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Paxil is a drug that was released by the Glaxo SmithKline corporation aimed at fighting depression. The FDA approved Paxil for research in 1992. In May of 1996 Paxil was approved for the treatment of panic disorder and OCD. Paxil is a member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family, which increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells. Official Paxil Website
If you or someone you know has had a problem with Paxil feel free to call the advertising section of FDA at (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240.
Paxil Feedback and Side Effects

I can't believe all of us are going through this.
Why didn't our doctors tell us what would happen?
I'm so pissed off. I tried to wean myself off of this drug & it was a complete nightmare. The pains in my head, the noises in my head, the sadness, & nausea I couldn't funtion. I went back on it. I have 3 kids & a full time job. I can't be laying around with these withdrawl symptoms. I gained 60 lbs since I've been taking paxel. I've never had a weight problem in my life. I'm waiting for life to hopefully calm down so I can try again to wean off this medicine. My daughter has a drug addiction & her doctor prescribed paxel for her. I wouldn't fill it for her knowing what this would do to her.

Posted by: cathy at July 12, 2005 3:38 PM

just surfing around looking for some web info that is not the typical doom and gloom about paxil.
Like Brooke, I was prescribed paxil for the severe post partum depression which was waiting for me on the other side of my delivery.
It has saved my marriage, my relationship with my baby and possibly my life. I am grateful.
I feel like trying to get off of it is like pole vaulting into the dark and have been told that I should probably always take it, at least around my psycho,er I mean, cycle times.
If I have another child, I am hoping to be off the stuff and will be okay if I do not have another child because of my brain chemistry limitations. The real nightmare has been my family doctor and her arrogance of knowing exactly what I need for my Ďdiabetes of the brainĎ as she calls it. I am looking for a new doc who may have a more refreshing point of view. Psychopharmiceuticals are not for wimps and I have had to grow up ALOT!

Posted by: Lisa H. at July 13, 2005 8:48 PM

Tremendous weight gain, sinous problems and lack of sex drive. The worst of all is that you get a big belly and huge breasts. I ended up being hesitant to take off my shirt even at the beach. It was a hell for me but panic attacks did go away.

Posted by: John at July 16, 2005 4:39 PM

Hello Everyone, 2 years ago I suffered terribly from Panic Disorder and was put on Paxil 20mgs when I found out I was pregnant with my 3 child and my last. the paxil has turned my life around I am able to leave the home and really supports the depresson side, however I can't lose weight and I am gaining it now, I was always little ~petite~ and now I am not, I want to get off of the Paxil but the hear of all of my panic coming back scares the hell out of me, does anyone have any other suggestions for me or a med that you would think would help as well as Paxil? please email me and let me know
Thanks everyone

Posted by: Tracie at July 19, 2005 4:52 PM

I am now going off the paxel but under my doctor's supervision. So far i am having no problems but i am walking 3 miles every night. I have still weight to loose but I am trying to eat healthier. When I read about people that have such terrible side effects I wonder if they let the doctor know about problems. I will be glad to get off this medicine and I do realize taking a pill is not going to solve my problems but I also know there are people that do need to talk with medical proffessionals while on medication.

Posted by: sherri at July 25, 2005 7:41 PM

Thank you to all who have shared their words and wisdom. As depression affects many, and is acknowledged by few, I found this site to be helpful...if only I knew now what I did then. paxil placed a large cationic Band-Aid on my personal turmoil for the duration of 13 months. Up to 40mg/day I tapered off just how the medical world had advised. I finished my nursing degree at the age of 25 and thought I could kick the paxil.
THIS DRUG DID NOT MAKE SENSE! I had gained 28 lbs. eating well balanced meals, dropped my grades by 1.0 (3.? from 4.o likely d/t poor memory and concentration levels) broke up with my partner (no sexual desire) therefore, my conclusion was that I needed to regain control of my life from the dreaded clutches of paxil.
Coming down/major withdrawal: loss of bowel control, diarrhea, sweats, nightmares, massive confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, uncontrollable crying, N&V.
July 26/2005 and I am 21 days clean and right back to the gaping wound that my paxil Band-Aid had covered all these months. This sucks, I feel like a socially accepted junkie, out of control and now I need to "choose" to take more drugs??? I will never recommend this drug to my friends, family, client's or patients.

Posted by: meg at July 26, 2005 10:18 AM

Was just looking around the web for some Paxil information..
I wanted to leave a positive comment here too.

About three years ago...I was finally put on Paxil for my GAD and mild depression/anxiety.

It saved my life.

I had suffered for years (like 30!) with anxiety and such but never knew there was help.

I took Paxil for about a year, it was like I finally, after so long...saw the light. - but then I had to stop taking because I was a struggling single mom who could not afford it.

It was the worse mistake of my life. Everything returned. The dread, the anxiety, etc...

I called my NP last week, I will finally, after almost two years of anxiety/depression - be going on Paxil again.

For some this helps so many...and for others it does not. I am so very lucky that for me it helps with my anxiety and such.

Posted by: Silver Ravynne at July 28, 2005 4:14 PM

I have suffered cyclical depression since age 18, and am now 48 years of age. I began taking paxil eight years ago and experienced relief within a few weeks. I do not feel numbed emotionally at all, as some people describe. I am still able to be sad, and down when theres a reason to be. Paxil has allowed me to be myself full time instead of 1/2 the time. I can now comfortable accept social engagements instead of wondering if I'm going to have a depressive episode which usually lasted 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. My sister also has depression and responds to paxil successfully. I have not had side effects such as weight gain,however I do eat very healthy and I exercise daily. I highly recommend Paxil for people with cyclical depression. It has broken my cycle of depression, and continues to do so after 8 years.

Posted by: laurie at August 11, 2005 12:08 AM

I started taking Paxil 4 months ago for general anxiety, and a never ending adrenalin drive that caused my blood pressure to rise at times of high stress. It has been great!! My BP is down, I sleep very well and my personality is much calmer. On the downside, it can impair sexual climax, but by dropping the dosage slightly for a couple days before, that can be remedied. I hope that after a year of so of adjusted metablism, I may wean off completely.

Posted by: Rick at August 25, 2005 3:48 PM

I suffer from Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder. My doctor prescribed Paxil CR. I have been taking Paxil CR for 1 month as of today and I have not felt this normal in several years! The only thing I notice is that I have occassional headaches but nothing too bad. I have so much patience now and look forward to things I haven't looked forward to in a long time. It's great being ME again! My doctor said it would take about 3 weeks for me to feel normal and that is exactly right. In 3 weeks I started feeling back to normal. It took every bit of those 3 weeks. In the 3 weeks I went through major ups and downs but I knew there would be light at the end of the tunnel and there was.

Posted by: Micha at August 29, 2005 9:27 PM

I started taking Paxil about a month ago. I have begun to feel a little better, but am considering talking to my doctor next week about switching to something with fewer side effects. The biggest side effect that I have noticed is the fatigue. There are some days when I feel tired all day. The fatigue factor has worn off a little bit, but I wonder if it will ever really go away if I continue to stay on Paxil. I cannot afford feeling tired with 2 small children. My mind still continues to race with anxiety on some days. I have been reading others' comments on Paxil and have noticed a lot of people talk about weight gain. I have not had any problems with weight gain even though I have a healthy appetite. I am fairly active, though, and have never really had an issue with my weight.

