I have been on paxil for 10 days with no improvement indepression anxiety and extreme feAr. So far every med I tried has failed I'm so scared this wont work either I am on 20 Mgs will it really take many more weeks before it May work?
Did Anyone get improvement after 10 days on an ssri or did it take longer?
- 22 Aug 2013 by theresa06
- 23 August 2013
- paxil, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress, fear
Added 22 Aug 2013:
Please members should I feel something by now if it was going to work??
Are you seeing a psychiatrist or your family doctor for your depression medication? Maybe it's time to find a new doctor, not a new medication?
You know that it takes around 4 weeks before the meds begin working.
I know how desperate you feel, and my heart goes out to you! Are you seeing a counselor or just taking medication? Counseling helps greatly, along with meds, to allay our depression and anxiety.
I hope you begin to feel better very soon,
Hi, theresa! You poor thing! You're really having a tough time, aren't you? Are you seeing a GP or a psychiatrist?
Some lucky people may be better after only a week or two, but for many people it takes 4-6wks to get the full effects of these medications. I also have to wonder if you're worrying so much, or are so afraid a med won't work, that you may be overlooking some subtle signs of improvement.
Some people have to try quite a few drugs before they find one that works for them. Some people respond better when they also take another med with their AD (like Abilify, which works well for a lot of people).
You need to keep working closely with your doctor or, preferably, a psychiatrist. Maybe a complete re-evaluation might point in a different direction than just an AD alone.
Best wishes, WCV
And HANG IN THERE, BABY!!
Hello again theresa06
As I mentioned in many of my posts to you... meds are trial and error so yes your doctor is right on the money with that one. With that being said... he is also right as I stated before - it takes meds like this 4-6 week to reach its therapeutic level, meaning you will not feel the full effects in this short of time With that being said. I agree with some of the posters not to be rude, I know you are scared and trust me a lot of people on this site have the same issues as yourself... me being one of them. But you have got to do something to keep your mind off of the meds etc. until at least you reach therapeutic level which gives it another 4 weeks and if nothing still then you go back to your doc. But you are obsessing is only making your anxiety 110 x's worse.
Trust me I have been dealing with what you are dealing with and then some for years and still am..in and out of hospitals..but you are making yourself sicker dear by constantly thinking about the med working/not working. It hasn't been long enough and for you to even think of going off yet would be foolish for you will never have known if this med/med's is the right one for you..trust me been there done that... find something to keep you occupied so you are not obsessing so much, like checking into the group thing I suggested if you read the post yet... my prayers are with you..
Have you ever asked your Dr. about giving you something to calm down a bit? Maybe Xanax or Valium or Klonopin. I think it's possible that you need to relax a little. What do you think? I understand your fear and I'm so sorry you have to go through this.
We're here for you. L, Anna
theresa - I sincerely hope you find the relief you are looking for. Asking the same question day after day is NOT going to change the amount of time it takes to work. It could take 4=6 weeks, depending on other meds, your state of mind, etc. If you have already made up your mind that is it NOT going to work, this, too, can lessen the chances. The brain is a very powerful tool, whether we chose to use it in a positive or negative way. I have known people in severe pain, given a drug they were told was very strong and fast acting. Most felt better immediately. It was a placebo, nothing more than a sugar pill. They believed it would work, so it did. Every day you are closer to the Paxil working, but, you have got to WANT it to work too. Our minds can talk us out of anything if we let it. Everyday you are closer to the relief you so urgently desire. That is a POSITIVE thing.
This daily posting, its been 6 days, its been 7 day, its been 8 days, etc, is almost like you are in panic mode and may need more than just the Paxil. I have found that with MY doctors, when I get all worked up or freaked out, the less credibility I have with them. I know it has been mentioned many times before, but it is possible you need more than a pill. You need therapy, too. The combo of those two have proven to be most effective on a host of many things. I truly wish you the relief you so urgently need. A Positive attitude can make a world of difference. Much love...
Hey, Theresa ~ it's me again!
I just want to throw one more thing in your mix here. You must be very, VERY careful if you get into the tranquilizer scene. Benzodiazepines are extremely addictive drugs and it's an incredible ordeal trying to withdraw from them. When I was in drug rehab, there were several women there who were trying to kick benzos ~ they were in worse shape than some of the heroin and crack addicts.
Just saying! I really hope you don't take offense, but I suspect that you have the personality of a person who could easily slip into addiction without realizing it.
Love ya, sweetie! Barb
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