I have a lot to share tonight and could use some help .
I saw my MDS on Monday and things were good. He did not change any of my meds even though I mentioned that i observed myself to be forgetting things, which we discussed among other things. We discussed all my ?'s and basically we did not make any changes yet to my meds.
So on Tuesday an article came out in the New York Times about anticholenergics.
I take Paxil and have done so for the last 4 months. It helps me with anxiety and with lack of motivation. In fact it's been a BIG help to me. So reading this article was disheartening. I called my MDS back and asked him to read the article and the study summary at
He asked me more ?s about the memory issues and thought that overall he would suggest staying on Paxil because it's helping me substantially. Neither of us know for sure that the memory issues are being caused by the Paxil tho I'm inclined to think they are. I might be listening to someone and a relevant thought occurs to me to share and when there's a break in the conversation to share my comment...it's gone, OR I go to the cupboard to get some oatmeal and by the time I get there I forgot what I went to get, literally 5 seconds later.. THIS is happening A LOT and is not an imagined change nor do I think this is typical aging. MY MDS said I could change meds if I want but he warned that coming off Paxil can be "Bumpy"(his words) I assume that to mean...withdrawals. I've been there before and all I can say is I know what to expect(more or less) and it makes me sad just thinking about having to go through that once again. But it also makes me sad to think that my memory may be effected by this medication.
Anyone else use Paxil and have memory issues? ...or gone off of it and had a "bumpy" time of it?
Anyone else have experience interpreting studies?
I feel like I'm inside a box and need others view points...Really objective viewpoints,personal experience. I've also contacted Dr Okun...so I'm hoping to get some more worthwhile input to help me decide what to do. It occurs to me to ask for cognitive and memory testing so as to get a baseline for right now. any other suggestions are welcome
I plan to contact my MDS again as I have more questions but would appreciate others input from the gang here first.
Have goood days....
Edited by woodbee, 02 March 2012 - 12:31 AM.