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 4  Depression Social Anxiety Disorder Yawning a lot. My boss always says "Are we boring you!" Absolutely no sex drive whatsoever. I have to fake it.... also you get electric shocks if you miss two doses. So NEVER MISS A DOSE. I am basically going to take this drug for the rest of my life. Does what its supposed to do. F 54 20 years
40 1X D
3/30/2014

 4  Generalized Anxiety Disorder The initial side effects were a roller coaster of ups and downs. Increased anxiety was so bad, ended up bedridden for weeks and in the hospital once or twice. Doctor had me increase 10mg to 20 a week later and it made everything so much worse. Went back to 10mg and so far have been doing good for weeks now. No negative sexual side effects, in fact I think it made things better for me. They say the therapeutic dose is 20mg and above, but for me and other people I've spoken to, 10mg works great. It took about a month to really start working, I dont feel any more needless anxiety in my chest and can actually get up and have a life again. M 32 2 months
10mg 1X D
3/30/2014
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 4  depression, anxiety weight gain... for me, efficacy is dose dependent -- 20 mg is my maintenance dose, have gone up to 60 mg for very stressful times. noticeably lower efficacy with generic version. I must be one of the lucky ones with this med -- no sexual side effects whatsoever (libido, erection, ejaculation, all as strong as ever), no sleep trouble (I take upon awakening)... M 50 19 years
40 mg 1X D
2/18/2014
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 5  Depression Apetite loss, nausea, dizziness F 28 3 months
20mg
2/13/2014

 4  anxiety No side effects starting out for me when i was 18. unlike prozac and celexa i was on when i was 16 and 17. Been on it for about 6 months and anxiety is rarely there. Recently missed 2 doses and feel HORRIBLE. i've heard that the withdrawal symptoms is similar to coming off heroin. I am so dizzy and nauseated. My ears hurt and i'm twitchy. Strongly recommend not missing any doses! F 19 6 months
10 mg 1X D
1/28/2014

 5  Depression & severe anxiety attacks I don't recall any. I started on 20 mg. for several years then when i went through stressful situations, I went up to 30 mg. for a couple of years and then eventually 40 mg. It helps tremendously. I am scared to wean off (possibly at some point in the future) as I have heard it is very difficult to get off of this medication. F 44 11 years
40 mg 1X D
1/10/2014
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 5  Major Depression, Panic Disorder Paxil makes me sleep more, and I'm not super motivated, but I really believe Paxil saved my life. I can maintain (and enjoy!) a job, relationships, and life! Withdrawal is horrible, so if you decide to wean off, do it slowly! F 32 10 years
20-40mg
12/24/2013

 5  Depression Helped a great deal for severeal years but now new depressions came out of the blue, had to raise from 10 to 20 mg but scared for the future.... F 43 10 years
20mg
11/27/2013

 5  depression and anxiety Loose stool F 38 1 years
37 mg
10/30/2013
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 1  anxiety The worst pill you can ever take feeling very dizzy and spaced out. Been trying to sleep and I can't body feels very heavy I have dry mouth And its by far the worst I have ever felt M 24 1 days
5 mg
9/19/2013
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 4  Anxiety, Depression Emotionless, Weight Gain, Slight Nausea When I first started taking Paxil I felt a little dizzy for a few weeks while my body got used to the medication. I started at 20mg. After about a month I went in for a follow up visit to the DR and he bumped me up to 30mg. Not long after this office visit my weight started to go up. By the time I had been on Paxil for a year I had gained 15 LBS. When my DR bumped me up to 40mg my weight really shot up. When I started Paxil I weighed 205 LBS. 2 years later I now weigh 245 LBS. In spite of this I would rather be overweight then go back to the violent mood swings I was expieriencing before taking Paxil. The drugs ability to turn me into a total robot has allowed me to function in society. M 28 2 years
40 mg 1X D
8/30/2013

 4  low blood pressure Loss of self, loss of appetite, weight gain. During withdrawal: dizziness, headaches, severe nausea, and despite no history or past depression, moos swings and depression. F 21 6 months
10 MG
8/2/2013

