PAXIL CR Reviews

Average Rating: 3.3 (595 Ratings)

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 1  Depression and Panic Disorder decreased libido, completely unable to ejaculate, confusion and just feeling "out of it". This medication was bad all around for me. Did not help my depression or panic attacks at all and made me feel like a zombie. Sexual side effects were intolerable. It was also very difficult to stop taking this drug. Terrible withdrawal syndrome even though I only took it for a few months. M 21 4 months
 5  Anxiety and panic disorder Fatigue only. I am myself now with help of this medication. F 53 21 years
25 mg 1X D
 2  Depression and anxiety Memory is shot. When I half the dose I feel better. I am told I am mean. F 76 3 years
40 mg 1X D
 3  anxiety I feel sleeping mood I m just at start M 49 2 days
12.5 mg
 4  Anxiety Abdominal cramps And sudden pain in abdomin and bloating I was on normal paxil for the back 10 years. But shifted to paxil cr to reduce acidity and gastritis issue. Paxil cr is better for my mood but made my tummy very sensitive and painfull . If any one can help or suggest pls help me. On my email I need to get rid of abd cramps on paxil cr 25 mg . But not on normal paxil 20 mg . 27 3 months
12.5 ,25
 3  Depressive disorder Apathy, weight gain, always tired, out of breath, profuse sweating. This medication is a double edged sword. I experienced a decrease in my anxiety & depression. The negative effects were feeling numb, no libido, zombie like duh feeling & I sweat all the time! F 44 3 years
30 MG 1X D
 4  Ocd and ptsd No side effect. Is gud med. M 25 9 months
 4  ocd Vomiting and tiredeness M 2 months
 4  General anxiety disorder Weight gain Been on and off over 20 years. Have tried 3 or 4 others. Haven't worked.Still worry and have panic attacks on occasion. Hard on my partner to deal with sometimes.Doesn't understand me. M 56 10 years
25mg cr
 5  anxiety caused by menopause Some weight gain, tiredness in the beginning Complete life saver. Take it at night and it works best. I stayed at lowest dose and let my body get used to it. It did not take the full 6 weeks to work for me--saw great results sooner. I have zero anxiety now. F 55 1.5 years
12.5 1X D
 5  OCD On and off this drug for 8 years, in that I went off of it once for a few months. I'd been on for a good few years before going off and had zero withdrawal or problems going off it by tapering down. For now, I need Paxil and Seroquel to have a decent quality of life, as off the drug, my anxiety rules my mind with obsessive horrible thoughts that plague me. The only side effects I have are slightly delayed orgasm and mild constipation. Paxil CR is well tolerated by me and as you can see, I've been on it uninterrupted for about 6 years. When I went off of it briefly, my OCD came back back on it. M 40 8 years
32.5mg 1X D
 5  Depression Stomach and constipation problems. Worked very well for me. F 60 4 years
5mg. 1X D
 2  for head ache i have gain too much weight when i use this pills notthing 23 1 days
25 mg
 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

PAXIL CR  (PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  Paroxetine is used to treat depression, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain. Paroxetine is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. Paroxetine may lessen premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, increased appetite, and depression.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)