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A 37-year-old female asked:

I feel like i have a racing heart when i get up. 37/no smoke/drink. echo/stress/ecg normal. yoga regularly. anxiety disorder. on paxil (paroxetine). no caffeine ?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Morning: First: are you new to paxil, (paroxetine) or on a recently-raised dose? If so, this may be a side effect. It should abate, unless the dose is high for you. (this may be checked with a blood level). Paxil (paroxetine) can produce quirky effects in some people. Second: in the am before awakening, we tend to have "deep" dreams. These may point to the core of your anxiety. Speak with your therapist!
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Check out Paxil (paroxetine): Paxil (paroxetine) has been known to do this because it is the shortest acting SSRI-has a short half-life which can lead to dips in the blood level within a 24-hour period that are not tolerated by some individuals. Manifestations would be anxiety, sweaty hands, headache and the like. Discuss with your doctor possibility & about a different medication that would target your symptoms the same eg another SSRI.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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