Drug Ratings for PAXIL CR

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 1  PMDD Severe headache and brain fog.Unable to think! Going in the trash! F 47 2 days
12.5 MG 1X D

 5  over 10 years on and off Only medication that works for my anxiety. With all the medications on the market this is the best one. I have tried pretty much every SSRI,SNRI, Lamictal etc. Paxil works the best and I always go back too it. I can completely go off it cold turkey without any withdrawal symptoms. As far as side effects go the only drawback for me is fatigue. It is a powerful drug and at my current dose it does make me tired so I take it at night. Also if your not careful with your diet it will lead to weight gain. M 39 10 years
37.5 2x da

 5  panic disorder Okay, I didn't take much, and I had a bad allergic reaction to it (BAD, as in, couldn't breathe, hives around throat) ...but I swear this stuff is like COCAINE or something. I've got Graves and really shouldn't be on anti-depressants (am not a depressed person, etc), but doc wanted me to try it at 20mg/day. I took 5mg knowing it might hurt me (though I didn't know about the allergy; one zoloft just made my hr go up to 200bpm and ER). I never knew "happiness" before that one dose, SO MUCH that even with the hives, I took another few days of 5mg, then 2.5mg, then 2.5mg (then pharmacist had us flush them). #ADDICTIVE There were "bad" side effects even on low dose, and I took it 4 days only, but this kept me happy like "high" for a full week even after I stopped. I can't take zoloft or most SSRIs, and Paxil was a last-ditch on my doctor's part. I was allergic. AND STILL WANTED TO TAKE THEM. That should tell you something. Of course, I'm not "depressed"; I slept well the first night (couldn't breathe well, needed lots of benedryls the next few nights), but felt like I COULD FLY I was so happy inside. This is definitely "the one that got away". I think they'll give us Paxil in Heaven and we won't have allergic reactions! óDaddy was/is on it for decades for depression; he is so calm/cool/relaxed all the time that people COMMENT, so I was more than happy to try this! I can't believe I had such a bad allergic reaction to it :( But yes, if you can take it, DO SO. I was scared by the tales of getting off Paxil, but if you take it, I don't much think you'll care about getting off it one day, lol. F 35 4 days
5 1X D
 5  PTSD,ADD,ANXIETY,DEPRESSION, Constipation. Increased appetite, weight gain. I noticed within one month of taking Paxil CR, the ability to stop my mind from racing occurred and I was able to fall asleep. Prior to Paxil CR, I couldn't stop my brain from racing and it caused sleepless nights as a result. I have feelings of euphoria, and I am less emotional. That's a good thing because feeling depressed and sad all the time can make one ill and cause hospitalization. Needless to say, I would recommend this medication. I took Zoloft for year's, but it made me aggressive and caused uncontrollable muscle movement. Paxil CR by far is a much better antidepressant. F 57 3 months
25 MG 1X D
 3  panic desorder M 32 2 years
 4  Panic Disorder/Depression/Anxiety Inability to focus, low sex drive, gastric problems such as gastritis, feeling as if my mind was foggy, difficulty showing emotions at times. I want to get off this pill but I am afraid of the withdrawal symptoms. Does anyone have advice? Has anyone gotten off Paxil CR? Please email me. Thanks! F 41 15 years
25 1X D
 4  Depression/Anxiety/OCD Fatigue, emotional blunting, low libido. Paxil is the only SSRI that calms my racing thoughts. The effect on anxiety is almost immediate for me. It also helps with depression, but I suspect some of that is just from feeling calm. I've tried about 15-20 psychiatric medications, searching for the elusive "cure", but Paxil, Lamictal and exercise seem to be as good as it gets. It gets a 5 for anxiety and 3 for depression. M 41 15 years
25 1X D
 4  Depression and Anxiety Increased appetite, cannot achieve orgasm, yawning, very sleepy and weight gain! I started on 12.5 then went up to 25mg and 3 weeks ago started on 37.5...I have not been able to cope well with a specific circumstance in my life and have had to go on a higher dose recently, I also believe that my body has become immuned to the previous dose....starting to feel much better, am very tired and sort of numb but I'd rather have that than the severe depression, crying and anxiety I was having!! Paxil has been a lifesaver for me and my family! F 49 6 years
25/37.5 1X D
 5  Horrible anxiety and depression weight gain and carb cravings. very tired and anorgasmic when on 25 mgs. but not when on 12.5 mgs. Paxil has saved my life several times over past 12 years. I have been on and off of it depending on stressful situations in my life. It does cause major weight gain but it is the only med that helps me with major anxiety. Helps a lot with IBS also. A great drug for me!! F 50 12 years
12.5/25 mg 1X D

