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Can you tell me what to do if on Neurontin (gabapentin) started having panic attacks after started taking the med?

Can you tell me what to do if on Neurontin (gabapentin) started having panic attacks after started taking the med?

Talk to your doctor: Tell them your concern. They will advise you as to whether the panic attack could be related to the medication or not. If it is not seek treatment for panic attacks from a qualified psychologist. A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication if needed will help you control this symptom. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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After two days of not having gabapentin I finally got it in the mail. I took my 1200mg but I've had three panic attacks. Why isn't it working again?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Too soon to tell. Neurontin (gabapentin) is not remedy for acute panic attacks. Review your options with your doc. ...Read more

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I have very bad panic attacks. I take 60 mgs of Prozac (fluoxetine) a day but I'm also on gabapentin and oxy for a back injury and migraine meds. Do u suggest anyt?

I have very bad panic attacks. I take 60 mgs of Prozac (fluoxetine) a day but I'm also on gabapentin and oxy for a back injury and migraine meds. Do u suggest anyt?

Interaction: How much oxy you taking time interval make sure you take as schedule don't use CAD pen your panic might be due to opioid withdrawal also what is dose of Neurontin (gabapentin) life style caffeine intake your thyroid function and any relaxation therapy. ...Read more

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I recently started gabapentin for anxiety and I noticed pitting edema on my right foot and ankle and shortness of breath. Side effect or panic attack?

I recently started gabapentin for anxiety and I noticed pitting edema on my right foot and ankle and shortness of breath. Side effect or panic attack?

Gabapentin: Hi, lower extremity swelling could be a side effect of Gabapentin but I don't believe your Shortness of Breath is due to Gabapentin, I suggest that you contact ur prescribing doctor to change your medication. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can levimir cause panic attacks?

Can levimir cause panic attacks?

Unlikely: Levemir (insulin detemir) a long acting basal Insulin does not have know side effects of inducing panel attacks directly. Panic attacks can be 2ndary from overwhelming emotional response that's been triggered. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks at night?

Panic: One theory is that late in the day when you are less physically active while your brain is still producing adrenaline (anxiety chemical), you can be more prone to get anxious, plus it coincides with the time when people normally are thinking about the events of the day instead of distracting themselves with physical activity. ...Read more

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What can cause 10 minute panic attacks?

Panic: If otherwise physically healthy, untreated chronic panic disorder can show longer-lasting attacks. ...Read more

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What could cause an onset of panic attacks?

Anything/Nothing: The thing about panic attacks is that they can come out of the blue and for no particular reason. Or they may occur as the result of certain stressful situations, or other non-stressful situations like going to the store. One problem is, let's say a person has a panic attack at the store. He or she may then relate that store to the panic and avoid going to the store afraid they will panic. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my constant panic attacks?

What could be the cause of my constant panic attacks?

Many things: If you have a history of panic, then poor sleep, use of caffeine, nicotine, illicit drugs, alcohol or psychosocial stressors could play a role. If you don't have a history of panic, then you should see your doctor to be sure you don't have a medical condition causing this such as hypoglycemia or thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks with hyperventilation?

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Panic: Usually there are no clear triggers for panic attacks. Finding good therapist that works with cognitive behavior therapy will help u explore the dynamics underlying your anxiety, and eventually concur the attacks. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks? Can lonliness be a cause?

Result not cause: Panic attacks by definition are unexpected (ie "out of the blue" and without specific cause) and result in avoidace of situations in which attack occurred. The extreme is called agoraphobia which is a fear of being in open spaces. Fear of being alone is monophobia which can lead to anxiety, but not specifically panic attacks. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Poss but not likely: It is actually the other way around. Autonomic symptoms can include "ictal fear" and "impending doom" which can simulate a panic attack.

Another scenario is seizures occurring as the result of withdrawal of medications used for panic and anxiety (i.e. Benzodiazepines).

Finally, there is an entity called non-epileptic seizures arising out of primary psychiatric disease.

I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can donating blood cause panic attacks?

Can donating blood cause panic attacks?

In some cases, maybe: Donaitng blod should not be so traumatic in most cases. Yet if there was a prior experiance that causes the blood donator to remember a past trauma then possibly. ...Read more

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Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Yes: There are many reasons why panic attacks or anxiety issues may occur. With back pain and not knowing how to deal with it or understand what that pain means, can be a source of these feelings. Chronic pain can lead to depressive symptoms and depression can magnify pain symptoms. These issues are often undiagnosed or under treated when one is dealing with a patient with chronic back pain. ...Read more

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Why does built up gas cause panic attacks?

Why does built up gas cause panic attacks?

It doesn't: Build up gas can, however, cause abdominal pain, which might in some people lead to a panic attack. ...Read more

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Docs, could a concussion cause panic attacks?

Docs, could a concussion cause panic attacks?

Seemingly rare: It is possible especially if the concussion was a right brained injury and there has been some sensory functioning issues to track as well. Depression and attentional issues are far more common. If the concussion was related to a traumatic event, accident, assault, etc. Then the incidence of anxiety following the concussion goes up. Could even relate to PTSD then. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause problems to the heart?

Can panic attacks cause problems to the heart?

