Experiences with Paroxetine

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Effectiveness 64%
Quantity of side effects 44%
Severity of side effects 37%
Ease of use 83%

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Paroxetine

12/17/2017 | | 65moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

I finally feel confident enough to drive alone again, i don't normally have panic attacks anymore unless i'm in a very stressful situation, paroxetine is very pleasant to use.
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Paroxetine

10/9/2017 | | 39moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (20mg) for depression

When I first took paroxetine there were no problems. I stopped taking it cold turkey and started taking it again after about one year. then I noticed spots all over my body, starting on my lower legs and arms. I tried applying various salves but that didn't help so I had a biopsy. the dermatologist said it's a kind of psoriasis. So I switched to fluoxetine and I was given a course of prednisone...
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Paroxetine

9/22/2017 | | 33moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (20mg) for anxiety disorder

At this moment i have been using Paroxetine for 9 weeks, after 2 weeks of feeling pretty bad and sick the medicine begun to work after about 6 weeks of taking it. However this week i began to feel a strange feeling in my stomach which i have to take medicine for. Are there more people that have had this problem? what should i do now? Should i up my dosage or just continue with one tablet in the...
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Paroxetine

9/5/2017 | | 68
Paroxetine (30mg) for depression

It just didn't work, at least not for me. Most antidepressants do nothing for me. I believe I have already tried 25. (AM now 41 years depressed.) After suicide attempt I have gotten Notrilen. It's all dredging. In the Netherlands, 17 million non-depressed people are around, but they refuse to function as such in favour of those who are depressed.
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Paroxetine

6/5/2017 | | 38moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (10mg) for depression

Good drug for depression but I can't really recommend it. You're better off taking something natural like St John's Wort! I was once advised never to start taking paroxetine. But I was never told why. But if I had known then what I know now, I would never have started taking it. After long-term use (I've been on it now for 12 years, 30 mg) your feelings get numbed and it affects your memory. Co...
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Paroxetine

5/11/2017 | | 33moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (20mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Due to trauma in my childhood I now suffer from mild anxiety and panic disorders. I'm also rather down. I asked to try medication and the GP suggested paroxetine. In the first two weeks I had loads of side effects: lack of concentration, really tired, no appetite, weight gain. No more problems after then though. There are loads of benefits to this medicine! A lot less blue and anxious.
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Paroxetine

5/3/2017 | | 56moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (20mg) for anxiety disorder

When I was increasing my paroxetine dose I started off just feeling worse. The symptoms got worse and I was only able to keep it together with the help of oxazepam. After a week or six I started to notice the positive effects and since then I've felt more even and balanced and happier.
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Paroxetine

5/2/2017 | | 39moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (20mg) for emotional exhaustion / burnout

Paroxetine helped me get over the anxieties (social anxiety) that I was suffering from before I had my breakdown, and get back to work, alongside CBT. I'm now coming off it, from 20-15-10-5-0 and no symptoms until I got down to the 5. I've been off it for almost 2 weeks now but the withdrawal symptoms are noticeable: tired, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nervous, irritable to aggressive.
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Paroxetine

4/5/2017 | | 43moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

I take half a table because I can't bear a whole one. The first eight weeks I suffered with insomnia and then occasionally after than I bruised really easily whenever I bumped a knee or something, and restless legs. But it gives me the boost I need to get through the day. I panic really badly in large rooms with lots of people which makes me start thinking about all the things that could happen...
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Paroxetine

3/25/2017 | | 29moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (30mg) for borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Prescribed by my GP for depression and anxiety. In the beginning I had loads of side effects: heart palpitations, sweating, excessive yawning, disorientation and loss of concentration. The yawning still hasn't gone away. I was satisfied at the start, everything seemed to stabilise. But after 6 months I had to start taking oxazepam as well because the symptoms of depression increased, had suicid...
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Paroxetine

1/4/2017 | | 58moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (10mg) for depression

After long-term use of parox.(>10yrm50!mgr).on the advice of a young psychiatrist switched to Wellbutrin 300 mgr,on a withdrawal/introducing schedule. Within 6wks!I was a totally different person. My mood improved 100%. All of a sudden I had energy again and could enjoy life. One disadvantage of Wellbutrin: it made me very sensitive to "emotional images and experiences", eg profoundly moved by ...
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Paroxetine

1/2/2017 | | 46moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (20mg) for depression

To start off with it seemed to be working fine but after years the depression has come back and I have to ask myself if I can justify taking this for the long term. I've made a few attempts to stop taking it but after weeks of being "clean", the depression returns worse than ever. The happy girl I once used to be has long since vanished...
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Paroxetine

12/21/2016 | | 52moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (30mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Started this medication years ago on doctor’s prescription. Now I notice getting forgetful and losing concentration. I sometimes get lost during a conversation. Memories are hard to recall. Even if they are only a few weeks old.
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Paroxetine

12/19/2016 | | 32moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (20mg) for depression

Hi, I have used paroxetine of the brand Actavis for over 6 years. Now it’s no longer produced and they gave me Aurobindo instead. For me this just doesn’t work. I feel miserable and hardly able to do anything (don’t recognize myself). Has anyone else switched brands as well and can recommend me one? Thanks
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Paroxetine

11/19/2016 | | 57moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (30mg) for depression

I have been taking Paroxetine from SANDOZ for 15 years now, perfectly contently. However, something seems to have changed in terms of hormones in my body which has made them stop working so I am coming off them so I can move on to Sertraline. Since I've started coming off them I've had excruciating muscle pain. Sometimes I can hardly roll over during the night because of the pain. Does anyone k...
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Paroxetine

11/7/2016 | | 20moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (30mg) for depression

