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14-02-16, 01:44 AM
Has anyone here been prescribed this SSRI and if so would you mind sharing your experiences of it?

I'm considering taking it for social anxiety and depression, but I am really worried about side effects, particularly the possibility of hair loss. I've spoken to my doctor about this, but would be interested in people's personal experiences and I realise my experience of it may be different.

Thanks :)

14-02-16, 01:45 AM
Hope I posted this in the right place by the way - if not sorry!

14-02-16, 01:51 AM
hi, wondered where you had got to. Seroxat is a bloody good choice of anti deprerssant. Not taken it persoally yet but I know several people who use it and has worked well for them. I wouldn't worry too much about possible side effects as they are rather rare. They may make you feel slightly nauseous for a few days, but well worth giving them a go. I checked on Wikipedia, didn't mention hair loss.
Hope things are going ok with you.

14-02-16, 01:51 AM
Hi Anna, your fine where you posted this hun, it isnt something I have any experience of to be honest x sorry couldn't help

14-02-16, 02:08 AM
Hi Stephenb and Angie, thanks for the quick replies :)

It's one of the few SSRIs I haven't tried and my doctor said I should consider it. I've read some good things online about it helping people worry less about what others think of them, but hearing other's experiences on here would be really helpful.
It gets to the point where I avoid going out sometimes just in case someone I don't know says or does something negative towards me, or I worry about doing something stupid and making a fool of myself. This hasn't happened that often and I know I shouldn't care, but sadly I do, way too much. I'd love to stop feeling so self-conscious, I'm just so fed up of feeling like it. I know its stupid but I even get a bit nervous about posting stuff online, that's why I haven't posted that much so far Stephen!

14-02-16, 02:17 AM
Thas is your brain playing tricks with you, and the reason why you are here. The meds are supposed to make you think 'normally' then you won't be so bothered what people think. I would definitely give them a go. really you have nothing to lose. You may even be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. You certainly shouldn't be self conscious about posting on here. Nobody is out to judge you. (unless you give some dodgy advice - which i did last week. I meant well but was not sound advice)
Jump in with both feet and see where it takes you.

14-02-16, 12:19 PM
Yes you're right, I suppose I don't have much to lose really. I just wondered if Seroxat was different to other SSRIs at all, as none of the others I tried affected my social anxiety at all. Thanks for replying anyway :)

14-02-16, 01:41 PM
Actually the meds job is normally to level out how you are feeling.. Everyone could take the same medication and respond differently. There are good and bad points for every medication out there. Is this your GP just changing your medication or seeing a psych?

14-02-16, 02:07 PM
Hi Suzi,

Thanks for the reply. My doctor said that different SSRIs have had more success than others for particular types of anxiety though. Do you think this isn't the case? The SSRIs I've tried in the past have definitely affected me in different ways mentally, but I suppose this could be psychosomatic. I realise I may respond differently to others on the same medication, but if its worked for a large number of people in a certain way then I'd probably have more of a chance of it affecting me the same. I may well be wrong though...

Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist isn't an option as I can't afford it. I could get referred to a NHS mental health practitioner/counsellor for CBT again, but my doctor agreed that it wouldn't necessarily be that helpful as I've had no success with the 3 different ones I've seen before. I found all 3 courses of sessions unpleasant and unhelpful, particularly one.

14-02-16, 02:12 PM
Hi Anna. You can't afford it? Psychiatrists and psychologists are available on NHS, though it may take a while to get to see them. Perhaps you could talk to your GP about it?

Different SSRIs work differently for different people. But there are also other options to deal with depression and anxiety - different types of ADs, anti anxiety meds etc. It may be you could have a double appt with your GP to talk through the options and/or talk to a psychiatrist

14-02-16, 02:45 PM
Hi Paula,

I didn't know you could be referred to a psychiatrist for social anxiety and depression on the NHS, so thanks for that info. I went for an appointment just a couple of days ago and spoke with my GP about the options then. She's only ever suggested CBT as a non-pharmaceutical option and only for a limited number of sessions each time. Getting to a hospital or anything like that other than the surgery isn't easy for me, particularly now, so maybe this is why she hasn't suggested a psychiatrist or psychologist. The social anxiety is the main issue for me as that's usually why I'm depressed. I realise I may be sounding stupid/naive, but I've been like this for a long time and really have tried most things that seem to be available.

I'm going to see the GP again in a month to discuss whether or not I want to try the Seroxat, so I'll ask again if there's any other options available, but I can't say I'm overly hopeful. I hope I don't sound rude or dismissive, I'm not meaning to and appreciate you taking the time to reply. It's just a frustrating situation for me.

14-02-16, 03:34 PM
The other name for it is Paroxetine, if that helps anyone.

14-02-16, 06:28 PM
My husband has been changed from a SSRI to an SNRI (Venlafexine) as he'd been on the SSRI (Fluoxetine) at a really high dose for a long time.. His Dr said that as he'd been on that for ages and tried lots of them that it was unlikely that another SSRI would help him..

14-02-16, 07:00 PM
Hi Anna

I haven't tried Paroxetine but I have tried Citralopram, Sertraline and Fluoxetine which are all SSRIs, and Venlafaxine and Duloxetine which are SNRIs.
My personal opinion is that if you've tried several with limited success then it's definitely worth asking for a referral to a psychiatrist, they can prescribe higher doses and creative combinations. For example I currently take Fluoxetine in combination with two other medicines.
I too didn't know this was an option until the GP ran out of options and mentioned it in passing that I could try seeing a psychiatrist.
I see a private psychiatrist now as the NHS waiting times were really long, but it's definitely worth asking if a referral would be appropriate.

Welcome to DWD (hi)

14-02-16, 08:28 PM
I have a combination of lithium, Amitryptaline, venlafaxine, Buspirone and diazepam (mainly for pain but also for anxiety). I also take pregabalin for pain but it also helps with anxiety. My point is that there are options, though you would need to see a psychiatrist as a GP is unlikely to combine psych meds without psychiatric advice

15-02-16, 12:27 AM
OK thanks everyone for the info and thanks Rose for the welcome too :)