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Paxil (paroxetine)

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Paxil®

Generic Name: Paroxetine pa-ROX-e-teen

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI

 

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Description
Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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Raven Revelation
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Registered: September 2014
Location: California, USA
Posts: 7
Tue October 7, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $25.01| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Stops: Depression
CONS: None.

This medication has altogether stopped my severe depression. Best medication, EVER! I will be on this medication for the rest of my life!!

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Snips2314
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Registered: September 2014
Location: Crazyville, Michigan
Posts: 77
Thu September 4, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: It DID calm my Anxiety
CONS: I was so sick I couldn't get out of bed to ENJOY the break from Anxiety

I was very very sick. Nausea, upset stomach, headaches, diarrhea, etc. I slept all day. Even after I stopped taking it, I was sick like that for another 2 weeks. (I had only been taking it for 3 weeks.)

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LoneLabRat
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Registered: April 2014
Location: TN
Posts: 17
Mon April 28, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Took the edge off of my anxiety
CONS: was in a constant manic state/ constant suicidal ideation/ weight gain/ felt numb inside

I felt like I wasn't real anymore. Almost like the real me was trapped and couldn't get out. I was depressed but I couldn't express it. I was not emotionless but I couldn't express my emotions.

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beautifulburden
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Registered: January 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 5
Sat April 26, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: suicidal

This medication caused suicidal thoughts and impulses.

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BPD Ghost
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Registered: February 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 33
Sun February 23, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: It caused a suicide episode within a few weeks. I felt drugged out and spacey.

I had a bad experience with suicide as a side effect when I was younger. One of the psyche-wards I was in was giving it to me by accident and I felt totally high the hole time. I talked a lot too.

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GaSusan
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Georgia
Posts: 37
Tue February 18, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helps a lot with anxiety and depression
CONS: if taken for a long period of time starts to not work

I took it for years early in my diagnosis it caused me to gain a tremendous amount of weight and caused me to have acne.

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
Location: ...
Posts: 229
Mon January 20, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: completely cured my anxiety
CONS: couldn't feel any emotions, side effects worse than the depression

For the first time in my life, I was not afraid to come out of my house and talk to people. It was glorious. Couldn't feel any emotion, however. Couldn't feel joy, pain, empathy, etc. Nothing. Felt so flat I wondered why I was breathing in the first place. Even taken down to the smallest dose, had NO libido. No matter how much I tried, couldn't finish. Lost interest in all creative endeavors, hobbies and direction in life. Never again.

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marmaduke
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Registered: September 2013
Location: UK
Posts: 347
Wed January 15, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: It works well for me. Stopped panic attacks and reduced aniexty, helped with depression. Very good in my opinion.
CONS: Makes me yawn, nightmares if I miss a pill. No wieght gain.

Helped me cope with panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Excellent, wish it had been around in my teenage years when my social phobia was crippling. This drug would have made a tremendous difference to me. I tried Prozac first, didn't suit at all and gave me severe diarrhoea. With these meds its all about trial and error what suits one person does not suit another.

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Moomoor
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Registered: August 2012
Location: Montréal, Qc, Canada
Posts: 1
Mon December 16, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Calmed my anxiety, made me sleep more (during the first few weeks)
CONS: Gained 40lbs, didn't really work for my trouble (except for anxiety), people felt I was ''different'' but not always in a good way

Worked a lot for anxiety but not much for the other parts.

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stmml
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Registered: September 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 72
Fri June 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Worked like a charm, eliminated ALL my symptoms.
CONS: I gained 40 lbs over the course of four years taking it. It also made me sleep a LOT more.

As soon as I started taking it, I started sleeping for 12 hours straight. It has made me more lethargic. I also gained 40 lbs over the course of 4 years while on it, and that weight has been nearly impossible to lose. However, I was told by my doctor that I'd have to adjust my lifestyle, because the meds would only make my anxiety symptoms more manageable and not eliminate them, yet only 10 mg of the stuff took care of every last one. This is a drug where you really need to weigh your pros against your cons.

