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About 6 months ago I caught pneumonia and was given Zithromax from my doctor. I had a nightmarish reaction to the drug. I had a full on panic attack every night I was on it and the anxiety and fear of impending doom didn't leave me for weeks. I also had shakes, pains, diarrhea, inability to focus or think clearly, dizziness, heart palpitations and the list goes on. It took about 2 weeks for me to get somewhat back to "normal". I remained feeling sort of fine for about a month, then I noticed I was increasingly becoming irritable and dizzy for no reason. Each day would get worse and worse until I completely hit rock bottom. I couldn't sleep well, my appetite went away, my heart felt like it was pounding all the time, started having panic attacks every day, and the impending doom feeling came back. I was a total wreck and had to quit my job. I tried Xanax and although it did stop the anxiety the strange slight dizziness remained. I couldn't use Xanax for long cause I found that I was becoming physically dependent on it after only a week. It's been about 5 months since this all started and I still can't hold down a job or go out of the house without some bad reaction. I try to exercise everyday and eat right but basically I'm a ruined person right now.

My doctor listened to my story and thought it was best to take Zoloft to rebalance the chemicals in my brain. Well I'd be fine with that if I knew for sure the chemicals are to blame but I'm not sure if that is what's wrong. I'm afraid of taking something like Zoloft and going down that path when the problem might be something else.

I would like to know if anyone else here has had the same experience or knows of any link between Zithromax and anxiety/mental health problems. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated!

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