 3  Anxiety and Depression I had a lot of side effects that went away after the first few days such as, yawning/gaging, nervousness, and dizziness. After two months I still have insomnia, drowsiness, brain zaps (loss of focus), forgetfulness, and decrease sense of morals. My biggest issue with the drug thus far is that it seems to work off and on. Some days I'm on a high and feel great, others I'm just barely getting by. Improved society anxiety, general anxiety, and depression. F 22 2 months
1X D
7/29/2013

 3  depression,anxiety, panick attack initially a lot.. but the worst is the libido loss.. good erection without the desire of a woman M 33 4 years
5 to 30
7/28/2013

 1  Anxiety Increased Anxiety Made me ADHD and more restless Horrible withdrawals even when weaned over 3 months carefully. Withdrawals are horrible, crying spells, smiling hysterically, scary obsessive thoughts, jaw pain, restlessness, nervous breakdowns, cognitive impairment, memory loss, tremors, no energy, cannot move my arms or legs, dizziness ( Which I didn't have any of these before paxil ! ) Stay away from this evil drug for your LIFE ! It's evil evil evil evil EVIL ! Never ever use SSRI's ! M 26 300 days
50 1X D
7/15/2013
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 4  Anxiety/Depression Dry mouth, some weight gain, lower tolerance to warm weather I got my life back! :) F 25 11 years
35mg 1X D
6/22/2013

