I've been on Paxil 10mg (for anxiety disorder) for four and half weeks now and have only seen minor improvement. The last two months, including the month before I started medication, have been an absolute hell. After two to three weeks of the medication, my anxiety has gone away for the most part, with the occasional anxious break through, but now I've been dealing with moderate depression, sleep issues, feeling tired all the time (which is probably a side effect of Paxil), feeling like I'm going crazy, weird dreams (more than usual haha) and mood swings. I know 10mg is a low dose and and that it can take two months to work fully. I'll probably be going up to 20mg two weeks from now. But what I want to know is does Paxil gradually take time to work fully or does it just one day works fully?
Msavvy; You need to be taking the Paxil for 4 to 8 weeks to get the full blood level of the medicine right around that point you well start to notice things getting better little by little many of us feel it changing from the time of 3 weeks up to 6 weeks and when you do get to the 8 weeks that is what it is going to do for you. And it does when you first start or dose change sometimes make you feel side effects or your symptoms get worse for the first 2 weeks then those side effects pretty much go away. And from then on you can start to feel changes for the better if its going to be the medication that is going to help you. Have a good day.
Chuck's answer is good, I'll just address your last few sentences. At 8 weeks you should feel the full effects of the 10 mgs, but you are right about the possibility that your Dr. may change your dose to 20 mg to give you your optimal results. The 10 mgs works gradually, but if it's upped to 20 mgs the changes can happen fairly quickly. That's because you already have the Paxil in your body with the 10 mg. Those changes should be good, comfortable changes. You seem well on your way to feeling good again. Best wishes to you.
Paxil FINALLY took hold. 52 days later. It was literally overnight. I started on 20 mg and had every side effect associated with AD. Sleep issues subsided at about two weeks after starting treatment. Noticed diminished anxiety at 4 weeks. Paxil increases to 30 mg at 5 weeks (No side effects experienced). Currently at just over 7 weeks of treatment and depression has almost completely lifted. Energy, motivation, socialization and overall zest for life has returned. This battle has been 2+ years, 14 failed depression medications, multiple health care providers, (including psyciatrist) Genetic testing, incredible loneliness, scrambled life and many breakdowns. What I've learned from this experience is to give AD full 6-8 weeks to work. Paxil took almost 8 weeks for me. Don't give up! It may take time, but help is out there.
i am on paroxetine for 35 days.i am having strong anxiety attacks that causes anxiety diffuculty thinking symptoms for hours.my question is does smoking cigarettes have an effect on serum lvl of paroxetine like other antidepressants.
paroxetine got nice effects on at the end of 2 weeks than it turned to normal.not showing effect now.waiting for 8 weeks to pass.my anxiety occurs as a result of the xeplion injection i get.
i hope paroxetine makes an improvement on my anxiety attacks.my only hope.my attacks are really bad.i can not work atm.waiting for 8 weeks for paroxetine to show it full effect.any suggestions?
I’m 32, female, in response to the question 10mg is a low dose you’d feel better after taking 20mg.
I was on Paxtine/paroxetine 20mg for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and panic disorder for a good 5 years, came off thinking I’d be good to go, then relapsed. So I went back on 10mg as I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was on a cocktail of meds in general so didn’t really notice. I upped it to 20mg though as I recovered from the tumour (2015). In 2017 I thought I’d be ok again and came off, I wasn’t ok as now I have PTSD from the trauma of the brain tumour and still have Generalised anxiety disorder. So, I’ve just started the 20mg of Paxtine again 2 weeks ago! I feel terrible, the last 4-6 weeks has been hell.
You all know that feeling of high level anxiety, it’s debilitating!! Waking up with racing heart, vomiting/dry rewatching, scared to do anything it go anywhere, seemingly crazy thought pattern and sleep pattern. ITS REALLY TOUGH! I forgot how hard it is starting Paxtine, and can’t wait until I hit 4-8 weeks for a fuller therepudic effect.
Today is 14 days on it and I feel really spaced out, full of energy but still so anxious. I’m taking 2-3mg of Diazepam per day to help with the anxiety/PTSD until the Paxtine kicks in.
I’ve been walking for 20-30 mins a day, using the Calm App for mindfulness meditation and seeing a psychologist, my GP and even spoke to my neurosurgeon who is referring me to a PTSD psychiatrist. I’m staying with my mum until I’m feeling better too as I live alone.
Keep up the self care everyone! Mental health can be really hard! And scary! I know from my last relapses that the bad, yucky, scary feelings don’t last! Though it does take the meds a long while to set in. I feel so gross right now, hanging out for some relief! Until then I’ll cry, rest, walk, try to eat (healthy light meals), panic, and try to ‘sit’ with these feelings and grow from them.
Best of luck to everyone :)
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