Re: What does paxil do?
I started to take Paxil when I was 30. Dose started and remained at 20mg per day. It was brilliant. For the first two weeks I felt very weird and wanted to stop but family told me to try to stick it out. My experience was this:
At the time I was in Teachers College. Lots of work. So I was stressed about that and SA. I started to feel weird because my brain did not let me worry or obcess about tasks I had to do and I didnt have SA. So this actually bothered me. But one morning I woke up and basically I felt warm and had peace. Whe I woke up in the morning before starting Paxil I had about a 1 second grace then dread for the day and life jumped into my body, I felt small cramps in my stomach. But when the Paxil kicked in it was gone. I was very lucky. No side effects, not even loss of sex drive. But my brother and sister didnt like Paxil so changed to Effexor and Celexa.
Now, here are things to consider that the bottle and your doctor may not know: You may gain some weight ( I did but dont know if it can really be blamed on Paxil). Some people, like myself, start to enjoy alcohol more. Its just better. Youre not a drunk and can go without, but you may enjoy it and kind of 'crave' it. But some people dont. Also, many people, like myself, do not wake up with hangovers when taking Paxil. So, another reason you may like to tie one one. Another more serious thing is this: often if Paxil is working for you, if you stop taking it for a while as an experiment or whatever, when you start again it wont work. Yes, thats a drag and may be what happened to me. So, if it works really well for you think long and hard about stopping to take it. You may be on it for life. I probably will. Like a diabetic. Anyway the somedian Simpson, whats her name had incredible results on a small dosage of Zoloft. She felt great and was going to go off it. Her psych said 'dont'. So she didnt. Anyway, many people have different reactions to Paxil. Go on a low dosage, Id start at 5mg and work your way up to 20mg. Go up 5mg maybe every two weeks. Let your body get used to the drug. Dont freak out from side effects, they go away for lots of people. Good luck and let me know how it went.