Paxil, how long before it works?

DogCrazy Community Member April 23, 2008
  • Im on week 2 , 20mg of paxil, and am down to 75mg on effexor.

    So far not noticing any benifits from the paxil for my anxiety and deppression going down since coming down on effexor.

    Can anyone tell me from their experience how well paxil worked on anxiety and how long it took to kick in.

    This is my 2nd med change in 2 months and im getting frustrated because off all the yucky withdrawals and side effects.

    I would love to hear of any elses experience on paxil.

    Thanks

    DogCrazy

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3 Comments
  • Danny G.
    Nov. 26, 2008

    Hi, I started on Paxil......after 2 months,  I told the Doc.....I took better drugs in the 70's

    which worked immediaty.....He laughed and explained.  EONE said it right.

    I tried Wellbutin.........no results......I am now on Zoloft for about 4 years now....OK

    But don't expect miricles.........I thought that once on meds, my life would be instantly

    ...
    RHMLucky777
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    Hi, I started on Paxil......after 2 months,  I told the Doc.....I took better drugs in the 70's

    which worked immediaty.....He laughed and explained.  EONE said it right.

    I tried Wellbutin.........no results......I am now on Zoloft for about 4 years now....OK

    But don't expect miricles.........I thought that once on meds, my life would be instantly

    happy. .........Life isn't like that and neither are the drugs. Hope you find the right thing for you.       Peace & Blessings       -  Danny G.

  • Anonymous
    EONE
    Apr. 23, 2008

    I hate to welcome you to what I consider the worst and most understood part of this disease.  My personal experience has told me for me the following was true:

     

    1) Effexor works best for me

    2) Varying dosages of this drug help me continue to take it for an extended period of time (10 years now)

    3) Trying other drugs for me was akin to playing "carnival...

    RHMLucky777

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    I hate to welcome you to what I consider the worst and most understood part of this disease.  My personal experience has told me for me the following was true:

     

    1) Effexor works best for me

    2) Varying dosages of this drug help me continue to take it for an extended period of time (10 years now)

    3) Trying other drugs for me was akin to playing "carnival games".  Some times it's just plain impossible to win.  I have tried almost every drug except Cymbalta.  Each drug reacted differently with my chemistry.

         a)  Wellbuterin helped my focus for some time but cause constipation (an unusual symptom)

         b) Topping off Effoxor with a non-addictive anti-anxiety proved helpful for me -- Busparone.

    4) Doctors can only speculate how your body will respond and/or tolerate a drug they cannot predict.

    5)  The more experience your physician has with various anti-depressants the more familar they are with matching up the best one for you.

    6)  Learning, understanding and knowing yourself well assist your physician in finding the right medication and sequence to try them.  Listening to your body can at times be a challenge since the depressive symptoms can wear a mask when high levels of say sugar are consumed. 

     

    I have spoken with numerous people who found GREAT SUCCESS with Paxil, I had high hopes for it working with me, but alas it did not.  The better communication you have with you and your doctor the more likely you will be to get the right "cocktail" and dosage for your depressive symptoms.

     

    I wish you the best, don't give up hope.  Help is there if we find the courage to ask.

     

    Blessings to you on your journeys,

     

    EONE