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Can paxil help me ...?
January 26, 2005
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My doctor prescribed Paxil, i'm hesitating...should i, i feel i need something to help calm me down so i can get on with my life...will this help...anyone out there try this med?

January 26, 2005
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My dad took it for a while and he's doing alright. I think it's important, if you feel the need to take medication to stabilize your mood, that you do so in addition to regular couseling.

January 26, 2005
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are you stessed, anxious, panicky?

January 26, 2005
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i did and it did work VERY WELL.do your self a favor,give it a try,belive me you have nothing to loose

January 27, 2005
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I don't know your whole sittuation. But I want you to know the God can help you with whatever problems you are going through. He can take it away forever, you don't have to rely on a medication for the rest of your life to get by. There is freedom in Christ. Maybe this just sounds like another line to you, but Jesus changed my life when I was 17 years old I am 25 now and I have never gone back. I am so happy in the midst of the problems in my life because of him.

January 27, 2005
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I was prescribed Paxil in combo w/ Xanax. It sure helped me. SD

January 27, 2005
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mmmmm...would love something to calm me down

January 27, 2005
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I'm mostly depressed since he left, i miss him holding me, and cuddling with me...but i felt worse when he was home because i always wondered if he'd been with her....i felt very disrespected by the whole situation.

Only problem now is that i don't know for sure if it's over or if he just needs time to think....

i spoke to him yesterday...said he doesn't know what the hell he's doing with his life...my guess is that this person if messing up his head...i was really calm and neutral in conversation...kept it short and told him if he wants to see the kids he should speak to them and make arrangements with them and i'll be sure to be out of the house when he comes...i don't feel like seeing him...he said i didn't have to leave but i don't feel like seeing him...it hurts to much what he's doing what he's done things he's said to me
ouch!

January 27, 2005
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I tried Paxil about 4 years ago. I gained weight, as weight gain is a side effect of this medicine, and deliberately took myself OFF when things just quit mattering...i.e. my son would not get up and go to school..lost my parental power, and was late for work a few times and didn't care. It numbed me to an extent. So, to get control of my life again, I stopped taking them. I have also heard that the pharmacy company who supplies, or initially supplied this drug is being sued, s they are only NOW realizing the negative effects of this drug. My teenage son also took this, and he hated it.

My thoughts and experience. I would ask for something else. And, if you are manic/bipolar...do not take it, it makes you worse.

January 27, 2005
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Gardengnome-

I'm sorry for your situation; it sounds like you are really hurt by his actions and attitude. I wish you didn't have to go through this.

I want to point something out~ you asked about taking Paxil in the first post, but then your next response was about the feelings you are having about the relationship. You said in your first post: "i feel i need something to help calm me down so i can get on with my life...will this help?" I just want to make sure that you aren't looking for a "quick fix" to how you are feeling.

Sometimes we have to buckle down and really look into how we are feeling, maybe grieve a little, get angry, be sad for a while, whatever it takes. If you are having normal feelings that go along with most break-ups, or natural feelings of pain caused by a cheater, then try to work through them. But if you are feeling things that seem to be abnormal, such as feeling extremely anxious around others, tension, sleep-deprived, then I would try talking to a doctor to see what they can do. If you are hesitant to take Paxil, you can also either ask for a different med, perhaps one not as strong, or just try taking half of a Paxil. But please, talk to your doctor about this, don't rely sole-ly on the advice that is posted here, because I believe it is important to have a trusted doctor help you with some of these decisions.

I just posted a thread about "Coping Methods." I konw that I will need to grieve for my lost relationship in the near future, and it's a process I'm not looking forward to. So any thing that can help ease this pain is what I'm looking for. But I know myself that i need to work through some of it in order to stay healthy.

I hope that helps. I wasn't trying to minimize your feelings; I am encouraging you to try to look deeper into WHAT feelings you are having. There is nothing that is going to be able to remove the pain from your heart, except to live through it and grieve. I'm so sorry for your pain. Please come back and talk about it ~ i'm sure it can help.

We are here to listen, GardenGnome.

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January 27, 2005
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One more thing I"d like to mention to you is that if you are looking for more in-depth info on how specific meds have worked out for people, look into some of the bipolar websites, there is alot more discussions regarding medication on those websites than there is here.

Peace.

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January 27, 2005
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I would take it. Paxil is actually very helpful. Just be patient because it takes about 6 weeks before it fully kicks in with a good effect. I would watch out for the weight gain. Paxil tends to contribute to weight gain and often can be quite a gain. I would follow a moderate atkins type diet while taking the medication. Carbs and sugar including anything white i.e. white flour, pasta, rice etc. also tend to add anxiety, mood swings, panic attacks etc. Although simple sugars seem to relax us initially. What they actually do is set up for an unhealthy cycle of cravings and anxiety.

I would even suggest a complete diet change and see if that makes you feel better before taking the medication.

Good-Luck

January 27, 2005
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I agree with the diet recommendations. When I was depressed, my therapist and psychiatrist both encouraged me to stick with the tried and true methods, the one that our bodies were meant to rely on: get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. The bad thing is that these are the three hardest things to do when you are depressed!!!

I literally had to FORCE myself to follow these guidelines, and when I did, it really made a difference.

January 27, 2005
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I was also taking medications at the time, one in particular caused weight gain. I hated it, I hated gaining the weight, but I knew I couldn't avoid it. I was on Zyprexa. Another person I know had a problem with weight gain while on Paxil. It's just one of those things that can't be avoided, but it won't last forever. And when I got off the Zyprexa and switched to something else, the weight dropped nearly immediately.

January 29, 2005
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Thanks for your helpful advice...i really appreciate it....you are right
refuse2giveup....i was trying to drown my pain with meds...

I didn't go pick up my prescription...i guess because i really don't want to take that route.
I want to deal with this differently.
I have lost so much weight... i'm usually a 140 145 now i'm down to i think below 110 i've stopped weighing myself...i look terribly thin and gaunt...to think i've always wanted to be this small!!
I have no more boobs!!!

I signed up for some meditation classes .. i start tommorrow night.. i'll go back to the gym...i'm sure my friends are missing me...i start school on monday night..its hard to sleep without him...i miss him so much..he's coming to see the kids today ...i'm still not decided if i should be here or leave...my therapist says i should leave..to make him feel that the family unit is broken...he broke it and until he faces that...yesterday he admitted he needs to speak to the therapist and asked me for her number...he said he feels like a runaway train doesnt know where he's going just want to run away....not necessarily to her...just away from it all.

I have to think of ME!!!! Its hard to think of me when i've always thought of him and the kids all my life!!!

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