Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 020031/001.

Names and composition

"PAXIL" is the commercial name of a drug composed of PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE.

Forms

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
020031/001 PAXIL PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 10MG BASE
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020710/001 PAXIL PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE SUSPENSION/ORAL EQ 10MG BASE per 5ML
020885/001 PAXIL PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE/ORAL EQ 10MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
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020885/003 PAXIL PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE/ORAL EQ 30MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020885/004 PAXIL PAROXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE/ORAL EQ 40MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**

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Paxil concerns.?
I just started taking paxil for ocd and gad,I have some concerns with it,Like i heard that a man killed his wife,children,and then himself after taking paxil for only two days.What other medications are their that are safer and more effective for teenagers for ocd and gad?thanks. Asked by Delorse Yoneoka 1 year ago.

Paxil Generic Name: paroxetine (pa ROX a teen) Brand Names: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva What is Paxil? Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Important information about Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Do not take Paxil together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Before taking Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks. Do not use Paxil if you are using pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam). Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medicines are taken with Paxil. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take Paxil. After you stop taking Paxil, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking an MAOI. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: liver or kidney disease; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression), or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests. FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Paxil can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Paxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Paxil? Take Paxil exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the liquid form of Paxil well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil. Do not stop taking Paxil suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Store Paxil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of Paxil. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, confusion, aggression, seizures, and coma. What should I avoid while taking Paxil? Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Paxil. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, other medication for depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Paxil. Paxil can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Paxil side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: seizure (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as: feeling nervous, restless, or unable to sit still; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or dry mouth, yawning, or ringing in your ears. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. What other drugs will affect Paxil? Talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others. Taking any of these drugs with Paxil may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines: atomoxetine (Strattera), cimetidine (Tagamet), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), risperidone (Risperdal), ritonavir (Norvir), St. John's wort, tramadol (Ultram), or tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan); heart rhythm medication such as flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rhythmol); a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); any other antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or sertraline (Zoloft); a phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), and others; or almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment. There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Paxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Where can I get more information? Your pharmacist has additional information about Paxil written for health professionals that you may read. What does my medication look like? Paroxetine is available with a prescription under the brand names Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Paxil, especially if it is new to you. Paxil 10 mgoval, yellow, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 20 mg - oval, pink, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 30 mg - oval, blue, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 40 mg - oval, green, film-coated scored tablets Paxil CR 12.5 mg - round yellow, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 25 mg - round, pink, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 37.5 mg - round, blue, film-coated tablets Paxil 10 mg/5 mL - orange-colored, orange-flavored oral suspension Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Paxil only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Answered by Melani Monaham 1 year ago.

The best way to get meds is from a pharmacist or psychiatrist. Medical doctors are not trained in the medication fields like the above. If you are having bad feelings about paxil, talk to the above professionals. There are wonderful meds out today that do not have the side affects as paxil and others. Answered by Jonnie Cortina 1 year ago.

I guess Miss Just Peachy said it all. lol thanks to her. Additionally you way want to undergo behavioral psychotherapy which are very effective for anxiety disorders but not much with mood and psychotic conditions. You may have some automatic and favorite thoughts as coping that may be the ones actually causing your anxiety such as the "what ifs?". if you still prefer medicines a good advice is let your doctor do the worrying for you i'm sure he is monitoring your progress. Answered by Opal Lineweaver 1 year ago.

paxil GAVE me panic disorder! i got off it and i was fine. Answered by Darcy Beddingfield 1 year ago.

i dont believe any medications are good for you unless u will die without it its unnatural chemicals its all poison if u took the whole bottle it will kill u wat do u think yur doing to yur body when u take one a day? Answered by Willene Baughman 1 year ago.


Any Paxil horror stories?
Thank you for the link Cookies Asked by Tyree Schille 1 year ago.

I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by this drug. Please tell me your story. Answered by Justin Labeau 1 year ago.

Paxil Side Effects - please read I am not a big fan of the FDA. Bloggers lets band together and let the truth out about Paxil. Please link to this Paxil side effects page using "Paxil side effects" in the link so we can get this message out. Here is an alarming email about Paxil side effects that I was given today. I started Paxil about 8 weeks ago. After 1 week I started to experience headaches and zapping. Not knowing that it was Paxil, could cause this situation I went to my medical Dr. and he took blood test, UA, and had a Ct Scan/contrast. Everything came back normal. I decided on 10/7/03 to take myself off Paxil, thinking that nothing could be worse than what I was going through. Well I was wrong; I started going through withdrawal and that is pure hell. I not only still have the headaches and zapping but I am now feeling anxiety, irritable, fatigue, tremors, vertigo, nausea and numerous other symptoms of withdrawal. The nightmares are terrible and so are the hot flashes that I also experienced while taking the medication. I am furious and discussed that my Psychiatrist put me on such a drug that is so addicting and causing so many problems. I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor and had never been addicted to any Alcohol or drugs before in my life. To seek out help for a stressful time in my life and to be put on such a dangerous drug such as Paxil. It appears that I am damned if I stay on it and damned if I go off has me feeling outrageous and angry, not only at the company that put this drug out but also for my Dr. not to tell me the effects or that I would have withdrawal symptoms if I came off. Well I am coming off and I will not be weaned off like so many others it will be cold turkey for me. To me to say that you need to be weaned off is no different than giving someone methadone to get them off heroin. Using one drug to offset another or taking less of a drug at a slower pace, one will never be off and only keep going back to help deter the effects of withdrawal. 4 days now for me and I will fight and get back my sanity. It is now day eight since I took myself off Paxil. I still have the headaches but they are finally easing up. The zapping is getting worse and the whoosh noise is still there. I have been experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms along with the above. Vertigo, tremors so bad I was beating up myself, nightmares when I finally do fall asleep, irritable, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, lack of concentration, fearful, anxiety, depression, crying uncontrollably, anger, frustration, heart palpitation, dizziness, flu symptoms, weakness, disoriented and chills. I am wondering what is next. I talked to the FDA today also. Surprising they returned my call. I only wish that I had taped the conversation. The following is part of the conversation I had with them. The person I talked to stated that they don't feel that Paxil is addictive because it doesn't carry the behavior of a person that is dependent on a drug. A person that will go out and steal to obtain their drug of choice or cause harm to another. I explained since I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor that any drug that will cause a person to have withdrawal symptoms especially the ones I stated above that the drug is defiantly an addictive drug and any other term is not going to satisfy the public. I also stated that any SSRI is used to enhance the seritonin in ones body and that doctors need to test to find out if ones seritonin level is low in which they need to enhance. If a person does not have a low seritonin level than these drugs can and do cause more problems for an individual. Doctors aren't given all the facts with prescribing these types of meds and need to do some more studies to make sure others aren't harmed like myself and many of you who are writing in. The one thing all can do is get this advertising stopped that Paxil is not addictive or habit forming. Lets start flooding the lines and start calling the FDA and the dept that handles complaints about advertising Paxil. Please call and tell them your story. The advertising section of FDA is (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240. Lets ban together and get Glaxo-Smith Kline to admit the truth about these effects and to get them to stop lying that it is not addictive or habit forming. Also do your own memory recall as to any symptoms you felt while being on the Paxil or any SSRI. Tell the people at the FDA if you experienced any zapping, whooshing noise, headaches (And how severe they were, Hot flashes or anything else that you may have experienced while being on Paxil. The FDA is basically only hearing about the withdrawals and nothing about peoples experience on the Paxil. Lets speak and fight for our rights and the rights of the future. please spread the word about Paxil side effects by linking to this page using the following code. Paxil Side Effects which will appear on your website as Paxil Side Effects If you do not yet have a website blogs are really fun. They also are quick and easy to set up and thanks to Google you can start one free. Start your free blog today (and remember to link to this page) Posted at November 11, 2003 10:00 AM Comments I too decided to take myself off of paxil,and did I ever have a rough time of it. I had the zapping of my face mainly, vertigo, nausea, visual disturbances, lack of concentration, nightmares, palpitations and I actually thought that I was having mini seizures. This drug is the most awful thing anyone can do for onself. mcarranza on December 4, 2003 12:08 PM I have only been taking Paxil CR for about 4 mths,the only side effect I can say I experinced from taking the drug was excessive yawning and going from having a very healthy sex drive to having none at all. Right before the Christmas Holidays, my precription ran out and I decided not to worry about it because my husband thinks that the drug was effecting our sex life (I have no sex drive anymore) so I told him I would stop taking it to see if it worked and besides I couldnt get it filled because my doctor's office is closed due to the holidays. I have been 4 days without the drug, I have started having real bad headaches, chills (no fever) and feeling dizzy while I am sitting down! Tunnel vision, my whole body itches and the nausea is so bad.. I also found myself getting VERY ANGRY over nothing today, I almost hurt my little boy today! So I decided to go online to see if my NOT taking the paxil was the problem, BOY WAS I AMAZED!! I am so MAD at my doctor for putting me on this drug. The drug actually helped with the problems I was having to cause me to take the drug, angry outburst, road rage, depression, ect. Now I know it is the withdrawels from this drug that is causing me to feel this way, the withdrawels are horriable! From what I have read tonight, I am not so sure if I should quit taking the drug. My symtoms are only going to get worse. I only wish I would have asked more questions about this drug before I started taking it. I am really scared. Please advise me of what I should do, thank you for your time Cindy on December 26, 2003 11:44 PM I am glad I read this. I had very bad side effects while I was taking it and now that I stopped taking it, it is even worse. Damian on February 2, 2004 10:19 PM the dr put me on effexor i stayed sick could not eat so not he put me on lexapro i have not takin it yet because of all the side aff i was thinkin about paxil what do you think about paxil? Debbi on February 3, 2004 8:33 AM Paxil and most anti-depressants are well known for having withdrawl effects. If you had spoken to your physician about coming off of this drug or any other drug, he/she would have recommended weaning off. Even a pharmacist would do the same. It is bizarre to me that a supposed Alcohol/Drug Counselor would not know this. If a person had been drinking for months or years on end and they suddenly stopped drinking, they would suffer from withdrawl. I am not necessarily a supporter of Paxil, but please also be aware that all drugs have side-effects. And, different people suffer differently. YouShouldKnow! on February 5, 2004 2:17 AM I agree with what you say. The problem is that in our society "good drugs" and "bad drugs" are painted in an entirely different light. When you see the end of a Zoloft commercial it states "Zoloft is not habit forming." There are millions of dollars pushing the sales of Paxil and other drugs like it. SSRIs such as Paxil are known to cause problems. Now we are also pushing so less fine print needs to be given. depression blog on February 5, 2004 2:56 AM i sure am glad to read your site! i was considering going off paxil-cr due to the sexual side effects, but now i do not know what is worse: having no sexual desire or suffering all the side effects that i just read! i am also very upset that my physician did not mention this to me. i wanted to consider wellbutrin-xl or serzone. i do not know now. thanks for listening... jena on February 7, 2004 12:49 PM I had taken paxil 20mg for two years for panic disorder. The only side effects I experienced were dry mouth, throat tightness, and slight weight gain. These subsided after adjusting to this medication. I decided to taper of to 10mg and eventually stop altogether. I felt fine and hadn't experienced a panic attack for a year and a half. Withdrawal was moderate to severe and eventually overcame the malaise after four to five days. I managed fine for six months without paxil, but questioned how long it takes for paxil to completely leave your body. I pondered this because sexually my orgasms were still delayed. Around the six month this delay began to disappear as if I was back to normal sexually. This is when I began to feel chest tightness, tremors, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, etc... I've continued to feel the Answered by Tyrell Defrance 1 year ago.

Paxil Stories Answered by Chas Abubakr 1 year ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Any Paxil horror stories? I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by... Answered by Kayleigh Reifman 1 year ago.

Simple story. The drug worked great, except for the 85 pounds in 18 months that I put on and have not been able to keep off since. Answered by Beryl Hokett 1 year ago.

I dont take that garbage but I have heard of people getting jerks through their nervous system when quitting it. I think that there is already a class action suit....Maybe next time dont take experimental drugs. Answered by Lesley Strecker 1 year ago.

And you wonder why doctors charge so much. They get sued every time the results aren't perfect. That's the risk you take when you consume drugs. The doctor was educated with the knowledge these drugs would work. They didn't. Not his fault. He wanted to satisfy his patients. Give them a break...they aren't the only ones who make mistakes. Answered by Neida Michno 1 year ago.

irritability, increased anxiety, fits of rage.... Answered by Shannon Shankles 1 year ago.


Paxil questions?
docs assistant just called in a script of Zoloft. Now I have more questions! Asked by Ezekiel Killibrew 1 year ago.

Today my dr. prescribed Paxil to me. I am wondering if something else might be better. Do you have any suggestions for different meds or additional meds? Such as adding Xanax into the mix? I've recently gained a lot of weight because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome - I really don't want to gain any more weight. I already have problems sleeping and I read that Paxil can cause insomnia. I already have a low sex drive because of my weight gain and PAxil causes a decreased labido. I am already moody due to lack of sleep, weight gain, anxiety attacks - and I read that it causes some to be moody. UGH - any ideas for me? Answered by Vanda Anderl 1 year ago.

Paxil can cause all of the side effects you noted, but that's no different from any of the SSRI's and it doesn't necessarily mean you will experience them all. The insomnia is temporary for those who get it and just as many people have the opposite effect and find it sedating. Paxil rarely makes people moody, though there a few who have a paradoxical reaction. As far as weight gain, Paxil can actually contribute to an initial weight loss followed by weight gain or difficulty losing weight after long-term use. At any rate, the average weight loss/gain is only 5# and people tend to blame weight gain beyond that on the med when it may be due to other contributing factors. The sexual side effects are much more common and can result in decreased libido or increased difficulty achieving orgasm and they do tend to be dose related. For some people, taking one 4mg periactin (cyproheptadine) several hours prior to anticipated sexual encounters alleviates the side effect. Periactin is an inexpensice antihistamine your doc can prescribe if you notice this. Additionally, many people do not experience any sexual side effects when Paxil (or any SSRI) is taken with Wellbutrin (Bupropion) and since Wellbutrin works on norepinephrine primarily (slight effect on dopamine) they may experience an added anti-depressant effect. Try the Paxil and compare and contrast the benefits versus the side effects, but give it at least 2-4 weeks at the current dosage before you make your assessment. The anti-depressant effects kick in usually in two weeks, anxiolytic effects in 4-6 weeks and most temporary side effects stop by then. If you continue to experience side effects at 4 weeks, they are unlikely to decrease thereafter and you can ask your doc about the alternatives above. I would suggest a trial of Wellbutrin alone, though I am guessing from your interest in Xanax that you are receiving the meds primarily for anxiety versus depression and wellbutrin isn't terribly effective with anxiety. As far as Xanax goes, it works exceedingly well for anxiety, however it is extremely addictive and not a good choice for chronic or continuous conditions. It can be effective for long-term management of panic disorder provided that it is only taken prn (as needed), but not a good choice for generalized anxiety disorders. In my opinion, the addiction potential is a more serious potential consequence and does not make it a first line choice for any chronic conditions that may be effectively controlled with SSRI's. Hope that helps-Good Luck! Answered by Joseph Lagoa 1 year ago.

Please don't look for ways to talk yourself out of the great benefits before you give it a try. Paxil, like many of its kind takes some time to get into your system, and for you to feel the full benefits. I started off with cutting the smallest mg in half, and then in 3/4, and finally = one full 10 mg pill. It has worked wonders for me, and we have not had to increase the dosage. I cah handle things in a much more positive way, and I can stand up for myself without anger, but inan assertive way. I can ignore whatd does not affectd me, and - there are justd so many wonderful affecs that I have from Paxil. Plus - the Big one is -- this is the Only anti-depressant type of medication that I have Ever been able to tolerate ! (Paxil has the least side affects of any ) Give it a try, and see if after a month, you are feeling So much better - but remember to stop looking up all of the negative parts, and to think positive. Talk to The Lord, and He will help you !! :-) Answered by Ferdinand Jungers 1 year ago.

It's smart to do your research before starting any drug. I have done paxil and it has been surprising.It really helped me but yet there is a backlash to it. Read the website below for more info on paxil.It will cause you to gain weight and the insomnia is so bothersome, among other things. Answered by Laquita Meixelberger 1 year ago.

I am taking wellbutrin and zoloft. I was on celexa but it made my head real fuzzy. Most of the SSRI's cause some weight gain so you have to decide if you want to feel "normal" or drop some lbs. Personally, I'd rather feel normal. Anyway, Wellbutrin can offset some of the weight gain and moodiness caused by Paxil and it also increases your sex drive. Good luck. It takes a while to find the right cocktail. Answered by Margie Bonds 1 year ago.

Paxil can be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety. I suggest that you trust your doctor and address any concerns with him/her. It is likely that your doctor will see how effective the Paxil is before adding anything to the mix. For the most part, doctors will try to treat people with the least amount of medication possible. I also suggest that you consider seeing a therapist in addition to your doctor, this really helped me in learning to cope with my anxiety and depression. Answered by Huong Cosme 1 year ago.

When i was on paxil....i slept fine, my sex life was about the same....paxil mellowed my moods....(i was on it for anxiety attacks and depression) Each person reacts differently....but i didn't really have any of the symptoms you mentioned. Answered by Precious Ringold 1 year ago.


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAXIL?
I started taking 10 mg. Paxil a week ago for accute anxiety. Since then I've been feeling even more nervous and have racing thoughts and thoughts I cannot control. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to anxiety? Asked by Talia Omura 1 year ago.

Paxil Alternative Answered by Hyacinth Franzi 1 year ago.

Take 900 mg of St. John's wart daily with 220 mg of Ginko biloba. This is an alternative to the Paxil medication. I have been on Paxil for three years and now me and my husband want to have a baby and you can not take Paxil due to heart defects. Paxil did work although better think long and hard about ever coming off it. The withdrawls are terrible and if I had to do it all over again I would have chose the natural herb and supplements. Physician's are never upfront about the effects if you ever want to discontinue and for that I am very upset with my physician. But seriously think long and hard about taking any of these medications... Answered by Kymberly Ducceschi 1 year ago.

A much safer alternative, if you haven't been specifically diagnosed with an serotonin problem, would be a short trial with calcium alone (particularly if you have sleeping problems as well), or a calcium / magnesium combination. Don't forget to take at least 500 IU, or more, of Vitamin D as well. Answered by Nguyet Cushard 1 year ago.


Can i take viagra if i'm on paxil?
Asked by Flora Castel 1 year ago.

Viagra, Paxil Help Premature Ejaculation A new study shows that Viagra in combination with Paxil helps premature ejaculators who have not improved with standard treatment. If a man can work up the nerve to talk to his doctor about premature ejaculation, the doctor may refer him to a psychiatrist or a sex therapist, or may prescribe one of several possible medications including Paxil, an antidepressant, or a lidocaine numbing ointment that is rubbed on the head of the penis before sex. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Fla., looked at 138 premature ejaculators who started out using a numbing ointment. Thirty-eight were satisfied with that treatment. The remaining 100 started taking Paxil, and 42 of them were satisfied with that, leaving 58 who took Paxil with Viagra. Over the course of three months, the men took one dose of Paxil seven hours before sex and one dose of Viagra one hour before sex. They noted how long they were able to have sexual intercourse, from the moment they entered a partner's vagina to the moment they ejaculated. In the beginning, they were able to sustain intercourse for less than one minute to three minutes. They also rated their performance on a scale. At first they ejaculated too soon from "half of the time" to "almost always." By the end of the study, 56 of the 58 men were able to have intercourse for more than three minutes most of the time. It's well known that Paxil has sexual side effects, including delayed ejaculation. But Viagra? There can be several explanations for this, says study author Juza Chen, MD, of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. One possibility is that Viagra acts on the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. This function involves the chemical nitric oxide. Too much nitric oxide inhibits ejaculation. Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which is how it helps men get erections. Juza says there is some scientific evidence that Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the brain, although that is not certain. "Another possibility could be a decrease of sensitivity in the [head of the penis]," Juza says. Arnold Melman, MD, head of the urology department at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says he doubts that has anything to do with it. "What evidence is there?" he says. "Do you think when you have a hard erection you're less sensitive?" Viagra may have had a psychological effect, too: With a firmer erection, they had more confidence, so they had more control. Melman says he thinks that is a more likely explanation. "I'm sure that's true," he says. "Much of the reason for premature ejaculation is psychological, not physical." Juza says more research is needed to learn about using Viagra as a treatment for premature ejaculation. He plans to study the effects of Viagra alone compared with a placebo, and Viagra alone compared with Paxil alone. "I think it's a good concept," Melman says. Answered by Leone Wolsey 1 year ago.

According to this drug interaction checker, there aren't any listed between those 2 drugs. But there may be other reasons you can't take viagra (some heart drugs, for instance). That's why you need to ask your prescriber to be sure. Answered by Jerrica Legros 1 year ago.


Does the paxil has any side effects??
Asked by Katia Capilla 1 year ago.

Paxil CR is approved only for adults 18 years and over. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants. Depression and other illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose. The reason that there have been some suicides with any and all antidepressants is the fact that when people are severely depressed they don't have the energy, drive or interest in doing anything at all. Most of them only sleep or sit for hours staring at blank walls. When this same person(s) decide to make a change for the better and get their life back, they start taking antidepressants which start to lift their depression. Unfortunately, on the road to being completely undepressed, you have to pass through the level of being mildly depressed. At this stage of depression, a person is more energetic, driven and is thinking more about his depression and problems than he was when he was severely depressed. It is at this time, that many people make the move to do away with themselves. It has nothing to do with the drug itself - only the level of depression the person is experiencing. The depressed person still needs to get help, but if that person is severely depressed and is taking antidepressant drug therapy, then someone should be responsible enough to keep watch on them during the mildly depressed period. This takes love and committment but the outcome for the depressed person is a life worth living. I have added some additional info for you below. In most cases, you can take Paxil CR with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil CR. There may be other medicines that don't react well with Paxil CR, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking. As with any prescription medication, Paxil CR may cause some side effects, which are usually mild to moderate and may fade or disappear completely over time. A common side effect of Paxil CR is nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include injury, infection, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, weakness, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, yawning, sweating, abnormal vision and sexual side effects. If you should experience any side effects, be sure to report them to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow his/her advice. I took Paxil without any problems and found it was good for anxiety as well as depression. Answered by Troy Loreg 1 year ago.

I agree you should look for another doctor. I went on Paxil over a year ago (now trying to go off). I had some side effects, but I went on the medication GRADUALLY, as I hope you are too. I started with a small dose of 5 or 10 mg, and then increased in increments of 5 mg. So it was 5 mg for one week, then 10 mg for a week or so, then 15 mg for a week or so, then 20 mg. which is the strength I've been at since then. If you went from zero to 20 that may explain the severity of side effects. Good luck. Answered by Vicky Folio 1 year ago.

I gained weight on paxil Answered by Shaunna Mincey 1 year ago.

I went from around 175 to upper 180s, plus there were some sexual side affects. Though, given the benefit of taking it, it was a no-brainer - I'd do it again if I had to. Answered by Garry Zimerman 1 year ago.

It most certainly does, I was taking that drug briefly (about 3 weeks), and ended up in the ER due to the strenght of the side effects. Answered by Marilyn Lick 1 year ago.