 5  anxiety due to opiate wean I was started on 10 mg. to treat the anxiety from weaning off opiates. After 4 months or so, I noticed an immediate relief from much of the panic and depression that I still had after using Wellbutrin for a decade. Because I still had some anxiety, I was increased to 20 mg. QD, With the 10 mg. I had NO negative side effects, however with 20mg, I began to have bizarre, violent dreams nightly and the inability to have an orgasm. I could live with the dreams but I choose to not live an asexual life. My psychiatrist would like me to try 10mg one day, then 20mg the next day, alternating. There is a lot of wiggle room in dosage with Paxil, and therefore may need a bit more time to tweak the correct mg. Good luck, and again, I can't say enough good things about this drug. I have been on Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor and Celexa in the past, with minimal results since 1990's F 51 9 months
10-20 mg. 1X D
6/19/2013
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 3  social anxiety Loss of sexual desire, if I miss a pill I get angry, It hasn't helped how I feel socially. F 23 5 months
10 mg 1X D
6/15/2013
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 3  Anxiety; depression Have to take it every morning or else I get horrible brain zaps. I have flat emotions and still have episodes of rage. F 26 8 months
50 MG 1X D
6/1/2013
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 4  Anxiety and depression Nausea the first 2 Weeks. Insomnia still after 3 weeks. A bit dizzy but I had that before the paxil. I'm 6'1 and weigh 220 lbs. shouldn't I be at 20 instead of 10 mg. M 50 3 weeks
10 MG
5/1/2013
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 1  Anxiety / Panic Disorder While on it.: Weight gain. Loss of self. Detachment. While getting off: Wooshing (zapping) inside head as eyes are moved, dizziness, over-emotional, sad/happy swings, depression, anxiety, urinary issues, tired. Paxil is horrible to wean off. M 49 11 years
10-20 mg 1X D
5/1/2013
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 4  Social Anxiety Disorder Initially a very odd type of yawn which occurred when changing activities. Wide wide yawns which tingle and feel somewhat good, but happened too often. Nauseous for the first 2 days, but not puke-worthy. Somewhat zombie-like, dilated pupils. Maybe a bit shaky. Difficulty ejaculating, even the first night I took 20 mg, but still possible. I went up to 40 mg at which time could not ejaculate for the life of me, regardless of how much porn and/or sex was involved. It seems that this side effect is dose-dependent. The drowsiness can be a big issue for some and might stick around, but it seems that this side effect can go away. I haven't noticed any weight gain yet. ***Recommendation for a smoother withdrawal: get a prescription for the liquid formulation. It makes it much much easier to taper off the drug in fine, tiny increments. Alternatively, ask your doctor if you can switch to an SSRI with a longer half life (fluoxetine is the one!) and taper coarsely off from that. The long half lif I will go back down to 20 mg as studies apparently indicate that there is not much benefit beyond 20 mg for social anxiety at least. 20 mg is the reccomended starting dose, and also the maintenance dose. Very effective SSRI for me, more so than Lexapro. My hypothesis as to why it is indicated for social anxiety is because it is one of the more sedating SSRI's. Play around with the best time to take it - If you get drowsy from it, like I do, try taking it at night. If it keeps you up, take it in the morning. You may also want to take into account the usual time you are sexually active, try spacing the dose as far away from that time as possible (at least 12 hrs) i.e., if you are sexually active at night, try taking it in the morning so the drug level will be somewhat low in your system by nighttime. You can also try taking Wellbutrin in addition to the paxil. M 22 1 months
20-40 mg 1X D
4/13/2013
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 1  Anxiety Increased anxiety, depression, weight gain, muscle problems, brain zaps, bad memory, other health problems. A consistent decline in overall mental and physical health. Do not take this POISON!! It ruined my life. Still trying to heal from the damage of it after quite a long time. I wish I could give it a zero rating because that is what it deserves. Shame on GSK for putting this toxin out and destroying people's lives!!!! F 35 13 years
40 1X D
4/8/2013
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 5  Anxiety attacks mild weight gain that I could control with diet and exercise and even weight watchers. I got my life back. This drug worked wonders for me. I felt the need to post this as there has been so much negative feedback here. I really think you just have to find what works for you. I accept that I very well may be on this med for the rest of my life, but a diabetic will be on insulin? Or maybe some day I will try to wean off the med. I've tried a few times, but then something would happen in my life and I would feel like I'm not ready yet. I live a full happy life day to day. My weight is fine, my sex life is full, my moods are normal. I don't pretend to live in a fantasy land where my life is perfect. But I'm happy managing Christian woman, and I do believe in prayer and I pray daily for anyone that has anxiety/depression issues. F 41 10 years
10mg a day 1X D
3/18/2013
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 4  Panic disorder with agoraphobia Weight gain My doctor put me on Paxil to help with my diagnosed panic disorder and agoraphobia. The first few days of taking it, I didn't have any side effects or benefits. A month later, I was going around town to areas I hadn't been to in years. I re-enrolled in college and am currently attending. It actually increased my sex drive and I had the urge to have sex all the time. That still remains true to this day. However, from the start of February to now, which is March 16, I have put on 18 pounds. I have not been eating any differently than I did the first four months of taking Paxil, but now the weight just seems to be piling on daily. I was already overweight at 232. Now, I am 250 and none of my clothes fit me any more. I cannot explain how I could gain 18 pounds in 44 days. I started noticing I felt more bloated than usual around the end of February and checked my (normally consistent) weight and found I had gained 10 pounds. Since then I have consistently checked it and it just keeps piling on to the point that I am now 18 pounds heavier. My belly feels bloated all the time and I have had to buy XXL shirts as opposed to the XL ones I was wearing two months ago. It is embarrassing. I have implemented changes to my diet and am planning on exercising next week, so hopefully this steady gain stops. If I get any bigger, I may have to talk to my doctor about other options. I guess at this point I am reluctantly thanking the medication while being pissed with it at the same time. M 28 5 months
10 1X D
3/16/2013
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 1  Panic Disorder Loss of libido, suicidal thoughts I took this over a year ago, but for some reason it has been weighing on my mind to inform people of my experience with this drug. I was on 10mg once a day everyday, along with klonopin about 1mg to help with panic attacks. I stopped taking klonopin because I could not function on it, I was drowsy all the time and fell asleep at the dinner table one night from it. But anyway, back to the paxil. It took me at least 30 minutes to reach an orgasm during intercourse and that alone was enough to send me over the edge. I wanted OFF of this medicine as soon as possible and my quack doctor said "it's not the best decision for you right now." so...I stopped taking it myself slowly. I cut my pills in half and after about a week I was taking 1/4th of a pill. Paxil literally ruined my moods, libido, and I was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts. I have always been an upbeat but anxious person, and while taking paxil I feel like it made my panic attacks worse. I was having them a lot more frequently than I was before even starting the medication. Do yourself a favor and try Celexa (old school drug but the best out there) for depression/anxiety/panic disorder. F 4 months
20mg 1X D
2/22/2013

