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MissMay1977 05-28-2010 01:31 AM

I am on 60 mg of Paxil and it has helped my SA a lot. I wish it would help more with my depression. <(>

micmac28 05-30-2010 09:44 AM

The only thing Paxil is good for is premature ejaculation. Other than that it sucks.

MandyC 07-05-2010 01:03 PM

made me so shaky, i seriously felt like jumping out a window...luckily, my office was on the first floor of the buiding. needless to say, i never got beyond the first week of taking paxil.

bahnhof 07-09-2010 11:57 PM

Made me even more of a beta-male that I already was. Gained weight and locked me in front of the pc to **** my life away.:blank

millenniumman75 07-10-2010 12:37 AM

At my worst, I was on 50mg/day....just after I joined SAS in 2005.
I am currently down to 20mg (after three spikes in dosages due to external issues). At times, I think it is too much. I am very confident now - only occasianal SA with a few people. Other than that, the bruxism (teeth clenching) has caused me to have two teeth repaired and I had once gaind 40 pounds while on Paxil - I have since lost about half of it.

Neptunus 07-10-2010 12:56 AM

I'm currently on my second attempt at Paxil. The first time was about 8 years ago, with the maximum dose 40mg. I got off of it because I gained a lot of weight and after developing myoclonic jerks, mostly in my arms. Took a 6 year break, then my anxiety got pretty bad again, so I figured I'd give it another chance, seeing as it almost obliterated my SA before. I've been on 15 mg (I used a pill cutter, gradually working up from 10) for the past year or so and have upped it to 20 within the last 2 months, with no severe side effects. I've had some weight gain, although not as bad as before, probably @ 15-20lbs, with some bruxism, but the reduction in my anxiety has been amazing, making the side-effects worthwhile. I'm trying to lose the weight by walking 2 miles per day, weight lifting, and cutting a lot of sugar out of my diet. (Heh, never thought I'd be one to drink coffee black!) I've managed to drop @ 7lbs in the past month and a half. It's a lot of hard work, though! Very hard work!!!!

LostPancake 07-10-2010 10:51 AM

I went on Paxil 20mg 11 years ago due to intense stress that manifested in weird physical symptoms - I felt like blood wasn't making it to my brain, and when I fell asleep I'd get jerked awake with adrenaline from low oxygen. The doc said stress can do things like that - it can affect the brain stem which regulates oxygen levels.

I tried going up to 40mg a couple of years ago, to see if it would help in dealing with school and the idea of grad school, which still terrified me. But it just made me apathetic about everything. I think it gave me ADD - I couldn't focus on my work, and that actually increased my anxiety. So I went back down to 20mg, slowly.

And then I quit drinking coffee last summer. For some reason, the doctor hadn't mentioned that caffeine can cause anxiety, and I had actually just started drinking it when that stress had been triggered 11 years ago. DUH! Why was I so blind to the connection? I guess it coincided with a stressful move, which I thought was the main cause.

Then, without caffeine, I was really lethargic - the sedative effects of the paxil were a lot more apparent. But my anxiety was definitely lower. So I slowly cut back the paxil, with the idea of getting off it. But I got down to 2.5mg and some anxiety came back, so I stayed at 3.75mg for a while.

Then with some more recent stress, I went up to 5mg.

I'm thinking of switching to Prozac - I did that when I was younger and I liked the activating effects of it, which I could use in dealing with school.

Neptunus 07-10-2010 10:56 AM

^ That's such a low dosage, are you on Paxil CR?

LostPancake 07-10-2010 12:28 PM


Originally Posted by Neptunus (Post 1454233)
^ That's such a low dosage, are you on Paxil CR?

No, I just cut up the 10mg pills - I don't even know if it does very much at that dosage, or if it's just placebo effect. But even if it is, I *need* that placebo effect!

Neptunus 07-10-2010 01:52 PM

^ Yep, I can understand that. Either way... if it works, it works! :)

deadwarrior666 07-18-2010 01:07 AM

am on paxil 12.5 since week and its working good for my SA. feeling quite confident and easy interacting with people

Cuauhtemoc 07-22-2010 07:04 AM

Hi, I started paroxetine(brand name, cebrilin, here in brazil) in 2008 and I continue to take 40mg daily.
Differently from most people I've read in the internet, paroxetine worked great for me.
Since I was born, I was this shy person, didn't have much friends, couldn't talk well to girls, afraid of speaking in public...well, you know.

When I was 17 I went to a psychiatrist to see if she could help me, I was always very interested in chemistry(working on a degree now) and fascinated by drugs in general, so I didn't really care about opinions on the internet.

Anyway, I was diagnosed with social anxiety and mild depression and started taking 20mg of paroxetine.
First week, it made me electric, like I never was before! I wanted to go around jumping, dancing, singing....Damn, I never thought life was sooo good.
After that the euphoria subsided a little, but I still felt great.
I became for the first time in my life comfortable around other people, I could talk to women, got a girlfriend, made friends, spoke in public...
I was happy.
I increased the dose to get even better effects and it worked.
Yes, I got a side effect, delayed orgasm, but I don't think it's that bad, I can last 1 hour easily penetrating, and that's awesome.

Yes, it made me a bit apathic, if I get a bad grade at college for example, I don't really care, but I don't think it's bad, I learned to control that, I know rationale that I need to study, shower, clean my teeth, even though I don't care too much if I do something wrong.

