does paxil work for you?

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misscali
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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
So i told my doctor about my moodiness and anxiety and she is going to start me on Paxil next week...
i was wondering if anyone else uses this medication and whether or not it helps...
i have read about a lot of the side effects but i thought it might be better to ask people with lupus or are using it for the same reasons as me (anxiety etc)
any information about this drug will help! it seems like a pretty strong medication so I am a little scared about trying it...

Ginny
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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd be afraid of it too..... I was on it for 2 years and started having adverse side effects to it.  I actually got more depressed and moody.  Took 2 years to taper off of it. 
 
Paxil is a pretty controversial antidepressant.  It's in the same drug family as Prozac.  There has been a lot of bad press regarding it in the last few years.  Personally, I won't touch the stuff with a 10 foot pole.  It has been known to cause suicidal tendancies in some people. The class of drugs are the SSRI's.
 
I think there are better antidepressants out there with much fewer side effects.  There will be some people who say it's great.  It's different for each person.  But so many people don't like being on it.  Just do your research and make sure. 
 
Hope this helps!
 
Ginny
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emmi
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello miscalli,

Did your doctor say why Paxil was the medication he/she chose? If not, ask him/her. There are lots of meds in the SSRI class. And as Ginny said, everyone reacts differently to the same med. Also, when you discontinue an SSRI your dr. should slowly wean you off of it. If you follow the directions, it should go smoothly. I mention that because in your research you may come across comments about that. But again, everyone is very different.

Talk to your doctor, do some research and ask your doctor any questions you have. Then if you are satisfied, start the Paxil. If not, ask to try another. Also, keep in mind it takes antidepressents several weeks before they take effect. Good luck and keep us up to date on your progress.

emmie
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/5/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Misscallie,

Paxil was the first anti-d I tried too. It didn't agree w/me . . . made me very tense and it didn't provide the improvement the doc and I had hoped for. I went on to take a some others over the years and landed on Lexapro which worked quicker than some and had the least side affects for me. I've been off anti-d's for about a year. If I were going to go back on (and I wouldn't hesitate if I needed one) I think I would try one of the newer ones that also helps with pain. I think Cymbalta is one of those. But my new rheumy said the same thing, that there are a couple newer ones that help with pain issues as well.

Emmie suggested tapering off if you need to switch. That is excellent advice and I would taper on as well. Some of the anti-d's can start you off with a good headache or other side affects and if you taper onto it, that will be less likely and less severe.

I wouldn't hesitate a bit to go back onto an anti-d . . . it was a huge help for me.

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MJLD
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had alot of success with Lexapro and I only take 10mg. I take it at night. I was actually started on it during one of the cerebritis flares to help stablilize things while going through that. It has helped me alot, but I don't feel dopey and I still experience normal emotions. Good luck, Judy

misscali
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
hmm so no one here has had a good experience with paxil! lol.
my doctor said i should try paxil because it doesnt have as many drug interactions as other SSRIs and I would be on a pretty low dose. She also said because I am on a pretty low dose of Celexa right now I dont need to wean off of it i can just switch to paxil.
I am not sure if I need a anti-depression which helps with pain because I dont really have a lot of pain (yet) I just get anxious and moody A LOT.
Im scared to start paxil because i dont want to fall into a deep depression or have suicidal thoughts like ive heard! but then again if it helps and works for me then i gues it would have been worth the risk!

Ginny
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   Posted 1/5/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I would try a anti-d that doesn't belong to the family of SSRI's.  Just a thought!  I don't think you'll find very many people who have liked being on Paxil.  It's a weird drug.  I wouldn't recommend it.
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


phndoc
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   Posted 1/7/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor put me on cymbalta...I have notice a differece
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