 5  Anxiety Attacks Weight gain & low libido I found this site and decided to comment on this drug. I used to have panic attacks. (From 2003-2007). I started out taking Xanax (addictive) which only masked the symptoms. Then, my doctor prescribed Ativan which basically masked the symptoms. Both are addictive. Because panic attacks are caused by a chemical imbalance, you need a drug that will adjust this. So, I started on a low dosage of Paxil. The first dose made me feel higher than a kite. I couldn't even hold a fork to eat and I was very dizzy. My panic attacks were worse for the first week, but I continued to take Ativan at the same time to help. So, I actually used Paxil to help me get off Ativan. It takes about 3 weeks for this medicine to work. I continued taking them for 4 years. I gained about 20 pounds, but I felt great and could function normally again. In 2007, I decided to go off them. However, it took me from March to July to totally stop them. DON'T stop cold turkey because it's very dangerous. I cut my pill in half for a few weeks and then to a 1/4 and an 1/8. This sounds silly, but when I started feeling dizzy, the 1/8 took the edge off. I have had a few anxiety attacks since 2007, but nothing like I used to have. I know that I won't die from them and have learned breathing techniques to manage this disorder and have taken a less stressful job. I would take Paxil again, but also some Ativan at the same time for the first week or two until the Paxil worked. F 40 4 years
10 1X D
2/2/2013
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 5  Anxiety attacks and depression At 10mg a pleasant effect, at 20mg a little more. Now up to 30mg daily and diminished libido. No other side effects. This is an update to my comment on 7/23/2008. Almost 5 yrs. later I am taking 30mgs. daily and I still give Paxil(I am taking the generic and can't tell the difference) 5 rating. For me, it smooths my emotions. Give it a try, it may work for you. M 60 10 years
30 mg 1X D
1/26/2013
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 4  ANXIETY After 15 yrs, almost no side effects. But if you plan to get off, good luck. Almost impossible!!! But this drug has saved me from HORRIBLE anxiety. F 15 years
40 1X D
1/18/2013

 1  Depression, SAD/OCD Stoppedafter just two weeks due to total anorgasmia Did nothing to help in two weeks, although prob unfair to judge efficacy on such a short trial. M 18 2 weeks
10 MG 1X D
1/1/2013
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 5  OCD and depression Withdrawal symptoms F 29 10 years
40 mg
12/19/2012

 1  OCD; deppresion tired, lazy, mood-nothing, gain 30lbs, never wanted to even kiss my husban I started the off brand off Paxil (Paroxetine) at 20MG once a day 6 months ago, didnt help. Then my doctor put me to 2 pills a day at 20Mg, didn't help. Now as of a month ago I am taking 2 pills a day at 30Mg. Has only helped me a fews days then i went back down. I just stoped taking it and i'm haveing the worst withdaws ever!!!!! I'm so sick. I wished i never got put on Paxil. But do remember it may work differently for you. F 20 6 months
30mg 2X D
12/17/2012

 5  Panic disorder None. I am so glad I got on Paxil. I had panic disorder that developed into agoraphobia and I couldn't leave my house. Now, four months after starting Paxil, I am making out of town day trips for fun and have even registered for college next semester. I went from being a total recluse to actually getting out and getting things done for once. I am so proud of myself. I have gained 5 pounds since starting the Paxil but I have also stopped exercising and I eat like crap because I'm happier. I think the 5 pounds would have come on regardless. There has been no change in my sexual performance. I'm still as horny as ever and I can "get off." I can't think of any side effects. M 27 4 months
10 MG 1X D
11/27/2012
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 5  Anxiety Side effects that taper off. Headache, Tingling, Warm feeling. Side effects that last. Ear ringing. (you get used to it and don't notice it as much) Higher frequency of passing gas. Don't skip a medication because of any particular rating. I have tried prozac ( horrible for me) . Celexia (Made my mind foggy) Zoloft (Made me withdrawn) Wellbutrin (made me angry).. What's good for one, is bad for another. With the exception of Prozac, I have tried all the above mentioned SSRI's for over a year, and i came to the conclusion that Paxil was the best for me. I switched off from it because of the inability to orgasm. I had the same problem with all the SSRI's with exception to Zoloft. It cured the anxiety, but, made me withdrawn, I didn't want to have sex. Prozac and Wellbutrin made my anxiety worse. Celexia worked as well as the Paxil for Anxiety but i felt like my IQ dropped by 30. After all that, i returned to Paxil. The negatives with any SSRI are the transition periods. It can take me about 2 weeks to adjust, 30 days for me to see full benefits and a year to notice the subtle changes and differences in my behavior. Any SSRI, you need to stick it out atleast 30 days to see if its helping. I suggest having some Lorazipan or Xanax to help with that difficult time. If/when you decide to discontinue Paxil, Cut it off 5 mg at a time. Regular (not CR), you can cut up the pill. In 3-6 months you can ween yourself off from it without the HELL it is by just stopping cold. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I had to endure it once because i ran out of pills. Hell begins with Paxil on about the 3rd day of missing it. M 41 3 years
20mg 1X D
11/16/2012

