My experience with Paxil

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I'm here if anyone has questions regarding long term use of Paxil for Panic/anxiety.  I started panic attacks in 1967 at age 27.  It took years before a very smart Psy. suggested we try an SRI.  It was fantastic.  My horrible panic attacks, a daily occurrence, stopped instantly and since I started taking 30mg of Paxil in 1994 I  have not experienced a panic/anxiety attack.  I  have taken the drug continuously since 1994 with zero side effects.  If anyone has any questions I'll be happy to try and help. 

Hugh Campbell

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    It's really helpful to read about other people's experiences of using Paroxetine long term. I've been on it for maybe 10-15 years, 20mg a day. During this time I've stopped using it 3 times, not because of any side effects but just because I wanted to see if I still needed to use it. Each time I stopped I tapered off the dosage very gradually and had no noticeable bad effects - tapering off is very important as the side effects of sudden withdrawal are nasty. Unfortunately, the depression and anxiety attacks have always returned when I'm not using Paroxetine - I reckon I've been suffering from these symptoms since I was a teenager, 50 years ago. For me, Paroxetine has made all the difference in being able to lead a normal life. It doesn't make me happy (I hate it when people refer to anti-depressants as "happy pills"wink but helps me keep things in proportion and deal with the stresses of life without crumbling. I see it as something I need, rather like a diabetic needs insulin, to cope with the way my brain works. After having spent so many years of my life being depressed, it's great to be able to enjoy life and not lurch from one panic attack or bout of depression to another.

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      Hi again molly I hope you can reply on how long it tok for the paxil to work for you a second  or third time you went back on it.

      Thank you

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      Hi amitie, I think it was about 10 days before it started working again. I wish there was something which started working immediately. Perhaps there is, although I'd probably stick with Paroxetine as it works so well for me. I was prescribed fluoxetine (Prozac) when it first became available in the UK but it made me feel much worse - I suppose some SSRIs work better for some people than others!

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    I suggested trying Paxil to my Doctor as clearly the Lexapro is not working anymore and she said Paxil and Celexa are too simiar too Lexapro so if Lexapro isnt work, these wont.

    Surely that cant be accurate as I have had doctors switch me between ssri and ssni before???

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