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Re: Paxil - Good or Bad? JenniferMarie

Posted by DSCH on October 17, 2003, at 20:21:05

In reply to Paxil - Good or Bad?, posted by JenniferMarie on October 17, 2003, at 19:55:20

> I went and saw my doctor today and she perscribed Paxil 10 mg. I'm terrified to take it because of what I've heard from people that have taken it. My step brother was taking a high dose of Paxil when he committed suicide.

This is actually a rather unfortunate result of any form of antidepressant therapy. As improvement is beginning, the patient is no longer siezed with inertia and yet the situation still appears bleak.

>That in itself is enough to scare me away from it. Also, I talked to my step sister and she took it for awhile and HATED it. She said it made her feel worse than she ever had before. She said that since I'm already really anxious and nervous that Paxil will make it worse. She was honestly scared for me to take it (possibly because he brother killed himself while he was taking it).
> Anyone else have opinions (good or bad) on Paxil? Please let me know... I'm deciding whether I want to try it or not. I don't want anything that is going to make me feel worse... I couldn't imagine what that would be like.
> I'm also pregnant and I don't want anything to harm my baby. My doctor said that studies have shown positive results in taking it during pregnancy. Still kind of scary.

I suppose it is effective for some people, but then I believe the sample of people on this board will be skewed towards those who have had mulitple medications not help them.

I was on Paxil for a number of months in 2001 and I believe it made me rather complacent. My root problem was probably more ADD than it was depression.

Mostly, the question mostly rests on what it is that is going "wrong" in your case?

If you end up having adverse reactions to SSRIs in general, Paxil is a safe first choice as it is more rapidly metabolized than the others. If it is helpful, it might be worthwhile switching over to one of the others as you won't have to deal with withdrawl from a single missed dose.


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