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DaveTE311 10-19-2014 02:14 AM

paroxetine experience
 
This drug had remarkable benefits for me and is better known as seroxat I think in the UK.Took it in early 95 for two or three years,intially alongside 10mg of daily diazepam but gradually dropped that as seroxat killed the anxiety and panic,gave me a lift and got me back to work after two years of hellish anxiety and panic,it also reduced migraines considerably.
I know its had some bad press but this seems dependant on age group.
You have to come off this drug,very,very slowly over several months.
I was fine and mainly anxiety free for many many years but recently put on sertraline and now on 100mg after a bad relapse,its ok and helps quite a bit but not as dramatically as seroxat did but this is now refused to me by every GP Ive seen recently.Basically Seroxat saved me.

KaylaRose1 12-22-2014 10:08 PM

Been on 10mg of Paxil for almost three months and it has helped so much. I am so much more sociable now and just have an easier time talking to people. I am so much happier and my anxiety is pretty much non existent now.

koala1 02-25-2015 11:18 AM

I'm currently on 20 mg. It helped me with my sleep but not with my anxiety and depression.

side effects:
-delayed orgasm
-constipation
-difficult urination

SwtSurrender 02-25-2015 11:20 PM

Why does Paxil make you gain weight? Is it because of increased appetite or is it because of like thyroid and hormone interactions? Metabolic interactions? Or like just increased appetite? I wanted to get on it but my psychiatrist was like NAH NAH NAH, zoloft or lexapro!

meepie 03-12-2015 05:37 PM

Im loving this one so far.

TeenyBeany 03-13-2015 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by dreamingmind (Post 1078467705)
Why does Paxil make you gain weight? Is it because of increased appetite or is it because of like thyroid and hormone interactions? Metabolic interactions? Or like just increased appetite? I wanted to get on it but my psychiatrist was like NAH NAH NAH, zoloft or lexapro!

i honestly think the "weight gain" aspect is mental. The only increase in appetite I experience is when I take birth control (plan B) with my paxil. This is a rare occurrence, but I can count on gaining 5 lbs from it. Other than that, I still have a hard time keeping weight on, just as I always have. It's great that your doc didnt want you to be on Paxil, especially if you're only planning on using meds as a temporary solution. Paxil has HORRIBLE withdrawal effects. It is compared to smoking and/or heroine, depending on how you plan on coming off of it. I've been taking 20-40mg the past 12 years.

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Originally Posted by Gentlecrab (Post 1075712409)
I've been taking paxil for about a year. I'm on 30mg right now and it has definitely helped with lowering anxiety but I feel as if my body is becoming more tolerant and will have to up the dosage soon.


-The feels: It kinda numbs everything and turns you into a zombie...a lot of days I feel just, meh. You gotta counteract all that with coffee, eating/sleeping well, exercise and all that bull****.

I know when I need to lower my dose when I start feeling like a zombie... How are you taking 30mg? The pill comes in 10, 20, 40 mgs... I know there is also a liquid form. *curious* :)

Andras96 03-13-2015 04:07 PM

I'm on 60mg and I feel worse than I ever did in my entire life. My anxiety is still the same, I'm always in bed, and thoughts of worthlessness are higher than ever.

SwtSurrender 03-13-2015 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by TeenyBeany (Post 1078780737)
i honestly think the "weight gain" aspect is mental. The only increase in appetite I experience is when I take birth control (plan B) with my paxil. This is a rare occurrence, but I can count on gaining 5 lbs from it. Other than that, I still have a hard time keeping weight on, just as I always have. It's great that your doc didnt want you to be on Paxil, especially if you're only planning on using meds as a temporary solution. Paxil has HORRIBLE withdrawal effects. It is compared to smoking and/or heroine, depending on how you plan on coming off of it. I've been taking 20-40mg the past 12 years.

Ok, thank you for your information, it sounds good.

forgetmylife 03-20-2015 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Andras96 (Post 1078784281)
I'm on 60mg and I feel worse than I ever did in my entire life. My anxiety is still the same, I'm always in bed, and thoughts of worthlessness are higher than ever.

how long have you been on the med?

how long has it been since you went up to 60mg???

do you take any other meds or any other drugs?

and you don't drink alcohol right?

Andras96 03-21-2015 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by forgetmylife (Post 1078918889)
how long have you been on the med?

how long has it been since you went up to 60mg???

do you take any other meds or any other drugs?

and you don't drink alcohol right?

I've been on the med since last September and it's been two months since I went up to 60mg. The only other med that I take is a beta blocker (propranolol) right before social situations. No, I don't drink alcohol.

