I was on Paxil for six years, from ages 15 to 21. During that time my weight increased dramatically. I remember feeling much more hungry. I went off the medication about
four years ago and found that the weight came off quickly. That could be partly because I was still in my early 20's so my metabolism was still relatively high. But for me it came off rapidly - I lost about
60 pounds in six months. When I stopped the medication my appetite went down, so I just wasn't as hungry - it wasn't as if I was actively trying to diet. My weight dropped fast, then leveled out. I think if I were to be put back onto a medication now I would be much more mindful of my weight because I don't think that a rapid gain and then loss like that is healthy - I think I just bounced back from it because I was young.
Also I experienced similar side effects during withdrawl to what you are describing Tara. Dizziness, headaches, some nausea, as well as a strange feeling that was like mild electric shocks travelling up from my heels when I walked. Sometimes if I turned my head quickly it seemed like it took a few seconds for the world (or just my vision) to catch up. For me it actually took several months before I felt "balanced" again. My doctor at the time (who was just a GP and not a specialist) had said it was okay to simply stop taking the medication cold turkey. It may have been better if I had been weaned off them more slowly. But I agree with Shy - contact your doctor and let him/her know what you are experiencing.
Post Edited (Floppington) : 12/21/2007 9:05:59 PM (GMT-7)