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 1  Panic disorder, anxiety, depression Tired tired tired. Loss of empathy, and loss of sex drive. Night sweats, weight gain, and numbness in emotions. I started this whole antidepressant/anxiety trip since I was 16. I've been on Prozac,welbutrin,Zoloft, and Paxil. Paxil should be banned. I am now on my second time quitting paxil, and it is a hell ride, and I'm not driving. I started again over two years ago when my dad passed away, and it helped for a while, but left me numb with no motivation. I tapered the 20 to 10 for 10 days. Man these withdrawal symptoms are terrible. Brain zaps, laughing crying, and just plain confused. I will never take this poison again. I would rather have my panic attacks back then deal with this absurd hell. Hopefully I will be able to have my sex drive back and not rely on alcohol. Please don't take this drug, and prepare for the zaps when going off it. M 39 5 years
20mg
11/7/2014
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 3  PTSD, Depression, irritability, racing thoughts, restlessness, insomnia, very boring dreams, slow to get up in the morning, strong desire to sleep. The side effects dissipated over time, usually taking about 4 weeks per increase in dose. However, I did get up to 30 MG, which put me into a chronic irritable hypomanic state (even though I do not have Bipolar Disorder). I reduced to 15 MG and was much better. I tried to titrate recently, am eating excessively, very, very tired, sleeping more. So noticeable side effects when you try and get off of it, even if its slow. F 35 6 months
15MG 1X D
10/29/2014
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 5  Severe Anxiety, Severe Depression initial side effects only - teeth clenching, excessive saliva, slight nausea, jitteriness, tingling, wanting to jump out of my skin Don't give up on Paxil because of initial side effects. It is very hard to get through them but do it. They will go away once the Paxil kicks in. This is the best medicine for anxiety out there. I am always hungry on it but thin. Just eat well and exercise and you can fight the weight gain other people talk about. My anxiety is gone as well as depression. I was on a very low dosage to start which I thought was strange 1/4 of 10mg up to 20mg week by week but it was smart considering the initial side effects. Do not start out on a high dosage. I was on it 3 years ago at 40mg and had tremmors but it worked well before and I had no withdrawal reducing the dosage slowly. It is a strong drug and took 6 weeks to work for me but it works. F 61 6.5 weeks
20 MG 1X D
10/27/2014
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 2  Anxiety Migraines Weight Loss Hair Loss Loss of libido Drowsiness Horrible withdrawal symptoms F 29 6 years
25mg
10/11/2014

 1  Anxiety Dizziness, no motivation, apathy, light sensitivity PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS DRUG! It completely destroyed me as a human being. THE WITHDRAWAL CAN LAST FOR YEARS Yes i am not lying this is no joke look on paxilprogress.org you will see loads of people off YEARS and not recovered. Im suffering BIG TIME 25 Months free from this poison and still very very sick. Severe DR/DP, Dizziness, cognitive dysfunction etc etc a large 60 + symptoms list every single day. Never take this drug. I was 100% healthy before i stopped this poison F 25 4 years
20MG 1X D
10/3/2014
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 2  Anxiety Initially I would take this pill and within an hour couldn't keep my eyes open. This lasted for about two weeks. After the two weeks I had trouble falling asleep but when I did would sleep through the nite and have the hardest time waking up in the morning. Would have to force myself to get up. Then around the second month I just felt run down..no energy no motivation. Tired all the time and would yawn constantly! Also my appetite increased tremendously! All I wanted to do was eat and all I craved was sugary foods..as a result obviously I gained weight..I mean u can only eat and lay around and do nothing for so long before pretty soon ur sitting in front of ur computer (because driving somewhere or mustering the energy to actually make a trip to the mall is not even an option)and ordering a whole new wardrobe that will fit because you certainly can't wear the clothes u had before starting this med. Needless to say, I called my doc and said enough is enough.I would like to add that I never experienced any of the sexual side effects and did not have any withdrawal symptoms after stopping the med. I did however Switch directly from paxil to zoloft and that may have contributed to the lack of withdrawal. I'm not sure about that. As for my anxiety it did help that but of course nobody is gonna be anxious when all u are doing is eating, sleeping, yawning, and occasionally surfing the web for stretchy pants and the newest recipe for chocolate layered cake with a side of brownies.. F 41 6 months
20
8/22/2014

