I am on 75mg of Paxil CR for GAD (my depression is mostly caused by the GAD). My shrink put me on 75mg, up from 50mg, even though the medical literature says that 50mg is the max dose for GAD. Anyhow, I've been managing to get by one day at a time, but still the anxiety is THERE. I want it gone!! It makes me dread getting up in the morning and I have to trudge thru the earlier hours of the day before the anxiety lifts enough to let me relax. I am, unfortunately, OVERweight somewhat.
I've always had weight issues, butI do think that the zoloft I was on for 12 years contributed some to my weight gain. Anyhow, I am on 60mg of buspar a day too. I take 30mg in the a.m. and 30mg at night. I do have xanax as needed but cuz the doc is so leery that I'll get addicted (I was on it for 12 years with no problem, but he's still leery). Because of that, I refrain from taking it most of the time. What I'm trying to ask then is this: Is there a med that he could try to augment the paxil? I see that some meds cause significant weight gain (although I told my mom I'd rather weigh 500 lbs. than be miserably anxious all the time, the doc would probably not prescribe one of those meds notorious for weight gain). I go back to the shrink in 2 weeks and he doesn't seem to get PO'd when I tell him about
research I've done and ask him his opinion about
different meds. He knows that I'm just trying to educate myself so I can get better. He'd said that if the paxil didn't do it for me, we could try lexapro or effexor. I'm not exactly adverse to trying one of these, but it would mean starting all over again with a new med. Do you think that perhaps an augmenting drug might be preferable? Any thoughts, please share with me. maybe you've had a similar situation or know someone that has. Please help me to get informed before I go to doc in 2 weeks!