The doctor had prescribed paroxetine for depression, thinking that with some medication and a few sessions with a psychologist my problems could be solved. The doses were upped a few times to 30 mg. Even then it didn't seem to work. The side effects are less serious than I expected of an anti-depressant, but nonetheless they are irritating (drowsiness, nausea, headache). Stopping wasn't easy, I...
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Paroxetine

10/31/2016 | | 30moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (20mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

I'd really like to know if anyone else has come of or is coming off paroxetine? Somewhere in the region of 5-10% over 6 weeks? And what are the withdrawal symptoms? I'm not taking 17 mg. And after just 6 weeks I developed nervous spasms, initially in my jaw but then all over my head and neck. It's not entirely noticeable that my head makes small involuntary movements when I'm outside but I am ...
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Paroxetine

10/31/2016 | | 55moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (20mg) for emotional exhaustion / burnout

I'm in rather a complicated situation which led to my admittance to a psych ward 6 years ago. There I was given paroxetine. I had always been strongly against this sort of medication but it helped me enormously, and still helps me today in getting my life back in order. It keeps my head calm. I do have a relatively low dose but that's all I need.
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Paroxetine

10/18/2016 | | 38moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (20mg) for depression

I've only been on this drug for 2 weeks (started on 10 mg - now on 15 mg) but I feel really anxious and hopeless. Will this change soon?
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Paroxetine

10/3/2016 | | 65moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (20mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

To start off with the anxiety reduced. Later I developed other problems: difficulty concentrating, attacks of rage, problems with social contact and, yeah, also...... depression, even though this drug wasn't prescribed for it, it's supposed to be good for it.
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Paroxetine

9/29/2016 | | 32moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Suffered with panic attacks for 3 years. They were getting steadily worse. Nothing helped. Reluctantly started on paroxetine. The first week it really affected me. Like I'd taken some E (I've done it a few times before). Couldn't eat, sleep, really highly strung. After just a few days I halved the dose and came off it. Now, 2 months later, I've finally got my life back. I am sleeping well and d...
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Paroxetine

9/27/2016 | | 34moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (30mg) for emotional exhaustion / burnout

In August 2015 I was admitted and it turned out I'd had a breakdown one month later I started taking paroextine (manufactured by Sandoz) started on 20 mg later increased to 30 mg during the first 6 weeks I had loads of panic attacks strange thoughts really down and depressed. After around 3 months I went up to 30 mg and it turned out that I had been on too low a dose which meant the medication ...
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Paroxetine

9/26/2016 | | 63moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (10mg) for menopause

I started taking paroxetine for hot flushes, it's hardly known at all that this works as a drug to reduce menopausal hot flushes. I had the most awful hot flushes for 6 years and I didn't want to live any more, I even rolled around in the snow to cool down and in the summer I was truly evil. My GP said to try paroxetine and I've been taking it for 7 years and my hot flushes are less frequent an...
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Paroxetine

9/5/2016 | | 24moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (30mg) for depression

Awful drug! Used it for about a year, turned me into a zombie, emotionless, not myself any more. And loads of side effects. Weight gain, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, mood swings. Especially when I compare it with my current drug which is a breath of fresh air in comparison.
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Paroxetine

9/1/2016 | | 43moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (20mg) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Hi I'm starting on 20 mg paroxetine today, I'm afraid of nausea for the first few days ! When did you all notice that it started working? And what's the story with weight gain 😰😰😰 Thx
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Paroxetine

8/30/2016 | | 41moderated by Henry
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Few side effects but I still stopped after 2 months because of extreme tooth grinding during the day which was driving me mad and it's also not good for my teeth it felt like a compulsive feeling that didn't lessen after 2 months. called my doctor and changing from paroextine an ssri to an snri, efexor (venlafaxine) to see if that's any better.
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Paroxetine

7/22/2016 | | 47moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (20mg) for chronic depression

I've used paroxetine for many years. Simply because I've had few side effects (I think) whereas with the previous sort of antidepressants I did (primarily physical).
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Paroxetine

5/20/2016 | | 36moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can just stop taking paroxetine. GPs only read the patient information leaflets and have no understanding of it...my GP said I should just stop as the 10 mg wasn't working...well I think I would have preferred to jump in front of a train...it was hell... Out of pure desperation I started taking it again and it was like I was on fire, my teeth chattered wh...
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Paroxetine

5/19/2016 | | 39moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (10mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

after my aunt passed away during Pentecost 2015 I really struggled because she was my soulmate and had shared all of my life experiences and feelings with her. She was part of my reason for being and she had taught me so much in life and in love. She was a nun but I have never known a cooler, more loving and tenacious woman than her!!! For everybody she was this cool nun with countless goodwill...
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Paroxetine

5/5/2016 | | 77moderated by Charlotte
Paroxetine (10mg) for depression

After so many problems with my son, including suicidal tendencies and that his 4 year old daughter was taken away from him, he collapsed. Luckily he's doing better now and he's got a decent job. At the end of last year my younger brother committed suicide. I was speaking to him on the phone on the Thursday and on the Friday he was gone. I haven't been able to process all of this. I'm also takin...
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Paroxetine

4/29/2016 | | 36moderated by Susan
Paroxetine (10mg) for chronic depression

Started today on 10 mg. From 2002 to 2010 I used this, then switched to fluoxitine. In October last year I stopped taking this overnight and since January I've been depressed again, with anxiety and panic. Started fluoxitine again in February but the problems got worse so I stopped after 9 weeks. I find it quite stressful and I hope that it will start working again soon without any bad side eff...
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Paroxetine

4/14/2016 | | 69moderated by Philip
Paroxetine (10mg) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

After a few traumatic experiences I started taking paroxetine. 10 mg per day and that is just enough. Very emotional and I overreacted to external stimulation. The paroxetine has somehow "solved" this so I now function better. I am also calmer and less jumpy.
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