 5  panic disorder I've been taking this med along with ativan...it's worked wonders for me...As I was agorophobic...I've been free from panic....In the beginning I had loss of libido but that's worn off...weight gain most definitely and am afraid to go off this in the future F 44 10 years
40 mg
8/20/2014
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 1  Depression Paxil ruined my life. It made me gain weight throughout my teenage years and did nothing for my depression. I would've stopped taking it but the withdrawal puts me in bed for about a week. I missed one pill the other night and I'm currently about to leave for the hospital because of these horrible symptoms. Please don't take this drug and save your life. F 19 6 years
12.5 MG
8/12/2014

 1  Depression Initially, I felt great. Then, there was rapid weight gain, which I still carry. I did not care about anything, my kids, housework, my job, myself. Had zapping jolts in my brain, which doctor dismissed. Frequent suicidal thoughts, which seems counterproductive for an anti-depressant. Crazy, disturbing dreams. Fatigue. Constant yawning. Shaky hands. Neglected my kids because I just did not care about anything. Severe mood swings. Cried at the drop of a hat. These are just the side effects that I recall. I have been off of Paxil for years, thank God. Withdrawal was horrible. It was a vicious circle. Evertime I would try to get off my side effects were so horrible I would resume taking, then try to stop again, etc. eventually, I made a conscious decision that I was getting off this horrible drug. Gradually cut my dosage in half. Suffered throughout the withdrawal and got off. My biggest regret is the people around me that suffered because of this drug, particularly my kids that suffered the brunt of my erratic behavior. F 50 5 years
20 Mg 1X D
7/19/2014

 1  Depression I never had a sweating problem until this medication. In -20 weather I would be tearing off coat, sweater while sweating uncontrollably! It's been at least 14 years and I still have this problem today! When I tried to stop this medication it was the most painful experience. I was on it for a month and it took just over 2-3 months to wean myself off of it! Painfully! This medication should be banned from production! The side effects do more harm than the drug itself!! F 47 3 months
10 1X D
7/18/2014

 1  Depression, anxiety Ruins your neurotransmiters in a long term, please believe me, I am living it now... F 37 8 years
10
7/17/2014
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 4  Panic Tiredness. Loss of libido M 47 6 years
15
7/14/2014

 1  Depression Nasty drug! It took 20 years from me and I don't know how many more because the withdrawal is awful!! F 58 20 years
30 MG 1X D
7/10/2014

 4  Anxiety, Stress and Depression I haven't had any side effects. I am so afraid to take these. Doctors have gave these to me awhile ago and I only took maybe 2 pills. I'm one of those chicken shit that are afraid of taking pills due to side effects. I hate being dizzy and I read that MAYBE you have a 6-15% chance of being dizzy based on a 40mg but I take a 10mg I am so young, 16 years old I need to get out and live my life. I need a 100% positive person in my life to help me and to tell me that I will be ok and that taking whatever I need is NOT going to kill me and that its all just in my head.. Email if anyone out there is supportive and positive. :) I'm in desperate need of help. Also, if anyone has dealt with Stress, Anxiety and depression and you have got it under control Let me know what you done F 16 8 days
10
6/29/2014
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 3  Major depressive disorder Severe weight gain, loss of libido and ability to orgasm, constant dry mouth, still had severe depressive episodes, constant sleepiness. F 40 10 years
40mg
6/19/2014

 1  Depression/Anxiety Always tired, aches and pains, confusion, destroyed sex drive, more panic attacks, no emotions, like living in a fog all the time, ear ringing DO NOT take this drug. The only thing worse is trying to get off of it. M 46 10 years
30mg 1X D
6/6/2014
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 1  depression flat affect, extreme weight gain, decreasing social skills, lack of desire to communicate with family and friends, anxiety, insomnia i was prescribed paxil by my pediatrician due to my depression at having to drop out of college. no follow-up appointment was made, and so for one month I descended into a true depression, weight gain, and decreasing mental state. eventually, after my family became concerned at my DRASTIC personality change, I was led to a psychologist who said the "paxil brought out my true bipolar nature" and sent me to a psych ward for a 3-day detox of the drug, but because of my actions while on paxil, i was given the label "bipolar" and placed on a 1.5 year polydrugging nightmare, the culmination of these medications caused me to gain 80lbs , develop hypothyroidism, and caused me to lose many personal relationships that meant a lot to me. i had never had weight problems in my life, but I experienced not only weight gain, but acne, and hair loss (possibly due to the hypothyroidism, which I will have to deal with for the rest of my life). Paxil is what started this route-to-chaos, and the doctors never took into account that it altered my personality so gravely. F 19 1 months
15mg 1X D
4/24/2014
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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

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