Before I can start my new medication, my doctor has instructed me to come off Paxil first. Right now I'm taking 1 pill every second day. On Tuesday I was scheduled to switch to taking Paxil every third day, but that depends on my quitting symptoms.
I am having a few symptoms, so I googled them to make sure everything I'm experiencing is normal. Here's what I found.
Frequently Reported Symptoms:
extraordinarily vivid dreams
extreme confusion during waking hours
intense fear of losing your sanity
steady feeling of existing outside of reality as you know it (referred to as depersonalization at times)
memory and concentration problems
Panic Attacks (even if you never had one before)
severe mood swings, esp. heightened irritability / anger
suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)
an unconventional dizziness/ vertigo
the feeling of shocks, similar to mild electric one, running the length of your body
an unsteady gait
profuse sweating, esp. at night
breaking out in tears
hypersensitivity to motion, sounds, smells
abdominal cramping, diarrhea
loss of appetite
chills/ hot flashes
Less Frequently Reported Symptoms
"scratching sound" inside one's head
constant white noise in the ears
tingling sensation in cheeks, lips, tongue and surrounding areas.
heart palpitations/ chest pain
swollen and sore eyes
extremely localized, bursting headaches
lump in throat
rash / dry, flaky and irritated skin
grinding of teeth
What symptoms am I having?
tingling left arm and hand (I don't see tingling arms as part of what other people have experienced - has anyone experienced this?)
loss of appetite (probably because of the nausea)
With the current symptoms that I'm having, I'm not sure if I should slow down my discontinuation of Paxil or not. I wish I could just have a doctor on speed-dial to talk me through these things. Otherwise, how do I know what to do?
I've also been researching side effects of taking Cipralex and am a little concerned about proceeding with that course of action.
According to medbroadcast.com , some side effects that may be experienced while taking Cipralex include:
changes in heart rate
congested or runny nose
diarrhea (Maybe worse yuck)
difficulty sleeping (I guess not sleeping so much wouldn't be such a bad thing)
drowsiness (oh wait, drowsiness plus difficulty sleeping - sounds like a mean cycle)
fatigue (Oh wait, add fatigue to the drowsiness and insomnia!)
increased sweating (nice, I'm already a sweater)
loss of appetite (on the plus side, maybe I'll lose some weight from just not eating?)
nausea (love that feeling)
sexual dysfunction including:
erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting or keeping an erection)
decreased libido (sex drive) (oh, this might not be good for my marriage)
inability to have an orgasm (it gets even better)
I'm sure in reading the list, you can see a few side effects that aren't too cool. I know that it isn't a given that I'll have any of these reactions, but I don't know if I feel like risking it.