 3  Anxiety Whilst my business/work stress induced anxiety has been completely cured, the impact on my sex life is worrying... The other night my wife and i decided to have a quicky in the back of our car, however the quicky turned out to be a marathon session becaused i was quite simply unable to achieve and orgasm! Very frustrating! We thought nothing of it as we had been drinking, but a few nights later the same problem struck again and after 30mins of pounding away at my poor wife, she said enought of that, rolled me onto my back and had to jerk & suck me off for another 15 mins before i could eventually cum. Whilst all men want to feel like a stallion - this is a bit rediculous! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! M 33 15 days
25mg 1X D

 1  anti-social extreme weight gain F 37 365 days
20mg 1X D
 3  Anxiety/Panic attacks Major weight gain!!! About 45 lbs in a year!!! Also very tired, very sleepy ALL the time...very hungry all the time but even not over indulging or giving in, the weight piled on. I worked out, ate right..and it did not matter!!! It did help my anxiety but the weight gain was not worth it. I switched to Prozac. F 30 12 months
20mg 1X D
 4  Depression Nausea, drowsiness, no crying, numbness, eye twitching, 30 lb. weight gain I was initially taking 12.5 mg/day for 9 months. For the first 4 months, I was diligent with exercising and good eating habits and actually lost weight. During the 5th month, I was injured and the exercising had to stop. Interestingly enough, I sunk back into depression and had to double the dosage by the 9th month. When I stopped exercising, I also started to gain weight almost instantly (20 lbs. in 5 months and then 10 more in 2 months after doubling the dosage). I have been exercising again for the past 2 months and haven't lost a pound!!!! However, on the double dosage, I am back to myself again. Much happier, in control, less anxiety, sociable, not obsessing about things. Not sure what to do. Might see my doctor about going back down to 12.5 mg and continuing the exercising. F 42 1 years
12.5/25 mg 1X D

 5  Depression/Anxiety/Panic Disorder Why are any of you taking regular Paxil? 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 is†an 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. For weight gain, sexual dysfunction associated with this or any SSRI take the herb Rhodiola Rosea. It's a miracle herb. M 39 2 years

 5  OCD/Panic Disorder WEIGHT GAIN!!!! Gained 20 pounds easily within 2 years. Don't let anyone tell you it's not the Paxil CR. I was a competitive runner and STILL gained weight. I went on a 1,200 calorie diet for over a month and exercised 6x a week. I wrote down everything I ate and DIDN'T LOSE ONE POUND! Stopped taking Paxil CR and lost 2 pounds in one week while eating anything I wanted. With that said, Paxil CR eliminated my OCD symptoms. It was wonderful in that regards but I ended up feeling depressed when month after month I kept on gaining weight. I stopped taking it for that reason alone. I am now on Villbryd and trying to see if I can lose this weight. F 46 2 years
37.5 1X D
 5  Anxiety (GAD, Panic, OCD) Slight weight gain. Dry mouth. Entertaining dreams. Emotional numbness. Was basically non functional for 6 months because of anxiety and lost 30 pounds. Tried Lexapro and gave it 5 weeks. Only gave me headaches. Also tried Xanax and Clonopin and while they worked, I would very quickly get rebound anxiety which put me into a spiral of hell. Finally found Paxil CR and it returned me to normal in 48 hours. Probably had the best year of my life on this drug even with intense times of stress. Oh, and it almost completely cured my IBS. It does cause emotional blunting. You still feel the emotion, you just don't yell or cry. Tried tapering off and IBS came back. Back on it again and back to normal. M 40 1 years
12.5 1X D