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Toffee42
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Registered: April 2012
Posts: 1
Thu April 5, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Controls anxiety/panic disorder.
CONS: Weight gain. Lack of sex drive.

Excellent for controlling my anxiety/depression/panic disorder.

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Galymia
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Registered: April 2012
Location: b-e-d
Posts: 33
Sun April 1, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Mostly got rid of my depression.
CONS: Major weight gain.

It works to get rid of depression but the weight gain is terrible. I have been off of it for 3 years and I still haven't been able to get rid of the weight.

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KeepGoing8
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Registered: March 2012
Location: Cali
Posts: 243
Wed March 14, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Good depression treatment for a few months
CONS: Awful nightmares, night sweats, eventual depressive episode after 6 months

I was really happy with Paxil for awhile, but even when my waking life felt good and stable, I would have nightmares that I had relapsed, broken down, and publicly rejected for my "abnormal" behavior, would wake breathless and covered in sweat, the sheets soaked & freezing in the predawn....unable to shake the horrible ache of pain, shame, and anxiety from my nightmares. My mom read Paxil interferes with insulin regulation and I just read smoking cigs counteracts paxil's antidepressant influence...so I quit cigs and now I face the daunting task of withdrawing from Paxil to try something new...whoopeee

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bathory
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 7
Mon November 7, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: did nothing

it did nothing

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AndreaJMo
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Registered: August 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 7
Fri August 12, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Several Side Effects

I hated this medication. Paxil was given to me for my OCD and it did absolutely nothing for me. I took it for approximately 3 weeks and I just felt so sick and dizzy and tired all the time. I also encountered brutal headaches with this medication. I was taken off it immediately by my Family Doctor due to the severity of the side effects that I was having. I would not recommend this medication to anyone.

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Registered: August 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 72
Sun August 7, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

Paxil is the medication that I've been on the longest. I started taking it when I was 6 years old, but I had to stop taking it when I was 14 years old because the FDA released the warning about anti-depressants causing bad thoughts in teens and young adults. I was prescribed Paxil because I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety at the age of 6. But Paxil (like Celexa) is one of the best medications I've ever taken.

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rschuh84
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Registered: January 2011
Posts: 1
Thu January 6, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helped with anxiety and depression
CONS: Bad withdrawl affects

Generic paxil worked wonders for my generalized anxiety disorder. my panic attack had gotten so bad that i refused or was unable to go to work for several days and lost my job. The side effects sucked but that can be expected with any of these meds. I see many people posting on here how horrible it is or was but for me it was great the only reason i ever stopped was lack of health insurance and financial reasons. The withdrawls were horrible but after being off now for close to a month I am beginning to feel much better and the zaps are finally almost completely gone. I have had some issues with anger and rage and im hoping that in time those feelings will subside. i would say give it a try it worked well for me with minimal side effects def not a horror story here. I see a lot of those on the web and thought itd be nice to see a post that was normal. I had the normal side effects of starting and stopping and it worked very well.

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stupidreasons
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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 4
Tue December 14, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Helped with depression and anxiety at first
CONS: Loss of concentration, loss of emotion, weight loss, headaches, stomach aches, withdrawal, drowsiness, doesn't work long term

I've been on Paxil CR 25mg for 6 months for anxiety and the depression from bipolar (I take something else for the mania). Anyway for the first two months I had my life back and my social anxiety diminished alot. After that things kind of dropped off. I pretty much lost most of my emotion and I often felt like a zombie. I would sporadically have my highs and low-lows. I pretty much quit caring about anything and everything. I became various disorganized and my home became very messy. I pretty much quit cleaning and organizing things including dishes. Before I was a meticulous neat freak that was constantly cleaning and organizing every little thing. I quit bathing, brushing my teeth, and even putting on deodorant. Very unusual for me. My grades also dropped in school,which is upsetting because I had a 4.0 GPA before. I even had to drop some classes for the first time in my college career. I now have to take a nap everyday because I am so tired. Also, I have been losing track of time! I never did these things even when I was depressed with no medications! My social anxiety has come back fully! I also get brain shocks and migraines if I accidentally miss a dose. I would not recommend this medication to anyone based on my experience. I am trying to get off but it has been hell!

