Re: First day on and time on meds. Paxil peeps
Several of these medications (SSRI's or serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can cause negative side effects for some people. If the side effects are not too bad, your doctor will tell you to stick it out. Most people lose the side effects after a week or so. If the side effects are severe, however, you should talk to the doctor about switching you to another SSRI, like Prozac, Paxil, Celexa or Lexapro. I know Celexa and Lexapro have been used successfully for anxiety disorders and social anxiety.
All these medications are not going to start being effective, however, until they build up in your blood. That means that most people do not experience symptomatic relief from their anxiety or depression until after three weeks on the meds. So unfortunately you got all the bad side effects and none of the benefits from the medicine.
These meds have been around now for about twenty years and are fairly safe, which is why primary care doctors can now treat anxiety. In the old days, you would have been referred to a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment.
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