Paxil adverse side effects

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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm stopping by from the depression and fibromyalgia forums to ask a question.  My mother has severe anxiety, and panic disorder.  She is a very high strung, full of energy person.  Recently, my grandmother (her mother) has become very dependent on my mother.  (hip surgery, nursing home stay, etc.)  My mother takes Xanax for her anxiety, but lately, has been feeling depression also.  Dr. started her on 20mg. of Paxil.  She has taken it for one week, and has been on the couch in a stupor, now vomiting.  She stopped taking it today.  I have depression, and take Paxil, but it hasn't had any of those effects on me.  It seems that whatever medication she takes, it has the opposite effects of what is has on others??  Has anyone had this problem?  I don't know what she should do.  Her panic attacks are also increasing. 
Thank you for your time and concern,
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Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Paxil, Xanax
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   Posted 2/20/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning and I am sorry to hear about your Mother. I would strongly suggest that she talk to or see her physician as her reaction to the medication is atypical. Wondering how much Xanax she is using and if perhaps she is being over medicated? Also seeing a therapist may be a good idea for her to help her learn to cope with her stress and learn to remember to take care of herself first.

Unfortunately, family caregivers as a rule do not always do a good job of taking care of themselves. We are always putting our loved one’s health and well being first. Encourage your Mom to understand she is a wonderful person and putting her own needs first is a healthy thing for her. Without her own health she cannot care for others.


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