Posted by: Angela at August 30, 2005 4:46 PM

Hi, I am currently on seroxat and have been for 7 years. I have found that this is the only way to deal with my panic attacks. Since taking this drug I have been able to get on with my life. However, many doctors keep saying different things in regards to taking this drug. Some are saying that my condition may be hereditory(chemical imbalance) there fore I may never be able to come off it and others have said I should come off the tablets yet everytime I have tried it has resulted in my life being turned completely upsie down and not being able to leave the house to get to work. Please could some one clear up the confusion. I would quite happily take this medicine as it has a very positive effect. However is it safe to take forthe rest of my life. Please respond Thanks Andrea

Posted by: andrea scott at September 7, 2005 7:09 AM

I have recently been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I think it started when I moved down to Pennsylvania from the NY/NJ area to get married. Slowly, my mind and spirit became crushed and I forgot how to be happy again. Just recently, I found my depression to be getting worse with bouts of anxiety that lead me to seclude myself from others, even my newly wed husband. I started on Lexapro and found that it was way to strong for me (I'm 1/2 asian and am very sensitive to meds). The first couple nights I took it, I couldn't sleep and felt like there was a subway running through my body. My doc dropped the dose, but I still had bad effects.

So she tried me on Paxil. I took it for 2 days while doing as much research as I could on this drug. There are so many horrible side effects and withdrawl symptoms that I did not want to take it any longer. This could potentially lead to a bigger problem and I wasn't ready for that.

So I did some more research and found that caffeine can break down the vitamin B complexes in your body. These vitamins are responsible for keeping a healthy mind. Previously I wasn't taking any vitamin supplements and drinking a lot of coffee and soda.

Now that I've changed my habits... take a daily women's vitamin from GNC that has all of the B-Complexes, stopped drinking caffeinated coffee and soda, and trying to get in some physical exercise every day, I have been feeling soooo much better. Of course there are those issues of leaving my old life behind, but now I have a clear head to do so. No more anxiety attacks, no more feeling like I don't want to be around anyone, etc.

I would suggest to those who have depression to take a look at what your eating, drinking, and putting into your body first. All of these new antidepressants do have side effects that you may feel now or when you start to come off the drug.

I don't think it's worth it!

Kim from Pennsylvania

Posted by: Kim at September 8, 2005 9:48 AM

i was prescribed paroxetine 20mg for anxiety attacks 13th july 2005 the first day i took it i felt very sick,the 2nd day i was very nervous and didnt want to talk to anyone,the 3rd day i was to scared to go out of the house,the 4th day was hell i felt suicidal for the first time in my life i wanted to kill my newborn baby i hated him so much i couldnt look at him,i experienced extreme panic attacks all through that night also,i didnt sleep at all,i didnt take anymore of the paroxetine after that,,its now 11th september so nearly 2 months ago since i took it and im still very ill from it i am so off balance 24/7 i go to bed dizzy and get up in the morning dizzy,,i have lost 2 stone in weight, i am extremely anxious 24/7 and very shaky,all through taking paroxetine for 4 days!!! i was perfectly healthy and LOVING life with my new baby until i took paroxetine,,now it has ruined my life,,im just starting to wonder if these after effects will ever go away or if im left with them for life,,i need my normal,happy,outgoing,loving self back soon before i go absolutly crazy,,DONT TAKE THIS DRUG!!!ITS EVIL!!!

Posted by: leanne at September 11, 2005 4:48 PM

I have been on paxil for 6 mos. now and feel so much less anxious and depressed- not a total cure, but nothing is. If i miss a dose or two, I get extreme vertigo (cant stand up or I fall down) and a hollow feeling in my head. I also get extremely horrific nightmares when I forget to take it, crying out and all. I am scared to get off of it!!!

Posted by: Whitney at September 13, 2005 11:42 PM

I took paxil for around 3 months for stress. In the third month I yelled at my girlfriend "what in the hell is your problem!" (to which she found amusing and laughed at me). I went back to my room, came back out and asked what I just did cause for the life of me I don't know why I got mad. This drug can make people have pshycotic episodes and I highly recomend not taking it. The withdrawl was kinda neat too. Felt like some one was following me around with a cattle prod and hitting me in the head with it every 5 min. I'm on my second day of lexapro now and im about to throw those in the trash if I can stay awake that long. I don't understand why doctors are giving people having stress or anxiety attacks SSRIs.

Posted by: Trlckykid at September 14, 2005 2:25 PM

I've suffered from depression since I entered menopause 8 years ago. I'm a professional mental health counselor with a history of physical and mental health. Paxil was perscribed to me and I took it for 1-1/2 weeks. I remember almost nothing of that time. My dreams were so vivid and real that I was not able to differenciate between my dream state and reality. I developed dangerous psychotic symtoms. If I were not a trained professional I might have continued on this drug expecting relief. I am horrified that this drug is being perscribed without daily follow-up from a doctor. It is very dangerous in my opinion.

Posted by: at September 15, 2005 5:58 PM

How long after you start the first does of Paxil CR 25 mgs. start feeling the changes??

Posted by: Mansilla at May 8, 2006 12:27 AM

How long after you start the first does of Paxil CR 25 mgs. start feeling the changes??

Posted by: Mansilla at May 8, 2006 12:27 AM

I have been on Paxil for at least 6 years. It has given me my life back.

Posted by: at May 17, 2006 1:31 AM

i have depression/ panic attacks. the attacks are pritty bad, i don't go to stores, i make my boyfriend do all of the shopping. i don't go that far, i stay right here in the neighborhood, if i go far, i start to feel panicky and just want to go home where i feel is the safest place. i am 28/female. since i was 19,i got the deprovera birth control shot off and on for several yrs. and every time i got the shot i would get very very bad panic attacks, they would disappear after the depo shot was completley out of my system. well, since i couldn't handle the shot, after i had my daughter in 2004, i got my tubes tied and now the panic attacks and depression are worse than ever. it seems weird that every time i have somehing done to me that involves messin with my female organs (overies), this crap happens. now, i am considering getting a tubal reversal(untied). hopefully i will get back to my normal self. i don't want to take any anti-deppresants. it's to fake to me!!!! i've tried st. john's wort, it really helped with my depression, but not my anxiety. eating tuna or fish stix really makes me feel better.

Posted by: mia at June 19, 2006 1:09 PM

oh ya, if they tell you that you have a chemical imbalance, which "chemical" would that be? i heard that depression and anxiety are an under lying sign of a disease that you may have and you may not know it. could be thyroid, or magnesuim deficincy. before you get on anti-depressants, make sure to get some blood work done, just to be sure nothing "major" is wrong with your body.

Posted by: at June 19, 2006 1:16 PM

I can say that this drug DID help me while on it.
But coming off of it I found myself getting addicted to opiates to calm the effects of withdrawal from Paxil.
Im not blaming Paxil for this. Just stating what I did to get off of Paxil wasn't worth taking it in the first place.

Posted by: David at July 10, 2006 1:28 PM

I was put on Paxil CR for panic disorder that came on one day out of no where. I have been on it for just over 1 month now and have been sick to my stomach,Tired and the panic attacks keep coming.And after reading hereI now realize why I'm gaining so much weight.
This obviously isn't the drug for me.
Is there an easy way to come off of it?
I told my Dr. that my sister took Paxil for her panic disorder and his response was wanna try it heres a prescription.
He didn't talk to me about it at all.