Gentlecrab 04-04-2015 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by TeenyBeany (Post 1078780737)

I know when I need to lower my dose when I start feeling like a zombie... How are you taking 30mg? The pill comes in 10, 20, 40 mgs... I know there is also a liquid form. *curious* :)

It's the generic kind of paxil simply called paroxetine so maybe that has something to do with it. All I know is it says 30mg on the bottle and says take 1 daily.

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Originally Posted by dreamingmind (Post 1078467705)
Why does Paxil make you gain weight? Is it because of increased appetite or is it because of like thyroid and hormone interactions? Metabolic interactions? Or like just increased appetite? I wanted to get on it but my psychiatrist was like NAH NAH NAH, zoloft or lexapro!

I believe it messes with your metabolism. I had a hyper metabolism and after taking paxil, without changing my appetite or anything, I gained weight.

HollaFlower 04-05-2015 06:54 AM

I've been on paxil (paroxetine) for just over 4 months, and I'm proud to say it's working much better for me than any other medication thus far. I've weaned up to the max: 60 mg dose, and all the side effects soon subsided within the first 2 weeks each time. If you feel like **** and you're in bed all day, either it's not the right med for you or its exactly that, all meds act as a crutch for you to walk on and into the social world easier. With that being said I've also been through heavy life changes physically and mentally. Quit smoking cigs, weed, eating healthy, sleeping early, putting myself out of my comfort zone at least once a day. etc ^__^

Cuban FL Cracker 08-11-2015 06:25 PM

I started taking Paxil three years ago. I started off with 25 mg but it somehow dropped to 20 mg over time. Paxil has helped me a lot and made me more out going but my depression and anxiety have gotten worse in the last several months. I don't know if my body is getting used to the Paxil and if my dosage needs to be increased or what but I just met with a psychologist today and am going to talk to her about it. Honestly, I'd like to wean off Paxil if I can.

millenniumman75 08-12-2015 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Cuban FL Cracker (Post 1081576745)
I started taking Paxil three years ago. I started off with 25 mg but it somehow dropped to 20 mg over time. Paxil has helped me a lot and made me more out going but my depression and anxiety have gotten worse in the last several months. I don't know if my body is getting used to the Paxil and if my dosage needs to be increased or what but I just met with a psychologist today and am going to talk to her about it. Honestly, I'd like to wean off Paxil if I can.

Sometimes, more is needed.

There are times when I have to jump up to 30mg. I have been at 20mg for years.

animefreak 09-16-2015 12:49 AM

Worked for me!
 
Started Paxil one year ago. Found that 40mg was the right dose for me. I have been off Paxil now for about two months.

I was very depressed along with my anxiety. At first, all Paxil did was make me "happy". In general, I just felt good. It was still a shocking experience that I was happy for once, but it didn't make me social or anything. That part, I had to force ON MY OWN. I made my own plans and goals and yes they were hard to overcome. But being HAPPY certainly made those attempts easier.

One year later, this medication has certainly been life changing. Excellent choice for me.

Side effects (1):
- Drowsiness. 40mg was sometimes making me too sleepy. I was able to sleep for long periods of time if I really could allow myself and I experienced mild drowsiness throughout the day. Sometimes I would bump my own dose down to 30mg and take that for a while. I did this by cutting the pill, so one half and one quarter pill. (I was allowed to do that).

I notice a lot of people mentioning sexual problems. I didn't really notice. I have a very low sex drive anyway. But yes, I suppose when I think about it perhaps it lowered it more. I literally could go MONTHS with no sexual release. That's not a bad thing, haha.

Two months off medication, so far so good. VERY RARELY do I still feel the slightest hints of depression and hopelessness emerging. *I think*. Maybe. Still testing this out but again, so far so good.

MoonlitMadness 09-16-2015 03:42 AM

I have heard good things about this medication. I have tried several other medications in the past but none of them have helped me. Since then I have been trying the natural route.. But I feel no different. I am very tempted to ask the doctor for Paroxetine but I am in a long term relationship and my sex drive is low already so I am scared about the sexual side effects. Some people say they aren't affected but as I have experience inorgasmia and loss of sex drive on previous medications I don't see why this should be any different :( I read all this stuff about Big Pharma just being out to get money and I lost faith in medicine but nothing natural has worked for me either. Advice?