If you have been prescribed a medication you need to speak to you doctor about it. Take it as it indicates on the label. My male friend had problems with ejaculation. He could not ejaculate as he once did, it took forever. I have a female friend that had a problem with orgasm, she couldn't but she would rather not be depressed. It was worth it to her to keep taking it. Answered by Ola Dornellas 1 year ago.

read the label and the instructions Answered by Sharan Calle 1 year ago.

MAYBE DEPENDS Answered by Joann Pienta 1 year ago.


Paxil Revisited?
My options of coming off Paxil are nil. I suffer from seven different disorders and Paxil is the only one that works. I've tried them all, trust me. Any natural ways to help boost my sexdrive? Asked by Shona Hitchingham 1 year ago.

Yeah paxil kills that huh. I know it killed mine totally. I am a cuddly person who loved sex and my fiancee had this girl who did not want it at all and did not want to be touched from a 2x a day sex goddess. When I did want sex I could never have any orgasms. Have you asked your MD about viagra? It is not natural, but neighter is paxil and you might need a big gun to fight the big poison of paxil. How about eating no red meat exercise and no alcohol? That should help. Have you thought of going for accupuncture? Taking a multipulvitamin. Go to your primary and get a whole check up. Ask about viagra and start living like you are a diabetic or just had a heart attack. Live clean. This should all help. Eat well, multivitamin not smoking, caffeine or drinking. This should help a great deal. Get good sleep and exercise. Sorry you are having problems. You are not the first one. Both men and women have trouble with paxil, but I am glad you are taking care of your mental problems. I have them and my father had them. My father chose suicide instead of sexual side effects. I wish he was here with me, his friends and the rest of the family. I am glad you have made that wonderful choice to treat your mental illness and deal with this. A new med may come out soon that helps you without these problems. Psych meds are coming out all the time. Take care and stay postive like you are. Answered by Carrie Killebrew 1 year ago.


Has anyone had any good/bad expieriences taking Paxil?
Doc is changing me from zoloft to another anitdepressant. I want to chose one that will help with anxiety and panic, but with low low side effects. anyone know if Paxil is any good? Asked by Mitsuko Ponessa 1 year ago.

Paxil has worked well for me, and I don't think I have gained that much weight from it. I believe all anti-depressants seem to have some weight gain disadvantages, though. The one drawback I have had and read that others have noticed is the withdrawal, like if I forget 1 day to take it, I will notice it. I am only taking 10mg and I feel that I need to change to something else as I don't want to "up" the mg's of paxil and other reasoning's just mentioned... I would also look into how much different drugs cost, as I am a student and I don't have insurance, so some of these types can get very costly.. Also, Effexor, I didn't care for at all; made me quite "out of it".!!!! Hope this helps. Answered by Reggie Gutrerrez 1 year ago.

I've been on Paxil for about four years now and I'd have to say the worst side effect has been the loss of sexual desire and weight gain. Also, if you forget a pill or two, the dizziness sucks! You get all spacey and can't concentrate. Paxil doesn't make you more anxious, it actually helps with anxiety. At least it does me. It is actually supposed to be more for anxiety than depression. But you should explore your options and be sure to be accurate with your doctor about your symptoms/feelings. Good luck feeling better. Answered by Jennifer Degman 1 year ago.

Paxil is a wonderful anti anxiety drug if you can tolerate gaining weight with it. No matter how you watch your food intake and exercise, you will most likely gain a substantial amount of weight. It is just so unfortunate because it works so well with the panic attacks. I think that you need to balance the effects vs the side effects, and decide if you can deal with a weight gain. Many people, particularly women would not as the gain tends to make them more anxious. Perhaps you can discuss this with your doc, and see what he/she says about it. Have you tried Lexapro? That has less side effects, virtually none in most people and can work. Another is an older one, but still in the new drug classifications as a seritonin uptake, is Effexor. That one was very good. Good luck. Answered by Leila Mackins 1 year ago.

Im on Paxil, and I could feel the difference from the second day I was on it. I take it for depression and severe anxiety disorder, and it has really worked wonders. When I first started I was on a higher dose and I got dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; feels like a lump in your throat that you cant swallow past)as a side effect; we lowered the dose and its been fine since. My main concern with it is that I have gained 30 lbs in the past year when I have never had weight issues before and I watch my diet and activity closely. Answered by Williams Creehan 1 year ago.

I used it for 5 years. I didn't have any side effects while on it. It helped me. However, there came a time when I didn't want to take it. After such a long time, I got severe side effects if i didn't take it for three days. Eyes and motion coordination. Dizziness. Actually, I felt sick. So, my doctor and I set up a decreased dose plan, reducing the milligrams each couple of days over about 45 days, and I got off it. I'm fine now and can say, it helped me then. (It does have a reputation for decreasing ones libido). I hope your situation, is situational and not a chronic one. Good luck and take good care! Answered by Marleen Udell 1 year ago.

I am fine with Paxil but not generic excepted 1 but the company got in trouble so can't get it I am tring to get off of it slowly and fell hora bel becuse of insherince will not cover it so if I have kids I will not have them put on antidepressant. Or ADHD meds becuse of things like this hapning I out growe the insherince that paed for it Answered by Kenneth Routzahn 1 year ago.

Paxil really helped my anxiety. I had no side effects. My brother who has panic attacks also got a lot of relief with Paxil but he had a lot of side effects. It was a real pain to come off of. You have to taper it off slowly. Answered by Allegra Deleonardo 1 year ago.

I took paxil, and really couldn't tell any difference... my doctor switched me to zoloft, and the effects were the same. I just quit taking meds altogether... I would talk to your doctor about it though... They know what stuff may be better for you. Answered by Kum Poplin 1 year ago.

I tried it once and it made me 3 times worse and you cant just stop taking them you have to get off of them slow Zanax has a 24 hr pill that seems to work pretty well ask him about that one Michael Answered by Larae Sotomayor 1 year ago.


Paxil - CR Advise.?
I've been prescribed Paxil CR 12.5. Any advise would be wonderful. I have been on Anything and Everything. I plan to become pregnant in a couple of months (hopefully) and would not want this to effect me in anyway. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. God Bless!! Asked by Virgie Koziel 1 year ago.

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which means that this drug keeps the neurotransmiters to stay in the synasis b/n 2 nerve cells longer. You mentioned that you've been on anything and everything. I wish you can be more specific about it. For antidepressants to work, you have to give it a long trial period before deciding whether it works or not. If you have recurring depressions, then you should stay on the medication for a much longer time period. Paxil is consider class-c when it comes to pregancy. The study is done on animal and it might but not an absolute answer that it might cause some problem. But human studies are inconclusive. Basically it boils down to the benefit vs risk ratio. In your situation I would think the benefit out weight the risk. Let's say if there is a 1000 women who are like you while not on any medication vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group do you think will have a higher probability of having a totally health baby? So if a 1000 women who are like you while on paxil vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group would have more totally health baby? Then can you credit the difference b/c of the medication or it is just the fact that your genetics is different. Do a Yahoo search for 'Paxil & pregnancy' and you will find more articles that you can read up on your own. Answered by Holly Krom 1 year ago.

Oh bless your heart~ First and foremost you need to consult an ob/gyn and discuss your current medications~you need to do this well ahead of considering a pregnancy~also consult your psychiatrist~ Discuss this with these doctors and get second opinions if you can~ You also are going to run a higher risk for postpartum depression~ Babies add more stress to your life as wonderful as they are~ First and foremost you need to take care of you as you are the most important person in the world~once you are on level ground then you will be more prepared for a baby~and a baby is not going to cure your disorders~ I know I sound some what cold~yet I thought it would help my "issues" and it did not~ It takes at the very least 12 weeks for most of the medications to build in your system to an advisable level~and never, never just stop taking them cold turkey~I have and I suffered! Sweetheart I hope that you can find the medication that helps you~I take a combination of things~every system is different~it takes time to find the right stuff~when you do you will feel much better~then you can take on the pregnancy issue~ Make sure you get plenty of exercise~just a good walk helps your system and mind feel much better~ I wish you the very best~you will be content I promise~just give it all the proper time and you will be a better person for your patients~ May the sparkles in life land upon you~!~ Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paroxetine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Paroxetine may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking paroxetine, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Answered by Harrison Urbach 1 year ago.


Another Paxil question....?
So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a... Asked by Delbert Brewton 1 year ago.

So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a xanax to calm down----but I end up being a zombie all day. Then around 4 or 5 in the evening, the depression kicks in again, and I start to feel worse, which spins me into another panic attack, so I take another .5mg of xanax, which knocks me out. Has anyone gone through this? I was nervous to increase the paxil, so I'm still taking only 10mg until I see my doc next week. Can anyone help me???? Answered by Lecia Kiffe 1 year ago.

Paxil did just the opposite for me. I was on a 20mg dose however. I was a lot less anxious and it made me more drowsy more of the time. I am a person that generally only sleeps 5-7 hours a night at most, and never takes naps. But when I was on paxil I was taking naps every day cause I was a lot more relaxed. Paxil helped me for both depression and anxiety, starting in the first couple of days of taking it even though I know the medication probably hadn't reached its full effect. My biggest problem with it is all the side effects and withdrawal issues, plus the fact that I feel like I shouldn't need a drug to deal with whatever is wrong with me. But as far as depression and anxiety go, it did seem to work. Note: if you are taking the Generic Paxil, and not the name brand, there is supposedly no difference... I however did not feel any positive effects when taking the generic paxil, and tried it on two seperate occasions for periods of a few days to weeks at a time. You may want to try getting your pharmacy to change to the name brand paxil, it will be more expensive, but I definitely thought there was a difference between the two. Answered by Melda Branstrom 1 year ago.

Being "jumpy" can actually be a side effect of Paxil and some other antidepressants. Sometimes, such side effects will stop as you get used to the drug. Paxil is also supposed to help with anxiety, so it seems a bit odd to me that your doctor prescribed Xanax as well unless it was a temporary measure to help you until the Paxil takes effect. Talk to your doctor about this. If the Paxil doesn't work out for you, there are other meds you can try. Answered by Alesia Miserendino 1 year ago.

Yes, but I loved my paxil... You are still getting used to Paxil though...your body is still adapting, but I still got that jumpy sort of feeling the entire time I was on it. I recently went to a psychiatrist who took me off of paxil all together--and the SSRIs (the drug group that Paxil is in) and put me on a more stabilizing medication because I was having the same problem...well, sort of. I was good during the day but I couldn't sleep at night. I will tell you this, I have been on paxil for years, and i USED to be able to sleep but my dad just died recently, so I am VERY anxious and it is hard to sleep--so, anyhow.. I dont really know what the answer is. Maybe stay on 10 mg for a little longer until you get used to it. Be careful w/the xanax-- it is VERY addicting! (btw: my doctor refuses to put me back on paxil but I miss it :( and she says that xanax is way too addicting to prescribe..so i am screwed)..also, they do have Paxil CR (which is controlled release---it slowly releases through your system throughout the day). I am get tired now (which is im associated w/being depressed...) w/my medication and I still feel depressed--which paxil would always help with, i can sleep and my anxiety is gone but now im depressed.. I dont know if this is more confusing than helpful, but it is food for thought. Good luck! So, I can either decide to not sleep-- but not be depressed, or be depressed but not be anxious and be able to sleep....haha Answered by Keith Navar 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that this isn't working out well for you. I can give you some advice, but I advise that you contact your Dr. via telephone as you experience these side effects. First, it's important to understand that the Paxil works on increasing the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, apetite, sexuality, body temperature, vomitting and sleep. It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the reuptake process to reach efficacy, where in the first week or two, you may experience nausea, irritability, diziness, weight gain and loss of labido. Everything usually goes away, except for the loss of labido and weight gain. In addition, Paxil does not work with the part of your central nervous system that causes stress. Panic attacks are a product of our body's natural stress reaction when we feel that we are being exposed to danger, even though no danger exists. Paxil will not cause this; your panic/anxiety is a biproduct of your depression and over all emotional health. As far as your Dr's recommendation to increase the dosage; you should be 100% complient with his/her instructions. When you start adjusting dosage on your own, you are really making things more difficult for them and it's going to take longer to get you properly aclimated to any medication. When ever I feel I have to make an adjustment, I always call my Dr. immediately and ask her permission, we discuss it, but ultimately, I follow her instructions so she is fully aware of what's going on so she knows how to treat me. One thing that sticks out is that the Paxil is making you "jumpy" and you're experiencing "racing" thoughts. I should point out, that these are symptoms of bipolar disorder, where if someone who is bipolar takes an SSRI - it will trigger mania (racing thoughts) and further increase depression. In many cases, bipolar depression is misdiagnosed and treated as unipolar depression, where SSRI's just make things worse. I'm not saying that you're bipolar, but from your reaction to Paxil, it may be something worth bringing up with your Dr. Lastly - the Xanax is not going to help your depression. Xanax is very addicting and has a short elimination half life. This means that if you start taking it regularly, you're going to build dependane. Being that Xanax doesn't stay in your system that long, you'll end up having to take more and more or you'll suffer from withdrawal very quickly - further increasing depression. It's important that you keep regular contact with your Dr. when you're starting new medication. A good Dr. will want to put you in a position where you'll experience minimal side effects. Give them as much info as you can so they can make you feel better and keep you from feeling worse. Feel better! Answered by Micheal Chiumento 1 year ago.

I never had any success with paxil, I could never understand why I would be given one drug to counter act the side effects of another. After being on paxil for almost 8 months (it takes up to 7 weeks to be in your system and functioning for you). I begged to go on something else. You do need to stick it out while it takes effect and it is in your system fully. Do not miss a pill, for every dose missed it takes 3 days to catch up. If after a few months you do not feel any better ask for something else. Not all antidepressants work the same on everybody. Good Luck. Answered by Zachariah Piccioni 1 year ago.

i replaced into on Paxil for an somewhat long term, and it replaced into so tricky for me to get off of it, yet ultimately it in basic terms did no longer help me anymore. precise now i'm on Effexor XR and it works super. i does not survive Paxil, I even have heard loads of undesirable effects approximately it. Answered by Randolph Hemani 1 year ago.

it's very obvious that Paxil is not the drug for you. Don't wait for the Doctors appointment, call him (or her!) and explain what's going on. This is not normal. Answered by Tyree Sack 1 year ago.

ask the doc to switch you from paxil to something else Answered by Kam Cartaya 1 year ago.


Paxil concerns.?
I just started taking paxil for ocd and gad,I have some concerns with it,Like i heard that a man killed his wife,children,and then himself after taking paxil for only two days.What other medications are their that are safer and more effective for teenagers for ocd and gad?thanks. Asked by Chan Mcmicheal 1 year ago.

Paxil Generic Name: paroxetine (pa ROX a teen) Brand Names: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva What is Paxil? Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Important information about Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Do not take Paxil together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Before taking Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks. Do not use Paxil if you are using pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam). Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medicines are taken with Paxil. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take Paxil. After you stop taking Paxil, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking an MAOI. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: liver or kidney disease; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression), or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests. FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Paxil can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Paxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Paxil? Take Paxil exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the liquid form of Paxil well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil. Do not stop taking Paxil suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Store Paxil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of Paxil. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, confusion, aggression, seizures, and coma. What should I avoid while taking Paxil? Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Paxil. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, other medication for depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Paxil. Paxil can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Paxil side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: seizure (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as: feeling nervous, restless, or unable to sit still; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or dry mouth, yawning, or ringing in your ears. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. What other drugs will affect Paxil? Talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others. Taking any of these drugs with Paxil may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines: atomoxetine (Strattera), cimetidine (Tagamet), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), risperidone (Risperdal), ritonavir (Norvir), St. John's wort, tramadol (Ultram), or tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan); heart rhythm medication such as flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rhythmol); a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); any other antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or sertraline (Zoloft); a phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), and others; or almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment. There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Paxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Where can I get more information? Your pharmacist has additional information about Paxil written for health professionals that you may read. What does my medication look like? Paroxetine is available with a prescription under the brand names Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Paxil, especially if it is new to you. Paxil 10 mgoval, yellow, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 20 mg - oval, pink, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 30 mg - oval, blue, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 40 mg - oval, green, film-coated scored tablets Paxil CR 12.5 mg - round yellow, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 25 mg - round, pink, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 37.5 mg - round, blue, film-coated tablets Paxil 10 mg/5 mL - orange-colored, orange-flavored oral suspension Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Paxil only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Answered by Noe Sawallich 1 year ago.

The best way to get meds is from a pharmacist or psychiatrist. Medical doctors are not trained in the medication fields like the above. If you are having bad feelings about paxil, talk to the above professionals. There are wonderful meds out today that do not have the side affects as paxil and others. Answered by Coralee Diel 1 year ago.

I guess Miss Just Peachy said it all. lol thanks to her. Additionally you way want to undergo behavioral psychotherapy which are very effective for anxiety disorders but not much with mood and psychotic conditions. You may have some automatic and favorite thoughts as coping that may be the ones actually causing your anxiety such as the "what ifs?". if you still prefer medicines a good advice is let your doctor do the worrying for you i'm sure he is monitoring your progress. Answered by Karma Yo 1 year ago.

paxil GAVE me panic disorder! i got off it and i was fine. Answered by Meg Armer 1 year ago.

i dont believe any medications are good for you unless u will die without it its unnatural chemicals its all poison if u took the whole bottle it will kill u wat do u think yur doing to yur body when u take one a day? Answered by Emiko Ruge 1 year ago.


Any Paxil horror stories?
Thank you for the link Cookies Asked by Bernardina Kilb 1 year ago.

I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by this drug. Please tell me your story. Answered by Johnny Escarrega 1 year ago.

Paxil Side Effects - please read I am not a big fan of the FDA. Bloggers lets band together and let the truth out about Paxil. Please link to this Paxil side effects page using "Paxil side effects" in the link so we can get this message out. Here is an alarming email about Paxil side effects that I was given today. I started Paxil about 8 weeks ago. After 1 week I started to experience headaches and zapping. Not knowing that it was Paxil, could cause this situation I went to my medical Dr. and he took blood test, UA, and had a Ct Scan/contrast. Everything came back normal. I decided on 10/7/03 to take myself off Paxil, thinking that nothing could be worse than what I was going through. Well I was wrong; I started going through withdrawal and that is pure hell. I not only still have the headaches and zapping but I am now feeling anxiety, irritable, fatigue, tremors, vertigo, nausea and numerous other symptoms of withdrawal. The nightmares are terrible and so are the hot flashes that I also experienced while taking the medication. I am furious and discussed that my Psychiatrist put me on such a drug that is so addicting and causing so many problems. I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor and had never been addicted to any Alcohol or drugs before in my life. To seek out help for a stressful time in my life and to be put on such a dangerous drug such as Paxil. It appears that I am damned if I stay on it and damned if I go off has me feeling outrageous and angry, not only at the company that put this drug out but also for my Dr. not to tell me the effects or that I would have withdrawal symptoms if I came off. Well I am coming off and I will not be weaned off like so many others it will be cold turkey for me. To me to say that you need to be weaned off is no different than giving someone methadone to get them off heroin. Using one drug to offset another or taking less of a drug at a slower pace, one will never be off and only keep going back to help deter the effects of withdrawal. 4 days now for me and I will fight and get back my sanity. It is now day eight since I took myself off Paxil. I still have the headaches but they are finally easing up. The zapping is getting worse and the whoosh noise is still there. I have been experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms along with the above. Vertigo, tremors so bad I was beating up myself, nightmares when I finally do fall asleep, irritable, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, lack of concentration, fearful, anxiety, depression, crying uncontrollably, anger, frustration, heart palpitation, dizziness, flu symptoms, weakness, disoriented and chills. I am wondering what is next. I talked to the FDA today also. Surprising they returned my call. I only wish that I had taped the conversation. The following is part of the conversation I had with them. The person I talked to stated that they don't feel that Paxil is addictive because it doesn't carry the behavior of a person that is dependent on a drug. A person that will go out and steal to obtain their drug of choice or cause harm to another. I explained since I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor that any drug that will cause a person to have withdrawal symptoms especially the ones I stated above that the drug is defiantly an addictive drug and any other term is not going to satisfy the public. I also stated that any SSRI is used to enhance the seritonin in ones body and that doctors need to test to find out if ones seritonin level is low in which they need to enhance. If a person does not have a low seritonin level than these drugs can and do cause more problems for an individual. Doctors aren't given all the facts with prescribing these types of meds and need to do some more studies to make sure others aren't harmed like myself and many of you who are writing in. The one thing all can do is get this advertising stopped that Paxil is not addictive or habit forming. Lets start flooding the lines and start calling the FDA and the dept that handles complaints about advertising Paxil. Please call and tell them your story. The advertising section of FDA is (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240. Lets ban together and get Glaxo-Smith Kline to admit the truth about these effects and to get them to stop lying that it is not addictive or habit forming. Also do your own memory recall as to any symptoms you felt while being on the Paxil or any SSRI. Tell the people at the FDA if you experienced any zapping, whooshing noise, headaches (And how severe they were, Hot flashes or anything else that you may have experienced while being on Paxil. The FDA is basically only hearing about the withdrawals and nothing about peoples experience on the Paxil. Lets speak and fight for our rights and the rights of the future. please spread the word about Paxil side effects by linking to this page using the following code. Paxil Side Effects which will appear on your website as Paxil Side Effects If you do not yet have a website blogs are really fun. They also are quick and easy to set up and thanks to Google you can start one free. Start your free blog today (and remember to link to this page) Posted at November 11, 2003 10:00 AM Comments I too decided to take myself off of paxil,and did I ever have a rough time of it. I had the zapping of my face mainly, vertigo, nausea, visual disturbances, lack of concentration, nightmares, palpitations and I actually thought that I was having mini seizures. This drug is the most awful thing anyone can do for onself. mcarranza on December 4, 2003 12:08 PM I have only been taking Paxil CR for about 4 mths,the only side effect I can say I experinced from taking the drug was excessive yawning and going from having a very healthy sex drive to having none at all. Right before the Christmas Holidays, my precription ran out and I decided not to worry about it because my husband thinks that the drug was effecting our sex life (I have no sex drive anymore) so I told him I would stop taking it to see if it worked and besides I couldnt get it filled because my doctor's office is closed due to the holidays. I have been 4 days without the drug, I have started having real bad headaches, chills (no fever) and feeling dizzy while I am sitting down! Tunnel vision, my whole body itches and the nausea is so bad.. I also found myself getting VERY ANGRY over nothing today, I almost hurt my little boy today! So I decided to go online to see if my NOT taking the paxil was the problem, BOY WAS I AMAZED!! I am so MAD at my doctor for putting me on this drug. The drug actually helped with the problems I was having to cause me to take the drug, angry outburst, road rage, depression, ect. Now I know it is the withdrawels from this drug that is causing me to feel this way, the withdrawels are horriable! From what I have read tonight, I am not so sure if I should quit taking the drug. My symtoms are only going to get worse. I only wish I would have asked more questions about this drug before I started taking it. I am really scared. Please advise me of what I should do, thank you for your time Cindy on December 26, 2003 11:44 PM I am glad I read this. I had very bad side effects while I was taking it and now that I stopped taking it, it is even worse. Damian on February 2, 2004 10:19 PM the dr put me on effexor i stayed sick could not eat so not he put me on lexapro i have not takin it yet because of all the side aff i was thinkin about paxil what do you think about paxil? Debbi on February 3, 2004 8:33 AM Paxil and most anti-depressants are well known for having withdrawl effects. If you had spoken to your physician about coming off of this drug or any other drug, he/she would have recommended weaning off. Even a pharmacist would do the same. It is bizarre to me that a supposed Alcohol/Drug Counselor would not know this. If a person had been drinking for months or years on end and they suddenly stopped drinking, they would suffer from withdrawl. I am not necessarily a supporter of Paxil, but please also be aware that all drugs have side-effects. And, different people suffer differently. YouShouldKnow! on February 5, 2004 2:17 AM I agree with what you say. The problem is that in our society "good drugs" and "bad drugs" are painted in an entirely different light. When you see the end of a Zoloft commercial it states "Zoloft is not habit forming." There are millions of dollars pushing the sales of Paxil and other drugs like it. SSRIs such as Paxil are known to cause problems. Now we are also pushing so less fine print needs to be given. depression blog on February 5, 2004 2:56 AM i sure am glad to read your site! i was considering going off paxil-cr due to the sexual side effects, but now i do not know what is worse: having no sexual desire or suffering all the side effects that i just read! i am also very upset that my physician did not mention this to me. i wanted to consider wellbutrin-xl or serzone. i do not know now. thanks for listening... jena on February 7, 2004 12:49 PM I had taken paxil 20mg for two years for panic disorder. The only side effects I experienced were dry mouth, throat tightness, and slight weight gain. These subsided after adjusting to this medication. I decided to taper of to 10mg and eventually stop altogether. I felt fine and hadn't experienced a panic attack for a year and a half. Withdrawal was moderate to severe and eventually overcame the malaise after four to five days. I managed fine for six months without paxil, but questioned how long it takes for paxil to completely leave your body. I pondered this because sexually my orgasms were still delayed. Around the six month this delay began to disappear as if I was back to normal sexually. This is when I began to feel chest tightness, tremors, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, etc... I've continued to feel the Answered by Molly Kalfa 1 year ago.

