Hello, my lovely readers!
As you have probably seen my “Life with Seroquel and Life with Anti-Depressants” posts, today I am writing about my life with Paroxetine!
Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. (SSRI)
What is Paroxetine used for?
Social anxiety disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
I have been taking Paroxetine for two years after I was slowly withdrawn off Fluoxetine, when that stopped working.
I was on 40mg, but it was decreased to 20mg because it was not helping with my depressive episode, it was making it ten times worse.
I personally think this has stopped working. Because my depression has got a lot worse, my suicidal thoughts are more intense, and my energy levels are worse. I can slowly feel my quality of life dropping again like before when I was not medicated.
I will be going back to my psychiatrist and asking him when I can get a face to face appointment.
The side effects what I had–
Dry Mouth – I have this side effect with Quetiapine as well, I am very use to this now and I must drink at least 4 bottles of water a day to keep my mouth hydrated.
Low appetite – When I first started Paroxetine, I did not have an appetite. I was not hungry at all but now my appetite has come back thanks to the Seroquel.
Heartburn – This annoyed me so much, I would eat food then I had heartburn every time. It has thankfully stopped which I am grateful for.
Insomnia – I have had days where I can sleep at night then I have nights what I can stay up till 6am because my mind is fully awake and hyper.
Drinking and Paroxetine–
You can drink on Paroxetine, but I do not advise while investigating his disappearance detectives discovered dictate it get a life that because it is a depressant and it makes my depressive episodes worse. I used to drink a lot with Paroxetine, and it made my head worse.
Sleep and Paroxetine
The first few days when you take Paroxetine you might feel sleepy or you might not sleep. When I first started Paroxetine, I suffered with bad insomnia and I was running off two hours of sleep which triggered my mania off. But now, it depends what day I have. If I have a good and positive day, I can sleep okay. But if I had a negative day, I do not sleep much.
Sex and Paroxetine
I am an incredibly open person when it comes to my mental health and life, but my Paroxetine has affected it and I now have a decreased sex drive. I just do not want to be touched but that is also due to previous trauma. Its not all down to Paroxetine and I need to work on that.
I enjoy writing this series and I hope you enjoy reading it!
See you soon.
Shannon Diana x