User Reviews for Paroxetine

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

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Review by mwm1998medicaded (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The only medication that stops most of the noise and unnecessary thoughts in my head.

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June 26, 2012 11:22 PM

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

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3.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I was prescribed this medication initially for depression and then along with another medication for atypical depression and panic disorder. I had to give it some stars because it did help with the anxiety. Problem was I had no life. No sex drive. Emotionally flat. Slept 12-16 hrs a day (I craved sleep all the time) and ate non stop eventually gaining 80 lbs. Finally my husband encouraged me to go off it. I tapered the dose and experienced brain zaps and generally weird feelings for several weeks.

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May 31, 2012 6:41 PM

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

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Changed my life. Confidence, weight loss, anxiety-free.

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May 26, 2012 10:53 PM

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

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Before Paxil I had used multiple medication for anxiety and depression and they would mellow me out but I didn't really feel "better". After starting Paxil I can honestly say I'm the happiest I have been in years and my coping skills are greatly improved. I feel healthy again, my appetite is back to normal, I don't look sickly anymore and I can sleep. Paxil was the miracle for me.

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May 25, 2012 3:58 PM

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

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have had anxiety for approximately 30 years and have been on Paxil for about 10. What a difference it has made in my life. I would recommend this medicine to anyone who is suffering from Anxiety. I also suffer from panic disorder and just carrying Xanax with me has helped alleviate my attacks. Only have to take it once in awhile now....Also...working out more has really helped with stress and a great preventative and with a little of the weight gain from Paxil. Take care.

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May 22, 2012 3:12 PM

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

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6.0

For Depression: I have always had a depressive nature, increasing at middle age. I went on to Paroxetine 10mg, after a particularly stressful time at work. After about 6 weeks of ups and downs, things stabilized for me and my depression subsided to almost nothing. Of particular interest to me was that my social awareness disorder also reduced dramatically. Often at meetings, where I'd now speak up without hesitation, I would think to myself "hey, is this really me?" Unfortunately my depression prevailed, possibly because of my long term Type 2 diabetes. As a stressful period arose, I upped my dose to 20mg. It seemed to help for a little while. My lower than expected rating is because of how difficult it is to get off this, even to reduce the dosage.

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May 7, 2012 12:27 AM

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

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4.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: While paroxetine tended to keep my depression at bay; I wasn't functioning at a good level emotionally. Was on 20mg for approximately 4years, then 40mg for 3 months. When dosage was upped, I had major depressive episode (pretty much stayed in bed for 3 weeks) and realized that I had experiencing basically a "flat aspect" for quite some time. Also gained 20 lbs (105 to 125) in the 3 months on the 40mg. Horrible brain zaps if I missed a dose (20 or 40). Went back to 20mg for a week and have switched to Effexor (37.5/7days, then will be on 75mg daily). Mild zings and zaps for past few days as I've switched to the Effexor; was expecting a MUCH more horrendous transition as my zaps were extremely strong in the past.

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April 29, 2012 1:46 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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2.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: My general doctor gave me Paxil when I told her I had been having panic attacks and anxiety. I started on 10mg and when I hadn't noticed a difference after 6 weeks she upped the dose to 20mg. I still have anxiety day to day, and feel the beginning of a panic attack a lot, but am not able to go through with it. Sex drive completely gone. All I want to do is sleep. Depression worsened. This is not for me.

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April 10, 2012 4:44 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: While this medicine may not be for everyone, it's helped me immensely. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression. I was having intense mood swings where I'd alternate between being so anxious I couldn't sleep for days and then so depressed I couldn't get myself out of bed in the morning. I felt like I didn't matter anymore and that I could stay in bed all day since no one would realize I wasn't there. I started out on 10mg of Paxil for 4 days before increasing to 20mg. After a few weeks the effects started to wear off and I fell into a deep depression, so my dosage increased to 30mg a day. I take it before bed, and all my insomnia problems have gone away. It's done wonders for me. I have my life back.

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April 6, 2012 12:19 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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4.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Paxil helped me a great deal. Took around 6 weeks to work but well worth the wait. I feel like a new person, highly recommended.

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April 6, 2012 10:04 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Paxil worked absolute wonders for me for six years until 'pooping out' last year. After a disastrous few months on Zoloft I returned to paroxetine which again has made me 'return' to my old self. My alcohol increase (due to work issues) was almost certainly the cause for the medicine becoming ineffective and my return to anxiety and depression. Many reviews claim SSRI's don't work as well the 2nd time which is slightly true. I feel normal again without the 'serotonin high' I had first time around. Paxil/paroxetine is a miracle for me and though it has killed my sex drive and gained my weight slightly I cannot imagine life without.

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April 3, 2012 4:46 PM

Review by fthtshy:

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1.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: This medicine made me emotionless. For the first couple of months I was fine and now I can't be happy when I want to or sad when I want to. I also have no sex drive. I'm on Paxil for anxiety, but because it works as a mood stabilizer as well it took away my personality.

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March 31, 2012 7:17 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: Have had problems with social anxiety since I was a teenager and I must say after trying Paxil, Seroquel, Zoloft and Wellbutrin, Paxil is by far the best. Only big catch is don't miss a dose you will have a panic attack.

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March 27, 2012 3:49 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Anxiety and Stress: Paroxetine does it's job. Tried others but found them to "numb" emotional feelings!

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March 13, 2012 10:57 AM

Review by slyla:

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4.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I've been on it for a few days now in an attempt to get off Zoloft. I've been diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a result of PMDD. Today I took a very low dose while tapering off Zoloft and its not pleasurable at all. I'm nauseous, extreme dry mouth and severe anxiety. I work with the public and felt so jittery that I couldn't work. I am willing to tough it out with some support and compassion from my family, friends and co-workers but I don't like feeling like something is controlling my ability to function. I really hope it improves.

