I am wondering if B Complex vitamins can cause someone with anxiety and panic disorders to actually get increased symptoms from this? Along with having the anxiety disorders, I am also B12 deficient, so I take a B12 Vitamin every day. I found a new B12 that I wanted to try, but it also has Super B Complex in it. I took it for 4 days and my anxiety and panic levels shot through the roof, and made me have heart palpitations. This did not happen to me when I took the Vitamin B12 alone. I'm wondering if this has anything to do with adding in the B Complex since it didn't start until I added that in? I have not taken the vitamins for 2 days now, and it seems to be getting a little better, but how long will it take for the jitters and stuff to go away now? It feels like my anxiety med is not even working right now, that's how bad it is!
Can Super B Complex cause increased anxiety and panic attacks?
- 21 Jan 2014 by Foxxii
- super b complex, vitamins, anxiety, panic disorder, disorder, symptom
Added 22 Jan 2014:
Just wanted to update quick: As I was searching for the answer to this question on the web last night, I came across this post by someone and copied it. Hopefully it will help some other "unsuspecting" person that suffers from anxiety disorders, that thinks "Oh, it's just a vitamin, it can't hurt."
"Certain vitamins such as B-complex are stimulatory and will cause anxiety and even panic attacks in some people. Minerals such as copper, manganese and others are also stimulatory. Certain herbs such as ginseng and eluthero are also somewhat stimulatory and can cause anxiety. Be careful with supplements, as they are not all benign."
21 Mar 2015
i do suffer from anxiety symptoms , a couple of years ago i was taking B complex and also a multi vit (effervescent) and was prescribed nasonex for seasonal rhinitis, one afternoon i had an experience that was different to any id had before, almost hallucinating like, everything seemed surreal and bright and my anxiety was through the roof.
i checked the multivit and it contained guarana (stimulant energy boost) i stopped taking all three.
research on the net showed all three products i was using can cause anxiety/panic.
last year i used nasonex again , all day panic feelings , i stopped using it and found , online , that many people even without anxiety symptoms, suffered panic when using this product.
i think that anyone with anxiety should be very careful what they use as it seems we are sensitive to even seemingly small doses of stimulant.
i dont recommend self diagnosis on the net , but information is better coming from other sufferers with first hand experience than textbook doctors in some instances... especially when the textbooks are often produced from big pharmaceutical companys.
i now avoid products with caffeine , only drink decaff etc. i take high dose vit c and a magnesium with zinc... all seems ok.
the only thing anyone can do is try what works for them , we may have similar issues ie anxiety , but different things work or trigger differently in all of us.
13 Jun 2015
I've had panic disorder for almost 20 years. One of my first panic attacks came after I was taking Centrum Vitamins. Recently my bloodwork said I was B12 deficient so I bought B12 100mcg. Both times I took it I got the shakes. After reading this, I'm pretty sure my body just can't handle the B12.
14 Apr 2015
I have been on a supplement for about three weeks now and both the morning and evening pack contain (what I think is) a pretty high amount of B vitamins:
(2 pills a day) Vitamin B-6 as pyridoxine HCL/pyridoxal-5-fosfate
25 mg 1250%DV
(2 pills a day) Vitamin B-12 on ion exchange resin
25 mcg 417% DV
(2 pills a day) Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) as d-calcium pantothenate
125 mg 1250% DV
(2 pills a day) Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) as thiamin HCL
25 mg 1667% DV
(2 pills a day) Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2)
13 mg 765% DV
I had a panic attack two nights ago that was the worst I've had in about 18 years. My anxiety has been high over the past week or so.
Does anyone think there might be a connection? I'm on an anti-dep for anxiety/depression and it's been pretty well controlled. I've started having more panic attacks in the past two years, but my anxiety has been up since I've started taking these supplments.
Could there be a connection?
I've stopped taking the supplements.
27 Apr 2015
In my opinion, everyone reacts to drugs, supplements, and any else over the counter. Especially when combining a cocktail of various things. Currently, I have a multi diagnoses and currently work all night shift hours, most of which are 10 hrs long. I have Severe anxiety as well as ADHD/ADD and have lots of trouble focusing and all around being able to do my job proficiently. I already take a heavy dose of a new mood stabilizer, a fairly high dose of an amphetamine for focus and alertness, and up to 2mg of xanax a day as needed. I chose to begin taking the "Balanced B-100" vitamins for energy, metabolism, heart, brain, and nervous system support. I take them only when I really need the extra boost. There have been occasions when my anxiety got a little out of control and I had to take a xanax or two but after that I would always be fine.
It mostly happens when a lot of people come in to work. That is one of my triggers tho. I have considered lowering the levels of B vitamins I take but as I said, as long as I have an anxiety pill on hand, I know that regardless of what happens, I know I can control it. I do also try to avoid heavy amounts of sugar, caffeine, and any other things that would increase my energy when I take my ADD meds and a b vitamin of any sort. Definitely, talk with your Dr and even your pharmacist. They can offer great advice.
22 Jan 2014
B12 is essential and not made in the body. Vegetarians need the supplement or they can't make needed proteins for the body. B12 is made in animals we eat. Hence vegetarians for people who restrict their protein, become ill if not careful. Most people get enough vitamins in a well balanced diet. When we are ill we eat poorly and may need a boost. I do find that either the complex or the B12 works for me. I have a problem making sufficient protein and the extra vitamins, but not too much, helps me stay healthier. If there is a boost in energy I sure would love to get it. I was told by my doctor as well to take B12.
