I took paxil at 40 mg per for about 8 years and it worked great for anxiety and depression. Six months ago I tapered off it, but now have nasty anxiety
problems that don't seem to respond to any of the other ssri's. My doc suggested I get back on paxil and I agreed.
I had no side effects when I first started taking the drug 8 years ago. Should I expect a similar experience
starting it up again? Thanks in advance for the information!
I have been on paxil for 16 years at an average dose of 15 mg/day. I have been as high as 40 mg/day during high anxiety periods.
I went completely off of it a couple of times only to have to go back on because of anxiety. The last time I tried going off of paxil, I was down to 5 mg per day for a couple of months. I then went completely off for over a month.
I then had a very bad panic attack that came right out of the blue. I decided on my own to go back on the drug. I did it at a dose of 10 mg/day for a week. The second week I went up to 20 mg/day for a week and so on up to 40 mg/day.
The thing that I noticed when I decided to go back on the drug was that the first two weeks were really rough. I can't say if it was the paxil or just the severity of the anxiety at the time. By the third week I was responding alot better and my anxiety was subsiding a bit.
I must say that paxil has helped with my anxiety over the years. If anything, it helps shorten the duration of the episodes.
Thanks for the info! I don't expect to have any side effects this time,
since I've started it up twice now and haven't had any. I'm just going
to stay on the stuff; I clearly need something to address some chemical
imbalance in my brain, and all the alternative meds I've tried were
disasters! Thanks again.
One more question for ya: do you take your paxil in the morning
or at night? I used to take it in the morning, but started this time taking
it at night, since I seem to wake up at 5 am every morning with a weird
fear that comes out of nowhere and think that taking the drug in the evening might help get rid of this faster. What do you think?
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