It’s been 12 weeks since I’ve taken methylprednisolone. I was stupidly prescribed a dose pack for freaking bed bugs. A few hours after taking my first days dose, my first ever panic attack hit me. I’ve never had anxiety, so I had no idea what was going on. Got rushed to the ER, where the doctor warned the pill could have that effect on people. I tried my dose for the next day, an hour later, panic attack. I was immediately taken off of it. For the next two weeks I experienced constant anxiety, panic attacks, racing heart, clammy hands/feet. Here we are 12 weeks later, and I am definitely a lot better than the first two, but still have lingering anxiety. I just feel restless and anxious throughout most days. Wanted to know what I should expect from anyone that’s experienced this. Definitely looking into seeing a therapist that specializes in medicine induced anxiety.
Sorry to hear of your experience. I do not have a direct answer to your question specifically related to Corticosteroid. With panic disorder in general there is a bit of a PTSD element to it. That is, once the patient experiences the panic attack, anxiety around the panic attack returning can build such that the panic becomes self fulfilling. I have first hand experience with this and had to carry on my personage Xanax for multiple years. Just the knowledge that I could take the Xanax in the event of a panic attack helped to reduce the anxiety that would lead to the panic. More recently, SSRI anti-depressants even in lower dosages have proven to be quite effective in blocking panic attacks. Specifically escitalopram (brand: Lexapro) in 5 to 10 mg dosing or Sertraline in (brand: Zoloft) in 50 - 100 mg dosing - just to name 2 antidepressants. You can search these medications and others as it relates to panic disorder.
I would urge you to speak with your Doctor and ask about what medications are available to help with panic. He or she may prescribe both Xanax (a benzodiazapine) and an SSRI as it can take the latter up to 8 weeks to be fully effective.
Meanwhile, hang in there. I know first hand the hell you are going through.
Good Luck and all the best.
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