Thank you for your answer. I am just starting my 5th week of the Paxil e.r. Because of all the changes I have been through, I am willing to give the Paxil more time. The first time I had this problem it took about 2-3 months to get over it.
I can take up to 2 mg. of Lorazapam. I take 1/2 in the morning, and 1/2 in the afternoon, if I need it, and I take 1mg. when I go to bed. I'm not really sure I need to do that. I don't have trouble sleeping, but maybe it's because I take the Lorazapam.
I'm pretty sure this is not related to another medical problem, except the need for a hip replacement, which I'm not too thrilled about. But I had the hip problem before this started, although I didn't know I needed a new hip until this summer.
You mentioned Zoloft, Pristiq, Cymbalta, or something similar. What is "something similar" and what do all of these drugs have in common?
The psychiatric nurse I saw seemed to be a big fan of Prozac, but I wasn't willing to change drugs again at that time, so we went with the Paxil e.r., which seemed to be working for me until I tried the other things. I tried the others to see if they would stop the anxiety. The other things being 40mg. of Celexa and Paxil. The doses were too high. The psychiatrist I saw put me back on Paxil 20mg. and Lorazapam
You say that Paxil is not your favorite drug. What is your favorite drug?
I started with Xanax, went off of it immediately. It made me feel wired. Then I went on Paxil. Then a colleague of my doctor put me on Effexor. Quit that very soon because it gave me horrible headaches and raised my blood pressure. I went back to Paxil for 8- 10 years and did great, until my weaning trial!
The psychiatric nurse I saw seemed to be a big fan of Prozac, but I didn't want to change drugs again, so she put me on Paxil e.r. which I was doing pretty well on until I tried other things to see if they would stop the anxiety: 40 mg of Paxil and Celexa. The doses were too high, so the psychiatrist put me back on Paxil 20 mg. and Lorazapam.
If the Paxil e.r. doesn't fix me completely in another 2-4 of weeks, do you have any idea what might be the best drug for me to try?