Hi kopia, welcome to healing well forum, we are glad to have you. The medication in question is commonly known as Paxil which is a safe FDA approved antidepressant. What I would be concerned about most is his taking it solely for gaining weight. All antidepressants have the potential for weight gain or loss it depends upon the person and their body chemicals as each one of us is different and these drugs act differently for each of us.
As for treating depression Paxil is an effective medication but there are several things to consider first as to him feeling it may not be helping. One would be, how long has he been taking it? If he has just started it within the last few weeks or so then the medication may not have reached its therapeutic level in his body. It generally takes 4-6 weeks to reach this level. Second, if he has been taking it for a longer period of time then perhaps he needs to consult his doctor for an adjustment or increase in dosage as sometimes these meds do need to be tweaked to boost their effect as the body will built up a tolerance to them. Again it just depends on the person and how their body reacts to the med and the chemicals. Third, it is possible that he may need to switch to another antidepressant if he is having active depressive symptoms and the Paxil just isn’t working any longer...but that is for his physician to assess.
Never at anytime should he stop taking this medication without first consulting his prescribing physician. There are severe side effects that occur to just quitting these classes of medications and yes it can be very dangerous to his health.
Please do post again and let us know how he gets along. Take care
ElishaCo~Mod: DepressionModerator: Heart & Cardiovascular Diseasehttp://www.healingwell.com/donate
Hi kopia, being sleepy or the feeling of drowsiness is common when first starting an antidepressant. This feeling should go away soon if he has been on it for 3 weeks now. I assume he is taking it in the mornings? According to Mosby's Drug Reference Manual 2006 patients "usually" see improvement by week 4 on Paxil if this is given for Depression.
As for the side effects of stopping the medication suddenly there is a whole long list of items: Headache, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, fatigue, sedation, agitation, apathy, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, vasodilatation (which is dilation of the blood vessels and can cause blood pressure problems and irregular heart beats), postural hypotension (extremely low blood pressure upon standing), and palpitations.
I would strong caution him (and anyone) not to stop this medication without physician supervision. Yes, there are a lot of people who do stop their antidepressants on their own but they feel like crap to put it nicely for several weeks until the medication has left their body.