Can long term use (20 yrs) cause paroxetine to become ineffective?
- 14 Oct 2015 by Monkmay
- 14 October 2015
- depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, hot flashes, paroxetine, major depressive disorder, treatment, psychiatry
The psychiatrist that began my treatment with paroxetine 20 years ago died a few years ago and the one that has been treating me for several years since I thought was doing a good job of taking care of me and I was getting along well. Now that I have relapsed the doctor seems to have become useless or uncaring and not offering any advice or saying anything helpful or encouraging , no suggestions or much of anything, just in a hurry to get me out and telling me they are on a tight schedule. I plan now to find a new doctor. I am OCD which I can live with but my primary problem is depression which I thought was pretty much under control for quite a while now. Any help or feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Hi, Will! Yes, it's not uncommon for a medication to lose it's efficacy after long term use ~ and twenty years is a long time. You're lucky that it worked so long for you; you're not lucky that you're not getting help from your current physician. Good for you for seeking a new doctor for the help you need! The good news is that there are many options available to you and you will be able to find one that works as well as your Paxil did. Because every drug affects each individual differently you may find you have to try one or more to find the right one for you, but you can be sure you'll find one that puts you to rights again.
Good luck to you! WCV
Hi Will; You got a great answer from WildcatVET; already but yes I had paxil do that to me years ago after about the same time we are all a bit different but they sometimes can just adjust the dose. Or add something else with your paxil or just go with something new and part of the problems could be the extra pressure your having right now.Sure does not help to have a doctor you can't count on. Now that you know that find a Good Doctor that you can get some support and new ideas from sounds like you were under control for so long that the doctor just does not want to do anything and they should know better than anyone how things change and never should we be pushed out of the office because they are running behind that is why we have to make appointments. But if it does come to a complete medications change there are so many newer medications out now from when they put you on the paxil so please don't worry and know it well all be okay soon.hang in there life gets better.
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