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JS13JD
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Registered: November 2010
Posts: 1
Fri November 5, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Helps curb panic attacks
CONS: Inability to experience highs or lows

Effective at first. Then it flatlines your personality. Life begins to be Groundhog day. A re-run. Nor real highs or lows. It seems to swallow your emotions. An unnatural existence. But it did help curb my monstrous panic attacks.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Wed August 18, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Are there any?
CONS: Nearly did myself in...

Probably the worst one out there..

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Indie'sOK
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Registered: June 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3562
Mon January 25, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: reduces anxiety somewhat
CONS: doesn't help as much as I thought it would

I started Paxil in August 2009 for my anxiety. First I took 10mg, then 15. My anxiety still is not reduced as much as I'd like it to be. My doctor will probably increase my dose to 20mg, so hopefully I'll see some improvement after that.

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HazMat
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Registered: January 2010
Tue January 19, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Moderated emotions, decreased anxiety
CONS: Mild nausea, vivid dreams

For me, this drug has been a miracle. I was diagnosed recently with PMDD, and was suffering from horrendous mood swings, terrible social anxiety, paranoia, angry outbursts, crying jags, and everything else under the sun for half my menstrual cycle.The very day after I started on 10mg, I felt completely different. At first, it was a bit like my emotions were blunted, but it was such a relief. That lasted about a week, along with very mild nausea and decreased libido. I had one final day of combined nausea and a funny taste in my mouth, and then it completely evened out. The nausea went away, and my libido returned. Now I feel pleasantly calm, and am able to laugh and cry normally like I remember doing before the PMDD started getting bad. I actually enjoy the vivid dreams, but I can see where someone else might not. I haven't noticed any weight gain, and it doesn't make me crave alcohol, so I've been lucky there.NOTE: I take my dose about an hour before I sleep, which probably helps with any drowsiness it might cause.

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Serenity1967
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Registered: September 2009
Thu September 10, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: N/A
CONS: Severe Nausea

Suffering from depression....today was day 1 of 20mg paxil...within 2 hours I began feeling incredibly nauseous...5 hours since pill I cant stop vomiting and diarrhea, can barely stay awake, feeling incredibly weak! Will not take another paxil!

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mylove123
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Registered: August 2009
Mon August 17, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: made me tolerant, less angry
CONS: made me numb, apathetic to life, lazy, gained lots of weight

Paxil made me less depressed because I didn't feel anything. No joy, no happiness, no sadness. I felt tired and yawned constantly, sometimes one yawn after another all thru the day. I noticed the constant yawning especially at work where it bothered my coworkers. I gained forty pounds in two months. I was just on the couch after work. It did make me less irritable, but it was impossible to live a full life with this meds. Thumbs down.

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thinker22
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Registered: June 2009
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2113
Tue July 7, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: A bit more energy on some days
CONS: Insomnia, increased anxiety, caused full blown manic episode with psychosis

Insomnia, increased anxiety, caused full blown manic episode with psychosis in my case. Good for energy, I guess. Not good for bipolar people.

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mffnewjersey
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Registered: February 2009
Fri March 6, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: relives anxiety & depression
CONS: Sexual side effects

Have taken it for 15 years.

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winthorpe
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Registered: August 2008
Location: KY
Wed August 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.16| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: helps with small amounts of stress, price
CONS: horrible night sweats, uncontrollable anger, hard to get off of

Horrible night sweats that would soak the entire bed, wild vivid dreams, and the worst of all was that it caused me to snap uncontrollably. It seemed to push my threshold up but once it was reached I exploded! Never had a problem with anger or temper in my life until I started taking it and now believe it has altered my temperment permenantly.

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DoubleJ
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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 9
Mon July 14, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Exremely effective in treating my depression, helped some with anxiety, makes severe depressive episodes shorter and more manageable
CONS: Sexual side effects, weight gain, drowsiness

This is an extremely effective medication for depression but it also comes with a host of side effects. I gained nearly 40 lbs within 4 months of starting on it, felt quite tired during the day sometimes, and had seriously reduced sexual desires and performance. However, nothing has ever worked so well for depression in my entire life and I am very grateful to have found Paxil--it has truly changed my life. I am now taking Wellbutrin in addition to Paxil in order to manage the side effects.

