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Sometimes anxiety is a side effect of a medication that you are taking. Here are some drugs or groups of drugs that can cause anxiety:

  • stimulants, such as Ritalin or amphetamines.

  • caffeine in coffee or tea¬† -- any over the counter medications have caffeine in them (for example, some cough medicines, NoDoz and Excedrin)

  • some decongestants (for example, Sudafed)

  • psychiatric medications, including antidepressants

  • hormones (for example, thyroid medication or birth control pills)

  • asthma medications

  • seizure medications.

Have your recently started or increased the dose of one of these types of medications?

Yes, I have.

No, my medications haven't changed.

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