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I was first prescribed Paroxetine (Seroxat) in 1999 by my GP. 20mg a day for depression. Three years later, after little improvement, a psychiatrist diagnosed OCD and gradually increased the daily dose to 60mg. It was, quite literally, a life saver. I am still taking 60mg daily, and have been told by subsequent psychiatrists that I will need to do so for life. Indeed, coming off the drug could be dangerous,However, whilst Seroxat has greatly lessened my OCD (for which I am truly thankful), it does have many side effects: depression and a disinterest in life, flattening of mood and emotions, restlessness, weight gain, increase in alcohol use, sexual disfunction, heavy sweating etc etc. I accept these things, because my underlying OCD was so unbearable. Even so, potential new users should weigh the pros and cons. Seroxat may work, and help you a great deal, but it does have a very big downside.Go careful, and discuss all the options with your doctor.
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