Medication w/out side effects for anxiety

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   Posted 11/29/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder just a few months ago.  I started with Paxil.  Paxil has left me EXTREMELY tired and has made me gain 15 pounds.  I am tired all the time, but yet I don't sleep well at night.  I wake up frequently soaking wet from sweating.  The good part is that my anxiety attacks have stopped.   Today I called by dr. about something different that might not make me so tired or not make me gain weight.  She put me on Cymbalta. 
I would just like ideas as to how people feel while taking Cymbalta.  Also,  this tiredness is debilatating, can it get better?  Any suggestions on the weight gain.  I appreciate any feedback on anything that has worked for anxiety. 

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   Posted 11/29/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
both your meds are antidepressants of different types and can be very helpful for anxiety and panic attacks, it can be hard to find 1 that suits you as everyone reacts differently to them, if the new one suits you better its usual to take it for about 6 months
it also helps to get some self help books on recovery from anxiety, agoraphobia and panic disorder and to follow their advice
antidepressant meds dont alter your weight but many are convinced that they do
stay with us and read all the posts yeah
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 11/29/2006 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone experience brain "zaps" while taking ssri's?  all I see is folks having thim as a withdrawal symptom.  I am a first time user of HealingWell and would appreciate input.  I had "zaps" frp, Paxil about 8 years ago.  Currently am taking Zoloft, 150 mg/daily.  about 6 weeks ago I started having the zaps.  I have not skipped or stopped taking the meds.  My eyes are affected as well ag general tiredness and weakness,  Help    confused

always wanting learn more. 

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   Posted 11/30/2006 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bluemommy, unfortunately most people gain weight on anti-depressants (i did!). The answer is MORE EXERCISE and it's good for us anxious/depressed types anyway. smile.

neon - welcome to HealingWell. Maybe you could jump over to the migraine forum to post your question about zaps in your head. Glad to see you have a thirst to learn, fellow traveler.
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