Ive been experiencing depression and fighting anxiety since a very young age. Finally at 17 the doctors agreed to give medication a try.. I have honestly take every anti-depressant offered.. Today they gave me paxil to try.. I'm nervous about it bc all of the other medications made me lose my personality. I work with the public and that didn't help! I would like as much feed back on paxil as possible. The good the bad and the ugly. I fear weight gain/ weight loss, "zombie" like personality, and I'm afraid it won't help. My panic attacks have become too frequent and those of you who have those understand how scary and unbearable they can be! I'm so tired of being put on medication after medication but something has to give and something has to work!! Feel free to give me any and all "straight forward" advice.
I have been taking Paxil for over 10 years now, it helps with my depression but doesn't give me that zombie feeling; I have never noticed any weight gain or loss related to the Paxil. I still feel like me, I still get bummed, but I can handle it now, my "downs" are 100% manageable. Before Paxil I was depressed all the time, had horrible self esteem, and was basically a wreck.
It's not going to work for everyone, so give it some time (whatever your doc says, a few months at least I'm sure... ), if it doesn't help there are many more meds out there to try, you just have to find the right one for YOU!! Good luck!
- Paxil Information for Consumers
- Paxil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Paxil (detailed)
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