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 5  Anxiety, PTSD symptoms Nausea 1st 2 weeks, decreased appetite, sleepiness during the day. The side effects I have had have been worth it. This drug is amazing. I feel better than I ever have in my life. An unexpected bonus was that it seems to have cleared up all of my IBS symptoms as well! Thank you PAXIL!! F 30 90 days
7/11/2005

 5  Anxiety Weight gain; Had to adapt to the sedation it brought on--I was always tired at first but it went away. It was the right drug for me. It decreased my anxiety and my obsessive thoughts. F 30 5 years
11/30/2006

 4  GAD, panic attacks inability to orgasm, mild hypomania Paxil worked great...but let me say Paxil, and not the generic. After a year and a half I switched to generic because the brand name is no longer produced, and it made me a zombie, and it ceased to have any positive effects on me. Other than that, I had no withdrawal symptoms, but did have a mild hypomania on it which was undiagnosed during the treatment. M 30 1.5 years
40 mg 1X D
12/5/2010

 4  Fibromyalgia can tell a difference when i miss one or more days. affected sexual response, but that left. will come back if i'm off of it more than a couple of days. helps the fatigue when i'm not in a severe pain cycle, otherwise it doesn't. F 30 4 years
5/24/2001

 4   M 30 3 days
10/23/2003

 4  Anxiety / Depression When I miss a dose I get dizziness ('whoosh' effect, kind of like being drunk) and some slight 'zaps'. Also had the same effects for about a week or so when my dose was halved from 20mg to 10mg Been on it for a while now (Aropax), and it definately helps the panic attacks. Still get the odd one, and they are weirder now, with zaps, but WAY less frequent. Also solved my IBS, and made me realise how depressed I had been for years. Suddenly realised that crying oneself to sleep at night ISN'T normal behaviour! Did get some side effects on my initial 20mg dose- felt a bit zombie like and had some short term memory issues. Talked to my doctor and he cut my dosage. Had some side effects, but lived (and worked) through them. Now on 10mg and find that controls the anxiety and depression (generally) and leaves me feeling like me still. Those who feel like they are smothered, tired etc. may be on too high a dose? I was lucky that I found a ballance between some emotional instability and anxiety, and the 'wrapped in a blanket' effect. F 30 2 years
4/11/2007

 4  generalized anxiety SEX?!!--what's that?!! the paxil has helped my anxiety TREMENDOUSLY--but, it's taken away my libido..along with my orgasm!! :( what's a girl to do???!!??? HELP! F 30 2.5 years
4/4/2002

 4  Generalized anxiety / mood swing None so far It works great! Don't believe everything you read about this med, like other medications work for some and for other does not, Me ha quitado la ansiedad hehe M 30 2 months
11/11/2008

 4  Generalized anxiety / mood swing None so far It works great! Don't believe everything you read about this med, like other medications work for some and for other does not, Me ha quitado la ansiedad hehe M 30 2 months
11/11/2008

 3  anxiety, panic headaches, dry mouth worked well first few yrs then for some reason wanst as effective. Currently gone up to 30mg hoping it will work again. @nd day on 30mg still feeling quiet anxious M 30 6 years
8/17/2008

 3  depression @first nasea, constapation but went away. sexual and tiredness. bad withdrawl, dizzy like a shot of novacaine in your penis. Does non habit forming mean no withdrawl? M 30 1 years
3/13/2003

 2  Panic disorder, GAD Very bad anxiety and emotional distress in the first week, week and a half of taking the med. Withdrawl symptoms on a stepped down dosing regimine were AWFUL...severe lightheadedness and vertigo, shocking sensations when moving my head. My dumb shit psychiatrist tried to step me down by half my dose over a month. I had to resort to cutting pills in to eighths to start with and then taper down one in eighth increments with about 2-3 weeks between step downs. A nightmare. WHile Paxil did do its job, the baggage that came with it was not worth it. At the time, there was no information about the severe withdrawl symptoms available from the manufacturer or my doctor. Just do a Google search for M 30 2 years
7/14/2004

 2  Anxiety Muscle spasms. A little anxiety. F 30 4 months
5/15/2001

 2  depression/generalized anxiety Sleep disturbed greatly...strange dreams/nightmares. Used to sleep like a log, but Paxil made sleep a huge issue for me. Oversleeping due to terrible night's sleep. Gained a lot of weight! No sex drive, caused strain on my marriage, although my husband is very understanding. F 30 2 years
4/17/2001

