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Paxil (paroxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I'm 15 and have GAD. It got so bad that I missed a month and a half of school in my freshman year. Paxil has helped me so much. I'm able to go to school and function normally.
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paroxetine for Social Anxiety Disorder: I started using paroxetine 12.5 CR generic (Pexep 12.5 CR) - it was to treat my mild depression, mostly caused by moderate GAD (general anxiety disorder) and moderately severe social phobia.
First 2 days were mild headaches (not bad enough to get an aspirin), also felt noticeably more tired than usual. 3rd day, felt great. Not like an 'on' switch from the day before, but I did feel noticeably more comfortable around people and just felt better.
Did not have any problems with libido or weight gain.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I have taken Paxil for about 6 months. I have not had any weight gain as I had previously with other medications. I feel emotionally much more stable and the side effects have been minimal. I still feel tired occasionally and have some trouble with my short term-memory but my overall quality of life seems to be better and although I still feel mildly blue at times the feeling is not as intense and doesn't linger for weeks.
Happy with the medicine.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I have been taking Paxil for over 1 year. I tried Prozac, did not like it, made me feel out of control. I tried Celexa still felt depression. I take 20 mg of Paxil every night before bedtime since I feel this medicine makes me sleepy and relaxed. I usually sleep very good. I don't have that weird feeling of anxiety anymore. I feel relaxed and can see life in a realistic prospective. My mood is good not bad or great but okay. I cry only a few times a month specially during my PMS time, so I really think this is good medicine for me. I can go on everyday with little negative thoughts and usually can block them out and change my thoughts. So yes I like it, I do feel a bit numb at times so I will seek doctor's advice, but overall it is has been a great experience.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I'v been taking Paxil for almost a year now for depression and anxiety. I used to have panic attacks almost everyday. After being on Paxil for a few months I stopped having any panic attacks. The only problem I have is that I sleep too much and seem to have gained some weight. If I forget to take my medication I start crying a lot. Overall I feel normal while taking Paxil. I still cry and feel sad sometime but not in excess.
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paroxetine for Panic Disorder: Paxil helped me eight years ago when I had postpartum depression. I have tried twice to wean my self off the Paxil but only to come crashing down months later. I think it is important to realize that I am on Paxil because I have panic attacks and the medicine works. If I had a heart condition, I would not stop taking my medicine. Don't feel guilty that you need medicine to help your brain function. I fell into that trap twice and will remain on my medicine and be faithful in taking it. It is when you feel great that you think you don't need it. The last time I started taking the Paxil again 10mg was enough. After two days my doctor said to take 20mg and I had the three worst days of my life. Start on 10mg for a week and work up only if needed.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I have had panic disorder since I was 15 years old. Paxil has truly improved my life. 20mg doesn't seem to be enough but 40mg does the trick. The only side effects I have is that I sweat more and I have less energy. Paxil is a life saver!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I've suffered from generalized anxiety since I was a child, but only recently decided to do something about it. After having annoying side effects with Zoloft, I switched to Paxil. The first week really brought out my anxiety symptoms, and I wasn't able to get a good night's rest for well over a month, but it's really developed into a miracle drug for me. My only side effect is occasional chattering teeth, but it's a small price to pay for feeling great. My only regret is not trying this years ago.
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paroxetine for Anxiety: After coming off Prozac in June I started to have panic attacks, was stressed all the time and would worry so much about the smallest things. I had to go off work sick due to the panic attacks, fear and depression. I literally did not want to live, I have been on paroxetine 20mg for 8 weeks and I have got my life back. I am my happy self again, panic attacks have stopped, and I feel so much calmer. It has literally saved me. This is the best antidepressant for me (and I have tried several in the past) side effects include sleepiness (take more naps) and lack of orgasm but I'm so content I don't even care! Good luck, and give it a try.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: In the sea of negative reviews which I read before starting Paxil, I saw few positive ones even though I know that there are many, many people for whom this drug has worked wonders. I am one of those people. Diagnosed with severe depression and generalized anxiety disorder, my doctor started me on 10mg/day and despite minor, minor nausea for the initial 2 weeks, I have not had side effects. My anxiety and depression were vastly improved within that 2-4 week window and I began to feel like my old self. I have experienced no discernible effects on my sex drive, which is a big negative side effect for many reviewers. This drug seems to have been tailor-made for me, I am thankful for its availability, and hope this review helps someone!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: After reaching a plateau on Prozac, my doctor switched me to Paxil. My dosage was increased several times, but I felt great while I was on it. After about 18 months, I decided to quit taking it. The effects of trying to quit this drug on your own are horrible: extreme nausea and dizziness, headaches, inability to eat, all of which rapidly increased. After 2 weeks, I had to resume taking it. After speaking with at least three different doctors and many pharmacists, they advised me it would take at least a month to wean off the Paxil and onto a new anti-depressant. It was a rough transition, but I am so glad to no longer be taking this medication. I wish I had never started in the first place and hated feeling addicted to it.