 5  depression, anxiety, hopelessness, Paxil was a life-saver back in December 1996. I was depressed, anxious, scared, lack of self-conference, driving my kids crazy, needy, going through menopause, rocky relationship, felt zero joy with living, felt like a loser, etc. etc.....within 48 hours of taking Paxil I was beginning to say to myself "this must be what it is like to be normal". My kids saw the change within 24 hours. I have tried going off Paxil but immediately feel myself falling back down that black hole. My question is: "Can I be on Paxil for the rest of my life? I am now almost 72 years old but doing ok. F 71 15 years
20 mg 1X D
 1  anxiety attacks Severe anxiety,tachycardia,palpations,severe depression I am a nurse and started having anxiety attacks was put on paxil CR 12.5mg.On the 5th day started feeling depressed which I had never been depressed before.Figured it was nothing took the pill on the 6th day.That was a big mistake.I have never had anxiety attacks like i had that day.My heart was beating at almost 180bpm I could feel it pounding out of my chest. I was histerically crying nonstop.I was having crazy thoughts and feelings in my head.That night was woken up thinking I was having a heartattack.In the 6 days I took the paxil I lost 8lbs and had bruises all over my body.Never took another pill again.Think before taking this pill it could make you worse. F 33 6 days
12.5 1X D

 5  Depression F 63 15 years
5MG 1X D
 1  GAD and Social Anxiety While I was taking this medicine I didn't care about anything. My emotions were completely numb, minimal weight gain, no interest in sex. Others noticed I was withdrawn, but didn't say anything because they thought I was happy. When I decided after 6 years to not up my dose and actually wean off of it, the nightmare began. I had a HUGE rush of emotions that I couldn't control that had been numb for years, my head was fuzzy: I couldn't think, brain zaps. It was horrible!!!! It has been almost a year since I got off of Paxil and I am still trying to pick up the pieces over the past 6 years. Including my friendships and most importantly my marriage. I DO NOT recommend this medicine or anything that resembles it like Cymbalta. I now take Buspar and have never been happier! Well...as happy as I can be for losing 6 years of my life... F 31 6 years
30mg 1X D

 4  ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS 20 pound weight gain; night sweats; excessive sweating throughout the day (not menopausal :)lol I'm a dietitian and personal trainer. I have weighed 118 for as long as I can remember. I was very depressed when I first started Paxil and I'm sure that started the weight gain with increased sleeping and lack of exercise. However, I know it has increased my appetite tremendously. I got over the depression within a few months, and it definitely calmed the anxiety and panic attacks. I did not experience any side effects getting off of it and am now trying Luvox CR just because of the excessive hunger and sweating. Yuck! F 34 1 years
25mg 1X D

 4  Anxiety/drepression Weight gain {have to watch what I eat/walk several miles 3-4x per week}, fatigued, Lessened sexual desire. Well it's hard choosing between a healthier sex life, and lower weight, vs. feeling high-strung, moody, sometimes depressed and having anxiety attacks. The thing is I don't think there's any "perfect" drug out there because they ALL seem to have side effects of some sort, and guess we all just have to be our own guine pig so to speak to find out what works for you. So I've been taking Paxil for many yrs. now and it's truly helped me a great deal w/anxiety, and if/when I feel depressed bounce back quicker than back then. Plus get behavorial therapy. I must say exercise, yoga and taking vitamins helps too--esp. cod liver oil has helped me. So Paxil has become a part of a healthier emotional/mental life for me long ago. I've always been scared of getting off Paxil since I NEVER want to have another clinical depression as long as I live. I guess some of us just are more suseptible to this, just as some have other illnesses they have to cope with. The thing I like least abt Paxil is my decreased sex life. And that I feel fatigued w/less energy. Perhaps 10-15mg. would be a better dosage for me than 20mg. As far as weight gain, I'd probably have a normal weight of 130-136. But can't exercise a lot during the winter months [get way too tired during winter] so my weight sky-rockets up to 145. EEEK! Rest assured, once the weather breaks, it's very easy to drop 10 pds. from just keepin up on miles of walking. So, guess I'll still be taking it since my anxiety levels dropped F 45 15 years
20mg 1X D

 2  anxiety tired, headaches, dizzy, blurry vision, emotionless, no sex drive, no motivation to workout, went from 130 lbs. to 145 lbs. Don't quit know if it is worth the unhealthy feeling and unhappy shape I've become. F 40 6 months
20mg 1X D
 5  Severe anxiety, insomnia, white noise, occasional headaches-but not sure if it's related to taking this medicine, Before I started taking this medication, I didn't know what was wrong with me. For about 6 months I couldn't sleep more than 4 hours per night, wasn't eating, food didn't taste or smell good. I constantly felt severe anxiety and tried so many things to feel better but nothing helped. My Dr. suggested I try Paxil and it took about 4 weeks for this medication to start helping me, but now I feel so much better. I really feel like it gave me my life back. I am loving my life again! F 42 6 weeks
37.5 mg. 1X D