Posted by: Mary at July 18, 2006 10:55 AM

I have had anxiety disorder since I was 26. It got really bad when I was 32 & had to quit work. I am still now working. My dilemma is not panic attacks it's this wierd feeling in my head that changes in ways & intensity that I cannot describe. Paxil was such a blessing in my life but for some reason after a year it stopps working. I have been trying to heal without it & I have been off it for a year & a half with NO LIFE, no outside world hardly. I have never enjoyed anything without feeling wierd in my head. Do you guys suggest another drug or should I just go on Paxil again & buy myself some more time. I have done so much counselling, I no longer have anxiety, anger or any issue but because I did in the past it reprogrammed my brain to have these symptoms all the time. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Elise Monte at August 3, 2006 4:34 PM

Some days I feel great. Other days I feel like I want to lay in bed all day or veg out on the couch in front of the TV. My panic attacks are leveling out and I must say that I feel a lot better. I got this stupid idea to stop Paxil CR one day. I never dreamed of all the horrible things that would happen to me. I started off feeling nautious. I thought it was the flu. I threw up a bit and slept for 12 hours. I called in sick to work. The next day I felt dizzy but able enough to go to work. On the drive to work I had to pull over several times because it was like everything was swirling around. I eventually got to work and I had INTENSE Vertigo. I felt like I was falling backwards in my chair. I heard scratching noises in my head and it felt as if my whole body was on pins and needles. I was paranoid. I felt like a junkie. I cried and sweat until i could sweat no more.

I ended up doing some research online and found out it was withdrawl symptoms.I was very sick and afraid. I felt betrayed by my doctor.

I am still on paxil, 60 mgs (1 40mg pill and 1 20mg pill). I take it every night before bed.

I hate them because of the addiction my body has to them but I love them because they help me to somewhat free myself from depression's grip.

Posted by: Jenine at August 14, 2006 2:10 PM

hi ive started taking paxil becasue i started having panic attacks and panic disorder, i fel tense in the throat, anxiety all day and soemotimes shortness of breath, iw ould like to know if possible for someone to tell me , if one can have a due date per say, of how long this will last, ive been having it for almost 6 motnhs now, and am taking paxil and xanax, does it ever go away??

Posted by: luis at August 15, 2006 12:15 AM

I DID IT!!! I want everyone to know that after six years on 40mg of Paxil I was able to ween myself off! I cut my dosage down by 5mg every 7 days. It wasnt easy, every 5mg down my withdrawal symptoms got a little harder to overcome and 10mg was the worst but honestly it was nothing I couldnt tolerate; on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the hardest, I would say the hardest it ever was was a 6, and that was at the 10mg mark. I have been completely off of Paxil for 2 weeks good luck to everyone, it can be done, just be patient, resolve yourself to letting the paxil go. Give it a try, cut down your dosage by 5mg every 7 days, or go more days if you need it. I would start my new lower dosage every Monday so therefore Weds and Thurs were always my most difficult days (as far as withdrawal symptoms go) but I did it, it can be done....GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Posted by: dawn at August 26, 2006 3:52 AM

Seroxat has been amazing for me... got me through many periods of depression and anxiety. My doctor's always very careful to wean me onto it, and then wean me very slowly off it when the time's right. If i try to stop taking it too quickly then I do get the classic shocks in the head side-effect. I'm very thankful for this drugs existence, but I know people have had problems with it and therefore describe it as evil. There's no drug on the planet that suits everyone, and this one is doing some pretty hardcore stuff to your brain. I think it's often the doctors at fault for not giving proper advice on adverse affects and what to do if you have them... i.e. go back and look at trying something different. As for stopping, I take 30mg when I'm on it, and wean myself off very gradually over about 2 months. Never had any problems doing it that way, and I've been taking them off and on for over 10 years. I wish I didn't have to take anything, but it's the only thing that's helped at times.

Posted by: Richard at October 2, 2006 8:17 AM

I am 34 yrs old and have been suffering with panic disorder for 10 years now. I have tried all the natural approaches but none of them work for me. I have tried prozac paxil, paxil cr and zoloft. I have had terrible side effects with all of them. I recently tried taking paxil cr 12.5 mg. i cannot not even try to explain the headache i got days into the medication. i took it for 4 weeks and today my doctor told me to stop completely. my head feels tight. my lower bach ached everytime i took a pill within a 1/2 hour. i dripped sweat and coulnt catch my breath. it actually caused me to experience more anxiety from it. the stuff is toxic and i dont reccommend it to anyone!

Posted by: Dawn Semach at November 7, 2006 7:04 PM

I have just started ti take paxil 5mlgs to start, and then my doc would like me to up it to 10mlgs, in 2wks, i have had panic attacks and social anxiety for 18yrs, i have heard good and not so good things, i hope this works for me.
I have had no side effects yet in 3dys of it, so i dont feel i should really experience any now, this shpuld have already shown me something, if it was going to react, sometimes i feel tired, but thats okay. I also take clonazapam, low dose till paxil gets in me, how long does this take for paxil to get in your system? thanks terrylynne

Posted by: Terryl at November 18, 2006 11:49 AM

I have been on Paxil for 6 months and I have no motivation to do anything and an always tired and have gained 30 lbs!! I want to try something else and am very concerned about going off Paxil. This drug is a nightmare that should never have been allowed to be prescribed to the public and although it helped my major depressionin the short term, it really is not helping now. I hate to say it but in a small way i wish I was like I was before Paxil.

Posted by: Gary Wilson at January 3, 2007 7:59 AM

After having just read the blogs posted on Paxil, I have to say that I feel totally betrayed by my doctor (whats new!) and that the lack of information portrayed to me in regards to this medication is deeply frustrating. I have had anxiety my whole life and would have not started taking medication had it not been for the fact that I was having constant chest pains, shortness of breath, HORRIBLE anxiety and inceased heart rate. Finally, after 22 years, I decided I would give medications a shot...starting with Buspirone, then Zoloft, and then to Paxil and Xanex. I specifically told my doctor that I was very fearful of getting on anything that I would have addictions to, especially coming from an increadibly addictive background. I was given no warnings concerning side effects. If I miss a single dose (30mg sid), I get increadibly dizzy, nauseous, and feel "fuzzy" in my head. I have also felt "out of my skin" so to speak, although I am not totally sure if this is due to the medication. I have also been experiencing exponential weight gain, and have only just thought it may be due to the medication, which has now been confirmed...which, more or less makes me want to kick my f*&%$ing doctors ass...especially when I asked him for all the information...this weight gain has been increasing despite a very healthy diet, 2hr gym work outs five days a week for over two months now and a decrease in the quantity of food I take in. After reading I am scared to stop it. How about this for a thought....general practitioners should not be able to prescribe medications like this, a therapist who actually cares about your well being should...and secondly, although therapists can prescribe medications, its totally rediculous that my (and most people's I would assume)health care doesn't cover such visits! Research this drug before you take does help with anxiety etc...but, honestly, now I'm wondering if it was worth it at all. Lastely, it definatly does have an effect on your sex drive. Honestly, I would rather be anxious with chest pains occasionally, then a fat, addicted blob with no sex drive.

Posted by: Jessica at February 26, 2007 10:51 PM

I have been on Paxil for six years. I have a long history of depression and only started taking meds for it six years ago. It has made a huge, positive difference, and makes it possible for me to have a full and worthwhile life. I have not suffered from many side effects except for restless legs. No weight gain, agitation, or anything else. I realize that this med is not for everyone, but for certain people, it can make a huge difference. It's a life saver.