 2   It made it IMPOSSIBLE to orgasm! No thanks. M 30 1 months
10/15/2009

 1  depression swelling, nasuea, dizziness, confusion, joint pain, incredible itching, headaches, rashes, heart flutters, sweats. F 30 4 months
1/11/2002

 1  Forced to No sex drive, tremor, horrible thoughts, dizzy, SEIZURE, and other. This is the drug that started all my problems, I'm 30 years old and when I was 16, I was hospitalized for depression, forced to take this drug in the hospital, the doctor increased the dosage I had a Seizure, it was bad! It started a cycle of Anxiety and everything else, I was mean as hell on this drug! M 30 3 weeks
1X D
2/6/2010

 1  depression Gained a ton of weight and had zero sex drive. The reason, though, that I hate this drug is that it turns you into an addict. Going off of this drug is like being in hell. You turn into a junkie because the only way to make the symtoms (suicidal, sick as a dog, etc) go away is to take the paxil. It is truly terrible. F 30 2 years
4/28/2001

 1  anxiety tiny adrenaline rushes that made me nauseous, hot, sweaty, and feel like I was going to pass out... and it came in waves.... I also had no feelings.... I backed my vehicle into a parked car I saw.. I just couldnt comprehend anything. IT IS THE WORST DRUG OUT THERE! F 30 5 days
10 MG 1X D
3/19/2011

 1  Sleepless / depressed Mild seisures, night sweats, anxiety attacks, thoughts of suicide, delusional. I'm still suffering effects from only taking 5 pills. I'm just not the same person sometimes. M 30 5 days
2/26/2006

 5  mdd,ocd,gad 3 days of slight insomnia and a bit nauseated. thats it though. saved my life!!! i feel like me, normal, at peace, i can play with my kids, keep up with my housework, waitress on the weekends and much more. i can get out of bed!!!! without fighting horrible thoughts, feelings of suicide, anxiety about anything and everything. its like a miracle drug for me. GOD is my miracle drug as well. i have tried it all, including bipolar medsthis one seems to be IT!!!!!!!!!!! THINK POSITIVE, DONT GIVE UP THE FIGHT, THERES A DRUG OUT THERE THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU. F 29 6 months
12/11/2006

 5  depression delayed orgasm, extreme sweating, rash, dizziness, pins and needles and dizzines when exercising, car sickness, increased sensitivity to light, lazy feeling oh and suicidal thoughts and self harming. Withdrawal, constant I am very angry about this med. It helped my depresion but I started burning and cutting myself and eventually had to stop taking it because I was going to kill myself. Ive been off it a while now and I cant believe I even thought about suicide. M 29 9 years
10/17/2004

 5  OCD and depression Withdrawal symptoms F 29 10 years
40 mg
12/19/2012

 5  GAD and depression First two weeks I had moments of I stopped taking the med after 9 months ONLY because it decreased my sexual drive and even when I did have sex, I couldn't have an orgasm. It's unfortunate because Paxil was WONDERFUL for my anxiety disorder but intimacy is an important aspect of life too. BEWARE: Don't stop this drug cold turkey! F 29 9 months
4/5/2005

 5  GAD and depression First two weeks I had moments of I stopped taking the med after 9 months ONLY because it decreased my sexual drive and even when I did have sex, I couldn't have an orgasm. It's unfortunate because Paxil was WONDERFUL for my anxiety disorder but intimacy is an important aspect of life too. BEWARE: Don't stop this drug cold turkey! F 29 9 months
4/5/2005

 5  GAD and depression First two weeks I had moments of zoning out, headaches, dry mouth, uncontrollable yawn, and a weird electric shock in my head. But after a few weeks on the med, I started to worry less, I was finally able to sleep through the night, I wasn't as irritable, I felt alive again! I stopped taking the med after 9 months ONLY because it decreased my sexual drive and even when I did have sex, I couldn't have an orgasm. It's unfortunate because Paxil was WONDERFUL for my anxiety disorder but intimacy is an important aspect of life too. BEWARE: Don't stop this drug cold turkey! F 29 9 months
4/5/2005

 5  GAD/Depression Forgot to mention WEIGHT GAIN. 13 pounds in nine months! Sorry for all the repeated entries...For some reason it kept cutting off the rest of my comment... F 29 9 months
4/5/2005

