Paxil?

  • superboy32

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    Sep 09, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    Has anyone ever been treated with Paxil and if so, after quitting the medication has anyone had side effects? I was given Paxil 3 months ago and I decided to stop the use of the medication and now I've been dizzy and confused all day 3 days later. I took myself off of the medication since my libido suffered from it. Once I quit the medication my libido came back but now I'm getting side effects. I'm just looking for others to tell their story. Paxil was for anxiety but now I have more anxiety just from the side effects. Anyone else?
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    Sep 09, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I was on it a couple of years ago. I had also suffered some side effects after I took myself off of it. Didn't have any dizzy spells or anything like that. What it did to me was give me the shakes, and this odd tingling sensation in my hands. How long were you on it? Did you completely just stop taking it, or did you ween yourself off of it? How many mg's did you take?
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    Sep 09, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    i was on it twice: for a few years in my 20's and agian for a year or so in my mid 30's. no side effects, just a calm, slightly numb feeling in general. i would say the biggest thing is to stay on it long enough to work. then again, if you weren't happy after 3 month it might be better to switch to zoloft. goodluck.
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    Sep 09, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    You might try increasing your exercise, as it will have similar positive effects, and fewer negative affects. You might also have your testosterone tested, and if it's low have it adjusted up.

    Your body was used to the drug, and now you're adjusting / going through withdrawal. It should get back to about where it was after a period of time.

    Some drugs, like meth / Adderall, fry your receptors on a more permanent basis.

    You may find that increasing exercise and HRT are much more effective, and ...healthier.
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    Sep 09, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    If you read the drug information, you'll, of course, know the following:

    "Discontinuing paroxetine is associated with a high risk of discontinuation or withdrawal syndrome."

    You may wish to consult your health care provider for a "bridge."
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    Sep 09, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    Paroxetin works with your neurotransmitters. Your doctor should have told you, that whatever the treatmen is for, very probably becomes significantly worse for a few weeks. This is because the nervous system reacts to the medication by working against it at first and only after a while letting it concede. Metaphorically said.
    And also because your nervous system reacts slowly on that medication, it is totally not advisable to stop it abruptly. The doctor should have told you that too.
    And, if you have problems with medication, call the doctor and ask for advice on the phone, don't change your medication by yourself as you got no idea what you're playing with.
    I can recommend the english Wikipedia article about Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for further understanding, though it was quite biochemical last time i looked.
    If such medication is to be stopped, it has to be reduced over time or changed to something else, like another substance from that class, imperatively.
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    Sep 09, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    Hi There,

    One of the worst side-effects of Paxil is it's suppression of libido, particularly in men. Then there's the tremors, difficulty urinating and dry mouth, I think it's a terrible drug. You're most likely experiencing withdrawal symptoms because it's a medication that patients should be weened off of slowly. It'll be about 2-3 weeks before it's completely out of your system.

    Exercise is amazing for depression or anxiety, as well as supplementation with fish oil and vitamin d. BUT, psychopharmacological drugs can make all the difference for so many people. You might want to talk to your doctor about Lexipro, which is a Paxil derivative that has very few side effects and tends to not interfere with sex drive.

    Good luck with everything.

    -Chris
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    Sep 09, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    Do NOT attempt to stop Paxil cold-turkey. It is notorious for it's withdrawal symptoms, especially the one that feels like an electric shock inside your head. You should withdraw gradually.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 09, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    Try some others. I take a generic version of Celexa, which is in the same family, and boners are not a problem.
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    Sep 09, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    You should NEVER stop using that type of drug without consulting a doctor first. Side effects can be really bad with Paxil/Paroxetine. Missing a dose can make you nauseus in itself. Go to your doctor and ask to switch to Zoloft or another similar drug. They're all in the same class, but some work better than other's for each person and a different drug may produce no side effects. Also, you should not drink while taking them, and try not to drink anything with caffeine. They will excaberate the effects of the drug.

    Also, make sure the doctor writes "patient needs this prescription as written", otherwise most pharmacies will use a generic drug to fill the prescription because of the insurance companies. Generics can be 10% different from the name-brand drugs, and you really don't want that with this type of medicine.
  • superboy32

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    Sep 10, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the information. I figured since my body within a few months had no side effects other than loss of libido and I was working out, I was hoping that my body would adjust accordingly, but alas it did not work that way. I know better than quit cold turkey but I've never taken SSRI's before other than that evil drug Lexapro. A quack Dr. suggested I was bipolar and put me on that drug and my immediate reaction was uncontrolled thoughts and seeing numbers kind of like in the film, The Knowing. Lexapro made me crazy and as my BF and I call it, "Talking to Chickens."

    F.Y.I. My libido problem was not that I couldn't get rock hard ... I could not climax with out 1-2 hours of sex and then jerking off. A guy can't get real sore after you're going for it for hours. Can anyone say, "Lock-jaw?" :-)

    I have consulted my physician and a bridge is necessary.

    Ya'll are great.
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    Sep 10, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    If you read the literature, it tells you that... :-)

    Good luck with the bridge, and those darn receptors.

    P.S. flex89, my roomie...had the same experience and called it an "icky drug."

    If you feel bad, understand, it's those chemicals doing their things, a lot of the time, and when you medicate, the intensity is much higher. Often, exercise, and endocrine management is a much better alternative.

