Paxil and Eating and Sleeping, oh my!

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   Posted 1/18/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

Newbie here. I was wondering if any of you have had experiences with Paxil where you were just voraciously hungry and incredibly tired? I was on Paxil years ago, and don't remember being like this, but I have been like this for a week or so now (been back on Paxil since Dec 10). I'm unfortunately overweight already, so I can't keep going like this!

When I hit my lowest point, right before going on Paxil, I'd gotten to the point where I could not eat and could not sleep, so at first I thought this was one of those equal and opposite reaction kind of things. But I've been eating odd things (for me) like ice cream when it's really cold out (I *never* do that), and continuing to eat when I feel full.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


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   Posted 1/18/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Maybe you should talk to your doctor about the weight gain and eating. It sounds like you went from one extreme to the other by taking it. If it were a side effect do you think that it should vbe gone by now? I take effexor, xanax and abilify. I think that the abilify has helped me the most.

I hope that somebody can help you. I took paxil but had sexual side effects so I changed.

Maybe a walk after supper would help. Are you bored? Try reading or doing something with your hands.

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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi this is Kitt.  I take cymbalta and my pdoc cranked me up to 120mgs per day. I craved carbos and was going through boxes of cheerios like you would not believe.  I gain 10 lbs and I was eating already before the med was started.  I talked to Pdoc and insisted on going down to 60 mgs of the Cymbalta which has made a huge difference in the cravings.

Exercise is good but I agree, talk with your pdoc as a huge weight gain is not healthy and IMHO it is depressing too.
Hope you get this sorted out. Welcome to HealingWell. Please stick with us.

Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey CatLove,

I was on Paxil for a few years and did gain weight while on it. At one point my dr increased the dosage and that was when I really noticed a change in my appetite - I was much more hungry, and wanted to eat all the time. Medications affect people differently - definitely talk to your doctor about the things you are noticing. There may be a different drug you can try that will give you the same benefits as paxil without the weight gain.
Joze - depression and anxiety

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   Posted 1/20/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi all,

Many many thanks for the replies and advice.  I wonder if drugs impact people differently as they age?  Anyway, I have an appt with the doc on Monday evening, and I'm planning on just listing symptoms as is and seeing what he says.  I'm very open to trying other stuff. Anything that works!!  If I do switch, should be an interesting time doing so!




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