Hi everyone, Ive been experiencing pretty bad anxiety and panic attacks the last few months and am now to the point where I cant drive and rarely even leave the house. I went to my pdoc today and he prescribed me Paxil 10mg. I just tried Celexa for 7 weeks and didnt see any improvement so we decided to try something else. I also set an appt with a CBT for next week so hopefully it will help a little.
I dont know why but I am very nervous about trying this med and what my reaction will be. Anyone else get nervous when first starting? I thought it might help if I heard some peoples good experiences and successes with this drug? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Snappy91; Yes it is good to check, This is a very low dose of Paxil but okay to start with I had great success with Paxil for over 15 years but then I needed more help really had no problems with it as you know some of these SSRI medications you sometimes feel a bit worse before you start to feel better sometimes you get some side effects when you frist start but if you do they go away in 5 to 10 days but starting on this dose it should not be bad. And remember you have to take this up to 6 weeks before you reach the full Benefit of the medication to reach the right blood level.This is a good choice to try.And glad you have an appt with the CBT to help you out also.Believe me you are not alone in this battle keep going to your doctor and you well find something that is going to give you relief it takes time but is so worth it Hope this does it for you
It's very common to be nervous when starting a new drug. Most of us are nervous about that. I agree with Chuck on everything he said. With such a low dose, you may not see a big improvement, but even a small improvement will tell you the Doc is on the right track and then the dose can be increased for better results. What is a CBT? Is this a counselor of some sort? That could help you tremendously since you are dealing with being housebound, not driving and so forth. These and panic attacks are tough issues to deal with.
Right now your life is turned upside down, but have hope! It will get better and back to normal or very close as the medicine gets regulated just right and you learn how to adjust to your problems. I went through similar situations and became very highly functional for years and still am. Just write to us if you have a problem or question.
Yes I took paxil for 13 years, and yes it worked great, gave me my life back!!! I did gain weight on the paxil, but maybe because I wasn't stressed I could enjoy a meal! I did think in May I didn't need them anymore and I decreased slowly over 3 months and then the anxiety came back, so IAM now starting flyoxetine, which the dr. Says is good choice for me because of the weight gain, I hope you feel better soon!!! It does work I promise!!! ❤️
I have taken paxil for about three years, it worked fine but i gained weight. All of a sudden it stopped working. The doctor now put me on zoloft, hoping this works. I wouldn't be afraid of taking the paxil just look up the interactions. All people are different. Good luck
I took Paxil for a little over a year and just barely switched to Zoloft. Paxil gave me great results and was an instrumental part of my treatment. 10mg is a very low dose, but is a great dose to start with. The only reason I got switched is because of weight gain. However, Paxil alone was not what caused my weight gain and it was only a small part of it. If the only med you're taking with that side effect is Paxil, you likely will not see massive weight gain happening in a short amount of time. Weight gain from Paxil is dosage-dependent, and any weight gain you may have is usually small amounts gained over long periods of time. Hope this helped you!
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