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Author Topic: How can Paxil be such a help?  (Read 3369 times)

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Offline ClarkeCombo

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How can Paxil be such a help?
« on: December 24, 2015, 04:56:19 pm »
I posted physical problems I encountered when given an antibiotic that was prescribed for a cyst I don't have (Cephlaxin 500mg 3x daily) in another thread. And there are (were?) many. It took 72-hours for that stuff to sicken me.

My new Primary Care MD prescribed Paxil for me (10mg). I started with 5mg at night this past Monday, and believe it or not, Tuesday morning I was feeling its effects.

I'm 6'5" and about 175lbs or so, and 62-years old. I've also been dealing with AIDS for a quarter century (and watching my wife with her HIV/AIDS). And when I was diagnosed, I didn't "get" to hear HIV. It was AIDS right from the start. No CD4 could be detected, then. I was sick as hell, and wasn't expected to live.

The Paxil, only 5mg of it seems to have helped a lot with the painful Neuropathy in my legs as well as the shortness of breath, the pulsing throbs I'd feel in my chest and midsection and the constant nausea which interfered with my appetite.

How can such a small dose affect so much? I'm certain the antibiotic caused a chain reaction within my system (of course the Doctors say it's the disease/meds). But how can just 5mg of Paxil do so much in so little time?

I've been taking these for nearly a decade. My CD4's have been in the high 800's for about that long. My VL has been undetectable for the same time period.
Combivir 2x day
Nevirapine 1x day

I just began the Paxil this past Monday night. And I also began Prilosec at the same time, 40mg in the morning.
« Last Edit: December 24, 2015, 05:06:44 pm by ClarkeCombo »

Offline harleymc

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 07:26:46 pm »
Nausea, shortness of breath, a racing heart beat (is that the throbbing in your chest?), are all classic symptoms of anxiety attacks. They can also be symptoms of other things so I'm sure your doctor has been trying to eliminate other causes.

I'm glad the Paxil is working for you. Maybe you could explore some other anti-anxiety strategies with your health care worker.

Offline ClarkeCombo

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 11:07:16 am »
Well, all the Paxil did was to reduce some of the symptoms, but they're still there. I do some slow, deep breaths many times during the day, yet cleaning our 900sq. ft. apartment takes a lot out of me.

I'm also in the middle of one of those "episodes", and making us chicken soup (homemade) and cornbread yesterday did me in.

Even walking the 100-yards (one way) to and from the store is slow and painful. Before the Cephelaxin, I wasn't in perfect shape, but I could walk to the store, clean and do wash without much difficulty. But these 5-months since that have made me a wreck.

I've also been drinking more water than usual. I'm up from a liter or so of water a day to over 2-liters. And that was before the Paxil, so what else might the Cephelaxin brought on?
« Last Edit: December 29, 2015, 11:10:05 am by ClarkeCombo »

Offline weasel

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 07:15:23 am »

My new Primary Care MD prescribed Paxil for me (10mg). I started with 5mg at night this past Monday, and believe it or not, Tuesday morning I was feeling its effects.quote]

 Hi ClarkeCombo , nice to meet you  :)

    I still remember the first time I took  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI )

  This was back in 1986 . I was managing a cabinet shop in Las Vegas . At 5am I had breakfast and took a 5mg. Prozac  When lunch time arrived and the machinery had shut down it suddenly hit me that my head was at piece , I thought  , well this feels good !   
  My doctor had said it would take weeks , nope .   All bodies are different .
   It's like anything we put in our mouths , down the hatch with a shot of booze and moments later we feel all fuzzy and warm .

                                                                                                       Be well  , Carl
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Offline ClarkeCombo

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 12:21:03 pm »
I ended needing to quit the Paxil. It seemed. To be "running into" the 3mg. of Lorazepam I take at night, even though I was taking them about 12-hours apart.

Then I tried moving 1mg to the morning, and found I wasn't sleeping as good.

I feel so...tired, exhausted. What's worse is there is not really any Doctor I'd trust anymore short of my specialist.

Offline bluz_ka

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 07:47:09 am »
Just started paxil 5 mg for 1 week, then went to 10 mg. Been on 10 mg for 9 days. Also weaning off of mirtazapine down to 5 mg. Do you think its to early to count the paxil out as my depression seems to be getting worse. Anxiety better though.

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 01:28:01 pm »
Hi bluz_ka.

Welcome to the forum.

I just wanted to firstly wish you welcome and all the best with the med change and getting use the the change.  When do you have your next follow-up appointment after this med change?

Also perhaps you can tell us a bit about yourself, are you living with HIV? Perhaps what HIV meds you are talking? How is that working out ?

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Offline RobbyR

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Re: How can Paxil be such a help?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2016, 06:57:47 pm »
Glad it's working for you. I was on Paxil awhile and it literally saved me from crippling depression. Ended up switching to Lexapro which I'm on now, but Paxil worked good for me as a way of helping my severe depression.
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