User Reviews for Paroxetine

Also known as: Brisdelle, Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva

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Review by Sharub (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: First of all, I never realized that I had OCD until I told my doctor I couldn't sleep because I couldn't control my thoughts. I thought OCD only manifested itself in physical rituals. Paxil has literally saved my life. It broke a 14 year cycle of racing, uncontrollable thoughts/insomnia/anxiety/depression. I have been taking Paxil for 15 years now.

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December 11, 2014 10:40 PM

Review by cotton100:

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2.0

For Hot Flashes: Been taking paxil for years. Started having hot flashes and they continue, Paxil has not effect on them.

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December 10, 2014 9:27 PM

Review by StephanieAlice (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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2.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: My anxiety sky rocketed while on this medication so much that my doctor prescribed Xanax. I was terrified and unable to sleep for more than a couple hours.

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December 7, 2014 5:34 PM

Review by Johnnie4 (taken for 10 years or more):

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8.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: I have been on Paxil for over 20 years. I always hoped something better would come along, i.e., without side effects of weight gain and dry mouth. I have most of my back teeth crowned and have lost a few and have implants. It's a choice. Nothing is benign, but I have found this is the only medication that I can tolerate, and it does help. So, I guess I will stick it out and see. Good medication, not so good side effects.

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December 5, 2014 4:05 PM

Review by luck1313 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: This was the only medicine I could take and didn't have a care or worry in the world.

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November 29, 2014 6:48 AM

Review by babyface714:

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5.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: I was on 10mg of Paxil for the first time in my life and it increased my anxiety so bad I missed work went off and I felt good for a week now I'm back to feeling bad and missing more work. I might try Prozac but very nervous.

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November 23, 2014 3:20 PM

Review by alex o:

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8.0

For Hot Flashes: This is very helpful to reduce hot flashes and sweat and I am very grateful. Highly recommended.

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November 10, 2014 10:57 AM

Review by SJM87:

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: It really works!!! But I gained 14 pounds

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November 9, 2014 5:54 PM

Review by Lucia1999 (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Social Anxiety Disorder: Prozac and Paxil have saved my sanity.

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November 7, 2014 1:22 PM

Review by l3x (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I have been taking this for 6 -7 months. It works good for me but when I miss 1 or 2 days my mood it's really high. I will fight or yell, but when I take it to cool down it works. I was 147lbs when I started it and now I'm 127lbs. I have lost a lot and I'm happy. I eat a lot but when I do eat its just a little. Sometime I even forget to drink or eat anything on this pill but I like it as long as I take it everyday I'm happy.

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October 26, 2014 10:52 PM

Review by MissJulia:

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8.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I have been depressed with major social anxiety for over five years. I've always been scared to try any medication. Lately it's been unbearable. I have too much social anxiety that I can't even sit through job interviews or simple things like going shopping alone. I'm 25 and have been on Paxil for less than a month. The first two weeks were bad. I'd wake up at odd hours of the night and be wide awake. I'd feel like puking throughout the day along with being very drowsy. Don't worry. It does subside. I feel like going out more and I'm not too worried as I usually am about people judging me or looking at me. I participate in small talk with strangers. I am free to go out without worrying. I'm content.

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October 26, 2014 3:18 PM

Review by Jsimpsontw (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

For Anxiety: I have only been on this medication for 3 days. I have had really bad nausea, however I can't believe the difference I feel so quickly. I am about to be a father and I'm really hoping that this medicine will work for me as I haven't had any luck taking other anti depressants. I got to the point where I didn't want to go to work and I would make excuses but actually it was because I was too scared, working as a teacher for young children this would surely brighten anyone's day. I am writing this review so early because last night I had some problems that would usually put me in a terrible state, however I was fine. I have had problems sleeping however as it has only been a very short while I hope these symptoms will disappear soon.

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October 17, 2014 10:46 PM

Review by Jade- jade:

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6.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I've been on Paxil close to a week now. It took the doctor close to two month for me to agree to trying it. I tried everything to overcome my anxiety naturally and I really felt like I hit breaking point. Because I have two young children, I knew it was important that I gave this a go...even though I'm in early days my mind seems content. I'm still trying to get used to it though. After stressing about trivial stuff for so long its strange to feel that I have my life back.

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October 12, 2014 2:45 AM

Review by Ssimply (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have been on this medication for one week, I have mild jaw pain and a bit dizzy but I will take that over the madness I felt a week ago. Suicidal, anxious, crying needless to say I was a mess! I still have a few intrusive thoughts but this is one week and I am grateful I went through 3 medications before finding this one and I am glad to say the least I can get back to being a mother and wife.

