician for all these conditions. If you haven't been evaluated recently, please make sure you are seen.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tingling: Assuming your BP is controlled as well as your depression & anxiety, & also no arthritis in the neck is present, i would suggest talking to your psychiatrist about medication for anxiety & also adding magnesium. As last resort, consult a neurologist.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Tickling or RLS: Paxil (paroxetine) and other ssri medications can indirectly reduce Dopamine levels which can result in restless legs syndrome (rls). Rls can affect the whole body and is a creepy crawling sensation helped by Dopamine agonists like requip. Also, anyone on htcz should have regular potassium (k) levels checked.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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