Week 3 of Paxil 20mg. My side effects at the beginning were awful, anxiety was worse and I couldn't sleep, sit still, racing thoughts.It's slowly progressing, very slowly. But I still have some side effects. I took it over 10 years ago and it worked wonders but I forget how long it took to work. I don't plan on being on it forever. But my question is, how long does it usually take to work? My dr said 4-6 weeks. I didn't expect it to be magic but I can't wait for full on relief so I can clear my mind and work on myself without having all this craziness to go along with it :)
How long before Paxil starts to fully work?
Question posted by cd3344 on 19 Nov 2011
Last updated on 30 March 2020 by tlsimm
I doubt few, if any, have had the response I have. After about 4-5 weeks one morning, I noticed a dramatic difference and felt great. The only problem I had (and it was strange) was that I felt VERY stressed one night at a "solstice" gathering for family. This trauma lasted 4-5 days. During this time I continued to take Paxil and even afterward I took it for a couple of months, stopped it for a month and am going to start it again in a couple of days. So strange.
As you know, the chemical structure is different for each individual. However at three weeks you are still at the early stages. As mentioned by others give it at least another 7-14 days for the plasma levels to increase to a therapeutic level. You may have to also manipulate the dosage levels and your doctor may augment the medication with others others to facilitate the efficacy of Paxil. Perhaps a Benzo will help eliminate the craziness that goes along with it such as Diazepam (Valium). Hang in there, hopefully it will work soon. If not, another SSRI may be indicated. You also stated you don't plan on being on it forever, depending on your diagnosis, some conditions are based on chemical imbalances in the brain and require lifelong medical intervention so the body's synapses' can operate normally, otherwise a relapse will occur. I wish you the best.
It takes a little while, 6 weeks usually
Hello cd3344. I currently take paxil. Just give it a bit more time. Your doctor is right on. Another week or two and you'll be feeling the full theraputic effects of the drug. Best wishes,
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