 4  PE Lethargy. I feel like I could stop and nap at any time during the day. I need to keep my mind occupied or I will start nodding off. No weight gain for me- which I've heard is pretty common. Vivid dreams at night, which are a nice bonus. I actually started taking paxil to help with premature ejaculation. I could only last a couple of minutes with my wife. While she never complained I'm sure she was frustrated, as was I. Since beginning Paxil, I can last virtually as long as I want in bed- The level of ejaculatory control is amazing. Since my wife is on prozac it takes her a long time to reach orgasm, and I now have no problem holding off until she gets there. Intercourse can easily last longer than 30 minutes. Anyone out there who is suffering from PE, I would highly recommend getting on this med. The only downside has been the lethargy. I am constantly having to battle the urge to nap. 5-Hour Energy helps a great deal. M 34 4 months
25 mg 1X D
 2  anxiety jumpy, numb/tingling hands and feet/ anxiety symptoms getting worse. M 42 2 weeks
25 mg 1X D

 4  bad anxiety and depression Initially some sleepiness but nothing else. Eventually I did gain about 35 lbs. It made me hungry and not as motivated to exercise. If I had to, I would take this again. The only reason I stopped is because of the weight gain and hunger it gave me. Paxil CR saved me when I was only sleeping a few hours a night and having constant anxiety. Whatever you do, do NOT go off of this medicine cold turkey. Do it under an experienced physician (preferably a psychiatrist). There are withdrawals. My dr had me start taking my new med while I was still on the Paxil CR and I tapered over a period of three weeks. I still felt like I had the flu for about a week. But you know, it gave me 10 months of restful sleep and anxiety-free days, so it wasnt all bad. M 38 10 months
25mg 1X D

 2  no, just regular paxil Very lethargic and tired all the time. It was prescribed for anxiety when I began menopause. It relieved the anxiety but in the process made me feel like a zombie. I felt depressed and unmotivated, not to mention the 15lbs I gained. Didn't work for me. Switched to 20 mg of Prozac and feel great! F 46 365 days
30 1X D

 1  anxiety Mind racing - day 2 cold turkey Day 2 of going cold turkey, mind racing, no sleep but I will persist. Happiness is not obesity that is causing my depression F 49 240 days
40mg 1X D

 4  PMDD, Depression, Anxiety First week - some dizziness, blurred vision and extreme exhaustion. After that, loss of libido, crazy dreams, dulled emotions, weight gain, lethargy I took Paxil CR for about 11 months, until I realized it was causing me to gain weight. I was eating healthier than I have my whole life and excercising more, and the weight wouldn't come off. When I asked my dr if I could try another medication, she suggested that I drop down from 12.5 mg to 10 mg. I did lose some weight immediately, but some of it stuck. I finally went down to 5 mg for about a week, then I stopped taking it altogether. I thought since I was on such a low dose and I tapered off of it, that I wouldn't have too bad of a withdrawl. WRONG. Since I stopped Paxil, I have felt like I have the flu - extreme dizziness, nausea, brain "zaps", uncontrollable rage and I will cry at the drop of a hat. Someone compared the withdrawl from Paxil to a heroin withdrawl. I am on day 6 of withdrawl and finally starting to get my appetite back, but still have the dizziness and brain zaps (I get dizzy and hear a clicking noise if I move my head too quickly or my eyes shift too quickly). I've heard withdrawl symptoms can last for weeks, months and even years. This is a SCARY drug. Having said all that, it really did help me with my moods while I was on it. I didn't let things bother me, I didn't obsess over things anymore and I was much calmer overall. I didn't realize how irritable and depressed I was until I wasn't anymore. Once I stopped taking Paxil, my symptoms came roaring back with a vengance. I am thinking about trying Wellbutrin, if my doctor lets me. Or possibly F 36 11 months
12.5 1X D