Panic attacks/heart: Panic attacks make you feel like you're having an heart attack but they don't actually cause damage to the heart. Very rarely, some kinds of cardiac problems can cause panic attacks. However, most panic attacks are simply the fight or flight response going out of control. Psychologists can treat panic attacks successfully 90% of the time in less than 10 sessions. There's no reason to suffer. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Hm, No, but...: Chronic Sympathetic Discharge has been associated with the development of left ventricular hyperplasia and other anxiety related heart issues. Panic Attacks per se are usually harmless, result from adrenergic stimulus, and are time limited, unless a heart is already weakened. The most dangerous part of a panic attack is the fear of having one, which can result in severe disability. See your Doc. ...Read more

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Do you think Zoloft (sertraline) can cause panic attacks?

Zoloft (sertraline) & panic?: Zoloft (sertraline) an SSRI is effectively rx'ed 2 treat panic attacks (acute anxiety marked by physical sxs like palpitations, sweating, dizziness, difficulty breathing, tingling, numbness, & others). Sometimes, if the med has just been started, the pt may have incr anxiety Xs abt 1 wk. Then the med should begin to work to prevent panic. C ur doc if ur symptoms are worsening instead of improving. ...Read more

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What would be the most common medical causes of depression and panic attacks?

Multiple causes: Medical causes for panic attacks include: mitral valve prolapse, overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, stimulant use and medication withdrawal. For depression some causes include an underactive thyroid, certain medications, alcohol, perimenopause and vitamin deficiencies (i.e. Folic acid and b12). Some illnesses put you at a high risk for depression such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. ...Read more

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Can drinking coffee daily cause excessive anxiety and make a person have panic attacks because feeling of death?

Can drinking coffee daily cause excessive anxiety and make a person have panic attacks because feeling of death?

Can make worse: I wouldn't say caffeine causes anxiety as much as I would say caffeine can make anxiety worse. Panic attacks are a symptom of extreme anxiety. Caffeine can directly increase anxiety as well as speeding up the heart, which can be, in itself, a trigger for panic attacks. If you suffer from anxiety, I would suggest you should cut down on, or completely eliminate your caffeine intake. ...Read more

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I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??

I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??

It is possible: Recent research indicates a strong relationship between panic attacks and asthma, with each being a risk factor developing the other. Here is an article describing this: http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/news/20050601/asthma-panic-disorder-often-go-hand-in-hand If you are concerned I would recommend see your doctor to initiate evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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I sefer from panic attacks. Lately I have been having increased anxiety right before bed and soon after getting up what causes this!

I sefer from panic attacks. Lately I have been having increased anxiety right before bed and soon after getting up what causes this!

Anxiety: Anxiety and panic attacks are mainly caused by misinterpretations of situations and interactions. Try as much as possible to focus on the facts. Try using the anti anxiety app on your phone for daily support and keep updated by reading the latest in treatment idea on the soundmindz. Org web site. If anxiety does not diminish consult a psychotherapist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and panic attacks cause hallucinations? Not just little ones like thinking you heard a sound but like full blown seeing things?

Can anxiety and panic attacks cause hallucinations? Not just little ones like thinking you heard a sound but like full blown seeing things?

Not likely: If you are having visual hallucinations - would encourage medical evaluation to include psychiatric assessment. Visual hallucinations are not normally part of panic attacks. ...Read more

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I struggle to stay awake for more than 13 hours a day. Despite I suffer from panic attacks I even tried with coffee. Could my gastritis be the cause?

No.: The problems of excessive daytime somnolence eds is usually due to inadequate or ineffective sleep. You need to see a sleep specialist ify our doctor cannot solve the problem quickly, eg, a change in medication. Sleep deprivation and eds kill 50, 00 people yearly; as bad as alcohol, but more easily diagnosed and treated. Don't wait. ...Read more

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I have had palpations for 3 years now. I used to get panic attacks cause of palp. Today I had 3 medium palps in the row. I'm scared. No other symptoms?

I have had palpations for 3 years now. I used to get panic attacks cause of palp. Today I had 3 medium palps in the row. I'm scared. No other symptoms?

Holter monitor: If you experience frequent and bothersome palpitations, you should document what your heart rhythm is at the time of your symptoms by wearing a holter monitor for 24hours. You may be having benign premature beats which are made worse by caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, stress and anxiety. Your md can order this test. ...Read more

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What's the PHYSIOlogical cause of panic attacks? What hormones/chemical changes in body cause the attacks in conjunction with psychological aspect of it

Some foods can: Contribute to panic attacks. Caffeine and processed sugars can increase the likelihood of panic attacks. The psychological factors tend to be important to understand as well, so start by speaking with a psychologist and also cut back on coffee, tea, chocolate and processed sugars. ...Read more

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When I take a medication that causes drowsiness it gives me severe panic attacks and I can't control it enough to calm it down. How do I prevent this?

Panic disorder?: I've known many anxious people who are afraid to fall asleep. They are hypervigilant for fear that something dreadful will happen. Many such people are dealing with previous trauma issues, and also the need to be "in control" at all times. The best help for this is seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist for good assessment -- plus receiving individual treatment, including medications if needed. ...Read more

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Will missing 1 Zoloft (sertraline) dose cause my panic attacks to return abruptly?? I forgot this morning, & now its evening. What do I do to make sure I'm fine?

Will missing 1 Zoloft (sertraline) dose cause my panic attacks to return abruptly?? I forgot this morning, & now its evening. What do I do to make sure I'm fine?

Should Be Okay: The half-life of Zoloft (sertraline) is over 24 hours, so you should have enough medicine in your system, even though you've missed a dose, to cover you until the morning. Many people who rely on daily medications occasionally miss doses, so know that you're not alone in that regard. Continue to be mindful of your medication regimen and the triggers for your anxiety as you are doing. ...Read more

Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more