Paxil Stories Answered by Nada Urben 1 year ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Any Paxil horror stories? I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by... Answered by Summer Brezeale 1 year ago.

Simple story. The drug worked great, except for the 85 pounds in 18 months that I put on and have not been able to keep off since. Answered by Paige Skwarek 1 year ago.

I dont take that garbage but I have heard of people getting jerks through their nervous system when quitting it. I think that there is already a class action suit....Maybe next time dont take experimental drugs. Answered by Gustavo Amtower 1 year ago.

And you wonder why doctors charge so much. They get sued every time the results aren't perfect. That's the risk you take when you consume drugs. The doctor was educated with the knowledge these drugs would work. They didn't. Not his fault. He wanted to satisfy his patients. Give them a break...they aren't the only ones who make mistakes. Answered by Anissa Lasch 1 year ago.

irritability, increased anxiety, fits of rage.... Answered by Gertrudis Coberley 1 year ago.


Paxil questions?
docs assistant just called in a script of Zoloft. Now I have more questions! Asked by Karen Langhorst 1 year ago.

Today my dr. prescribed Paxil to me. I am wondering if something else might be better. Do you have any suggestions for different meds or additional meds? Such as adding Xanax into the mix? I've recently gained a lot of weight because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome - I really don't want to gain any more weight. I already have problems sleeping and I read that Paxil can cause insomnia. I already have a low sex drive because of my weight gain and PAxil causes a decreased labido. I am already moody due to lack of sleep, weight gain, anxiety attacks - and I read that it causes some to be moody. UGH - any ideas for me? Answered by Joan Milo 1 year ago.

Paxil can cause all of the side effects you noted, but that's no different from any of the SSRI's and it doesn't necessarily mean you will experience them all. The insomnia is temporary for those who get it and just as many people have the opposite effect and find it sedating. Paxil rarely makes people moody, though there a few who have a paradoxical reaction. As far as weight gain, Paxil can actually contribute to an initial weight loss followed by weight gain or difficulty losing weight after long-term use. At any rate, the average weight loss/gain is only 5# and people tend to blame weight gain beyond that on the med when it may be due to other contributing factors. The sexual side effects are much more common and can result in decreased libido or increased difficulty achieving orgasm and they do tend to be dose related. For some people, taking one 4mg periactin (cyproheptadine) several hours prior to anticipated sexual encounters alleviates the side effect. Periactin is an inexpensice antihistamine your doc can prescribe if you notice this. Additionally, many people do not experience any sexual side effects when Paxil (or any SSRI) is taken with Wellbutrin (Bupropion) and since Wellbutrin works on norepinephrine primarily (slight effect on dopamine) they may experience an added anti-depressant effect. Try the Paxil and compare and contrast the benefits versus the side effects, but give it at least 2-4 weeks at the current dosage before you make your assessment. The anti-depressant effects kick in usually in two weeks, anxiolytic effects in 4-6 weeks and most temporary side effects stop by then. If you continue to experience side effects at 4 weeks, they are unlikely to decrease thereafter and you can ask your doc about the alternatives above. I would suggest a trial of Wellbutrin alone, though I am guessing from your interest in Xanax that you are receiving the meds primarily for anxiety versus depression and wellbutrin isn't terribly effective with anxiety. As far as Xanax goes, it works exceedingly well for anxiety, however it is extremely addictive and not a good choice for chronic or continuous conditions. It can be effective for long-term management of panic disorder provided that it is only taken prn (as needed), but not a good choice for generalized anxiety disorders. In my opinion, the addiction potential is a more serious potential consequence and does not make it a first line choice for any chronic conditions that may be effectively controlled with SSRI's. Hope that helps-Good Luck! Answered by Kimberly Bembry 1 year ago.

Please don't look for ways to talk yourself out of the great benefits before you give it a try. Paxil, like many of its kind takes some time to get into your system, and for you to feel the full benefits. I started off with cutting the smallest mg in half, and then in 3/4, and finally = one full 10 mg pill. It has worked wonders for me, and we have not had to increase the dosage. I cah handle things in a much more positive way, and I can stand up for myself without anger, but inan assertive way. I can ignore whatd does not affectd me, and - there are justd so many wonderful affecs that I have from Paxil. Plus - the Big one is -- this is the Only anti-depressant type of medication that I have Ever been able to tolerate ! (Paxil has the least side affects of any ) Give it a try, and see if after a month, you are feeling So much better - but remember to stop looking up all of the negative parts, and to think positive. Talk to The Lord, and He will help you !! :-) Answered by Halley Rooth 1 year ago.

It's smart to do your research before starting any drug. I have done paxil and it has been surprising.It really helped me but yet there is a backlash to it. Read the website below for more info on paxil.It will cause you to gain weight and the insomnia is so bothersome, among other things. Answered by Ethelyn Kinlin 1 year ago.

I am taking wellbutrin and zoloft. I was on celexa but it made my head real fuzzy. Most of the SSRI's cause some weight gain so you have to decide if you want to feel "normal" or drop some lbs. Personally, I'd rather feel normal. Anyway, Wellbutrin can offset some of the weight gain and moodiness caused by Paxil and it also increases your sex drive. Good luck. It takes a while to find the right cocktail. Answered by Tanner Graubard 1 year ago.

Paxil can be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety. I suggest that you trust your doctor and address any concerns with him/her. It is likely that your doctor will see how effective the Paxil is before adding anything to the mix. For the most part, doctors will try to treat people with the least amount of medication possible. I also suggest that you consider seeing a therapist in addition to your doctor, this really helped me in learning to cope with my anxiety and depression. Answered by Katy Bokal 1 year ago.

When i was on paxil....i slept fine, my sex life was about the same....paxil mellowed my moods....(i was on it for anxiety attacks and depression) Each person reacts differently....but i didn't really have any of the symptoms you mentioned. Answered by Stacee Kennis 1 year ago.


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAXIL?
I started taking 10 mg. Paxil a week ago for accute anxiety. Since then I've been feeling even more nervous and have racing thoughts and thoughts I cannot control. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to anxiety? Asked by Ardis Titch 1 year ago.

Paxil Alternative Answered by Ayanna Stahlman 1 year ago.

Take 900 mg of St. John's wart daily with 220 mg of Ginko biloba. This is an alternative to the Paxil medication. I have been on Paxil for three years and now me and my husband want to have a baby and you can not take Paxil due to heart defects. Paxil did work although better think long and hard about ever coming off it. The withdrawls are terrible and if I had to do it all over again I would have chose the natural herb and supplements. Physician's are never upfront about the effects if you ever want to discontinue and for that I am very upset with my physician. But seriously think long and hard about taking any of these medications... Answered by Monroe Vernaglia 1 year ago.

A much safer alternative, if you haven't been specifically diagnosed with an serotonin problem, would be a short trial with calcium alone (particularly if you have sleeping problems as well), or a calcium / magnesium combination. Don't forget to take at least 500 IU, or more, of Vitamin D as well. Answered by Belinda Helger 1 year ago.


Can i take viagra if i'm on paxil?
Asked by Loriann Koczwara 1 year ago.

Viagra, Paxil Help Premature Ejaculation A new study shows that Viagra in combination with Paxil helps premature ejaculators who have not improved with standard treatment. If a man can work up the nerve to talk to his doctor about premature ejaculation, the doctor may refer him to a psychiatrist or a sex therapist, or may prescribe one of several possible medications including Paxil, an antidepressant, or a lidocaine numbing ointment that is rubbed on the head of the penis before sex. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Fla., looked at 138 premature ejaculators who started out using a numbing ointment. Thirty-eight were satisfied with that treatment. The remaining 100 started taking Paxil, and 42 of them were satisfied with that, leaving 58 who took Paxil with Viagra. Over the course of three months, the men took one dose of Paxil seven hours before sex and one dose of Viagra one hour before sex. They noted how long they were able to have sexual intercourse, from the moment they entered a partner's vagina to the moment they ejaculated. In the beginning, they were able to sustain intercourse for less than one minute to three minutes. They also rated their performance on a scale. At first they ejaculated too soon from "half of the time" to "almost always." By the end of the study, 56 of the 58 men were able to have intercourse for more than three minutes most of the time. It's well known that Paxil has sexual side effects, including delayed ejaculation. But Viagra? There can be several explanations for this, says study author Juza Chen, MD, of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. One possibility is that Viagra acts on the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. This function involves the chemical nitric oxide. Too much nitric oxide inhibits ejaculation. Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which is how it helps men get erections. Juza says there is some scientific evidence that Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the brain, although that is not certain. "Another possibility could be a decrease of sensitivity in the [head of the penis]," Juza says. Arnold Melman, MD, head of the urology department at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says he doubts that has anything to do with it. "What evidence is there?" he says. "Do you think when you have a hard erection you're less sensitive?" Viagra may have had a psychological effect, too: With a firmer erection, they had more confidence, so they had more control. Melman says he thinks that is a more likely explanation. "I'm sure that's true," he says. "Much of the reason for premature ejaculation is psychological, not physical." Juza says more research is needed to learn about using Viagra as a treatment for premature ejaculation. He plans to study the effects of Viagra alone compared with a placebo, and Viagra alone compared with Paxil alone. "I think it's a good concept," Melman says. Answered by Ernestina Eriksson 1 year ago.

According to this drug interaction checker, there aren't any listed between those 2 drugs. But there may be other reasons you can't take viagra (some heart drugs, for instance). That's why you need to ask your prescriber to be sure. Answered by Woodrow Matier 1 year ago.


Does the paxil has any side effects??
Asked by Danilo Levens 1 year ago.

Paxil CR is approved only for adults 18 years and over. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants. Depression and other illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose. The reason that there have been some suicides with any and all antidepressants is the fact that when people are severely depressed they don't have the energy, drive or interest in doing anything at all. Most of them only sleep or sit for hours staring at blank walls. When this same person(s) decide to make a change for the better and get their life back, they start taking antidepressants which start to lift their depression. Unfortunately, on the road to being completely undepressed, you have to pass through the level of being mildly depressed. At this stage of depression, a person is more energetic, driven and is thinking more about his depression and problems than he was when he was severely depressed. It is at this time, that many people make the move to do away with themselves. It has nothing to do with the drug itself - only the level of depression the person is experiencing. The depressed person still needs to get help, but if that person is severely depressed and is taking antidepressant drug therapy, then someone should be responsible enough to keep watch on them during the mildly depressed period. This takes love and committment but the outcome for the depressed person is a life worth living. I have added some additional info for you below. In most cases, you can take Paxil CR with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil CR. There may be other medicines that don't react well with Paxil CR, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking. As with any prescription medication, Paxil CR may cause some side effects, which are usually mild to moderate and may fade or disappear completely over time. A common side effect of Paxil CR is nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include injury, infection, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, weakness, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, yawning, sweating, abnormal vision and sexual side effects. If you should experience any side effects, be sure to report them to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow his/her advice. I took Paxil without any problems and found it was good for anxiety as well as depression. Answered by Ethyl Wienandt 1 year ago.

I agree you should look for another doctor. I went on Paxil over a year ago (now trying to go off). I had some side effects, but I went on the medication GRADUALLY, as I hope you are too. I started with a small dose of 5 or 10 mg, and then increased in increments of 5 mg. So it was 5 mg for one week, then 10 mg for a week or so, then 15 mg for a week or so, then 20 mg. which is the strength I've been at since then. If you went from zero to 20 that may explain the severity of side effects. Good luck. Answered by Shawanna Spano 1 year ago.

I gained weight on paxil Answered by Jamaal Gerwig 1 year ago.

I went from around 175 to upper 180s, plus there were some sexual side affects. Though, given the benefit of taking it, it was a no-brainer - I'd do it again if I had to. Answered by Kareen Hoeffliger 1 year ago.

It most certainly does, I was taking that drug briefly (about 3 weeks), and ended up in the ER due to the strenght of the side effects. Answered by Nicola Boufford 1 year ago.

If you have been prescribed a medication you need to speak to you doctor about it. Take it as it indicates on the label. My male friend had problems with ejaculation. He could not ejaculate as he once did, it took forever. I have a female friend that had a problem with orgasm, she couldn't but she would rather not be depressed. It was worth it to her to keep taking it. Answered by Jame Corrett 1 year ago.

read the label and the instructions Answered by Nichol Doolin 1 year ago.

MAYBE DEPENDS Answered by Belen Louch 1 year ago.


Paxil Revisited?
My options of coming off Paxil are nil. I suffer from seven different disorders and Paxil is the only one that works. I've tried them all, trust me. Any natural ways to help boost my sexdrive? Asked by Nola Huante 1 year ago.

Yeah paxil kills that huh. I know it killed mine totally. I am a cuddly person who loved sex and my fiancee had this girl who did not want it at all and did not want to be touched from a 2x a day sex goddess. When I did want sex I could never have any orgasms. Have you asked your MD about viagra? It is not natural, but neighter is paxil and you might need a big gun to fight the big poison of paxil. How about eating no red meat exercise and no alcohol? That should help. Have you thought of going for accupuncture? Taking a multipulvitamin. Go to your primary and get a whole check up. Ask about viagra and start living like you are a diabetic or just had a heart attack. Live clean. This should all help. Eat well, multivitamin not smoking, caffeine or drinking. This should help a great deal. Get good sleep and exercise. Sorry you are having problems. You are not the first one. Both men and women have trouble with paxil, but I am glad you are taking care of your mental problems. I have them and my father had them. My father chose suicide instead of sexual side effects. I wish he was here with me, his friends and the rest of the family. I am glad you have made that wonderful choice to treat your mental illness and deal with this. A new med may come out soon that helps you without these problems. Psych meds are coming out all the time. Take care and stay postive like you are. Answered by Roberto Brimmage 1 year ago.


Has anyone had any good/bad expieriences taking Paxil?
Doc is changing me from zoloft to another anitdepressant. I want to chose one that will help with anxiety and panic, but with low low side effects. anyone know if Paxil is any good? Asked by Lavonia Sherfield 1 year ago.

Paxil has worked well for me, and I don't think I have gained that much weight from it. I believe all anti-depressants seem to have some weight gain disadvantages, though. The one drawback I have had and read that others have noticed is the withdrawal, like if I forget 1 day to take it, I will notice it. I am only taking 10mg and I feel that I need to change to something else as I don't want to "up" the mg's of paxil and other reasoning's just mentioned... I would also look into how much different drugs cost, as I am a student and I don't have insurance, so some of these types can get very costly.. Also, Effexor, I didn't care for at all; made me quite "out of it".!!!! Hope this helps. Answered by Patsy Emrick 1 year ago.

I've been on Paxil for about four years now and I'd have to say the worst side effect has been the loss of sexual desire and weight gain. Also, if you forget a pill or two, the dizziness sucks! You get all spacey and can't concentrate. Paxil doesn't make you more anxious, it actually helps with anxiety. At least it does me. It is actually supposed to be more for anxiety than depression. But you should explore your options and be sure to be accurate with your doctor about your symptoms/feelings. Good luck feeling better. Answered by Delfina Passantino 1 year ago.

Paxil is a wonderful anti anxiety drug if you can tolerate gaining weight with it. No matter how you watch your food intake and exercise, you will most likely gain a substantial amount of weight. It is just so unfortunate because it works so well with the panic attacks. I think that you need to balance the effects vs the side effects, and decide if you can deal with a weight gain. Many people, particularly women would not as the gain tends to make them more anxious. Perhaps you can discuss this with your doc, and see what he/she says about it. Have you tried Lexapro? That has less side effects, virtually none in most people and can work. Another is an older one, but still in the new drug classifications as a seritonin uptake, is Effexor. That one was very good. Good luck. Answered by Damien Choquette 1 year ago.

Im on Paxil, and I could feel the difference from the second day I was on it. I take it for depression and severe anxiety disorder, and it has really worked wonders. When I first started I was on a higher dose and I got dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; feels like a lump in your throat that you cant swallow past)as a side effect; we lowered the dose and its been fine since. My main concern with it is that I have gained 30 lbs in the past year when I have never had weight issues before and I watch my diet and activity closely. Answered by Alphonse Syphers 1 year ago.

I used it for 5 years. I didn't have any side effects while on it. It helped me. However, there came a time when I didn't want to take it. After such a long time, I got severe side effects if i didn't take it for three days. Eyes and motion coordination. Dizziness. Actually, I felt sick. So, my doctor and I set up a decreased dose plan, reducing the milligrams each couple of days over about 45 days, and I got off it. I'm fine now and can say, it helped me then. (It does have a reputation for decreasing ones libido). I hope your situation, is situational and not a chronic one. Good luck and take good care! Answered by Robt Florens 1 year ago.

I am fine with Paxil but not generic excepted 1 but the company got in trouble so can't get it I am tring to get off of it slowly and fell hora bel becuse of insherince will not cover it so if I have kids I will not have them put on antidepressant. Or ADHD meds becuse of things like this hapning I out growe the insherince that paed for it Answered by Twila Alcivar 1 year ago.

Paxil really helped my anxiety. I had no side effects. My brother who has panic attacks also got a lot of relief with Paxil but he had a lot of side effects. It was a real pain to come off of. You have to taper it off slowly. Answered by Young Bonn 1 year ago.

I took paxil, and really couldn't tell any difference... my doctor switched me to zoloft, and the effects were the same. I just quit taking meds altogether... I would talk to your doctor about it though... They know what stuff may be better for you. Answered by Eura Fousek 1 year ago.

I tried it once and it made me 3 times worse and you cant just stop taking them you have to get off of them slow Zanax has a 24 hr pill that seems to work pretty well ask him about that one Michael Answered by Cris Bolon 1 year ago.


Paxil - CR Advise.?
I've been prescribed Paxil CR 12.5. Any advise would be wonderful. I have been on Anything and Everything. I plan to become pregnant in a couple of months (hopefully) and would not want this to effect me in anyway. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. God Bless!! Asked by Latanya Zalar 1 year ago.

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which means that this drug keeps the neurotransmiters to stay in the synasis b/n 2 nerve cells longer. You mentioned that you've been on anything and everything. I wish you can be more specific about it. For antidepressants to work, you have to give it a long trial period before deciding whether it works or not. If you have recurring depressions, then you should stay on the medication for a much longer time period. Paxil is consider class-c when it comes to pregancy. The study is done on animal and it might but not an absolute answer that it might cause some problem. But human studies are inconclusive. Basically it boils down to the benefit vs risk ratio. In your situation I would think the benefit out weight the risk. Let's say if there is a 1000 women who are like you while not on any medication vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group do you think will have a higher probability of having a totally health baby? So if a 1000 women who are like you while on paxil vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group would have more totally health baby? Then can you credit the difference b/c of the medication or it is just the fact that your genetics is different. Do a Yahoo search for 'Paxil & pregnancy' and you will find more articles that you can read up on your own. Answered by Stacee Markunas 1 year ago.

Oh bless your heart~ First and foremost you need to consult an ob/gyn and discuss your current medications~you need to do this well ahead of considering a pregnancy~also consult your psychiatrist~ Discuss this with these doctors and get second opinions if you can~ You also are going to run a higher risk for postpartum depression~ Babies add more stress to your life as wonderful as they are~ First and foremost you need to take care of you as you are the most important person in the world~once you are on level ground then you will be more prepared for a baby~and a baby is not going to cure your disorders~ I know I sound some what cold~yet I thought it would help my "issues" and it did not~ It takes at the very least 12 weeks for most of the medications to build in your system to an advisable level~and never, never just stop taking them cold turkey~I have and I suffered! Sweetheart I hope that you can find the medication that helps you~I take a combination of things~every system is different~it takes time to find the right stuff~when you do you will feel much better~then you can take on the pregnancy issue~ Make sure you get plenty of exercise~just a good walk helps your system and mind feel much better~ I wish you the very best~you will be content I promise~just give it all the proper time and you will be a better person for your patients~ May the sparkles in life land upon you~!~ Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paroxetine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Paroxetine may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking paroxetine, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Answered by Anika Scheiber 1 year ago.


Another Paxil question....?
So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a... Asked by Corina Eickhoff 1 year ago.

So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a xanax to calm down----but I end up being a zombie all day. Then around 4 or 5 in the evening, the depression kicks in again, and I start to feel worse, which spins me into another panic attack, so I take another .5mg of xanax, which knocks me out. Has anyone gone through this? I was nervous to increase the paxil, so I'm still taking only 10mg until I see my doc next week. Can anyone help me???? Answered by Jennefer Andreessen 1 year ago.

Paxil did just the opposite for me. I was on a 20mg dose however. I was a lot less anxious and it made me more drowsy more of the time. I am a person that generally only sleeps 5-7 hours a night at most, and never takes naps. But when I was on paxil I was taking naps every day cause I was a lot more relaxed. Paxil helped me for both depression and anxiety, starting in the first couple of days of taking it even though I know the medication probably hadn't reached its full effect. My biggest problem with it is all the side effects and withdrawal issues, plus the fact that I feel like I shouldn't need a drug to deal with whatever is wrong with me. But as far as depression and anxiety go, it did seem to work. Note: if you are taking the Generic Paxil, and not the name brand, there is supposedly no difference... I however did not feel any positive effects when taking the generic paxil, and tried it on two seperate occasions for periods of a few days to weeks at a time. You may want to try getting your pharmacy to change to the name brand paxil, it will be more expensive, but I definitely thought there was a difference between the two. Answered by Jeanmarie Shamp 1 year ago.

