Hi everyone, im a 17 year old male who has been plagued with severe, and I mean severe social anxiety and depression. It became so intense I was not myself anymore. I felt like I was missing out on who I really am. I used to be the most outgoing and happy kid who was involved in life up until middle school. I went through a LOT of hard times in middle school including finding out I have type 1 juvenile diabetes. Something just overcame me and I could not find my way back to feeling joy and happiness. I was prescribed Zoloft 50mg as a starter, I cut the pill in half and took 25mg the first week. What I experienced was hell on that drug and it just was not for me. Later figuring out I'm sensitive to medication he put me on paxil 5mg for the first week and 10mg after the first week had ended. I am currently on the 2nd week of taking paxil now taking 10mg at night with minimal side effects or problems. What I want to know is what happens after someone has been medicated for a while? Should someone my age be extremely careful while taking paxil? Just general info on taking paxil and entering adulthood.
Do not stop the med once you feel better. You feel better because of the med. Too many people think they're cured then they have to start all over again with the meds. If you aren't effected badly with the paxil now you should do ok on it. Its in the beginning that the side effects are bad. There is the risk of suicidal thoughts when the pills start working. Be sure to tell your dr immediately if that happens.
I cAn relate to so your story so much. I was put on Paxil at age 16 I am now 31. I don't remember having many side effects with them, but as recently they have stopped working for me and I've had to come off them and going on something different. If you ever decide you want to come off the drug I strongly advise that you see your specialist and come off it very very very slowly. They are a horrendous drug to come off and many side effects. If it's working for you now that's great! Just wait until you are in a very happy place to come off it. I hope for you it never stops doing its job as it did for me as I've found the new drug not to be working. If only anxiety didn't exist!! Feel ur pain
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