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beware of paxil, paroxetine, aropax and other names in other countries

its been heavily promoted to docs as a cure for SA but really, IMO its just another prozac type med, but it does have a reputation of being unusually difficult to eventually quit for some.

google 'paxil discontinuation syndrome' and read all about it

this paxil for SA advertising blitz has helped by making docs more aware of SA, and this is a help, but IMO generic prozac would be safer and work just as well
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oh that's great news seeing as I just started on paxil a few weeks ago...
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paxil cannot cure SA,so does other types.
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what does IMO means?
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I hate Paxil
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i like paxil




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Common paroxetine withdrawal symptoms include repeated electrical shock sensations of the brain and body (see "brain zaps"), vertigo and hot flashes.
I missed three days a few months ago and started getting a little shaky. I've been thinking about getting off it completely and reduced my dosage by only taking 1/2 a 30mg pill instead of a whole pill every evening and didn't experience any side effects. When I decide to quit completely, I'll go down to 1/4 of a pill for a few weeks first so the symptoms aren't so bad.

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it does have a reputation of being unusually difficult to eventually quit for some.

google 'paxil discontinuation syndrome' and read all about it
My doctor prescribed paxil for my anxiety. By sheer coincidence, the previous day, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service in the US) ran a documentary on the ill effects of Paxil and its addictive nature. So I decided not to take it. I did not want to replace my SA with my addiction. In one of the posts, Maslow - if I recall correctly - said that paxil has had no impact on his SA but has improved his sleep.
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I think any doc that prescribes paxil is getting his meds info from drug co sales reps and no one else
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i asked mine for paxil




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I used Paxil successfully for many years. It is a powerful drug and it works, giving you a break to work on your social skills. It's not for everyone. But I was so far gone I needed it. It also allowed me to sleep soundly.

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beware of paxil, paroxetine, aropax and other names in other countries

google 'paxil discontinuation syndrome' and read all about it
How is this news? This has been known for years
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the many docs who continue to prescribe it presumably dont know, or perhaps dont care
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Paxil works, but it made me feel like a zombie. And, yes, it sucks getting off of paxil. I tapered off of paxil and I almost killed myself due to extreme depression.
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If you wean off, you won't have withdrawal most of the time. The discontinuation syndrome will only take effect in a minority of users, first of all, and secondly, if they wean off incorrectly or too quickly. Same thing with Effexor. People just need to let their reason overpower their impulse when quitting meds. Whenever you get that feeling, "Oh wow! I'm doing so well! I don't need meds anymore! I'm done with this Effexor!", and you flush your pills down the toilet (I've done this many times with many of my meds), you need to stop and think about what you're doing. You feel good BECAUSE you take the meds. If you stop, you will not only return to your normal state (hypothetically), but you will also feel worse from the withdrawal. Always wean off and you'll be fine. I think many of the statistics regarding the Paxil withdrawal syndrome fail to take into account HOW someone gets off of the Paxil. It's obvious that if someone quits cold-turkey, that there is a much higher chance for withdrawal symptoms
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paxil treating SA is the greatest lie of the world.
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gained a lot of weight when taking paxil which just made my depression that much worse. stay away from it.

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Paxil's overrated.

It definitely helped with my SA and panic attacks, but it constantly made me feel "jittery" and more anxious in general. I also was more high strung. Nardil is a much better drug for SA.
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