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 kids as well I find if you take it two. Hours before bed it just makes you tired I'm on citrol and take it before bed that way not tierd all dat
I am 62 yrs old and I have depression and anxiety for long time. my Dr has wanted to put me on Zoloft or paxil but I have refused. but it's getting worse. I drive for a living and I can b falling asleep
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!
I found Paxil made it hard for me to fall asleep, so I take it in the morning. If it makes you sleepy, do it at night. Whatever works for you, honestly. Keep in mind that it is meant to help with the anxiety that makes you afraid to start it (I was the same way). Just take a deep breath and commit to your well-being. It may take a few weeks, but it will get better! Life is so much better for me now; I can eat, sleep, and enjoy time with my kids.
Paroxetine is very weird. Makes me tired and a bit zombified but doesn't let me properly sleep at night. It's weird. Currently on Escitalopram, 5mg only. Have taken 40mg paroxetine for about 4 before.
I think you should start at 10mg a day or night. Less side effects. Trust me
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