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User Reviews for Paroxetine to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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

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Paroxetine Rating Summary

User Ratings
25% (9)
25% (9)
14% (5)
8% (3)
3% (1)
6% (2)
3% (1)
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3% (1)
11% (4)
7.2/10 Average Rating
36 ratings from 39 user reviews

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Reviews for Paroxetine

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
Dor agam June 16, 2020

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have been taking this medicine for 2 and a half weeks, I have been feeling better ! I feel like my old self again I’m less anxious and obsessed about sleep. Paxil is a life savior”

10 / 10
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
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!”

3 / 10
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”

1 / 10
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
Rasikbhai · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 29, 2019

“Paxil CR has yielded very good results in treating my chronic depression, panic disorder and OCD. I convey my gratitude.”

9 / 10
testecoeur · Taken for less than 1 month December 1, 2018

“10 mg a day induced me panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depressed and terrible stomach aches. I stopped after a week or so.”

1 / 10
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
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
Spanky · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 26, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “I'm a happier, calmer person. Just ask my wife.”

10 / 10
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
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
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
Anon20 · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 12, 2017

“I was prescribed Paxil for three conditions: Anxiety, Depression and OCD. The OCD was only diagnosed a month ago. One of the biggest issues I had with Paxil was that the side effects were a living nightmare for the first 20 days or so... We're talking about nasty trips, confusion, dizziness, fatigue. You name it. I probably suffered it and more. The actual use of Paxil as a form of treatment has been hit and miss. By treating my OCD, I noticed my depression was getting worse. On days where my depression was better my Anxiety would flare up. It was like trying to balance each condition and either way one was going to be playing up. I am now using Paxil in conjunction with other medications for my issues and have to admit this has helped”

6 / 10
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
Yippie · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 14, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “Be careful with this drug”

1 / 10
CrystalGolias November 12, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “Paxil made me gain 5 lbs.. I noticed most of it was in my abdomen. It also made me very tired. I gained 15 lbs. overall. I was taken off it, but my energy wasn't coming back. It turned out I had a thyroid problem due to my carbamazepine, which controls my epileptic seizures.”

2 / 10
Nir August 30, 2016

“Started Paroxetine 1 week ago. No changes so far. I'm very tired and drowsy during the day.”

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
Axxxl · Taken for 10 years or more March 25, 2016

“I have taken this drug for over 20 years. Five years before starting it I had successfully reduced my symptoms using my knowledge of behavioural therapy by about 70% (I have a degree in Psychology). Before I took this drug my condition was well under control, I was happy, highly functioning and professionally succesfull. I took it to "prove" my OCD was a "real" illness. It gave me no benefit but I kept taking it. In the 15th year I became obsessively suicidal. Worse followed. I have been trying to get off the drug 5 years. I have become a dysfunctional, barely human wreck. Hallucinating, delusional, depressive, continually suicidal. My deficits are innumerable and far worse than ever before I took it. It has literally destroyed my life.”

1 / 10
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
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
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
mega90 · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “I get depressed, had low energy and serious sexual side effects, Prozac is better tolerated”

4 / 10

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