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User Reviews for Paroxetine to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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

Paroxetine has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 40 ratings for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 63% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 18% reported a negative effect.

Paroxetine Rating Summary

7.2/10 average rating

40 ratings from 43 user reviews.

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Reviews for Paroxetine

magcook August 8, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have always suffered from anxiety and obsessive thoughts,but with in the last year it took a turn for the worse. I had a job loss and couldn't sleep for almost two weeks and in turn starting getting panic attacks. Then intrusive thoughts, I truly thought I was losing my mind. I was scared all the time and hopeless. I went to a therapist and this did help, I also got out on effexor 70 mg daily. I never thought I was going to get better. I started paxil three weeks ago, 20 mg. It has truly changed my life. I feel like me again. I'm writing this in hopes that someone who reads this that feels hopeless and scared doesn't give up. There is help, hang in there. If I could do it, so can you.”

10 / 10
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Sharub · Taken for 10 years or more December 11, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “First of all, I never realized that I had OCD until I told my doctor I couldn't sleep because I couldn't control my thoughts. I thought OCD only manifested itself in physical rituals. Paxil has literally saved my life. It broke a 14 year cycle of racing, uncontrollable thoughts/insomnia/anxiety/depression. I have been taking Paxil for 15 years now.”

10 / 10
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fadedgenes · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 30, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have had a good experience with Paxil thus far, and I wanted to put it out there because I think it's usually the bad experiences that prompt folks to write these reviews! I'd tried other SSRIs (Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Celexa), with bad results, so I was hesitant. I started on 10 mg/day for two weeks then went to 20mg. At first I didn't notice much, but by the third week my obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety were greatly quelled. I feel a general sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, yet I'm still productive/creative/ME. No ill side effects whatsoever. I hear the withdrawal is a bear, and I'll cross that bridge when I get there, but, so far so good.”

9 / 10
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sapphire99 February 27, 2009

Paxil (paroxetine): “It worked for me, It worked for me, It worked for me....oops...must have missed this mornings dose (LOL). I have suffered from GAD/OCD for a few years. Most of the time I was worried and anxious and suffered panic attacks and general high-stress feelings before taking Paxil. I take 10mg's of Paxil once per day for about 6 months now. I am starting to see my previous behaviors that only prolonged and worsened my anxiety disorder. I am able to relax, calm down, sit back and actually make myself relax, even during high stress times. I hope to not be on Paxil for very many years, but it did help me, help myself out of OCD/panic hell. Counselling was just as important as Paxil, and re-learning how to make yourself chill. Paxil Helps!”

9 / 10
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Anonymous August 12, 2010

Paxil (paroxetine): “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.”

9 / 10
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Just a Geek · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 24, 2020

“It was a real life changer for me. Primarily obsessive OCD, disturbing intrusive thoughts, unreasonable hate made me a self-centered not nice person. Taking 60mg of paroxetine I can think more clearly, without the rumination that life is rubbish, and I'm not worthy living. I want to live my life and be happy.”

10 / 10
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Post Partum Depression/OCD · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 7, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “Give Paxil a chance. I looked at all the horror stories on here and am glad I chose to ignore them and continue with the drug. I was on it for 8 months total. It took about 4-6 weeks to take full effect and weaning off was a big uncomfortable. It controlled my symptoms and helped me gain control of my life back. I was not paid to say any of this I just know I was scared to try it, and you shouldn’t be. Your doctor prescribed it for a reason. Be patient, the side effects I had in the beginning of diarrhea/dizziness went away as my body got used to it. Good luck!”

8 / 10
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N0cturnalanimal · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 10, 2021

Paxil (paroxetine): “This is the only drug that has helped my very intrusive thoughts subside. Not completely but MUCH better than where I was before. I spent months in a psych unit, taking drug after drug, getting ECT with no effect, and then suddenly I was prescribed paxil and a weight was nearly instantly lifted off of me. I felt like a good person again. I gained no weight on this drug, but have experienced little sexual desire. I also don’t clean as much (another symptom of my ocd) and that’s been a little hard on me. It also caused me to not be able to sleep at night but I’m now also on trileptal 900mg and trazadone 75 and that has helped a lot. I still need to be on another booster for my paranoia and am going to try a low dose of latuda but I’m much better than I was before with the help of paxil.”

