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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/25/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have had anxiety for about 5 yrs. now, I was on paxil and out of the blue I started having adverse effects, I've been off of paxil 30 mgs for 2 weeks now, my dr. wanted me to see how I did w/o it. That was the worse mistake of my life, I started lexapro and am on my first week, I'm also on alprozam until the lexapro takes full effect, I'm going out of my mind, uncontrollable shaking, my head feels like it's going to explode, and many other things I can't explain. I have a lot of questions I hope some of u can answer,

1. Did anyone switch for paxil to lexapro and how long does it take to work correctly?
2. How did you handle the transiton.
3. I'm on Nexium and that is the only thing I can think would bring the sudden symptoms I'm having, has anybody w/ anxiety had problems while on nexium? I've been on for 2yrs. of Nexium.
I can't explain what happened, I was doing so well for so long. I really need help, I've been on an internship for 6 mths. and can't afford to miss work, they're about to hire me. I try to sleep as much as I can so I don't have to deal w/ it but believe it or not I think I have attacks in my sleep.Thanks to anyone that responds
 
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I am glad you have reached out for HELP
Please do call the Crisis Hotline Immediately..You Need Professional Help IMHO
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/25/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there bayouboy. First of all, if you are having suicidal thoughts, may I suggest you talk with your doctor. And/or, do you have a close friend or trusted family member who you can stay with, or could stay with your or at the very least, keep constant phone contact with you to assure your safety? Suicidal thoughts are scary, I am sure. I have never experienced them, but all the same.

As for your questions...I am on Lexapro. I have never used Paxil,but I can tell you that Lexapro was/is very successful for me. I have been on it since the end of June, and it is starting to put me back to where I use to be. They say you can expect results in as little as a week, but generally full results take up to 4-6 weeks. I started to really feel a big difference in about my second week of taking the drug.

As for Nexium, I am sorry, but again, no experinece there.

Welcome to healingwell. I hope you feel comfortable to stay with us, and keep posting. This is a great bunch of people, always willing to help out.

I wish you all the best, and I hope you start feeling better soon...of course, keep us updated!!!

(((((HUGS)))))
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machelle
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   Posted 7/25/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
i felt that way on celexa, i'm taking lexapro now and i don't have those bad thougts anymore, it took a few weeks to totally kick in,

i'm here for ya, big hugs to you
machelle

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/25/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
I edited parts of your posts due to rules and guidelines of HW

As I said I am glad you have reached out for help you so deserve some extra help, support and empathy right now and this is a great place to come to for that and the ppl are great and very supportive

I am really happy that you have found us here and know we will be here to help you get thru some of your issues

I am not on any of the meds you have mentioned but I dont think Nexium would bring on these type of thoughts so I do implore you to contact that Hotline number I set out for you asap and talk to a Professional that can help you thru this as well as get ahold of your doctor asap and tell everything that is going on .......YOU have to do this for you and for all that care and love you in your life

Please as I said email me and do call the hotline .......

STAY WITH US .....let us know how you are making out
I am so sorry for what you are going thru stay with us and get the support and caring you need right now

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stkitt
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   Posted 7/25/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi and welcome. I wish you a good stay here. I am Kitt.

I am so sorry you are having a rough time right now.  I too feel that you may need to look at using the crisis phone number.

Please make an appointment to see your physician again ASAP and remember ER's are open 24/7 and you are always welcome to go to one for an Emergency Medical Screening Exam.

Lexapro may be your culprit. I have never used Paxil and Nexium doesn't seem likely although this is a question for your physician.

 I know how it feels to have your med poop out on you. I am so glad you have joined our group. We Welcome you with open arms.  Stay with us and keep posting.

Gentle Hugs. 

 

 


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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/25/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the help, I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow, I'm going to change the nexium, it can't hurt, I'm going to try to sleep as much as I can, I have 7 days left until I make 2 weeks w/ lexapro, hopefully that works, I just get real shaky, my head hurts, I feal like someone jumped around the corner and scared me, it's mainly my head, I know this sounds stupid proably but I feel like my head is going to explode or I'm going to have a stroke, This is a new form of anxiety for me I've learned to deal w/ all the old symptoms but it seems something new always comes up, I've been reading up, Paxil withdraw is a real possibility, I took it for a long time, I just don't understand why it would all the sudden stop working.

lisag
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   Posted 7/26/2007 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
When i stopped taking paxil it was horrible.. I was shaking constantly and felt like jumping out of my skin. I will never go back on anti depressants again..getting them started is hard and stoping them is even harder. I bet that alot of what you are going through is paxil withdrawl. I have been there it will get better.. I think i started to feel better after about 2 weeks or so.. Good luck to you...
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/26/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
How are you today and I am glad you are seeing your doc today

Please do let us know what is going on and how you made out

So glad you found us here and welcome again to our family

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stkitt
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   Posted 7/26/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

The Paxil withdrawl can be nasty, that has been posted by others on here. I am glad your going to see you physician.

I wish you the best on the med switch out.  I know where your coming from and what your going through so don't give up.  We are here for you.  There is always hope thow it may not seem like it right now.

Take care.