I've missed doses lots of time and the effects get weaker when I do, but I didn't feel like I was dying or something.
I don't really want to ever come out of it, so I don't think withdrawl will ever be a problem.

What I don't really understand is why some people drop it after 1 week, or after years if it is working. Yes, you do get different, you're not your old self anymore, but you know what, that's what I want. I don't like my old introverted self.
I don't feel like ever crying anymore, and I don't know how someone would think this is bad, crying is terrible, I'm always smiling and happy. Yes, you may think I'm not very human anymore, but I don't really care, it's awesome. I don't care about bad things anymore, if a friend dies for example I will be like: "yeah, ok it was bad, let's think about something else"
I learned how to move on in life, I don't suffer anymore because of anything.
I finally understood bad things happen and suffering is not a solution, you just gotta forget about it, life is short, enjoy it.

Also, if I ever get out of it, I know I will never be the same anymore, I was able to build so much confidence these 2 and a half years, I'm a complete new person.

To the guy that got beat up by an UFC boxer...first of all, there's no such a thing as an UFC boxer, UFC is a mma organization where fighters practice mma, which includes elements from boxing, brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling and others martial arts(hence the name, mixed martial arts)
UFC is not a martial art per se, it's an organization like the NFL or the NBA
Also, I really doubt this guy was from the UFC as most UFC guys are professional fighters and don't work elsewhere(there are exceptions but whatever)
Also, if someone is badmouthing you you got stand up for yourself, that's what I do, if the person tries to phisically hurt me, I will fill a lawsuit against him, or kick his ***(If i'm able to).
I also feel brave like you did, but that's a good thing, being a coward and letting people badmouth you is not the way, although engaging in fights is not the best way to resolve that.
You made a dumb move, and that's not because of the paxil.

LNahid2000 07-22-2010 11:37 AM

This stuff did nothing for me except for making me tired and wanting to sleep 12+ hours per night. I'm tapering off of it now and luckily I'm not feeling any of the withdrawal symptoms that I've read about online.

layitontheline 07-22-2010 12:23 PM

I'm on 30mg/daily. It has helped my SA quite a lot. Huge help in decreasing my physical symptoms of nervousness and nausea. I had to increase my dose very slowly as to avoid nausea from the actual medication. It has made me incredibly tired though. And I skipped my pills for a couple days and it made me very depressed and unstable, so gotta be careful with that obviously. Otherwise I'm content with it so far.

stephen67 07-22-2010 04:10 PM

I took 20mg Paroxetine for about 6 months. It was ok at first but started losing efficacy after 6 months. I decided to go off it rather than up the dose and felt like crap for about a month while I went through withdrawals like aches/zaps/fog/rage. I wouldn't take it again knowing what withdrawal was like.

heyJude 07-22-2010 06:49 PM

I've been taking 20mg of Paxil for about a year now. It has helped me a little bit with simple chit-chat with strangers and little things like that. I do still get anxiety from time to time, though. There was a time when I had to miss a couple of dosages because the local pharmacy was closed for a holiday. Man, that was terrible! By the second day, I felt so light-headed and basically almost passed out. I also don't really like the fact that my sex drive is non-existent now...doesn't matter since I don't have a boyfriend at the moment, but still.

scarpia 07-22-2010 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by micmac28 (Post 1405004)
The only thing Paxil is good for is premature ejaculation. Other than that it sucks.

I got that affect too. I finally know how those porn star guys do it. If I ever become a porn star I'll go back on it. highly unlikely!

bahnhof 08-01-2010 01:05 PM


"social anxiety and mild depression and started taking 20mg of paroxetine"
Dont know why dr prescribes medications for mild depression.

Dane 08-12-2010 09:07 AM

I've been on Paxil for seven years, and it's helped me a lot. Without it my SA was bad enough that I really couldn't function socially. I also didn't work or go to school because of extreme nervousness and panic attacks.

After trying Zoloft, which did nothing for me, I switched to Paxil (25mg), which had a gradual, subtle, positive effect that I only noticed after about six weeks.

It completely eliminated my panic attacks. Situations like speaking in front of a class still cause anxiety, but I never slide into panic, like I did pre-paxil. My nervousness when interacting with other people socially has decreased by about two thirds. Though I still have some anxiety, it's made the difference between being socially functional and nonfunctional, which is all the difference in the world.

At one point my doctor ramped the dose up to 60mg, to see if we could get any more out of it, but there was no further improvement.

Side effects for me are minor. Paxil magnifies the effect of alcohol. It makes me sleepy the next day if I have more then one or two drinks.

I had a few minor "brain zaps" in the first few months after I started it, but none since then.

It's made me have more and stranger dreams, but not bad ones.

I've skipped taking it for up to three days several times, with no noticable effect.

On a positive note, I never have nightmares any more, and my occasional minor spells of depression have completely vanished.

From reading this thread, it seems Paxil has wildly different effects on different people. I guess the only way to find out what it will do is to try it. Good luck to anyone who decides to!

millenniumman75 08-12-2010 09:47 AM

During stressful times, I will increase my dosage to 30mg (from 20mg daily). I was at 50mg a day at my worst (about five years ago). People will have individual effects, that's for sure.

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