9 / 10
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Roy2 October 27, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have had anxiety for over 40 years and I never thought I would feel like this. Paxil has help me a lot and I wish I had taken if earlier. It help me with my anxiety being about 80% less. I'm not as compulsive now. I lost 20 pds because I was not as anxious and eating all the time.”

8 / 10
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Opalgirl July 2, 2011

Paxil (paroxetine): “I am 23 years old and I have been taking Paxil since I was 11. It has worked extremely well for me over the years and I have had little to no problems with my OCD. When I was 17 I tried to go off the medication (with the help of my doctor) and it was extremely hard. I became really depressed and had horrible headaches and nausea. I decided to go back on the medication because it wasn't the right time in my life to deal with so much stress. FYI, if I skip/ forget a pill I get really bad nausea and I tend to bruise and scar very easily. If you are looking for something to treat your OCD this might be the medicine for you.”

8 / 10
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Too Much Thinking January 18, 2017

Paxil (paroxetine): “I only started Paxil last night. I took 5mg and about 2 hours later it felt like a steel curtain had dropped on my looping intrusive thoughts. ADs have always been a problem for me. They only work to an extent and the side effects are intolerable. I'm taking Paxil long enough to hopefully bridge my way from the difficult place I'm in right now, to some place where I feel more confident and comfortable. This morning, the intrusive thoughts returned with renewed vigor. I took another 5mg and again, 2 hours later they were gone. It's surreal being present. I'm used to spending my time ruminating on the past or fearing the future. This will take some getting used to, but if this is a sign of things to come, I have hope.”

7 / 10
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k8teeee July 28, 2010

Paxil (paroxetine): “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!”

10 / 10
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lauriehappy5 August 3, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “I took Paxil for 5 years. I have been off Paxil now for 7 years, and ...I suffer from OCD and panic attacks. I am 49 years old and have suffered since childhood with my "issues". I won't go into great detail.I do not take medicine, but I was in VERY bad shape when I started on Paxil. Within a few days, I slept, stopped washing my feet, counting things, and those obsessive thoughts were gone.THANK GOD. I did gain weight, and my family described me as being an emtional zombie. I chose to discontinue taking Paxil on my own, which was a bad idea. NEVER. I say NEVER do that. I am lucky that I am still alive. If you choose to quit taking it please do that only under the care of your physician. Today I am not cured, but I am happy and living norm”

10 / 10
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Mm · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 16, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “Was on prozac for OCD at 16 when I tried everything to avoid medication, therapy, journaling, exercise, medication, water intake a healthy diet enough sleep and it still wasn’t enough. It gave me crazy heart burn and by 17 I was on Paxil. That with mindfulness, water intake, a healthy diet and exercise has saved my life. I can’t speak for depression but for OCD it is an integral tool to help me, but be warned by itself it won’t do that well. It’s a tool not magic”

8 / 10
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Anonymous May 20, 2010

Paxil (paroxetine): “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.”

10 / 10
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Sureshkumar96 June 12, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I'm 36yr old doctor. I had been on Paroxetine for past 8 yrs.weaned just 6 months back.I developed post subcapsular cataract last year. Operated both eyes with IOL. the morbidity it has produced reflects in my day to day activities. I never heard of cataracts as a side effect by paroxetine until I developed one. only when I searched on net I could see few studies suggesting cataract as a side effect of some SSRIs and Paroxetine is one among those.I had to wean it as I was afraid I might end up in more rare and serious side effects in long term, say for eg renal failure in another few yrs.But its a wonderful drug in controlling OCD. Soon I'm about to restart it or a new SSRI due to relapse. OCD makes me feel living blind is more easier than with OCD”

8 / 10
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anonymous084 August 21, 2010

Paxil (paroxetine): “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!”