 1  Anxiety GAD/PTSD Delusionaly happy with psychotic effects. No ability or desire to perform sexually and emotionally flat, never slept while on it I would just collapse into a psychotic state every now and then. Lost all ability to tell right from wrong, and was oblivious to the fact that I was manic and psychotic the entire time, and as a result I made lot's of bad decisions. I lost my job and got arrested for bad behavior many times on this med. Getting off of it was hell, I'm permanently emotionally impaired from it, and may never be capable of holding a job again. I can experience limited emotions sometimes now but most of the time they are no longer present. I still have difficulty distinguishing whether or not I'm awake or in a dream. I did not experience any conscious signs of anxiety while on this drug but developed much more extreme physical symptoms, that will not respond to medications. Now that I can no longer take it my original problems are many times worse and can not be treated effective If you live in a state that allows medical marijuana try it first. I was miserable before this medication now I'm more miserably and have no ability to function normally in society. I live with my parents now, when they are gone I'll be a vagrant and die on the streets. Paxil did nothing but give me more problems and make me permanently disabled. Don't say you weren't warned. It's a form of chemical lobotomy and in my case its permanent. 3 years
30 MG 1X D
11/16/2012

 4  Anxiety chronic pain and depression Long time to climax during sex, side effects for over 2 years after stopping. Although I stopped cold turkey I have heard similar to those that weaned but too quickly. All or nothing, meaning if you start it its lifelong if you stop its almost regrettable and the cycle continues because what it helped comes back quickly and seems to not be as strong each time you quit and restart. M 40 14 years
10 MG 1X D
10/26/2012

 5  Anxiety. Loss of libido. When it worked it was FANTASTIC. Stabilised for 8 years before 'pooping out' last year. M 42 8 years
20 1X D
10/18/2012
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 3  IBS sexual side effects, vivid dreams, weight gain Working for my IBS and probably helping with anxiety too. I will probably ask for a change because the weight gain and sexual side effects are quite disturbing to my life. F 37 4 months
20 1X D
10/5/2012

 1  Generalized Anxiety Disorder At low doses (10 mg)-sleepiness, not many side effects. At high doses (30 mg)-extreme anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, feeling as if I was going crazy. I took paxil 10mg for a year and a half with no side effects. After experiencing some significant life stressors my dose was increased to 20 mg. I felt normal on that dosage for about 2-3 months. However, soon my anxiety started worsening again because of work-related issues and I was increased to 30 mg daily. I took this dosage for two weeks. One week after increasing the dosage I sincerely believe this medication caused me to become manic-didn't sleep for days on end, extreme irritability and anger/hostility, hallucinations (visual AND auditory), feelings of paranoia, psychotic symptoms-including a couple bouts of hysterical laughter. I believe this drug induced serotonin syndrome. My primary care doc didn't think this drug was causing hallucinations and slapped me on seroquel (an antipsychotic). I ended up taking two and a half weeks of medical leave from work trying to withdraw from this drug. Luckily I got off paxil and will NEVER ever go back on it again. I ended up having to see a psychiatrist to help me get off of this awful drug. I considered checking in to a mental hospital while I was on the 30mg per day dosage. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone! F 25 2 weeks
30 MG 1X D
9/29/2012

