Share Your Experiences with Stresam

Posted March 19th, 2011 by

Stresam is an international brand of etifoxine, a non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant drug.  It is used to treat anxiety disorders – such as general anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder or panic disorder – and to promote peripheral nerve healing in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, two patients report using Stresam currently while two patients report discontinuing it.  The reported reasons for taking it include anxious mood, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, while the one reported reason for discontinuation is that “the course of treatment ended.”  Out of all four patients, only one reports Stresam side effects, rated as “mild.”

Given the prevalence of anxiety disorders, we know there are many others who may have tried Stresam to relieve their anxiousness.  If you’ve used Stresam, another formulation of etifoxine or other anti-anxiety medications, we encourage you to share your experiences (including side effects) to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments, interventions and lifestyle modifications that have helped you or simply had no effect.


Have you taken Stresam – or another brand of etifoxine?  Join PatientsLikeMe and add your experiences to our growing body of knowledge.  Then, stay to exchange advice and support, research common treatments and learn from other patients like you.

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  1. my 1st night with stresam is totaly unrest with racing thoughts nd sleep is disappeared
    i have take before 5 hourz but i havent sleep yet

  2. This worked awesome for me, took 1st thing in the morning when required and made me a different person in times of severe stress

  3. My doctor prescribed Stresam for my palpitations which I had been experiencing for a few months. I have been able to sleep much better and the palpitations, which were really bad, have almost disappeared. I have been taking Stresam for one week – one tablet one hour before bedtime.

  4. I started on Stresam last week , my moods got even worse , stoped taking it over the weekend and i calmed down , started taking it yesterday and ive become a grumpy bastard again. Im stopping now , this stuff has had the opposite affect on me that it should have .

  5. I’m taking stresam recommended by my doctor, for two days now I’ve been taking stresam, but I am experiencing dizziness, joint wonbling like is checking when am walking and also I feel like sleeping but I cant, although I wasnt taking only stresam, I also take indoblok and cotaree I am going through high blood presure and high partention so I dont know which of the medications that is making me dizzy and all the checking. I need an answers.

  6. One capsule of Stresam at a time did nothing for me, so my doctor advised me to take two at a time. Now the worst of my anxiety attacks during the day are under control and I haven’t noticed any side effects.

    My nights are still really bad… The double dose of Stresam does nothing at all. Racing thoughts, palpitation, sweating etc. I still need 0.5 Mg Xanax + Doxylamine (an antihistamine) one hour before sleeping in order to have a good nights sleep. To bad that the Doxylamine can only be taken temporarily.

  7. I started drinking Stresam 1week ago, because of my overactive thyroid I use to get anxious very badly, but since I started drinking the Stresam the anxiety got worst I could’nt breath properly, I could’nt sleep at night and I was not focus to the extreme that I had to stop driving. It’s now 2 days that I am no more taking Stresam and I feel alot better. I think this had the opposite effect on me.

  8. Hi,

    I took stresam in the morning and after a couple of hoursI felt less anxiety and a tad bit relaxed.
    My mind slowed down on the over thinking and I feel it has done a good job.

  9. Today is my first experience with Stresam I don’t know the effects yet but my doctor prescribed 3 capsules per day… The weird thing is that I don’t even have anxiety or anything related to it so why would he give it to me? Please I need an answer ASAP

  10. I have been using Stresam for 4 days now and it has made a huge difference. I am extremely stressed and tense in my shoulder blades, back and shoulders and half an hour after taking the first capsule, the pain and tenseness lessened. I am also on Concerta and Cilift.

  11. Been using Stressm on and off for years now – everytime my Ankylosing Spondylitis flares and pain and fatigue peaks, I use it. I believe in it, like I believe in God. It makes me a MUCHZ better person to have around and I have MUCH less guilt because of my outbursts..

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  13. My life changed dramatically since using stresam. Only used it for 2 weeks. I’ m calm. No more stressing.

    Thanx a million

  14. Started taking Stresam yesterday afternoon (1x 50mg) I’m woke up with a terrible headache and developed extreme nausea with is still persistent now, 26 hours later. Sure this must be stated as a side effect. Not going to take any more. This is to bad.

  15. Today is the first day I’ve taken Stresam. I have never been on any other anti anxiety meds. For the first time in years I feel balanced and calm. I’ve tried anti depressant pills before but I’m so glad this works differently. Yes I do feel drowsy but will continue and I’m hoping that this passes with time. I had a very stressful day today. This pill has really helped me relax and think more clearly.

  16. Today wil my first day to take stressam my doct adv me to take it twice a day before meal…is it use b4 meal???

  17. My doc had recommended me this capsule Stresam 50mg only one per day before sleep. By using this capsule, It has severe side effects such as severe headache, heavy head, dizziness, and most importantly drowsiness. I am very disappointed by this capsule. It has very severe side-effects. I won’t recommend to anybody further.

