Does anyone else have any other insight about these side effects I've been having? The worst is the dizziness and the feeling out of it. The anxiety coming back like it was before is something I anticipated to happen with new medication anyway, but not on a level like this.
I suspect the symptoms have more to do with the anxiety, rather than the Strattera directly producing them, though it might be triggering at least some of the additional anxiety.
Anxiety is a killer (Not literally, but you get what I mean!) Thanks again for the reply and taking time out of your day/night to read what I have written.Day 9
I forgot to mention, the other day when I felt really bad my muscle spasms were bad. Even blinking felt weird.
Anyway, Day 9, which was yesterday. I don't remember anything too out of the ordinary. I went in the gym and such and took the medicine as needed. Some sexual side effects keep coming and going (Erectile Dysfunction), as well as the retrograde ejaculation and out of sync orgasm. It doesn't hurt as much as it did in the beginning, and I can feel the actions (The actual semen coming out and the orgasm), so it's weird. I'm going to keep trying the Maca Root (~1g total per day in two separate doses). I'm still taking L-Arginine, and may look into other alternative herbs since I've tried Viagra and the side effects were terrible, especially the headache. I don't mind sharing such things since I know it's the medications, and I want others to be able to somewhat relate to my personal experiences if it happens to them.
What I do remember is the night. The night prior (Day 8) I had one of the most awful anxiety attacks that lasted hours. It was bad... I've never wanted to break down and cry so bad. I felt weak. I had a window of weakness. It got better throughout that night, at least. Anyway, for the night of Day 9 things went *MUCH* smoother. I decided to take my Fluoxetine at night *AFTER* the activities. I suspect that this had a lot to do with it, and I took a HALF of a .25 of Xanax. About 30 minutes later I was at the house with some minor anxiety, but I brushed it off rather quickly. My coordination was much better, which was seen through playing physical games (Kan Jam, Beer Pong, and so on). I know drinking isn't a rather great idea, but I like to enjoy myself, so I think I had... 3 beers over the span of like 3-4 hours? I think less than that, actually. We also had pizza and stuff. I felt fine on my way home (5-10 minute drive).
Ian, if you see this, what's your advice on some light drinking and/or drinking in general? When I was drinking on the Prozac (And I took Propranolol as well) I felt alright to begin, got drunk relatively fast, and maintained that without a problem. The only issue I had was the next day I had hangovers from Hell. I don't even want to categorize them as "hangovers" because they felt like I was dying. One morning I had a huge anxiety attack and was so dizzy I felt like I couldn't walk straight... I laid in bed all next day waiting for the worst. I toned it down a bit and the next time I drank I drank a bunch of water before bed and took a Xanax when I woke up the next day, which helped stem off most of the incoming anxiety attack.Day 10
Still trudging through. Sexual side effects are still there, and the dizziness comes and goes but wasn't bad, really. I still get muscle spasms, but it seems to only be when I am sitting around doing nothing or laying in bed. Like before I was laying in bed with my fiancee and my ankle and wrist shook a couple of times. No one else seemed to notice. Even right now, while typing that last sentence, my ankle just jumped slightly. But if I am playing, for example, Kan Jam (Throwing a frisbee) or I am in the gym, I don't seem to have the spasms, or I just don't notice them.
Today was rather slow. Just went in the gym, played some darts, played with my daughter, and went to see my fiancee. She isn't feeling well so we just laid around and another couple came over and we watched TV. Very slow, calm day.
On the way to her house I felt kind of out of it. It seems that I am "with it" for like 5 minutes into the drive and then I engage auto-pilot mode... still. I am hoping that the Strattera helps with this. My focus seems a bit better, but recalling information that I just learned is still a bit difficult. But recalling older information that I learned awhile ago seems slightly easier. I feel less "stupid" and a bit more like me at times, but other times I feel dizzy and anxious. One doctor I asked on Health Tap said that the drug truly starts working at 2-3 weeks, and I know Strattera isn't like Adderall and other stimulants and takes time to work its magic, so I am going to trudge through, still.
Last but not least, my birthday is coming up this Friday (7/11), so I am hoping that I can drink a bit then and relax. I'm going to have people over my house since I still haven't been to a bar in over a year... I don't feel socially ready yet. Being at a friend's house is one thing since I know almost everyone there most of the time, but bars around here, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, are incredibly crowded. The last time I went drinking last June (2013) I saw a horrendous fight that me and two friends ended up helping break up, but it was brutal. Some guy was getting kicked in the head while someone else held him down, fists flying, blah blah blah. Main Street here has become filled with bars. It's a big drinking town now. And such an atmosphere isn't good for me, knowing that there may be a fight. Heck, they even found someone dead right in a parking lot off Main Street (Not *TOO* far away from where the bars are located - less than a quarter of a mile) a week or so ago. So, yeah... In time, I guess. Times are scary, and I don't trust many people out there.