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User Reviews for Paroxetine

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

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For Anxiety: "I've been on Paroxetine for around 5 months due to extreme social anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression. The first few days I had strong heart palpitations and dizziness, and for the first two weeks was completely anxiety free but still very dizzy and constantly felt like I was going to pass out. After the first month everything settled down and I feel great, very minimal anxiety and Im significantly happier. The only downside to this medication for me is that if I miss a dose I will know because I become angry and my hands will shake. I still absolutely love what it has done for me, and the side affects are well worth it."

   
9.0

S.Fisher September 2, 2015

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For Hot Flashes: "I am on day 8, and Im so thrilled. My level of hot flashes has reduced by half, and the worst of them, in 8 days I have had only 3, usually I have 2-3 a day. Im hoping this continues. Im taking 7.5mg capsules. love my doctor for listening to me and giving something that is helping."

   
9.0

jdfly (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: "You guys. I am a new person. Paxil has completely changed my life. I've been on 40 mg for 2 months and everyone has noticed a change. I can go shopping alone, greatly improved my work life, and I actually want to be social."

   
10

Youmg adult (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 28, 2015

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For Depression: "Entire time on this medication is a bit of a blur. Has left me with a sun sensitivity whereas I am unable to go out in strong sunlight. If I do, my skin blisters, weeps and goes crusty. The itching is horrendous. Even though I have not taken this medication for over 7 years, the condition of sunsensitivity remains. I was an outdoors person - this has turned my life upside down and prevents me doing the one thing that makes me feel better. I have never been so angry. I don't know whether this medication kept me down or saw me through, as I was still totally depressed the entire time I was taking them, and felt blunted. I did not realize how bad my behaviour had been affected by the pills until some time after I had quit."

   
1.0

rebel hawker (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 28, 2015

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For Hot Flashes: "The cost of Brisdelle (Paroxetine) is high,but it is worth it. It took about 60 days, but I have 85% reduction of in symptoms in "the sweats" and irritability. This is a slow-release and small dosage of an antidepressant. Therefore, the anti-depression action should be very minimal. If a physician is prescribing Paroxetine at 10mg or greater and stating that it should help with menopausal symtoms, it is helping more with depression and anxiety. Paroxetine CR 12.5mg or higher is also more for depression/anxiety. Just as antidepressants are used at sub-therapeutic dosages for pain relief, the difference is in the amount of the medication and also the time it takes to be absorbed in the body. My advice is to talk to your prescriber carefully"

   
9.0

Corry T. August 25, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I was having trouble with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculating. I thought it was either my blood pressure or diabetes so I went to the doctor and I didn't my BP was normal and tests showed that I didn't have diabetes. I was prescribed Viagra months earlier but I stopped taking it because it clogged my sinuses. Then my doctor prescribed me 20mg of Paxil and it's been a life saver. Not only does it take seconds to get an erection but I am able to maintain it longer than I have been able to for a while. I have not experienced any side effects."

   
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Big Carolina from the South August 22, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: "I started on Paxil late 1990s for panic disorders and depression...I am 5'6" and was about 118lbs. Stayed on Paxil about 4 years and came off because I wanted to get pregnant. It saved my life truly I felt great and I was able to enjoy driving again, going to the mall, able to take an elevator, able to stay at home alone, wait on lines at supermarkets, work without fear of losing it, etc. after coming off very slowly the good effects lasted about a year. However, while on Paxil I gained 60lbs. After my son was born in 2004 I had postpartum depression so again went back in Paxil it didn't work as good as the first time but it helped get me back to feeling just alright. Came off again due to more weight gain."

   
8.0

Dee art August 19, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I've been on Paxil for 4 days and so far I have been staying up late, had a sore throat for few days and also been eating a lot. As far as my moods, I haven't felt any changes or anything as far as pulling me out of my depression shell. As far as I know, it doesn't start actually working until about 4-6 weeks."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) August 17, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: "I have grown up my entire life not knowing how to talk to people, being told I was shy, sweating, and getting red faced whenever I would talk in front of people. "I would never try anything new and would get nervous and upset when I would have to change plans or be around people. I have been on Paxil for over a year and I tell everyone how it has saved my life. Now, I do not think that Paxil completely changed me, I have also been going to school and building up my confidence. Paxil was the push I needed to get out, be social, and network. As I become more educated I am more and more confident and I thank paxil, and God, everyday. I wish I could be a Paxil Spokesperson!!! It has literally changed my entire life and helped me branch out!"

   
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Ashleylifechanged!! August 15, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: "The last 10 years of my life have been hell to say the least. I'm a single father to a 10 year old lovely boy. Over the years however I became a complete recluse with major depression and anxiety. I started taking Paxil 25mg and it has returned me to the confident person I was before and am again able to take care of my son. Thank you for giving my life back."

   
8.0

WillWin August 14, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: "I began taking Paxil for my depression and Anxiety. I started at 10 mg. The first night I took it I had horrible dizziness, headache, sickness, and felt weak. The next night I felt fine. Now it is 3 months later and I feel wonderful! No side effects, and I can get through the day without Anxiety being the focal point. I am now up to 30 mg."

   
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Mr. Michaels August 11, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: "paxil is the best medicine for panic disorder. I can tell it will work within 15 days. Just be patient don't give up. Some people say they put on weight. I didn't put on any weight I've used it for 2 years almost. So it works different for everybody. Paxil stopped my panic attacks. Thank you!"