  18. I’ve been on stressam for 2 months now for anxiety following treatment for cancer (successful). They have transformed my life, I now have inner peace and mind is calm for the first time in 2 years. Yes I suffered with side effects- drowsiness, dizziness, head ache, feeling a bit wired but tired at the same time, a bit spaced out, but after a few days these symptoms passed. Fabulous drug!

  19. My doc recommended stresam for me yesterday n I av bought it..but am scared too apply it afta reading some comments about the side effect here….I dont know if i should start using it?

  20. Can someone advice me should. I start taken the drugs?

  21. I use stresam for anxienty and I feel much better, the only side effects I have is that I am unable to sleep through the night

  22. My wife used other perscription drugs and i tried Lexamil. The side effects are just to severe. We both started using Stresam with great success. I have an over active thyroid and stress and panic easily. Stresam really helps us to cope and i use it as and when needed. Awesome drug…….

  23. been on it for a month and its amazing going from sever anxiety to where i couldn’t function or be productive to feeling like a normal human

  24. Vitamins, supplements, and other flavored drugs and treats can also be
    a problem.

  25. My wife sufferes from severe panic attcks and is on Perazipam and Seroplex she has just started the Seroplex this morning and has began getting more stressed. I am prescribed Stresam and find it helps me and I wondered if it woyuld be good for her anxiety disorder?

  26. I’ve been on stresam for about 3 weeks now give or take a few days, I was prescribed 50mg 3 times a day as my anti-depressant was causing heightened anxiety levels (which is normal) and it’s an amazing medical drug, for myself it works within 30-45 min and calms me down emaculatly but I can feel it waring off within 5-7 hours depending on how stressful the day can get, and that’s usually when the next capsual would be taken. My side effects have been, loss of hunger, drowsiness (which I see common) and zoning out occationally.

  27. My doctor prescribe to me stresam twice a day..And thanks to All mighty GOD i m feeling better and best.relaxed and normal feelings. Its best for GAD and panic disorder..thank u every one

  28. I am going through a very rough personal patch and got severe panic attacks for the first time in my life. The doctor prescribed Stresam because I do not want to take tranquilizers. I asked for something to just help me function normal again without making me feel like a zombie. I started taking it two days ago. She said up to 4 a day. 2 in the morning and 1 in the evening at this stage. Tuesday was the first day and I felt a bit like my old self again. Yesterday was the first day in 2 weeks I was able to function and did not have a panic attack. I was a bit grumpy, but it could have been something else. Today will be my third day.
    If you are going through a bad patch try Stresam, it is helping me immensely.

  29. I am on this medication now for about a week. I dont know if it is this drug that makes me so sick or what…..i am having very bad heart palpitations as well as shortness of breath…the first night i really struggled to sleep. I was adviced to take this medication in the morning and then i take Faviren at night. Anyone had the same experience?

  30. My hubby has been diagnosed with valve prolapse & the doctor prescribed aspirin (ecotrin). Since this diagnoses although less serious he developed anxiety attacks & now on treatment for high blood pressure. He’s been having headaches now for the past 3 days. He hardly gets sick or headaches. Currently on Prexum 5mg for treating high blood pressure & on Stresam 50mg. He’s been on both these meds for a week. Could these headaches be a side effect?

  31. This drug made me a normal person again. I don’t feel weird and anxious all the time and I’m more open to social interactions. The effect is very subtle but it changes my mindset. No side effects. I am taking 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills in the evening. Do I need to stop using it after 6 weeks or can I take it forever? I did not find any studies for long term use.

  32. I’ve just taken my first dose about an hour ago. I have GAD anyway, but have had one of the worst days of my life, and was literally shaking in the doctor’s office and could hardly talk. So far I can’t believe how calm I am now, especially under the circumstances. I’m a bit worried about how many people say it disrupts sleep, though. I sleep incredibly badly, even with other meds. Will see how the night goes

  33. My doctor prescribed me this as an IBS aid, I take it last night before bed and am still awake, was very tired for first few hours, very sleepy but wired feeling that prevented me even to close my eyes I feel somewhat like will sleep to death. After a sleepless night, wired effect gradually subsides, and am happy to survive this experience. Everyone is different, like others said it has opposite effect on me.

  34. I’ve been on Stressam for a couple of weeks now. I took 1 tablet a day. I told my dr of the heart pulpitation and I was told to up it to 3 a day. Now my heart pulpitations are more often and longer. I’m going to stop using it. Since being on the tablets I’ve also been very tired and slept like a rock at night. It also helped with my panic attacks. I will use natural medication for now.

  35. Anybody experienced weight gain on Stresam? I’ve been breaking my brain trying to figure out why I have been gaining so much weight recently….the only thing I can come up with, is the stressam I have been taking the past 4 months. I feel great, but my self esteem suffers because of the extra kilos.

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