Being "jumpy" can actually be a side effect of Paxil and some other antidepressants. Sometimes, such side effects will stop as you get used to the drug. Paxil is also supposed to help with anxiety, so it seems a bit odd to me that your doctor prescribed Xanax as well unless it was a temporary measure to help you until the Paxil takes effect. Talk to your doctor about this. If the Paxil doesn't work out for you, there are other meds you can try. Answered by Luz Roehrman 1 year ago.

Yes, but I loved my paxil... You are still getting used to Paxil though...your body is still adapting, but I still got that jumpy sort of feeling the entire time I was on it. I recently went to a psychiatrist who took me off of paxil all together--and the SSRIs (the drug group that Paxil is in) and put me on a more stabilizing medication because I was having the same problem...well, sort of. I was good during the day but I couldn't sleep at night. I will tell you this, I have been on paxil for years, and i USED to be able to sleep but my dad just died recently, so I am VERY anxious and it is hard to sleep--so, anyhow.. I dont really know what the answer is. Maybe stay on 10 mg for a little longer until you get used to it. Be careful w/the xanax-- it is VERY addicting! (btw: my doctor refuses to put me back on paxil but I miss it :( and she says that xanax is way too addicting to prescribe..so i am screwed)..also, they do have Paxil CR (which is controlled release---it slowly releases through your system throughout the day). I am get tired now (which is im associated w/being depressed...) w/my medication and I still feel depressed--which paxil would always help with, i can sleep and my anxiety is gone but now im depressed.. I dont know if this is more confusing than helpful, but it is food for thought. Good luck! So, I can either decide to not sleep-- but not be depressed, or be depressed but not be anxious and be able to sleep....haha Answered by Alesha Rieben 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that this isn't working out well for you. I can give you some advice, but I advise that you contact your Dr. via telephone as you experience these side effects. First, it's important to understand that the Paxil works on increasing the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, apetite, sexuality, body temperature, vomitting and sleep. It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the reuptake process to reach efficacy, where in the first week or two, you may experience nausea, irritability, diziness, weight gain and loss of labido. Everything usually goes away, except for the loss of labido and weight gain. In addition, Paxil does not work with the part of your central nervous system that causes stress. Panic attacks are a product of our body's natural stress reaction when we feel that we are being exposed to danger, even though no danger exists. Paxil will not cause this; your panic/anxiety is a biproduct of your depression and over all emotional health. As far as your Dr's recommendation to increase the dosage; you should be 100% complient with his/her instructions. When you start adjusting dosage on your own, you are really making things more difficult for them and it's going to take longer to get you properly aclimated to any medication. When ever I feel I have to make an adjustment, I always call my Dr. immediately and ask her permission, we discuss it, but ultimately, I follow her instructions so she is fully aware of what's going on so she knows how to treat me. One thing that sticks out is that the Paxil is making you "jumpy" and you're experiencing "racing" thoughts. I should point out, that these are symptoms of bipolar disorder, where if someone who is bipolar takes an SSRI - it will trigger mania (racing thoughts) and further increase depression. In many cases, bipolar depression is misdiagnosed and treated as unipolar depression, where SSRI's just make things worse. I'm not saying that you're bipolar, but from your reaction to Paxil, it may be something worth bringing up with your Dr. Lastly - the Xanax is not going to help your depression. Xanax is very addicting and has a short elimination half life. This means that if you start taking it regularly, you're going to build dependane. Being that Xanax doesn't stay in your system that long, you'll end up having to take more and more or you'll suffer from withdrawal very quickly - further increasing depression. It's important that you keep regular contact with your Dr. when you're starting new medication. A good Dr. will want to put you in a position where you'll experience minimal side effects. Give them as much info as you can so they can make you feel better and keep you from feeling worse. Feel better! Answered by Virgilio Bastin 1 year ago.

I never had any success with paxil, I could never understand why I would be given one drug to counter act the side effects of another. After being on paxil for almost 8 months (it takes up to 7 weeks to be in your system and functioning for you). I begged to go on something else. You do need to stick it out while it takes effect and it is in your system fully. Do not miss a pill, for every dose missed it takes 3 days to catch up. If after a few months you do not feel any better ask for something else. Not all antidepressants work the same on everybody. Good Luck. Answered by Jeffry Duffek 1 year ago.

i replaced into on Paxil for an somewhat long term, and it replaced into so tricky for me to get off of it, yet ultimately it in basic terms did no longer help me anymore. precise now i'm on Effexor XR and it works super. i does not survive Paxil, I even have heard loads of undesirable effects approximately it. Answered by Akiko Schroll 1 year ago.

it's very obvious that Paxil is not the drug for you. Don't wait for the Doctors appointment, call him (or her!) and explain what's going on. This is not normal. Answered by Adalberto Pangelina 1 year ago.

ask the doc to switch you from paxil to something else Answered by Dreama Puglisi 1 year ago.


Paxil concerns.?
I just started taking paxil for ocd and gad,I have some concerns with it,Like i heard that a man killed his wife,children,and then himself after taking paxil for only two days.What other medications are their that are safer and more effective for teenagers for ocd and gad?thanks. Asked by Salena Cavalier 1 year ago.

Paxil Generic Name: paroxetine (pa ROX a teen) Brand Names: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva What is Paxil? Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Important information about Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Do not take Paxil together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Before taking Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks. Do not use Paxil if you are using pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam). Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medicines are taken with Paxil. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take Paxil. After you stop taking Paxil, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking an MAOI. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: liver or kidney disease; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression), or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests. FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Paxil can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Paxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Paxil? Take Paxil exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the liquid form of Paxil well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil. Do not stop taking Paxil suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Store Paxil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of Paxil. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, confusion, aggression, seizures, and coma. What should I avoid while taking Paxil? Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Paxil. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, other medication for depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Paxil. Paxil can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Paxil side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: seizure (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as: feeling nervous, restless, or unable to sit still; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or dry mouth, yawning, or ringing in your ears. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. What other drugs will affect Paxil? Talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others. Taking any of these drugs with Paxil may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines: atomoxetine (Strattera), cimetidine (Tagamet), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), risperidone (Risperdal), ritonavir (Norvir), St. John's wort, tramadol (Ultram), or tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan); heart rhythm medication such as flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rhythmol); a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); any other antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or sertraline (Zoloft); a phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), and others; or almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment. There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Paxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Where can I get more information? Your pharmacist has additional information about Paxil written for health professionals that you may read. What does my medication look like? Paroxetine is available with a prescription under the brand names Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Paxil, especially if it is new to you. Paxil 10 mgoval, yellow, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 20 mg - oval, pink, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 30 mg - oval, blue, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 40 mg - oval, green, film-coated scored tablets Paxil CR 12.5 mg - round yellow, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 25 mg - round, pink, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 37.5 mg - round, blue, film-coated tablets Paxil 10 mg/5 mL - orange-colored, orange-flavored oral suspension Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Paxil only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Answered by Ellan Pichardo 1 year ago.

The best way to get meds is from a pharmacist or psychiatrist. Medical doctors are not trained in the medication fields like the above. If you are having bad feelings about paxil, talk to the above professionals. There are wonderful meds out today that do not have the side affects as paxil and others. Answered by Dorathy Buseck 1 year ago.

I guess Miss Just Peachy said it all. lol thanks to her. Additionally you way want to undergo behavioral psychotherapy which are very effective for anxiety disorders but not much with mood and psychotic conditions. You may have some automatic and favorite thoughts as coping that may be the ones actually causing your anxiety such as the "what ifs?". if you still prefer medicines a good advice is let your doctor do the worrying for you i'm sure he is monitoring your progress. Answered by Kindra Rauer 1 year ago.

paxil GAVE me panic disorder! i got off it and i was fine. Answered by Rikki Rinkenberger 1 year ago.

i dont believe any medications are good for you unless u will die without it its unnatural chemicals its all poison if u took the whole bottle it will kill u wat do u think yur doing to yur body when u take one a day? Answered by Charolette Pritchell 1 year ago.


Any Paxil horror stories?
Thank you for the link Cookies Asked by Lavera Menna 1 year ago.

I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by this drug. Please tell me your story. Answered by Lillian Chojnacki 1 year ago.

Paxil Side Effects - please read I am not a big fan of the FDA. Bloggers lets band together and let the truth out about Paxil. Please link to this Paxil side effects page using "Paxil side effects" in the link so we can get this message out. Here is an alarming email about Paxil side effects that I was given today. I started Paxil about 8 weeks ago. After 1 week I started to experience headaches and zapping. Not knowing that it was Paxil, could cause this situation I went to my medical Dr. and he took blood test, UA, and had a Ct Scan/contrast. Everything came back normal. I decided on 10/7/03 to take myself off Paxil, thinking that nothing could be worse than what I was going through. Well I was wrong; I started going through withdrawal and that is pure hell. I not only still have the headaches and zapping but I am now feeling anxiety, irritable, fatigue, tremors, vertigo, nausea and numerous other symptoms of withdrawal. The nightmares are terrible and so are the hot flashes that I also experienced while taking the medication. I am furious and discussed that my Psychiatrist put me on such a drug that is so addicting and causing so many problems. I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor and had never been addicted to any Alcohol or drugs before in my life. To seek out help for a stressful time in my life and to be put on such a dangerous drug such as Paxil. It appears that I am damned if I stay on it and damned if I go off has me feeling outrageous and angry, not only at the company that put this drug out but also for my Dr. not to tell me the effects or that I would have withdrawal symptoms if I came off. Well I am coming off and I will not be weaned off like so many others it will be cold turkey for me. To me to say that you need to be weaned off is no different than giving someone methadone to get them off heroin. Using one drug to offset another or taking less of a drug at a slower pace, one will never be off and only keep going back to help deter the effects of withdrawal. 4 days now for me and I will fight and get back my sanity. It is now day eight since I took myself off Paxil. I still have the headaches but they are finally easing up. The zapping is getting worse and the whoosh noise is still there. I have been experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms along with the above. Vertigo, tremors so bad I was beating up myself, nightmares when I finally do fall asleep, irritable, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, lack of concentration, fearful, anxiety, depression, crying uncontrollably, anger, frustration, heart palpitation, dizziness, flu symptoms, weakness, disoriented and chills. I am wondering what is next. I talked to the FDA today also. Surprising they returned my call. I only wish that I had taped the conversation. The following is part of the conversation I had with them. The person I talked to stated that they don't feel that Paxil is addictive because it doesn't carry the behavior of a person that is dependent on a drug. A person that will go out and steal to obtain their drug of choice or cause harm to another. I explained since I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor that any drug that will cause a person to have withdrawal symptoms especially the ones I stated above that the drug is defiantly an addictive drug and any other term is not going to satisfy the public. I also stated that any SSRI is used to enhance the seritonin in ones body and that doctors need to test to find out if ones seritonin level is low in which they need to enhance. If a person does not have a low seritonin level than these drugs can and do cause more problems for an individual. Doctors aren't given all the facts with prescribing these types of meds and need to do some more studies to make sure others aren't harmed like myself and many of you who are writing in. The one thing all can do is get this advertising stopped that Paxil is not addictive or habit forming. Lets start flooding the lines and start calling the FDA and the dept that handles complaints about advertising Paxil. Please call and tell them your story. The advertising section of FDA is (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240. Lets ban together and get Glaxo-Smith Kline to admit the truth about these effects and to get them to stop lying that it is not addictive or habit forming. Also do your own memory recall as to any symptoms you felt while being on the Paxil or any SSRI. Tell the people at the FDA if you experienced any zapping, whooshing noise, headaches (And how severe they were, Hot flashes or anything else that you may have experienced while being on Paxil. The FDA is basically only hearing about the withdrawals and nothing about peoples experience on the Paxil. Lets speak and fight for our rights and the rights of the future. please spread the word about Paxil side effects by linking to this page using the following code. Paxil Side Effects which will appear on your website as Paxil Side Effects If you do not yet have a website blogs are really fun. They also are quick and easy to set up and thanks to Google you can start one free. Start your free blog today (and remember to link to this page) Posted at November 11, 2003 10:00 AM Comments I too decided to take myself off of paxil,and did I ever have a rough time of it. I had the zapping of my face mainly, vertigo, nausea, visual disturbances, lack of concentration, nightmares, palpitations and I actually thought that I was having mini seizures. This drug is the most awful thing anyone can do for onself. mcarranza on December 4, 2003 12:08 PM I have only been taking Paxil CR for about 4 mths,the only side effect I can say I experinced from taking the drug was excessive yawning and going from having a very healthy sex drive to having none at all. Right before the Christmas Holidays, my precription ran out and I decided not to worry about it because my husband thinks that the drug was effecting our sex life (I have no sex drive anymore) so I told him I would stop taking it to see if it worked and besides I couldnt get it filled because my doctor's office is closed due to the holidays. I have been 4 days without the drug, I have started having real bad headaches, chills (no fever) and feeling dizzy while I am sitting down! Tunnel vision, my whole body itches and the nausea is so bad.. I also found myself getting VERY ANGRY over nothing today, I almost hurt my little boy today! So I decided to go online to see if my NOT taking the paxil was the problem, BOY WAS I AMAZED!! I am so MAD at my doctor for putting me on this drug. The drug actually helped with the problems I was having to cause me to take the drug, angry outburst, road rage, depression, ect. Now I know it is the withdrawels from this drug that is causing me to feel this way, the withdrawels are horriable! From what I have read tonight, I am not so sure if I should quit taking the drug. My symtoms are only going to get worse. I only wish I would have asked more questions about this drug before I started taking it. I am really scared. Please advise me of what I should do, thank you for your time Cindy on December 26, 2003 11:44 PM I am glad I read this. I had very bad side effects while I was taking it and now that I stopped taking it, it is even worse. Damian on February 2, 2004 10:19 PM the dr put me on effexor i stayed sick could not eat so not he put me on lexapro i have not takin it yet because of all the side aff i was thinkin about paxil what do you think about paxil? Debbi on February 3, 2004 8:33 AM Paxil and most anti-depressants are well known for having withdrawl effects. If you had spoken to your physician about coming off of this drug or any other drug, he/she would have recommended weaning off. Even a pharmacist would do the same. It is bizarre to me that a supposed Alcohol/Drug Counselor would not know this. If a person had been drinking for months or years on end and they suddenly stopped drinking, they would suffer from withdrawl. I am not necessarily a supporter of Paxil, but please also be aware that all drugs have side-effects. And, different people suffer differently. YouShouldKnow! on February 5, 2004 2:17 AM I agree with what you say. The problem is that in our society "good drugs" and "bad drugs" are painted in an entirely different light. When you see the end of a Zoloft commercial it states "Zoloft is not habit forming." There are millions of dollars pushing the sales of Paxil and other drugs like it. SSRIs such as Paxil are known to cause problems. Now we are also pushing so less fine print needs to be given. depression blog on February 5, 2004 2:56 AM i sure am glad to read your site! i was considering going off paxil-cr due to the sexual side effects, but now i do not know what is worse: having no sexual desire or suffering all the side effects that i just read! i am also very upset that my physician did not mention this to me. i wanted to consider wellbutrin-xl or serzone. i do not know now. thanks for listening... jena on February 7, 2004 12:49 PM I had taken paxil 20mg for two years for panic disorder. The only side effects I experienced were dry mouth, throat tightness, and slight weight gain. These subsided after adjusting to this medication. I decided to taper of to 10mg and eventually stop altogether. I felt fine and hadn't experienced a panic attack for a year and a half. Withdrawal was moderate to severe and eventually overcame the malaise after four to five days. I managed fine for six months without paxil, but questioned how long it takes for paxil to completely leave your body. I pondered this because sexually my orgasms were still delayed. Around the six month this delay began to disappear as if I was back to normal sexually. This is when I began to feel chest tightness, tremors, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, etc... I've continued to feel the Answered by Ceola Ciani 1 year ago.

Paxil Stories Answered by Elliot Hutchens 1 year ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Any Paxil horror stories? I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by... Answered by Daniella Minneweather 1 year ago.

Simple story. The drug worked great, except for the 85 pounds in 18 months that I put on and have not been able to keep off since. Answered by Cammie Tellio 1 year ago.

I dont take that garbage but I have heard of people getting jerks through their nervous system when quitting it. I think that there is already a class action suit....Maybe next time dont take experimental drugs. Answered by Apolonia Cardle 1 year ago.

And you wonder why doctors charge so much. They get sued every time the results aren't perfect. That's the risk you take when you consume drugs. The doctor was educated with the knowledge these drugs would work. They didn't. Not his fault. He wanted to satisfy his patients. Give them a break...they aren't the only ones who make mistakes. Answered by Rosa Odo 1 year ago.

irritability, increased anxiety, fits of rage.... Answered by Estefana Kalenkoski 1 year ago.


Paxil questions?
docs assistant just called in a script of Zoloft. Now I have more questions! Asked by Virgen Mesaros 1 year ago.

Today my dr. prescribed Paxil to me. I am wondering if something else might be better. Do you have any suggestions for different meds or additional meds? Such as adding Xanax into the mix? I've recently gained a lot of weight because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome - I really don't want to gain any more weight. I already have problems sleeping and I read that Paxil can cause insomnia. I already have a low sex drive because of my weight gain and PAxil causes a decreased labido. I am already moody due to lack of sleep, weight gain, anxiety attacks - and I read that it causes some to be moody. UGH - any ideas for me? Answered by Shasta Hulsizer 1 year ago.

Paxil can cause all of the side effects you noted, but that's no different from any of the SSRI's and it doesn't necessarily mean you will experience them all. The insomnia is temporary for those who get it and just as many people have the opposite effect and find it sedating. Paxil rarely makes people moody, though there a few who have a paradoxical reaction. As far as weight gain, Paxil can actually contribute to an initial weight loss followed by weight gain or difficulty losing weight after long-term use. At any rate, the average weight loss/gain is only 5# and people tend to blame weight gain beyond that on the med when it may be due to other contributing factors. The sexual side effects are much more common and can result in decreased libido or increased difficulty achieving orgasm and they do tend to be dose related. For some people, taking one 4mg periactin (cyproheptadine) several hours prior to anticipated sexual encounters alleviates the side effect. Periactin is an inexpensice antihistamine your doc can prescribe if you notice this. Additionally, many people do not experience any sexual side effects when Paxil (or any SSRI) is taken with Wellbutrin (Bupropion) and since Wellbutrin works on norepinephrine primarily (slight effect on dopamine) they may experience an added anti-depressant effect. Try the Paxil and compare and contrast the benefits versus the side effects, but give it at least 2-4 weeks at the current dosage before you make your assessment. The anti-depressant effects kick in usually in two weeks, anxiolytic effects in 4-6 weeks and most temporary side effects stop by then. If you continue to experience side effects at 4 weeks, they are unlikely to decrease thereafter and you can ask your doc about the alternatives above. I would suggest a trial of Wellbutrin alone, though I am guessing from your interest in Xanax that you are receiving the meds primarily for anxiety versus depression and wellbutrin isn't terribly effective with anxiety. As far as Xanax goes, it works exceedingly well for anxiety, however it is extremely addictive and not a good choice for chronic or continuous conditions. It can be effective for long-term management of panic disorder provided that it is only taken prn (as needed), but not a good choice for generalized anxiety disorders. In my opinion, the addiction potential is a more serious potential consequence and does not make it a first line choice for any chronic conditions that may be effectively controlled with SSRI's. Hope that helps-Good Luck! Answered by Ileen Zammetti 1 year ago.

Please don't look for ways to talk yourself out of the great benefits before you give it a try. Paxil, like many of its kind takes some time to get into your system, and for you to feel the full benefits. I started off with cutting the smallest mg in half, and then in 3/4, and finally = one full 10 mg pill. It has worked wonders for me, and we have not had to increase the dosage. I cah handle things in a much more positive way, and I can stand up for myself without anger, but inan assertive way. I can ignore whatd does not affectd me, and - there are justd so many wonderful affecs that I have from Paxil. Plus - the Big one is -- this is the Only anti-depressant type of medication that I have Ever been able to tolerate ! (Paxil has the least side affects of any ) Give it a try, and see if after a month, you are feeling So much better - but remember to stop looking up all of the negative parts, and to think positive. Talk to The Lord, and He will help you !! :-) Answered by Ollie Capicotto 1 year ago.

It's smart to do your research before starting any drug. I have done paxil and it has been surprising.It really helped me but yet there is a backlash to it. Read the website below for more info on paxil.It will cause you to gain weight and the insomnia is so bothersome, among other things. Answered by Paulene Hussong 1 year ago.

I am taking wellbutrin and zoloft. I was on celexa but it made my head real fuzzy. Most of the SSRI's cause some weight gain so you have to decide if you want to feel "normal" or drop some lbs. Personally, I'd rather feel normal. Anyway, Wellbutrin can offset some of the weight gain and moodiness caused by Paxil and it also increases your sex drive. Good luck. It takes a while to find the right cocktail. Answered by Kandra Mucciolo 1 year ago.

Paxil can be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety. I suggest that you trust your doctor and address any concerns with him/her. It is likely that your doctor will see how effective the Paxil is before adding anything to the mix. For the most part, doctors will try to treat people with the least amount of medication possible. I also suggest that you consider seeing a therapist in addition to your doctor, this really helped me in learning to cope with my anxiety and depression. Answered by Jules Richardt 1 year ago.

When i was on paxil....i slept fine, my sex life was about the same....paxil mellowed my moods....(i was on it for anxiety attacks and depression) Each person reacts differently....but i didn't really have any of the symptoms you mentioned. Answered by Chase Schwarzkopf 1 year ago.


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAXIL?
I started taking 10 mg. Paxil a week ago for accute anxiety. Since then I've been feeling even more nervous and have racing thoughts and thoughts I cannot control. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to anxiety? Asked by Vena Pessolano 1 year ago.

Paxil Alternative Answered by Kent Tofolla 1 year ago.

Take 900 mg of St. John's wart daily with 220 mg of Ginko biloba. This is an alternative to the Paxil medication. I have been on Paxil for three years and now me and my husband want to have a baby and you can not take Paxil due to heart defects. Paxil did work although better think long and hard about ever coming off it. The withdrawls are terrible and if I had to do it all over again I would have chose the natural herb and supplements. Physician's are never upfront about the effects if you ever want to discontinue and for that I am very upset with my physician. But seriously think long and hard about taking any of these medications... Answered by Rolland Kaub 1 year ago.

A much safer alternative, if you haven't been specifically diagnosed with an serotonin problem, would be a short trial with calcium alone (particularly if you have sleeping problems as well), or a calcium / magnesium combination. Don't forget to take at least 500 IU, or more, of Vitamin D as well. Answered by Rosalia Forchione 1 year ago.


Can i take viagra if i'm on paxil?
Asked by Margo Odonovan 1 year ago.