 5  anxiety The only side effects I ever had were sexual, and they are dose-dependent: loss of libido, impotence, inability to ejaculate. Works like magic. I was on it for 3 years and felt really great. I am now exploring a few other SSRIs hoping to find one with less sexual side effects. Keep in mind that this is a problem with all SSRIs and that's the trade-off you have to accept. M 29 3 years
2/1/2009

 5  social anxiety, dysthymia difficulty with orgasm (difficult but still possible). Decreased libido (once again, decreased but still present). Initially I had some impulsivity, but that dissipated after about a month. I've gained weight, but I don't think I can blame the Paxil for that. My weight was consistent for many years, but I've put on a few pounds as I get closer to 30. Paxil changed my life. I was an anxiety ridden wreck; every single family member on my mother's side (both men and women) experienced severe anxiety, so I'm certain my anxiety has a strong genetic component. My father is an alcoholic and an extreme introvert, so no favors on that side either. My childhood was extremely isolated due to poverty and my mother's own persistent agoraphobia, which lasted most of my childhood. Paxil solved my anxiety problems. I take 40mg every day, and xanax as needed (usually for important presentations, exams, etc). It's amazing how confident I am now that I don't have to worry about anxiety. Or worry about anything for that matter. I am currently earning a PhD, which is an incredibly stressful endeavor - but the Paxil helps me manage the stress. There was a time gap in my use, and while I still did well, I do much better with Paxil (without all the stress!). I am a more confident, self-assured, and assertive person on Paxil. F 29 5 years
12/3/2009
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 4  anxiety/depression drowsiness, excessive yawning, trouble ejaculating (once went 3 hours with no result) This drug does help with depression. I don't experience the negative thoughts and feelings that were making life unbearable as often and after about three weeks I adjusted to all the side effects. I was really worried about not being able to finish during sex and considered stopping taking it out of frustration but with a lot of persistence and an understanding girlfriend I was able to overcome (no pun intended)it. So my advice is not give up on it right away. With persistence and optimism you may be able to get over the annoying side effects. M 29 30 days
1/11/2009
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 4  Anxiety Yawning, jaw chatters, dizziness, nausea, some brain zaps & vision disturbance. Started @ 10mg the 1st week, then went to 20mg. Stayed there for 8 months. Worked GREAT! no more attacks, took my Ativanmaybe once a month if that. Thought I was "better" so we started to wean off. It SUCKED but not unbearable. Now, 8 months later again....I am back to the panic/anxiety attacks & a mess. Worse this time around, taking twice the Ativan(lorazepam) as before. We tried Lexapro, but didnt work. So I am now getting back on Paxil. Its what worked! As well, doing the relaxation, self help books and changing stress in life. F 29 8 months
1/12/2008

 4  Panic Disorder/ Depression 1st month. very tired, no ambition, didn't want to do anything at all. Decreased sex-drive Went off it after 1 year for 3 months... could NOT function got extreamly depressed... back on it for 2 months now and I am starting to feel WONDERFUL AGAIN! It really takes the edge off for me. I am starting to be normal Again :) F 29 14 months
5/23/2002

 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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 4  Depression chattering teeth, night sweats, sexual dysfunction (delayed orgasm) did reduce depression, but side effects are frustrating, especially night sweats M 29 4 weeks
5/28/2001

 4  depression and anxiety feeling tired decreased sexual drive F 29 4 years
4/23/2007

 4  Agorphobia/Social anxiety/Depressio Hot flashes/Insomnia/exsessive sweating/yawning/hiccups/Cotton mouth/Nightmares/longer to reach orgazim/less menstral pain/bloodshot eyes/tired during the day/thirsty I stopped taking it years ago and doing it cold turkey is very scary. I found myself on the floor feeling dizzy and shaking and it was as though i was under water because every sound was muffled. My sight was blured. I have since gotten back on Paxil 20 mg and when the time comes to end it I will be under the care of a medical profesional. DO NOT STOP IT ON YOUR OWN!!!! F 29 43 days
9/26/2006
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 3  Depression, anxiety weight gain, vivid dreams and nightmares,memory problems, shaking,lack of sexual interest, want to sleep all the time The weight gain rumours are true! Doctors will tell you that Paxil will not cause weight gain but it does! F 29 9 months
4/30/2002