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Tatiyanna
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Registered: July 2008
Location: CA
Posts: 2
Sun July 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Very good for depression
CONS: insomnia

This is a drug that I can't live without, due to my depression & anxiety. I first started paroxetine in 2005 after my Father passed away. It worked so good for me. I was able to go back to school, function again, the lethargy disappeared, I had so much energy I never had before & the crying episodes stopped. I discontinued Paxil 3 months ago just to give my body a rest from it. Everything was fine, the depression did not return, but I became very emotional. I didn't think I would have to return on it until I broke up with my husband. I just filed for divorce & became severly depressed again & just started taking 20 mg Paxil 2 days ago. The cyring episodes aren't as severe & not feeling as depressed. I need to know how long it will be for it to take effect, not the full effect, just in effect?

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hunnykisses
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Registered: June 2008
Tue June 17, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: price??.... none
CONS: increased alcohol consumption, weight gain, more depressed, mood swings, agitated, severe withdrawals

First!!! Becareful. It increased my consumption of alcohol- I would crave it. My doctor now admitted to me that it can do that. I would black out. I never drank before and now that I am off it- I dont drink. I don't recommend this!! I heard its one of the best of its kind for treatment. But there are other options. I took it for three years. I gained 50 pounds, developed sleep apnea. It did not help with my depression, and caused more mood swings, I was always agitated. My social anxiety increased. Basically it made things worse!Then my mistake was stopping it, "cold-turkey". I went through severe withdrawals. Then I developed severe anxiety along with panic attacks, of which I am now trying to deal with.

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elizabeth101
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Registered: May 2008
Posts: 12
Mon June 9, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: it helped anxiety and panic attacks
CONS: weight gain

I was on this medicine for about six months! I gained around 20 pounds and had horrible nightmares! I asked my doc to switch because of gaining weight! I'm now on setraline 150mg a day! I hope I don't gain weight with this one! I've always been thin so the weight gain didn't help with anxiety!

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12beat
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Registered: February 2008
Location: Seattle,WA
Fri February 1, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None that I can think of
CONS: Coming off of it was hell. Coming off high doses of xanax was easier...ugly and scary

Stay clear, don't let a doc put you on this. Believe me.

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CMalcolm
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Registered: January 2008
Mon January 28, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $0.30| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: got rid of depression and panic attacks at 25mg
CONS: unfortunately I am bipolar II (although this was not diagnosed at the time) and so the paxil sent me into total angry mania. And when I stopped taking it - that was a whole different pandora's box.

I was actually on the generic form. I knew when I went to the doctor to get treatment for panic attacks that I was possibly bipolar but I am still very young (17) and my mother keeps insisting its only mood swings. So I took the paxil and I was no longer depressed and after they bumped me to 25mg I didnt have any panic attacks anymore. I was experiencing total angry mania 24/7 I even moved out of my house for no apparent reason (in hindsight). I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS IF YOU ARE BIPOLAR. It was total hell. My doctor wouldn't listen to me and wanted me to take more so I just stopped taking it instead of tapering off - which was AWFUL. I felt like I was having a bad trip without the visuals. My skins felt like it was crawling and I got the sensation of being pounded by "bad vibes". I couldnt concentrate at all, I would start crying in the middle of class out of frustration, and I had some odd flu-like symptoms (known as "paxil-flu"). All of this lasted about 2 weeks - it was so bad I barely went to any work or school. After the worst subsided I plummeted into a really terrible depression. I hate paxil with a passion and I wouldnt take it again if you paid me a million bucks.

