Paxil vs effexor

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Was their some recall on Paxil that could explain the sudden change in medication? How do you feel about Paxil Vs. Effexor XR, and about changing medications without a dire need to do so?
It's funny that you mention going off of Paxil to Effexor, because it looks like what I'll be replacing Effexor with is Paxil, in hopes that I do not run into the same drastics effects. Good luck.
There are others to try, like Luvox (no sexual side effects) or Effexor (or something like that). When I first started Paxil, I remember feeling kind of "high" part of the time, but I used Paxil for OCD, too, and I just wanted it to stop so bad that I didn't tell the Dr. that I felt high. That high / dizzy feeling stopped soon enough, but Paxil does have lousy sex drive killers. Isn't Xanax a sedative (is Klonopin, too?
(not million BILLION) Reason it is so popular is because it works well when SSRI's like Zoloft or paxil fail. It a bit rough to get off Effexor when the time comes, but I get withdrawls from just about any AD discontinuation.
Also, the only one SSRI who work in the past for my panic disorder is the Paxil... but hte Paxil do nothing for the social anxiety, like all the antidepressant meds I try... anyway, the main problem is that I try to be back on The Paxil at least 10 times in 2010 and wasn't able to tolerate more than 1 mg at the time... I had increase anxiety to the point that I had to go to the ER... So I don't know what do to?
Since I posted I have been switched to Paxil. With the effexor, I started having very vivid nightmares. (waking up several times a night screaming). I even woke up one night cussing like a sailor. That is something I do not do. I've been on the Paxil for about a week. It seems to be doing good. Maybe I was a little to quick to respond on the effexor. The nightmares started about 3 weeks after starting them. I haven't had one since two nights after my last E.
With Paxil and Effexor, this is most people. Paxil also has a very strong effect on choline receptors, which no other drug probably approaches in this category. But again, first you taper almost completely off the first drug, then if the person is having a difficult time you can try Prozac to see if it will help. Even then, it is often used in very small doses in the liquid form just to get people past it.
I was on Celexa for years until the same thing occurred last fall and I switched to effexor. I just now started taking Paxil. Has anyone had good or bad effects from paxil. I'd like to hear both.
I understand what you are going through although it seems you are having a much tougher time going off it than I did. I went on Paxil after I got off Effexor and it is a God Sent for me. I was leary because I didn't hear good things about Paxil but I have to say it was worth going through the withdrawls from Effexor to be put on somethineg that really works for me with none of the side effects that Effexor has. I'm crossing my fingers for you.
I too gained weight on Paxil (about 15 lbs in two years). After trying other A/D's I reverted back to Paxil. It was the best one for me. I went off of it due to having sexual side effects. The weight gain was not as big of an issue for me, I was pretty thin and the 15lbs did not look THAT bad on me, but I still try and lose it without success! =( For me personally, when I was on my 45mg of paxil before weaning off of it, it made me feel just where I needed to be.
There really is nothing that needs being done about it. It's no secret that SNRI drugs such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta do have a higher risk of what is called Discontinuation Syndrome. SSRI's can also be nasty buggers to discontinue. Paxil being one of many. I hear a lot of people complain about antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, but I never hear then speak of the flip side. I used to take Effexor XR at 300Mgs a day for about 4 years.
Hi! I started taking paxil March 1st. I didn't want to go on any medication but, i was having bad anxiety so, now i am on 20mg of paxil. I didn't feel that 10mg was helping. Anyway, i really want a family and my DR said it would be fine if i got pregnant while i was on paxil. She also said i would be fine if i wanted to take prozac instead of paxil. I know that paxil is a classified "C" drug so, i am concerned about being on any drug while pregnant.
I was taken off Paxil nearly three years ago by a psychiatrist, who used about a six week taper. At first I suffered a lot of disorientation and insomnia, then it evolved into intense depression, constant anxiety, and worse anxiety attacks. I was put on the drug for anxiety attacks. It's three years later and I'm still in constant anxiety, my phobias are way worse, and deeply depressed, so I ended up with three problems where I was only being originally treated for one.
From what I have read, everyone is expereincing the same withdrawal symptoms from effexor as I get. Endless crying spells, shock sensations, nausea, confusion, me? after 3 days I get psychotic something that had never happened before. Major shakes, sweats. These symptoms make me run to the nearest pharmacy and get more. Generally the only reason I go off them is because I run out because of a dr reschedule, or some stupid insurance foul up, it is NEVER by choice.
(but there isn't a big difference in 20 mg of paxil vs 25 . . .) I think 20 mg is the usual dose of paxil, however.
My husband will be going on antidepessants and I would like comments on Lexapro and Lexapro vs Effexor Xr. All comments are heplful. Thank you!
i hae gained about 10pds from effexor- but i was not active either while taking it. I am much more alert with paxil- no naps! I am concerned about weight gain from paxil because ive read alot of post fm others that claim paxil causes weight. Would love to hear some feedback. Thank You......
Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, amitryptiline, Paxil, trazadone, Serzone...all but MAOIs. They either had no effect or the averse effects outweighed the positive (zoloft kept me afloat by making me numb to all feelings altogether). Finally, in 2003, I was in a study for treatment resistant depression and Lexapro quite literally saved my life. I was later switched to Celexa for financial reasons. I had no problems transitioning and have taken it for the past six years.
I have found a difference in the generic form of Effexor. I have asked to be put back on Effexor, and feel much better for it. The doctors and pharmacists may not agree, but my body tells me what it feels. We are all different, and what works for one person, does not work for another. A doctor told me there is little difference in the price, but then I am lucky, as I don't have to pay. In UK under 16s and over 60s do not pay for their medication. One good thing about the NHS.
I have taken in the past Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor XR, BuSpar, Ativan, Xanax, Wellbutrin. I hate SSRI and SSNRI's they make you lose yourself and lose emotion. Like a robot. I won't take them, no matter how much a doctor tries to downplay the side effects. i'm 23 years old, and have had drug problems in the past.
I just tried Wellbutrin because I read that it had fewer side effects than others and may help lose weight (and I had just tried Cymbalta and Effexor and didn't like the side effects)...I was a little hesitant to try Wellbutrin since I had success with Prozac in the past, which works on Serotonin (like Zoloft) and Wellbutrin works on Dopamine (a completely different drug)...
means very little. Paxil is a lot harder to quit than many illegal controlled substances. My advice is to make Paxil a last resort drug. It can be very hard to quit and has a lot of side effects. Lexapro by reputation has fewer side effects than the other two. Ativan will have the fewest side effects, but it only works short term. And nobody can tell you which will work for you, you only find that out when you take one.
I think you made a good choice. Lexapro is literally the only SSRI I've taken that has not caused severe side effects. I have a very difficult time with drugs and this one was a godsend for me. (I've tried Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, & Effexor.) I took the generic for a month and didn't notice any difference in it's effectiveness versus Lexapro.
But I wanted to send this warning because I think Effexor is very powerful and should not be treated lightly. Prior to the Effexor, I had tried Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, all of which I stopped taking because I didn't think they worked. No symptoms of withdrawal with any of the above, no problems whatsoever. But the Effexor was awful. I truly felt like my entire brain had been reduced to a tiny pellet, almost like a pinball--with my skull as the pinball machine.
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