Anyone take Paxil/Paroxetine? (Depression, Anxiety, OCD..etc)

Discussion in 'Pandora's Box' started by Acid Raindrops, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Hey blades, I have depression, social anxiety, and panic attacks. My doctor prescribed me 20mg a day paroxetine (generic paxil) and i went on youtube and all the comments are horrifying, saying that the drug didn't help at all, had terrible side effects, withdrawals making people wanting to commit suicide, and that ssri anti depressants are just a money scam and it's placebo.

    Now I have only took one yesterday night and one tonight, so it's not too late for me to quit taking them, anyone else here take them and can give some insight?
  2. bump for night.
  3. I'm not sure if this is the best forum section for your topic.

    Everyone has differing opinions regarding the use of SSRIs, etc. I personally hate them, including Paxil -- however I know individuals who claim it has helped them. They won't really help with anxiety attacks at all.

    In my opinion, it depends on the kind of life you lead. Are the side effects of this medication worth treating the psychological problems you're experiencing?
  4. I work in a mental health facility and we don't even prescribe Paxil anymore. Tell your doctor you've read up on the side effects and whatnot, and you'd really like to be switched to something else. SSRIs are damaging, but there are far less damaging ones out there
  5. I'm just going to throw this out there, not that it's not different for everyone, but this was the first depression medicine I was on and it made me suicidal, I gained 60 pounds and it landed me in a psych ward when I was 15.

    I'm not really down with paxil, but it could possibly work for you. Don't knock it until you try it.

    Alot of these types of medicines can cause ill side effects. I've been on a shit ton and thank god I've finally found the right one for me, hopefully you find yours, man.:D

    (Oh, and I was NOT suicidal before taking the medicine, just very down and out for long periods of time. My grades were slipping... etc.)

  6. I had the same thing...panic attacks, anxiety, depression...panic attacks were so bad, I thought I was having heart attacks...

    they prescribed me the exact same thing...20 mg a day...took about 2 weeks to get into my system...1st week was kinda weird...felt shakey and kinda like my head was in a cloud....second week not so bad...continued to take them for about 3 months....felt okay, but the downside was that I gained 40 pounds in that 3 months and had bad sexual side effects....could have sex but was real hard to reach orgasm

    Bad thing is you can't just quit taking them because you will have withdrawals...I didn't feel like killin myself, though....just felt like shit...unhealthy like...takes about 2 weeks for it to work it's way out of your system, as well

    I weaned myself off and went back to the doc and they prescribed me Wellbutrin SR instead....worked much side effects and I lost the 40 lbs in about 2 months of being off the paxil, so I know it was the paxil that caused the weight gain

    On the flip side, I do know a few people who have been on the Paxil long term and have had no problems at all....guess it just depends on the person :confused_2:
  7. Depression and anxiety are such disorders which most people face in there life as some stage for one reason or the other. If it's children the pressure of studies gets over their head and if it's adults the pressure of work attracts depression. Rather than going on drugs, one should look for the reason behind there problem . Keeping your self busy and changing the schedule also helps sometimes to get over stress and depression.
    The best way to get over stress, depression and anxiety is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem. There are various prescription drugs to get over anxiety and depression, but these should only be used in accordance with the instruction of a physician and going on anti depressants should be the last option.

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