7 / 10
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OrandomCnicknameD · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 16, 2021

Paxil (paroxetine): “Took this drug for around 6 months for severe OCD as well as panic attacks and depersonalization and it helped a lot, got my anxiety and obsessive thoughts under control and made it easier to deal with them. There were plenty of side effects such as sexual dysfunction, weight gain, increased apathy, drowsiness/tiredness and etc however most of them have subsided after quitting the drug and the withdrawal was not that bad either because I tapered slowly.”

7 / 10
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Buddy · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 20, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started taking Paxil because of OCD and intrusive thought disorder. However when I took Paxil it seemed to make the intrusive thoughts worse or more frequent. So I stopped taking Paxil and I still have intrusive thoughts but not as bad”

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Itsnotyou · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 19, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “Taking paxil for intrusive thoughts. It’s been very effective at cutting done the thoughts which is a welcomed relief. I can’t tolerate high doses due to pains in the body. But was on between 20mg to 7.5mg over the course of 3 years. Then tried to stop and the thoughts cam back. Right now on 10mg and going back up with the doctors help. The meds, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP Therapy), and a 12 step group OCA have been effective in minimizing symptoms. Very little anaorgasmia but it increases as I go up on the meds. Don’t beat yourself up and give it time to work. It’s a slow gradual improvement with meds. I felt different about 2 weeks, and then every week after I improved. If you can’t figure it out and there’s no conclusion it’s the ocd.”

9 / 10
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Freebells August 6, 2017

“I have OCD. It was getting hard to function, so my doctor put me on Paxil. I haven't had any side effects, and my OCD is pretty much a memory. The only time I feel it is if I'm very stressed. Even then I don't act on it. Paxil is a lifesaver for me.”

9 / 10
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Acceptance11 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 26, 2017

“I suffered from BDD, and mental checking. I immediately began to have a reduction in obsessive thoughts. For 3 1/2 years I remained on paxil. Going as high as 25mg which was too high for me and gave me intestinal problems, not to mention wanting to sleep all the time. I finally got down to 12mg, then 10, then 7.5, which was good for 1 1/2, and then finally down to 5. I then made the big mistake of throwing the meds out thinking I had beaten OCD. Within a month and a half the anxiety, obsessions were back like never before. Now back on 10mg I feel like myself again. It's important to remember whenever you start or change a dose it's going to take a few weeks for your brain to adjust. I also take the med at night. All in all a God send.”

9 / 10
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Dess · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 24, 2020

“Hello everyone. I'm using paroxetine for almost 2 months it was given to me for OCD . My doctor told me to use half of 20 mg dosenevery day for one week and after that take a complete 20mg each day. I couldn't tolerate the complete one so I continued to use a half each day . It helped me with obsessive thinking and anxiety but I also suffer from side effects such as constipation and difficulties in orgasm . I tried to quit but I was awfully dizzy For two days. Now I stated using it again. In fact it helped me in one way but ruined me in another way . Thank you paroxetine!”

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Kazi Asharaful Alam · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 25, 2020

“I was suffering from OCD for many years. I was not aware of the problems. My doctor prescribed Oxat 20 mg which contain paroxetine 20 mg. I have consumed it for 2 years. My OCD symptoms reduced 50%. But I can't get rid of paroxetine now. When I stop taking it I have diarrhea and loose stools. I feel sleepless. I am now down to taking 5 mg paroxetine daily. How can I get rid of it?”

7 / 10
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Lynn20 · Taken for 10 years or more July 1, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have been on Paxil for 15 years (except when I was pregnant) It's been great for my OCD, but still makes me feel tired and I've gained weight that's hard to lose on it. I'm switching to something else that might be more energizing and doesn't pile on the pounds. Overall, I think it can be an awesome drug for anxiety and OCD in my experience, but there are a lot of side effects compared to other SSRIs.”

5 / 10
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