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Posted by brianmilnar on September 2, 2007, at 15:53:00

Hello all,

I have a question about the medication that I have recently begun taking; my psychiatrist is out of town for the week. Here's my situation:

I'm 26, male, and have had anxiety all my life. I briefly took Paxil when I was 20 (too many side effects), then switched to Remeron, which seems to do wonders. I went off for a while, then around four months ago went back on.

My psychiatrist also insisted that I supplement the Remeron (at 60mg) with Seraquel, as needed, and Imipramine. I haven't noticed any problems with the Seraquel; it pretty much zonks me out when I take it in high doses, but I don't find anything immediately unpleasant about it. I've been taking between 0 and 300 mg a day for the last month, usually closer to 0 - 50 mg a day, sort of as an as-needed anti-anxiety punch.

I also started taking Imipramine three weeks ago, first at 25 for a week, then 50 for a week, then only a few days ago up to 75. Yesterday, while I was eating (I think tofu), I suddenly couldn't swallow. Scared the crap out of me! I was practically choking... had to spit the food out. Took me about a minute to 'remember' how to swallow again. It happened again today during lunch (but not breakfast.) In addition to that, I've noticed that I'm not feeling well. That's nothing new; my anxiety naturally pushes me toward hypochondria, but I'm SURE that this swallowing thing isn't in my head. On top of that my head feels like it's 'burning'. It's been like that for a few days and is getting worse; by no means unbearable, but certainly annoying. What I'm wondering is if both the swallowing and the head-burning (which is constant) could be related to the Imipramine?

I've consulted all the literature (which of course reads that all drugs can pretty much have any sort of side effect at any time... thanks FDA... my tax dollars at work). I don't want to go to a doctor to get checked out, because they never find anything and there's almost certainly nothing really wrong. My plan is to wait for my psych to get back into town. Has anyone experienced anything like this, either the swallowing or the burning?

Thank you in advance,





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