Viagra, Paxil Help Premature Ejaculation A new study shows that Viagra in combination with Paxil helps premature ejaculators who have not improved with standard treatment. If a man can work up the nerve to talk to his doctor about premature ejaculation, the doctor may refer him to a psychiatrist or a sex therapist, or may prescribe one of several possible medications including Paxil, an antidepressant, or a lidocaine numbing ointment that is rubbed on the head of the penis before sex. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Fla., looked at 138 premature ejaculators who started out using a numbing ointment. Thirty-eight were satisfied with that treatment. The remaining 100 started taking Paxil, and 42 of them were satisfied with that, leaving 58 who took Paxil with Viagra. Over the course of three months, the men took one dose of Paxil seven hours before sex and one dose of Viagra one hour before sex. They noted how long they were able to have sexual intercourse, from the moment they entered a partner's vagina to the moment they ejaculated. In the beginning, they were able to sustain intercourse for less than one minute to three minutes. They also rated their performance on a scale. At first they ejaculated too soon from "half of the time" to "almost always." By the end of the study, 56 of the 58 men were able to have intercourse for more than three minutes most of the time. It's well known that Paxil has sexual side effects, including delayed ejaculation. But Viagra? There can be several explanations for this, says study author Juza Chen, MD, of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. One possibility is that Viagra acts on the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. This function involves the chemical nitric oxide. Too much nitric oxide inhibits ejaculation. Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which is how it helps men get erections. Juza says there is some scientific evidence that Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the brain, although that is not certain. "Another possibility could be a decrease of sensitivity in the [head of the penis]," Juza says. Arnold Melman, MD, head of the urology department at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says he doubts that has anything to do with it. "What evidence is there?" he says. "Do you think when you have a hard erection you're less sensitive?" Viagra may have had a psychological effect, too: With a firmer erection, they had more confidence, so they had more control. Melman says he thinks that is a more likely explanation. "I'm sure that's true," he says. "Much of the reason for premature ejaculation is psychological, not physical." Juza says more research is needed to learn about using Viagra as a treatment for premature ejaculation. He plans to study the effects of Viagra alone compared with a placebo, and Viagra alone compared with Paxil alone. "I think it's a good concept," Melman says. Answered by Edison Inoa 1 year ago.

According to this drug interaction checker, there aren't any listed between those 2 drugs. But there may be other reasons you can't take viagra (some heart drugs, for instance). That's why you need to ask your prescriber to be sure. Answered by Otha Colyer 1 year ago.


Does the paxil has any side effects??
Asked by Bronwyn Furgeson 1 year ago.

Paxil CR is approved only for adults 18 years and over. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants. Depression and other illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose. The reason that there have been some suicides with any and all antidepressants is the fact that when people are severely depressed they don't have the energy, drive or interest in doing anything at all. Most of them only sleep or sit for hours staring at blank walls. When this same person(s) decide to make a change for the better and get their life back, they start taking antidepressants which start to lift their depression. Unfortunately, on the road to being completely undepressed, you have to pass through the level of being mildly depressed. At this stage of depression, a person is more energetic, driven and is thinking more about his depression and problems than he was when he was severely depressed. It is at this time, that many people make the move to do away with themselves. It has nothing to do with the drug itself - only the level of depression the person is experiencing. The depressed person still needs to get help, but if that person is severely depressed and is taking antidepressant drug therapy, then someone should be responsible enough to keep watch on them during the mildly depressed period. This takes love and committment but the outcome for the depressed person is a life worth living. I have added some additional info for you below. In most cases, you can take Paxil CR with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil CR. There may be other medicines that don't react well with Paxil CR, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking. As with any prescription medication, Paxil CR may cause some side effects, which are usually mild to moderate and may fade or disappear completely over time. A common side effect of Paxil CR is nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include injury, infection, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, weakness, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, yawning, sweating, abnormal vision and sexual side effects. If you should experience any side effects, be sure to report them to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow his/her advice. I took Paxil without any problems and found it was good for anxiety as well as depression. Answered by Caron Burrall 1 year ago.

I agree you should look for another doctor. I went on Paxil over a year ago (now trying to go off). I had some side effects, but I went on the medication GRADUALLY, as I hope you are too. I started with a small dose of 5 or 10 mg, and then increased in increments of 5 mg. So it was 5 mg for one week, then 10 mg for a week or so, then 15 mg for a week or so, then 20 mg. which is the strength I've been at since then. If you went from zero to 20 that may explain the severity of side effects. Good luck. Answered by Krysta Fearn 1 year ago.

I gained weight on paxil Answered by Antionette Ducas 1 year ago.

I went from around 175 to upper 180s, plus there were some sexual side affects. Though, given the benefit of taking it, it was a no-brainer - I'd do it again if I had to. Answered by Denyse Roadcap 1 year ago.

It most certainly does, I was taking that drug briefly (about 3 weeks), and ended up in the ER due to the strenght of the side effects. Answered by Sherita Macneal 1 year ago.

If you have been prescribed a medication you need to speak to you doctor about it. Take it as it indicates on the label. My male friend had problems with ejaculation. He could not ejaculate as he once did, it took forever. I have a female friend that had a problem with orgasm, she couldn't but she would rather not be depressed. It was worth it to her to keep taking it. Answered by Basilia Greenlee 1 year ago.

read the label and the instructions Answered by Nicki Freilino 1 year ago.

MAYBE DEPENDS Answered by Georgianne Massaglia 1 year ago.


Paxil Revisited?
My options of coming off Paxil are nil. I suffer from seven different disorders and Paxil is the only one that works. I've tried them all, trust me. Any natural ways to help boost my sexdrive? Asked by Brenna Bidle 1 year ago.

Yeah paxil kills that huh. I know it killed mine totally. I am a cuddly person who loved sex and my fiancee had this girl who did not want it at all and did not want to be touched from a 2x a day sex goddess. When I did want sex I could never have any orgasms. Have you asked your MD about viagra? It is not natural, but neighter is paxil and you might need a big gun to fight the big poison of paxil. How about eating no red meat exercise and no alcohol? That should help. Have you thought of going for accupuncture? Taking a multipulvitamin. Go to your primary and get a whole check up. Ask about viagra and start living like you are a diabetic or just had a heart attack. Live clean. This should all help. Eat well, multivitamin not smoking, caffeine or drinking. This should help a great deal. Get good sleep and exercise. Sorry you are having problems. You are not the first one. Both men and women have trouble with paxil, but I am glad you are taking care of your mental problems. I have them and my father had them. My father chose suicide instead of sexual side effects. I wish he was here with me, his friends and the rest of the family. I am glad you have made that wonderful choice to treat your mental illness and deal with this. A new med may come out soon that helps you without these problems. Psych meds are coming out all the time. Take care and stay postive like you are. Answered by Ericka Villines 1 year ago.


Has anyone had any good/bad expieriences taking Paxil?
Doc is changing me from zoloft to another anitdepressant. I want to chose one that will help with anxiety and panic, but with low low side effects. anyone know if Paxil is any good? Asked by Carley Hippler 1 year ago.

Paxil has worked well for me, and I don't think I have gained that much weight from it. I believe all anti-depressants seem to have some weight gain disadvantages, though. The one drawback I have had and read that others have noticed is the withdrawal, like if I forget 1 day to take it, I will notice it. I am only taking 10mg and I feel that I need to change to something else as I don't want to "up" the mg's of paxil and other reasoning's just mentioned... I would also look into how much different drugs cost, as I am a student and I don't have insurance, so some of these types can get very costly.. Also, Effexor, I didn't care for at all; made me quite "out of it".!!!! Hope this helps. Answered by Maudie Meola 1 year ago.

I've been on Paxil for about four years now and I'd have to say the worst side effect has been the loss of sexual desire and weight gain. Also, if you forget a pill or two, the dizziness sucks! You get all spacey and can't concentrate. Paxil doesn't make you more anxious, it actually helps with anxiety. At least it does me. It is actually supposed to be more for anxiety than depression. But you should explore your options and be sure to be accurate with your doctor about your symptoms/feelings. Good luck feeling better. Answered by Ailene Notarnicola 1 year ago.

Paxil is a wonderful anti anxiety drug if you can tolerate gaining weight with it. No matter how you watch your food intake and exercise, you will most likely gain a substantial amount of weight. It is just so unfortunate because it works so well with the panic attacks. I think that you need to balance the effects vs the side effects, and decide if you can deal with a weight gain. Many people, particularly women would not as the gain tends to make them more anxious. Perhaps you can discuss this with your doc, and see what he/she says about it. Have you tried Lexapro? That has less side effects, virtually none in most people and can work. Another is an older one, but still in the new drug classifications as a seritonin uptake, is Effexor. That one was very good. Good luck. Answered by Victor Talty 1 year ago.

Im on Paxil, and I could feel the difference from the second day I was on it. I take it for depression and severe anxiety disorder, and it has really worked wonders. When I first started I was on a higher dose and I got dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; feels like a lump in your throat that you cant swallow past)as a side effect; we lowered the dose and its been fine since. My main concern with it is that I have gained 30 lbs in the past year when I have never had weight issues before and I watch my diet and activity closely. Answered by Rudolf Repp 1 year ago.

I used it for 5 years. I didn't have any side effects while on it. It helped me. However, there came a time when I didn't want to take it. After such a long time, I got severe side effects if i didn't take it for three days. Eyes and motion coordination. Dizziness. Actually, I felt sick. So, my doctor and I set up a decreased dose plan, reducing the milligrams each couple of days over about 45 days, and I got off it. I'm fine now and can say, it helped me then. (It does have a reputation for decreasing ones libido). I hope your situation, is situational and not a chronic one. Good luck and take good care! Answered by Bryant Shular 1 year ago.

I am fine with Paxil but not generic excepted 1 but the company got in trouble so can't get it I am tring to get off of it slowly and fell hora bel becuse of insherince will not cover it so if I have kids I will not have them put on antidepressant. Or ADHD meds becuse of things like this hapning I out growe the insherince that paed for it Answered by Neda Loyd 1 year ago.

Paxil really helped my anxiety. I had no side effects. My brother who has panic attacks also got a lot of relief with Paxil but he had a lot of side effects. It was a real pain to come off of. You have to taper it off slowly. Answered by Zelma Tarkington 1 year ago.

I took paxil, and really couldn't tell any difference... my doctor switched me to zoloft, and the effects were the same. I just quit taking meds altogether... I would talk to your doctor about it though... They know what stuff may be better for you. Answered by Nanette Zingale 1 year ago.

I tried it once and it made me 3 times worse and you cant just stop taking them you have to get off of them slow Zanax has a 24 hr pill that seems to work pretty well ask him about that one Michael Answered by Lori Floor 1 year ago.


Paxil - CR Advise.?
I've been prescribed Paxil CR 12.5. Any advise would be wonderful. I have been on Anything and Everything. I plan to become pregnant in a couple of months (hopefully) and would not want this to effect me in anyway. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. God Bless!! Asked by Theda Arterberry 1 year ago.

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which means that this drug keeps the neurotransmiters to stay in the synasis b/n 2 nerve cells longer. You mentioned that you've been on anything and everything. I wish you can be more specific about it. For antidepressants to work, you have to give it a long trial period before deciding whether it works or not. If you have recurring depressions, then you should stay on the medication for a much longer time period. Paxil is consider class-c when it comes to pregancy. The study is done on animal and it might but not an absolute answer that it might cause some problem. But human studies are inconclusive. Basically it boils down to the benefit vs risk ratio. In your situation I would think the benefit out weight the risk. Let's say if there is a 1000 women who are like you while not on any medication vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group do you think will have a higher probability of having a totally health baby? So if a 1000 women who are like you while on paxil vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group would have more totally health baby? Then can you credit the difference b/c of the medication or it is just the fact that your genetics is different. Do a Yahoo search for 'Paxil & pregnancy' and you will find more articles that you can read up on your own. Answered by Rico Beaule 1 year ago.

Oh bless your heart~ First and foremost you need to consult an ob/gyn and discuss your current medications~you need to do this well ahead of considering a pregnancy~also consult your psychiatrist~ Discuss this with these doctors and get second opinions if you can~ You also are going to run a higher risk for postpartum depression~ Babies add more stress to your life as wonderful as they are~ First and foremost you need to take care of you as you are the most important person in the world~once you are on level ground then you will be more prepared for a baby~and a baby is not going to cure your disorders~ I know I sound some what cold~yet I thought it would help my "issues" and it did not~ It takes at the very least 12 weeks for most of the medications to build in your system to an advisable level~and never, never just stop taking them cold turkey~I have and I suffered! Sweetheart I hope that you can find the medication that helps you~I take a combination of things~every system is different~it takes time to find the right stuff~when you do you will feel much better~then you can take on the pregnancy issue~ Make sure you get plenty of exercise~just a good walk helps your system and mind feel much better~ I wish you the very best~you will be content I promise~just give it all the proper time and you will be a better person for your patients~ May the sparkles in life land upon you~!~ Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paroxetine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Paroxetine may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking paroxetine, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Answered by Nyla Berisford 1 year ago.


Another Paxil question....?
So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a... Asked by Tegan Lestor 1 year ago.

So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a xanax to calm down----but I end up being a zombie all day. Then around 4 or 5 in the evening, the depression kicks in again, and I start to feel worse, which spins me into another panic attack, so I take another .5mg of xanax, which knocks me out. Has anyone gone through this? I was nervous to increase the paxil, so I'm still taking only 10mg until I see my doc next week. Can anyone help me???? Answered by Sheena Spacek 1 year ago.

Paxil did just the opposite for me. I was on a 20mg dose however. I was a lot less anxious and it made me more drowsy more of the time. I am a person that generally only sleeps 5-7 hours a night at most, and never takes naps. But when I was on paxil I was taking naps every day cause I was a lot more relaxed. Paxil helped me for both depression and anxiety, starting in the first couple of days of taking it even though I know the medication probably hadn't reached its full effect. My biggest problem with it is all the side effects and withdrawal issues, plus the fact that I feel like I shouldn't need a drug to deal with whatever is wrong with me. But as far as depression and anxiety go, it did seem to work. Note: if you are taking the Generic Paxil, and not the name brand, there is supposedly no difference... I however did not feel any positive effects when taking the generic paxil, and tried it on two seperate occasions for periods of a few days to weeks at a time. You may want to try getting your pharmacy to change to the name brand paxil, it will be more expensive, but I definitely thought there was a difference between the two. Answered by Garret Weglin 1 year ago.

Being "jumpy" can actually be a side effect of Paxil and some other antidepressants. Sometimes, such side effects will stop as you get used to the drug. Paxil is also supposed to help with anxiety, so it seems a bit odd to me that your doctor prescribed Xanax as well unless it was a temporary measure to help you until the Paxil takes effect. Talk to your doctor about this. If the Paxil doesn't work out for you, there are other meds you can try. Answered by Clara Oxley 1 year ago.

Yes, but I loved my paxil... You are still getting used to Paxil though...your body is still adapting, but I still got that jumpy sort of feeling the entire time I was on it. I recently went to a psychiatrist who took me off of paxil all together--and the SSRIs (the drug group that Paxil is in) and put me on a more stabilizing medication because I was having the same problem...well, sort of. I was good during the day but I couldn't sleep at night. I will tell you this, I have been on paxil for years, and i USED to be able to sleep but my dad just died recently, so I am VERY anxious and it is hard to sleep--so, anyhow.. I dont really know what the answer is. Maybe stay on 10 mg for a little longer until you get used to it. Be careful w/the xanax-- it is VERY addicting! (btw: my doctor refuses to put me back on paxil but I miss it :( and she says that xanax is way too addicting to prescribe..so i am screwed)..also, they do have Paxil CR (which is controlled release---it slowly releases through your system throughout the day). I am get tired now (which is im associated w/being depressed...) w/my medication and I still feel depressed--which paxil would always help with, i can sleep and my anxiety is gone but now im depressed.. I dont know if this is more confusing than helpful, but it is food for thought. Good luck! So, I can either decide to not sleep-- but not be depressed, or be depressed but not be anxious and be able to sleep....haha Answered by Eustolia Osendorf 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that this isn't working out well for you. I can give you some advice, but I advise that you contact your Dr. via telephone as you experience these side effects. First, it's important to understand that the Paxil works on increasing the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, apetite, sexuality, body temperature, vomitting and sleep. It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the reuptake process to reach efficacy, where in the first week or two, you may experience nausea, irritability, diziness, weight gain and loss of labido. Everything usually goes away, except for the loss of labido and weight gain. In addition, Paxil does not work with the part of your central nervous system that causes stress. Panic attacks are a product of our body's natural stress reaction when we feel that we are being exposed to danger, even though no danger exists. Paxil will not cause this; your panic/anxiety is a biproduct of your depression and over all emotional health. As far as your Dr's recommendation to increase the dosage; you should be 100% complient with his/her instructions. When you start adjusting dosage on your own, you are really making things more difficult for them and it's going to take longer to get you properly aclimated to any medication. When ever I feel I have to make an adjustment, I always call my Dr. immediately and ask her permission, we discuss it, but ultimately, I follow her instructions so she is fully aware of what's going on so she knows how to treat me. One thing that sticks out is that the Paxil is making you "jumpy" and you're experiencing "racing" thoughts. I should point out, that these are symptoms of bipolar disorder, where if someone who is bipolar takes an SSRI - it will trigger mania (racing thoughts) and further increase depression. In many cases, bipolar depression is misdiagnosed and treated as unipolar depression, where SSRI's just make things worse. I'm not saying that you're bipolar, but from your reaction to Paxil, it may be something worth bringing up with your Dr. Lastly - the Xanax is not going to help your depression. Xanax is very addicting and has a short elimination half life. This means that if you start taking it regularly, you're going to build dependane. Being that Xanax doesn't stay in your system that long, you'll end up having to take more and more or you'll suffer from withdrawal very quickly - further increasing depression. It's important that you keep regular contact with your Dr. when you're starting new medication. A good Dr. will want to put you in a position where you'll experience minimal side effects. Give them as much info as you can so they can make you feel better and keep you from feeling worse. Feel better! Answered by Alaina Hanington 1 year ago.

I never had any success with paxil, I could never understand why I would be given one drug to counter act the side effects of another. After being on paxil for almost 8 months (it takes up to 7 weeks to be in your system and functioning for you). I begged to go on something else. You do need to stick it out while it takes effect and it is in your system fully. Do not miss a pill, for every dose missed it takes 3 days to catch up. If after a few months you do not feel any better ask for something else. Not all antidepressants work the same on everybody. Good Luck. Answered by Alita Weld 1 year ago.

i replaced into on Paxil for an somewhat long term, and it replaced into so tricky for me to get off of it, yet ultimately it in basic terms did no longer help me anymore. precise now i'm on Effexor XR and it works super. i does not survive Paxil, I even have heard loads of undesirable effects approximately it. Answered by Willetta Bobby 1 year ago.

it's very obvious that Paxil is not the drug for you. Don't wait for the Doctors appointment, call him (or her!) and explain what's going on. This is not normal. Answered by Adrian Surra 1 year ago.

ask the doc to switch you from paxil to something else Answered by Marget Mierzwa 1 year ago.


Paxil concerns.?
I just started taking paxil for ocd and gad,I have some concerns with it,Like i heard that a man killed his wife,children,and then himself after taking paxil for only two days.What other medications are their that are safer and more effective for teenagers for ocd and gad?thanks. Asked by Dean Dewall 1 year ago.

Paxil Generic Name: paroxetine (pa ROX a teen) Brand Names: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva What is Paxil? Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Important information about Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Do not take Paxil together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Before taking Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks. Do not use Paxil if you are using pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam). Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medicines are taken with Paxil. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take Paxil. After you stop taking Paxil, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking an MAOI. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: liver or kidney disease; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression), or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests. FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Paxil can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Paxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Paxil? Take Paxil exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the liquid form of Paxil well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil. Do not stop taking Paxil suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Store Paxil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of Paxil. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, confusion, aggression, seizures, and coma. What should I avoid while taking Paxil? Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Paxil. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, other medication for depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Paxil. Paxil can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Paxil side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: seizure (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as: feeling nervous, restless, or unable to sit still; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or dry mouth, yawning, or ringing in your ears. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. What other drugs will affect Paxil? Talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others. Taking any of these drugs with Paxil may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines: atomoxetine (Strattera), cimetidine (Tagamet), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), risperidone (Risperdal), ritonavir (Norvir), St. John's wort, tramadol (Ultram), or tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan); heart rhythm medication such as flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rhythmol); a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); any other antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or sertraline (Zoloft); a phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), and others; or almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment. There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Paxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Where can I get more information? Your pharmacist has additional information about Paxil written for health professionals that you may read. What does my medication look like? Paroxetine is available with a prescription under the brand names Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Paxil, especially if it is new to you. Paxil 10 mgoval, yellow, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 20 mg - oval, pink, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 30 mg - oval, blue, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 40 mg - oval, green, film-coated scored tablets Paxil CR 12.5 mg - round yellow, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 25 mg - round, pink, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 37.5 mg - round, blue, film-coated tablets Paxil 10 mg/5 mL - orange-colored, orange-flavored oral suspension Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Paxil only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Answered by Arnette Hapke 1 year ago.

The best way to get meds is from a pharmacist or psychiatrist. Medical doctors are not trained in the medication fields like the above. If you are having bad feelings about paxil, talk to the above professionals. There are wonderful meds out today that do not have the side affects as paxil and others. Answered by Vickie Posley 1 year ago.

I guess Miss Just Peachy said it all. lol thanks to her. Additionally you way want to undergo behavioral psychotherapy which are very effective for anxiety disorders but not much with mood and psychotic conditions. You may have some automatic and favorite thoughts as coping that may be the ones actually causing your anxiety such as the "what ifs?". if you still prefer medicines a good advice is let your doctor do the worrying for you i'm sure he is monitoring your progress. Answered by Micheline Tablada 1 year ago.

paxil GAVE me panic disorder! i got off it and i was fine. Answered by Tressa Criado 1 year ago.

i dont believe any medications are good for you unless u will die without it its unnatural chemicals its all poison if u took the whole bottle it will kill u wat do u think yur doing to yur body when u take one a day? Answered by Barrett Damian 1 year ago.


Any Paxil horror stories?
Thank you for the link Cookies Asked by Katerine Kljucaric 1 year ago.

I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by this drug. Please tell me your story. Answered by Marta Darugar 1 year ago.

