How long does it take for paxil cr to start working

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Avatar n tn My doctor told me not to do this, and switched me to Paxil CR 12.5 mg. She told me to take it every other day for 2 weeks, and then stop all together. This is not working, as the withdrawal is horrible. Does anyone have any suggestions for tapering? Thank you!
Avatar n tn However, I was forced to take Prozac for about a year, and it made me overly hyper, so I was switched to Paxil. I took Paxil for about two years. I quit taking it almost cold turkey during winter break in eighth grade because I did not like the effects it had on me. I was completely unaware of the dangers of this action, because my doctors had told me that Paxil is safe, has no side effects, is not addictive, and has no withdrawal complications.
Avatar n tn For more than 12 years have have taken benzos to help me sleep. Xanax .5mg at bedtime for many years, which was very effective for me. I never had to increase dose, nor did I have a problem when I had periodical breaks. Then my md thought I should try this "safer" medication, I agreed. The name of the medication was clonazepam. Within a short time I had to increase my bedtime dose to 2mg to get to sleep. After 4+ yrs I decided to get off them as they lost there effectiveness.
Avatar f tn Don't mind Ryan -- he generalizes a lot, and sometimes is a bit arrogant sounding. But he does know his stuff -- if I had him around instead of my stupid psychiatrist, I would never have suffered the horrible and never-ending consequences of my own Paxil withdrawal. So ignore some of his generalizations, but do listen to the technical stuff.
Avatar n tn Also i tried some dramamine (Travel sickness tablets) for some of the symptoms such as dizziness and nausea and that is helping, but you wouldn't want to take it long term. I'm just going to take it when i need to work or get things done for the time being. Otherwise i'm just resting and taking good care of myself. There's another good website i found she is a really good help because she has been through a lot of this herself.
Avatar n tn When I told my Dr that placed me on it *my Gyn because I was mainly Prescribed Paxil for PMDS* that the Paxil wasn't working the way it should, she increased me from 10mg to 20 and then when I had the same complaint she increased it again to 40 MG!
Avatar n tn It could be the two combined, i was severly down and depressed when i started taking paxil, i was already taking Buspar for anxiety,to me the paxil is apick me up, like i,ve said in previous post, i,ve tried to get off paxil, when ieven cut back i start feeling down,like the me before paxil,so i,ve decided to stay on it all for now, to much other stuff going on in my life&familes to get in that shape right. check with your Dr. or druggist.
Avatar m tn I had been taking Paxil for over 10 years. Worked beautiful for anxiety attacks. I asked to switch to Cymbalta due to arthritis pain. Thought it would work for both anxiety and pain. It worked for pain but not anxiety. Switched back to paxil and all the pain came back. Now I wonder if I can take cymbalta and paxil but have not asked dr. yet. Does anyone know?
213972 tn?1206053788 You just never know. My advice? If the Paxil is working and you've been on it for a long time, stay on it until you want to stop medication altogether or until it stops working. You're already facing all of its problems, so you're not going to avoid them, right? If nothing's broke, don't fix it, but again, you don't mention if something is broke or not.
Avatar n tn I elected the first alternative. I have weaned off the Paxil CR, dropping to 12.5mg for one week, to 6.25mg for another (this was achieved by splitting the 12.5mg pill on doctors instructions even though the manufacturers instructions advise not to do this). I have now been off the Paxil CR since June 8th and the withdrawl symptoms persist despite the transition to Wellbutrin. I am experiencing "zaps" at an alarming rate, nausea, sweats and tremors.
Avatar n tn I think you might have better luck by decreasing your dose rather than the frequency you take it. I'd switch back to the non-CR pills, decrease your dose to 10mg/day for a week, then 5mg/day for a week. I have found SSRI after-effects often don't appear for several days subsequent to stopping. Xanax use/reduction may be augmenting your symptoms. Take care of one and then the other. I wouldn't stop/taper both the Paxil and Xanax at the same time.
Avatar n tn Amanda, Regarding the "zap-like nervousness"...I get this feeling too if I do not take paxil for 2-4 days. It is hard to describe but it is almost like getting shocked. It sort of feels like someone "unplugged you" for a split second. I do not get it when I move my eyes though...just seems to happen whenever it is low in my system. It is very difficult to get off. I too have gained 20 lbs. over 5 years being on it.
Avatar n tn I would like to try other antidepressants, as I have found that Paxil IS working for my depression, but am afraid of the side affects of getting off of Paxil. Plus my doctor says I need to continue it to see how it will work for me in the long run. Well, good luck to all of you.
Avatar n tn My Dr said that the 2 meds were similar enough to each other that I did not need to taper off of the Paxil, but yesterday I finally had to stop the Lexapro and take the Paxil again to feel it ok to take these meds together until the Paxil gets out of my body? could these side effects be from Paxil withdrawls or from starting Lexapro?
