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harlan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
For any of you taking Paxil for depression, how long would you say it took for it to kick in?  If you have/had crying spells, did the Paxil help with them and at what dosage? 
 
I've been taking Paxil off and on since 2001 but finally went back on it regularly (every day) in April of this year.  I was originally on 12.5mg, so around mid-April, he bumped it up to 25mg.  May 29th, he bumped it up to 37.5mg, and on June 12th, he bumped it up to 50mg.  He wants me to stay on 50mg for a few weeks to see how I do.  I expected some relief with the 25mg, though, especially after being on it for almost 2 months.  But....for sadness/depression/crying spells, maybe 25mg isn't enough?
 
Also....what he had me do originally was take a 37.5mg + a 12.5mg since I had some left.  The 37.5mg I was taking was the new generic CR.  Anyone have any comments on the generic?  I assume it's the same as the brand name but since it's so new, I'm not sure what to think. 
 
Any Paxil thoughts?
 
Thanks.

percycat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Harlan,

I've been on it since the early 90s or so. My depression at that point - lots of crying, not wanting to get out of bed, feeling utterly hopeless about all of my life and the future - would not have shown one dent at 25 mg. This was in the old days before the CR. The pills came in 40 mg back then, and that dosage finally did the trick. It probably took nearly the full 6 weeks for me to not feel the hopelessness constantly.

I hope the new generic CR works the same, because I actually had withdrawal symptoms when the regular went generic a few years back. It surprised me and worried me quite a bit. My doctor switched me to the CR at that point so we could stay with the brand name, and I was fine again.

I guess I'll soon find out, because my prescription is due to be refilled for the first time since the generic switchover for the CR. So, Harlan, you and I will be in the same boat as far as learning from experience whether it feels the same or not.

Good luck to us both.
percycat

harlan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, percycat. I'm certainly having the getting out of bed problems and the boo-hoos. My husband just wants the old me back. Can't blame him. I'd like to have her, too! I'll be curious to know what you think of the generic CR. So far, I feel ok but I haven't seen a subsiding of symptoms. We shall both see!

Thanks again.

shedontwearsocks
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am new to the forum as of today, but I am more than happy to share my experiences with Paxil CR and recently, the generic form made by Mylan.
 
I started taking Paxil CR 12.5mg (once a day) and have been on it for three years. It was prescribed to help with my panic attacks and generalized anxiety. I don't have any side effects from it, but this could be because I take it at bedtime, so I'm asleep as it's working. I would definitely recommend this!
 
 
It has been awhile since I first started taking it, but as I remember, it took almost a month and a half for my feelings to sort of "level out". Sometimes I felt good, and sometimes I felt bad. I still have good days and bad days with anxiety, but the Paxil has really helped with panic attacks (have only had maybe 5 in the past 3 years).
 
I was nervous about the new generic form of the Paxil CR, as I got it a few weeks ago when I got a refill, but so far so good. I feel no different than before, so please don't feel anxious about taking it (i did at first).
 
As for your increased dosages, it's hard to say because everyone reacts to medications differently. It depends on how long your doctor is waiting before increasing your doses each time. For me, it took almost 2 months to become "leveled out" on the 12.5mg. I also think it's important for you to talk with your doctor and let him/her know what you are comfortable with. I know at one time my doc wanted to increase me to 25mg, but I said no because I want to stay on the minimum dosage possible, while realizing that the medication is not a "cure all" but it does help me in some ways (panic attacks). As for my anxiety, it is a daily struggle. And it's so frustrating when you have a good day because you feel like you can do anything and then a bad day hits and you're on a downward spiral. Just hang in there!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   

shedontwearsocks

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  I am Kitt and I love your name, I had to laugh when I read it, and I won't be forgetting it.

Great advice and thank you for sharing your  first hand knowlege of Paxil.

I am going to bump a topic to the top for newbies to introduce themselves as we all want to meet you.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt


 

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harlan
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   Posted 6/24/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I wonder sometimes if since I've been on the Paxil for 8 years, if it's losing its effectiveness.  I'm on a higher dose than I ever have been but at what point do you realize it's not working and you move on to something else.  I very well may not have given it enough time. 



stkitt
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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Harlan,

I would suggest giving it a bit more time and then if it is not working talk with your pdoc about looking at a different med as you can wear out on one AD and a new one will work better.

Good Luck,

Hugs

Kitt


 

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thirstyforchrist
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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey girly,
I'm on the generic paxil at 40 mg's a day. I didn't see changes in depression or anxiety for about a month or more. I hope it works better for you though, and faster. I haven't had the real paxi since 2006 but I found it to work much faster and with much smaller doses too. I hope you feel better very soon! Love ya !
"There is hope for every man, a solid place where we can stand, in this dry in weary land, there is hope for every man... Jesus is hope for every man"  -Casting Crowns


frar
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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Paxil 40mg. for two years and felt like it wasn't doing its job anymore.  I saw my psychiatrist and he said to stay on the Paxil but he added Remeron for me to take at night.  My doc thinks Paxil is the best med. for anxiety/depression.  Hope this helps!

F.


nervymeg
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Harlan,

It took about three weeks for Paxil to kick in for me. I only stayed on it for three months, but I remember I was a little unsteady on my pins for those first few weeks, so no running a marathon ya hear?!


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cosmomischa
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   Posted 6/26/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Harlan -
I was on Paxil for 12 years. I went on it for anxiety mostly. I had had a couple of panic attacks and due to the nature of my job (management), I had to get it under control. It saved my life. I would recommend Paxil for anxiety - it definitely took the edge off and I was able to cope with the stress and anticipatory anxiety that I have suffered from most of my life. When I joined Kaiser, they switched me to the generic brand. I did not do as well on the generic brand. I went back to the brand name tablets and I felt better again.

It took me around 2 months to feel the full effect. I noticed it after a month, but after 2 months, I felt like a new person.

Good luck to you!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/26/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Thanks for the great post. Welcome to HealingWell.  Perhaps you would like to start a thread of your own so we could all get to know you.
Again Welcome
Kitt
 
 
 

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harlan
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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the good information. Glad everyone is here to share their experiences!
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