I'm a 36 single mother of 2 teenagers. I've suffered from anxiety most of my life. Went to my Dr today and gave me 20 mg paxil.honesty I'm afraid to start it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! !
It doesn't really matter when you take it as long as you take it about the same time everyday. I would recommend first thing in the morning unless it happens to make you sleepy, in which case, take at night. You can expect some mild side effects when you first start taking such as some nausea and headache. These will subside within the first couple of weeks. It takes at least a month for the medicine to reach peak effect so be patient and give yourself time to adjust.
I was on Paxil for several years before switching to Zoloft when I was pregnant. It honestly seemed to work well for me.
If you're afraid to start it because of potential side effects, wait until someone is home with you so they can help you if need be. Time of day isn't important, but I'd probably try to take it at the same time every day.
I hope it helps. Good luck to you!
I have been on paxil for a couple months now. I was really scared to start it, because of past medications i’ve tried that have made me a zombie. I, too, am a single mother. of a toddler. so I couldn’t bare the thought of not being able to get out of bed or be exhausted at work. after a few people told me how well it worked, I tried it. and I haven’t had a single negative side effect. no drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, nothing. I take it first thing in the morning, too. hope this helps!
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