Our expert says:
Remember CBT counselling, ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy )can be excellent for helping you gain control of anxiety, and obviously without such side-effects.
I'm a bit doubtful about hair loss starting within 5 days of a new drug, as it tends to take longer for a drug to affect the hair roots, but only a dermatologist could be sure about that.
And so far as I know, the over-popular Cipralex hasn't been reported to cause grey hair - and is likely to be fully out of the body within a week or two, and no to persist for long enough to have such effects. Is it possible something quite different is affecting your hair health ? And again, obviously, a dermatologist would be the guy to see.
Lindie - I'm pleased to hear you're happy on Stresam, but there is absolutely nothing in the least "natural" about it - it is a chemical, a drug to treat anxiety called, chemically, Etifoxine. It is not a benzo, the commonest family of transquillizer's used, and has been introduced relatively recently. I think one should be extremely cautious about any product that is marketed as "natural", as "natural" is one of the most weasel words used to sell quackery. However, Stresam is a normal medicinal drug, with research on its effectiveness and safety, and not one of the usually unhelpful "natural" remedies.
Effexor is NOT a drug for anxiety - it is an antidepressant, though like many, indeed most other antidepressants, it can also be most helpful in managing anxiety.
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