I am new to this forum, so just a short introduction to myself: 28 years old, 8 years of Generalized Anxiety, 8 years on Paroxetine/Paxil 10 mg.
At the moment I am having really serious attacks of anxiety, this is because I have to teach a course in statistics to 25 bachelor students, starting within a week. I got small panic attacks/got anxious about it for months ago already, but ignored this/could cope with it. Since a week however my nerves got really bad, and I got more and more anxious, I felt like I could not cope anymore and therefor I decided to take a higher dose of my medication. Since 2 days I am taking 20 mg of Paroxetine/Paxil instead of 10 mg.
I expected some side effects of course, but I am surprised by the strength of them, I am hot all the time, I am sweating like crazy, and I feel more anxious then ever. I feel like I cannot go on, and just want it to go away and be over. I tried to go to work today, but on my way there I got out of the subway and went back home, because I really need to be in an environment where I can do whatever I want, like meditate, or sleep, or scream, or cry whenever I want to.
My teaching duties start in one week, which luckily means I got loads of time to prepare still, so I am trying not to worry about that part.
I do feel really anxious and shitty though, which I think is due to higher dose of my medication. It already feels good to get this from my chest on this forum, but I would still like to know your experience with taking a higher dose of your medication.
So here's my question to people who heightened their dose of paroxetine, how long did your side effects last? And how bad where your side effects? How long did it take for the higher dose to kick in?
I am looking forward for your answers, in the meantime I am trying to get through this day!
Thanks for being there for each other!