Paxil Side Effects - please read I am not a big fan of the FDA. Bloggers lets band together and let the truth out about Paxil. Please link to this Paxil side effects page using "Paxil side effects" in the link so we can get this message out. Here is an alarming email about Paxil side effects that I was given today. I started Paxil about 8 weeks ago. After 1 week I started to experience headaches and zapping. Not knowing that it was Paxil, could cause this situation I went to my medical Dr. and he took blood test, UA, and had a Ct Scan/contrast. Everything came back normal. I decided on 10/7/03 to take myself off Paxil, thinking that nothing could be worse than what I was going through. Well I was wrong; I started going through withdrawal and that is pure hell. I not only still have the headaches and zapping but I am now feeling anxiety, irritable, fatigue, tremors, vertigo, nausea and numerous other symptoms of withdrawal. The nightmares are terrible and so are the hot flashes that I also experienced while taking the medication. I am furious and discussed that my Psychiatrist put me on such a drug that is so addicting and causing so many problems. I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor and had never been addicted to any Alcohol or drugs before in my life. To seek out help for a stressful time in my life and to be put on such a dangerous drug such as Paxil. It appears that I am damned if I stay on it and damned if I go off has me feeling outrageous and angry, not only at the company that put this drug out but also for my Dr. not to tell me the effects or that I would have withdrawal symptoms if I came off. Well I am coming off and I will not be weaned off like so many others it will be cold turkey for me. To me to say that you need to be weaned off is no different than giving someone methadone to get them off heroin. Using one drug to offset another or taking less of a drug at a slower pace, one will never be off and only keep going back to help deter the effects of withdrawal. 4 days now for me and I will fight and get back my sanity. It is now day eight since I took myself off Paxil. I still have the headaches but they are finally easing up. The zapping is getting worse and the whoosh noise is still there. I have been experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms along with the above. Vertigo, tremors so bad I was beating up myself, nightmares when I finally do fall asleep, irritable, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, lack of concentration, fearful, anxiety, depression, crying uncontrollably, anger, frustration, heart palpitation, dizziness, flu symptoms, weakness, disoriented and chills. I am wondering what is next. I talked to the FDA today also. Surprising they returned my call. I only wish that I had taped the conversation. The following is part of the conversation I had with them. The person I talked to stated that they don't feel that Paxil is addictive because it doesn't carry the behavior of a person that is dependent on a drug. A person that will go out and steal to obtain their drug of choice or cause harm to another. I explained since I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor that any drug that will cause a person to have withdrawal symptoms especially the ones I stated above that the drug is defiantly an addictive drug and any other term is not going to satisfy the public. I also stated that any SSRI is used to enhance the seritonin in ones body and that doctors need to test to find out if ones seritonin level is low in which they need to enhance. If a person does not have a low seritonin level than these drugs can and do cause more problems for an individual. Doctors aren't given all the facts with prescribing these types of meds and need to do some more studies to make sure others aren't harmed like myself and many of you who are writing in. The one thing all can do is get this advertising stopped that Paxil is not addictive or habit forming. Lets start flooding the lines and start calling the FDA and the dept that handles complaints about advertising Paxil. Please call and tell them your story. The advertising section of FDA is (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240. Lets ban together and get Glaxo-Smith Kline to admit the truth about these effects and to get them to stop lying that it is not addictive or habit forming. Also do your own memory recall as to any symptoms you felt while being on the Paxil or any SSRI. Tell the people at the FDA if you experienced any zapping, whooshing noise, headaches (And how severe they were, Hot flashes or anything else that you may have experienced while being on Paxil. The FDA is basically only hearing about the withdrawals and nothing about peoples experience on the Paxil. Lets speak and fight for our rights and the rights of the future. please spread the word about Paxil side effects by linking to this page using the following code. Paxil Side Effects which will appear on your website as Paxil Side Effects If you do not yet have a website blogs are really fun. They also are quick and easy to set up and thanks to Google you can start one free. Start your free blog today (and remember to link to this page) Posted at November 11, 2003 10:00 AM Comments I too decided to take myself off of paxil,and did I ever have a rough time of it. I had the zapping of my face mainly, vertigo, nausea, visual disturbances, lack of concentration, nightmares, palpitations and I actually thought that I was having mini seizures. This drug is the most awful thing anyone can do for onself. mcarranza on December 4, 2003 12:08 PM I have only been taking Paxil CR for about 4 mths,the only side effect I can say I experinced from taking the drug was excessive yawning and going from having a very healthy sex drive to having none at all. Right before the Christmas Holidays, my precription ran out and I decided not to worry about it because my husband thinks that the drug was effecting our sex life (I have no sex drive anymore) so I told him I would stop taking it to see if it worked and besides I couldnt get it filled because my doctor's office is closed due to the holidays. I have been 4 days without the drug, I have started having real bad headaches, chills (no fever) and feeling dizzy while I am sitting down! Tunnel vision, my whole body itches and the nausea is so bad.. I also found myself getting VERY ANGRY over nothing today, I almost hurt my little boy today! So I decided to go online to see if my NOT taking the paxil was the problem, BOY WAS I AMAZED!! I am so MAD at my doctor for putting me on this drug. The drug actually helped with the problems I was having to cause me to take the drug, angry outburst, road rage, depression, ect. Now I know it is the withdrawels from this drug that is causing me to feel this way, the withdrawels are horriable! From what I have read tonight, I am not so sure if I should quit taking the drug. My symtoms are only going to get worse. I only wish I would have asked more questions about this drug before I started taking it. I am really scared. Please advise me of what I should do, thank you for your time Cindy on December 26, 2003 11:44 PM I am glad I read this. I had very bad side effects while I was taking it and now that I stopped taking it, it is even worse. Damian on February 2, 2004 10:19 PM the dr put me on effexor i stayed sick could not eat so not he put me on lexapro i have not takin it yet because of all the side aff i was thinkin about paxil what do you think about paxil? Debbi on February 3, 2004 8:33 AM Paxil and most anti-depressants are well known for having withdrawl effects. If you had spoken to your physician about coming off of this drug or any other drug, he/she would have recommended weaning off. Even a pharmacist would do the same. It is bizarre to me that a supposed Alcohol/Drug Counselor would not know this. If a person had been drinking for months or years on end and they suddenly stopped drinking, they would suffer from withdrawl. I am not necessarily a supporter of Paxil, but please also be aware that all drugs have side-effects. And, different people suffer differently. YouShouldKnow! on February 5, 2004 2:17 AM I agree with what you say. The problem is that in our society "good drugs" and "bad drugs" are painted in an entirely different light. When you see the end of a Zoloft commercial it states "Zoloft is not habit forming." There are millions of dollars pushing the sales of Paxil and other drugs like it. SSRIs such as Paxil are known to cause problems. Now we are also pushing so less fine print needs to be given. depression blog on February 5, 2004 2:56 AM i sure am glad to read your site! i was considering going off paxil-cr due to the sexual side effects, but now i do not know what is worse: having no sexual desire or suffering all the side effects that i just read! i am also very upset that my physician did not mention this to me. i wanted to consider wellbutrin-xl or serzone. i do not know now. thanks for listening... jena on February 7, 2004 12:49 PM I had taken paxil 20mg for two years for panic disorder. The only side effects I experienced were dry mouth, throat tightness, and slight weight gain. These subsided after adjusting to this medication. I decided to taper of to 10mg and eventually stop altogether. I felt fine and hadn't experienced a panic attack for a year and a half. Withdrawal was moderate to severe and eventually overcame the malaise after four to five days. I managed fine for six months without paxil, but questioned how long it takes for paxil to completely leave your body. I pondered this because sexually my orgasms were still delayed. Around the six month this delay began to disappear as if I was back to normal sexually. This is when I began to feel chest tightness, tremors, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, etc... I've continued to feel the Answered by Kam Degear 1 year ago.

Paxil Stories Answered by Haley Sorman 1 year ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Any Paxil horror stories? I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by... Answered by Florencio Rijos 1 year ago.

Simple story. The drug worked great, except for the 85 pounds in 18 months that I put on and have not been able to keep off since. Answered by Evan Sgammato 1 year ago.

I dont take that garbage but I have heard of people getting jerks through their nervous system when quitting it. I think that there is already a class action suit....Maybe next time dont take experimental drugs. Answered by Caryn Sadlier 1 year ago.

And you wonder why doctors charge so much. They get sued every time the results aren't perfect. That's the risk you take when you consume drugs. The doctor was educated with the knowledge these drugs would work. They didn't. Not his fault. He wanted to satisfy his patients. Give them a break...they aren't the only ones who make mistakes. Answered by Tiffani Keilholz 1 year ago.

irritability, increased anxiety, fits of rage.... Answered by Hedy Henline 1 year ago.


Paxil questions?
docs assistant just called in a script of Zoloft. Now I have more questions! Asked by Inga Stutesman 1 year ago.

Today my dr. prescribed Paxil to me. I am wondering if something else might be better. Do you have any suggestions for different meds or additional meds? Such as adding Xanax into the mix? I've recently gained a lot of weight because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome - I really don't want to gain any more weight. I already have problems sleeping and I read that Paxil can cause insomnia. I already have a low sex drive because of my weight gain and PAxil causes a decreased labido. I am already moody due to lack of sleep, weight gain, anxiety attacks - and I read that it causes some to be moody. UGH - any ideas for me? Answered by Wilford Penha 1 year ago.

Paxil can cause all of the side effects you noted, but that's no different from any of the SSRI's and it doesn't necessarily mean you will experience them all. The insomnia is temporary for those who get it and just as many people have the opposite effect and find it sedating. Paxil rarely makes people moody, though there a few who have a paradoxical reaction. As far as weight gain, Paxil can actually contribute to an initial weight loss followed by weight gain or difficulty losing weight after long-term use. At any rate, the average weight loss/gain is only 5# and people tend to blame weight gain beyond that on the med when it may be due to other contributing factors. The sexual side effects are much more common and can result in decreased libido or increased difficulty achieving orgasm and they do tend to be dose related. For some people, taking one 4mg periactin (cyproheptadine) several hours prior to anticipated sexual encounters alleviates the side effect. Periactin is an inexpensice antihistamine your doc can prescribe if you notice this. Additionally, many people do not experience any sexual side effects when Paxil (or any SSRI) is taken with Wellbutrin (Bupropion) and since Wellbutrin works on norepinephrine primarily (slight effect on dopamine) they may experience an added anti-depressant effect. Try the Paxil and compare and contrast the benefits versus the side effects, but give it at least 2-4 weeks at the current dosage before you make your assessment. The anti-depressant effects kick in usually in two weeks, anxiolytic effects in 4-6 weeks and most temporary side effects stop by then. If you continue to experience side effects at 4 weeks, they are unlikely to decrease thereafter and you can ask your doc about the alternatives above. I would suggest a trial of Wellbutrin alone, though I am guessing from your interest in Xanax that you are receiving the meds primarily for anxiety versus depression and wellbutrin isn't terribly effective with anxiety. As far as Xanax goes, it works exceedingly well for anxiety, however it is extremely addictive and not a good choice for chronic or continuous conditions. It can be effective for long-term management of panic disorder provided that it is only taken prn (as needed), but not a good choice for generalized anxiety disorders. In my opinion, the addiction potential is a more serious potential consequence and does not make it a first line choice for any chronic conditions that may be effectively controlled with SSRI's. Hope that helps-Good Luck! Answered by Janiece Glassman 1 year ago.

Please don't look for ways to talk yourself out of the great benefits before you give it a try. Paxil, like many of its kind takes some time to get into your system, and for you to feel the full benefits. I started off with cutting the smallest mg in half, and then in 3/4, and finally = one full 10 mg pill. It has worked wonders for me, and we have not had to increase the dosage. I cah handle things in a much more positive way, and I can stand up for myself without anger, but inan assertive way. I can ignore whatd does not affectd me, and - there are justd so many wonderful affecs that I have from Paxil. Plus - the Big one is -- this is the Only anti-depressant type of medication that I have Ever been able to tolerate ! (Paxil has the least side affects of any ) Give it a try, and see if after a month, you are feeling So much better - but remember to stop looking up all of the negative parts, and to think positive. Talk to The Lord, and He will help you !! :-) Answered by Velia Shatrau 1 year ago.

It's smart to do your research before starting any drug. I have done paxil and it has been surprising.It really helped me but yet there is a backlash to it. Read the website below for more info on paxil.It will cause you to gain weight and the insomnia is so bothersome, among other things. Answered by Glinda Corsey 1 year ago.

I am taking wellbutrin and zoloft. I was on celexa but it made my head real fuzzy. Most of the SSRI's cause some weight gain so you have to decide if you want to feel "normal" or drop some lbs. Personally, I'd rather feel normal. Anyway, Wellbutrin can offset some of the weight gain and moodiness caused by Paxil and it also increases your sex drive. Good luck. It takes a while to find the right cocktail. Answered by Gwen Larrosa 1 year ago.

Paxil can be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety. I suggest that you trust your doctor and address any concerns with him/her. It is likely that your doctor will see how effective the Paxil is before adding anything to the mix. For the most part, doctors will try to treat people with the least amount of medication possible. I also suggest that you consider seeing a therapist in addition to your doctor, this really helped me in learning to cope with my anxiety and depression. Answered by Sylvie Shahim 1 year ago.

When i was on paxil....i slept fine, my sex life was about the same....paxil mellowed my moods....(i was on it for anxiety attacks and depression) Each person reacts differently....but i didn't really have any of the symptoms you mentioned. Answered by Rita Wahoske 1 year ago.


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAXIL?
I started taking 10 mg. Paxil a week ago for accute anxiety. Since then I've been feeling even more nervous and have racing thoughts and thoughts I cannot control. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to anxiety? Asked by Lakiesha Callin 1 year ago.

Paxil Alternative Answered by Stevie Dua 1 year ago.

Take 900 mg of St. John's wart daily with 220 mg of Ginko biloba. This is an alternative to the Paxil medication. I have been on Paxil for three years and now me and my husband want to have a baby and you can not take Paxil due to heart defects. Paxil did work although better think long and hard about ever coming off it. The withdrawls are terrible and if I had to do it all over again I would have chose the natural herb and supplements. Physician's are never upfront about the effects if you ever want to discontinue and for that I am very upset with my physician. But seriously think long and hard about taking any of these medications... Answered by Leighann Records 1 year ago.

A much safer alternative, if you haven't been specifically diagnosed with an serotonin problem, would be a short trial with calcium alone (particularly if you have sleeping problems as well), or a calcium / magnesium combination. Don't forget to take at least 500 IU, or more, of Vitamin D as well. Answered by Jeannine Pozzo 1 year ago.


Can i take viagra if i'm on paxil?
Asked by Modesta Sensmeier 1 year ago.

Viagra, Paxil Help Premature Ejaculation A new study shows that Viagra in combination with Paxil helps premature ejaculators who have not improved with standard treatment. If a man can work up the nerve to talk to his doctor about premature ejaculation, the doctor may refer him to a psychiatrist or a sex therapist, or may prescribe one of several possible medications including Paxil, an antidepressant, or a lidocaine numbing ointment that is rubbed on the head of the penis before sex. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Fla., looked at 138 premature ejaculators who started out using a numbing ointment. Thirty-eight were satisfied with that treatment. The remaining 100 started taking Paxil, and 42 of them were satisfied with that, leaving 58 who took Paxil with Viagra. Over the course of three months, the men took one dose of Paxil seven hours before sex and one dose of Viagra one hour before sex. They noted how long they were able to have sexual intercourse, from the moment they entered a partner's vagina to the moment they ejaculated. In the beginning, they were able to sustain intercourse for less than one minute to three minutes. They also rated their performance on a scale. At first they ejaculated too soon from "half of the time" to "almost always." By the end of the study, 56 of the 58 men were able to have intercourse for more than three minutes most of the time. It's well known that Paxil has sexual side effects, including delayed ejaculation. But Viagra? There can be several explanations for this, says study author Juza Chen, MD, of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. One possibility is that Viagra acts on the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. This function involves the chemical nitric oxide. Too much nitric oxide inhibits ejaculation. Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which is how it helps men get erections. Juza says there is some scientific evidence that Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the brain, although that is not certain. "Another possibility could be a decrease of sensitivity in the [head of the penis]," Juza says. Arnold Melman, MD, head of the urology department at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says he doubts that has anything to do with it. "What evidence is there?" he says. "Do you think when you have a hard erection you're less sensitive?" Viagra may have had a psychological effect, too: With a firmer erection, they had more confidence, so they had more control. Melman says he thinks that is a more likely explanation. "I'm sure that's true," he says. "Much of the reason for premature ejaculation is psychological, not physical." Juza says more research is needed to learn about using Viagra as a treatment for premature ejaculation. He plans to study the effects of Viagra alone compared with a placebo, and Viagra alone compared with Paxil alone. "I think it's a good concept," Melman says. Answered by Sebastian Boane 1 year ago.

According to this drug interaction checker, there aren't any listed between those 2 drugs. But there may be other reasons you can't take viagra (some heart drugs, for instance). That's why you need to ask your prescriber to be sure. Answered by Geneva Kalisch 1 year ago.


Does the paxil has any side effects??
Asked by Lanny Kinzig 1 year ago.

Paxil CR is approved only for adults 18 years and over. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants. Depression and other illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose. The reason that there have been some suicides with any and all antidepressants is the fact that when people are severely depressed they don't have the energy, drive or interest in doing anything at all. Most of them only sleep or sit for hours staring at blank walls. When this same person(s) decide to make a change for the better and get their life back, they start taking antidepressants which start to lift their depression. Unfortunately, on the road to being completely undepressed, you have to pass through the level of being mildly depressed. At this stage of depression, a person is more energetic, driven and is thinking more about his depression and problems than he was when he was severely depressed. It is at this time, that many people make the move to do away with themselves. It has nothing to do with the drug itself - only the level of depression the person is experiencing. The depressed person still needs to get help, but if that person is severely depressed and is taking antidepressant drug therapy, then someone should be responsible enough to keep watch on them during the mildly depressed period. This takes love and committment but the outcome for the depressed person is a life worth living. I have added some additional info for you below. In most cases, you can take Paxil CR with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil CR. There may be other medicines that don't react well with Paxil CR, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking. As with any prescription medication, Paxil CR may cause some side effects, which are usually mild to moderate and may fade or disappear completely over time. A common side effect of Paxil CR is nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include injury, infection, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, weakness, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, yawning, sweating, abnormal vision and sexual side effects. If you should experience any side effects, be sure to report them to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow his/her advice. I took Paxil without any problems and found it was good for anxiety as well as depression. Answered by Robin Pirkey 1 year ago.

I agree you should look for another doctor. I went on Paxil over a year ago (now trying to go off). I had some side effects, but I went on the medication GRADUALLY, as I hope you are too. I started with a small dose of 5 or 10 mg, and then increased in increments of 5 mg. So it was 5 mg for one week, then 10 mg for a week or so, then 15 mg for a week or so, then 20 mg. which is the strength I've been at since then. If you went from zero to 20 that may explain the severity of side effects. Good luck. Answered by Myrtie Kunishige 1 year ago.

I gained weight on paxil Answered by Hollie Tarlton 1 year ago.

I went from around 175 to upper 180s, plus there were some sexual side affects. Though, given the benefit of taking it, it was a no-brainer - I'd do it again if I had to. Answered by Kizzie Rushanan 1 year ago.

It most certainly does, I was taking that drug briefly (about 3 weeks), and ended up in the ER due to the strenght of the side effects. Answered by Andres Gerstenkorn 1 year ago.

If you have been prescribed a medication you need to speak to you doctor about it. Take it as it indicates on the label. My male friend had problems with ejaculation. He could not ejaculate as he once did, it took forever. I have a female friend that had a problem with orgasm, she couldn't but she would rather not be depressed. It was worth it to her to keep taking it. Answered by Alphonso Roncskevitz 1 year ago.

read the label and the instructions Answered by Nadine Fingal 1 year ago.

MAYBE DEPENDS Answered by Nelle Bulacan 1 year ago.


Paxil Revisited?
My options of coming off Paxil are nil. I suffer from seven different disorders and Paxil is the only one that works. I've tried them all, trust me. Any natural ways to help boost my sexdrive? Asked by Angelyn Wahlgren 1 year ago.

Yeah paxil kills that huh. I know it killed mine totally. I am a cuddly person who loved sex and my fiancee had this girl who did not want it at all and did not want to be touched from a 2x a day sex goddess. When I did want sex I could never have any orgasms. Have you asked your MD about viagra? It is not natural, but neighter is paxil and you might need a big gun to fight the big poison of paxil. How about eating no red meat exercise and no alcohol? That should help. Have you thought of going for accupuncture? Taking a multipulvitamin. Go to your primary and get a whole check up. Ask about viagra and start living like you are a diabetic or just had a heart attack. Live clean. This should all help. Eat well, multivitamin not smoking, caffeine or drinking. This should help a great deal. Get good sleep and exercise. Sorry you are having problems. You are not the first one. Both men and women have trouble with paxil, but I am glad you are taking care of your mental problems. I have them and my father had them. My father chose suicide instead of sexual side effects. I wish he was here with me, his friends and the rest of the family. I am glad you have made that wonderful choice to treat your mental illness and deal with this. A new med may come out soon that helps you without these problems. Psych meds are coming out all the time. Take care and stay postive like you are. Answered by Larry Chehab 1 year ago.


Has anyone had any good/bad expieriences taking Paxil?
Doc is changing me from zoloft to another anitdepressant. I want to chose one that will help with anxiety and panic, but with low low side effects. anyone know if Paxil is any good? Asked by Sherry Cestia 1 year ago.

Paxil has worked well for me, and I don't think I have gained that much weight from it. I believe all anti-depressants seem to have some weight gain disadvantages, though. The one drawback I have had and read that others have noticed is the withdrawal, like if I forget 1 day to take it, I will notice it. I am only taking 10mg and I feel that I need to change to something else as I don't want to "up" the mg's of paxil and other reasoning's just mentioned... I would also look into how much different drugs cost, as I am a student and I don't have insurance, so some of these types can get very costly.. Also, Effexor, I didn't care for at all; made me quite "out of it".!!!! Hope this helps. Answered by Gregoria Nuhn 1 year ago.

I've been on Paxil for about four years now and I'd have to say the worst side effect has been the loss of sexual desire and weight gain. Also, if you forget a pill or two, the dizziness sucks! You get all spacey and can't concentrate. Paxil doesn't make you more anxious, it actually helps with anxiety. At least it does me. It is actually supposed to be more for anxiety than depression. But you should explore your options and be sure to be accurate with your doctor about your symptoms/feelings. Good luck feeling better. Answered by Marci Auker 1 year ago.

Paxil is a wonderful anti anxiety drug if you can tolerate gaining weight with it. No matter how you watch your food intake and exercise, you will most likely gain a substantial amount of weight. It is just so unfortunate because it works so well with the panic attacks. I think that you need to balance the effects vs the side effects, and decide if you can deal with a weight gain. Many people, particularly women would not as the gain tends to make them more anxious. Perhaps you can discuss this with your doc, and see what he/she says about it. Have you tried Lexapro? That has less side effects, virtually none in most people and can work. Another is an older one, but still in the new drug classifications as a seritonin uptake, is Effexor. That one was very good. Good luck. Answered by Quinton Maharrey 1 year ago.

Im on Paxil, and I could feel the difference from the second day I was on it. I take it for depression and severe anxiety disorder, and it has really worked wonders. When I first started I was on a higher dose and I got dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; feels like a lump in your throat that you cant swallow past)as a side effect; we lowered the dose and its been fine since. My main concern with it is that I have gained 30 lbs in the past year when I have never had weight issues before and I watch my diet and activity closely. Answered by Cecile Meade 1 year ago.

I used it for 5 years. I didn't have any side effects while on it. It helped me. However, there came a time when I didn't want to take it. After such a long time, I got severe side effects if i didn't take it for three days. Eyes and motion coordination. Dizziness. Actually, I felt sick. So, my doctor and I set up a decreased dose plan, reducing the milligrams each couple of days over about 45 days, and I got off it. I'm fine now and can say, it helped me then. (It does have a reputation for decreasing ones libido). I hope your situation, is situational and not a chronic one. Good luck and take good care! Answered by Drew Morgia 1 year ago.

I am fine with Paxil but not generic excepted 1 but the company got in trouble so can't get it I am tring to get off of it slowly and fell hora bel becuse of insherince will not cover it so if I have kids I will not have them put on antidepressant. Or ADHD meds becuse of things like this hapning I out growe the insherince that paed for it Answered by Belia Geniesse 1 year ago.

Paxil really helped my anxiety. I had no side effects. My brother who has panic attacks also got a lot of relief with Paxil but he had a lot of side effects. It was a real pain to come off of. You have to taper it off slowly. Answered by Andria Avison 1 year ago.

I took paxil, and really couldn't tell any difference... my doctor switched me to zoloft, and the effects were the same. I just quit taking meds altogether... I would talk to your doctor about it though... They know what stuff may be better for you. Answered by Belia Matias 1 year ago.