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March 10, 2012 6:30 PM

Review by interpreter 101:

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8.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I have been on Paxil 6 weeks now. I am feeling so much better it is a miracle. In this experience I realized that I had some issues that I needed to face and some grudges that I needed to let go that had built up over the years. I thought that I would never experience another normal day again because my anxiety attacks and depression were so severe I thought my life was over. I tried to avoid taking medicines and fighting my anxiety off myself but anxiety started to take over my life.

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March 5, 2012 11:16 AM

Review by happy face:

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8.0

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have neen taking 25 mg of paroxetine for 5 years and have had 1 panic attack and basically no more anxiety. My overall mental and physical health has increased dramatically due to paroxetine. It takes around a month to take full effect and side effects slowly disappear. Go get a gym membership and work out 3 to 4 days a week, be conscious of what you eat and your quality of life and overall happiness will return.

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February 29, 2012 12:53 AM

Review by Anonymous:

For Depression: Paroxetine stopped working for me after about 8 years on it. Thus commenced a mad scramble to find a new solution. We began by increasing the dosage and switching to name brand Paxil - to no avail. Then I tried adding Wellbutrin, still no help. Then I went to Viibryd without experiencing relief, and finally Pristiq. I found out there was no good way to taper off Pristiq, so I stopped all meds for about a week and a half. Finally, a psychiatric nurse practitioner put me back on the paroxetine, but this time with the addition of Abilify. That seems to be doing the trick. After a horrible two and a half months, I am feeling steadily better. Everyone's different, of course, but hopefully my experience will help someone else.

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February 20, 2012 8:22 PM

Review by Anonymous:

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: Paxil has saved my life. After my fathers death, I was in a major depression and suffered for panic attacks for 6 years. I used alcohol and drugs to numb of the reality. I finally decided to get my head straight and started using Paxil 30mg. I feel like a million bucks, everyday I wake up I'm happy and excited for what the day may bring. It does bother me that I have to rely on a drug to feel normal, but it is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I plan on staying on it for the rest of my life. I see it as I have a problem with my brain so I need a pill to fix it, just as a diabetic needs insulin. Thank you Paxil for giving me my life back. I highly recommend this medicine to anyone suffering from severe depression & anxiety.

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February 10, 2012 9:22 PM

Review by iknowuraliar:

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: Been on Paxil almost 2 years. Been taking it in the morning the whole time. Have to take a 2 hour nap everyday round lunch time. I'm switching to night time to see if it helps. I gained 50lbs and I'm emotionless, however I like that because I'm no longer screaming at my kids about every little thing and never cry like I use too. Had a hard time reaching orgasm the first few months, but side effect does pass. I take 20mg and when I feel myself fixing to have a fit I take an extra 10mg. I love my Paxil, just hate the tiredness and weight gain. Highly recommended.

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February 9, 2012 6:14 AM

Review by JanR37:

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have had a chronic depression since I was about 2 years old. Paxil lifted the feelings of always walking around in depression and changed them to a normal level of feelings and emotions! Who could ask for more?

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January 29, 2012 1:38 PM

Review by Jb1997:

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Paxil is wonderful I am 14 years old and have anxiety and deppresion. This month has been wonderful but I have to get a higher dose of Paxil because my body got use to it. It made me feel like I was normal but the begging side effects were tiredness. Felt like I was on a boat, hard to breath and blured vision. But after 2 weeks my body to got used to it, I feel like a new person.

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January 25, 2012 6:50 PM

Review by jvaski:

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7.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I used Paxil twice for depression and mood swings while on chemo therapy. Both times I only used half the min dose (5mg/day) and it did help considerably reduce anxiety and depression associated with being on extended chemotherapy. It also controlled anger and road-rage associated with chemo therapy. Recently I tried Paxil a third time in preparation for another round of chemo - and Paxil made me feel lousy after a few weeks taking it. I stopped and switched to Celexa. Both previous times when Paxil did work I made the serious mistake of stopping it abruptly. I had to go back on it and gradually reduce the dosage by splitting pills over two weeks. I'd give Paxil a rating of 10 had I not had problems with it this time.

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January 15, 2012 1:46 AM

Review by Medicated1111:

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4.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I took Paxil for 10 years. Started on 20mg and had intense anxiety, confusion, panic. Doctor insisted it was all in my head. Therapist told me to cut the dose in 1/2. Felt somewhat better. Went up to 20mg after a few months and began to get brain zaps. A close friend told me I had lost my personality. Slept 10-14 hrs a night and frustrated my partner because of sleeping, no sex drive and no ability to feel sexual pleasure. Effects of alcohol intensified- passed out from 2 drinks or became over-emotional. Tapered from 20mg to 0 slowly over the 10 yrs. Each tiny decrease resulted in ~2wk period of increased anxiety. I think overall it numbed the panic but CBT therapy and getting older may have been more or similarly effective.

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January 12, 2012 12:48 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Paroxetine worked absolute wonders for me when I first started the paroxetine 6 years ago. My mood elevated so high to the point of work colleagues questioning my 'nightclub activities'. The 'serotonin high' also made me aggressively confident and involved a few flashpoints including a physical fight- my first for 15 years. While it worked it was GREAT. However, it lost it's efficacy suddenly a few months ago and I was prescribed sertraline/Zoloft which was a disaster. Headaches, Nausea and insomnia was my bodies reaction to this medicine. Have now been put on citalopram and hoping this will be effective. My doctor suggested I may try paroxetine again if I don't respond to citalopram.

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