Posted by: Jennifer at April 12, 2007 4:20 PM

Many people who take Paxil or other antidepressants often have little knowledge of the important role specific nutrition and supplementation plays in depressive/anxiety disorders, especially when taking medication. Unfortunately, most psychiatrists and other medical practitioners
who dispense the meds are even more in the dark about this. As an example some people are sensitive to carbohydrates, even the 'healthy' ones which can play havoc with the blood sugars resulting in anxiety attacks. Food allergies can also lead to depressive states. Because the information in this area is simply to large to include here I would recommend that people do their own homework over this. You might be suprised in what you find and what you can do to help youself.

Posted by: Rob at June 21, 2007 10:58 AM

I have been on this drug for three days now and already I am sweating like a pig despite being in air conditioning, nauseous, light headed, dizzy and drooling like crazy during my sleep. I wasn't expecting these side effects to take place so intensely and so quickly! i'm only on 12.5 mg's- my doc says i may only have to be on these pills for 4-6 weeks. i'm a petite gal who is horrified of weight gain and withdrawal side effects. any advice?

Posted by: jzero at July 19, 2007 12:19 PM

hi my mom is on paxil for 3 weeks. no difference yet. how long does it take to work into the system? she seems to be extremely forgetful. very unusual - this happened almost overnight. any suggestions. thanks

Posted by: joyce at July 29, 2007 8:53 PM

I have been on paxil 3 years ago, it was fine for me, gave me a normal life, but my mom made me stop cuz she thought I was getting addicted. Anyway, to make a long story short, I switched to Cymbalta. The first year, it was fine, but then it got worse, and worse. I got off of it, and now I take Paxil again. I started on 12.5mg, I was taking that for 2 weeks, then I tried the 25mg, for one day, but I started the panic, dizzy, headache, lightheaded, etc, so I went back do3wn to 12.5mg the next day. Now since that day I took 25mg, it has been one week and 2 days with the 12.5mg. I juststarted getting the terrible headaches, and lightheadedness, and the feeling like I will pass out again. I had this feeling for 3 days now. I think the 25mg messed up the rhythm I had going, because after a week and a half of when I started on Paxil again, I was ok for a good week straight, and now I am getting all these stupid, horrible side effects again. The whole week I felt fine I wasn't eating too much bread, or cheese, and now I noticed I have been eating bread a little too much now. I think it may be because of what I eat as well as the 25mg pill I took. What do you think? Any suggestions? Thanks.

Posted by: Gabriel at February 1, 2008 11:47 PM

My name is Jamie Johnson and Im 25 years old. I have been living with depression for what seems to be a very long time. I am sick and tired of feeling this way, I dont even know what else to try. I am currently taking zoloft, an anti-depressant. It seems to be helping me a little but am still feeling down sometimes. I have been looking into alternative treatments, something to add on to what I am already doing. So now, with my therapy and medication..I also found out about certin stones that can help with mood and negative energy, I decided to try those as well. I now have been wearing my "healing bracelet", as I like to call it for 2 weeks. I can honestly say I feel a little better, I actually think this thing is helping. I now have been recommending them to other girls in my weekly depression group, because if it can help me, maybe it could help you. Im not saying that there magic or should take the place of medication or therapy, but every little bit helps, if you know what I mean. I am just gratefull that I have started to feel a little better, because I get so sick of feeling down all the time. Also, it really sucks because it feels like now one understands.

Posted by: jamie at February 16, 2008 5:06 PM

how long does it take for paxil to kick in?
What dossage is recommended?
Ive been taking anti anxiety (clonazepam),
for gAD ..
social phobies
Consetration problems
Unreasonable worry about a number of events, inability to control the worry
sad depressed

Posted by: oliver at February 19, 2008 2:24 PM

I also have to comment on the effects of paxil. I have had all the effects -- nauseous, dizziness, tremors, joint pains, etc. I started taking it due to continued anxiety and depression that's been going on for years but I kept ignoring it and it turned into agoraphobia (sp?). The only difference I have that is not common with those who have given their responses is that I have no appetite. I had this problem before taking the medication but the nauseous feelings have made it worse. My world is always clouded with this medication with ups and downs and lack of concentration.

If Rob from 6/21/07 is reading this, please email me. I think I have some food allergies.

Posted by: dee at March 12, 2008 5:35 PM

I was just wondering when paxil really starts working good and when is the full effect from it.

Posted by: sheila at April 12, 2008 8:19 PM

(Paxil)Waaaaan!!!! I here all this complaining, but I will tell you this.....It's better than the panic attacks......I know from experience. And If your gaining weight well don't blame it on the drug just quit feeding your face and exercise....

Posted by: Chris at May 21, 2008 7:15 AM

Sometimes in anybody's life you must make serious decisions, especially if on that depends the quality of your own existence. paxil is a drug that generally works in people with panic and anxiety disorders...It worked for me once and I expect it will work this time again (after more than 10 years without using it).
However, It has been my experience as a herbalist that sometimes depresion and anxiety disorders [in women] have their roots in hormonal imbalances.
If you're a female with PMS -menstrual pains, water retention, mood changes and sugar cravings,etc- before yiour menses, I suggest you treat yourselves with medicinal roots capable of bringing your hormones back to balance.

I recommend you start with DONG QUAI [angelica] one capsule with your breakfast and use any progesterone cream twice a day.

I've seen countless results in women whose depresive syntoms were rooted in hormonal imbalances.

Remember this: neither your best endocrinologist nor your personal gynecologist or even your most highly qualified psichiatrist won't be able to fix the problem I've just mentioned above... and WHY?

Because they will only treat your sysntoms instead of the cause.

Do yourselves a favor... begin balancing your hormones with those two natural supplements, -remember that you don't have to leave your antidepressive drugs while using them- I've seen miracles happen before.

Good luck!

Posted by: Mike at August 11, 2008 5:18 PM

I am 21 years old and suffer from anxiety. I started taking 1 20mg paxil yesterday and I hated the symptoms. I was sweating.dry mouth.diarreha, and flashes. So I stopped taking it today and feeling much better. Think I will just stick to my xanax cause paxil is just so horrible, the feeling is just so uncomfortable, and the withdraw of it is even worse. I would not recomment paxil, xanax seems tp help anxiety a lot, and with the paxil I couldn't eat anything and today I could barely get out of bed but finally started moving a little, hopefull my 2nd day without taking it ill feel a lot better.

Posted by: jason at August 22, 2008 11:19 PM

i have been on 20mg paxil. felt great for a year. one day, i got so angry and stressed. THE AD relapsed. why? how long does it take for paxil to re-kick in?

Posted by: Khales at August 27, 2008 2:12 PM

I have been on Paxil for about 3 years. I have suffered from IBS and anxiety for about 15 years. I would not go to social functions and find excuses to avoid them. Eventually my anxiety started to creep into my every day life. I started to hyperventalate and feel tingling in my face. Finally, my doctor prescribed Paxil and it is the first time in a long time that I felt normal. I did gain about 10 pounds, but have been able to control it through weight watchers. It does take about 3-4 weeks to feel the effects.

Posted by: Chris at August 29, 2008 6:24 PM



Posted by: PAM at September 21, 2008 6:02 AM

Hey, I just wanted to give some of you guys hope good feedback about paxil.

When I was 17 I had very severe panic disorder with agoraphobia and a whole list of other diagnoses to go with it.

I didn't tolerate any of the medications they tried me on, I became addicted to the many tranquilizers they had me on and within a month I was house bound and a month after that I was in a hospital.

