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Hi Everyone,

 

I have been on Paxil CR since mid February. I started on 25mg and then went up to 37.5, which I have been on for a month.  I have been on this drug and dosage once before in the past and didn't have many issues in the beginning, mainly sweating, minor headaches, and some insomnia.

 

I just have a quick question, I've been experiencing moments of vertigo since Sunday night. I noticed it when I got up in the middle of the night. I got up and for a few seconds I was very dizzy. I figured I just got up too fast and had been in a deep sleep. However, I keep getting this dizziness/vertigo when my head tilts backwards, if I lay down on a complete flat surface (no pillows) or if I tilt my head to the left. Weird? I've never had this before, but I know with Paxil in the beginning stages I normally get weird side effects that will last for a few days and then go away.

 

Just wanted to see if anyone had any similar experiences with their meds?

 

Thank you!

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I've had really bad dizziness from anxiety.  I didn't think it was, but we eliminated all else (physical causes) and I started taking my Ativan PRN regularly, it went away and I was able to go back to PRN with the Ativan.

 

Something to consider.  I'm not sure if anxiety would cause the vertigo though.

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Thanks Jarn. My anxiety and depression has actually subsided. Now I feel like I am dealing with side effects. For some reason with Paxil, my side effects start to take place after about a month (once I start feeling better). Hoping that is just what it is. After trying 3 different meds and tons of doctor visits, I really can't afford going back and forth to the doctor! I see my Pdoc next week, if it is still there I will bring it up to him. Well, either way I will bring it up, even if I am feeling better.

 

Thanks!

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The other thing you should check is your blood pressure.  Meds have weird effects on people, and getting dizzy when you stand up is a classic symptom of low blood pressure.  If you have a blood pressure cuff, or know someone who does, you should check it.

 

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I get very dizzy when I have an anxiety attack.  I've landed in the ER in and out of consciousness from one. 

 

It comes on fast for me, so I carry meclizine (OTC) with me wherever I go because somehow it starts to get rid of the dizziness I experience.

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i have vertigo from my meds also, but i have no idea whether it's the lithium or the parnate.  i have it when getting up too fast (orthostatic hypotension, common with a lot of psych meds), but i also have it when walking sometimes.  that's really embarassing because i look like i'm drunk.

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This sounds like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It might not be a side effect but could just be something unrelated. BPPV causes vertigo with certain head movements and changes in posture and often affects one ear more than the other.

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I get vertigo attacks, unrelated to my meds. Do get your blood pressure checked, but also look for the Epley maneuver. You can google it -- it's a series of head movements that moves the little bits of calcium in your inner ear. It's the only thing that works for me. 

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