I am a 27 year old man that has Asperger's Syndrome.
I was on the drug Citalopram for Anxiety
, Depression and OCD for about 6 years. Last year my celexa was reduced as new medical guidelines came into place, I found at a lower dose it was not working aswell so I was changed onto Sertraline and Propranolol by my GP to see if I would benefit from a change in medication. When taking the 2 medications I experienced forgetfulness, hearing problems, dizziness
, pains in the back of the head and blurred Vison. I went to my doctor and they took me off the tablets completely. I feel my body could tolerate the Sertraline but when I took the Propranolol I got numbness
in my brain around my forehead area almost like that part of my brain had stopped working.
When I was off both of the tablets I had what I describe as goose pimple type sensations aswell as this numbness in my brain which I told another doctor. At this stage I was given Mirtizipine to see if the symptoms would go away and then I tried Prozac but these didn't help. I went back onto Citalopram and the goose pimple sensations went. I have been back on Citalopram for at least 6 months but I am still experiencing forgetfulness and blurred vision at times as well as some mild hallucinations (seeing objects that are not there or mishearing what people say) and some tingling in right hand and foot. I also have heightened levels of anxiety due to worry that I will be like this permentently.
I have had a hearing test, an eyesight test and a neurological assessment with a Consultant Neurologist and they have all come back fine. The Neurologist said that there was no need for brain imaging as they thought it would not show anything. They suggested my GP refer me back to a Psychiatrist to look at my medication, I am going to see the Psychiatrist in early May.
I found a website which states some of the side effects of Extended Release Propranolol and they are listed as below
Propranolol can cause sleep disturbances, drowsiness, fatigue, lightheadedness, vertigo, and fainting. Central nervous system side effects can be intense, with some patients experiencing psychosis
, depression, confusion, agitation, vivid dreams, visual hallucinations, delusions and organic brain syndrome (decreased mental function, which is reversible).
Visual disturbances, dry eyes and conjunctivitis can be experienced while taking propranolol. Ringing in the ears or hearing loss is also possible, and patients might also experience nasal congestion.
I have experienced a lot of the above symptoms and I am still experiencing them at least 6-8 months after coming off the medication.
At the moment I am suffering from confusion, high levels of stress
and general malaise e.g. feeling tired, feeling like I am not the person I used to be (Is that depersonalisation?) and hazy/disorientated/Vertigo.
I have asked another Mental Health expert about this but I can't seem to get hold of him so I am posting another question.
My main question is can these side effects be reversed? If so what might be the treatment and would a Psychiatrist be the best person to see about this or would I need to see another health professional?