Are Diet Supplements Safe to Take if You Suffer from Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety Disorders are best controlled by therapy and a medication that works well for you. It’s not recommended to use diet supplements if you have an anxiety disorder. If you ever consider using diet supplements you need to speak with both your doctor and your therapist to see if there’s one you can take and they can help you regulate your side effects. Diet supplements are generally used to boost metabolism and assist in weight loss. Though you may be having a difficult time with weight loss there are other ways to getting over your plateau that won’t jeopardize an anxiety reaction.

Considering Diet Supplements

Everyone should consider why they want to take diet supplements and move forward with caution, but when you are dealing with mental health medications and disorders it’s especially important to only consider supplements if you absolutely need to. If you’re facing a plateau and need to find a way over it, diet supplements can help. but they can also hurt. Talk with your doctor, therapist and fitness trainer before deciding in a supplement.

Side Effects of Diet Supplements

Many diet supplements have many of the same side effects which can include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Pins & Needles
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Increased Heart Beat
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain
  • Sweating
  • Hot Flashes
  • Dizzy Spells

Anxiety Disorder Interaction

You can see by the list of side effects, some of the very symptoms you deal with are on there, which would cause your disorder to worsen while taking the diet supplements. You can check specific supplements to see if they have the same side effects, but because of the similarity of ingredients the chances are good you’ll see the same results. Most diet supplements are over-the-counter and not FDA approved, which means full ingredients and side effects may not be listed with the product information.

Anxiety Medication Interaction

If you’re taking medication to help treat your anxiety disorder, a drug interaction could occur with the diet supplements you’re taking or considering taking. Since your anxiety medications help to minimize the symptoms you experience and diet supplements tend to cause the same symptoms you experience, the supplements could cancel out the effects of your medication. The supplements may also be stronger than your medication and not only cancel the effects, but also go far beyond that and cause a much more intense reaction.

While diet supplements may be attractive when you’re trying to lose weight or get past a plateau, the potential harm that can be done in reference to your anxiety disorder just isn’t worth it. There are many other ways to boost your weight loss without using supplements. Talk to your trainer about changing up your workout routine and about different food choices. Consider talking with your doctor to see if any of the medications you take can cause weight gain and see if there are changes you can make. Talk with your therapist about potential stressors that are causing you to retain or gain weight.



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