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User Reviews for Paroxetine to treat Panic Disorder

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

Paroxetine has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 116 ratings for the treatment of Panic Disorder. 65% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.

Paroxetine Rating Summary

7.3/10 average rating

116 ratings from 126 user reviews.

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Reviews for Paroxetine

Life Changer! June 15, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “Look, Paxil is a game changer. For sure. People listen up, to start, you’re going to have some side effects. Ears ringing, sleep issues, “brain zaps”, sexual dysfunctions, dry mouth, I could go on. But, one day I woke up after taking it for about six months and wouldn’t you know it, no more panic attacks. And these weren’t mild panic attacks, these were almost driving off the road on the way to work in the morning because you can’t breathe, your shaking like a leaf, throwing up, and can’t see straight type attacks. Severe. I’ve been on 60mg a day for around a decade, and I can’t believe how one little pill can completely change your life in the way it has changed mine. This is so so sooooo much safer than benzodiazepines, and it’s nonaddictive. But, if you stop taking it you can rebound quick. Just trust me on that one. So I’m never coming off of it. It’s a small price to pay right? Thanks!”

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Cubbie · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 14, 2020

Paxil (paroxetine): “I was diagnosed with severe depression and panic disorder many years ago which was associated with fibromyalgia. I had been on all types of medicines and even spent time in a mental health unit. Fast forward to present my psychiatrist and i discussed trying out paxil which my sister had suggested to me since nothing else was working In feb 2020 i started on 20mg of paxil, at first i had horrible night sweats, lack of sleep, foggy dizzy head but i decided to keep on it. So dr increased me over time and now I'm at 40mg i take before bed and i must say it's a MIRACLE medication for me!! I care about things, more energy and try to enjoy life as much as possible.. Only side effect is my vision ain't the best and i eat more then usual and I'm having alot of memory problems with forgetfulness. But idc this med is the best thing to ever happen to me mental health wise!! Thank you God!!”

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New Me · Taken for 10 years or more April 17, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “I was 19 when I got my first panic attack then severe depression. I stayed home for a month. I couldn’t eat or sleep and lost 25 lbs. I am so thankful Paxil and therapy saved me. I was able to feel normal again. I started working and dating again then had a child. After my son turned one I started college when he turned one. I was 26 with an 8th grade education (dropped out at 13) when I started college!!! I was able to handle the stress of being a mother and a full time college student while working 25 hours a week. I am living proof Paxil works. Without it I am a mess (took myself off for 6 months). I graduated with a 3.92 GPA in Public Health and I know I could have done it without Paxil. It may work different for everyone but I just wanted to share a positive experience. Give it time. Give yourself time. Life is too short to suffer with anxiety and depression. It is ok to need help.”

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PJ June 10, 2020

Paxil (paroxetine): “I commenced on Aropax nearly 25 years ago. It was a miracle drug for me. Within 36 hrs I could not remember what a panic attack felt like. I couldn’t bring one on just by thinking about having one. I have been on and off them over the years, mostly took only 10mg but now I am on 20mg.”

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70david May 28, 2021

Paxil (paroxetine): “Taken daily for nearly 20 years. PRO'S: Worked great for my panic attacks, anxiety, and anger symptoms. CON'S: One side effect noticed that especially with advancing age came "diminished libido" due to difficulty in reaching climax. In attempting to research the "libido" symptomsI discovered that THIS is one of the "known" side effects of the drug. In fact it was often prescribed for "premature ejaculation". The dilemma comes when one attempts to recapture their "love-life" by "reducing" or "quitting" Paxil. Depending on dosage and time on the drug, you MAY INDEED hit a wall of "withdrawal symptoms" that "Ain't No walk-in-the-park"! For more details just do a search for say "Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms". It won't be hard to find a myriad of data. DO Talk with your doctor about it before attempting to quit. For me, it's a work-in-progress. Good Luck All”

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Anonymous April 3, 2008

Paxil (paroxetine): “I had really bad panic-attacks, and couldn't go very far from my home, it was aweful. I was a wreck. I have taken Paxil for about 8 years. Before taking it, I had tried many other anti-anxiety/anti-depressants, with no luck. Paxil along with my faith in God, gave me my life back. I would highly recommend!”

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JToni · Taken for 10 years or more May 30, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “I've been on Paxil since I was 19. I am now 34. This medication has saved my life. I have read a ton of negative comments about Paxil and I truly believe it is not for everyone. It either works great or not. For me life before Paxil was horribly scary. I had massive panic disorder and was sheltered in my home all the time. I used to struggle with a few of the side effects of Paxil such as decreased sex drive and the feeling of nausea. However I have learned over the last 15 years of being on it, how to change the side effects through other positive reinforcements such as meditation and positive thinking. I no longer have the side effects. Perhaps 15 year has helped with that too. I stayed on Paxil when I had all three of my children.”