 5  Anxiety No sex drive, inability to orgasm, emotionless, inability to concentrate Somtimes i think this drug works too well. As in I don't care about much. I went back and forth from 12.5 to 25 mg. Withdrawls are REALLY hard. Ive tried to get off of the drug and just can't. No weight gain, maybe even decreased appetite. Great at combating anxiety, but it really just masks symptoms. F 26 6 years
12.5 1X D

 5  Social Anxiety/Panic Attacks initially--loss of libido, unable to orgasm, vivid dreams, extreme sleepiness now--sexual side effects have decreased. still sleep more than before, but not as much as in the beginning. Weight gain has been the main problem--accrue around 10 lbs a year. Really creeps up if you are not watching. very effective at treating my social anxiety and panic attacks. 31 6 years
25 mg gene 1X D

 4  Depression and panic No side effects Paxil literally saved my life by lessening the severe depression I was having. I'm taking regular Paxil though, not Paxil CR. F 56 8 years
20mgs 1X D

 3  panic attacks,depression sweating,unusual dreams, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn,deep yawning,headaches I started out having alot of panic attacks when I started the medicine, but after six weeks, I have not had a panic attack. I really dont have any emotion, it seems like im just going with the flow throughout my day. F 35 2 months
20mg 1X D
 4  Depression/OCD Lethargy, Loss of libido, my lows aren't as low and my highs aren't as high, loss of emotion, apathy. Never wanted to take this drug long term - have tried to wean myself off slowly twice now but did not have a good reaction to that. I was taking it for depression for 5 years and now because my OCD is becoming more prevalent, they upped my dosage a few days ago and I'm even MORE tired than before. F 27 5 years

 4  depression Burning sensation, stomach problems,double vision on occasions. dry mouth. As i was looking through this reactions of paxil. It is amazing at how many of them I have. I blew it off as something else. I been on paxil for 11 years now. I do have burning sensations in my body, that almost feel like someone has outa lighter to my skin. I have got the out of body experience a couple times in the past 11 years. Of course at this time I get more panic in me. I feel like it was my miracle drug though. I was in a deep depression. I am alot better now,EVEN though I DREAD the withdraws that is coming my way. When I do decide to stop the meds! F 33 11 years

 3  Panic Disorder / Depression Trouble focusing and concentrating. Extreme reduction in sex drive. Sometimes feel emotionless. I want to get off this medication but I am afraid to. I wish I knew a better way to cope. I feel fine while taking it, but I just don't feel "normal". F 38 12 years
 3  Social anxiety Untolerably delayed ejaculation; a bit of lethargy It works but the sexual side effects ARE NOT worth it M 22 3 months

 2  Antidepressant switch Life circumstances beyond control got my Generalized Anxiety Disorder to kick in and I thought that the Zoloft 200 mg had stopped working as well for depression. I took 25 mg at noon. Then after 3-4 hours felt profound anxiety with rapid heartbeat. Spent the whole night overmedicated with Klonopin, Seroquel, and Restoril and just got a lousy six hours and woke up in shivers. I spend an entire day with a feeling of horrible, non-stop panic and a feeling of dread. Panic disorder I don't have, but I felt like it and I can now relate to people with panic disorders. I went back to My Zoloft full dose and still have the Paxil shivers/diarrhea/hyperthyroid, although the shivers will take a bit to die down. Not the best for my hyperthyroid condition. I'm glad I went off. I read about withdrawal and if I have stuck with it for a week, the experience of withdrawing would have been a challenge. F 36 1 days

 5  anxiety disorder/OCD loss of sex drive, dry mouth I have suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD since childhood, and have found Paxil CR to be the best treatment for me. Like most people, I had to try several SSRI medications to find the "right" one for me. Paxil CR effectively controls all anxiety and OCD symptoms for me. The only side effects I experience are a decrease in sex drive & dry mouth. F 32 10 years

 4  Anxiety, depression, insomnia Sedated feeling the first 4-5 days, lower blood pressure and increased hunger, slower pulse on 25mg dose, frequent urination, occaisional brief feelings of panic but they go away quickly and are becoming much less frequent. I just finished the first two weeks of Paxil CR, I was on the 25mg dose the first 10 days but my blood pressure and pulse had gotten kind of low so my doctor reduced it to 12.5mg and that seems to be a better dose for me. Low doses of meds always seem to do better for me. My anxiety level is improving daily and I am ecstatic about that. I wish I had tried this ages ago. I know this med can have bad withdrawal symptoms but, to me, living with anxiety every day of my life is it's own special kind of hell and I am glad this medicine can help me. Nothing so far has helped this much, this early on. Also, my doctor had me taking this in the evening because it can be sedating but that feeling went away and I had to start taking it in the morning or I can't sleep well. F 37 15 days

