I assume others, like myself, who start on Paxil will begin searching for accounts online of people’s experiences once the side effects start happening. So, here is a quick run down of my crazy experience thus far.
I stupidly started Paxil the night before I left for DC. I take the train to DC since I’m unable to fly but still require drinks here and there to get myself through the adventure. I thought since Paxil took weeks to start working the side effects also took time to occur. Oh, how wrong I was. I woke up fine the morning after taking my first pill but by 10am I was very dry mouthed and continually having to stop myself from vomitting. This was very different from my normal travel day nausea, so I knew it was not just in my head. There was a very strange feeling down my chest and my body felt funny. Luckily, when I needed to head to the train station the vomiting had mostly passed.
Now in Union Station my normal anxiety was in full swing and I felt confused from the Paxil. I felt so off I knew I shouldn’t try drinking anything to calm myself. I forced myself to eat some food and then waited for my train. While waiting in line to be able to board the train I panicked. I grew hot, unable to stand still and similar near vomiting to that morning. I knew if they didn’t start the line moving soon I wouldn’t make it on the train.
I made it to boarding and had now calmed down. Feeling a bit better I decided I needed to get a beer or I’d never make it through the train ride. I drank it slowly to gauge the effects and everything seemed fine. I had a couple more and talked to some people to keep my mind off everything.
Over the next couple days the vomiting and severe dry mouth would come and go. The over all funny feeling would stay constantly and a bad headache would appear at times. I would also become confused at times, but I had not been sleeping well, partially the trains fault and I think partially the drugs fault, so I’m not sure if thats a direct effect of Paxil or the lack of sleep or both.
Somehow, I was able to make it through my day working just fine. I had been unable to drink beer as it just didn’t feel right and one night I woke up around 2am and was extremely dizzy. I was unable to stand up. I simply went back to sleep hoping it would go away. I woke up again 2 hours later and was still dizzy but able to stand. My walking was crooked but at least I could walk. That day my legs were not “right” but I was able to walk in a straight line.
Since then the vomiting and dry mouth have slowly diminished. Last night I woke up dizzy again but it wasn’t nearly as bad. My legs feel shaky and numb and my head will ache but overall its gotten much better.
At times I’d say the side effects were almost fun, just not when it caused increased anxiety. However, it is definitely not easy and some may not enjoy it at all. I see the end result, if it works, worth the increased anxiety for now. Reading other people’s experiences about what they could do after the drug started working helped me get through it. Hopefully in a weeks time I’ll be able to write about how great Paxil is.
Almost forgot to mention one thing. I’ve been sleeping a lot more. It could be related to losing sleep while treking to DC but I think its way more than can be explained by that. Saturday night I went to bed by 10 or 11 and slept till 8. I then took a nap that day in the afternoon for a few hours and went to bed that night around 10 and slept till 8 again. I fell asleep last night around 9:30 or 10 but forced myself up at 6.
Update: I wrote this in the morning. This afternoon the side effects jumped back into full force for a short period (extreme crazy feeling in my legs and near vomiting) and I ended up napping for 2 hours again.