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Paxil (paroxetine) for Depression: I've been on Paxil for approximately 15 years now, and I absolutely believe it has saved my life. After only about 2 weeks, I had the first "good day" I could ever remember having. Until taking Paxil, I never realized that people could actually be genuinely happy. There have been a few times during the first 5 years or so when I tried to stop cold turkey. The side effects were really awful and I almost immediately went back into severe depression. I've since just accepted that I'll be on medicines the rest of my life. Small price to pay for the benefits. However, I think I am in the minority in that I didn't experience any particular side effects while on Paxil; only when trying to stop.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I have been on Paxil for 3 months and had gained 6 pounds. Doesn't sound that bad, except I've been going to the gym like crazy to counteract this side effect and still the scale keeps creeping up. I have almost zero interest in having sex and when I do have sex, I cannot have an orgasm. Any interest in sex I do have is counteracted by the fact that I feel gross having gained extra weight. If I were single, I might not mind the sex issue as much, but if you are in a relationship, I would consider a different drug.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I was on Paxil for 13 years. It helped my anxiety in the beginning but made me emotionless. I almost never cried or got angry. My sex drive was non-existent. I had terrible withdrawal symptoms when I tried to get off of it. If there is another option for you besides Paxil, look into it.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I've had anxiety for five years,and started taking Paxil since my first anxiety attack. In all this time I've been on Paxil, I only had about 2 to 3 attacks. The problem that I have is feeling dizzy or light-headed since my first attack. It wont go away and it makes me feel tired and lazy. Paxil has helped me with the attacks dramatically, but the light-headedness is still there.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: Paxil has changed my life for the better. My PCP switched me to Paxil after trying Zoloft first. Zoloft didn't help my anxiety and I still needed to take Xanax. I had immediate relief the first day on Paxil and haven't needed Xanax at all. And my hot flashes are gone. Life is beautiful!
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: started on a low dose and became a zombie. All I wanted to do was sleep. I couldn't focus on anything, school, work. family. I know others it has worked for. My wiring doesn't seem to accept it.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I am on my 3rd week of taking Paxil. The first week was difficult as my side effects were nervousness (which makes you think you are having an anxiety attack) and sleepiness. After about 4 or 5 days I started feeling better and better. I have only had 1 very small attack since being on it. I feel SO much better and happier. I finally feel like myself again. Good luck to all of you!
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paroxetine for Anxiety: Paxil is a miracle drug for me. I would have panic attacks to the point I had a hard time driving. Thoughts of doom and panic would control me. This drug has relieved just about all of it. I have had 0 panic attacks. Although I still get some breakthrough anxiety, I can now enjoy my life due to this drug. I highly recommend it.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have only been taking Paxil for 9 days now. I really can't tell much difference except I feel a little better. I have read what others have said and it seems promising so I'll keep taking it so maybe soon I can function. My anxiety has pretty much taken over and I don't leave the house without another person to drive in case, it's terrible. With any luck soon that will no longer be an issue. I'll come back in a week or 2 and let you know.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I've just started this and have been on it for a total of one week. I'm having unbearable side effects even though I'm following doctor orders, and constantly praying they'll go away eventually.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This drug has saved my life. I tried reducing slowly, but my anxiety had come back. Without Paxil I had severe anxiety that was just awful. Could not function or work or anything. Paxil has brought my life back to me.
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Paxil (paroxetine): Paxil changed my life. It's a miracle. The only bad things about Paxil I've experienced (in 13 years of taking it) is sexual side-effects (libido loss), and severe withdrawal symptoms when I stopped taking it 'cold turkey'.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety: I have been taking Paxil for 5 months. My anxiety had gotten so bad that my wife took me to the ER at 3AM thinking I was having heart issues. I visited my doctor shortly after that and he prescribed Paxil. After a few days of taking it, I felt so much better - finally, relief! I didn't even realize I had so many symptoms of anxiety until I was on Paxil. I feel better than I have in two years. HOWEVER, there are sexual side effects (decreased sex drive and difficulty achieving erection and ejaculation). Since I'm a newly married man in my mid-twenties, these side effects are very frustrating. Other than that, this drug has been very effective in treating my anxiety.
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paroxetine for Anxiety: 23 year old male. Been taking Paroxetine for the past 2 weeks for my anxiety attacks which prevented me from working. Worked great at controlling the anxiety, but the side effects were too much. Every night I would take the medicine (anytime from 7-10pm) and would wake up at 3am and 5am for no apparent reason. Caused me to be tired throughout the day. Also caused an overwhelming minty taste in my mouth/throat. Made it hard to concentrate on work.
Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I've been taking this for 6-7 years now (started at 20mg then to 40mg now back at 20mg) and I think its time for a change for me. It's stopped working for me in the past 1 year (my anxiety has come back). I also never liked the side effects, mainly: leg muscle spasms at night, easily electrically shocked, and drowsiness.
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Paxil (paroxetine) for Panic Disorder: Didn't do much for my panic episodes even at 80mgs a day. What it did do, is make me not care about sex, even years after taking them. And it made my emotions numb, I couldn't cry at a funeral for a beloved family member when I knew I should have been hysterical.
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paroxetine for Depression: Worked well for managing severe depression and some really nasty panic attacks. One really bad side effect: I gained 70 pounds in about 8 months. I was on 20mg. Problem with this medication is it shuts down your metabolism. I was by no means a lazy person, but I still put on a huge amount of weight. I'm off the drug now and learning to manage my panic attacks and depression in other ways, and I am doing great! Use caution when starting this medicine because you will put on the weight!
Paxil (paroxetine) for Social Anxiety Disorder: I also have been living with social anxiety for 7 years. After drinking alcohol to cover my anxiety and depression, my symptoms just got worse. I finally looked into lorazepam but I got a dose of 2 mg and it just knocked me out. Then I got Xanax 0.25mg and that made my face numb and I didn't like to smile, mainly my face felt weird and I was always to tired. Then finally I got 20mg Paxil and it helped right away. I felt like I could do and talk to anyone at anytime. Then I got used to it and jumped to the 30 mg which is doing alright. But the worst part of using this is constipation. I never had constipation before and it hurts so bad. I hope this helps.
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paroxetine for Depression: 48 year old male in the health care industry. Resisted any idea that I might need something for depression as I was really good about thinking about suicide, but never acting out or letting others know. Tended to obsess over family relationships or work issues, everyday from waking to going to sleep. Also suffer from a type of IBS and have smooth muscle contraction in the large bowl that created intense pain 2-3 days per month and a trip to the Emergency department every year or two.
Started Paxil and noticed immediate decrease in fixation type thoughts, have not had a pain episode for the last 8 months (first time in my life!).
I'm a bit less reserved in conversations, and share more of myself with those around me. Overall a good decision.
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