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Paxil side effects - tired!!

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Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone else experienced tiredness as a side effect of paxil?  I got very tired and sleepy and unfortunately, it kinda feels like depression so I cant tell if it is a side effect or the depression hanging on.  I do usually feel better if I lay down for 45 minutes but I dont want to have to do that forever.

Any suggestions or experiences?

bebo

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bebo,

About three years ago I took Paxil for over a year.  At first it was energizing/stimulating, but over time I began to feel tired and lethargic, and wanted to sleep all the time.  Because of that and the sexual SE's, I eventually switched meds.

How long have you been on the Paxil?  It is one of the more sedating of the SSRI's, so sleepiness isn't an uncommon side effect. :sleepy:

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Hi Nate,

I have been on paxil for 2 months.  It is the only med that has made me so tired and lethargic - I can live with that except it feels so much like depression.  I just hope it is working - I do feel better except this side effect. Thanks for the input.

bebo

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I took Paxil (off and on) for about 3 years. It was always sedating, but it cured my anxiety and depression, so I kept taking it and tolerated the fatigue. What eventually led me to quit Paxil, despite it's benefits, was the combination of several adverse reactions to Paxil--sedation, sexual dysfunction,  and  weight gain. If they (scientists, drug companies)  found a Paxil-like antidepressant  that didn't have these dismal side effects I'd take it again starting tomorrow. One more problem with Paxil, was the difficulty in stopping it--unless I switched to another antidepressant, I had a very difficult time tapering off the Paxil.

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Paxil was the first AD I ever took.  I loved its effects, but it too made me to tired.  One day I asked my Pyschaitrist if there is a medication that give me exactly the same benefits to help with my anxiety/depression (more anxiety) without the sedation.  He said YES, and prescribed me Prozac.  It worked great and I had no problems switching.  Good Luck.

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I was wondering if anyone switched from taking paxil in the morning to at night and if it helped with the tiredness.  I have been on paxil since June 12 and I am still tired!!

Thanks for any input,

bebo

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Hello,

I was on paxil previously for a year and am just coming off two years on Zoloft. These wer taken for depressiona nd anxiety. I have gained a total of 40-45lbs from these drugs albeit Paxil was the worst. Has anyone tried Meridia to lose the weight from their anti depressants?

Please share if you have as I have been given an Rx for the drug to shed my anti depressant covering so to speak. :hearts:

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I always have trouble sleeping when I'm on Paxil (I'm pretty sure it's the medication because before I was sleeping like fourteen hours a day - way too much), and only after one in the morning did I start settling down . . . I've also gained some weight, but so far I haven't tried to lose it or anything.

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Tirdness is a common start up side effect that unfortunatley lasts for 4-8 weeks but slowly subsides.  However, know that Paxil is the most sedating of all the SSRI's so that can be a bit of a double whammy!

Swede

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I have been on Paxil cr for a week now. I started at 25 mg and tommorow I will take 50mg. I have been so tired through out the day, that I am over doing my caffiene intake just to fight off the fatige. I have a 2 yr old so I can't just lay down when the mood strikes. I am worried that if 25 made me that tired what will 50 mg do to me.

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What would you do.. I have been on paxil for 5 weeks now. The last 9 days at 30mg. I think I ramped up slow but have had a hard time from day one. I have been on pax and WB in the past and had very little issue or SE's. Why is it so hard this time. I only started to take it for GAD and now I am a wreck!. I have anxity 80% of the day (taking Klonopin) tired, lazy, feel like I have the flu, getting strang thoughs in my head I never think of and OCD is setting in... How fast can I go back.. cut back 15mg?  It's been 5 weeks now.. or should I sweat it out another week.. or Zoloft?? I think I need to start clean again but want to do it as fast as possable.. GP dr appointment next tues..

Thanks

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i been depress for about 3yrs and just recently i tried Aropax and i also get tired from it..its the exact same feeling like when you come off of xtc...? maybe its too strong for me...i dont like the feeling of it so if anybody wants to be the drug off me pls send me an email or pm. thanks.

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Hello!

I have been on Paxil for about a year now and I'm now 2 weeks paxil free.  I have a few questions

regarding this pill.

