I have been on paxil for 9 years. It truly gave me my life back and I am thankful for the medication. However, I have gained 75lbs in 9 years and I also have been feeling very fatigued either from the weight or the paxil. And, we are going to do IVF to hopefully get pregnant. I heard paxil is not good for pregnancy....my 5 yr old was exposed to a low dose of paxil when I was pregnant (docs thought paxil was OK then for pregnancy!) and she has a lot of problems...she is a special needs kid....so i have no desire to even take a chance with it again. Doc said zoloft is safer so here I am trying to switch...I HAVE to be on something or I will be a shut in crying in the corner from anxiety and depression. .right now i am taking BOTH and I am feeling a bit like I am on an acid trip. I am on 40mg paxil and 20 mg (break tablet) of zoloft. The zoloft makes me feel really anxious and almost like i am going to have a panic attack but the paxil is still working well enough to stop it. I am worried about when I actually wean off of paxil....if i am going to be a panic attacking freak again. argh. I am so scared to wean off. When I have lowered my dose in the past, I started FREAKING OUT and my face went numb, and I cried and screamed and it was ugggly.
Anyone done the paxil to zoloft switch?
I don't know anything about these kinds of meds and pregnancy, but you, sadly, have found out what can happen. Please see your OB/GYN and have a very frank discussion with him/her about your situation. Have you tried therapy to deal with your anxiety/depression? Don't want to get into a big lecture here, but if you've been on these meds for 9 years, that tells me that you've not yet figured out what or why you have these issues. Until you finally do, it won't go away. But, it is a very personal choice in how we deal with our baggage.
You saw first hand what even a low dose of these meds can do so I repeat that you really need to speak with your doc about your options.
I wish you the very best of luck.
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