 1  mild depressiom sexual indifference, weight gain, tendency to abuse alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, lethargy, lack of emotions. I quit 4 months ago after a 4 week taper and have had horrible withdrawal symptoms ever since. Constant nausea, inability to eat, crawling sensations inside my body, constant adrenaline surges, suicidal thoughts, intense depression, desperation, insomnia. I had none of these problems prior to taking the drug. Do not take this drug unless all options have been eliminated and plan to stay on for life if you start. F 62 12 years
10 mg 1X D
9/22/2012
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 1  Mild Depression Alcohol cravings, loss of all emotions, completely uninhibited, suggestibility (would find it impossible to say no), flu like symptoms every morning that would subside after taking another dose, violent rages, blackouts with and without alcohol, confusion, insomnia and highly delusional. I had almost no emotional responsiveness but would have told you that I felt great while taking Paxil, and never noticed that anything was out of the ordinary, until I got off of it. Even with Dr. supervised taper I experienced psychosis and had to spend 3 days in a psychiatric facility. Took approximately 9 months to return to a functional state. I had a great career, perfect legal record before Paxil. Now I have no job legal problems, and will never again be able to perform work at the level I was at previously. Also I now have severe generalized anxiety disorder, Asperger's like symptoms, and am told that this is going to be permanent. Yes my depression returned after cessation also. I would not recommend this medication to anyone unless it was a life threatening condition, such as coping with a terminal illness or repeated suicide attempts and everything else had been tried first. M 36 3 years
30 1X D
9/12/2012

 1  Depression anxiety Hostile angry irritable. It was aweful and I hope I never feel like that again in my life. I snapped on my kids and my husband. I couldn't find joy in anything. It worsened my depression and anxiety and made me nauseous F 34 8 weeks
20mg
9/6/2012

 1  Panic disorder and Major Depression MAJOR mood swings (would go from being euphoric to in a rage in a matter of minutes); hallucinations; night terrors; blackout periods; suicidal thoughts I would NEVER take this drug again in a million years. I was diagnosed with major depression and panic disorder when I was 16 years old and this was the first medication my psychiatrist tried me on. Within a few days, my moods changed severely and I became very unstable. I would yell and scream and start crying for no reason. There was one time after a period of rage that I blacked out. I have no memory of anything then. I also experienced frightening hallucinations and night terrors. As a result, I could not sleep which only made things worse. The last straw was suicidal thoughts. I was very close to ending things and I told my mom I wanted to die. She took quick action and called the psychiatrist who immediately took me off the medication. He said that I had a chemical reaction that mimicked severe bipolar disorder. He put me on Seroquel for two weeks while the Paxil got out of my system. I would never recommend this to ANYONE. F 16 14 days
20mg 1X D
8/17/2012

 4  IBS No sex drive unable to orgasm. I was put on this medication for IBS which was wrecking my life. The Paroxetine stopped the diarrhea bouts that would hit me 20 mins after a meal, or for no reason. I didn't want to go anywhere. And had to know where every bathroom was in all of the stores and other places. I am glad to have my life back. And to be able to eat when out with friends and family without the worry. F 47 11 days
40 mg 1X D
8/5/2012

