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Increasing paroxetine has made my depression and anxiety worse

Went from 20mg to 30mg and just wondered if others have had similar

Reactions on increasing. Have been on 20mg for 25 years !!!

Went down into bad state early this year but hate taking meds so only

tried increase to 30-mg for short time a couple of months ago and went back to 20mg

Felt overdosed.

Am now trying 30mg again .

My worst problems are shaking and crying.

Has anyone out there had side affects on increasing their doses on


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    pam, check for sure but i think paxil is an SSNI, like effexor and prestiq. it is a terrible drug to change the dosage of, up or down.   it took my husband 6 months to taper off of this and he had to add prozac to be able to do it. he had brain zaps, crying spells, dizziness etc. you might want to do a bit of research and ask for an easier drug to handle for anxiety. the prozac, he is taking 40 mg and it has helped his anxiety disorder so much. no weight gain either. this i is just our experience, and we are not doctors!!!
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    Hi Pam .. has your dr had you try other medications as there are so many out there, I tried so many until I finally am on one that has helped me the most with virtually or no side effects that I'm aware of.  Nothing worse than having to increase you dose this can often be a sign that it's not the right medication for you. 

    I am currently on Cymbalta and find that this is the one drug that has helped me personally the best.

    Maybe it might pay to have a discussion with your meds with your doctor.

    Take care and please let us know how you go...

    Tracey x

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    Hi Pam

    That's normal I would just go back to your regular dose. Increasing always comes with adjustments, then when you go up, it's hell just coming off them.

    Less is better.

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    Have you tried escitalopram ?

    How are your thoughts? Do you sleep well. For anxiety due do excessive thoughts I take Quetiapin 150mg at night.

    How old are you? Give us more details.

    How sociable are you?

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      I'm in my early 30's

      Have 2 kids

      I work full time in Sales

      I lost my sister to suicide earlier this year, I have depression and have had it my whole life.

      I have gone cold turkey and stopped taking of venlafaxine / Efexor 150mg.

      Medication is a very small part of living with depression, I had taken my doses same time, of the day as soon as I woke up.

      I noticed have been very flat through Changes in my life and eventful times, I was sweating severely every time I went to bed, and if I would wake up later than 10am and not taken my Efexor/ venlafaxine I would have an immediate side effect. Head aches, dizzy, nauseous, drowsy.

      It was a big decision for me to

      Stop taking them abruptly however I did this because I wanted to. I went against the advice if my psychiatrist I informed my social worker and psychologist what I was doing.

      Complete open book. I'm recognising the counselling works for me better than anything, however it has taken many attempts to find the right counsellor and psychologist that actually cares about what they do, and really do care. Critical part of living with depression and learning how to keep going is having the right practitioners in place to keep you on track.

      The medication helped me a lot I was on it for just about 2 years, but also had a combination of counselling sessions, group therapy, psychology sessions just to learn more about it and help me accept that you have to keep trying.

      We are all different, this is what I'm doing and this seems to be working for me.

      I'm usually quite social, but when I was on Efexor I stopped, I also felt like I was heavily medicated all the time, & I could not even wake up and hear my kids. No motivation and no emotions to be honest. I need my emotions to help me get through my life, to be honest with you I am ready to try, I'm trying and actively ready to incorporate mindfulness in my life.

      At the moment cold turkey is tough, the night sweats still there, the headaches still there, drowsy and dizzy sure am. Nausuea to. I'm just giving it some time hopefully it will were off.

      Who the hell knows .


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