I am 52 years old and have never experienced anxiety like this until now. Is there possibly a connection between the two? My GP has prescribed Paxil 10mg for 3 months to help 'see' me through this period. I am on Day 1. This all began with my irrational reactions to health symptoms (i.e. vertigo, sinusitis, general headaches) which I escalated into something more than just normal body symptoms and this went unchecked for about 2 months which led to my heightened state of anxiety. I have had my physicals and all checked out well. Unfortunately, the anxiety symptoms have not subsided. I hesitate to take Advil or Tylenol so you can imagine my apprehension to Paxil. I've read numerous comments & feedback from the support group and it has helped me put things in perspective. I am checking to see if there are other post-menopausal women who may be going through something similar.
It is not uncommon to have what they call late life anxiety. Some women experience depression/anxiety during and after menopause. From what I have read Celexa has been prescribed off label for this. Personally I would try therapy before an antidepressant. But if the Paxil works for you then it may be a short term solution. You may look into all the other alternatives for anxiety. There are many web sites that address this.
Hope you find what works for you :)
Hi! I already had a diagnosis of anxiety prior menopause but yes it had been affected after and depression due to hormonal changes! It sux, but its true!:(..As far as the med., we r all different, Paxil (and any med. In the SSRI class increased my anxiety,) I faired better with Lamictal. So u just have to hunt and peck try suffice to say!
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