An interesting web site – medications.com
This registry is a place to share positive or negative side effects of using Paxil. If you directly experienced a side effect while using Paxil, then we encourage you to enter it here. Please note that entries here are the experiences of individual users, and in no way means that you or anyone else will experience the same side effect, since the same medication affects people in different ways. Please always contact your physician.
Have a look at the 150 entries for Paxil side effects here.
I wonder which are real and which might have written by employees of Glaxo… who knows?
“I had always been a teetotaller purely because I didn’t enjoy alcohol and hated losing control. At the grand old age of 44 I was prescribed Seroxat and suddenly started craving alcohol.”
“I would like to stop taking paxil, I have been on it for 3 yrs. When I skip my medicine I get what feels like electrical shocks in my neck & head. I wasnt sure if I had a pinched nerve at 1st but began to associate this with the event that I had not taken my meds. I also have onset of panic attacks & rapid heart, & terrible terrible forgetfulness, as to even what cabinet I would like to open, I open the wrong one, go into the wrong doorway, wrong driveway. I am very concerned. I have told my Dr. that I would like to get off this Paxil but Ive been told that it would be best since I was suffering from anxiety attacks in past. I would like to be committed to be able to handle the withdrawls. If anyone has been successful in stopping Paxil and now feels pretty back to normal, please let me know. Thanks”
“I know what most of you are going thru,I myself am still taking paxil. i have been taking the med on and off for about two years. The side effects for me right now are dimoralizig, Ihave perfuse sweats in the middle of the night ,sweaty palms,hand shakes,and worst of all i am a 35year man that went from sexual peak to not even being able tofunction sexualy. My wife who is 7years younger does not understand where my desire went ,but also wants me to take the meds. because it heps my anxiety out.”
“This is both one of the BEST and WORST drugs for anxiety/depression. I was on Paxil CR 37.5mg for five years for moderate anx./dep., and yes, the weight gain (10-15 lbs.), vivid dreams, sweatiness, etc. were all side effects. But the Paxil so thoroughly balanced out my anxiety and depression that the side effects seemed a fair tradeoff.
(P.S. Nothing kills a libido like Paxil.)
And then, I went off the Paxil b/c I was changing insurance companies. Having read all of the terrible withdrawal symptoms, I scheduled myself a full four months to taper off. I lowered my dosage every week by only 2-3mg at most. (This involved cutting up the pill, which *they* say never to do, but of course *they* also claim that there are no withdrawal symptoms.) As a result, my withdrawal symptoms were negligible at best.
This past year, I went back on the Paxil CR 37.5mg and for a short while it worked again. And then it suddenly STOPPED. *They* don’t want us to know that once you’ve been on, then off, Paxil, when you return to it, its chances of working again are slim to none. I took less time (only 2 months) to withdraw this time around, and the withdrawal symptoms were HIDEOUS. I’ve never felt so scared of what my body exhibited–unbelievable dizziness, terrible electric “shocks,” headaches. And abject rage that I’ve never experienced before in my life. So much incredible nervous energy that I couldn’t sit still. A rotten memory and confusion. Horrible symptoms. And yet, while I was withdrawing, I could see my body improving in other areas–far less appetite, for one, far less need for sleep, and less exhaustion.
While my anxiety and depression have returned, and while I’ll probably need to be put on a different pill, I now at least know to research not just “official” medication Web sites but also patients’ anecdotes. If I’d done so the first time around, I never would have stopped the Paxil at all. Pharmaceutical companies are just pimps who own doctors, so drs. are never going to warn you about the bad side effects of what they prescribe!! “
So tell me again Glaxo – what does Seroxat (Paxil) do to you – and how does it do it?
How safe is it for people to take?
What happens when you become addicted to Seroxat?
December 18, 2007 at 10:46 pm
What was it GSK’s said again about Seroxat?
“safe and effective”
“non habit forming”
“does not cause dependence”
“is not linked to suicidal thoughts”
“does not cause aggression” …
Oh, that would be just like the way Avandia doesn’t cause heart attacks would it?
Or the way Ribena is just packed full of vitamin C?..
Or possibly the way Myodil doesn’t cripple people?…
Or the way GSK really wants you to “do more, feel better and live longer” …
How many lies does it take before a diagnosis of “compulsive liars” is made?…
January 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm
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February 3, 2009 at 6:11 am
been on baxil since 2003 in every respect it has help with my anxiety never had problems with forgetfulness but the DRINKING I’m 5’1 and can drink 2 bottles of wine and get up the next day a go to work no problem before that drank on the weekend and only occassional got wasted. The aggression during drinking (oh aren’t I lucky) so my friends said. Got a DUI in 2006 and have now I sit home and drink alone at home but now since 2007 I have also fallen in LOVE with gambling. I’m nearly 13k grand in cc debt from the gambling. Before Paxil I had went to a casino 3 time in my life and never spent more then $60! Now I go every weekend. The middle of last week I ran out of my prescripton and haven’t refilled (hoping to cut down on the drinking and gambling before it kills me)and am having those side effects today I have been crying off and on all day and with an occasional laughing fit (so bad I wet myself and nearly hyperventilated) how long with this last!
April 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm
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June 21, 2009 at 8:42 am
You might be better off trying a tricyclic antidepressant such as imipramine or nortriptyline for anxiety and depression instead of an SSRI. At least the old tricyclics, while having a good amount of side effects, were effective and definitely not so dependence-forming as SSRIs. Consider sexual dysfunction and that it can be permanent after quitting SSRIs.
There is also tianeptine (Stablon/Coaxil) which is somewhat effective for depression and very efficacious for anxiety. It has no negative effects on libido and few withdrawals symptoms, if any. It also has a very favorable side-effect profile.
Try to stay away from SSRIs if you can, unless your depression is severe and won’t respond to other older and more established medications. I would go for the tricyclic antidepressants first. You can always start on a low dose first and have regular ECG’s (EKG) just to be on the safe side.