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Frequently asked questions

anony October 14, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “Don't make my mistake!! I've kept switching SSRI's because I thought "they aren't working" after 2 or 3 weeks. Eventually, I just settled on one SSRI but would "self medicate" on the weekends by binging alcohol in social situations etc. The result was that SSRIs never had a chance to work for me. So after being on them for 5 years and having no benefits from "trying different ones", I thought to myself I would never ever go back on them. I haven't used any SSRI for 7 years since. Thinking they don't work at all. I finally caved in out of desperation. This time I convinced myself that I would take them nonstop for 3 months WITHOUT switching and not taking ANY alcohol. It took about 6-7 weeks until I felt TOTALLY different!!! I hope this helps someone. These medications aren't supposed to magically work at exactly 3-4 weeks. It's a cumulative effect.”

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CQ · Taken for 10 years or more December 31, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “20 years I've been on Paxil from age 31 til now, at 51 (with one year off with Effexor). I had ever panic attacks combined with depression. Its been a great it saved me. About 5 years ago I was tapering off very nicely without side effects. Then six months later I spiralled with another very, very dark depression, with intense anxiety. Wanted to die, but would never intentionally do it. Had to seek a psychiatrist who put me on non-SSRI's. I continued to spiral down. Finally went to another Dr who put me back on Paxil. I was extremely grateful as it got me better very quickly. I don't think I will ever try going off again.”

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notpaniced · Taken for less than 1 month March 17, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “Hi, I'm 36 yr old male and never had panic attacks or anxiety. About about 3 weeks ago I had a massive panic attack and then I started having chronic anxiety attacks that would last for most part of the starting from the very moment I wake up. My heart beat was constantly at 90 bpm, I lost weight very, very quickly and and had no energy left. Doctor gave me Xanax but it just made me sleepy. I thought the anxiety would never go away and that I'll lose my job and home and my independence. I went back to my doctor and he gave me Paxil, reluctantly, I started on 10mg for a week. I up'd my dose to 20mg on the 7th day, and until the 14th day no effect (only side effects) but then a miracle. My anxiety is all but gone on the 15th day and no panic.”

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ashyuko August 9, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “paxil is the best medicine for panic disorder. I can tell it will work within 15 days. Just be patient don't give up. Some people say they put on weight. I didn't put on any weight I've used it for 2 years almost. So it works different for everybody. Paxil stopped my panic attacks. Thank you!”

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1st Grade Teacher · Taken for 10 years or more December 28, 2012

Paxil (paroxetine): “I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder in 2001. I immediately started taking Paxil. At 40mg/day I felt GREAT! No more panic attacks and my concentration improved significantly! For those that find that Paxil does NOT work, please have your thyroid checked. Thyroid problems are closely interconnected with anxiety/depression disorders! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease of the Thyroid as well as Hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) at the same time I was diagnosed with my Panic Disorder. My Paxil combined with Synthroid (a thyroid hormone) has put me back to normal. It's been 11 years now! Cheers!”

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JDV16 February 20, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “I had panic attacks since I was about 7 years old when I was hospitalized with rheumatic fever. I was left in the hospital to long in a extremely high fever in one of hospitals in Europe... Because of that the bacteria spread to my heart with resulted with heart muscle infection and effected aortic valve. I almost died. Was hospitalized for three months. This happened on Monday. I was scared Mondays. Every Monday was getting panic attack which started with very fast heart beating. It actually felt like I was getting heart attack. Blurry vision. Very hard to live with such symptoms. I am taking Paxil 20 mg for 16 years now. I can live normal life! Get help. Don't suffer, go to your doctor.”

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Monica August 31, 2018

Paxil (paroxetine): “3 years ago, I began having severe panic attacks alongside my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It made me feel like I was going to die, symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea, chest tightness, irregular breathing and immobility. This escalated to me waking up almost every morning scared for my life, nauseous & vomiting. These episodes would last between 8 hours to 3 days. I could no longer intake food or water and was really underweight, I lost 30lbs. I found an amazing doctor who prescribed me 20mg of Paxil 9 months ago. Within 2 weeks, I noticed a COMPLETE change in my mood and outlook on life. I no longer wake up with panic attacks. I have had about 3 panic episodes in total since being prescribed Paxil when in comparison to when I used to wake up everyday mentally ill. When I have IBS episodes still, sometimes my anxiety surfaces while I'm in the bathroom. Aside from that, Paxil changed my life and made me such a more confident and happy person. I also successfully gained back all the weight that I lost!”

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Ivan · Taken for less than 1 month October 14, 2020

Paxil (paroxetine): “Everything's been good since I started the drug 20mgs my body has been able to adapt and the side effects are mild however one night I had a terribly bad panic attack one I haven't felt even before starting the drug and I freaked out suddenly this feeling of doom engulfed me in the middle of the night and my anxiety just shot up don't know if the drug alleviates panic disorder or compounds it.”

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Healthcare Worker · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 15, 2013

Paxil (paroxetine): “I took 40 mg of Paxil for about 2 years over 11 years ago for panic, anxiety and moderate depression. It worked very well for me. I did take Xanax while the Paxil was building up in my body. After about 4 weeks I didn't need the Xanax any more. About 6 weeks ago my anxiety and panic began to increase to a point I knew I needed help in addition to my exercise, healthy eating etc. I went to my doctor to get Paxil. I started on 10 mg for a week and had increased anxiety, which I controlled with 0.25 mg of Xanax once a day. I went up to 20 mg on day 8 and had severe anxiety and bad thought for about 36 hours. Suddenly, just like that it was all gone. I now feel great! Some side effects, but worth the sanity!”

