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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4 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.

  • SuzieQ
    Apr. 25, 2008

    Hi, I am on Paxil CR, and have been on this particular medication since 1999.  I have extreme difficulties with medications, and I need one that addresses both Depression and Panic.  I do understand your frustration with these drugs. 

     

    I am interested to find out, why you are coming off Effexor and why your particular doc wants to put...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi, I am on Paxil CR, and have been on this particular medication since 1999.  I have extreme difficulties with medications, and I need one that addresses both Depression and Panic.  I do understand your frustration with these drugs. 

     

    I am interested to find out, why you are coming off Effexor and why your particular doc wants to put you on Paxil?  Many docs will no longer rx Paxil because of the side effects and issues with withdrawals.  However, the efficacy of this drug, to me is very good for anxiety and depression.  However, I still take Xanax/Alaprozalam for panic attacks because I have personally found that no one drug has be complete.  The issues with Paxil, however, are becoming similiar with many of the SSRI's out there.  I tried to come off Paxil because the weight gain is horrific for me.  I have tried many other SSRI's and in the past too many other tricyclic's and tetro-cyclic, along with MAOI's.  If you look at the information with many of the SSRI's, you will find 'habitual' or 'habit' forming listed.  Hmmmmm?  Personally, I am very frustraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaated with the drugs that are out there.  I am very glad to have found the three that worked over the last 25+ years, however, I still feel like we are light years away from producing smooth and more decisive drugs, etc.  Weight gain, shocks going through your body, sexual dysfuntions, nausea, and on and on; yes, this is what we are up against.  You are not alone. 

     

    If you are in  a position whereas medication is a MUST for you, and you need to find something quickly, than you have to do what is best for you now.  In the long run, when I find another more suitable possibility, I am coming off Paxil. 

     

    Good luck,

     

    SuzieQ

    • DogCrazy
      Apr. 25, 2008

      Dear Suzie

      thanks for your reply, i decided not to be on effexor because it only worked for the deppression, which it worked well on but not on the anxiety.

      I may have acted in haste because i now feel more deppressed and the paxil so far 20mg at end of second week really isn,t helping.

      I take 3mg a day for anxioety which does help but makes me very tired which...

      RHMLucky777

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      Dear Suzie

      thanks for your reply, i decided not to be on effexor because it only worked for the deppression, which it worked well on but not on the anxiety.

      I may have acted in haste because i now feel more deppressed and the paxil so far 20mg at end of second week really isn,t helping.

      I take 3mg a day for anxioety which does help but makes me very tired which i dont like but anything less doesn,t work.

      I do also think im having pre menipausal problems, terrible anxiety week before period and uncontrolable crying first 2 days off , have had happen past 2 months now, its never hapened before, 6 months prior different symptoms.

      I do feel frustrated, i cant work untill in sorted out and i hate going through this every few years, my meds never work anylonger than a year and a half, i am 42.

      I use lots of self help as well as my meds, its a long journey and feel like i get fed up with constant struggle but am trying really hard right now and doing my best to go with the flow.

      DogCrazy.

      Write me back anytime with advice!

      Thankyou!

  • 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