First I took this pill for GAD because I was always worried about getting sick, hiv, heath problems, fear of flying, money problems, and family problems.  I would just think the worst is going to happen, but after a year of paxil I can say most of those fears are gone!  I have ask my doctor to take me off because I gained 15 pounds and I think I fell a lot better now.  can anyone here tell me how long does it take to lose the weight? or is there something I can try to lose weight quicker or any advice on my issues.

Thanks much,

Dario

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:bump: Hey bebo, I am on day 21 of my max of 20 mgs regular paxil and yes at first i was so tired, but it goes away after a few weeks, i also take klonopin and i am trying to wean off 3 mgs, it seems worse then the depression i had.. mine is all gone, i feel so much better mood wise, give it a chance..i had zero side effects also and i can sleep all night, yayyyy, it will work for you, take care.... :hearts:

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:talktohand:Hey Shazzam...i was on paxil for over 8 years and had headaches from it, my new doc had a brainy idea to take me off of it and put me on wellbutrin to stop headaches, sure it stopped the headaches but ohhh depression and anxiety hit hard, so i am back on paxil 20mgs day 21, the weight gain is because any ssri will slow your metabolism down, it isn't the pill gaining you weight it is whatyou eat and how much activity you do, i watch my carbs and i exercise a hour a day 30 mins in the morning and 30 at night, you don't have to do as much as that, i just like to exercise, i havent gained a ounce, eat healthy and exercise and that weight will be off in no time, take care... :wave:

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Hi all,

I am still on paxil (actually pexeva) for 5 months and still have some tiredness.  I also take abilify but stopped it about 5 days ago just bec I thought I could do without it.  Well now I am tired and emotional!  Has anyone tried this combination? I am not that familiar with abilify but my pdoc recommended it for anxiety.  

Also, if you switched from paxil to another AD due to tiredness side effect, what would you recommend?  I was on effexor and wellbutrin but that combo has pooped out after 4 good years!

Thanks alot,

bebo

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Hi all,

I am still on paxil (actually pexeva) for 5 months and still have some tiredness.  I also take abilify but stopped it about 5 days ago just bec I thought I could do without it.  Well now I am tired and emotional!  Has anyone tried this combination? I am not that familiar with abilify but my pdoc recommended it for anxiety.  

Also, if you switched from paxil to another AD due to tiredness side effect, what would you recommend?  I was on effexor and wellbutrin but that combo has pooped out after 4 good years!

Thanks alot,

bebo

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I am having great difficulty with sleep because of Zyprexa and Paxil.  I have been on them for years but lately I am totally fatigued during the day.  I take 50mg of paxil and am cutting my 15mg dose of Zyprexa in half.  I need some restful sleep...not just the knocked out sleep I get from the meds.

Swede

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Swede, its weird that you mention that, l have been taking paxil for years to, and when l start to feel alot better, and thinking l could reduce, l get very tired in the day. I think when paxil has done its job, and things get back to normal, it for some reason makes us really tired in the day. Try reducing it, if you feel like you can. Of course with the doc permission, but that is what l have done in the past. And it has always worked for me, l feel alot less tired.

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I'm with the majority here. It was very sedating, but excellent for anxiety and panic. I was on it for 4 years and as high as 60mg and liked it alot better than the Luvox.

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I was curious as to why Paxil made me so much more tired than other antidepressants, such as Zoloft, Lexapro, and Effexor, so I looked it up.

Paxil is the only one of the more common, newer antidepressants that has an anticholinergic effect--which means that it blocks the transmission of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which acts in the brain and throughout the body. Acetylcholine is an activating brain neurotransmitter, involved in learning, memory, and general energizing and arousal. When it is blocked, as Paxil does, the absence of acetylcholine neurotrasmission can cause sedation, lethargy, and cognitive dulling.

That's to the best of my understanding.

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Stay positive, Stay active and (I) found energy this way. If I let the tiredness make me sit down I only stay tired. Get active and you will find energy. Or at least it works for me. The depression used to drag me down worse.

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I like your thinking, JW OLDBUSA. I also try to act ''as if...''...I wasn't tired, slow, anxious...

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I take 12.5 mg at night - started it less than a week ago and it's kicking my tail - I'm so sleepy during the day and trying to work, I hate being so tired!  Even the 150 mg. of WB isn't helping.  Does this tiredness really go away?  How about the sexual SE's - do they go away?

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The tiredness goes away for me if I stay active. The sex se's are always there, sometimes worse than others.

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