I tried it once and it made me 3 times worse and you cant just stop taking them you have to get off of them slow Zanax has a 24 hr pill that seems to work pretty well ask him about that one Michael Answered by Lessie Breton 1 year ago.


Paxil - CR Advise.?
I've been prescribed Paxil CR 12.5. Any advise would be wonderful. I have been on Anything and Everything. I plan to become pregnant in a couple of months (hopefully) and would not want this to effect me in anyway. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. God Bless!! Asked by Mozella Toribio 1 year ago.

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which means that this drug keeps the neurotransmiters to stay in the synasis b/n 2 nerve cells longer. You mentioned that you've been on anything and everything. I wish you can be more specific about it. For antidepressants to work, you have to give it a long trial period before deciding whether it works or not. If you have recurring depressions, then you should stay on the medication for a much longer time period. Paxil is consider class-c when it comes to pregancy. The study is done on animal and it might but not an absolute answer that it might cause some problem. But human studies are inconclusive. Basically it boils down to the benefit vs risk ratio. In your situation I would think the benefit out weight the risk. Let's say if there is a 1000 women who are like you while not on any medication vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group do you think will have a higher probability of having a totally health baby? So if a 1000 women who are like you while on paxil vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group would have more totally health baby? Then can you credit the difference b/c of the medication or it is just the fact that your genetics is different. Do a Yahoo search for 'Paxil & pregnancy' and you will find more articles that you can read up on your own. Answered by Sheila Legeyt 1 year ago.

Oh bless your heart~ First and foremost you need to consult an ob/gyn and discuss your current medications~you need to do this well ahead of considering a pregnancy~also consult your psychiatrist~ Discuss this with these doctors and get second opinions if you can~ You also are going to run a higher risk for postpartum depression~ Babies add more stress to your life as wonderful as they are~ First and foremost you need to take care of you as you are the most important person in the world~once you are on level ground then you will be more prepared for a baby~and a baby is not going to cure your disorders~ I know I sound some what cold~yet I thought it would help my "issues" and it did not~ It takes at the very least 12 weeks for most of the medications to build in your system to an advisable level~and never, never just stop taking them cold turkey~I have and I suffered! Sweetheart I hope that you can find the medication that helps you~I take a combination of things~every system is different~it takes time to find the right stuff~when you do you will feel much better~then you can take on the pregnancy issue~ Make sure you get plenty of exercise~just a good walk helps your system and mind feel much better~ I wish you the very best~you will be content I promise~just give it all the proper time and you will be a better person for your patients~ May the sparkles in life land upon you~!~ Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paroxetine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Paroxetine may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking paroxetine, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Answered by Freida Carlsley 1 year ago.


Another Paxil question....?
So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a... Asked by Steffanie Siggins 1 year ago.

So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a xanax to calm down----but I end up being a zombie all day. Then around 4 or 5 in the evening, the depression kicks in again, and I start to feel worse, which spins me into another panic attack, so I take another .5mg of xanax, which knocks me out. Has anyone gone through this? I was nervous to increase the paxil, so I'm still taking only 10mg until I see my doc next week. Can anyone help me???? Answered by See Barends 1 year ago.

Paxil did just the opposite for me. I was on a 20mg dose however. I was a lot less anxious and it made me more drowsy more of the time. I am a person that generally only sleeps 5-7 hours a night at most, and never takes naps. But when I was on paxil I was taking naps every day cause I was a lot more relaxed. Paxil helped me for both depression and anxiety, starting in the first couple of days of taking it even though I know the medication probably hadn't reached its full effect. My biggest problem with it is all the side effects and withdrawal issues, plus the fact that I feel like I shouldn't need a drug to deal with whatever is wrong with me. But as far as depression and anxiety go, it did seem to work. Note: if you are taking the Generic Paxil, and not the name brand, there is supposedly no difference... I however did not feel any positive effects when taking the generic paxil, and tried it on two seperate occasions for periods of a few days to weeks at a time. You may want to try getting your pharmacy to change to the name brand paxil, it will be more expensive, but I definitely thought there was a difference between the two. Answered by Emilia Frizell 1 year ago.

Being "jumpy" can actually be a side effect of Paxil and some other antidepressants. Sometimes, such side effects will stop as you get used to the drug. Paxil is also supposed to help with anxiety, so it seems a bit odd to me that your doctor prescribed Xanax as well unless it was a temporary measure to help you until the Paxil takes effect. Talk to your doctor about this. If the Paxil doesn't work out for you, there are other meds you can try. Answered by Kermit Hemmen 1 year ago.

Yes, but I loved my paxil... You are still getting used to Paxil though...your body is still adapting, but I still got that jumpy sort of feeling the entire time I was on it. I recently went to a psychiatrist who took me off of paxil all together--and the SSRIs (the drug group that Paxil is in) and put me on a more stabilizing medication because I was having the same problem...well, sort of. I was good during the day but I couldn't sleep at night. I will tell you this, I have been on paxil for years, and i USED to be able to sleep but my dad just died recently, so I am VERY anxious and it is hard to sleep--so, anyhow.. I dont really know what the answer is. Maybe stay on 10 mg for a little longer until you get used to it. Be careful w/the xanax-- it is VERY addicting! (btw: my doctor refuses to put me back on paxil but I miss it :( and she says that xanax is way too addicting to prescribe..so i am screwed)..also, they do have Paxil CR (which is controlled release---it slowly releases through your system throughout the day). I am get tired now (which is im associated w/being depressed...) w/my medication and I still feel depressed--which paxil would always help with, i can sleep and my anxiety is gone but now im depressed.. I dont know if this is more confusing than helpful, but it is food for thought. Good luck! So, I can either decide to not sleep-- but not be depressed, or be depressed but not be anxious and be able to sleep....haha Answered by Alayna Jacek 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that this isn't working out well for you. I can give you some advice, but I advise that you contact your Dr. via telephone as you experience these side effects. First, it's important to understand that the Paxil works on increasing the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, apetite, sexuality, body temperature, vomitting and sleep. It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the reuptake process to reach efficacy, where in the first week or two, you may experience nausea, irritability, diziness, weight gain and loss of labido. Everything usually goes away, except for the loss of labido and weight gain. In addition, Paxil does not work with the part of your central nervous system that causes stress. Panic attacks are a product of our body's natural stress reaction when we feel that we are being exposed to danger, even though no danger exists. Paxil will not cause this; your panic/anxiety is a biproduct of your depression and over all emotional health. As far as your Dr's recommendation to increase the dosage; you should be 100% complient with his/her instructions. When you start adjusting dosage on your own, you are really making things more difficult for them and it's going to take longer to get you properly aclimated to any medication. When ever I feel I have to make an adjustment, I always call my Dr. immediately and ask her permission, we discuss it, but ultimately, I follow her instructions so she is fully aware of what's going on so she knows how to treat me. One thing that sticks out is that the Paxil is making you "jumpy" and you're experiencing "racing" thoughts. I should point out, that these are symptoms of bipolar disorder, where if someone who is bipolar takes an SSRI - it will trigger mania (racing thoughts) and further increase depression. In many cases, bipolar depression is misdiagnosed and treated as unipolar depression, where SSRI's just make things worse. I'm not saying that you're bipolar, but from your reaction to Paxil, it may be something worth bringing up with your Dr. Lastly - the Xanax is not going to help your depression. Xanax is very addicting and has a short elimination half life. This means that if you start taking it regularly, you're going to build dependane. Being that Xanax doesn't stay in your system that long, you'll end up having to take more and more or you'll suffer from withdrawal very quickly - further increasing depression. It's important that you keep regular contact with your Dr. when you're starting new medication. A good Dr. will want to put you in a position where you'll experience minimal side effects. Give them as much info as you can so they can make you feel better and keep you from feeling worse. Feel better! Answered by Marietta Leas 1 year ago.

I never had any success with paxil, I could never understand why I would be given one drug to counter act the side effects of another. After being on paxil for almost 8 months (it takes up to 7 weeks to be in your system and functioning for you). I begged to go on something else. You do need to stick it out while it takes effect and it is in your system fully. Do not miss a pill, for every dose missed it takes 3 days to catch up. If after a few months you do not feel any better ask for something else. Not all antidepressants work the same on everybody. Good Luck. Answered by Noreen Birchard 1 year ago.

i replaced into on Paxil for an somewhat long term, and it replaced into so tricky for me to get off of it, yet ultimately it in basic terms did no longer help me anymore. precise now i'm on Effexor XR and it works super. i does not survive Paxil, I even have heard loads of undesirable effects approximately it. Answered by Wan Vidalez 1 year ago.

it's very obvious that Paxil is not the drug for you. Don't wait for the Doctors appointment, call him (or her!) and explain what's going on. This is not normal. Answered by China Schleining 1 year ago.

ask the doc to switch you from paxil to something else Answered by Adelaida Bursley 1 year ago.


Paxil concerns.?
I just started taking paxil for ocd and gad,I have some concerns with it,Like i heard that a man killed his wife,children,and then himself after taking paxil for only two days.What other medications are their that are safer and more effective for teenagers for ocd and gad?thanks. Asked by Karren Slim 1 year ago.

Paxil Generic Name: paroxetine (pa ROX a teen) Brand Names: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva What is Paxil? Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Important information about Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Do not take Paxil together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Before taking Paxil You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are a child or young adult. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Paxil you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks. Do not use Paxil if you are using pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam). Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medicines are taken with Paxil. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take Paxil. After you stop taking Paxil, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking an MAOI. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: liver or kidney disease; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression), or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests. FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Paxil can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Paxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Paxil? Take Paxil exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the liquid form of Paxil well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as agitation, dizziness, numbness or tingling, ringing in your ears, confusion, or behavior changes) after you stop taking Paxil. Do not stop taking Paxil suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Store Paxil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of Paxil. Symptoms of a Paxil overdose may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, decreased urination, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, confusion, aggression, seizures, and coma. What should I avoid while taking Paxil? Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Paxil. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, other medication for depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Paxil. Paxil can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Paxil side effects Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Contact your doctor promptly if you have any of the following side effects, especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse: mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, mania (mental and/or physical hyperactivity), thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: seizure (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as: feeling nervous, restless, or unable to sit still; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or dry mouth, yawning, or ringing in your ears. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. What other drugs will affect Paxil? Talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others. Taking any of these drugs with Paxil may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Before taking Paxil, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines: atomoxetine (Strattera), cimetidine (Tagamet), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), risperidone (Risperdal), ritonavir (Norvir), St. John's wort, tramadol (Ultram), or tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan); heart rhythm medication such as flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rhythmol); a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); any other antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or sertraline (Zoloft); a phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), and others; or almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Paxil, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment. There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Paxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Where can I get more information? Your pharmacist has additional information about Paxil written for health professionals that you may read. What does my medication look like? Paroxetine is available with a prescription under the brand names Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Paxil, especially if it is new to you. Paxil 10 mgoval, yellow, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 20 mg - oval, pink, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 30 mg - oval, blue, film-coated scored tablets Paxil 40 mg - oval, green, film-coated scored tablets Paxil CR 12.5 mg - round yellow, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 25 mg - round, pink, film-coated tablets Paxil CR 37.5 mg - round, blue, film-coated tablets Paxil 10 mg/5 mL - orange-colored, orange-flavored oral suspension Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Paxil only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. 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The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Answered by Eura Oines 1 year ago.

The best way to get meds is from a pharmacist or psychiatrist. Medical doctors are not trained in the medication fields like the above. If you are having bad feelings about paxil, talk to the above professionals. There are wonderful meds out today that do not have the side affects as paxil and others. Answered by Flossie Waddington 1 year ago.

I guess Miss Just Peachy said it all. lol thanks to her. Additionally you way want to undergo behavioral psychotherapy which are very effective for anxiety disorders but not much with mood and psychotic conditions. You may have some automatic and favorite thoughts as coping that may be the ones actually causing your anxiety such as the "what ifs?". if you still prefer medicines a good advice is let your doctor do the worrying for you i'm sure he is monitoring your progress. Answered by Vida Kerans 1 year ago.

paxil GAVE me panic disorder! i got off it and i was fine. Answered by Timika Klose 1 year ago.

i dont believe any medications are good for you unless u will die without it its unnatural chemicals its all poison if u took the whole bottle it will kill u wat do u think yur doing to yur body when u take one a day? Answered by Tia Breitling 1 year ago.


Any Paxil horror stories?
Thank you for the link Cookies Asked by Almeta Fevig 1 year ago.

I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by this drug. Please tell me your story. Answered by Chieko Sedlock 1 year ago.

Paxil Side Effects - please read I am not a big fan of the FDA. Bloggers lets band together and let the truth out about Paxil. Please link to this Paxil side effects page using "Paxil side effects" in the link so we can get this message out. Here is an alarming email about Paxil side effects that I was given today. I started Paxil about 8 weeks ago. After 1 week I started to experience headaches and zapping. Not knowing that it was Paxil, could cause this situation I went to my medical Dr. and he took blood test, UA, and had a Ct Scan/contrast. Everything came back normal. I decided on 10/7/03 to take myself off Paxil, thinking that nothing could be worse than what I was going through. Well I was wrong; I started going through withdrawal and that is pure hell. I not only still have the headaches and zapping but I am now feeling anxiety, irritable, fatigue, tremors, vertigo, nausea and numerous other symptoms of withdrawal. The nightmares are terrible and so are the hot flashes that I also experienced while taking the medication. I am furious and discussed that my Psychiatrist put me on such a drug that is so addicting and causing so many problems. I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor and had never been addicted to any Alcohol or drugs before in my life. To seek out help for a stressful time in my life and to be put on such a dangerous drug such as Paxil. It appears that I am damned if I stay on it and damned if I go off has me feeling outrageous and angry, not only at the company that put this drug out but also for my Dr. not to tell me the effects or that I would have withdrawal symptoms if I came off. Well I am coming off and I will not be weaned off like so many others it will be cold turkey for me. To me to say that you need to be weaned off is no different than giving someone methadone to get them off heroin. Using one drug to offset another or taking less of a drug at a slower pace, one will never be off and only keep going back to help deter the effects of withdrawal. 4 days now for me and I will fight and get back my sanity. It is now day eight since I took myself off Paxil. I still have the headaches but they are finally easing up. The zapping is getting worse and the whoosh noise is still there. I have been experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms along with the above. Vertigo, tremors so bad I was beating up myself, nightmares when I finally do fall asleep, irritable, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, lack of concentration, fearful, anxiety, depression, crying uncontrollably, anger, frustration, heart palpitation, dizziness, flu symptoms, weakness, disoriented and chills. I am wondering what is next. I talked to the FDA today also. Surprising they returned my call. I only wish that I had taped the conversation. The following is part of the conversation I had with them. The person I talked to stated that they don't feel that Paxil is addictive because it doesn't carry the behavior of a person that is dependent on a drug. A person that will go out and steal to obtain their drug of choice or cause harm to another. I explained since I am an Alcohol/Drug counselor that any drug that will cause a person to have withdrawal symptoms especially the ones I stated above that the drug is defiantly an addictive drug and any other term is not going to satisfy the public. I also stated that any SSRI is used to enhance the seritonin in ones body and that doctors need to test to find out if ones seritonin level is low in which they need to enhance. If a person does not have a low seritonin level than these drugs can and do cause more problems for an individual. Doctors aren't given all the facts with prescribing these types of meds and need to do some more studies to make sure others aren't harmed like myself and many of you who are writing in. The one thing all can do is get this advertising stopped that Paxil is not addictive or habit forming. Lets start flooding the lines and start calling the FDA and the dept that handles complaints about advertising Paxil. Please call and tell them your story. The advertising section of FDA is (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240. Lets ban together and get Glaxo-Smith Kline to admit the truth about these effects and to get them to stop lying that it is not addictive or habit forming. Also do your own memory recall as to any symptoms you felt while being on the Paxil or any SSRI. Tell the people at the FDA if you experienced any zapping, whooshing noise, headaches (And how severe they were, Hot flashes or anything else that you may have experienced while being on Paxil. The FDA is basically only hearing about the withdrawals and nothing about peoples experience on the Paxil. Lets speak and fight for our rights and the rights of the future. please spread the word about Paxil side effects by linking to this page using the following code. Paxil Side Effects which will appear on your website as Paxil Side Effects If you do not yet have a website blogs are really fun. They also are quick and easy to set up and thanks to Google you can start one free. Start your free blog today (and remember to link to this page) Posted at November 11, 2003 10:00 AM Comments I too decided to take myself off of paxil,and did I ever have a rough time of it. I had the zapping of my face mainly, vertigo, nausea, visual disturbances, lack of concentration, nightmares, palpitations and I actually thought that I was having mini seizures. This drug is the most awful thing anyone can do for onself. mcarranza on December 4, 2003 12:08 PM I have only been taking Paxil CR for about 4 mths,the only side effect I can say I experinced from taking the drug was excessive yawning and going from having a very healthy sex drive to having none at all. Right before the Christmas Holidays, my precription ran out and I decided not to worry about it because my husband thinks that the drug was effecting our sex life (I have no sex drive anymore) so I told him I would stop taking it to see if it worked and besides I couldnt get it filled because my doctor's office is closed due to the holidays. I have been 4 days without the drug, I have started having real bad headaches, chills (no fever) and feeling dizzy while I am sitting down! Tunnel vision, my whole body itches and the nausea is so bad.. I also found myself getting VERY ANGRY over nothing today, I almost hurt my little boy today! So I decided to go online to see if my NOT taking the paxil was the problem, BOY WAS I AMAZED!! I am so MAD at my doctor for putting me on this drug. The drug actually helped with the problems I was having to cause me to take the drug, angry outburst, road rage, depression, ect. Now I know it is the withdrawels from this drug that is causing me to feel this way, the withdrawels are horriable! From what I have read tonight, I am not so sure if I should quit taking the drug. My symtoms are only going to get worse. I only wish I would have asked more questions about this drug before I started taking it. I am really scared. Please advise me of what I should do, thank you for your time Cindy on December 26, 2003 11:44 PM I am glad I read this. I had very bad side effects while I was taking it and now that I stopped taking it, it is even worse. Damian on February 2, 2004 10:19 PM the dr put me on effexor i stayed sick could not eat so not he put me on lexapro i have not takin it yet because of all the side aff i was thinkin about paxil what do you think about paxil? Debbi on February 3, 2004 8:33 AM Paxil and most anti-depressants are well known for having withdrawl effects. If you had spoken to your physician about coming off of this drug or any other drug, he/she would have recommended weaning off. Even a pharmacist would do the same. It is bizarre to me that a supposed Alcohol/Drug Counselor would not know this. If a person had been drinking for months or years on end and they suddenly stopped drinking, they would suffer from withdrawl. I am not necessarily a supporter of Paxil, but please also be aware that all drugs have side-effects. And, different people suffer differently. YouShouldKnow! on February 5, 2004 2:17 AM I agree with what you say. The problem is that in our society "good drugs" and "bad drugs" are painted in an entirely different light. When you see the end of a Zoloft commercial it states "Zoloft is not habit forming." There are millions of dollars pushing the sales of Paxil and other drugs like it. SSRIs such as Paxil are known to cause problems. Now we are also pushing so less fine print needs to be given. depression blog on February 5, 2004 2:56 AM i sure am glad to read your site! i was considering going off paxil-cr due to the sexual side effects, but now i do not know what is worse: having no sexual desire or suffering all the side effects that i just read! i am also very upset that my physician did not mention this to me. i wanted to consider wellbutrin-xl or serzone. i do not know now. thanks for listening... jena on February 7, 2004 12:49 PM I had taken paxil 20mg for two years for panic disorder. The only side effects I experienced were dry mouth, throat tightness, and slight weight gain. These subsided after adjusting to this medication. I decided to taper of to 10mg and eventually stop altogether. I felt fine and hadn't experienced a panic attack for a year and a half. Withdrawal was moderate to severe and eventually overcame the malaise after four to five days. I managed fine for six months without paxil, but questioned how long it takes for paxil to completely leave your body. I pondered this because sexually my orgasms were still delayed. Around the six month this delay began to disappear as if I was back to normal sexually. This is when I began to feel chest tightness, tremors, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, etc... I've continued to feel the Answered by Yee Whitey 1 year ago.

Paxil Stories Answered by France Wilburn 1 year ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Any Paxil horror stories? I would like to get YOUR Paxil horror stories that I will use in aid of a class action lawsuit I am starting with my lawyer (a prominent medical lawyer in my area) to not only have this drug removed, but perhaps have some sort of compensation to the tens of thousands of people adversely affected by... Answered by Roselee Squarciafico 1 year ago.

Simple story. The drug worked great, except for the 85 pounds in 18 months that I put on and have not been able to keep off since. Answered by Cori Chegwidden 1 year ago.

I dont take that garbage but I have heard of people getting jerks through their nervous system when quitting it. I think that there is already a class action suit....Maybe next time dont take experimental drugs. Answered by Malena Kram 1 year ago.

And you wonder why doctors charge so much. They get sued every time the results aren't perfect. That's the risk you take when you consume drugs. The doctor was educated with the knowledge these drugs would work. They didn't. Not his fault. He wanted to satisfy his patients. Give them a break...they aren't the only ones who make mistakes. Answered by Giuseppe Kallas 1 year ago.

irritability, increased anxiety, fits of rage.... Answered by Kai Halderman 1 year ago.


Paxil questions?
docs assistant just called in a script of Zoloft. Now I have more questions! Asked by Sparkle Demas 1 year ago.

Today my dr. prescribed Paxil to me. I am wondering if something else might be better. Do you have any suggestions for different meds or additional meds? Such as adding Xanax into the mix? I've recently gained a lot of weight because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome - I really don't want to gain any more weight. I already have problems sleeping and I read that Paxil can cause insomnia. I already have a low sex drive because of my weight gain and PAxil causes a decreased labido. I am already moody due to lack of sleep, weight gain, anxiety attacks - and I read that it causes some to be moody. UGH - any ideas for me? Answered by Bernie Sagaser 1 year ago.

Paxil can cause all of the side effects you noted, but that's no different from any of the SSRI's and it doesn't necessarily mean you will experience them all. The insomnia is temporary for those who get it and just as many people have the opposite effect and find it sedating. Paxil rarely makes people moody, though there a few who have a paradoxical reaction. As far as weight gain, Paxil can actually contribute to an initial weight loss followed by weight gain or difficulty losing weight after long-term use. At any rate, the average weight loss/gain is only 5# and people tend to blame weight gain beyond that on the med when it may be due to other contributing factors. The sexual side effects are much more common and can result in decreased libido or increased difficulty achieving orgasm and they do tend to be dose related. For some people, taking one 4mg periactin (cyproheptadine) several hours prior to anticipated sexual encounters alleviates the side effect. Periactin is an inexpensice antihistamine your doc can prescribe if you notice this. Additionally, many people do not experience any sexual side effects when Paxil (or any SSRI) is taken with Wellbutrin (Bupropion) and since Wellbutrin works on norepinephrine primarily (slight effect on dopamine) they may experience an added anti-depressant effect. Try the Paxil and compare and contrast the benefits versus the side effects, but give it at least 2-4 weeks at the current dosage before you make your assessment. The anti-depressant effects kick in usually in two weeks, anxiolytic effects in 4-6 weeks and most temporary side effects stop by then. If you continue to experience side effects at 4 weeks, they are unlikely to decrease thereafter and you can ask your doc about the alternatives above. I would suggest a trial of Wellbutrin alone, though I am guessing from your interest in Xanax that you are receiving the meds primarily for anxiety versus depression and wellbutrin isn't terribly effective with anxiety. As far as Xanax goes, it works exceedingly well for anxiety, however it is extremely addictive and not a good choice for chronic or continuous conditions. It can be effective for long-term management of panic disorder provided that it is only taken prn (as needed), but not a good choice for generalized anxiety disorders. In my opinion, the addiction potential is a more serious potential consequence and does not make it a first line choice for any chronic conditions that may be effectively controlled with SSRI's. Hope that helps-Good Luck! Answered by Delinda Vegter 1 year ago.