 3  OCD slight hand tremors, yawning without being tired, tense feeling in jaw muscles, tendency to gnash/grind teeth sometimes (not too severe or frequent), sexual side effects I've been on the 20 mg dose for 8 days, with directions to move to 40 mg after another week, for OCD. So far, on some days, my mind stops in the usual places, but is able to move on more quickly. On other days, it seems like things are back to normal (or worse) again. I'm hopeful that the higher dose will help, although I don't want to the side effects (especially the hand tremors and yawning) to get worse. M 29 8 days
5/11/2007

 3  Anxiety and depression "fuzziness", mental numbness, weight gain, some loss in libido Paxil helped in a way, by keeping me from thinking very deeply about some tough steps I needed to take in my life but had been putting off for several years. I got through them with much less trouble than I would have without the Paxil. The major downsides were that I gained a lot of weight, and getting off of this drug is HORRIBLE! F 29 2 years
5/16/2007

 2  Depression/Gen. Anxiety Disorder Horrendous appetite, weight gain, daily grogginess, nightmares The drug worked great, but the side effects were too awful, especially the appetite/weight gain and grogginess. Always felt a little "out of it" and always wanted to eat, which hindered my daily functions a bit. Nightmares were frequent and quite creative, usually involving someone trying to kill me. Too bad, Paxil has been more effective than Wellbutrin and Serzone. F 29 3 months
5/26/2001

 2  Anxiety, depression lower sex drive, then complete loss of libido! This drug made me immune and unable to have proper reasoning. Sexual side effects are terrible. First lower sex drive, inability to have an orgasm during sex, then complete impotence! even 4 weeks after stopping the drug completely...I really hope it will all return to normal. M 29 4 months
5mg 1X D
7/14/2010

 1  depression insomnia, anxiety, panic, weight gain, increased depression, increased suicidal ideation, delayed ejaculation Paxil ruined my life and I firmly believe it caused permanent neurological damage. I started taking it for depression (a single depressive bout!) when I was 17. If I had known then what I know now I would have shunned it like death. I took twenty milligrams a day for nine years. It caused horrible panic and anxiety. And it only worsened the depression it was supposed to help in the first place. These days if I get depressed, it feels organic, like a natural sort of depression. When I got depressed on Paxil, it was a crazy, pitch-black, suicidal depression. But the worst part of Paxil is still happening. After I quit, the panic and anxiety, which it caused, blossomed and rebounded in the meanest way possible. Understand, I never had panic or anxiety before Paxil. Now, four years later, I?m still dealing with the ?mean reds? and I think Paxil permanently re-wired something upstairs. Some days I?m so ?off? and so panicked and anxious that I don?t know who I am, what I?ve become. I?m a quivering shell of my old self all those many, many years ago. I had no idea those little pink pills could be so damning. Paxil is poison. Please do not take this drug. It will ruin you. M 29 9 years
20 1X D
8/14/2010
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 1  General Anxiety Disorder Going on to the drug was hellish, but once I stabilised on 20mg it was only the 'mild' side-effects of emotional numbness, general apathy and sexual disfunction. However, the real fun started when I started to come off the drug.... nausea, chronic anxiety, diaorrhea, ear-ringing, vertigo, nightmares, weight-loss, emotional instability etc... If you are prescribed this drug, please please please only take it for a short period of time whilst you get some CBT. It has ruined my life. M 29 9 years
20 1X D
4/14/2010

 1  Anxiety/Depression Increased anxiety by 100%, increased appetite, tired yet unable to sleep, inability to reach orgasm. Hear it works wonders for some but for me it was the worst antideppresant I have ever been on. Switched to Effexor XR which has worked outstanding for me, without any side effects whatsoever. F 29 2 months
7/28/2001
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 1  social anxiety HOrrible. Laziness, forgetfullness, weight gain, zombie feeling, other weird symtoms Horrible horrible drug do not take. Taking paxil for 8 months literally cost years off my life recovering from the after effects. I do not believe that my mind or my body has ever returned to the same since taking this medication. I immediately gained 25 pounds when taking this which has given me a struggle with my weight ever since. My memory is horrible now. Constructing sentences is difficult. I just have never felt the same. The worst of it I would say was the first two years after discontinuing, memory was horrilbe, word recall was horrible, felt very out of it our of sync. This is a horrible drug and these doctors will not help you when you have problems with it. They will blame the problems on you becase you came in with depression or anxiety so they discount your concerns and blame you as imaginging the side effects or already having them when you came in which you know is not true. If you have a choice always take care of depression or other anxiety related issues through therapy rather than meds first. F 29 8 months
1X D
3/8/2010