 4  panic disorder, agoraphobia Decreased sex drive. Cannot orgasm. This drug has helped me sooo much with my anxiety and panic attacks. I went from going on a medical leave from work and never leaving my house, to being able to fly to Florida and have fun on vacation! But, i have absolutely NO sex drive and in the very rare occasion that i do, i can't orgasm. It has been really frustrating. The drug is great for my anxiety, but I dont know if ic can stay on it for a long time with my side effect. Also i heard withdrawl is horrible and that really scares me because Im on a pretty high dose. F 21 1 months
40mg 1X D
7/25/2012
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 5  PTSD, major depression hard time losing weight You should NEVER go off this drug cold turkey. You have to taper it. This drug was a lifesaver for me, as it pulled me out of a trauma attack that lasted a week. In addition, my moods are now stable instead of all over the place, and I don't lose my temper like I used to or panic when things go badly. The challenge with this drug is making sure you have the right one with your chemical needs. I was fortunate. This was my second attempt and it was a bulls-eye. Try it and if it doesn't help you, move on to another med. F 41 5 years
20mg 1X D
7/17/2012
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 1  Major Anxiety after my dad died This drug should be banned from any pharmacy/Dr. Market. I have been Paxil(paroxetine) free since September, 2011. My Doctor took me off of it cold turkey. I have had all the horrific side effects described by others: Frightening and disturbing nightmares, debilitating pain in feet and back (feet pain lasted for a month, and back pain lasted for six months-got relief from Massage). Now after ten months off Paxil, I am beginning to cry constantly and am just beginning to feel alive ( for first time in 12 years) even though it's as if I'm waking from a psychological coma. All these emotions are bombarding my Psyche, and often I'm exhausted from all the emotional ups and downs I've experienced. I had several major suicidal bouts with terrorizing feelings, but with the help of a lot of prayer and the support of my husband, I am surviving. Slowly, I am learning to be "me", living without the destructive Paxil in my system. Unfortunately, my doctor didn't have a clue. For anyone F 12 years
30 1X D
7/15/2012
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 1  depression worst withdrawals I have every had with any medication. It took 4 weeks to get off of this. My head was spinning and my eyes were jumping. I would NEVER recommend this to anyone!!!! F 58 3 years
20 mg 1X D
7/10/2012
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 4  Social Anxiety disorder Weight gain, couldn't lose weight with diet and exercise, sometimes slight headache It worked very well for Social Anxiety disorder. I couldn't take above 20 mg due to feeling too tired and fatigued if I went on a higher dose. My doctor recommended trying another anti-depressant. F 29 2 years
20 mg 1X D
7/3/2012
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 5  Depression/Anxiety/Panic Disorder Why are any of you taking regularPaxil? The drug has been reformulated as Paxil CR (constant release). The new formulation takes away most if not all of the side effects as the problem with regular Paxil was its short half-life (4 hours). Doctors should NOT be prescribing regular Paxil anymore. Paxil CR isan entirely different drug. Only use BRAND NAMES when it comes to AD's as the generics just don't cut it. Paxil CR 12.5 MG knocked out my depression and severe anxiety/PD within days. It's a good drug. If you need to withdraw from any SSRI use Lyrica. It's like a beta blocker for the brain and will cancel out any and all withdrawal symptoms from any SSRI/SNRI. M 39 2 years
12.5
6/30/2012

 5  Depression weight gain, insomnia This drug worked miracles for me. After a couple of weeks, I was humming again, when I had been so depressed I could barely drag myself (on the floor) to the kitchen to get a drink of water. Yes, there are side effects, but I got my life back. F 40 15 years
20 mg 1X D
5/27/2012
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 1  Anxiety Cannot get off of this ....I can't feel, cry, laugh, orgasm... What's the point of life, it takes anxiety away the first few months but then it traps you!! If I miss my dose by 1 hour I start getting brain zaps and sweats. I feel like I have lost myself. I cannot orgasm and don't feel emotions. I don't know how I will get off, I feel trapped! I have not had a real laugh in 12 years... I long for that!!! Please stay away from this drug F 39 12 years
20 1X D
5/19/2012
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 1  Gad Severe shakes, disoriented, extreme anxiety more than before, more panic attacks, dilated pupils, leg weakness and shaky M 23 6 days
20mg
5/17/2012

 1  Anxiety Didn't have many major side effects while on the drug, maybe a little apathetic and lacked motivation. Gained 20~ pounds. Sex drive was okay; took a little longer to 'finish' but that was okay with me. The drug did it's job. I was having debilitating panic attacks and Paxil took care of them. The real issues began when I decided to come off the drug... I initially weaned rapidly off the drug over the course of a month at the advice of my doctor. I felt ok for about a month or two but then I spiraled into what can only be described as hell on earth. Anxiety was through the roof/far more intense then the initial anxiety that I went on the drug for. When the anxiety subsided it was replaced with a deep, dark depression that I had never experienced before. I was never depressed before taking Paxil so this was a new feeling and very scary feeling for me. I was completely apathetic and had zero motivation or energy. My sex drive/ability was gone. Concentration and short term memory were shot. Brain fog was thick and heavy; I could barely formulate a sentence and felt like I had ADD. I was bed ridden for several months until I decided to reinstate the drug and do a slow taper once I stabilized. It took about 6 weeks but relief came, albeit with a few lingering issues, mainly sexual. This was about 7 months ago, I am now down to 3.5 mg and will be done with this drug for good sometime in June. Slowly tapering is the only way to get off this drug if you want to avoid major withdrawal symptoms. I would not recommend this, or any SSRI for that matter, to anyone. The withdrawal is just not worth it, no matter how helpful the drug is in the beginning. M 22 5 years
10 mg 1X D
4/23/2012
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 4  PMDD, general anxiety disorder Insomnia with 10 mg, weight loss, feelings of paranoia or nervousness for no reason. It's helped with my relationships with people and my agitation. F 17 2 months
20mg
4/19/2012

