Paxil and elavil

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Right now my doctor wants me to try to come back to paxil and wean off elavil (i still have panic attacks on it) Took only 1 dose of paxil 12.5 mg and 10 mg elavil and my symptoms start again, (anxiety, panic attacks) Is thsi common to have anxiety when starting paxil again?
wellbutrin Sr and 40 mg. Paxil - twice a day. Before bed I take 50 mg. or 75 mg. elavil (contingent upon how well I can asleep). I have heard some horror stories about elavil and paxil. I just want to make sure I am not over-medicated, since you go to one doctor, and he prescribes something, you go to another and he prescribes something else without knowing all that you are taking. Does this look about right? Thanks for the help.
I have heard some horror stories about elavil and paxil. I just want to make sure I am not over-medicated, since you go to one doctor, and he prescribes something, you go to another and he prescribes something else without knowing all that you are taking. Does this look about right? Thanks for the help.
I have had an anxiety disorder for years now and it finally got to point where I needed to seek help. I seen a psychiatrist about 2 months ago and he put me on Paxil. He started me on 20mg and eventually booted me up to 40mg. It's been two months now that I've been on it and it isn't really helping. Anyways, lately I've had trouble sleeping and wonder if it is safe to take a sleeping pill (i.e. Unisom) while taking Paxil.
Does anyone have experience with Paxil and anxiety/cardiac symptoms? Anyone experience more/less palpitation symptoms on Paxil? Anyone experience an increase (or decrease) in anxiety/cardiac symptoms on Paxil. Tia.
Some of these older AD's are making a ressurgence in light of side effects of SSRI's, and that many persons who suffer from depression and do not respond to serotonin-specific drugs like Paxil and Celexa. Elavil has side effects and they can be troublesome but nothing like what you are describing. Some people develop a slight tremor at very high doses. The shaking you're experiencing seems unrelated to the medication.
There is some evidence that there is a serotonin problem associated with these illnesses and these prescriptions have helped. I have been taking Prozac and Elavil for several months now and my pain has nearly disappeared. I also have more energy and feel almost normal. I have a friend who has chronic fatigue and takes Celexa and Elavil for it. He feels much better also. I have experienced no side affects from these medications.
My blood pressure was also high. I was also taking Elavil, Tylenol, prescription ibuprophen and pain meds. It could not touch the pain. I had body aches too. The panic attacks came back and I've been off the Paxil for a few weeks. I've been through hell. Is there any medication treatment for me to get off the Zoloft because its not working, it is because it would be worse without it but I need help? I tried a taper and it doesn't work. I'm afraid that I will have to go back to Paxil for life.
How hard has it been for you to wean yourself from Paxil? It's as agonizing as coming off of heroin..and shares most of the same symptoms and long term effects! While researching an answer to all of the awful symptoms I experienced during my Paxil withdrawal, I was unable to find any medical resources listing Paxil as a source of these particular symptoms we all experience. Guess where I kept finding my search results directing me to? Heroin withdrawal.
It might make a big difference in how you are able to sleep and function and really, what's another month or so on Paxil anyway? I read an excellent new book recently about SSRI withdrawal called "The Antideppressant Solution". It talked about a lot of different withdrawal symptoms - maybe yours would be mentioned.
I am currently going to therapy to deal better with stress and anxiety. For the chemical inbalance, I have been taking Paxil along with Trazadone for sleep. The problem is that the Paxil works great for a few weeks then seems to "poop out". I am steadily improving but keep having dips back that are starting to scare me. My Dr. first added desipramine to boost the Paxil (it helped at first, then made me extremely tired and stopped working in 4-5 weeks.
It took about 5-7 days with Zoloft 200-400mg and Elavil. I'm off the Elavil now and only on 200mg Zoloft.. I could NOT have done this without the Zoloft. I think Elavil helped also. It helps anxiety, pain, neuropathy, sleep, etc. If you are looking to get off Paxil, the only solution I could find was Zoloft. I tried every other SSRI and I'm able to cut down on Zoloft fine and have no panic attacks nor withdrawals.
Your worsening depression may be situational or more likely due to the stopping of the elavil. Elavil is a tricyclic antidepresssant, Paxil is a SSRI. When these two medication are adminstered together, there is a synergist effect. Simply, they both increase the effect of each other. I recommend you discuss your concerns with a p[sychiatrist. Best Wishes, HFHS M.D.
I'm coming off a high dose of Paxil and immediately switched to Zoloft. I also take Lyrica, Clonodine, Elavil and Buspar. I am coming off these slowly but it will take a while to be totally off my medications. I heard that Paxil can cause birth defects and wanted to ask what percent in general. I came off Paxil cold turkey but immediately switched to high mg Zoloft. I also take ibuprophen daily for back pain. I am going thru Paxil withdrawal.
He also mentioned trying elavil(which I took 5mg of 6 years ago for migraine prevention) I discussed it with my GP and she called me in the elavil and said I could try that or the 2.5mg of celexa to see what happens. I am just wanting some opinions since I reacted badly to the ssri's before is there any point in trying the low dose of celexa or should I try the elavil again?