   
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ashyuko August 9, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I have always suffered from anxiety and obsessive thoughts,but with in the last year it took a turn for the worse. I had a job loss and couldn't sleep for almost two weeks and in turn starting getting panic attacks. Then intrusive thoughts, I truly thought I was losing my mind. I was scared all the time and hopeless. I went to a therapist and this did help, I also got out on effexor 70 mg daily. I never thought I was going to get better. I started paxil three weeks ago, 20 mg. It has truly changed my life. I feel like me again. I'm writing this in hopes that someone who reads this that feels hopeless and scared doesn't give up. There is help, hang in there. If I could do it, so can you."

   
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magcook August 8, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: "Have been on Paroxetine twice. It worked very well both times. Only side effects were increased anxiety at first (went away after a week) and heart palpitations (also went away). Only reason I would recommend trying something else first is because the withdrawals make coming off this drug very difficult."

Peter1990 August 6, 2015

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Brisdelle (paroxetine) for Hot Flashes: "I've been on Brisdelle 8 days and I feel like a new woman. No hot flashes in 5 days, my mood is MUCH better, no night sweats and no crying. I hope it last...I'm so glad my doctor prescribed this."

   
8.0

Anonymous August 4, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: "I've just started on paxil. Doctor said take in morning but I've been horribly groggy and depressed. So I switched to taking it at night and there's an amazing difference! I'm energetic and I feel good this far. I can organize My thoughts and anxiety seems to be down abit but like I said just the begenning. Weight loss- paxil curbs my appetite!! It's great because I need to lose a lot of weight. I've lost about 6 pounds so far but I am also dieting, exercising, and actively trying to lose weight the appetite suppressant affect just help me a lot!"

   
9.0

Kimera July 31, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I tried Paxil in 2000 when I had unstoppable panic attacks.I had been dealing with anxiety all of my life & those years I had constant panic over a teen addict & a son with learning disabilities and marital issues. This was the first time I had ever taken an AD. The very first day I felt relief from it.However, looking back; the start up dose of 20 mg caused me to be a bit withdrawn & weirdly unresponsive to my family after that first day. As time went on though I began to feel much better & happier. I will say the dose was probably too high as I did make some regretful decisions from not thinking things through,I gained several extra pounds; & 'thought' I had sexual side effects; it could have been situational. Not well since stopping."

   
8.0

Marchbaby (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 24, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I suffer from anxiety daily and mild depression. I was on Paxil for 2 years and thought I was okay to get off it, 2 months later I fell hard into depression and anxiety and recently went back on it and waiting for it to kick in again. This medicine is a life saver for sure. Don't give up on it in a few days. You have to let it kick in. Hopefully it'll kick in soon for me! On it I had no anxiety and I suffered daily before it, had no depression. Good luck :)"

   
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Mattyts July 19, 2015

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Brisdelle (paroxetine) for Hot Flashes: "I took it for 3 months straight. During the 1st month, my hot flashes reduced, by month 3, it seemed like it wasn't helping with the hot flashes much, but I noticed a positive side effect. My overall outlook on life was so much better. Little things that once got on my nerves, slid off my back like a ducks. I asked for something different (grass is greener syndrome) because I wanted more.More hot flash reduction, less anxiety. When I stopped I realized I'd made a terrible mistake. Is been 2 weeks and I'm ready to kill somebody.Moody? Yes? Irritable? Yes. Sweating profusely? Yes .I'm getting back on it today! !!!!"

   
9.0

Just Jay July 19, 2015

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For Depression: "Taken for many years on and off. Has been effective in helping with depression and anxiety."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) July 12, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: "it does takes away anxiety but with cost of lack in libido and supresses all the feelings....very very hard to get off this med....."

   
9.0

kish9046 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I had a rough childhood. Growing up, I tried to stay positive and press on. As an adult anxiety became overwhelming to the point where everything started to stress me out. This happen ed to me around 29 and I dealt with it until 31. I had been grinding my teeth and clenching my jaws as a reaction to stress, causing damage to my teeth...about $7,000 worth. My dentist said I had to do something about stress if I wanted to have any teeth left in my mouth. I saw a dr and was diagnosed with anxiety, ocd & ptsd. Ive taken paxil for almost 2 weeks and am relieved of anxiety but feel pretty spaced out and numb right now. Motivation is lacking as well and im nautious on and off. Im hoping these side effects subside"

   
7.0

Jenn Bee July 8, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: "I have been on paxil for almost a year now for anxiety. It works most of the time. I do not have hard core panic attack anymore. My only gripe is if I miss a day I have crazy brain fuzz, I seem to eat more, and I do not really care about anything."

   
7.0

Mortimore12 July 7, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: "Paxil helps me so much. I thank God for it. I've tried so many antidepressants and none work as good as Paxil. I would have terrible anxiety and panic attacks. Now I feel calm , confident and happy. It works. I did gain a little weight because it increased my appetite but nothing exercise and a heathy diet can't fix. I rather be happy anyway."

   
9.0

Overcome1633 June 29, 2015

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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I had had a headache 24 hours a day seven days a week for a little over 4 months. I saw a neurologist who told me that it was tension causing my headaches and that it was all in my head. He put me on Paxil and it was without exception the single worst experience of my life. I had never been depressed before, never been diagnosed with anxiety, nothing to suggest any mental health issues whatsoever, and I was prescribed Paxil. This drug nearly killed me. As I said, no history of mental illness or suicidal thoughts in my entire life and when I was put on this drug it made me feel suicidal. I felt like I was better off dead than alive. I was only 15 years old at the time, I'm now 16.I don't think you should take this if you are under 18 years old! "

   
1.0

DWheeler123456 (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 27, 2015

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