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The side effects of Paxil are as follows, according to ones I’m having are bold-face):

Anxiety; blurred vision; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; gas; increased sweating; increased urination; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; numbness or tingling of the skin; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; weakness; yawning.

The yawning is one of the most annoying SSRI side effects EVER, especially when you put the nausea into the mix.  Whenever I yawn, I feel like I’m going to vomit – my mouth waters and everything.  It reminds me of having mono when I was 6 and puked a lot, and yawning just made it worse.

The “stomach upset” is mostly just nausea.  My stomach doesn’t actually hurt or anything (not really – I mean, beyond what I usually have), but when I’m hungry?  I get nauseated.  When I’ve eaten?  I’m nauseated.  I spent a good portion of Thursday (exactly a week after starting the Paxil) throwing up, and since I was planning to go out of town this weekend to see family, that kind of put a kink in everything, so I’m home.

I take my Paxil, and nearly 5 hours later on the dot, I feel like I’m going to just pass out (sleepy), but the nervousness keeps me awake.  My RLS is a bit worse, actually.  I think these will fade with time, as they have with others.

Peeing more often just means I’m drinking more fluid, as well (with the dry mouth), so that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The nausea is, by far, the worst thing.

I have spent a year trying to lose weight through various methods, which are usually stalled by my body going, “HOLY CRAP, WOMAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?” when I try to exercise too much, and getting various strange things occurring with meal changes.

I have lost 5 pounds this week.  Seriously, that’s just freaky.

I look at certain foods, or smell them, and I want to puke.  Where chocolate used to be my kryptonite, it’s more like great northern beans, now – if it’s there, sure, I’ll have a little, but I’m not going to overdo it, because it makes me want to puke.

I’ve been making sure that what I DO manage to keep down is good for me, and I’m keeping up with my vitamins and supplements as best I can (that’s the fun part of the day…keeping my pills down), so that my body doesn’t get all jacked up from lack of nutrients.

I am actually craving veggies.  Meat, not so much.  This is very strange for me, but it’s not the first time (Cymbalta did the same thing to me).  Thinking about bacon?  Makes me want to vomit.  :-(

Forrest and I went to a frozen yoghurt place last night, and while I usually get chocolate and vanilla with a bunch of peanut butter cups or cookie dough as toppings, I got blueberry tart and a bit of banana, and topped it with strawberries.  THEN I only ate 1/3 of it.  I put it in the freezer, had some earlier today, and then finished it about 20 minutes ago.  This wasn’t a lot of food – I just can’t eat that much.

I imagine this is what it feels like to have gastric bypass.

Anyway, I have to wait another 5 weeks to see if this will even help my panic disorder or OCD.  Hopefully the nausea will lessen.  I mean, I’d rather be nauseated than panicky, but losing weight like this is not ideal in the slightest.


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