    Sometimes, you gotta' ease down, from whatever it is.

    Here's something you can take to the bank:
    It's not the going up, but, the coming down, that SUCKS. Sudden stops, whatever they are in life, are often a major DRAG.

    To reflect upon the sailor's saying: "Steady as she goes..."
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    Sep 10, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidDo NOT attempt to stop Paxil cold-turkey. It is notorious for it's withdrawal symptoms, especially the one that feels like an electric shock inside your head. You should withdraw gradually.


    Speaking as someone who did quit it cold turkey after three years on it, yes the withdrawal symptoms ain't pretty. If i were to do it again, I would have worked with my doctor to taper it off.

    I was prescribed Paxil for severe social anxiety and depression in 2000. The general side effects really sucked too. Severe constipation, dry mouth and the inability to achieve orgasm weren't the worst. The spontaneous weight gain was devastating. I gained 15 pounds in the first month and become more depressed than when I started. The weight gain, which the manufacturer denies to this day, was undocumented at the time and my doctor's response was to triple the dosage. I gained 60 pound in six months and was so depressed I never left the apartment except to go to work. The shit is evil.
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    Sep 10, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    ObsceneWish saidDo NOT attempt to stop Paxil cold-turkey. It is notorious for it's withdrawal symptoms, especially the one that feels like an electric shock inside your head. You should withdraw gradually.


    Speaking as someone who did quit it cold turkey after three years on it, yes the withdrawal symptoms ain't pretty. If i were to do it again, I would have worked with my doctor to taper it off.

    I was prescribed Paxil for severe social anxiety and depression in 2000. The general side effects really sucked too. Severe constipation, dry mouth and the inability to achieve orgasm weren't the worst. The spontaneous weight gain was devastating. I gained 15 pounds in the first month and become more depressed than when I started. The weight gain, which the manufacturer denies to this day, was undocumented at the time and my doctor's response was to triple the dosage. I gained 60 pound in six months and was so depressed I never left the apartment except to go to work. The shit is evil.


    Yep, I won't let my consulting psychiatrist prescribe it to my clients unless it's a last recourse. My partner is on the shit and has gained 60 lbs too. I took it for a few years and gained 25 lbs.

    The withdrawal's severity differs among people. It was so horrible for me, I had to take a small dose for almost six months.

    There are many alternatives to Paxil but most of the SSRIs cause weight gain regardless of brand. Still, Paxil is infamously the worst and few are as difficult to discontinue.

    On the other hand, I never had a sex partner complain about the delayed ejaculation. icon_biggrin.gif
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 10, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    mplsmike saidYou should NEVER stop using that type of drug without consulting a doctor first. Side effects can be really bad with Paxil/Paroxetine. Missing a dose can make you nauseus in itself. Go to your doctor and ask to switch to Zoloft or another similar drug. They're all in the same class, but some work better than other's for each person and a different drug may produce no side effects. Also, you should not drink while taking them, and try not to drink anything with caffeine. They will excaberate the effects of the drug.

    Also, make sure the doctor writes "patient needs this prescription as written", otherwise most pharmacies will use a generic drug to fill the prescription because of the insurance companies. Generics can be 10% different from the name-brand drugs, and you really don't want that with this type of medicine.
    Please explain what your final sentence means. The FDA simply will not approve a generic drug, whether prescription or over the counter, unless the manufacturer can prove it is just as effective as the name brand drug.
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    Sep 10, 2009 8:47 AM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidPlease explain what your final sentence means. The FDA simply will not approve a generic drug, whether prescription or over the counter, unless the manufacturer can prove it is just as effective as the name brand drug.

    Most of these kind of medicines need to be retarded so they don't enter the system completely just after you take them. And there are different ways of retarding, like changing the chemical structure or making small capsules inside the pill that release it bit by bit. And for each person one way or another works better or worse. Therefor generics can make i big difference here.
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    Sep 10, 2009 1:46 PM GMT
    Krovi said
    cowboyathlete saidPlease explain what your final sentence means. The FDA simply will not approve a generic drug, whether prescription or over the counter, unless the manufacturer can prove it is just as effective as the name brand drug.

    Most of these kind of medicines need to be retarded so they don't enter the system completely just after you take them. And there are different ways of retarding, like changing the chemical structure or making small capsules inside the pill that release it bit by bit. And for each person one way or another works better or worse. Therefor generics can make i big difference here.
    You are not the one who made the nonsensical claim of ten percent. I want to hear from the one who did, otherwise it is meaningless.
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    Feb 26, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    Just find what works for you.
  • curve

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    Feb 26, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Paxil works for some folks and not for others.

    you to titrate off Paxil VERY VERY slowly. If you go too fast you can get massive head aches, weird feelings and sensations in/on your skin.

    Wellbutrin is a good anti-depressant with little to bo libido side effects. Work with a good Doctor who can recommend what's best for you.

    Also, try removing dairy, gluten and refined sugar from your diet. Add a little mediation and yoga and depression can lift.

    You never know until you try it.
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    Apr 10, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    It takes time for Paxal to get out of your system. Your body is jsut going through withdrawal. its normal and will go away. Work out and do cardio that should help with the anxiety