 4  Depression Worked like a charm the very first dose. First dose I took a "loading" dose of 40mg and I felt tired, but much better. I agree that it takes away your lows but also takes away any highs you might have otherwise felt. I was often said to be a "zombie" with no emotions. My biggest problem, though, were the sexual side effects. It gave me extra stamina but made it harder than hell to reach orgasm! My girlfriend often got frustrated. Wasn't hard to quit cold turkey. As a result, I have been able to take the medication when I feel necessary. I don't believe I had any withdrawal effects unlike my brother who experiences severe headaches and occasional nausea even when he tries to taper down. M 37 1 years
 3  depression/OCD/social phobia apathy, no emotions, inabilty to experience love, barely any feelings. just baseline. it alleviated OCD and anxiety alot, but not completely. overall not a good medicine, by itself. M 18 1 years

 4  Sporadic Depression 1st 2 weeks - dry mouth, loss of appetite, slight nausea in a.m., deep deep yawning. 3 weeks to 7 weeks - increased dosage. Most symptoms from first 2 weeks went away but were replaced with; sweating, loss of orgasm, and the odd deep yawn. Paxil CR has helped me through a very difficult 3 months in my family life and work life. Prior to taking Paxil I was depressed a few times in my life and took Effexor several years ago for 4 months. It was very effective as well but no as much as the Paxil CR. I had similar side effects on Effexor, but was able to achieve orgasm easier than on Paxil CR. Paxil CR has helped me with: 1. What I call "taken the edge off", not every little thing bothers me anymore. 2. I've become more active and have been able to overcome any social networking issues I have, basically I can relax around people in most situations now. 3. Greatly helped me through a difficult situation in my family. 4. I've been able to sleep full nights since taking this, anxiety and worry had me up most nights and I was only getting 2-3 hours sleep before starting Paxil CR. 5. Increased sex drive. My wife is happy with my increased libido, although I have problems with orgasm. I think that most of the side effects that I suffer now will dissipate with time and Paxil CR has worked well for me. M 39 2.5 months

 3   I switched from regular paxil to paxil cr. Yes it does help the anxiety and panic attacks very much but made me severly constipated. F 30 30 days

 4  Anxiety & Depression No real side effects that I can remember. I have been off and on this medication (Paxil CR) a few times over the past 5 years. I didn't have horrible withdrawal when I stopped. I didn't gain weight from the medication either. I did try the generic version of Paxil CR and it didn't work at all for me, it felt like I was taking a placebo. I need to take the Brand name or it doesn't work for me. I know everyone tells you there is no difference in generic and brand name but there is. In reading a lot of the ratings and explanations of issues, I notice the milligrams noted don't all correspond with Paxil CR. I'm wondering if some people are rating Paxil and not Paxil CR. There is a difference. When I took the regular Paxil, it didn't help me much and I did gain weight . . . F 33 5 years

 5  anxiety very few, slight weight gain,delayed ejaculation :) ocassional tiredness ... it works ! was on zoloft which landed me in jail made me freak'n psycotic unable to back down from any confrontation actually hit someone for first time in my life ! but Paxil works great relaxed and happy , but not numb .. FEEL NORMAL ! M 45 6 months
 4  panic attacks,depression Weight gain...And always sleepy. I felt great the first 7 years.I had my life back.however starting to have a few more attacks when out.dr wants to up med.but I am afarid I won't be able to stay awake at work. F 50 7 years

 3  concentration At first I had a crushing head ache. That went away when I lowered the dose. Now I feel extremely tired. I am wondering if I can take a stimulant with it? I really like how I am able to concentrate, but now I fall asleep constantly...so how helpful is it? F 42 1 months

