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Hi ladies! long time no talking. Update. I am overall feeling great. The Avapro is doing wonders for my BP. Last time I took it is was 121/75. So happy about that. Brain fog, depression and anxiety seem to be under control with the generic paxil. I am cutting it in half and only taking 10 mg or whatever half is. The down side. I feel like I am gaining weight. I am scared to get on the scale. I am afraid it is the SSRI. I will see my sweet dr in July. I am 5'4" and a size 12 this summer. I dont like that. I so much want to go back to being an 8. Taking half has helped with the capital "O" too. I am 44 now, so maybe the weight is just being in my 40's. I have had cronic cough too with drainage going into my throat. It is a tickle in the back of my throat that gags me. Hopefully, I have been able to teach kinders at my church for VBS and have a great time. I am so thankful for that. So far we are having such a fun summer. DH is a school teacher and we are enjoying each other so much. We are heading to the beach in a couple of weeks. I just think DH wants me to be super hot mama in the bedroom and that is hard on SSRI and being peri! Blessings and healing to each one of you special ladies! God is not through with us yet!!!! It can feel like it sometimes!
hi pslam,
great to see you on the board again! Long time no talk! Great to hear you're feeling great! :bouncing: Your BP is really good too! Too good maybe LOL! How long do you have to be on the Avapro? I'm also taking the generic Paxil too. When did you start taking the Paxil and are you weaning off of it now? Do you think the Paxil made you gain weight?

I think most of us on this board with the exception of a few have gained weight. It's called middle-aged! You being 5'4" and a size 12 isn't bad! It's actually normal and average size. Remember, it could be worse! Also, the fact that you're conscious about it and care, you are in control of it! You're 44 now - wait a couple of years when you suddenly can't read small prints!!

With your cough and drainage, it sounds like allergies! I get a cough and tickle in my throat when I've eaten something that makes me congested and I often have to cough it up! Gross! Anyway, hope you and the DH have a good time at the beach! Don't forget the sunscreen!

molly
Hi Molly! thanks for your response! How are YOU doing? I hope well???
To answer your questions. I have been on Avapro since March and the generic paxil. I think maybe the paxil has made me gain weight, not too sure right now. It could just be middle age. when I was in my 20's and 30's I could weigh between 125 and 135 and my body liked to stay there. Now, when I lose weight, since about the age of 40, I am in this battle with my body. I fight to lose, then I just gain it again.
The coughing thing I think is allergies too. I woke up several times last night with this cough! Oh, on the paxil. I would really like to wean off, but I dont miss all the freaky feelings of peri. I felt so lousy. In Texas there is so much sunshine in the summer that I think seritonin levels stay pretty level. So alot of us on SSRI are tempted to quit. But once the fall and winter hit, I will probibly be back so I am not weaning really. I feel fine right now on half. Some days I didnt take my half and I had some brain shocks. It really wasnt too bad. tolerable. I just cant go back to peri hell.
hi pslam,
I didn't want you to think I am ignoring or neglecting you! I haven't forgotten about you even tho I haven't seen you on the boards for a long time. Anyway, it is great to see you back.

I am doing fine. Just had a breast surgery done and it was benign - it's called benign fibradenoma associated with calcifications. Don't really know all what it means but the word benign is all I need to hear!

I have been on Paxil since Dec. 03 and would also like to get off of it. Sometimes I wonder if I've become depended on it b/c I was going to start weaning off last year until I was told about the calcifications they found in my boobs. I thought I better stay on it b/c I didn't know how I would handle it if it was something bad. Also, I can't say I have gained weight from it either. I think a lot of our weight gain is age - I noticed most of my weight gain in my mid-40's. I lost a lot when I was going thru my bad peri but that's b/c I get like that when I have anxiety. Of course, I gained it all back once I felt better.