I had the stranges phobias (thinking there was LSD on everything I touched, that water had chemicals in it that would harm me, that I would lose control of my mind and start biting off body parts, etc)

More than once I was "sedated" on 2mg of introveinous atavan and was still concious and aggitated. Most people would have been very much so asleep. That is how severe my anxiety was. I had panic attacks every few minutes all day and all night long.

And then I got into a real treatment center that treated the whole person. They made me leave the center to go to AA, NA, meeting even though I didn't consider myself an alcoholic and made me exercise and eat right.

They started me on 5mg of paxil a day (which was all that I could tolerate) and started to wean me off the benzos.

And by the time I was on 20mg for about three weeks I was ready to go home. Benzo free and all.

I had almost no side effects from the paxil aside from the visual disturbances and anxiety of getting on it. Getting on any medication has always been a bitch for me and my anxiety level is usually very high. I still wanted to have sex, I still wanted to paint, I did gain some weight but not for like 5 years when I was pregnant, so I'm gonna attribute that to the baby.

And with very few relapses, meaning one or two panic attacks in the following years that didn't even phase me, I was completely panic free.

I was on paxil for ten years. And I had tried several times to get off it and when I tried I experience the usual barage of withdrawel effects. I spoke to my dr and then a lawyer about his and at the time, NO ONE had ever heard of paxil withdrawl. I bet that lawyer regrets telling me that he didn't think I had a valid claim considering the class actions suits that followed.

And then I just went with it. I was at a thereputic dose of 40 mgs a day and I was just like a regular person.

So heres the good stuff....I got off of paxil, almost 10 years to the month by starting cymbalta. I was taking 40 mg of cymbalta for about 6 months and slowly I noticed that I didn't have to take my paxil at exactly the same time everyday. I found myself splitting it in half. And within a span literally two weeks I went from 40mg to 0mg. It was unbeleivable. And then a few months later, I just stopped taking the cymbalta cold turkey.

I had a few brain zaps, but not as bad or as frequent as they had been.

And I was drug free for a year.

Until recently when some a-hole pulled my shirt down to look at my tattoo on my chest and my ptsd caused a complete relapse of my panic disorder.

So here I am again, trying to re-adjust to the paxil. But its not that bad this time around. I took 5mgs for a week then went up to ten for a few days, then up to fiveteen, then twenty. Everytime I go up, I have a few days of feeling very spacey and having high anxiety, and then it goes away. I'm trying to remember all my skills and take my medicine as prescribed. I'm actually more fearful of taking my Xanax because I have to take so much of it for it to be affective. It will actually make my anxiety worse sometimes. I'm trying really hard to believe that it will work for me and that it won't get bad again. I have a very understanding if not annoyed boss, a loving boyfriend, a kickass dog, and a mother (3000 miles away)who knows how to support me through all this. I'm doing my tapping (eft) and it offers some relief.

That aside, I've decided that this time around, that I probebly won't ever be off the paxil again for the rest of my life. And I'm at peace with that. My old dr., who is amazing but retired told me once that for some people, taking an anti-depressant can be like taking insulin....NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL. And this was a man who prescribed evening primrose oil for my pms related depression, so not your average pharmawhore, more of an alternative medicine type.

So keep your chin up people.

I promise that nothing stays bad forever. You just have to be stronger than you ever thought you could or would have to be. And no, its not fair. And yes, it could get worse, but you will deal with that too if it comes to that. But even that won't stay the same. That is how life is. Its balance. And you will find it. But right now, this is your time to suffer. And one day, it will be your turn to rule again. Mental illness is not a plague, it is a test of your vulnerability and strength as a human, and by feeling your pain, and being empowed by it, you are passing that test. And you'll have a new depth to you that most other people don't when all this is said and done. Take it from someone who had a phobia of falling asleep, who was in the e.r. every other day, who LOST EVERYTHING...that it does come back and gets even better then you could have imagined.

Worse comes to worse, this time around, I'm gonna move back in with my parents and start colleting cats and take a whole shit load of drugs. Thats my safety net.

But until then, I'm not giving up without a fight. And you'll have to pry my paxil bottle from my cold dead fingers.

Posted by: jeny at October 16, 2008 2:17 PM

I've read so many of the comments but I haven't had the weight gain. I'm still a size 5/6. Wish my boobs would grow, but even that hasn't happened! Anyway, it has made the anxiety go away, the panic attacks. I'm only on 10mg which seems low compared to most others, but it works.

I must say though, if I'm even a slight bit late taking it...I hate the loopy dizzy feeling I get. I did once try to stop taking it and was physically ill. It was like the detox you see in the movies.

Eventually I want to stop taking them, or at least go down to 5mg. I figure that will happen when I no longer work and don't have to park in a parking garage (I was raped in a parking lot years ago).

Posted by: Rika at November 27, 2008 4:12 PM

Been on PAxil for a month now. was on it many years ago and gained weight. it also helped me through my worst depression ever, but now i am back into a bad depression, i wanted to ask when does the weight gain start, because i do not remember at all. I know the begining makes you lose your apitite, confused, please help

Posted by: Donna at February 2, 2009 6:16 PM

I started taking PAXIL 10 days ago, and taking 20mg. I have so many side effects like blur vison , fatigue, sweat.. and iam more nervous and anxious than before talking the medication that was going to cure my anxiety.

Will this get better in a few days time? or should i just stop now ....cos it feels so muc worse, 10 days if hell......will it get better? please help..

Posted by: Neil at February 23, 2009 3:42 AM

I just started to take Paxil one week ago, and I am very , very tired, and feel lifeless, also my appetite has decreased,, will these symptons subside at some point,,

Posted by: Nancy at April 14, 2009 2:55 PM

hi there i been on paxil cr 25 mg for nine weeks and i get dizzy when i go out side form time to time and when i drive also. does this side effect ever fad away??? thank you

Posted by: HECTOR. E at May 19, 2009 12:20 PM

It would be nice to hear something besides pissing and moaning about Paxil, that's all I see at every site I go to - Paxil has worked excellent for me, more for anxiety and depression and I'd probably be dead without it.

Posted by: Travis at July 11, 2009 9:35 PM

i have tried many meds, buspar, wellbutrin, serzone, prozac, zoloft cant remember the rest. paxil worked really well for me, i felt like i was having a breakdown and couldnt cope anymore. the only side effect i ever had was once in a while i couldnt orgasm. and if i missed a couple days b/c i couldnt get a refill i would get really dizzy. after many years i felt it wasnt working so i stopped taking it. i felt like i was dying for about two months. dizziness, sweating, brain zaps, i felt like shit. i read on a website that a single dose of prozac could help. im not sure if it was the prozac that helped or if it was finally out of my system but i was finally okay. now i am having more issues and considering going back on b.c its the only thing that ever helped me. scared though

Posted by: lisa at August 14, 2009 2:44 AM

hey all i started paxil back in 96 i have a bad case of ocd. i never got the weight gain u all talk about but i did get the sexual side effect is there some way i could get my way back with out going to the way i was?

Posted by: mark at October 20, 2009 1:45 AM

I gained 100lbs. But, Paxil allieviated OCD.It also, got rid of my anxiety. I have been takin Paxil for about six years now.

The weight gain and feeling tired all the time are the worst side affects for me. I wish I did not have these side affects. Paxil would be perfect for me if I could lose some weight and feel less tired.

