I was on paxil for a while. I hated how it made me feel. But, my sister is on it and she swears by it. She can't function without it. It takes you body a good two or three weeks to reach therapeutic levels. I know how hard it is, believe me. But all I can say is be patient and see what happens. Maybe this will be a great thing gor you. If after about 3 full weeks you aren't seeing any difference, talk to your doctor and see if you can try something else. There are so many out there. I was on Lexapro for several years. My body built up a tolerance for it and I had to switch. I could tell it wasn't working anymore. It worked really well until about 3 months ago, maybe. Time gets all jumbled up. I'm now on Cymbalta and I love it. I've quit taking my orthostatic hypotension drug and feel ok, a little shaky, but ok. I have to let my body get rid of it. Next I'm going to try and get off my neurontin. I'm doing it gradually. My dosage is twice a day and I'm taking my night dosage every other night. When I get to where I feel stable, I'll cut out my dosage every other morning and have it so I'm taking one pill every day, just one on a morning and the next at night. Does that make sense? Then I'm going to try and come off my Inderal for my migraines. I'm trying to reduce the drugs I take and see if it helps with the bipolar and the mood swings. Not only that, it will save my pocket book. I guess what I'm saying is Cymbalta works on my depression and anxiety very well so far, except for the other night when I fell of the wagon, don't know what happened there. I'm usually pretty stable about most things. I think it was my sister who set me off. Anyway I'm willing to do this other stuff because I feel good about it, so far. My PCP said he's usually leary about new drugs like this one but has had 10 patients tell him that they love it. Absolutely love it. I'm #11. I guess that's a good endorsment. I hope you get over this panic state and will be ok. You let me know if you need anything. You can e-mail me if you need to. I always respond. I also have a my space account that I'll e-mail you if you e-mail me or give me your address. I'm here anytime. You have been a great friend and advisor and I'd love to return the favor. You're a wonderful lady. Don't give up.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
DX: ankylosing spondylitis, periferal neuropathy, chronic migraines/headaches, depression/panic attacks, probable Bi-Polar, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, orthostatic hypotension, sleep apnea
RX: synthroid, estradiol, cymbalta, xanax, proamatine, inderal la, neurontin, torfanil pm, celebrex, sonata, aspirin, relpax, phenergan, esgic plus
Surgeries: hysterectomy 1997, tonsillectomy 2001, deviated septum 2005, cataracts (both eyes) 2006