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Princessa
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   Posted 4/22/2005 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
First off, hello, I'm new and I'm a 22 year old single mom.
 
I am currently on my second day of using paxil 10 mg. Once it was perscribed I began looking up information about it online. I can't find anything except how it didn't work for people and how it's hell to come off of.
 
Now I'm scared. I don't want to stop because maybe it will work perfect for me, but from what I've been hearing, I'm not so sure.
 
I have had severe depression in the past, and have been mildly depressed for about 6-8 years now. I also have social anxiety disorder.
 
I know there are a few people here who have switched from paxil. Has anyone here taken it and had it work? Anyone at all had a good experience with paxil??

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/22/2005 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Princessa!!

Welcome to HealingWell!! I did take Paxil for about a three weeks. It was the first anti-d my GP had me try. I found that I was very tense (physically). I did not have a problem going off of it . . .but had only taken it for a short time. Different SSRI's (the class of anti-d that Paxil is in) have different good and bad side effects so the docs try to find the one that helps your depression PLUS any other problems like anxiety, obsessive compulsive, etc.

I'm not sure why the prescribe Paxil sooo often when we hear some of the negative feedback . . . but I don't suppose the doctors get all the feedback about withdrawal etc.

I hope some of the others come by to tell you their GOOD experience with Paxil. Nice to meet you!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
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Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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Princessa
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   Posted 4/23/2005 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your response Rosie.

So far I'm finding that it makes me very sleepy, which is fine because I had a feeling it would so I've been taking it at night. Other than that I just feel lightheaded and kinda loopy during the day. I know it takes 2-4 weeks before it will start working, but is it like BANG all of a sudden it's working, or should I start to notice myself gradually feeling different? I'm not noticing a single thing yet, other than the tired loopiness.


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/23/2005 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Princessa,

My experience with Zoloft and Celexa was that I felt a little better by two weeks and it fully kicked in by 4 weeks or so. I didn't realize it was even happening. I remember making a comment to a friend that my family and the clients at work were in particularly nice and agreeable moods lately. What I didn't realize was that I was receiving incoming information correctly and I had been MESREADING
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/23/2005 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Princessa,

I'm sooooo glad you are starting to feel better. I would imagine it is a pure joy just to sleep well, as I had suffered insomnia too much and too long before seeking help with that.

My experience with Zoloft and Celexa was that I felt a little better by 10 days to two weeks and it fully kicked in by 4 weeks or so. I didn't realize it was even happening. I remember making a comment to a friend that my family and the clients at work were in particularly nice and agreeable moods lately. What I didn't realize was that I was receiving incoming information correctly and I had been MESREADING everyone for a LONG time before I realized I was depressed. I hope it works the same for you!

BTW: I really knew it was working well when I started to forget to take it.

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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CheerDad
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   Posted 4/25/2005 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am one that changed from Paxil to something else. The Paxil worked well for me for over a but did bump up to 30 mg after 6 months. I would still be taking it if I had not started to have feelings of apathy and did not care what happened to me. I recognized I was getting into areas of thought I did not want to go and talked to my Dr. about it and he suggested the change. Give it a chance. It is so often a hit and miss with anti-depressants that it takes several attempts to find the med that works the best. Again, Paxil was helping, but I felt like I needed more. My request, not my Dr. Keep us posted on how things are going.
 
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
 
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Princessa
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   Posted 4/26/2005 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. It's been almost a week now. Feels like a lot longer. Isn't it 4 weeks yet????
 
I'm feeling absolutely nothing, except maybe more depressed. My head has been killing me, but I'm not sure if that's the paxil or my allergies.
 
I hate this waiting game.
 
 

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/26/2005 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there Princessa!! The headache could very well be from the new med. If it is, you should be feeling better w/i a wek or so as your body adjusts to the med. If not . . . you should call you doc for some help.

I wasn't aware of a difference . . . I thought everyone else had gotten nicer!!

I'm glad for an update. Keep us posted!!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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CheerDad
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   Posted 4/27/2005 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Princessa,

When I started taking Paxil, my head felt like my stomach does when going over the biggest drop on a roller-coaster. It should get better. If not, let the Dr. know. Paxil works well for some and not others. Give it a chance. Hope you are doing better today.
 
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
 
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