(Closed) Bees on Paxil – Question [appetite/food changes]

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
451 posts
Helper bee

@WillyNilly:  Hmm, strange.  I took Paxil for a couple years back in high school for anxiety (well, paroxetine, the generic veresion).  I didn’t notice any changes in appetite or food preference, but it did make me sleepy.  I was told that my anxiety had essentially kept me on my toes and alert, and once that ebbed away I didn’t have that to keep me as energized as I was used to.  I literally apollogized to a few teachers because I was nodding off in class, haha.

Post # 5
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t remember much about the side effects of it when I first went on paxil. I did,however, have some crazy side effects going off of it, including odd changes in appetite/cravings. I’d imagine thay could go the other way as well. I’ve heard, although I am not sure how accurate this is, that paxil effects blood sugar levels.

Either way, weight gain/appetite changes are expected for all SSRI’s so I don’t think you are abnormal!

Post # 6
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was on Paxil several years ago and hated it. I actually gained about 15-20 pounds and was constantly hungry. 

I also felt like a zombie on it — no emotion at all. And it totally eliminated my sex drive.

Needless to say, I stopped taking it once I figured out it was making me feel worse.

I’ve heard it takes 2-3 months for you to feel the “full effects” of any drug, so you might want to try to tough it out for a few more weeks.

But if you don’t feel comfortable even 5 weeks in, I’d talk to your dr. about how to safely go off the Paxil and maybe try something different.

Is this the first anti-depressant you’ve tried? I only ask because I had to try 3 or 4 before I found something that worked for me and didn’t have horrible side effects. 

Just try to be patient and make sure your dr. is listening to you and not just wanting to shove pills down your throat. 

It’s a process! Hang in there  no matter what you decide!
















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