Posted by: marie at November 14, 2009 12:36 AM

how long does the tiredness last with paxil

Posted by: lou thivierge at December 2, 2009 3:38 PM

How long does it take to get paxil out of your chemistry?

Posted by: shelley at January 2, 2010 11:47 PM

I have been on paxil for 2 months, I feel shaky and nervous all the time it feels like there is something inside my head I dont know if I should tell the doctor to change my med or continue with the paxil and see what happens.

Posted by: adelina at January 13, 2010 11:13 AM

I started taking paxil about 11 years ago for agorophobia and panic attacks. I could not go shopping and just picking my kids up from school was an ordeal. I had horrible side effects when i started taking it for a few weeks. I had heat that would go down my arms and legs, tiredness,feeling like i was not quite here. It did go away and i was able to have a life again. Two and a half years ago i managed to get off paxil. You just have to start out knocking the doses down until you get to 10 mg and then take one every other day and then every three days. It worked for me. I just had to start taking it again two weeks ago because my panic attacks have come back. I have been feeling jittery in the morning, had some heat in my arms off and on for a few days. Feeling a little better day 14 but not quite there yet.

Posted by: Dana at January 24, 2010 5:55 PM

Wanted to tell everyone advice. I have severe anxiety at times and found a great book called "Anxiety, Phobias and Panic" by Peurifoy. It helps a lot. Also, it took two weeks for Paxil to kick in. With the help of Klonipin 0.5mg once or twice a day. Yoga helps. Eating frequently and correctly helps. Lots of small meals with fruits and fresh veggies. Drink plenty of fluids. Exercise! Do something fun for you, not for anyone else. All this has helped. I was a mess around New Years' and feel like myself again!

Posted by: Stephanie Schuster at January 26, 2010 12:16 AM

I had a very nasty panic attack about a month ago and the only solution my doc would give me is take Paxil. Please anyone I am about to turn agoraphobic I need help does anyone on this board have any success with natural treatment such as St John wort, change diet and exercise more? Post up a response thanks

Posted by: Cyrus at February 6, 2010 7:39 PM

my husband missed about 5 days of his pills due to not getting the scrib filled. Today he is very ill he takes 20mg everyday I got some of his pills today. my questions is should I just start him on 1 pill today or 2 to make hime feel better..he needs to go to work tomorrow?

Posted by: jo at February 7, 2010 3:56 PM

I have been taking b-paroxetine (generic paxel) for exactly a week now since the doctor prescribed it to me I am suppose to take 2 a day now and I still haven't felt anything better. I have extreme panic attacks I feel like my heart is going to explode and I get really dizzy I've had work done to see if it is my thyroid or anything else and nothing is wrong. I can't stop thinking about panic attacks and I force myself into one every single day I am worried that I will lose my job. When does this stuff kick in?

Posted by: steven at February 17, 2010 4:15 PM

It has worked fairly well for me. I do want to get off of it because I am a Christian and I feel like I can get stronger with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Posted by: Cory at April 12, 2010 11:03 AM

well i been suffering from depression for about six months because one day i came home from work to find that my ex (not at that time) took our baby and moved to another state this made me almost lose my job got addicted to pain pills started drinking going to work messed up passing out it was bad i soon after i got a grip and stopped. its been three months but i think i m still depressed so my doctor gave me paxil 20mg i just took it yesterday at six am and went to work while i was at work i started feeling very tired liked i was home dreaming i did feel calm and in a good mood people at work said i looked messed up but they said i was acting very nice but it scared me i did not take it today because i was afraid i would get very very tired i dont know much about the drug and i m still kinda addicted to lortab 10mg knowing me i would take both not at the same time tho. i don't know if i should just take it before bed every night i do know i m not taking it at work no more. any advice?

Posted by: chris at April 18, 2010 9:19 PM

Paxil saved my life!!!!!!!!
Im 24 but in May of 2009 my life changed I was setting in the movie theater and i had my 1st panic attack i though i needed to go to the ER. I ended up int he ER twice Finally found a dr who said he would not stop untill i was free of panick attacks. 1st he tried Buspirone. made me suacidal i cried 24/7 called my husband to come home from work before I hurt myself. So then he tried me on paxil it was 20mg. i was nervouse about taking it cause all the things on the net. well i filled my script and it states (all side effects) in the pamphlet about any weight gain and spec. not to weine off thise without dr knowing it. (so ppl read your papers 1st!)
started taking it and it took about 2 weeks and guess what..........HAVNT HAD NOT 1 ATTACK and its been about a yr! Im now on 40 mg though cause the 20 just wasnt cutting it. the only bad thing i have to say about paxil is
when i miss like 2 days with 2 children that can happen i do feel the brain zaps. but once i take it im good :)
THANKS GOD FOR PAXIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Stacy at May 4, 2010 5:45 PM

Hello- I was prescribed Paxil for anxiety and mild depression 13 years ago. I felt the drug helped 'level me out'. I have since put on about 50 pounds and my doctor just now did some bloodwork and took some detailed notes because the weight went up another 13 pounds in one year. I am active, am pretty careful what I eat...albeit too much sometimes. I enjoy alcohol occasionally but don't smoke or take street drugs. The bloodwork verified my story. I am very healthy. He suggested I step down the dose of Paxil because weight gain can be one of the side effects. The first 2 weeks I dropped 6.5 pounds without changing a thing. However, I had no idea what the withdrawal would be like trying to get this drug out of my system. 3 weeks into it and down from 20 mg daily to 10 every other day, I was ready to check myself in to a psyche ward. I hear things. I have had a headache for a month that sometimes just wipes me out. The fatigue and body aches sometimes warrant most of the day in my jacuzzi. When I turn my head, I am so unsteady that I have fallen. The irritability makes me wish I had taken a 2 month vacation while getting off this crap. Yes I felt more evened out on Paxil- was it worth it? NO! The weight gain created more depressive issues. And going through menopause has been much worse than I anticipated. The nightly hot flashes are the easiest thing I have had to endure! I think it would be prudent for physicians to do research on drugs they will be suggesting to their patients and make them aware of the possible side effects and what getting off the medication might entail. All of my information came at the tail end of this experience and it was only because feeling this lousy? I just knew I was not alone.... the only thing I have found to help? Drinking ridiculous amounts of water- moderate exercise and napping when you can. I play low music like 'soundscapes' & wrote letters to my family with links to Paxil websites so they could read what is happening. Beyond that? Much meditating, praying and trying to believe there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

Posted by: Jana at June 2, 2010 11:38 AM

try coming off heroin after using it for four years stright. I am off that junk and now on paxil i hear it coulg take up to 13 weeks to work since i used to use dope. i have been on it for about 8 weeks and only feel slight anxiety decrease than i used to and no help on depression . any one take 13 weeks to fully feel better?

Posted by: Randy at June 20, 2010 9:56 PM

My doctor refused to give me xanax any more even before knowing my symptoms symply diarrhea before testing and clenched jaw xanax worked great but she said it is only short term really .... how long have i been on it she did not even know she was very adamet about it this was my first visit with her because my dr moved. So she gave me a prescription for paxil since i had taken others for depression w my divorce that did not seem to work and only interfered with my orgasiming ability. She did give me 7 more days after a long discussion anyway it sound like this paxil is a hell of a lot worse than xanax I still don't get what the problem is?? So being addicted to paxil is better the withdraw sound hoarendess. I think she is just ignorant or maybe its me I am scared to take it now. I asked her what has been her experience in the past that makes her so adamit about this she had no answer oh and she said no before even knowing my symptoms and gave me paxil with no real depression symptom besides lack of appetite....

