As many of you know, I’ve been taking anxiety meds on and off since 2011. I’ve been taking them daily since 2014. Though this isn’t what I thought my anxiety journey would look like necessarily, these little pills gave me the strength I’ve needed to get my life back.
*disclaimer: I am not a doctor; all the information I give here is based on what my doctors have told me, and personal experience.
Things to consider before starting anxiety meds:
- On average, anxiety meds take 2 weeks to fully saturate your system. It’s recommended that you also do not try to alter your dosage or take yourself off the medication before speaking with your doctor.
- Be aware of any side effects that may accompany your new medication. Side effects such as headaches, nausea or diarrhea, and lower libido are common. These side effects are also commonly temporary – if you notice them lingering, talk to your doctor.
- It’s important that you take this medication as recommended (typically daily). If you start skipping doses, it is likely that you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, such as dizziness, “brain zaps,” or nausea.
Using medication to help with your anxiety is nothing to be scared of, but it’s important you are aware of these things going into it.
Keep open communication with your doctors, and let them know of any changes you experience in your mood, or any physical changes you notice.
For many of us, anxiety meds saved us. Some of us continue to take them years later, and others of us stop after a year – or less. Everyone’s experience will be different.
As you move forward in this decision-making journey, know that you have a friend here who is cheering you on either way!