I am new to this particular forum...I was just prescribed Paxil 20 mg a day (take at night) for OCD, Anxiety, PTSD etc. I have only been on it for 3 days. I have been ready more bad than good about the side effects; particularly the weight gain and the withdrawal symptoms. I will stop taking this medicine ASAP if I can a couple of lbs. Does anyone have any positive things to say about Paxil or any other anti-depressant. The doctor told me I may gain 1 lb in a yr. I have read that people that were NEVER overweight have gained 20+ lbs...
Hello. I used to take Paxil and it does cause weight gain, but it helped me for a while. Now I take Lexapro. I think all antidepressants cause weight gain, they make me hungry, but they help control my thought life so I don't think bad thoughts all day long. So for a trade off with the side effects, it is worth it to me to keep taking it. For you, It's your choice. I can tell you that you will probably gain more than 1 pound a year with any antidepressent. So it's just up to you whether you think it will help you or not.
Thank you for sharing your experience. I asked my psychiatrist for Lexapro but she said I needed something stronger. A friend of mine just started on Lexapro and I am pissed that I was given Paxil; which is one of the older ones. My therapist told me that the older ones caused the weight gain and the newer ones are much better. I am going to ask for Lexapro and if she doesn't prescribe it I will get it from my PCP. Oh, I am having trouble sleeping too due to this drug. My friend said she has that too with the Lexapro but it will go away once you get used to it.
I used to have trouble sleeping on antidepressants so I take mine every morning instead of every night. It helps and worked so I sleep fine at night. If I take it at night, I can't sleep. You might try taking it in the morning if it's ok with your doctor.
I go back to the doc on Monday and will be discussing a lot with her. I have been constipated now for the last 3 days as well which pisses me off because I didn't have that problem before. I am still obsessing and upset over being prescribed Paxil as oppesed to Lexapro which is what I wanted...
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