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October 11, 2014 1:03 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: Before starting Paxil, I was extremely depressed. I did not want to talk to people or have to leave the house for any reason. (Albeit I'm 22). When I would have to go somewhere such as school or the doctor's office I would dread having to leave and I'd be having an internal melt down the entire duration of getting dressed. It didn't matter what I wrote or how much make up I had on, I felt like I was so ugly that people would just stop and stare at me (which I am not ugly and they would not stop and stare). Sometimes I'd be so intimidated from just having to walk through a door into a room and have someone look up that I'd just turn around and go back home. This medicine took all that away and changed my life.

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September 29, 2014 10:29 PM

Review by mariashepp:

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7.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I had been on Paxil for about 2 and a half years but recently I decided to go off of it. I have been off for about 2 months now but have all of a sudden experienced such fear and anxiety. I feel the way I did when I went on the pill, never wanting to leave the house, or go to work. I need to work but it's so hard to get through the day! Now my doctor says I will probably need to be on this my whole life. I gained weight when I was on it to which I didn't like. Do you think I should go back on it, I can't function like this though.

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September 6, 2014 6:03 PM

Review by Popeye's Olive:

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10

For Anxiety: I took Paroxetine for 13 years, and I felt great all the time. It is wonderful for treating anxiety, but I took myself off it because I am on Tramadol and it warns not to take it with SSRI's since it could cause seratonin syndrome. I really miss it, but I had no other option. I need the Tramadol for spine pain. Don't know what to take in its place. By the way, neither my dr or my pharmacist worry about taking the two together, but I'm 72 and I don't need any more problems.

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September 3, 2014 4:59 PM

Review by Mrs. Dee:

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7.0

Brisdelle (paroxetine) for Hot Flashes: I took the medication for two weeks and it worked like a charm. However, I started to experience extreme pain in my joints (knees, ankles, wrist). Not sure if it is associated with the medicine, but I didn't have all of the aches until I started. I love how the medicine mellowed me out no anxiety or frustration over little things. Hot flashes are at a minimum. Hope it makes it because I would like to continue taking it.

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August 29, 2014 10:20 AM

Review by Retired in Florida (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I've had severe panic attacks while primarily driving on interstate highways and through mountains for 30 plus years. I rarely have attacks driving on most other types of roads and conditions. I've been on Paxil for 5 years now and it is truly a life saver for me. I choose however, and contrary to most advice, not to be on it all the time as it does numb the senses. Twice yearly I drive from Florida to Indiana and choose to take 20 mg/day for one month prior to my trip and 40 mg/day a couple of days prior to my trip. For the most part I can drive successfully with no attacks. Occasionally I will still have what I call a "break through"- sort of a rush sensation but not as severe as a panic attack. I have no problems coming off it.

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August 27, 2014 4:58 AM

Review by trinigirl (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have been taking Paxil for the past 5 years and it makes me feel great I do not get any anxiety attacks since I started one thing that helps me is the support of my husband and exercise and good eating habits. Theses things assist with living a more richer and happier life. I do not intend on stopping because the good out ways the bad.

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August 11, 2014 8:57 PM

Review by FinallyRelief (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

Brisdelle (paroxetine) for Hot Flashes: 2 days in and the hot flashes are GONE. After 10 YEARS in which the only thing that worked (and I tried everything under the sun) was HRT. So glad I found paroxetine.

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August 8, 2014 1:32 PM

Review by J. Pinkman (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: Even through this medicine helps you to get over with some issues that you struggle in your everyday life, it doesn't really help you at all in terms of your depressive thoughts and depression itself.

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August 6, 2014 4:50 PM

Review by King Bean (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Was on it and later Remeron for 3 months. Remeron was an near-instant help; Paxil did some good things. Apparently, a great anxiety med. Effects didn't really last and I got anxious/depressed to a large extent. Went off and had a hard withdrawal.

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August 4, 2014 2:32 PM

Review by OIF Veteran (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: I was on Celexa for a year and it did nothing. I switched to Paxil and it has helped lessen my symptoms. I am on 40mg.

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August 3, 2014 10:43 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I literally thought there was 0 hope for me. My anxiety has increased drastically as I've gotten older and has led to social anxiety. Going out in public would depress me, I constantly thought people were plotting against me and talking about me. I have been on Paxil for about a month. Thank God. My work days are MUCH better, I don't analyze the hell out of everything and I'm not afraid of people. I can now get out of bed and look forward to the day, not dread it.

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July 28, 2014 10:32 AM

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