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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/26/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I rescheduled my appt. to Mon. I got dressed and everything but couldn't bring myself to go I was going nuts, shaking and all the rest that comes w/ it, I did have about 4 hrs. of when I was fine last night when I woke up, I ate, I haven't been able to eat to much, but it gave me hope, I should be the happiest person alive right now I was just told I'm going to be hired at the job I've been interning at, I work shift work if I had to work everyday I don't know what I would do. I already took off 2 days last week I went Mon. and Tues. this week, I don't understand it, mon. wasn't that bad but tues. was horrible. I would like to thank everyone for there support, I'm glad I found this site too.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/26/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   

OH, dang, I am so sorry that you had to cancel your appointment. Is there a chance you could call the physician and ask about the meds.  I really think it is your switching meds causing a lot of your sx.

How about the job, are you truly glad you got the offer.  Remember it is ok to give it a good try and if does not work out you can change your mind.

You are never locked into anything.

Keep posting and tell us a bit more, maybe we will see something else that may be triggering all of this right now.

(((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

Kitt


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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/26/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been sleeping most of the day and since I woke up I feel o.k. again like last night, still a little edgy, I'm really glad I'm getting the job, I've been working hard for it for a long time, I like the job and the people I work w/ From what I've been reading it's just the withdraw like people were saying before, I feel like a crackhead, I never imagined it would be like this, I went a short stint w/o paxil about 2 yrs ago and it was nothing like this, I was only on 10 mg. then and this time I came down from 30 mg. From what I'm seeing the dr. had me do it too quickly, 15 for a week and 7.5 for another week. I rechecked my pills I've taken 9 days of lexapro I have 4 left to make 2 wks. I think maybe It'll start turning around then, I'm hoping anyway.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/26/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
BB,
I had to switch from zoloft to paxil, but it wasn't hard because my pdoc piggybacked the meds for me, that is, as I was lowering my zoloft dose, he added a small amount of paxil. I was told that if the day comes when I need to come off of paxil, they'll do the same thing with another AD. It seems cruel for pdocs to make their patients do it the hard way! Now I will say that it was hard waiting for the paxil to take effect as I have GAD and it gives me a fit when it hits! I cry, shake, feel like I'm in front of a firing squad the whole time and yes, I have those suicidal thoughts at those times. But I am here to tell you that it DOES get better! You just have to be patient which is soooooooooooo hard to do when you're feeling that bad!!!! I've known some friends that have done very well on Lexapro. Who knows, I may be on it one of these days!
Hang in there and take care!
HUGS!
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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/27/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks I do believe the dr. did it wrong but I am getting better everyday it seems, I really appreciate the help everyone is giving, I'm doing much better than I was, the lexapro is starting to work and I'm hoping in another week or so I will be back to normal. Again thanks to everyone.

NoVaMom
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   Posted 7/29/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently read this article about Paxil while searching the web;

"Paxil has long been associated with difficult withdrawal side effects, leaving patients virtually addicted to the drug. Recently, The British drug agency required Glaxo to remove a statement on its patient label saying that the drug was not addictive. Often these withdrawal effects are experienced just hours after a missed dose".

It continued with a list of about 30 different possible symptoms of withdrawal.

I've experienced switching medications (depression/bipolar) and feeling like I was going crazy and horribly sick phsically. I had doctors (psychiatrists) that just nonchalantly said, "Okay, that one didn't work, let's try this one" They had no idea what effect that would have. It was a lot of unnessasary suffering.
Then I found a really good psychiatrist/neurologist. She took me off of everything extremely slowly and put me on something else. It took a few tries before finding the right mix, but it was bearable.

I'm glad you're doing much better. If you feel your doctor doesn't take your symptoms seriously, or understand what they might be from, find a better one (much easier said then done, I know).

One thing that's been helpful for me is doing some research before going to the doctor. I've been surprised to find that there is a lot they don't know (Ex: Rx X can have side effect Y).

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/29/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Yrs ago when coming off Paxil I had the WORST ever withdrawels
That is why I chose NEVER to go on another SSRI SNRI.......

However over the last little bit I have come to realize that I needed something spoke to doc finally about it refused a couple of suggestions he made and we went with Celexa .......

I am, glad you are feeling alot better and I am sure you are right about the doc

Keep doing what you are doing and PLEASE do try to get to the doc tomorrow

THINK of all of us on your shoulders cheering you on .........we will be there for support and help for you to get thru that time and all the rest of the times you may need us ............
I am really glad you found us as well

Take care please

Be good to self .....
LYN
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bayouboy
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   Posted 7/31/2007 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to the dr today all he told me was to wait it will take time to work but I'm feeling a lot better than I was, I've been doing a lot of research, I learned a lot, I hope this works and the funny thing is there might be something better out there than a SSRI and I'll never know b/c I don't ever want to go through that again.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/31/2007 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Kudos for you feeling better and sticking with this med and doing the research on it as well ..........Hoping it does right by you
I was extremely tired ( hungover feeling) from the cymbalta and other meds but am now feeling a bit better with each day

PlZ keep us posted no matter what as we do care very much here and hope you are on the right track now

LYN
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