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Paxil CR (paroxetine) for Depression: I have been on Paxil CR for a little over a month. I have previously taken Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac and none of them worked as well as this drug. I was constantly agitated on the Lexapro and Prozac and they didn't seem to help with the depression. Zoloft just made me feel weird. Each drug is different for each person but this one works the best for me so far. I feel calm and happy during the day. The only problem with it for me, and it is a big one, is that I can't sleep! I will spend hours in bed with my eyes open, tired, but unable to actually fall asleep. I then have a hard time waking up but once I do then I am awake and not groggy. I am going to talk to my Doctor about it and hopefully he will have a solution.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I tried Zoloft for depression and it made me hyper. Paxil works. I have used it two times during my life when I was depressed and self-help was not working. It worked great for depression and I didn't have many side effects EXCEPT that I cannot achieve orgasm while taking this medication. Nada. I have a wonderful husband and I am used to a good sex life. Paxil kills it. As soon as I'm off the drug for a week, everything comes back. I hate losing sex but I hate being depressed more. In the end, that is the choice for me.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I took Celexa a few years back for my chronic depression. It didn't make me feel so good so after 6 months I went off it, cold turkey, and dealt with the withdrawal symptoms of that drug (zaps!). So when I got offered Paxil for my social anxiety and depression, and heard that there were withdrawal symptoms, I decided that if it helped, I'd try it. In just these few weeks, my friends and I have noticed a huge change. No weight gain, more energy, upbeat and outgoing, smiley and laughing, and optimistic for the first time in...my life? Only downfall I've noticed so far is the crippling nausea and dizziness the first three days of taking the medicine. I feel fantastic now!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: Have taken Paxil 10mg/daily for the last 9 yrs off and on. I have very few side effects. I do get the dry mouth and hot flashes the first month of starting and hot flashes after missing a couple of doses. The side effects are different for everyone, I actually lose weight on Paxil because without it I am a nervous eater. Paxil does help with my concentration and memory. I tend to worry about all the "what-if's?" which clogs up my mind. Paxil helps me put things in prospective, I don't sweat all the small while I take it. Works well for me.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: Paxil saved my life. I was depressed and could not climb out. Tried Effexor but it made my heart beat rapidly and made me really nervous. Paxil has been amazing. I feel like a regular person. I have highs and lows, but the lows aren't as low as they used to be... and they only occur when there is a real reason to be sad. The Bad: the withdrawal symptoms are horrible! I didn't try to get off Paxil, but I forgot it once on a vacation trip. Got very light headed, dizzy, and I had the "zaps." It was like being shocked at random moments. I'll probably never get off Paxil... but it is worth it. My quality of life improved in the last 3 years and it is worth any long term effect this drug has on me.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I've had insomnia and anxiety problems since 2005. I was on Paxil for around two years because I had really bad muscle tension and excessive worry. I finally got to the point where I could not sleep two hours at night. I've tried Effexor, temazepam, trazodone, Lunesta and Paxil is the only medication that calms me enough to go to sleep and stay asleep. I can easily get eight hours after being on Paxil for 4 days to a week. I tried to get off of Paxil once to see how I would do with no medication at all and after 9 months my insomnia came back again long term and lasted for over 3 weeks so I went back on Paxil again and I've been getting quality sleep ever since. Paxil was a lifesaver for me.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I started Paxil in 2000, I was depressed, I stopped drinking vodka, no desire.. I was not cured instantly but have never wanted a 'drink' since April 2000. I recently started talk therapy, and have been satisfied thus far. It is really letting all the wires connect better. Life will always be a challenge..BEST...January 2010.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I have taken Paxil for about 4 years. It is a drug that I had to get used to for about 3 weeks each time the doctor increased the strength. At first, I felt "groggy" and "spacey". Over time, it helps sooooo much with anxiety, irritability, anger-intense reactions, organizing my mind and allowing me to RELAX. I have, at times, missed a day's dose and YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. The following day, I was very anxious and irritable until taking it again. I think it is a fantastic drug that has given me my life back. I think my kids and my husband have benefitted from me being calmer, happier and able to "roll with life" better. I take 40 mg. and it was initially prescribed by my gynocolgist for hormone based mood swings. Love it.!
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paroxetine for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I have been taking Paxil for approximately 5 years. I have had severe mood swings prior to my monthly menses since I was approximately 14. I am 53 and I am grateful that Paxil is available. During my pre-menopause I was having months with 2 periods and the mood swings were incredibly difficult to deal with. My husband was considering leaving me as he could not handle it.
Since taking the Paxil, I rarely have mood swings, and I only wish this drug had been available years ago as I would have not only taken it faithfully but been a huge advocate.
I am not a drug taker as a rule, but even with side effects, the quality of my life has improved 100%.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I started taking Paxil 2 months ago. Since I started taking Paxil, my panic attacks stopped! I did have side effects of increased sweating, increased energy, inability to orgasm for the first month. The excess sweating and increased energy went away, however I have no interest in sex anymore.
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paroxetine for Anxiety: I have been taking paroxetine for 3 weeks and it has helped alot. I could tell the first week! I had anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia and it has helped in all areas. I even got my appetite back! Just trying to get back to "normal" sleep pattern. My pharmacists told me about melatonin 1.5 mg a night and it is helping as well. Good luck and don't let all the negative stuff freak you out like it did me!
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I started to take Paxil 12years ago. I was getting depressed because of my panic disorder. I have been on Xanax for many many years and my doctor added Paxil. 30mg a day in the morning. I have never had a side effect not even weight gain and I know this can cause weight gain. It works great for me for my depression and my panic attacks. Would highly recommend this drug. I am a skinny person anyway, because of my panic but I never had any side effects. Good luck all.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I suffer from an acute panic disorder which causes me depression. Paxil is a great drug along with my Xanax. I take 30mg a day of Paxil in the morning and 0.5mg 3 times a day of my Xanax. Without Paxil I would have the fear all the time even if I take the Xanax. This drug has saved my life, as most of us know that having a panic disorder with depression it feels like you are crazy yet we are not. I would recommend this drug to anyone who suffers both depression and panic attacks. I also have agoraphobia which means I can not leave my house. Sometimes of course I have to yet someone is always with me. It has been 2 years now that I have not gone out on my own, because of my fears. I highly recommend Paxil to anyone. It works great for me.
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