I was on Paxil 10 mg for about 10 years. I went off for a year to clear my system & was ok. Had to go back on recently. Started with 5 mg to get back adjusted. Have to take Xanax with it to help with sleeping. I take both around 7-8 at night. Nervous about taking things in the morning & going to work. When will the Paxil kick in & really help? Is it ok to take Xanax at work if feel anxious, I'm a Teacher?
2 Oct 2011
The paxil will take upwards of a month to reach maximum efectiveness and you may have to increase the dosage to get a theraputic level. If the xanax does not make you sleepy and it is prescribed for day time use, then I see nothing wrong with taking while working.
2 Oct 2011
Hello ktvs11. Just to add to what laurie said, the paxil, you'll feel it working within a few days. Thats just the side effects. As Laurie said, theraputically a month or so.Having said that, becarefull regarding the xanax. It comes from the benzodiazepine family, and can become addictive. Its a short acting drug, that once taken, you'll find that you might want to take another one, often, say within 10 hours of the first one. It works that way, and so, you'll need to be /carefull/vigilant, because you might find yourself taking them more, and more often. I know because I once was a avid xanax user. I no longer take it, and similiar medications from the benzodiazepine family. Its a wonderfull drug, but not one that I myself can any longer use. Wishing you well
13 Oct 2011
Hey! I hear you with wanting to feel normal again or back to yourself. Why did you go off it in the first place. I'm curious because I just went off my Paxil and wish I wouldn't to try something different because I was becomming self concious of my weight. How did you feel comming off of it out of curiousity because I want to know if we felt the same. Anyways, about taking the Xanax I agree to be careful I would take that for sever panic attacks and unfortunately one didn't help me through I needed 2 then I needed 3 and so on. I think it's okay to take to get you through your school day but I'm not so sure about sleeping because then your doing it twice a day. Have you tried a low dosage of over the counter melatonin that's a great one that helps me sleep and it's natural and not addictive.
There is also a controlled release form of Paxil you may want to try it's made so when you take it in the am it works immediately almost and gets you through the day I started on that and then just went on the generic paxil and it still worked great. Good luck to you!
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