 1  Depression/Anxiety Forgetfulness, zaps and zings, changes in vision, rapid weight lose, hallucinations (all senses), occasional blackouts, painful muscle spasms, vomiting, rapid changes in blood pressure, severe mood swings, unsteady on my feet, high fever, acne, heart palpation's, and retinal detachment (during withdrawal), hands shaking, loss of all inhibitions, and strange behavior in general, that was out of character for me. Followed the Dr.'s orders on weaning off, 2 days after last dose, major hallucinations began, and I experienced difficulty separating reality from fiction. On the 4th day I checked my self into a mental health hospital, for my own safety, and for those around me, and I wish I had done that sooner. Because when I had blackouts I would destroy things, and injure myself, and get in my car and go to the store and buy seemingly random things. After 6 failed attempts at quitting this drug, there was noway I was backing down this time. 3 months out, I'm still experiencing more than mild side effects however to a lesser degree. This drug made anxiety and depression worse and gave me a total loss of inhibitions(luckily I could not get an erection). Also withdrawal has been on going for more than 3 months. Even though many of these symptoms showed up days after beginning this medication, 3 out of 4 Dr.s told me these symptoms are not caused by this medication, The psychotic part of the withdrawals and black outs went away 8 weeks after I quit taking it. During the first 8 weeks of not taking it at all, I had dangerous long lasting blackouts, sometimes I would just wake up and realize days had past, and have physical injuries I could not explain. Lost my job (very promising career, I was being groomed for upper management) because of severity of withdrawals, they lasted too long and I was a wreck if I made it into work. I really don't care about that getting the Paxil demon off my back M 35 2.5 years
30mg 1X D
4/19/2012
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 1  Anxiety Had some electric jolts down my legs, leg cramps in the beginning(subsided), and some mouth sores (went away). Sleepy all the time. Tried to get off after slow tapering but WD was difficult so went back. Reinstatement did not work. Lots of leg muscle aches, cramps, pain. Like my nervous system was on overdrive. Try to drop this garbage for good. M 47 8 years
10 1X D
3/16/2012
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 4  Anxiety/Dysthymia Decreased sex drive, weight loss Most comments talk about weight gain with this medication. As my mood becomes more stable I have more energy and participate in more activities. I have also had a decrease in appetite. F 33 2 years
10 mg 1X D
3/7/2012
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 2  Panic Attacks ZERO sex drive, no empathy for others, no highs or lows - just "sameness", skewering of my morals, brain zaps if a dose is missed Paroxetine helped me initially for my panic attacks. Nowadays I have a different way to cope with an impending attack, probably utilising my life experiences compared to when I was 23 years old. My marriage is falling apart because I cannot empathise with my wife. My morals are more akin to a narcissist's - as in, if it aint good for me it aint worth thinking about. My lack of worrying has me not caring about my health, leading to weight gain and not wanting to quit smoking, drinking, or other harmful things. The brain zaps send me off the deep end if I miss a dose. This is a good drug if you need to deal with an issue in the short term, but I'd advise getting good psychiatric help at the same time, and trying to get off it as soon as possible. M 38 15 years
20 1X D
2/23/2012

 5  Depression Because I am on narcotic pain (and other) medication it is difficult to separate side effects and attribute them to the medication that is causing them. When I first took Pazxl in '93,for me it was a miracle drug. I was getting suicidal and within a sort period of time on Paxil I started to get excited again about life. But I broke out with acne that defies description. I had to go to a non-SSRI. In the past 6 years I have gone on and off of Paxil several times, and have also used different dosages. My maximum dose was 60mg and my lowest was 20mg.I never had any trouble working my way off of Paxil. I am doing well and have just begun to go down to a lower dose again (20 mg from 40 mg). F 65 6 years
40 1X D
2/18/2012
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