Posted by: christina at July 29, 2010 8:52 PM

I feel that something rational needs to be said here besides all the doom and gloom.. Antidepressants are DRUGS. If Paxil does not agree with you, see your doctor, because there are many other options - it is widely recognised that antidepressants can have horrible side effects, and any good doctor should have warned you to monitor this carefully.

Paxil has saved my life, and it worked a miracle in my case - but I certainly know of others that have had a different experience, and had to resort to other drugs/treatments for their depression. Cease the doom and gloom people, and always treat drugs with the respect they require - and don't be surprised when your body reacts to a chemical that you introduce to your system. Certainly do not rule out Paxil based on what you have read in some posts here - be aware of the potential effects, stay vigilant, and you may just find your way back to a normal, happy life..

Posted by: Daniel at August 26, 2010 1:54 AM

I started taking Paxil after suffering from Anxiety and sudden panic attacks which I had never had. I was perscribed by my doctor who do did not give me a lot of information. Being one not to just take medication to take it, I did some my own research as well, like the posts on this site. I was only on it for 6 days before stopping it on my own and flushing the remaining. Here is my impression:

Pros: I can honestly say even in the first 6 days that my mind seemed more relaxed and didn't race as much. I also seemed to react more calmly to situations and they didn't seem to upset or worry me as much. I also slept like very well but noticed an increase in dream activity. Nothing weird, but just an observation.

Cons: I hated it. Although my mind was calmer druing the day, it actually made me more nervous and jittery physically from the very first day. I thought they would subside each day but they were just as intense or more intense in day five and six. I felt very stimulated like when you have too much caffine. At the same time I yawned all day long and started feeling very lathargic even though I was getting plenty of sleep. Although I could function fine, I didn't want to do anything. I noticed an immediate decrease in appetite and sex drive that persisted for several days even after stopping. Have you ever had a shiver go up your back? I always felt like just before you have a shiver, but never actually did. It was annoying.

I am not knocking Paxil. I am just giving an honest assessment of my brief experience. The calmer mind simply wasn't worth the other feelings I was having. Feeling like you've drank 5 cups of coffe all day long sucked. Then reading about the dependency, withdrawl problems, etc... I am just too fearful to continue taking it. The only problem now is figuring out how to deal with my anxiety.

Posted by: Paul at September 23, 2010 3:31 PM


Posted by: HEATHER at October 15, 2010 12:44 AM

OMG Now I dont know if I should take paxil!!!? with all this horrible stories!!

Posted by: Luz at October 15, 2010 7:49 PM

I started taking Paxil 2 months ago for anxiety. I had general anxiety disorder. I am a very calm, sane person with a stress free life but for some reason I have had anxiety since 16 (25 now). I refused medication all this time and tried to be mentally strong but this year has been really bad. I could no longer drive for fear of passing out at the wheel, driving was a huge trigger for my anxiety (once again for no reason, never had a wreck). So I finally went to a doctor to talk about my anxiety and was prescribed 10mg Paxil. After getting home and taking my first pill I got on Google and did all the research. Not going to lie, there is LOTS of BAD reviews of this drug. I read it all too. The first two weeks of taking it was bad, only because it seemed as though my anxiety increased. I was informed by my doctor and read online that it took 2 to 4 weeks to work. I eventually had him prescribe me 30 Adivan pills for immediate relief of my anxiety. I was still taking my Paxil everyday and Adivan at nights to relax. Well after 2 weeks on Paxil I stopped taking any of my Adivan's and have been anxiety free! A lot of the bad reviews you read on the internet are from people who did not take the Paxil long enough for it to work, and had typical anticipation/anxiety for the drug to work. Now most of the side affects associated with this drug ARE true. My first two weeks on the drug I had VERY VERY VERY vivid dreams/nightmares. The weirdest dreams I have ever had, so bad when I woke up I had a hard time "coming back to reality". BUT these subsided once the Paxil started working. I myself have not experienced any weight gain. I am already a pretty big guy (6ft 260lbs) and get little to no exercise and still havent gained weight. Also, it did decrease my sex drive. I dont have a very active sex life but before Paxil I was masturbating roughly 5 times a week. After Paxil it's down to 1 or 2 times. I just dont even think about it anymore. HOWEVER, it is not like you can't "get it up". I HAVE had sex since Paxil and the BONUS was that it made me last forever, which my partner loved lol. I was able to eventually get off and everything was fine. I unfortunately can not talk about the withdraw symptoms of this drug because I have not tried to come off it, but I have missed a day or two and have only notice a slight increase of anxiety, but nothing I could not control. In the end, this drug HAS given me my life back. I feel and think "normal" like I did prior to my anxiety. I feel like myself again, and can be social and not stuck in my house every night unable to drive anywhere or be in public. I realize this drug can be scary so if you are reading this and just started taking the drug, or plan to, feel free to email me at and I would be glad to talk to you about it. I know I was scared myself in the beginning after reading all of the horrible reviews and side effects. Unfortunately, I can only related to people taking it for anxiety, as I do not suffer from depression. Hope someone reads this and it can help them and good luck to you!

Posted by: Nick at November 6, 2010 11:47 PM

starting Paxil from my psychiatrist tonight. How long before I feel any better/ or it's affects? I'm 71 and real down lately.

Posted by: Sandy at December 27, 2010 4:51 PM

I have been taking Paxil for seven months now and feel mixed about it but mostly positive. The more I read of peopleís negative interactions, the more it makes me research. There are things that I attributed to the medication and have accepted, and other things that I attributed to myself that may be due to the medication.

Things I attributed to meds:

vivid dreams, which became vivid nightmares as my dosage increased from 10 mg slowly to 40. I was the one, for the record, that asked to increase, because I was still getting breakthrough anxiety three nights a week at 20 mg.

weight gain. I partially contributed this to the meds, but I think itís more responsible than i give it credit for. i usually sit at a particular weight, even when i am not eating well or exercising as i should. since the meds, ive gained 20 bs. over that normal plateau.

heightened anxiety and restlessness when i miss a dose. i try very hard not to, but itís happened a couple of times, spread out. never more than a dayís worth. i take my meds at night because i initially had a lot of trouble sleeping and my dr. said itd make me sleepy.

things i didnít attribute to it but realize now i should have:

when first increasing my dose, despite having taken it at night, i was super lethargic. i would sleep until two or three or wake up at noon and not take a shower until 6 pm. i just didnít feel like doing much of anything.

more acute depressive thoughts. i never had them before, but now i get moments of wanting to bang my head on a wall or something equally destructive like that. i never do it but i think it.

i have gad with hints of ocd. i havent had the drop in sex drive or the numb feeling. i can still get increased paranoia and heightened anxiety when certain things happen, like i cant find anyone at home when they should be there, or i cant find my dog and dont know who took him and where. i temper this with cognitive behavior therapy techniques, such as changing my thoughts and reasoning it out. the weight gain sucks, but i am trying to bring it down through an improved diet and exercise. the nightmares really suck, but they seem to be fading back to just vivid dreams. overall, i have to say itís greatly cut down on my anxiety. but i plan on speaking to my doctor about my increased depressive thoughts. i think the most important thing is communicating with your dr. and knowing that if youíre unhappy with them, you can fire them and ask for another. iím with kaiser, an hmo, and i can still do that. my dr. has listened to my concerns, and for the most part, they are fading like he said they would. the changes in meds and anxiety take an avg. of four weeks so for the people at 4-6 weeks, give it its chance to work before rejecting it all together. he said with dr. supervision, the weaning shoudnít be an overbearing process. but i also know, with gad, i may never be off of it completely. my concern is that i am already on 40 mg and as time passes, i may need to up it. i dont want to be taking 60+ for the rest of my life. i am going to talk to him about slowly bringing it down to 30 mg. i do think anyone taking this med should be in cognitive therapy, not just seeing a psych. there are ways of helping to control your anxiety without increasing or changing meds. i wish everyone luck with their treatment.

