Switching to paroxetine

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Hi all, I was recently switched from escitalopram to paroxetine about 2 weeks ago. I had been on the escitalopram for 10 weeks and had increased anxiety that didn't improve. I felt much better for about the first 4 days after the switch, and then the anxiety started to creep back. The last few days have been pretty rough. Wondering if this is still from my body adjusting to the switch or if paroxetine is causing the increased anxiety? I was on paroxetine in the past-about 14 years ago and did fine with it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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     , It takes paxil about 4 to six weeks to begin working and you can have an increase in nausea and anxiety when starting. But in your case I coudl not tell you if your side effects include comming off of escitalopram  or not. I would ask your doctor   If it continues . I hope you feel better soon.

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      Thanks for your reply. I think I will call my doctor today to see if he thinks the increased anxiety is from coming off the escitalopram. I didn't have any problems starting paroxetine in the past, but my body chemistry could be different now, so who knows! Just hope to be feeling better soon.

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    Hi Jane.

    Paroxetine is like that, i am on paroxetine 20mg for 14 years now very addictive medication. first month of taking it is awfull, but after that its ok you will be ok. that is normal with paroxetine.

    It will be amazing if you can live without that medication. good luck and all the best.

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