TDoodle 12-20-2015 02:25 PM

I just started taking Paxil on Friday. Today is day 3.
The doctor (and pharmacist) said for the first 4 (or 6 days), to take a half pill so my body can start to get used to it. A full pill is 20mg. I've been taking it every morning when I wake up. Friday I never noticed any difference (in side affects). Saturday, I was yawning late afternoon, and then after supper I was yawning quite a bit. Also, Saturday due to everyones christmas schedules, is when our family had our christmas get-together).
Today, I was also yawning a fair amount the past hour. Since taking Paxil, the only things I've felt/noticed so far is that I'm yawning a lot, and I feel hungrier.
The doctor told me to come back and see him in 4-5 weeks after he gave me my prescription (this past thursday)

I have a few questions about Paxil that you guys may be able to answer….
1 - The doctor told me that I won't see a noticeable difference in my SA for about 6 weeks. Why does it take that long for it to start 'working'?
2 - But he said if I just stop taking it, I will feel like crap. Why does it take so long to work, but not to get off of it?
3 - The doctor and pharmacist both said to keep the alcohol to a minimum. Have any of you noticed anything about alcohol and Paxil?
4 - I read a few of the last reviews, and some said that they are not taking it any more. Is that something that I can possibly look forward to? Taking the pill for awhile (hope my SA gets 'cured') and then wean myself off (with the Dr.'s help) of Paxil. I'm 33, I don't want to take Paxil (or any other drug for that fact) everyday for the rest of my life.

wmu'14 12-20-2015 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by TDoodle (Post 1083836577)
I just started taking Paxil on Friday. Today is day 3.
The doctor (and pharmacist) said for the first 4 (or 6 days), to take a half pill so my body can start to get used to it. A full pill is 20mg. I've been taking it every morning when I wake up. Friday I never noticed any difference (in side affects). Saturday, I was yawning late afternoon, and then after supper I was yawning quite a bit. Also, Saturday due to everyones christmas schedules, is when our family had our christmas get-together).
Today, I was also yawning a fair amount the past hour. Since taking Paxil, the only things I've felt/noticed so far is that I'm yawning a lot, and I feel hungrier.
The doctor told me to come back and see him in 4-5 weeks after he gave me my prescription (this past thursday)

I have a few questions about Paxil that you guys may be able to answer….
1 - The doctor told me that I won't see a noticeable difference in my SA for about 6 weeks. Why does it take that long for it to start 'working'?
2 - But he said if I just stop taking it, I will feel like crap. Why does it take so long to work, but not to get off of it?
3 - The doctor and pharmacist both said to keep the alcohol to a minimum. Have any of you noticed anything about alcohol and Paxil?
4 - I read a few of the last reviews, and some said that they are not taking it any more. Is that something that I can possibly look forward to? Taking the pill for awhile (hope my SA gets 'cured') and then wean myself off (with the Dr.'s help) of Paxil. I'm 33, I don't want to take Paxil (or any other drug for that fact) everyday for the rest of my life.

Hi TDoodle!
I've been on Paxil since September. It's really helping me. I feel more confident. I'm still super-awkward and shy, but feel more like myself around other people. I can try to answer some questions but I am no expert.

1.) I believe some of it has to do with your brain just not being sure what to do with all the added seratonin. Every body is different. For example I noticed a difference almost right away.

2.) I'm not sure on this one. I believe paxil is hard to stop taking even when the person's been taking it for years.

3.) I drink socially, probably an average of once a month. I notice I don't have to drink as much to get drunk. Because I'm already not feeling anxious, the alcohol doesn't have any anxiety to take away. I haven't experienced anything bad drinking alcohol and taking paxil. Definitely don't binge drink LOL.

4.) Why not? I don't like being 'dependent' on it either, but if it really is a brain chemistry thing, you have to keep the chemistry there.

TDoodle 12-29-2015 09:28 AM

I took 4 days of half pills (a half pill is 10mg), and on on the 5th day, I went back to the doctor to get off of it. I had the usual side effects that come with it (bit of nausea, drowsiness, etc), but the one that I had and did not like was the restlessness (especially at night when I'm trying to sleep).
So he told me to stop taking them, that it wouldn't affect me (my body hadn't been taking it long enough), he asked me what I would like to do instead. I said I don't know, and that I don't really want to be taking pills while I'm at work during the summer (at a fishing lodge in the middle of nowhere). So he sent a request in for me for a specialist. Later that day, the receptionist for the specialist called me and made me an appointment for Feb 4. I then googled the doctor to see who it was etc. and on one of the doctor review sites I read, most of the reviews for him, say that he doesn't even listen to you. You are in and out within 10 minutes and he is a big pill pusher. I would rather get over my SA without drugs.

SSRIManiac 12-29-2015 10:18 AM

Here's a trick, if you're on a very high dose or even therapeutic dose try skipping a dose or two and see what happens. This in my theory gives the serotonin plates to absorb more serotonin rather than having it constantly dumped in the synapses and overloaded which then doesn't get absorbed as well or is taken away by the monoamine enzymes.. Skipping a day or two may trick the brain and work better sometimes.

Another trick is to use 5HTP. This actually gives you more serotonin and doesn't just use your own left in the brain. CAUTION! this isn't for everyone and may cause serotonin syndrome, always start with a tiny dose


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