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Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:44:10 AM »
It seems like the same way I seem to manifest symptoms through anxiety, the same happens with meds.  I have been prescribed bactrim and cephalexim as antibiotics for an abscess I had drained. I read the side effects which seemed rough particularly gastro.

Wouldn't you know I woke up today feeling nauseous and throwing up.

I wonder if anxiety exacerbates side effects from meds

Anyone taken these?  Have similar problems?
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014, 10:34:32 AM »
Yes. Bactrim always messes me up, and I've heard that from others too. I always ask my doctor if there's another one I can take. It seems like taking multiple antibiotics messes up my system for weeks.

I think that reading the side effects isn't necessarily the trigger for side effects. I think it makes you more primed to look for them, and it can make you more anxious, which can cause you to feel crappy anyway.

Hopefully you won't have to stay on them long, and make sure you do probiotics as soon as you're done.
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2014, 11:34:57 AM »
Yes. I don't have that habit but my mother does and she gets most of them pretty often. Very likely they are produced by anxiety.
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014, 01:02:30 PM »
I think it does.  There are some that I think are real, like antibiotics have always upset my stomach, but I find that when I read the side-effects I end up with a whole bunch of them, especially things like dizziness, palpitations...heart attacks are my biggest fear so if anything says I might experience chest pain I get it.  Its given me a huge fear of taking medications, so now I don't let myself read the side effects.  Then, after taking it, if I think I'm having a side effect, I tell my husband and HE looks up the side effects to see if it's one.  This way I'm not looking for them. 
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 06:24:14 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. 

As soon as I started taking Bactrim, I woke up the next day with a really queezy stomach.  I fell like that is a side effect of every medication, so I wasn't sure to trust that is the cause, or something else going on.  Of course, with my anxiety, I though something worse could be causing it and not the obvious answer.

Sounds like that this medication is the culprit.  Thanks for sharing your experiences.
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 06:29:08 PM »
I have sort of a different problem when reading the side effects on medication.  I scare myself into not taking them.
I was just prescribed a corticosteriod for back pain along with an anti-inflammatory med.  I read all of the side effects and scared myself into not taking them. 

I've never been that way before so I guess I'm over analyzing. 
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Re: Does reading side effects become a self fulfilling prophecy?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 07:09:17 PM »
Because I believe that is the case I NEVER read the side effects first!   I'll start taking whatever it is and then if I get something strange only then will I check it out.
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