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Lois27072707 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 11, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “I started taking Paxil about 2 months ago and it have saved my life. However the first two weeks of taking it was hell. When you first start taking it, your serotonin dips slightly because the drug is trying to adjust to your system. I suffer from a panic disorder and my anxiety was so bad that i had several extreme panic attacks where I have had to call up an ambulance. This happened 3 or 4 times during these weeks and one happened whilst I was driving on the dual carriageway. However these weeks are worth it, i can't even remember how to have a panic attack and my self confidence is as high as it's ever been.”

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RelievedwithPaxil · Taken for less than 1 month March 10, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “My panic attacks stopped after two weeks of taking paxil. The relief was immense. A friend who had panic attacks also had her panic attacks stop after being on paxil for 2 weeks. She has been on it for four years. I have been on it for four weeks.”

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kad1337 · Taken for less than 1 month March 25, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “I've been on this medication for 2 weeks. I take 10 mgs once a day. The first week was kind of rough. Headaches, nausea, teeth clinching, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, things like that. The second week has been much better. I'm able to leave my house to go do things. I actually have been going to the gym and spending over an hour working out. After struggling to find the proper medication and being terrified to live my life since 2014, this medicine has truly helped me. I feel confident that I am on the road to recovery. The only complaint that I have is that my memory is still a bit foggy. I hope that in time that will clear up as well. SSRI's can be scary and have rough side effects but hang in there. It gets better.”

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Kayten · Taken for 10 years or more June 8, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “Due to a death in our family, I was put on paxil to cope with the panic attacks that had started, and was leaving me feeling helpless. I was working as a vet tech and had to keep my wits about me. Paxil was a lifesaver as well as xanax. Those two drugs saved me and my job. I just crossed the 6 week mark of being off of Paxil and it is 25 years later!! It's possible to get off this drug, I am living proof. Xanax was easy to stop. Paxil..........Lets just say all the horror stories you've heard about coming off Paxil? They're true!!! But I did it.”

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Overcome1633 June 29, 2015

Paxil (paroxetine): “Paxil helps me so much. I thank God for it. I've tried so many antidepressants and none work as good as Paxil. I would have terrible anxiety and panic attacks. Now I feel calm , confident and happy. It works. I did gain a little weight because it increased my appetite but nothing exercise and a heathy diet can't fix. I rather be happy anyway.”

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interpreter 101 March 5, 2012

Paxil (paroxetine): “I have been on Paxil 6 weeks now. I am feeling so much better it is a miracle. In this experience I realized that I had some issues that I needed to face and some grudges that I needed to let go that had built up over the years. I thought that I would never experience another normal day again because my anxiety attacks and depression were so severe I thought my life was over. I tried to avoid taking medicines and fighting my anxiety off myself but anxiety started to take over my life. ”

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AJ of PA October 4, 2016

Paxil (paroxetine): “I'm an on day 16 of Paxil 10mg. For the past few months I have suffered from increasingly more frequent panic attacks and got to the point where I was afraid to go more than 20 minutes away from my "safe zone," aka my house. After about 4 days of the medication, I felt my anxiety had worsened and almost quit Paxil about a week in. I'm writing this today feeling almost back to my normal self and that's a great feeling! Hopefully the medication keeps working better til I'm at 100%.”

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Retired in Florida · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 27, 2014

Paxil (paroxetine): “I've had severe panic attacks while primarily driving on interstate highways and through mountains for 30 plus years. I rarely have attacks driving on most other types of roads and conditions. I've been on Paxil for 5 years now and it is truly a life saver for me. I choose however, and contrary to most advice, not to be on it all the time as it does numb the senses. Twice yearly I drive from Florida to Indiana and choose to take 20 mg/day for one month prior to my trip and 40 mg/day a couple of days prior to my trip. For the most part I can drive successfully with no attacks. Occasionally I will still have what I call a "break through"- sort of a rush sensation but not as severe as a panic attack. I have no problems coming off it.”

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Samantha · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 26, 2019

Paxil (paroxetine): “This medication seems to work wonders for many people, but it's definitely not for everyone, and it's not the great and wonderful medication that doctors seem to believe it is. I was put on this medication in 2003 because my physician wanted to take me off of the "evil" benzodiazepine I had been taking for years to help with panic attacks . My doctor also decided I was depressed, and since I had just gotten a divorce I probably was. A few weeks in I felt pretty good, and was pleased except for gaining 20 lbs in one month. My doctor tested my thyroid, and there wasn't anything wrong with it, so I was told that weight gain is sometimes a side effect but it would level off. By the time I was about 4 months in I developed insomnia, by month 6 I was angry, smelly because I could barely get through a workday, bathing was overwhelming, as was cleaning my house. In the end I was 40 lbs heavier and in dark place.”

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