Candice, how has the Paxil worked for you? Paroxeteine is the generic for it I am curious as to when you noticed a difference and if you don
t mind sharing your general experience. Tonight will be night 3 for me on 1/2 a 20 mg pill
Hello! I am also on the generic form paroxetine. I started by halfing my 20mg pill so I took 10mg for about 10 days. I have medication anxiety so I'm not sure if that is why I felt worse at first or if it was the meds. I had anxiety for the first few days pretty bad. I think it was because I had felt defeated that I had to get back on meds. I used to have depression but had been in remission for five years. The panic attacks are a new experience for me.
So the anxiety was still bad and I felt kinda weird for those 10 days. I'd wake up wide awake early in the morning. I took my pill at night. I felt weird in the mornings, just kind of "off". I took my klonopins at night on days that my anxiety was at it's worst. It helped a lot.
After the 10th day I decided to up my dose to 20mg. People told me that was the minimal therapeutic dose (I don't have a psychiatrist just a general doc that doesn't know much about this stuff). Honestly.....after upping to 20mg I haven't had a single panic attack since. It's weird because they say it doesn't work that fast. I don't feel it was placebo because I was bracing myself to have worse anxiety since I upped my dose.
Today is day 16 of 20mg. I'm fortunate that I haven't had side affects really. I had dry throat and yawning and a slight headache the first week. I still haven't had any panic attacks and I feel a lot better in that respect. Sometimes my anxiety peeks through but it's still early on. They say it can take a while for it to fully kick in. Today, I feel anxious but I think it's because of pms. I was feeling almost 100 percent but this past week I've been kind of tired, sleeping a lot, eating a lot and slightly depressed feeling. I think it may be due to pms like I mentioned. I hope so anyway.
I have a little ways to go to see if the full effects work but I will tell you this... before Paxil I was a complete mess and now I can function. I can finally eat (I was nauseated for two months and lost a lot of weight). My shortness of breath, tightness in chest, adrenaline rushes, and nausea have gone away. I still get the lump on my throat still.
Private message me whenever you want and we can check on eachother's progress. We can be paxil buddies :) I hope it starts working for you! Give it time. 10mg isn't going to do much but it's best to start low so you have less side effects.
Keep me updated!