Switching From Paxil To Viibryd

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I am switching from Paxil to Viibryd due to weight gain from Paxil. I'm slowly decreasing Paxil while increasing viibryd, (my choice because I'm terrified of withdraw symptoms). I have been on Paxil for 10 years, coming off of it recently and going on Zoloft during pregnancy. I lost a ton of weight when I was on Zoloft, and the second I started Paxil again, I started gaining quickly. I wanted to go back on Paxil because Zoloft just wasn't controlling my anxiety well. So, here I am, on the 20 mg of Viibyrd plus a 5 mg of Paxil a day. Starting 40 mg of viibryd tomorrow and stopping Paxil. I am noticing that if I don't take the viibryd right at 24 hours since the last dose, I am so anxious! It's almost immediate. Does this drug have no half life? Being an anxious, ocd person my whole life, I am so scared of medicine not working. I am your typical "what if" thinker and am so afraid of "losing my mind" That's where all my anxiety stems from. What if I go crazy... Does anyone have any success stories of viibryd controlling panic and switching from Paxil? I guess I'm just looking for reassurance. The anxiety I felt this morning before taking the viibryd made me scared to death it's not gonna work for me.

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Verwon Says:
 
Hello, Amy! How are you?

It is actually normal for such medications to cause some anxiety as side effects for the first 3 weeks, or so, while your body is getting used to the medication. That coupled with lowering the dose of Paxil has probably intensified it, even more.

The FDA lists other typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, dry mouth and headache.

How are you feeling, now? Has there been any change?

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Amy Says:
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Getting a little better each day. Def some GI issues, (diarrhea) but will be totally worth it if my anxiety gets better. Great therapy session today which always helps. Thanks for responding!

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