 1  depression,anxiety Severe weight gain. I gained 80 lbs. on this med. It did not help and when I tried to stop taking it I had to be weaned because I had really bad withdrawl. Nothing ever changed in my mood or anxiety I only noticed I was getting fatter and fatter. F 29 2 years
1/30/2007

 1  Depression Tired, sleepy, lost of interest, Weight gain, No sex drive, difficulty to maintain erections, very difficult to reach an ejaculation... Extreme withdrawal side effects like the electric zaps/waves, but worst is that I had a dystonic reaction; it was really painful... I had the muscle spasms at my jaw, my neck and shoulder were twisting like if I was having an exorcism, also my lower back and waist were twisting backwards (right and left); I was feeling almost like my bones were going to brake! it was really scary for me and my doctor who could also see it. I had to go to the hospital 2 times for the dystonic reaction... This drug was not worth it for me... and I still can't get rid of it. M 29 20 months
12/13/2006

 1  depression The popular antidepressant drug Paxil used by millions of Americans has been linked to linked to birth defects, miscarriages and suicides among patients. M 29
6/30/2006

 1  anxiety Nasty sexual side effects- lack of sex drive, hard to climax Could very well be the male birth control pill! Really no change in anxiety level yet- only 3 weeks in. Ready to quit! M 29 3 weeks
10/2/2008

 1  apparently for PMS/Depression Dizzines, headaches, increased paranoia, more depressed than ever, severe panic attacks, and just plain awful. Be warned that Paxil is not a very safe drug, there are many adverse side effects that are now making paxil the most unsafe of all SSRI's. Please look up information about the many pending lawsuits and class action suits that are taking place as you read this. The terrible withdrawl syndrome of paxil is scary. F 29
11/13/2003
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 1  anxiety/deppresion Weight gain (65lbs in 5 years)decrease in sex drive, do not drink alcohol with this medication! I started taking this medication for anxiety and depression. It helped with that. I decided I was going to try to go off it. That was a huge mistake! You can not quit this medication cold turkey. I was vommiting, dizzy, and almost passed out a couple of times. I called my doctor and he told me I would have to wean myself off of it. He put me on Prozac just so the withdrawal symptoms wouldn't be so bad. I had no idea that my body could become so addicted to a medication. It took 3 months of gradual weaning (very slowly) before I could get off of it. I would not recommend this because of the weight gain side effect and the difficulty coming off of it. Unless you want to be on this medication for a long time, don't take it! F 29 5 years
6/7/2007

 1  anxiety/depression Made me so agitated that I almost committed suicide, even on one of the lowest doses possible, 5mg. Worst headache that you could imagine. Loss of sensation in taste-buds, extreme appetite (and weight gain), loss of feeling in penis/genitals. Insomnia and akathisia. If you have to take this stuff, make sure you are prescribed a benzodiazepine to deal with the very high risk of agitation and the anxiety this drug induces. Better yet, don't even think of taking this stuff without a proper evaluation and diagnosis from a competent psychiatrist (not just your front-line GP/Family doctor). This is dangerous medicine. Also, start at a very low dose, 5mg, and work your way up. The side effects of a full dose could easily cause psychosis, suicidality, and a plethora of other nasty side effects. M 29 5 days
2/26/2009

 1  Anxiety While on the medication: constipation, inability to reach orgasm, night sweats, very vivid bad dreams. I felt really good, emotionally, the entire time I took it. This medicine really helped my anxiety but since I didn't want to be on it forever, I stopped taking it 2 weeks ago. I am still dizzy every time I move my eyes and it's not getting better! I took a 1/2 pill last week to see if the dizziness went away and it did within 3 hours. But now it's back with a vengeance and it doesn't seem to be getting better. If I'd been warned about the side effects I probably would not have taken it. F 29 5 months
1/31/2002