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Barkin
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Registered: January 2008
Fri January 11, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: nothing feels positive about it
CONS: withdrawals are frightening

It was difficult finding this community of Paxil users. I see the last posting was in December but I hope I can encourage more people to write about their experiences. I am in my early 50's and have used other anti-depressants in the past, mostly for PMS. I was prescribed Paxil because I was experiencing depression after two surgeries last year. I decided to stop the medication for the New Year as my life and health seemed to be in balance. Of course, that was until last night. I didn't realize one should wean off of Paxil very slowly, my doctor did not tell me this.... she is a OBGYN. I had been off Paxil for 3 days when I started to feel disoriented at work. Last night I became weepy and anxious. I could not sleep so I took an Ambien. When I woke up and tried to get ready for work, I started to get chills and my body ached. I didn't go to work and slept until noon. When I finally got up, I would start to do things ~ like make coffee ~ and walk away from it unfinished. By 4 this afternoon, I became weepy and felt like I was losing my mind. It was frightening, not to have control over one's thoughts and actions. I couldn't remember what I was doing and the voices of my neighbors talking sounded strange to me. I took a half of a tablet (10 MG) and feel much better. Now I have been scouring the internet and found information about Paxil that scares me. I, too, have surges in my head that feels like mild electric currents. I have had ringing in ears as well. I joined this community tonight because I want to share my experience. Thank you for sharing yours. All of you have given me an insight to the battle I am up against trying to get off Paxil. If I had only known how evil the withdrawals would be, I would have never taken it. Paxil worked well when I needed it during my depression but the withdrawals are not worth it.

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obumbly
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Registered: November 2007
Tue November 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: decrease in anxiety, no depression
CONS: weight gain, vivid nightmares

Did a great job on my anxiety and depression but I gained 25 lbs and had vivid dreams every night. Not worth it to me.

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Gianna
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Registered: October 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 1
Thu October 25, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: made me dangerously drowsy and disoriented/horrible withdrawal effects

SSRI's are all ineffective and give me awful side effects

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102riley
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Southeast Alabama
Posts: 3
Mon October 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $22.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: I actually have used Paxil CR for a long while now. It has deffinently boosted my mood
CONS: I really haven't had any bad side effects. I would like it , if it boosted my mood more

I found that plan ole' paxil speed me up and boosted my mood for about 8 hrs, then I dropped agian. I have found that a low dose of Paxil CR with my mood stabilizers has been beneficial. Consider taking the slow release form, if you have anxiety. I became more anxious during those 8 hrs when I was taking plan ole' paxil

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pyewacket
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Registered: October 2007
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 13
Mon October 22, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: unsure
CONS: unsure

not sure is this helped me or not.

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cjta
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Registered: October 2007
Fri October 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $0.50| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: no highs/no lows
CONS: no highs/no lows

Paxil withdrawal symptoms are excrutiating and debilitating.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Thu October 4, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Works well for a while if things stay the same.
CONS: Does not work well if things are falling apart.

Out of all meds I was hoping that this one would help when the walls around me came crashing down. Instead I ended up in the crazy house.

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willezurmacht
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Registered: September 2007
Mon October 1, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: horrible

I took Paxil in 1994 and it essentially ruined my life at the time. Zoloft was like a Godsend after it. I have only now begun to rebuild my life after the damage done by Paxil. It ruined my relationships and I even was forced to drop out of school.

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xp1155
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: slight reduction in anxiety
CONS: dry mouth, no relief from depression (for me)

This did not help my depression, but it did help slightly with my anxiety. I did not continue the treatment because my anxiety id not daily and I mainly wanted it for depression. Side effects were minimal for me. If you suffer from anxiety daily and depression, this might be a good place for you to start.

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xd42
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 2
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Reduces both anxiety and depression
CONS: constipation, weight gain, sweating increase, decreased libido

Paxil has some side effects but I've found it effective for helping me manage both anxiety and depression. I've come to accept the fact that no pill is going to completely "fix" my anxiety and depression but at least with Paxil I can manage. And manage is good enough. I recently tried life without meds and found the anxiety and depression was too much to tolerate. I tried Wellbutrin at the urging of my doctor but it didn't work for me. Now I'm back on Paxil and life is beginning to be enjoyable again. When I was off Paxil, the depression/anxiety and my desperation for relief was getting really scary. Thankfully, things are returning to normal again after a few weeks back on Paxil. The relief is well worth the price of the side effects.

