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User Reviews for Paroxetine to treat Anxiety and Stress

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

Paroxetine has an average rating of 6.7 out of 10 from a total of 137 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety and Stress. 61% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

Paroxetine Rating Summary

6.7/10 average rating

137 ratings from 146 user reviews.

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Reviews for Paroxetine

Jacob1985 January 19, 2017

Paxil (paroxetine): “For all of you writing your bad experiences on here really need to rethink the purpose of your post. Writing about an experience that is short of something you would see in an exorcism movie (head spinning, projectile vomiting, sweating, hyperventilating etc.) Be careful. You are posting in a forum of people who have diagnosed anxiety and they turn to the Internet and read these posts, that more than likely are exaggerated, breeding greater anxiety or worse making someone not take the medication. The medication was prescribed for a reason with hundreds of millions of dollars in research spent in studying it. Ranging from bacterial study to small animal study to large animal study to human trials etc. This medication is very safe.”

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Leeh · Taken for less than 1 month January 20, 2021

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started taking paroxetine 10 mg 2 weeks ago, and I am so happy that I did because I feel like my self again. I was on paroxetine 15 years ago due to a difficult time in my life. I did go off of the medication after 8 years, and felt fine. Back on it now due to some life stressors, and it has worked wonderful with my anxiety, panic episodes, and mild depression. I had very minor side effects in the first 1 week. So, I am so grateful for this medication because it truly has helped considerably, and I am hoping to see more results within the 4-6 week period. Best Luck!”

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Fluffybunny January 16, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “Paxil has worked wonderfully for me. I now have a life due to it. I no longer feel like I'm being attacked by the world, so I no longer attack back. I finally have a life and I am finally happy with myself as well.”

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kay · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 7, 2020

“I have been taking Paxil for a little over 2 years now. I first started out with 20mg, my dose is now 50 mg. Paxil has been heaven sent for me. I went from worrying, being paranoid, to chronic tearful moments to being calm and handle every day life so much better. I was afraid of taking it at first, after reading the side effects. Only side effects that I experienced was the sweating, which had subsided in a little over 6 months. Taking this medication has helped me become the best version of myself that I could be. Strongly recommend.”

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jlynnej April 27, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “At first, I was a little bit afraid to try Paxil after reading some reviews but I thought to myself anything has to be better than the daily stress and anxiety that I was dealing with. I've been on it for a month and I can absolutely say it's been a life changing experience! I no longer have daily panic attacks and I can go out in public without a care! Before Paxil, I struggled in public situations. I would often feel anxiety and if everyone was staring and judging me. But now I don't even think about it. I just go on with my business and enjoy my days! If you're struggling with daily panic attacks and anxiety like I was, I highly recommend at least giving it a try!”

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young421 · Taken for 10 years or more July 20, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started taking paxil back in 1996 and it was the greatest drug it help me get thru my depression and anxiety and it gave me my life back. Now I am 60 I slowly got off pazil for 6 months now my troubles are back. I am going back on my Paxil because with out it I can't live a normal day. I am slowing letting Paxil back into my system. I need this drug so I can live a normal life. I hope this helps everyone, but everyone system is different. I have tried other ones but never worked as good a Paxil. I'll never go off it again, its my life saver. Good luck but I know Paxil is really worth trying, but to avoid the side effects slowly take them to get back into your system. I wish I had never been taken off Paxil as it is my life saving drug. Thank you Paxil for giving my life back. God Bless you”

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Sammy3217 July 13, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I finally feel like I'm balanced now that I have been taking Paxil. Life before Paxil was not life. I have suffered from anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder since I was 8. I didn't start Paxil until I was 34 because of a divorce, but it truly has cured me. I no longer feel anxious, depressed, and the racing thoughts have diminished. I feel normal and rational. I do get very sleepy though while on Paxil, and I have found exercise to help combat that side effect. I don't know how my life would've turned out if I had been on this medicine a long time ago. I owe my life to this medicine.”

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Chilled out December 15, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “Been taking Paxil at low dose 5 mg. I like Paxil because my doctor said it helps with sleep. With other SSRIs I tried, I woke up throughout night. Doctor said if I stay at low dose, may not experience the weight gain, we’ll see. Trying to eat healthy and exercise daily too. Hope this helps, so far so good.. anxiety can be terrible..”

