I have severe depression and cannot focus or concentrate. I tried Paxil for 2 days and my face broke out badly. Stopped it & just started again. So far my face has not broken out. I know that I have to give it time. My doc and myself are at a loss. I tried Wellbutrin for 2 wks but was starting to feel suicidal. I also need 1 mg of Klonopin to sleep. I try to think positive but I revert to negative thinking & cannot make a decision. It's difficult for me to shower or do laundry or organize. Can anyone relate? I have tried antipsychotics which did nothing. I used to exercise but don't feel like getting out of the house. Also, either from stress or the meds my hair is falling out. I'm writing because people don't want to be around this negativity. I also have gotten more sensitive to meds as I got older. I took Zoloft for a couple of months but started to feel tired & hyper at the same time. Yrs ago that worked well for me. Now it's been 2 yrs of me being a mental wreck. Anyone have an experience of major depression for 2 yrs or more and then gotten better? Also, I know I rambling. Right now I'm trying to get the energy to shower & wash what little hair that I have. Need support. Thanks.
Is Paxil the SSRI with the most S/Es? Is it good for someone who is depressed and lethargic?
Added 24 Jan 2016:
Also, I forced myself to go out last nite (finally showered). Ate dinner & had 2 glasses of wine & 2 glasses of water. With 10 mg of Paxil I did feel like I had more than 2 glasses of wine. With Zoloft and Celexa, I had no prob with 2 glasses occasionally. With Paxil it hit me harder. The Klonopin doesn't interact when I drink. If I had any more than 2 drinks it would of been really bad. And, of course, booze is not the answer. When I was younger I drank too much (with periods of quitting) & now I really cut back.
Hi, wannabe! You could be describing me! At least the me I used to be before I found the right medication that works for me. And NO medication works well for everybody because we are individuals who each react entirely differently to every drug there is.
It's no easy task but you have to have courage, patience, perserverence, and a true desire to heal. It can happen and I know because it has for me even though it took a long, long time and many trial and errors with medications.
Stick with it and want it and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel very soon.
Good luck and best wishes, WCV
I am really sorry to hear that you are going through this. I was on Lexapro 20mg for 4 years then my doctor switched me over to Paxil 30mg and I have been on it for 3 years. I was diagnosed with GAD, anxiety, depression and OCD. The side effects listed on Paxil are pretty similar to the other SSRI medications side effects as well and is also prescribed for your condition as well.
Have you and your doctor reviewed your diet? If you are consuming a lot of carbs, refined sugars, caffeine and other fatty foods, this can actually trigger your anxiety, panic attacks, depression and fatigue. I did go through a period where I did not want to do anything either for a while. My doctor suggested that I maintain an exercise regime for at least 30 mins a day avoid caffeine, eat fruits and vegetables especially a lot of greens, lean meats & fish like salmon. I would like to encourage you to look up Dr. Daniel Amen he provides a wealth of information on various mental health conditions as well as ways to boost your energy and mood.
I have found that taking my Paxil at night before bed has helped me to avoid any potential side effects. You may want to take your Paxil at night along with your Klonopin check with your doctor to see if that is OK. If you find that your symptoms are getting worse. Contact your doctor right away. I hope you feel better soon.
I have suffered from depression on and off for many years. I can say that once you find what works for you it is possible to feel better. Paxil is a good alternative to Zoloft. What may I ask are S/E's? It takes a month or so to decide whether a med is working then there is the possible need to adjust the milligrams. It is trial and error, but well worth the effort.
- Paxil Information for Consumers
- Paxil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Paxil (detailed)
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