Feb 12, 2013
Gave up on the Paxil, tried Effexor XR instead of the straight Effexor. BAD move. Didn't sleep for nearly two days. Finally got exhausted around 8:30 PM Monday night and went to bed. But, then I woke up about 10:00 PM with SEVERE heartburn, abdominal pain, my heart was racing (~100 BPM) and my blood pressure was through the roof (180/105). I felt like I was going to die.
I took a Pepcid Complete and drank some water to dilute the acid. That helped to bring my BP down. Still have heartburn and abdominal pain (although not as bad), but can't get to sleep.
Going to stick with the Xanax for now. It works, and it doesn't give me any side effects.
Making an appointment with a Gastroenterologist as well.