Please don't look for ways to talk yourself out of the great benefits before you give it a try. Paxil, like many of its kind takes some time to get into your system, and for you to feel the full benefits. I started off with cutting the smallest mg in half, and then in 3/4, and finally = one full 10 mg pill. It has worked wonders for me, and we have not had to increase the dosage. I cah handle things in a much more positive way, and I can stand up for myself without anger, but inan assertive way. I can ignore whatd does not affectd me, and - there are justd so many wonderful affecs that I have from Paxil. Plus - the Big one is -- this is the Only anti-depressant type of medication that I have Ever been able to tolerate ! (Paxil has the least side affects of any ) Give it a try, and see if after a month, you are feeling So much better - but remember to stop looking up all of the negative parts, and to think positive. Talk to The Lord, and He will help you !! :-) Answered by Esther Upson 1 year ago.

It's smart to do your research before starting any drug. I have done paxil and it has been surprising.It really helped me but yet there is a backlash to it. Read the website below for more info on paxil.It will cause you to gain weight and the insomnia is so bothersome, among other things. Answered by Clair Duncomb 1 year ago.

I am taking wellbutrin and zoloft. I was on celexa but it made my head real fuzzy. Most of the SSRI's cause some weight gain so you have to decide if you want to feel "normal" or drop some lbs. Personally, I'd rather feel normal. Anyway, Wellbutrin can offset some of the weight gain and moodiness caused by Paxil and it also increases your sex drive. Good luck. It takes a while to find the right cocktail. Answered by Christel Bastress 1 year ago.

Paxil can be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety. I suggest that you trust your doctor and address any concerns with him/her. It is likely that your doctor will see how effective the Paxil is before adding anything to the mix. For the most part, doctors will try to treat people with the least amount of medication possible. I also suggest that you consider seeing a therapist in addition to your doctor, this really helped me in learning to cope with my anxiety and depression. Answered by Wilton Drapkin 1 year ago.

When i was on paxil....i slept fine, my sex life was about the same....paxil mellowed my moods....(i was on it for anxiety attacks and depression) Each person reacts differently....but i didn't really have any of the symptoms you mentioned. Answered by Johanna Stirman 1 year ago.


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAXIL?
I started taking 10 mg. Paxil a week ago for accute anxiety. Since then I've been feeling even more nervous and have racing thoughts and thoughts I cannot control. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to anxiety? Asked by Sarah Austell 1 year ago.

Paxil Alternative Answered by Pearlie Phenix 1 year ago.

Take 900 mg of St. John's wart daily with 220 mg of Ginko biloba. This is an alternative to the Paxil medication. I have been on Paxil for three years and now me and my husband want to have a baby and you can not take Paxil due to heart defects. Paxil did work although better think long and hard about ever coming off it. The withdrawls are terrible and if I had to do it all over again I would have chose the natural herb and supplements. Physician's are never upfront about the effects if you ever want to discontinue and for that I am very upset with my physician. But seriously think long and hard about taking any of these medications... Answered by Billi Quastad 1 year ago.

A much safer alternative, if you haven't been specifically diagnosed with an serotonin problem, would be a short trial with calcium alone (particularly if you have sleeping problems as well), or a calcium / magnesium combination. Don't forget to take at least 500 IU, or more, of Vitamin D as well. Answered by Laure Serpico 1 year ago.


Can i take viagra if i'm on paxil?
Asked by Yael Panagakos 1 year ago.

Viagra, Paxil Help Premature Ejaculation A new study shows that Viagra in combination with Paxil helps premature ejaculators who have not improved with standard treatment. If a man can work up the nerve to talk to his doctor about premature ejaculation, the doctor may refer him to a psychiatrist or a sex therapist, or may prescribe one of several possible medications including Paxil, an antidepressant, or a lidocaine numbing ointment that is rubbed on the head of the penis before sex. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Fla., looked at 138 premature ejaculators who started out using a numbing ointment. Thirty-eight were satisfied with that treatment. The remaining 100 started taking Paxil, and 42 of them were satisfied with that, leaving 58 who took Paxil with Viagra. Over the course of three months, the men took one dose of Paxil seven hours before sex and one dose of Viagra one hour before sex. They noted how long they were able to have sexual intercourse, from the moment they entered a partner's vagina to the moment they ejaculated. In the beginning, they were able to sustain intercourse for less than one minute to three minutes. They also rated their performance on a scale. At first they ejaculated too soon from "half of the time" to "almost always." By the end of the study, 56 of the 58 men were able to have intercourse for more than three minutes most of the time. It's well known that Paxil has sexual side effects, including delayed ejaculation. But Viagra? There can be several explanations for this, says study author Juza Chen, MD, of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. One possibility is that Viagra acts on the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. This function involves the chemical nitric oxide. Too much nitric oxide inhibits ejaculation. Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which is how it helps men get erections. Juza says there is some scientific evidence that Viagra increases the amount of nitric oxide in the brain, although that is not certain. "Another possibility could be a decrease of sensitivity in the [head of the penis]," Juza says. Arnold Melman, MD, head of the urology department at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says he doubts that has anything to do with it. "What evidence is there?" he says. "Do you think when you have a hard erection you're less sensitive?" Viagra may have had a psychological effect, too: With a firmer erection, they had more confidence, so they had more control. Melman says he thinks that is a more likely explanation. "I'm sure that's true," he says. "Much of the reason for premature ejaculation is psychological, not physical." Juza says more research is needed to learn about using Viagra as a treatment for premature ejaculation. He plans to study the effects of Viagra alone compared with a placebo, and Viagra alone compared with Paxil alone. "I think it's a good concept," Melman says. Answered by Tessa Goergen 1 year ago.

According to this drug interaction checker, there aren't any listed between those 2 drugs. But there may be other reasons you can't take viagra (some heart drugs, for instance). That's why you need to ask your prescriber to be sure. Answered by Virgie Laviero 1 year ago.


Does the paxil has any side effects??
Asked by Charlsie Bissegger 1 year ago.

Paxil CR is approved only for adults 18 years and over. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants. Depression and other illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose. The reason that there have been some suicides with any and all antidepressants is the fact that when people are severely depressed they don't have the energy, drive or interest in doing anything at all. Most of them only sleep or sit for hours staring at blank walls. When this same person(s) decide to make a change for the better and get their life back, they start taking antidepressants which start to lift their depression. Unfortunately, on the road to being completely undepressed, you have to pass through the level of being mildly depressed. At this stage of depression, a person is more energetic, driven and is thinking more about his depression and problems than he was when he was severely depressed. It is at this time, that many people make the move to do away with themselves. It has nothing to do with the drug itself - only the level of depression the person is experiencing. The depressed person still needs to get help, but if that person is severely depressed and is taking antidepressant drug therapy, then someone should be responsible enough to keep watch on them during the mildly depressed period. This takes love and committment but the outcome for the depressed person is a life worth living. I have added some additional info for you below. In most cases, you can take Paxil CR with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil CR. There may be other medicines that don't react well with Paxil CR, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking. As with any prescription medication, Paxil CR may cause some side effects, which are usually mild to moderate and may fade or disappear completely over time. A common side effect of Paxil CR is nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include injury, infection, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, weakness, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, yawning, sweating, abnormal vision and sexual side effects. If you should experience any side effects, be sure to report them to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow his/her advice. I took Paxil without any problems and found it was good for anxiety as well as depression. Answered by Shellie Ocheltree 1 year ago.

I agree you should look for another doctor. I went on Paxil over a year ago (now trying to go off). I had some side effects, but I went on the medication GRADUALLY, as I hope you are too. I started with a small dose of 5 or 10 mg, and then increased in increments of 5 mg. So it was 5 mg for one week, then 10 mg for a week or so, then 15 mg for a week or so, then 20 mg. which is the strength I've been at since then. If you went from zero to 20 that may explain the severity of side effects. Good luck. Answered by Steffanie Brevo 1 year ago.

I gained weight on paxil Answered by Hope Yafei 1 year ago.

I went from around 175 to upper 180s, plus there were some sexual side affects. Though, given the benefit of taking it, it was a no-brainer - I'd do it again if I had to. Answered by Freida Reck 1 year ago.

It most certainly does, I was taking that drug briefly (about 3 weeks), and ended up in the ER due to the strenght of the side effects. Answered by Marquetta Sisemore 1 year ago.

If you have been prescribed a medication you need to speak to you doctor about it. Take it as it indicates on the label. My male friend had problems with ejaculation. He could not ejaculate as he once did, it took forever. I have a female friend that had a problem with orgasm, she couldn't but she would rather not be depressed. It was worth it to her to keep taking it. Answered by Donald Harfert 1 year ago.

read the label and the instructions Answered by Malika Danehy 1 year ago.

MAYBE DEPENDS Answered by Tod Brown 1 year ago.


Paxil Revisited?
My options of coming off Paxil are nil. I suffer from seven different disorders and Paxil is the only one that works. I've tried them all, trust me. Any natural ways to help boost my sexdrive? Asked by Cherelle Uljevic 1 year ago.

Yeah paxil kills that huh. I know it killed mine totally. I am a cuddly person who loved sex and my fiancee had this girl who did not want it at all and did not want to be touched from a 2x a day sex goddess. When I did want sex I could never have any orgasms. Have you asked your MD about viagra? It is not natural, but neighter is paxil and you might need a big gun to fight the big poison of paxil. How about eating no red meat exercise and no alcohol? That should help. Have you thought of going for accupuncture? Taking a multipulvitamin. Go to your primary and get a whole check up. Ask about viagra and start living like you are a diabetic or just had a heart attack. Live clean. This should all help. Eat well, multivitamin not smoking, caffeine or drinking. This should help a great deal. Get good sleep and exercise. Sorry you are having problems. You are not the first one. Both men and women have trouble with paxil, but I am glad you are taking care of your mental problems. I have them and my father had them. My father chose suicide instead of sexual side effects. I wish he was here with me, his friends and the rest of the family. I am glad you have made that wonderful choice to treat your mental illness and deal with this. A new med may come out soon that helps you without these problems. Psych meds are coming out all the time. Take care and stay postive like you are. Answered by Marg Bengel 1 year ago.


Has anyone had any good/bad expieriences taking Paxil?
Doc is changing me from zoloft to another anitdepressant. I want to chose one that will help with anxiety and panic, but with low low side effects. anyone know if Paxil is any good? Asked by Hershel Todaro 1 year ago.

Paxil has worked well for me, and I don't think I have gained that much weight from it. I believe all anti-depressants seem to have some weight gain disadvantages, though. The one drawback I have had and read that others have noticed is the withdrawal, like if I forget 1 day to take it, I will notice it. I am only taking 10mg and I feel that I need to change to something else as I don't want to "up" the mg's of paxil and other reasoning's just mentioned... I would also look into how much different drugs cost, as I am a student and I don't have insurance, so some of these types can get very costly.. Also, Effexor, I didn't care for at all; made me quite "out of it".!!!! Hope this helps. Answered by Tomeka Sciavillo 1 year ago.

I've been on Paxil for about four years now and I'd have to say the worst side effect has been the loss of sexual desire and weight gain. Also, if you forget a pill or two, the dizziness sucks! You get all spacey and can't concentrate. Paxil doesn't make you more anxious, it actually helps with anxiety. At least it does me. It is actually supposed to be more for anxiety than depression. But you should explore your options and be sure to be accurate with your doctor about your symptoms/feelings. Good luck feeling better. Answered by Leigh Craawford 1 year ago.

Paxil is a wonderful anti anxiety drug if you can tolerate gaining weight with it. No matter how you watch your food intake and exercise, you will most likely gain a substantial amount of weight. It is just so unfortunate because it works so well with the panic attacks. I think that you need to balance the effects vs the side effects, and decide if you can deal with a weight gain. Many people, particularly women would not as the gain tends to make them more anxious. Perhaps you can discuss this with your doc, and see what he/she says about it. Have you tried Lexapro? That has less side effects, virtually none in most people and can work. Another is an older one, but still in the new drug classifications as a seritonin uptake, is Effexor. That one was very good. Good luck. Answered by Israel Lessenberry 1 year ago.

Im on Paxil, and I could feel the difference from the second day I was on it. I take it for depression and severe anxiety disorder, and it has really worked wonders. When I first started I was on a higher dose and I got dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; feels like a lump in your throat that you cant swallow past)as a side effect; we lowered the dose and its been fine since. My main concern with it is that I have gained 30 lbs in the past year when I have never had weight issues before and I watch my diet and activity closely. Answered by Tuyet Clements 1 year ago.

I used it for 5 years. I didn't have any side effects while on it. It helped me. However, there came a time when I didn't want to take it. After such a long time, I got severe side effects if i didn't take it for three days. Eyes and motion coordination. Dizziness. Actually, I felt sick. So, my doctor and I set up a decreased dose plan, reducing the milligrams each couple of days over about 45 days, and I got off it. I'm fine now and can say, it helped me then. (It does have a reputation for decreasing ones libido). I hope your situation, is situational and not a chronic one. Good luck and take good care! Answered by Dallas Hubbel 1 year ago.

I am fine with Paxil but not generic excepted 1 but the company got in trouble so can't get it I am tring to get off of it slowly and fell hora bel becuse of insherince will not cover it so if I have kids I will not have them put on antidepressant. Or ADHD meds becuse of things like this hapning I out growe the insherince that paed for it Answered by Ehtel Aubrey 1 year ago.

Paxil really helped my anxiety. I had no side effects. My brother who has panic attacks also got a lot of relief with Paxil but he had a lot of side effects. It was a real pain to come off of. You have to taper it off slowly. Answered by Hassan Welling 1 year ago.

I took paxil, and really couldn't tell any difference... my doctor switched me to zoloft, and the effects were the same. I just quit taking meds altogether... I would talk to your doctor about it though... They know what stuff may be better for you. Answered by Rozanne Brossman 1 year ago.

I tried it once and it made me 3 times worse and you cant just stop taking them you have to get off of them slow Zanax has a 24 hr pill that seems to work pretty well ask him about that one Michael Answered by Porter Reyer 1 year ago.


Paxil - CR Advise.?
I've been prescribed Paxil CR 12.5. Any advise would be wonderful. I have been on Anything and Everything. I plan to become pregnant in a couple of months (hopefully) and would not want this to effect me in anyway. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. God Bless!! Asked by Inge Schaudel 1 year ago.

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which means that this drug keeps the neurotransmiters to stay in the synasis b/n 2 nerve cells longer. You mentioned that you've been on anything and everything. I wish you can be more specific about it. For antidepressants to work, you have to give it a long trial period before deciding whether it works or not. If you have recurring depressions, then you should stay on the medication for a much longer time period. Paxil is consider class-c when it comes to pregancy. The study is done on animal and it might but not an absolute answer that it might cause some problem. But human studies are inconclusive. Basically it boils down to the benefit vs risk ratio. In your situation I would think the benefit out weight the risk. Let's say if there is a 1000 women who are like you while not on any medication vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group do you think will have a higher probability of having a totally health baby? So if a 1000 women who are like you while on paxil vs. 1000 women who are totally healthy, which group would have more totally health baby? Then can you credit the difference b/c of the medication or it is just the fact that your genetics is different. Do a Yahoo search for 'Paxil & pregnancy' and you will find more articles that you can read up on your own. Answered by Mary Sinko 1 year ago.

Oh bless your heart~ First and foremost you need to consult an ob/gyn and discuss your current medications~you need to do this well ahead of considering a pregnancy~also consult your psychiatrist~ Discuss this with these doctors and get second opinions if you can~ You also are going to run a higher risk for postpartum depression~ Babies add more stress to your life as wonderful as they are~ First and foremost you need to take care of you as you are the most important person in the world~once you are on level ground then you will be more prepared for a baby~and a baby is not going to cure your disorders~ I know I sound some what cold~yet I thought it would help my "issues" and it did not~ It takes at the very least 12 weeks for most of the medications to build in your system to an advisable level~and never, never just stop taking them cold turkey~I have and I suffered! Sweetheart I hope that you can find the medication that helps you~I take a combination of things~every system is different~it takes time to find the right stuff~when you do you will feel much better~then you can take on the pregnancy issue~ Make sure you get plenty of exercise~just a good walk helps your system and mind feel much better~ I wish you the very best~you will be content I promise~just give it all the proper time and you will be a better person for your patients~ May the sparkles in life land upon you~!~ Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paroxetine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Paroxetine may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking paroxetine, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor. Answered by Alyson Heiserman 1 year ago.


Another Paxil question....?
So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a... Asked by Bonnie Migliaccio 1 year ago.

So I've been taking Paxil for a week now. The doctor told me that after a week, I was supposed to increase from 10mg to 20mg. They also put me on xanax for panic attacks. The thing that sucks is this: the Paxil makes me all jumpy, and panicy, it makes my thoughts race, and I get all agitated. So I take a xanax to calm down----but I end up being a zombie all day. Then around 4 or 5 in the evening, the depression kicks in again, and I start to feel worse, which spins me into another panic attack, so I take another .5mg of xanax, which knocks me out. Has anyone gone through this? I was nervous to increase the paxil, so I'm still taking only 10mg until I see my doc next week. Can anyone help me???? Answered by Kathryn Rase 1 year ago.

Paxil did just the opposite for me. I was on a 20mg dose however. I was a lot less anxious and it made me more drowsy more of the time. I am a person that generally only sleeps 5-7 hours a night at most, and never takes naps. But when I was on paxil I was taking naps every day cause I was a lot more relaxed. Paxil helped me for both depression and anxiety, starting in the first couple of days of taking it even though I know the medication probably hadn't reached its full effect. My biggest problem with it is all the side effects and withdrawal issues, plus the fact that I feel like I shouldn't need a drug to deal with whatever is wrong with me. But as far as depression and anxiety go, it did seem to work. Note: if you are taking the Generic Paxil, and not the name brand, there is supposedly no difference... I however did not feel any positive effects when taking the generic paxil, and tried it on two seperate occasions for periods of a few days to weeks at a time. You may want to try getting your pharmacy to change to the name brand paxil, it will be more expensive, but I definitely thought there was a difference between the two. Answered by Janetta Vantuyle 1 year ago.

Being "jumpy" can actually be a side effect of Paxil and some other antidepressants. Sometimes, such side effects will stop as you get used to the drug. Paxil is also supposed to help with anxiety, so it seems a bit odd to me that your doctor prescribed Xanax as well unless it was a temporary measure to help you until the Paxil takes effect. Talk to your doctor about this. If the Paxil doesn't work out for you, there are other meds you can try. Answered by Nida Dando 1 year ago.

Yes, but I loved my paxil... You are still getting used to Paxil though...your body is still adapting, but I still got that jumpy sort of feeling the entire time I was on it. I recently went to a psychiatrist who took me off of paxil all together--and the SSRIs (the drug group that Paxil is in) and put me on a more stabilizing medication because I was having the same problem...well, sort of. I was good during the day but I couldn't sleep at night. I will tell you this, I have been on paxil for years, and i USED to be able to sleep but my dad just died recently, so I am VERY anxious and it is hard to sleep--so, anyhow.. I dont really know what the answer is. Maybe stay on 10 mg for a little longer until you get used to it. Be careful w/the xanax-- it is VERY addicting! (btw: my doctor refuses to put me back on paxil but I miss it :( and she says that xanax is way too addicting to prescribe..so i am screwed)..also, they do have Paxil CR (which is controlled release---it slowly releases through your system throughout the day). I am get tired now (which is im associated w/being depressed...) w/my medication and I still feel depressed--which paxil would always help with, i can sleep and my anxiety is gone but now im depressed.. I dont know if this is more confusing than helpful, but it is food for thought. Good luck! So, I can either decide to not sleep-- but not be depressed, or be depressed but not be anxious and be able to sleep....haha Answered by Debbi Matzen 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that this isn't working out well for you. I can give you some advice, but I advise that you contact your Dr. via telephone as you experience these side effects. First, it's important to understand that the Paxil works on increasing the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, apetite, sexuality, body temperature, vomitting and sleep. It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the reuptake process to reach efficacy, where in the first week or two, you may experience nausea, irritability, diziness, weight gain and loss of labido. Everything usually goes away, except for the loss of labido and weight gain. In addition, Paxil does not work with the part of your central nervous system that causes stress. Panic attacks are a product of our body's natural stress reaction when we feel that we are being exposed to danger, even though no danger exists. Paxil will not cause this; your panic/anxiety is a biproduct of your depression and over all emotional health. As far as your Dr's recommendation to increase the dosage; you should be 100% complient with his/her instructions. When you start adjusting dosage on your own, you are really making things more difficult for them and it's going to take longer to get you properly aclimated to any medication. When ever I feel I have to make an adjustment, I always call my Dr. immediately and ask her permission, we discuss it, but ultimately, I follow her instructions so she is fully aware of what's going on so she knows how to treat me. One thing that sticks out is that the Paxil is making you "jumpy" and you're experiencing "racing" thoughts. I should point out, that these are symptoms of bipolar disorder, where if someone who is bipolar takes an SSRI - it will trigger mania (racing thoughts) and further increase depression. In many cases, bipolar depression is misdiagnosed and treated as unipolar depression, where SSRI's just make things worse. I'm not saying that you're bipolar, but from your reaction to Paxil, it may be something worth bringing up with your Dr. Lastly - the Xanax is not going to help your depression. Xanax is very addicting and has a short elimination half life. This means that if you start taking it regularly, you're going to build dependane. Being that Xanax doesn't stay in your system that long, you'll end up having to take more and more or you'll suffer from withdrawal very quickly - further increasing depression. It's important that you keep regular contact with your Dr. when you're starting new medication. A good Dr. will want to put you in a position where you'll experience minimal side effects. Give them as much info as you can so they can make you feel better and keep you from feeling worse. Feel better! Answered by Selina Heifner 1 year ago.

I never had any success with paxil, I could never understand why I would be given one drug to counter act the side effects of another. After being on paxil for almost 8 months (it takes up to 7 weeks to be in your system and functioning for you). I begged to go on something else. You do need to stick it out while it takes effect and it is in your system fully. Do not miss a pill, for every dose missed it takes 3 days to catch up. If after a few months you do not feel any better ask for something else. Not all antidepressants work the same on everybody. Good Luck. Answered by Kymberly Casady 1 year ago.

i replaced into on Paxil for an somewhat long term, and it replaced into so tricky for me to get off of it, yet ultimately it in basic terms did no longer help me anymore. precise now i'm on Effexor XR and it works super. i does not survive Paxil, I even have heard loads of undesirable effects approximately it. Answered by Elmira Liedy 1 year ago.

it's very obvious that Paxil is not the drug for you. Don't wait for the Doctors appointment, call him (or her!) and explain what's going on. This is not normal. Answered by Vicente Conery 1 year ago.

ask the doc to switch you from paxil to something else Answered by Jennifer Decesare 1 year ago.


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