Hello - I stumbled on this forum this morning and read so many posts. I was wondering if anyone out there suffered anxiety about taking medication that can help your anxiety. I have suffered from anxiety for most of my life (I am 47). How on earth do you get past taking the pill if you are scared to death paralyzed about taking it in the first place? I have what I call "Medicine Anxiety", afraid of the side effects, that I will have an allergic reaction to whatever. I am allergic to Penicillin and shellfish etc. and get analaphlactic shock from it. I read the inserts of most medications and they list the possible side effects and I just freeze and don't take whatever was prescribed. I am now suffering horrible panic attacks because I have to take Prilosec for what my Dr' thinks is GERD or an ulcer. I have pain where my sternum ends and thought I was having a heart attack. I FORCED myself to take the prilosec 6 days ago and the pain was getting better. When I saw my Dr yesterday he told me he thinks most of my symptoms are caused by my anxiety and he prescribed Paxil because I asked him about it (my mom takes it). Now I am afraid to take it and was going to ask about a prescription for Lexapro or Zoloft. Does anyone else suffer a fear of taking medication? How on earth do I get over it? I am going away on vacation and am scared to death to go feeling like this.
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