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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: I had extreme anxiety at first time intercourse with a new partner. Mainly happened with girls I liked the most. Read Paxil delays ejaculation so I asked doctor and gave it a try. 20mgs per day. It works a little too well. Effects do wear off, so I just use it when needed.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I am so happy to have found this board. These success stories are amazing. I've been taking Paxil for about 2 weeks and 2 days and have experienced some tough side effects, lots of trouble sleeping, headaches, mood swings, but it seems a lot of people seem do really well after getting through those first few weeks. I think I want to try and stick with this. It's also helped ease a lot of pain and stress I experienced from a brutal gall bladder surgery.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I have been off and on Paxil about 3 times in the last 2 years. I start on 20mg and am told the first week to start with a half a pill once a day. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disease and mild anxiety. I could not stop yawning. I felt tired all the time. I didn't notice any weight gain like others that have taken the medicine, but I could not deal with the extreme euphoria. I felt like I was floating through life in bubble if that makes any sense.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I started using Paroxetine after I received what was the most traumatic news of my life, and it caused my anxiety to go into complete overload. I started having bad panic attacks and terrible anxiety. I also started suffering from really bad obsessive thoughts! My doctor put me on Paroxetine and I have been on it for about 4 weeks now, along with Xanax for short term use until the paroxetine really kicks in. Well I must say that I do feel ALOT better, but not as good as I did before all this started. I'm being a little impatient? I'm told that the Paroxetine takes at least 3-4 weeks before it really starts to work and as I said, it's only been 1 month since I started taking it. I just want the way I used to love life to come back!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Excellent to stop intrusive thoughts and depression. I would not be without it, I have gone through college and am a successful social worker who can now help others. I have been able to go to a lower dose but still keep it in my regimen because I would rather live a full life than a fearful and indecisive one.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I completely stopped having panic attacks after taking this medication for a few months. I had become house-bound by several debilitating panic attacks every day. I have been on Paxil for close to a year, and it is still working. Side effects I experienced were bruising for the first few months. I also experienced numbness and tingling (my arms and legs started falling asleep all the time). I began taking magnesium supplements and the tingling stopped. I am still experiencing weight gain and tiredness and constant yawning, as well as decreased focus and memory. I am also unable to orgasm, which is strange for me because I used to be able to reach orgasm very easily. Overall, I can work and live again so it's worth the side effects.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I took Paxil for about 10 yrs (no weight gain) and quit it recently with the help of my primary care doctor by weaning off of it for 6 months. Unfortunately, 2 weeks after quitting, my symptoms of anxiety and depression have returned 2-fold! I have not been formally diagnosed with anything yet, but do know that Paxil worked the BEST for me! I want to go back on it, but it is Category D- so IF I ever want to have a baby I cannot be on it while pregnant!
At the moment, I am trying Wellbutrin, after trying 3 weeks on Buspar to help me (that didn't help). It's only been a week on Wellbutrin and I see some improvements, but nothing like the Paxil. I may ask to go back to Paxil if switching medicines doesn't work. I felt like "myself" on Paxil!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I thought I needed an antidepressant, so I tried a couple. Paxil for me had terrible side effects. I felt like I was on speed. Had to eat every two hours. I could not go anywhere; always had to have snacks with me and I lost weight even with the calorie increase. Insomnia was the worst. I could not even take 10 mg. I tried the medication for about 7 weeks and decided it was not for me and began a weaning off process. Reduced to 5 mg for 1 week, this was the hardest and caused the most side effects which included vertigo, nausea and insomnia which lasted about 2 days. Then I reduced to 2.5 mg for another week and a half. Stopped taking it completely after this and did fine with no side effects.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I was severely depressed before deciding to try this medication. I recently graduated (May 10) with my second B.S. I am also a mother. I knew before that I wasn't happy like I should be. I never ever was proud of my accomplishments, it was difficult for me to do daily tasks and play with my daughter. I was never happy. When I graduated with my bio degree, I sunk really low, the weight above my head felt like a building was being held on top of me. A friend suggested depression. I decided to talk to my doctor about it and we gave Paxil a try. I felt better almost immediately. Within 1 week I can honestly say the weight was gone and I felt better than I have in a REALLY long time. It has changed my life! Highly recommend!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I was on Paxil CR 25mg for 5 years and 37.5mg for about 1 year. My Doctor and I decided to ween me off due to feeling that it wasn't working as it used to and I didn't want to increase the dose. The weening process went too quickly and I suffered withdrawal symptoms- brain zaps, brain fog, crying, severe mood swings, just to name a few. I also had a rush of emotions that were hidden from being on it. My family and friends said that when I first started taking it, they noticed that I had been withdrawn but they thought that I was happy because my anxiety was gone.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I have been really surprised by Paxil. I've been disabled by Panic Disorder (and follow-on depression) for years. Benzodiazepines provided relief from panic attacks, but increased depression. I tried other SSRI's with horrible experiences.
