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Re: Is this OCD attack?

Posted by SPhobia on February 14, 2004, at 3:55:20

In reply to Re: Is this OCD attack?, posted by rianny on February 14, 2004, at 0:58:32


Well, I have only had experience with Paxil CR, but I too am feeling sedated and nervous (and although not cognitively impaired I am having trouble concentrating). I think these are probably temporary side effects that will wear off as my body adjusts to the med. The permanent side effects on Paxil CR (reportedly) are weight gain (though I am going to try and avoid it) and sexual side effects (anorgasmia for me).
While my body is adjusting to the 50mgs/day, I am taking about 1mg of Klonopin per day to relieve the initial anxiety/nervousness. But if I have a big performance or something of the sort, I instead take Xanax along with Propranolol. It helps me cope better with breakthrough anxiety.

Once the Paxil starts to take effect (in theory), I hope to drop that and just stick to the paxil cr.

I tried Lexapro (similar to Celexa) and also was VERY sedated. To the point where I had to get off of it. Since you seem to have insomnia problems I would not recommend Prozac or Zoloft to you because those are known to be "activating" SSRI's and often cause people insomnia -- much worse than Paxil. But again, I am no expert.

Let me know if I can be of anymore help. I have suffered with the same stuff you are dealing with and have put a lot of hours into researching it.

Take Care

> Oh, I have more to add.
> The max dos for paxil was 30mg/day.
> The side effects I had were extreme fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, and impaired cognitive skills. I simply felt like dead.
> Celexa was worse. It totally changed my personality. Similar side effects to Paxil...but worse...much worse insomnia.
> Maybe my pdoc upped the dosage too quickly.




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