Started taking paxil 10mg 3 days ago and am very uncomfortable with how it makes me feel. I am having a hard time eating from the nausea, i am zoning out randomly and sometimes actually feel like i am on drugs. I hate feeling this way and hope it goes away soon. Also... the day before i started taking the pill i was very, very ill with the flu and i think i should have waited to start taking this medicine until i was fully recovered. Just looking for opinions on how long side effects may last? Are these normal side effects or could it have something to do with the flu? Should i wait it out or call doc and consider an alternative?
Hellol aad123. I currently take Paxil (40mg). You'll be feeling much better in awhile. Hopefully and soon but It can take several weeks before the side effects diminish. It takes the drug almost a month before you feel it working at a theraputic level. Now its just a matter of waiting it out, I'm afraid you'll have to be patient. In my case, it was upped by 10mg some 3 weeks ago and my body is just now only adjusting comfortably to the increase. And thats after haveing the 30mg in my system for several years. Best of wishes, and hope you find Paxil a comfortable drug to be taking, pledge
well i used to be on paxil or depression and i didnt like the side effects so i stop taking it , they could last for several weeks and i would suggest to contact ur doctor asap with ur concerns try to do things to take ur mond off of the other read a book or clean the house or write in a note book also if ur side effects are sever enough go to the ER , start writing down whats happening and how often o u have a record to show when u go to the doctor or hosp. i hope this helps out a little :)
Paxil gv me terrible side affects from the moment I took it. I had sensations within my ears similar to yawning but so extreme I couldn't handle taking it. I prefer Lexapro, the side effects are a little more mild and it helped wwith my depression but if you are having uncomfortable side affects I would suggest calling your physician. It can take up to 2 weeks for the side effects to subside if by chance they do. Best of luck!
I have been on one type or another of anti-depressant since I was 13 years old, except for when I was having children when I took absolutely NO MEDS, and I am now 56 and just now taking myself off of the Cymbalta, with my psychiatrists' blessings. It has been my experience in taking all of my meds (anti-depressants), that it took at least one month to feel any decrease in my depression. I can't say that I had any side effects except depression. Although, I am now having some wierd side effects from the Depakote 2000 mgs I am taking instead of the anti-depressants: those being a change in my hearing (decrease) and changes in my vision (blurry with my glasses on, not quite sure what to do about that, tho). With the exception of Cymbalta, which had me feeling like a new woman in two weeks at the dosage of 30 mg the first week and up to 60 mg the second week, all other anti-depressants took at least a month.
Now, about your flu. Are you still having any flu-like symptoms which may be adding to your discomfort, are you still nauseated? The flu might be making you feel a little off, but I don't think these feelings are just FLU.
So aad123, sweets,
I think I would be giving the girls at the docs office a call, telling them the symptoms that you are worried about, how long should they last, are they normal for women to get and what does he/she (The Doc) want to do about it? This is what I do when a med worries me... if it lasts longer than 2 days and I happened to be worried about it (when I hear hoof beats, I think zebras, not horses... get me?) even 2 minutes at work ... ICU, ER, TRAUMA Nurse (lives are at risk when I get worried). Something else to remember... you are paying the doctor for a service, you pay him/her, he/she provides healthcare, almost like buying groceries... just something to think about. And sweetie, if you have questions, the only stupid question is the ONE THAT IS NOT ASKED!!! Live and Learn...
Hope you have a groovy Monday morning,
The Sweetest, Happiest, Post-Menopausal, Hippie,
When I was on Paxil It took 4-6 weeks for me to begin to feel so much better.
I used to read all of the side effects until my Psychiatrist told me "They have over 100 people who are taking it to find out the side effects all of them were experiencing. I still look.. But, I remember this and it helped me adjust better.
So what happened? I was on Paxil successfully for 10 years. It worked for me but other meds have not. I remember nausea as a side-effect of Paxil when I first started out.
I'm back on it after an unsuccessful attempt with another drug that made me worse than I ever was before Paxil. Right now I have slight nausea and I still have that horrid dread an panic, Xanax is not helping. I think this is still lingering effects from the Viibryd which cause panic attacks that were off the charts in my experience.
If the side effects went away and you started feeling less anxious or depressed after a month, your experience sounds normal.
If not, you may have to try another medication. The reason there are so many is that every person is different and they don't all work for everyone.
Ten years ago, I did not realize how lucky I was that paxil worked for me, being the first med I tried. Lexapro does nothing for me (good or bad) and Viibryd was just a mess.
As a lifelong user of Paxil I can tell you the side effects vary from person to person. However, for me, the effects tend to last from a few days to a week or so. Then they fade away and I'm on my way to recovery. Talk to your doctor and ask for meds to offset some of the side effects until they pass. In about 4-6 weeks you'll start feeling much better as the Paxil takes effect. Best of luck to you.
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