Even though I know Prozac and Paxil differ, I was so misinformed about the Paxil I won't risk it. One other issue/fear is that I have restless arm syndrome. Started right out of high school. I have been taking the pain pills for so long I didn't notice an issue any longer. Now that I'm off (and this will happen when I was on them and I had forgotten a dose) my RAS is so bad it puts me in tears. I've done research and all I can find is docs use Parkinson's medication or opiates.
Examples are drugs like beta-blockers (propranolol [Inderal], atenolol [Tenormin]), anticonvulsants (topiramate [Topamax], divalproex [Depakote], carbamazepine [Tegretol]), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline [Elavil], nortriptyline [Aventyl]), and calcium channel blockers (verapamil [Covera]).
Comment The question: "Are you under unusual stress" is a good one. I have the type of itching expressed here. It often starts with my hands and feet. Then slowly moves up arms & legs, to stomach and back, then to shoulders, head, ears, etc. etc. etc. Took tons of prednisone , indocin, antihistamines, etc, etc, etc over the years. One Dr. accused me of "falling apart" whenever he was out of town. (Doctor dependency causing all this???
I'm dizzy and sleepy in the daytime, but I take other things like Vicodin 750, Klonopin, Flexeril and Ambien, and Paxil. I gained weight with the Diabetes, so I can't tell. But I loved carbs before all of this.
I was on 20 MG of Paxil for 3 years and then on 50-100 MG of Zoloft for 5 years for anxiety and depression. I was diagnosed with RLS by a neurologist 4 years ago and have been to at least 10 other doctors about this condition but none mentioned a possible relationship between this condition and SSRIs. I even told them that alcohol and caffeine made the symptoms worse but it didn't ring a bell with them.
Hi woodruff, Yes I go to therapy and take prozac and they just added Elavil too. They think I may have fybromyalgia? I am not much better. I still fear heart attacks every day especially since I read that women have different, more subtle symptoms than men. I woke up early this morning with pressure pains in my right shoulder, underarm, and chest. Could this be cardiac? It kind of feels like when I work out only I did nothing. Its not the typical shooting pains I've been having.
Aren't there any antidepressants/anti-anxiety drugs that are safe non-stimulants? I've tried them all, starting with Paxil and Prozac, but something changed after I had babies and they are overstimulating or they take away my sexuality. Nana, if you had my doctor, you would get a lecture about always having had anxiety and you have to deal with whatever is causing that. I loved hearing that after 25 year of hard work in counseling. Maybe it's the same for you.
I was put on Paxil and that really saved me. It took my panic away completely. After a while, the panic attacks started again. At this time, I started talking to (my current girlfriend) who lived in Florida, and we talked about me moving down to Florida since my life at home was bad. Anxious and all, I finally made the move. I have been living in Florida for almost three years. Now today, I am 22, and my panic attacks are extreme. I can’t go to any store without having a panic attack.
I have tried diazide, Inderol LA, and now Elavil. I was originally taking the Elavil for Fibromyalgia, and now my neurologist has upped the dosage to 50 mg to see if this helps with the vertigo. He also gave me Zomig for the migraines and I took some yesterday and my headache was relieved, but my whole body felt bruised and battered??? The only other medications that I am on are over the counter allergy med's, and Mircette.
Chris, Serotonin reuptake inhibitors include drugs such as Prozac,Serzone,Pamelor,Paxil,Desyrel,Elavil, and Zoloft just to name a few. Most are used to control depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety. These are not controlled substances and potential for abuse is slim. They may be used long term and must be taken at least 4-6 weeks to feel the full effects.
i have tried several times to wean myself off drugs and have only truely had success coming off benzo diazipines (sleeping pills) and that was sheer hell. I am on paxil.. and i dare say, it is impossible to come off. the experience you talk about is very similar to the experiences i have had trying to withdraw and come off that drug. I am coming to believe, it is near impossible to come off these drugs. I would have suicided had i not returned to taking paxil..
• the Tricyclic antidepressants such as Amitriptyline (Elavil), Imipramine (Tofranil), and Doxepin (Sinequan) • the Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Tranylcypromine (Parnate), Isocarboxazid (Marplan) and Phenelzine (Nardil) • the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paroxetine (Paxil) • the atypical anti-depressants such as Mirtazapine (Remeron) and Trazodone.
I have burning in hands and feet ,also on Paxil)for depression.My Neurologist informs me their is no real cure for this desease,hopefully soon their will be a cure for all kinds of Neuropathy.
Hi I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's, Hypothyroid, Raynaud's, Migrains, all of which have caused me to gain extreme amounts of weight from being confined to a bed for several years and being put on medications such as steroids and Paxil to treat the pain. I am a 35 year old woman who is 5' 8" who was always very thin until I got sick and then went from 145 lbs to 313 lbs in one year!
I was on the wait list for an MRI, so while waiting, I was sent to the rheumatology dept and began to treat my fibromyalgia again, this time with flexiril and elavil (and my ibuprofen). My MRI report said that disc L-5 S-1 was desiccated and also had moderate DDD and end plate degeneration. There is a vascular hemangioma in L-3. My HMO's pain clinic suggests epidural injections to treat my pain, and if that didn't work, a laminectomy would be the next option.
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