Are you working out? also, if you eat several small meals a day vs. the regular 3, it should make a difference.

take care,
molly
Hi Psalm (love your name btw)

Thought I would put my two cents worth in here too. (hey Molly)

I just started on Lexapro in March, I'm going through the good old Menopause and the mood swings/depression/anxiety. It helped all of that so much, it is unreal. I didn't want to be put on Paxil because I've known too many people that took it and had problems getting off of it, so I was glad he chose Lexapro.

BUT.... yep, I am gaining weight, and stay so hungry all the time. This is really getting me down. I stayed at 95lbs pretty easily for a long time, but last year I gained 3 lbs (from peri) and I can relate to trying to hard to get it off only to have it reappear. I feel like a blimp and am scared to weigh too!

So far I don't have BP problems. I hope I never do. I have tried cutting my pills in half for the last two weeks to help with the sexual side affects too and was doing ok, but alot of stress here on the home front and I had to go back to full dose yesterday so I was able to cope. Glad I'm not the only one having these problems!

Jackie
Psalms it's always good to hear from you! I'm happy to hear that you are feeling "normal" again. Hopefully you will continue to take Paxil and not wean off yet. Allow your body and mind more time to recuperate from the stress of perimenopause and the imbalance of your hormones. The "brain zaps" that you experienced when you did not take your Paxil is a very, very, common withdrawal effect (been there!).

You are right about the sunshine here in Texas, it surely has been quite bright and hot here in the Dallas area. I wish it would rain so that I won't have to water my plants and lawn. Have you been getting any rain in San Antonio?
Psalms - thought I would throw another two cents in here! :) My husband has a good friend that went off the Paxil too quickly, and he went nuts! I am not exagerating! It was a scary thing to see - but he's back on it again and ok now. Just a scary thing that can happen. He didn't even wean off it tho - just stopped taking it! Just be careful, ok?

Jackie
Hi! Thanks for both of your responses. "little" I have heard that about paxil. I am taking a 1/2 pill this summer because I am very active in the summer and like I said the seritonin levels from the sun are so helpful. I cant wean right now because I remember how terrible I felt. Once the fall hits I will probible go back to a whole pill again. Hopefully, we have not gotten ANY rain down south! We head for South Padre on Sunday. I dont want rain while we are there. DH said that we should have rain later this week though. Remeber February how miserable it was! That when I felt my worst! All that rain!!! Have you ever gone to SPI? Alot of Dallas folks make the trip down there. It is a good 9-10 hours for you guys. We LOVE South Padre Island and go every summer! It is so sad when I cross back over the causeway to head back to SA. That place is so peaceful.
[QUOTE=pslam 91]Hi! Thanks for both of your responses. "little" I have heard that about paxil. I am taking a 1/2 pill this summer because I am very active in the summer and like I said the seritonin levels from the sun are so helpful. I cant wean right now because I remember how terrible I felt. Once the fall hits I will probible go back to a whole pill again. Hopefully, we have not gotten ANY rain down south! We head for South Padre on Sunday. I dont want rain while we are there. DH said that we should have rain later this week though. Remeber February how miserable it was! That when I felt my worst! All that rain!!! Have you ever gone to SPI? Alot of Dallas folks make the trip down there. It is a good 9-10 hours for you guys. We LOVE South Padre Island and go every summer! It is so sad when I cross back over the causeway to head back to SA. That place is so peaceful.

Psalms, I also have been to SPI, but I have a long, but funny story about that. Here is the short version. We ended up on the beach that was polluted with seaweed and other junk, and seagulls were all over the place almost attacking us. We have a lot of pictures of our family trip to SPI. Well, when I returned to Dallas I told my co-worker, who is from Corpus, about my experience and she insisted that I was not at SPI. She showed me her pictures of the beautiful SPI beach, and a huge military ship that she and her family toured. I think there was also an aquarium that they visited. After seeing her lovely pictures I really began to wonder if I really went to SPI :D :p.

Still no rain here...I had to water my plants and lawn yesterday and today:(.

Enjoy your wonderful vacation with your family. I wish that I could send you our pictures of SPI maybe then you might be able to tell me where exactly were we :D :D :D !