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. Chuck1957
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.
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