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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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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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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