To Medicate Again, or Not

I’ve medicated in the past. Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, and Zoloft, as I recall.

But not…

Paxil (Paroxetine).

I don’t really know how I feel about it.

Yesterday was another follow-up with my new-this-year family doctor. Aside from confirming the addition of hypothyroid to my list of diagnoses she asked whether I would willingly try Paxil. This was after a torturously long, thoughtful pause (we’re talking a whole five minutes here!) and having disclosed the list of SSRIs tried in the past. Well, and combinations of SSRIs, too.

It was clear she was racking her brain for something to suggest that my insurance would cover. Which definitely isn’t anything new-ish on the market.

Now, I really remember a lot of chatter about Paxil back in the day, so I don’t really know how I feel about trying it. I let her call in the script. I’m really bad at self-advocating and speaking up and saying no to people, especially people in some position of authority. I just don’t know if I’ll really take it.

It isn’t like any pill is going to be some miraculous cure. I’m not sure that my issues at present are quite detrimental enough to warrant another go with an SSRI after the ups and downs of the all the others I’ve tried. I’ve definitely been worse at points in my life than I am right now. Also, I’m just starting to feel like I’m making my way towards my authentic self, finally.

To refresh myself, I did hit up the notorious Google.

She mentioned that it was strictly for anxiety and not depression. Google results disagree with that. Also, an awful lot of people didn’t have an awful lot of nice things to say about it.

So, if anyone out there in the sphere has some first-hand experience with Paxil (paroxetine) when used solely for anxiety, please be a darling and share your experience with it?

I’d be super duper appreciative!

Love & Light

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