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buzzie
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Southern CA
Thu August 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Helped my mood big time
CONS: weight gain/ hard to get off

I would have to recommend this because it did work "for me". The only thing is that I gained way too much weight. I tried going off this med and it was hell. So beware of getting off this med. I could hardley get out of bed weaning myself off this med. I'll never take it again.

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jimmyjetta
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Registered: May 2007
Sun May 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: sexual side effects

Antidepressant properties are solid. It works well.I generally only get one side effect from antidepressants: no matter which one it is, if it demonstrates even the smallest possibility of causing sexual side effects then I'm going to be the person who has problems with it.Catch 22.

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terry
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 5
Tue April 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: great antidrepressant, keeps anxiety down, very little side effects
CONS: weight gain, mainly

I see this antidepressant has a low rating, but to me it is one of the best there is. Since all SSRIs cause weight gain, that's just the price of not being depressed.

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savinmyself
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2
Fri April 20, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: so many!!!!

I took paxil and had to take ambien while i was on it, i'm bi-polar so it made my mania's so bad i couldn't even deal with it, then when i tried to come off it it hurt my head REALLY REALLY bad, took a week to wean off! The docs tried to give it to me again when i went into the hospital, they wouldn't let me go home till i did cuz so i took the 1 pill there and when my husband got me home i refused to let him fill the perscription. I suggest lexapro.

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lunakit
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Registered: April 2007
Thu April 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: eliiminated panic attacks, easier to socialize
CONS: mania, agitation, aggressiveness, outbursts of temper, sleeplessness, strange electrical shocks during withdrawal

I'm bipolar with a tendency toward dysphoric mania. I also have GAD, social phobia and get PAs. I took this along with 4mg/day of xanax for a few months several years ago during my pdoc's SSRI phase (we also tried Wellbutrin, which didn't work for me in the long run either). I liked Paxil at first. I felt more comfortable around people and didn't get PAs. But after a few months (I lasted longer on this than on Wellbutrin) I started becoming more and more angry-manic, pissed off all the time and picking fights with everyone. And sleep? Forget it. Also, for about 3 weeks after stopping Paxil I would occasionally get odd "electrical shock" feelings. Beware of SSRIs if your bipolar disorder scews towards mania. It might work well for depressives or social phobics who aren't also manic but my pdoc gets a 1 for prescribing this for a mostly-manic patient!

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Juliana
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 887
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: severe diarrhea, nausea, shaking, confusion, dehydration

I had a horrible reaction to Paxil. I took one 20mg tablet and within a few hours I started feeling extremely nauseous and shaky. I went to bed and woke up a few hours later feeling much worse. I was nauseous and had severe diarrhea (just bile) for the next 10 hours. I was shaking and confused. I passed out at one point and didn't have the strength to pull myself up off the floor. My vision was blurred and my head was spinning and I couldn't control my shaking. I remember feeling like I was dying and wanted to call 911 but didn't have the strength to reach the phone. I ended up in hospital for dehydration and was in bed feeling nauseous and shaky for 6 days afterwards. Paxil scared me. It was more than a year before I was willing to try another drug for my anxiety. I eventually started taking Celexa and that worked well for me with minimal side effects.

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ExSleeper
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2
Tue February 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Able to face the world and take better care of my children
CONS: Weight gain, IBS,insomnia

I was originally diagnosed w/ post-partum depression 5 yrs ago and was put on Paxil. Have since been diagnosed with chronic depression, insomnia, and social phobia. A few different docs have tried to change me along the way, and had me try: Wellbutrin (hated it), Effexor (hated it), Prozac (made me mad), Zoloft (didn't work), Trazadone (he** no!), Xanax (loved it a little too much), and just today put me on 20 mg Elavil along w/ my current 40 mg Paxil. Paxil has always been my fall-back drug; I'm relaxed, patient, somber, social and less emotional when I take it. I'm willing to accept the side effects in exchange for the way I'm able to handle life and am just able to live.

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