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PND and Seroxat - feeling worse!

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Forgottenwhatsleepfeelslike Wed 01-Jun-11 14:56:19

After a long internal struggle have realised I am suffering from PND. Have a 7 month DD who is not a good sleeper and so sleep deprivation is playing a large part. Went to GP today who prescribed paroxetine (Seroxat). Have taken first dose and almost immediately feel worse. Even more tired than normal, very depressed, feeling like I can't cope. Have begged DH to come home from work as terrified I'll get frustrated with DD and unintentionally hurt her. Is this normal? Does anyone else have experience of Seroxat? I am bfing so ADs are limited. DD won't take a bottle so as much as I'd like to stop bfing I can't! Feeling very isolated as we moved to a new area when I was pg and I don't drive so I have no friends I can just pop and see or who can come round. Terrified of going out anywhere as DD's nap schedule is incredibly demanding and if I don't stay in and ensure she naps properly, she gets overtired and doesn't sleep so I don't sleep and everything is exacerbated. Really feeling a bit at the end of my tether and not sure how to cope.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 01-Jun-11 14:59:24

my experience of seroxat is unfortunately very negative - I would go back and ask to be changed to another AD. I know that you have to expect some degree of heightening of anxiety etc after starting an anti-depressant but it was SO much worse on seroxat.

Hope you can sort things out soon

Thingumy Wed 01-Jun-11 17:22:52

I took seroxat for many years,it helped me in the longterm but the side effects when you first start can be awful.

They take 4-6weeks to really work and in the first few weeks your anxiety levels can increase sadly.

I'm surprised that the gp prescribed them whilst you are breastfeeding as I was told it was best not to when I was on them after ds's birth.

I always took Valium alongside seroxat in the first few weeks to counteract the panicky side effects,obviously not a option for you.

Go back to your gp and have a chat but with any antidepressant there are some risks of side effects in those initial first doses.

strawberry17 Thu 02-Jun-11 10:51:38

Hi yes your post brought back painful memories for me and mine are now 17 and 12 so although this feels like hell it really well get better. I was prescribed Lustral/Sertraline while breastfeeding and although it makes you feel wiped out to start with after about 2-3 weeks I felt fantastic, so much better. There are side effects with all antidepressants, they can knock your libido terribly but I suspect sex is the last thing on your mind right now smile. They can take a long time to wean off (for some people) as well.
Just keep in mind "this too will pass".
Wish I lived near you so I could offer a little support.

Forgottenwhatsleepfeelslike Thu 02-Jun-11 21:30:48

Thank you all so much for your replies. I didn't take the Seroxat today and feeling much better. My GP is referring me for some CBT and recommended various things to help my isolation etc. Tempted to keep ADs as a last resort, or at least till when I can stop bfing. DH has also been fab, and I'm starting to feel brighter. (although yes, sex is not top of my priority list!)

Thanks again smile

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