Posted by: christina Ramirez at March 22, 2011 7:59 AM

I was without my paxil for 5 days what is going to happen?

Posted by: karen at March 28, 2011 5:57 PM

Hi I have just been perscribed Paxil and I am very very worried about the weight gain side effect. I haven't picked up the medicine yet because of this.

Posted by: Corina at June 28, 2011 8:00 PM

I just wanting to know if Paxil makes your breast hurt really bad? Me and my husband has been tryin to have another child and now all the sudden my boobs are very sore to lay on or even touch? So I'm not sure witch to think if i could be pregnant or if its the paxil?

Posted by: Sasha Barefoot at July 7, 2011 11:45 PM

Im on week 2 of comming of seroxat please please will some body tell me how long these bloody brain zaps/electric shocks last i can deal with the nausea n such but thats the one thing that is really pissing me off i just want to no it will stop??

Posted by: dawn at July 10, 2011 2:52 PM

I gave Paxil to my rabbit and it worked great. What it does is stimulate the brain to fire reverse positrons to its upper-rear cortex. The result is a calm and cuddly bunny who doesn't fight me anymore and just lets me cuddle him. He won't be biting me anymore.

Anyways, are there any ladies here?

Posted by: Andrew Welsh at August 4, 2011 4:20 PM

Hi, I was put on Paxil about 5 months ago. I had such bad anxiety and panics that I couldn't even see friends or even some family. It got to the point were "hanging out" was impossible and leaving the house was a dreaded nightmare. This anxiety started at a very young age. If something was too intense for me, my body would react by vomiting. Dates were unheard of. The first person who ever asked me out had to experience my attacks. Having a crush on someone was like the end of the world for me. If they liked me back, I just couldn't ever see them or talk to them without getting sick. So eventually I ignored them the best I could. There was times were I missed weeks of school just because my mind told me something was wrong and something bad would happen.. Even though I knew nothing would happen at all. After being this way for years, the fear would come and go. But up until last year, it just never went away. It got so bad, I would wake up trembling and full of worry. I was terribly depressed over it. I never went out, and when I made arrangements to, I always never showed or would cancel. I stopped eating because it would just make me sick. I saw psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, psychiatrists.. But they all would say it was my poor diet. Even though my poor diet was caused BY the anxiety. My dad also suffers from mental issues and my mom has the same gag reflex whenever she gets nervous(but hers seems to go away) so I had my parents understanding. Everywhere else, I didn't get much help. Up until I fainted in the grocery store one day with my mom and was taken to the hospital. To make a long story short, Paxil does have some side effects: weight gain, lack of sex drive, weariness, rare anxiety. But honestly I thank god everyday that he gave me something that made me a lot better. This is for those people that are dealing with unbearable fear with no escape. But there is an escape. Maybe Paxil isn't for you, but there is something. With prayer and God's healing hand, you will be helped and relieved of this evil. Just don't take no for an answer from your doctor. If you know this is the illness, then you have the cure. May God bless.

Posted by: Jasmin at November 4, 2011 7:40 AM

have been on seroquel, thorizadine, lexapro, prozac, paxil, effexor, pristiq.... and even trazodone.


after experiencing TERRIBLE withdraws from ALL of the above medications.. I decided to give a healthier way a try ;)

try 3.5grams of psilocybin containing mushrooms... once a month. it is lighter in chemical terms on 5ht2a receptors, and gives you just enough introspection to keep a happy attitude and a smile for a month or so

try smoking a medical grade cannabis... small dose of sativa in the morning does WONDERS for anxiety/ energy levels... small dose of an indica strain does wonders for anxiety/ stress/ and insomnia at night

illegal drugs like the said ones above pose minimal to no threat to health or to your mental state... big pharma has us all by the balls, because most of us are sheep

people need to wake up, do some of their own research.. and seek out some NATURAL remedies that I PROMISE YOU will revitalize your love for all things in life.

also, fuck lawmakers for banning such harmless and helpful natural substances like these! you need to remember that the only reason they are illegal in the first place is because they pose AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO BIG PHARMA and all of their little bitch reps

i cant believe the ignorance and blatant stupidity of most of the population here in the US.




Just my 2cents.
I hope that someone out there can take this advice and benefit GREATLY from it!!!!

Posted by: joan at February 25, 2012 9:41 PM

I'm going to just be starting Paxil in 3-4 days;this doctor is starting me on 40 mg. Does anyone know the right dose when i'm coming from about 9-10 months of Effexor XR 150 per day?

Posted by: Kathy at March 27, 2012 4:11 PM

Paxil worked for me. I was so depressed that I felt paralyzed. It took a couple weeks for the medicine to start to work. For the first two weeks, I felt worse and wondered why I even got on this medicine. But, I didn't stop. I am a month in on Paxil 20mg and I feel so much better. I feel like I have my life back. I still have trouble sleeping but other than that, no side effects. Anti depressents work differently on different people. I was taking Celexa before the Paxil and I thought I was going to die. The Paxil worked. Not everyone will do well on Paxil just like the Celexa didn't work for me. It is important to keep in touch with your doctor while starting these meds to see if it is or isn't working and what other options are available. I was also given Xanax when I started the anti depressents since you can feel even worse before you feel better. There are always options. Don't give up and remember that you will feel better, you just have to be patient.

Posted by: bless at April 12, 2012 5:28 PM

i was trying to stop paxil cold turkey,but the brain zaps were too much.ive been miserable,depressed,dizzy,just want to i broke down and went and refilled my question is how long before the paxil kicks in?by the way..its been 6days without paxil and ive been on paxil for 20yrs

Posted by: mimi at May 27, 2012 4:36 PM

I have been taking 20mg of paxil for about 7yrs (YIKES) I have tried with and without assistance to switch medications or go off all together and it was impossable. At this point I'm not even sure it helps me but my brain and body need it as much as the air I breath>

Posted by: Lisa Grande at August 3, 2012 5:00 PM

I am taking clonazepam and a fourth night long. Why is ding-dong hit in my head I feel?

Posted by: reihani at August 14, 2015 4:31 PM

I am going to start paxil today for about two months I been fighting depression and anxiety really bad I don't leave my home I can't eat I have lose weight. I thought I could handle this on my own but apparently I can't. Do you think paxil will help me I need my life back.

Posted by: Marla at November 26, 2015 11:42 AM

suffering from anxiety and depression and none of the medication the doctor gives me works very long, so she the LPN I should say, describes another. should I see a real Doctor?

Posted by: Restokley at June 23, 2016 9:29 PM

Im on paxil but I still suffer from anxiety and depression, It worked at first put just like all medication your body or mind builds up a tolerance to it. I see a nurse practitioner but I think now Im going to go to an actual doctor....for I've been going to the nurse practitioner and I still really not that much better.

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