19 Sep 2014
This same exact thing happened to me when taking B-complex or even just vitamin B12 on its own. I was once at the grocery store after taking it and I had a full blown panic attack with severe anxiety. I normally don't even have anxiety at all and this was the only thing I took so I knew it was that. I tested it a few other times and also got anxiety so I know it's from the vitamin. I have since researched this online and have read that some people do react like this to vitamin B12. I also have a friend that told me the same happened to him. I don't eat meat, but I do eat fish/seafood, dairy and eggs... however, I don't eat those things on a daily basis so I am not sure if I get enough B12 from them. The only solutions I have found so far is to drink fortified plant milks, eat cereals fortified with vitamins and also a protein shake that has vitamins in it (the brand I take is called Spirutein).
I have even tried taking children's version of vitamins because adult ones have sooooo much in there that it's rediculous. Children's vitamins don't have more than 100% RDA so I thought it would be ok. I was ok for a few days and then started getting weirded out again so I stopped. I will not take vitamins anymore, just foods fortified with them as I dont seem to have a bad reaction to those.
2 Oct 2015
Foxxii; I do not agee at all with the increase in anxiety of b complex UNLESS IT HAS Niacin in it which some do.But for years They have used vitamin B-100 in stress classes, drug withdrawal, stop smoking.Now the new brand you are using it could also be a binder mixed with the vitamin B-100 that you do not agree with that could be causing increase anxiety. For now drink extra water and it should flush out of your system within 3 to 7 days in most cases. The one I take and brand because it has been tested for dissolve rate and effectiveness is made by NATURE MADE COMPANY and it is just B-100 and not that expensive compared to other brands Remember to take this in the morning. Chuck1957 NOW HERE IS THE COPY AND PASTE THAT HAS SOME IMFO ON VITAMIN.But remember we don't always feel the difference Vitamin b is safe and water soluable so you sluff of extra b and it does not build up in your system. Chuck.
Common Nutrients You May Lack
If you're deficient in a nutrient, you may feel something when you add a multivitamin to your diet. The three most common nutrients deficient in the U.S. diet are vitamin B-6, vitamin D and iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both vitamin B-6 and iron help make red blood cells, and upping your intake if you're deficient may help improve energy and concentration within a month. Vitamin D is important for bone health, and its effects may not be noticed immediately, but if you're deficient you should get your blood levels checked every three months after starting a supplement, says the Vitamin D Council.
17 Apr 2015
Just realized this is an older question but oh my gosh I'm really happy I stumbled across it! I've been detoxing from my Ativan and started gabapentin a month or two ago and was upping the dose feeling fine but my agoraphobia went through the roof a few weeks ago. Not until I read this did I even think about my b12... I take vitamin d due to a deficieny but my general care doc had said to also take b12 because most people feel better at higher levels. Well I've been bad about remembering but a few weeks ago I told myself to try harder and have been taking it regularly. I'm dying to know if this is related. I'll stop immediately which would be tomorrow and hope my anxiety goes down after a few days. Thanks to all for your input!
21 May 2014
I HAVE experienced EXACTLY this, or think I have. Twice now, a year apart, I started taking a broad spectrum high-potency B-complex on my doctor's advice, due to an apparent mild deficiency (I don't eat meat or cheese but I eat fish and yogurt). Both times, several days after starting the complex (and this last time after only two pills), I experienced ACUTE anxiety in the middle of the night, like nothing I've ever had before (and I've had some anxiety disorders but this was a whole new level). I thought I was going to die - I got up, woke my wife, wandered around, got dressed to go to the hospital, this went on for an hour, and all I could say out loud was just repeating that I didn't feel well at ALL - this most recent time was last night - this was scary to the point that I fear going to sleep tonight. Naturally I stopped taking the vitamins.
Naturally my doc (whom I saw this morning on an emergency basis) could find nothing wrong with me, and hasn't ever heard of a connection between B complex and panic attacks. So I'm searching the web for other accounts. I agree it takes days to feel better. Today I am not panicking, but I can feel it below the surface, and I feel quite unwell - fatigued, dizzy, slightly out of it. The whole thing is a huge shock. I'm still not sure it's the vitamin - but the coincidence is very striking - the more so because I had completely forgotten the first incident (forgotten that I had taken the B vitamins, not forgotten the anxiety attacks) when I had the second - about an hour into the attack last night my wife reminded me that we had suspected the vitamins last time, or at least wondered about them. And it was then I realized, I had taken them again, for the first time in a year, just the previous night. NOT the night I had the attack, but the day before. Very odd. Maybe just a coincidence but... when I feel fully better (have to decide whether to use meds for this, or just wait it out), I may test the vitamin B complex again, just to be 100% sure that's what it is. Can't emphasize enough how bad this attack was.
3 Aug 2015
I knew I couldn't have been the only one. I was instructed by my GP to take b12 this past March. As soon as I took it my anxiety levels shot up to the sky! I've been trying to take it off and on for the last couple of months but simply can't. When I take a B 50 complex with only 50 mgs of B12 that seems to work okay. Even tried Saturdat and yesterday to take 250 mgs of B12 and the anxiety usually starts a couple of hours after taking it. I do notice if I take dessicated liver pills for my B12 I don't get anxiety. I'm wondering if this extreme reaction is due to the fact that my thyroid levels are off right now? Not sure and don't want to try it out once I'm leveled. My anxiety was sooo bad today that not even my anxiety hypnosis session worked. in any event I'm glad to see I'm not the only one this happens to.
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