Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Southeastern US
Lexapro is not indicated for Social Anxiety Disorder, so the use of it for this condition is off-label. I am not a big fan of it, I tried both it and its counterpart Celexa and they made me feel horrible.
Paxil is indicated for Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as about every other anxiety disorder out there. I have had tremendous success with it. In a matter of months it completely cured my anxiety with very little side effects. I did not gain any weight. There have been multiple independent studies showing its efficacy for SAD. The main downside to Paxil is that once you come off of it, the withdrawals are a little rougher than some of the other meds, but you can solve this by asking for the liquid solution during your taper-off period and going down very very slowly.
I took Paxil from July 2011-May 2012 and I went from having severe debilitating panic attacks in social situations to being completely normal. I tapered off during the month of June and I am still feeling fine today. That's about as good a success story as you can get. It pretty much changed my life.