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Good benefits vs. side effects
Good benefits vs. side effects
I have been taking Paxil for a few months now at a psychologist's advise (she advised it to relax me so it would help me sleep better - not for depression). I take about 25 mgs, but have taken various dosages with similar results. I have taken it at night and also tried it a few times in the mornings. I am in my late 50's.
The Paxil does help me feel better, more upbeat, friendlier and less concerned with the opinion of others. My shrink is very happy about this. But it also has bad side effects for me. Insomnia, weight gain (10 pounds this year, which is a tremendous amount for me, because I usually never gain weight). There is also reduced sex drive. My family doctor advised 3mgs of Lunesta to overcome the insomnia, and it is helping. I plan to take Lunesta a couple of times a week. I have previously had insomnia, but Paxil made it worse. I am still taking Paxil at night.
I looked up Paxil in the Internet and it did say that changes in weight, insomnia and reduced sex drive are all possible side effects. My question is this:
How does one decide if the positive affects of a drug overcome the bad side effects. Or, how does one decide that the bad side affects are enough to stop taking the drug? Does feeling better in a number of areas overcome the side effects of insomnia, weight gain and lower sex drive? I find this to be a difficult decision and would welcome advice. Or, how do I decide?
Best way to withdraw from Paxil?
Thanks for the response. I think I will stop taking Paxil. What is the best way to withdraw? I know I can't go cold turkey. I had been taking 20-25 mg per day. I think to stop I will now take 20 mg everyday for a week. Then 15mg everyday for a week. Then 10 mg everyday for a week. Then 5mg every day for a week. Then 2.5 mg everyday for a week. Then I will stop taking them. Is this the best way?
My doctor is innocent
Good advise. I think I will discuss this with the doctor. Just for the record, my doctor did not push the Paxil. He wanted to give me Lunesta because I told him I was having problems sleeping. But I told him my shrink recommended Paxil. She thought it would relax me and help me sleep, and would help my mood and make me more upbeat, even though I do not have depression. Well, the Paxil increased the insomnia. But, on the other hand, as I mentioned above, it did make me feel much better. My shrink thought it would bring me back to normal, and she may be right. I am going to stop taking it because of the side effects I mentioned above. I just wrote this because I do not want my doctor blamed - I pushed the Paxil to him. And my shrink is probably right. The Paxil did help my mood and I would continue to take it if it were not for the side effects.
Does anyone have any suggestions about another pill that may have Paxil's benefits with less side effects? Trazadone did not help me.
Henry ... that make complete sense. You can see I just like to make sure people do the right thing. I hate to tell someone to do something without knowing the details. You are doing what's best. And it's a good idea to have both drs know what is happening and both be in on decisions so they do the same things for you and are on the same page. Wellbutrin seems to be a less severe anti-depressant in so much as side effects go. Some do better with Zoloft also. Again, we are all different but you might ask about these. Good luck.
Last edited by Robert_325; 05-25-2008 at 10:13 PM.