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Old 09-24-2003, 07:59 AM   #1
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I have only posted a few times on these message boards. I am trying to get on an antidepressant because of depression and anxiety. I switched a month ago to Paxil 20 mg., 1 a day before bed. My doctor started me out slow on this because I had trouble getting on the others (I am sensitive to medicines). Anyway, I have been on the 20 mg. almost two weeks and I am noticing my jaws feeling tight and aching. I have TMJ and am wearing an appliance to fix the problem, which will take about a year. Can anyone tell me if they had the same problem with the Paxil and if it went away? I have also noticed my legs feeling really achy. If someone could just tell me that this side effect goes away I will hang in there. I would appreciate it if someone could please answer me. Thank you

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Old 09-24-2003, 12:02 PM   #2
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Hi cat, I probably won't be much help to you as I have never tried Paxil, but suffer from tmj and sometimes get the achy legs you describe! I have been on Xanax for anxiety/stress for several years and have found it the best way to treat my symptoms...also helps with the tmj! For the achy legs I would suggest short walks and hot baths! Also you should talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are having as only he can properly diagnose what might be going on with your new medication! TC and hope you get to feeling better! :-)

Old 09-24-2003, 02:14 PM   #3
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I have been on Paxil for about 6 years now. I too am very sensitive to meds and only take 10mg at bedtime. I also take valium during the day because i suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. With both meds I have found that my anxiety level is under control. I too am on splint therapy and after an adjustment I find that my jaw is a little sore but I think it is because my muscles are rebelling. I get the achey legs, actually some days I feel that all my muscles are achy, kind of like the flu feeling. Don't know what it is. I know I have it today and am wondering if it has something to do with the weather (I think it is going to rain) or perhaps I did too much yesterday, digging in the garden.
I have read where some one said that Paxil can cause clenching but I asked my neuromuscular dentist and he disagreed. He also said I don't clench and my problems are muscular.

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Old 09-24-2003, 03:15 PM   #4
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Good answers. Thank you for replying. I will definitely ask my Psyche Dr. about the achiness. I read somewhere in a magazine or book that a Vitamin E definiciency can cause "restless leg" syndrome. I wonder if that's what's going on? I have never taken Valium or Xanax for my anxiety. I was on Prozac for 7 years and once I got up on it I did not need to take anything else. I know a lady at my church who told me that when Valium first came out her doctors told her it was not addictive. She took it alot and then tried to stop taking it and had TERRIBLE withdrawal symptoms. She had to go back on it and slowly taper off. It took her a year to finally get off. I will hang in there and give the Paxil another month to see how it goes. By the way, it has killed by ability to achieve orgasm. Anybody else had this? Does it come back?

Old 09-24-2003, 09:34 PM   #5
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Paxil is a SSRI (selective serotonin uptake inhibitor. Celexa, Lexypro, Prozac are also in this same drug category. That means that these drugs work the same way. If you look in the PDR (Physician's Drug Reference Handbook)you will find that teeth grinding is a symptom or side effect for Celexa and Lexypro. Paxil is almost identical to these two drugs. The pharmacist told me this. It is a rare side effect. I had a hard time deciding whether or not Paxil was making me grind my teeth worse or not. I decided it was. The only reason I am being so vocal about this is because I just went through a big ordeal with my psychiatrist over this problem. I will just give you my opinion. I would say if you stay on the Paxil for another month and your TMJ feels worse, then you might consider not taking it to see if your symptoms get any better. I love Paxil. I think it is a wonderful drug, and I wish I could take it. It helped me so much with my anxiety, but it made my TMJ worse. Sorry to be so opinionated about this post but I wish someone would of told me about this possibility. I also had no luck with the sex drive issue. I hope your TMJ resolves soon with the medication and you are able to take Paxil. Good Luck.

Old 09-26-2003, 12:39 PM   #6
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I have been on Paxil for almost ten years
because I was a case of nerves & anxiety &
worry most of my life. I also had TMJ pain.
I was slowly increased to 40 mg & after a year
on Paxil, I was finally brave enough to go to
physical therapy which helped alot. Thru the years
since I did not have much TMJ trouble at all &
was pretty much anxiety free & Paxil was like my
"miracle drug".
Then 4 months ago, my mother died of cancer & I
developed a literAL "PAIN in the neck" on one side.
The pain came & went with stress, well, I am so
missing my mother(we were inseperable), with all my
grief, anxiety & stress, I am like a basket of
aches & pains, esp. TMJ!
I guess pills can only go so far. Wish I had
something that would relax me & take ALL my worries
& pain away---for me, that would mean a brain
transplant, lol =(.
I also take Klonopin for stress but it's like a knot
that wont go away(neck pain)
any advice?

Old 09-26-2003, 01:16 PM   #7
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Hi Nuzz,

I know what you mean about the stress bringing on the neck pain. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I too lost my mom and dad to cancer. Very rough.
I have found that physio therapy (She squeezes the sore neck muscles,( called trigger point release), and stretches (gentle) has helped somewhat. I am also on Paxil )6yrs) which helped with anxiety until 2 years ago when my stress level shot up and hasn't come down yet so have been pursuing every avenue for relief inc:
Paxil -10mg - keeps anxiety down
Diazepam - 2.5 mg - 4x day - an addition to paxil 1 yr ago
Accupuncture - Did nothing 4 app'ts
Massage - Nice but no relief
Chiropractor - Cracked neck and pain increase, only went once
NUCCA Chiropractor - ok - don't know how much it did but at least it didn't hurt, only needed one adjustment to c-1
Neuromuscular dentist - wearing splint (7wks) - headaches down to one or two a week instead of every day
Physio Therapy - Neck Pain reduction, ear fullness reduction
Cranial Sacral Massage - (intuitive healer) Good for stress, something to help feel relaxed
Heat after physio which I do myself every day. Good

I have concluded that my problems are muscular and will continue with NM dentist and splint, physio therapy and Cranial sacral.

I will be having a Tomogram next week on tmj joints but so far everything points to muscle tension.

Good luck,


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