 1  ptsd, anxiety Didn't help me. After 2 years I would say I was definately in a fog, no bad emotions, but no good, and I think a healthy level of ups and downs is what makes us learn and grow as human beings. So, I stopped taking it and, WOW, UNCONTROLABLE RAGE at any tiny random thing, severe headaches and best of all, hallucinations so bad I was terrified to drive bc if I reacted poorly to a hallucination I might endanger someone else's life. I had to take doxepin hcl every other night for 2 weeks to come down off this drug without hurting people, either from being a gigantic jackass or from smaking them upside the head after seeing a 'giant spider' where their bangs used to be. I've been on doxepin for 2 months now and I don't know why I wasted so much time in a fog on Paxil. F 26 2 years

 3  Stress-related anxiety/depression For a couple of days I've had nausea, but overwhelmingly it's the GROGGINESS! The first day, my coworker said I looked like a zombie. This is the 5th day, and I'm going to switch to taking this at night and see if that makes a difference. I'm typically a pretty well-balanced person, although I have a terrible temper and lately, I've been juggling a number of high-stress situations. I asked for Paxil in order to control depression and anxiety at work (praying not to get laid off), but this first week has been rough. My sister has taken it for a long time, and she said for 2 weeks she was very sleepy, but then woke up feeling "normal", which I take to mean good. I'm going to give it another week or two. F 47 5 days
 3  Depression The usual SSRI side effects, but sore knees...to the point where I had to get an MRI as my knees were so swollen. I'm going to have to have surgery now to take the fluid off them! It works for the anxiety. Generally nothing seems to bother me, but at a price - my knees. I mean, I'm limping to the mail box now. Can't walk without a limp. And can't ride my motorcycle anymore. M 40 5 months

 4  anxiety Paxil did cause me to gain weight and loose interest in sex-BUT it worked. At the time, my anxiety was so bad the side effects were worth it. you will experience weight gain and loose interest in sex with this drug, but this drug works. Also taper off of this medication-stopping abruptly can cause dizziness etc. F 37 2 years
 4  anger outbursts paxil 25mg had me sleeping 8 to 9 hrs a day when I was only sleeping 4to 5 hrs prior. There is a long delay or I should say it takes a lot longer to orgasm but 10 mg of cialis keeps the blood flow steady and actually sets me back to younger years. I relate it to ballplayers using steroids to hit home runs. It doesn't matter as long as the fans are satisfied. M 43 7 months

 4  Anxiety, Panic Disorder no libido, unable to achieve orgasm, very tired, no appetite, napping regularly, stiff muscles I am void of panic or anxiety but have lost all other feeling as well. F 36 15 days

 4  Social Anxiety/ Depression diahreeah , loss of sex drive, long time to orgasm I have been on this medicine for probably about 5 months i started off taking paxil cr 12.5 mg and it worked great for about 2 months i stopped taking it and upt the dose to 20 mg but the dr perscribed me tabs so it wasnt a constant release and i became very agitated and really a psycho, he then switched me to 25 mg but CR and it is wonderful has done great things for me, still a lack of sex drive but i can tell it has been coming back ot me more and more over time at first i had complete loss of sex drive so be prepared but it works itself out GOOD LUCK! feel better M 19 5 months


 3  Panic atttacks Inability to achieve erection,orgasm; weight gain My doctor did not mention either the side effects or the issues with withdrawal at the time she started me on it. It has made me unable to achieve a full erection and I am unable to ejaculate. It has actually ended my sex life since I cannot achieve penetration and am no longer able to even masturbate. Be sure you ask your doctor about potential side effects before taking ANY drug. Use the net and do your homework!! My panic attacks were horrible, but now I worry that if I stop the Paxil, the withdrawal will be just as bad, and the attacks might return. Either way, losing your sex life is a high price to pay if there is another way. M 56 4 years
 4  anxiety none coming off paxil is a little rough but i did it cold turkey which is probably not recommended. i may start another cycle in a few weeks because i only gave it about 5 months and my doctor recommended a year. M 35 5 months

 3  Anxiety, Depression Constipation. No libido. Took away the lows but also took away the highs. Lack of concentration. Started on 25mg for about 4 months then 37.5 mg for 2 months. It did a great job at taking away my anxiety. It got rid of the lows from depression but it also took away any highs I had. Couldn't laugh or get excited about anything anymore. Just flew along middle of the road all the time. My wife said it was like talking to a zombie when she talked to me. I'd hear people's voices but couldn't remember anything they said later. I've heard others have great results with Paxil. Just wasn't the drug for me. Trying Zoloft 50mg now. We'll see. M 40 6 months

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