My MD really wanted me on an antidepressant- I wanted away from benzodiazepines, so I took a chance with Paxil. The first month was bit of nausea/cramps - worst were feelings and thoughts were really jumbled.
Somewhere in 2nd month it all sort of stabilized, I felt a lot better, panic attacks dropped a lot. Now in 5th month - Before Paxil I was housebound and hopeless, slowly starting to live again.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: Paxil has been providing pretty good relief at 30 mg- not as effective as benzodiazepines, but I was pretty surprised. I've had horrible trials with SSRI's/side effects for Panic Disorder, but Paxil hasn't been as bad - stomach upset for a month adjusting to it - some weight gain, sexual side effects.. mostly gone now 5 months in. Rough guess, I'd say about 75% fewer Panic Attacks.
I've a number of medical conditions, and some medicines will rock the boat, but I'm able to get through with Xanax "as needed" - (used to be 'always' needed).
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paroxetine for Anxiety: I initially went on Paxil 13 years ago after suffering from major anxiety/depression. Worked great and within a month I was back to work. It gave out on me and I would get my dose increased and would than feel better once again. I made a horrible choice of stopping it cold turkey last summer and I am still paying for it now. Been back on it 20mg for a week and already feel better. This is after trying Lexapro and Prozac with negative results after approximately 6 weeks of each. I am a example that if something works and plateaus don't stop taking it, make the necessary adjustments. Paxil has saved my life once and it appears like it is again after trial and error with other drugs and treatment alternatives. Paxil is great for anxiety.
Paxil CR (paroxetine) for Depression: I have had great success with the use of this medicine. One thing I would tell people is if you have problems sleeping on this medicine talk to your doctor first and foremost. I did talk with my doctor and I am also taking another medicine to help with that. I have Bi-polar disorder with manic tendencies. Depakote, Paxil CR, and Risperidone for me all together works. Anyone looking at this I hope it helps with your treatment process with the guidance of your doctor. Good luck.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have been on Paxil for 2 weeks. If you have anxiety please try this drug. The first week was hell. I had headaches and mood swings. Then my whole life slowed down so I could catch up. Good Luck!
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paroxetine for Panic Disorder: I was prescribed paroxetine 10mgs for my panic disorder and OCD. I've been on it about 1 month. At first I was really tired, could hardly stay awake and I couldn't eat because I felt nauseated, and at times I felt like my body was burning from the inside out. I almost felt like a zombie, just sat there, didn't smile, frown or laugh. Thought I was going crazy. How would I take care of my kids like this? I decided to keep taking it because I hadn't had a panic attack and having one frightened me to no end. After about 2 weeks I was able to get up and clean without being picky, ride in a car without being scared, we had some storms and I didn't panic, and I was playing with my kids again. The pros outweigh the cons! Thank you paroxetine.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: Paxil may have some minor side effects but it has helped me a great deal. I do fidgit my hands and feet a bit but have no real side effects as long as I take it responsibly. When I first began, I could miss a few doses without problems but now it only takes one missed dose for me to feel it. And if you try to quit cold turkey it will have some serious side effects. Overall, I couldn't imagine living without it now that I've found relief from my anxiety.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have been taking Paxil for 5 years. Since I turned 50 and my blood pressure shot up to 210/102. Paxil was the biggest blessing. NO, I DID not gain any weight. Well I gained two pounds only because I ate my way through them.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: It's working. I haven't had any panic attacks since I started about 3-4 months ago, but my memory was bad before and still is bad. I've been getting constipated, decreased sexual desire and ability. I'm only 19. I have to fix that. I am always tired randomly and need a coffee. I can't stop yawning all the time.
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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