Anyone with experience of paroxetine

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I have struggled with depression for 30 odd years and have made cry for help attemps in the past. About 6 weeks ago I felt the depression and anxiety mounting so went to my GP who put me on paroxetine 20mg which was upped to 30mg after 2 weeks. Unfortunately I went back to work early and as I have quite a stressful job I crashed badly, I self harmed and planned my exit but held it together long enough to go to my GP, l spent last week on an assessment ward and felt better but since coming out I have slumped again. I am also on diazapan but I don't feel the paroxetine is doing anything or if it is what is it doing, any advice?

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    If your feeling at all suicidal or like harming

    Yourself please call your gp or go to the

    Hospital for another assessment.

    With many antidepressants it can take up to

    2-6 weeks to notice an improvement.

    Diazepam is used to calm panic attacks and

    Help anxiety, but is very addictive so please be careful with it.

    Take care,



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      Hi Kate 

      its okay seen GP today and am in control, was just wondering if anyone had experience of paroxetine as its a new one for me.

      i hope you are okay and thank you for caring 


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    I went on paroxetine for a while, but I switched to Luvox because I found it the side effects a bit hard. I think like usual you have to wait six weeks before it really kicks in. I felt really fuzzy right away. It sounds like you are doing pretty well on it. 

    I would stay on it and if it is your first experience with anti depressants, I would advice you to stay on it, not go off and come on. I have read that a good five years on anti depressants makes permanent changes (good ones) to your brain. 

    I am on them for life, and they have really stabilized me. Good luck David, you seem really brave.

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