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Tikitalons · Taken for less than 1 month June 6, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I've been through several medicines including Abilify, Zoloft, clonazepam, Seroquel, Ativan, and several others. and this medicine it the most wonderful of all of them. With Paxil I feel so calm and just even toned. Is it possible something actually can work. I'm thinking genius! I can't thank you enough.”

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Looper October 23, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “If you are reading this comment it means you have a problem, and its not going to disappear by itself. So don't worry about withdrawal because you'll take it forever because it will work. The starting side effects last a month. Take some time off your schedule. It is the strongest of its category”

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Pheobe734 December 11, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have experienced anxiety for about 16 years. It took me 12 years to find paxil and I thank God for it. I was such a mess! Because of anxiety I developed agoraphobia couldn't get out of the house, be around people at all, consequently depression followed. My poor husband stuck with me through all of it. I have taken every antidepressant that's out there none of them worked, they made me zombie like. 3 days into paxil I came alive, all that noise and constant fear on the back of my mind quieted down. I could not believe it!! I had more energy because I didn't feel emotionally and physically drained any more. I finally could be in the moment and take it all in!!! I feel like I can do anything, before paxil I felt like a constant failure.”

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Hopeful900 January 25, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “I was on paxil 40mg for 13 years and decided ( like an idiot ) that I didn't need it anymore, withdrew from the paxil and it was hard!!! 3 months later was in a whirlwind of emotion, anxiety, panic, and fear!!! Didn't leave my house for 4 months!!!! I used to go to the beach to destress all of the time, couldn't even do that! Went to Dr, and he tried me on lexapro, effexor, and prozac, horrible 3 months of my life with all the side effects! Finally decided myself to go back on paxil! Within a months time I'm back to working 2 jobs, my family is more happy, I AM WAY LESS STRESSED, and the anxiety is 3/4 gone!!!! Please if anyone fighting with stress and anxiety or panic take the paxil!!! I did great for me both times”

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Ss868 · Taken for less than 1 month March 25, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have been on this medicine for a week and a half now and I have regained my life back! The first 4 days on it are hell, but if you just hold on through it, you will notice a world of difference. I can wake up in the mornings feeling like my old self again and go through the day without feeling scared or hyped up. I would definitely recommend it.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 4, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “I tried everything from Zoloft, Xanax, Valium Cymbalta. After a severe rollover accident and 3 surgeries I had infections in my stomach which led to h pylori then 2000mg of antibiotics which led to Barrett disease then severe debilitating anxiety and depression. I am sensitive to all medication. Paxil low dose of 10mg after 6 months has saved my life and God of course. Please don't give up”

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Lolo March 10, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “I'm writing this because I was initially scared to start taking Paxil after reading a lot of negative reviews online, and I wanted to put a positive one out there. I'm currently on week 6 day 2, on a 10mg dose (I'm a small female). When I started, I had gone over a month barely eating or sleeping, and had lost over 15 pounds in the previous few months due to anxiety/depression. I was struggling with every aspect of my life, and felt like I didn't have the strength to pull myself through it. Today I feel strong, capable, I have my appetite back and my sleep has improved. I am back to my real joyful self and not just a shell of a person. The only side effects I have experienced are exhaustion in the first few weeks, and some jaw clenching at night. All manageable. So, if you're considering Paxil, don't be scared by all the info out there. Every body is different, and you never know: it might be just what you need to help you through this time in your life and find yourself.”

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V · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 28, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “I am 28 years old and have been on Paxil for 2.5 months and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me! I always thought Paxil was for crazy people. I used to always be on edge, worry about EVERYTHING, have chest and neck pain from stress, and was generally unhappy. Since I have been on Paxil I feel like I can live again and I even lost weight. I am in school for my RN and I don’t get angry and stressed about every little thing that doesn’t go my way. It is like my mind and body won’t let me sweat the small stuff. My relationship with my spouse is even better. I haven’t really experienced any negative side effects. Thank goodness for Paxil and my new life!! I couldn’t be happier!”

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EmilyN19 December 28, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “There is a lot of other reviews that I have read that sums a lot of it up. Yes, you will most likely experience yawning, nausea, and headaches at first. It does go away! At first I also noticed a change in my sex life. I could still get in the mood but found it near impossible to orgasm. Also, with sleep, I did feel tired for a bit, but I think it was because I experienced trouble sleeping at first. I found some things that helped fix some of this: I went from 20mg to 10mg a day. I took it right after breakfast. This one is important! Exercise! I started running again and I found that it had an extremely positive effect and it went well with the medication. A lot of the jitters I got at first went away, it helped me sleep better, and more!”