 1  Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder Increased depression. Insomnia. Difficulty waking up. Sexual dysfunction; erection fine, orgasm elusive. Terrible withdrawal symptoms: heightened anxiety, racing thoughts, extreme mood swings. I took Paxil for nine years, from August 1997 to June 2006. In retrospect I see that Paxil increased the severity of my depressive episodes and directly contributed to sleeplessness, sexual dysfunction and poor decision-making. Regarding panic attacks and anxiety, it is impossible to know the truth. The fact, however, is that before Paxil, I did not suffer from panic attacks or severe anxiety. Sometime during my third year on the drug, I had my first major panic attack (white-faced, shaky, sweaty, watery eyes; closer, perhaps, to a nervous breakdown). Since then anxiety has become the more overwhelming half of my illness, though often the anxiety and depression intermingle so well that it's hard to tell what is what. I quit taking Paxil three years ago. The weening and withdrawal took three months; it was a long, terrible ordeal. But I have not once regretted the decision to stop Paxil. I do not currently take an SSRI. I use Klonopin (a benzo) sporadically, for social occassions, and ten days ago decided to risk taking another daily drug, Buspar, which is for anxiety, in a class by itself. Feel free to contact me with questions. Best of luck, all of you. M 29 9 years
8/24/2009
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 1  Depression, anxiety AWFUL, HORRIBLE withdrawals, I tried several times in the first five years to get off Paxil. I took 40 mg a day and tried tapering down 10 mg a week, then 10 mg less every two weeks, and once even tried liquid Paxil, tapering 5 mg every two weeks. Never could get off of it, had shock-like zaps in my head, severe nausea, drop in blood pressure, extreme dizziness not only when trying to taper off but also if I forgot one dose or towards the end if I didn't take it at the same time every day. Tried tapering with Prozac, then got pregnant and couldn't handle the withdrawal effects along with pregnancy. Withdrawal was so bad my OB wouldn't let me get off of it when I was pregnant even though it's now not recommended that you take Paxil when pregnant. If I had known how physically addictive a drug it was, I never would have started. I was able to wean myself off Paxil after being diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and was put on Adderall. This changed my life, I slowly weaned off the Paxil by cutting the pills with a pill cutter, taking 5 mg less every 2-3 weeks. I truly believe I was misdiagnosed in the beginning, that my doctor just wanted to throw pills at me to 'cure' my symptoms and not use therapy or actually get to the heart of what was wrong. Be VERY careful when taking this drug, start with a small dose and give yourself PLENTY of time to get used to it before upping your dose, it can take up to 3 months to really tell a difference in how you feel (at least that's what I have heard). Today I'm a different person than when I was on Paxil, I actually have emotions and ups and downs instead of being emotionless all the time. It has been almost five months since I have had any Paxil but even now, especially late at night, I still get the electric shock or zap feeling in my head a few times a week. F 29 10 years
5/18/2009

 5  Depression Apetite loss, nausea, dizziness F 28 3 months
20mg
2/13/2014

 5  anxiety Nothing Just went off paxil after taking it for 5 years. I just weaned myself off for about 3 weeks. It was fine. As long as you wean yourself you will be fine. Everyone writes scary stories and its not true at all. If you slowly decrease your mg's you won't have any side effects. I loved taking it but i am better now. F 28 5 years
1/2/2005

 5  fibromyalgia, IBS Night sweats, some nightmares, small weight gain This medicine gave me back my life from fibro and IBS--I'm a new person. I'm on 25mg CR. The nightmares aren't too bothersome--they are more bizarre than anything else and give me a good laugh the next day. The weight gain has been great. I'm a very petite person who has always had a hard time gaining weight. I've gained 5lbs in the last few months and I have a butt for the first time. I am so grateful for this drug. F 28 3 months
2/3/2005

 5  Anxiety Initial dry mouth, dizziness, nausea. Long term 20lb weight gain in 6 months that won't come off, and complete loss of sex drive. It took me 3 months to get from 5mg to 20mg of paxil because I was anxious about meds. But after that all the anxiety symptoms went away, and I have more patience and no temper now. I also have milder PMS emotional symptoms. Everything is great. BUT I can't get rid of the additional weight no matter how much I train, even with a professional trainer. AND I never feel like having sex. I'm going to try to reduce to 10mg starting this weekend. F 28 2 years
1/17/2005
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 5  Depression, Social anxiety Difficult to ejaculate, fatigue The sexual side effects are frustrating but the lack of libido is welcoming. A fleshlight helps (seriously)The fatigue is pretty terrible but seems to be diminishing. All in all, I was on the verge of suicide before this drug and I've found it's given me a second chance. I know it isn't perfect for anyone and terrible for some but for me it was a life saver. After 28 years of fear of rejection, I've finally asked a girl out and accepted the rejection. Believe it or not, it's liberating. It's worth a shot but I do fear the withdrawl. Good luck in your treatment! M 28 30 days
20mg 1X D
1/1/2012
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