Avatar n tn When you stop taking a medication, within days it leaves the body and stops working and if you only take it for a short period of time it will not change your genetic code, it will not permanantly change your brainwaves, you won't become addicted and you will not be left with a lifetime of side-effects, it just does not work that way.
Avatar n tn i started on 5mg on my own, due to sensitivity, also i go back to work tomorrow after taking my 1 week vacation to take the lexapro, i was wondering if upping it to 10mg will have bad side effects and for about how long. 2 years ago i was put on paxil cr 37.5 mg due to a sudden battle with panic attacks and agoraphobia, when i say sudden i mean sudden, iwent to work normal and left work that day and was out for 3 months.
Avatar n tn It may take a few weeks, but you will notice the changes. With me i noticed the weight loss within a month when i had lost 5 pounds It also helped me quit smoking. I wasn't even trying to quit, I just was smoking less everyday and then finally I was smoking so few, I was able to just stop all together. It'sa great drug.
225570 tn?1191290673 5 because for the last month i was taking 4 a day cause my anxiety went up so bad i think because i was on it to long and it just stopped working ...but now my body got used to me taking it 4 x a day that now my body has its own clock and its like the panic comes back exactly at the right i making any sence?..LOL...But im not gonna give up well im going out to dinner ill post later...
Avatar n tn I did not have these issues before tx, the odds that I developed all these things while on tx 'naturally' are pretty small, yet still I get all negative replies when I suggest that (to a Dr.) It is the risk we all take upon treating, we need to be there for anyone that does get the down side of these risk post.
Avatar f tn Hello, Thanks for your comment. I am on week 2 of taking Lamictal now and am currently taking 50 mg with the dose eventually growing to a max of 100 mg. Pretty much as soon as I got on this med, the confusion and fogginess from Fluoxotine (generic of Prozac) went away (thank God for that!). However, I still have my depressive days where I don't want to interact with anyone, no interest in anything, and don't feel like getting out of the house.
Avatar n tn i am a stay at home mom and part of it is that i do think abou it to much. i do take zanax and it does take the edge off of the attack. today i had one and it was scary! i was light headed, dizzy, weak, and heart pounding a mile a minute. i just recently statred getting these attacks like a couple of weeks ago. i think part of it is because i quit smoking cold turkey 2 weeks ago and on top of that i have this virus that wont go away. i,ve had it for almost 4 weeks now.
Avatar n tn I do get awfully tired on the Paxil Cr, I can't beleive it took me so long to make the connection between the paxil cr and being tired. It just kind of crept up on me...sometimes I would feel drugged, it reminded me of when I was in the hospital after major surgery and I was just floating, like if I never moved a muscle again I would be fine with that. I can't beleive I never even thought to blame the paxil cr for that.
Avatar n tn I know it warrants treatment and pain itself is very bad for the body, but I don't know how to use pain meds responsibly. Does the meth get dispensed to you daily or do you get to take it home? My Doc recommended meth once I've been off everything for a month or so, when we see what my true unmedicated level of pain is. He says my pain may be intensified right now due to the withdrawal and lack of natural endorphins.
237222 tn?1202512241 It helped however it took me a year to figure out how to ween myself off PAXIL. But I did it!! What a long road it was. However I dont want to do it again it was hell. Thanks For Everything- Feel Well..
Avatar n tn Do you think if I stay on a low dose it will harm me in the long run? Thanks to everyone on these forums, its nice to be able to talk about my problems.
Avatar n tn I'll let you know how it turns out for me. I'll look for your posts as to see how all your new meds are working. Sleep/anxiety problems are really hard to tolerate!
975514 tn?1325001538 The pain and fatigue is a real drag and the medication options out there are hard to juggle. It takes awhile to find a decent combo. How long have you been using the Tramadol? Do you think it's effective? Some people swear by it, and this is just my opinion and I am no doctor of course, but it actually caused me horrible migraines. I can't tolerate Tramadol. The Gabapentin was very effective for me with a combo of Diclofenac and an effective muscle relaxer.
544292 tn?1268886268 I got blocked and stars thru that word so many times as I was recovering! Because it does suck. Yes. It *****. Good to see we worked thru it after all this time. :D I just love you guys! Such honesty and kindness and willingness to help. It's such a blessing! I think this place attracts some of the most intelligent and caring people in the world. So gratifying. I haven't posted for a very long time ... but I will always keep this thread going.
544292 tn?1268886268 Hi Tramadol Warriors! Welcome to Part 53. This thread is full of helpful and kind people who want to help you get off this terrible drug. Please snuggle in and make yourself comfy. I know you can do it!
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