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Hells Bells · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 10, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “The first few days were hard for me, very groggy and giggly, and my husband says I was totally useless but I was smiling, and then the fog lifted. It doesn't make the problems in your life magically vanish, but instead of freaking out over everything, I now only get upset when a "normal" person would, I now have healthy natural reactions to things. I can deal with my problems. I don't see problems in everything, everywhere. Aropax changed not only my life drastically but the lives of everyone who cares about me.”

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average joe December 4, 2010

Paxil (paroxetine): “I had anxiety that was getting more and more severe as the days went by. It was really hard to be around people. I would get nervous and stiffen up and also feel very paranoid that people noticed my discomfort. I started to take Paxil starting at 10 mg. For the first little while nothing was different about my anxiety but soon it was so amazing. I was talking so much without getting nervous. I could look people in the eye and could enjoy my life. All of a sudden things were much more bearable. The only bad part was that it made me kinda absent minded like I didn't really pay attention much, but overall was extremely happy with the results and am glad I only have to take 10 mg a day. Hope my entry helps.”

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BigBunn · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 20, 2021

“Works great for me. I’m not walking around in a fog and I actually feel like my normal self. Yes there is a euphoric feeling but it’s not long lasting and once your body metabolizes the drug that’ll go away. This along with Ativan has really given me my life back free from the crippling anxiety that I was dealing with on a daily basis.”

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NicVall October 15, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started taking Paxil back in 2002 and I’ve been on/off it until I started to wean off it a few months ago - big mistake. I almost got off of it on my own pace (fast) but at the wrong time (too much stress, plus I was bringing up bad past experiences that triggered anxiety/stress in my life). Last Monday I had a hard time talking w/o feeling winded and shortness of breath, plus I was tense all over and I lost interest in everything. Now I’m back on it at a low dose (7.5mg (cut) but need to go back up to 20 or 30mg. 30mg was my long term dose). I tried Viibryd for a day but diarrhea sucked so no thanks. Figured I should just stick with what worked. I can honestly say I really miss not having to go through this as we all are. I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I can be normal again like this never happened. Now it’s repair time - brain work. Gotta get some positive mindfulness books. Stay positive as much as you can. Whatever helps for the moment. One day at a time.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 6, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I had anxiety with panic attacks since 10 years ago, treated with Xanax as needed. When my father got ill the stress level was so high Xanax was not working well. Paxil 5mg daily changed my life and no side effects. After 1 year in 10 mg works better.”

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Anonymous September 29, 2011

Paxil (paroxetine): “I suffered with a pretty severe anxiety, stress and depression. Took Paxil 4 days ago and honestly I feel great. It already started working. Lot of it could be in my head but trust me all my symptoms disappeared. Side effects: from day one I had a light headache, day two -a little harder headache, day three unbearable headache, day four(now) no headache, feeling perfectly fine, great mood, even though its raining and dark outside. GREAT medicine. Also its worth to add, it worked the same wonders for me about 8 years ago when I had it for the last time. I was on Paxil for 6 months and it healed me. I had 7 years of great life and suddenly 6-7 months ago this thing attacked me again. Paxil works again, same way.”

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crash0825 · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 1, 2017

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started with severe panic and anxiety attacks 3 years ago, which honestly made me think I was going crazy, scariest time in my life. I tried Zoloft and Lexapro and both made me feel worse. January 2015 I started Paxil 10mg and worked up to 20mg and honestly felt like my old self again, no longer dealt with the attacks. However, in February 2017 I decided to try Prozac because the Paxil had made me numb to everything and I did gain about 45lbs on it. I have now been on Prozac for almost 3 months and am waiting to switch back over to the paxil because I feel anxious and irritable on this and miss the paxil. I pray for all of you who deal with this awful disease and pray one day they can find an actual cure for it!!!!!”

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paxil10yrs · Taken for 10 years or more April 27, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have been taking this for not only general anxiety but also for social anxiety, panic, and depression. My head must have needed this because I noticed a euphoric feeling after taking my first 10mg dose; within 15 minutes. Of course it won't get rid of the problems that plague you. But on a strictly how your head feels basis, for me this is a great medicine. I can relate to horror stories as I experienced those with Zoloft. Paxil makes me a little more comfortable in social settings and improves the quality of life in general. I'm a guy and it does diminish libido but I have managed to accept that.”

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