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Paxil

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4.5  Effectiveness
7.2  Side Effects
5.8  Holistic Benefits

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Effectiveness of Paxil by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Paxil, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 9.8% 9.8% 48.8% 22% 9.8%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.5% 20% 65% 12.5% 0%
Blood Pressure 2.5% 5% 75% 17.5% 0%
Breathing 2.6% 10.3% 82.1% 5.1% 0%
Confidence 7.1% 23.8% 33.3% 19% 16.7%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.5% 12.5% 72.5% 10% 2.5%
Digestion 4.8% 19% 66.7% 9.5% 0%
Emotional Well-being 11.9% 21.4% 9.5% 35.7% 21.4%
Energy 11.9% 21.4% 35.7% 26.2% 4.8%
Eyesight 2.5% 12.5% 72.5% 12.5% 0%
Memory 14.6% 14.6% 58.5% 2.4% 9.8%
Mental Clarity 14.3% 11.9% 40.5% 26.2% 7.1%
Pain 0% 10.3% 82.1% 7.7% 0%
Patience 9.8% 17.1% 31.7% 31.7% 9.8%
Sexual Health 30.2% 20.9% 34.9% 9.3% 4.7%
Skin Complexion 2.5% 10% 75% 5% 7.5%
Sleep 9.5% 21.4% 28.6% 33.3% 7.1%
Stress Level 11.9% 16.7% 16.7% 38.1% 16.7%
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Commonly Reported Paxil Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 89.5% 0% 10.5% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 94.7% 2.6% 0% 0% 2.6%
Anxiety 73.7% 2.6% 13.2% 2.6% 7.9%
Blurred Vision 81.8% 9.1% 9.1% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 51.2% 2.3% 7% 25.6% 14%
Change in Weight 50% 14.3% 7.1% 14.3% 14.3%
Cold Symptoms 81.8% 0% 9.1% 9.1% 0%
Confusion 81.8% 9.1% 0% 9.1% 0%
Constipation 82.1% 7.1% 0% 7.1% 3.6%
Depression 63.6% 0% 27.3% 9.1% 0%
Diarrhea 82.9% 4.9% 9.8% 2.4% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 95.8% 4.2% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 71.1% 15.8% 7.9% 5.3% 0%
Drowsiness 50% 15% 17.5% 10% 7.5%
Dry Mouth 56.4% 12.8% 20.5% 5.1% 5.1%
Erectile Dysfunction 95.8% 4.2% 0% 0% 0%
Fatigue 57.9% 13.2% 7.9% 15.8% 5.3%
Fever 90.9% 0% 9.1% 0% 0%
Gas 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Headache 72.5% 5% 15% 2.5% 5%
Insomnia 70% 5% 15% 7.5% 2.5%
Irregular Heartbeat 81.8% 18.2% 0% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 72.2% 8.3% 8.3% 5.6% 5.6%
Mood Swings 63.6% 9.1% 18.2% 9.1% 0%
Muscle Cramping 81.8% 0% 18.2% 0% 0%
Nausea 77.5% 10% 2.5% 5% 5%
Nervousness 73.2% 14.6% 2.4% 9.8% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 83.3% 12.5% 0% 4.2% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 81.8% 0% 9.1% 9.1% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 72.4% 3.4% 3.4% 13.8% 6.9%
Stomach Ache 72.7% 0% 27.3% 0% 0%
Sweating 69.2% 0% 23.1% 0% 7.7%
Tremors 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Paxil Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 75% 16.7% 8.3% 0% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Anxiety 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 82.8% 3.4% 10.3% 3.4% 0%
Change in Weight 48.1% 14.8% 29.6% 3.7% 3.7%
Confusion 77.8% 22.2% 0% 0% 0%
Coordination / Balance Problems 62.5% 12.5% 25% 0% 0%
Depression 75% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Disorientation 83.3% 8.3% 8.3% 0% 0%
Dizziness 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Energy Loss 61.5% 7.7% 15.4% 7.7% 7.7%
Erectile Dysfunction 33.3% 0% 0% 0% 66.7%
Fainting 92.3% 0% 7.7% 0% 0%
Fatigue 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 75% 8.3% 16.7% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 71.4% 10.7% 10.7% 3.6% 3.6%
Indigestion 84.6% 0% 7.7% 0% 7.7%
Irritability / Impatience 66.7% 0% 0% 0% 33.3%
Liver Damage 96% 4% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 66.7% 0% 5.6% 27.8% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 25% 0% 0% 25% 50%
Slow Reflexes 76.9% 7.7% 15.4% 0% 0%
Slurred Speech 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 67.9% 25% 0% 3.6% 3.6%
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Episodes since taking Paxil
Since taking Paxil Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.5%
Fall 4.5%
Hospitalization 4.5%
Seizure 1.5%
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User Comments about Paxil
06 Oct 2015 This was a very, very bad experience. I was completely unable to sleep longer than 1 hour at a time. Over the 5 months I was taking this, that sleep loss added up. I was tired all the time, could not eat due to severe nausea, and saw things that were not there (this was confirmed by my husband). I was nervous all the time, and in fact, the only thing that calmed me down was coffee. I could not feel anything and my emotions were totally inappropriate. Two of our close friends were killed in a car accident and I laughed. It wasn't until I got off of it that I was able to grieve their deaths. I didn't know where I was, lived in a perpetual dream mind-fog state that made everything surrealistic, and was not myself. I could not take it anymore and quit cold turkey... spent 3 days suicidal (which I never have been) while going through withdrawl. I truly thought I was going to die. It took several months to feel "normal" again, but the brain fog has never gotten better: I've just gotten used to living in a dream world. Only after taking GABA was I able to sleep again. I wish I never would have taken it.
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10 Jul 2014 Horriable
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06 Jan 2013 I like Paxil at first. But I have been on it so long I do believe my body is use to it, so its not working as well as before.
   —Posted by genivadiane
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27 Nov 2012 I was put on Paxil for panic disorder. The anxiety was so bad, I became agoraphobic and couldn't leave my house. I was very reluctant to take it, but I am so glad I did. It's now four months later and I am going out of town on day trips. My anxiety is almost completely gone. I even registered for college next semester. I went from being stuck in my house in fear of the world to a completely different person in just a short amount of time. I'm actually getting things done, for once. I only want to slap myself for not seeking help sooner. I have only gained 5 pounds since starting it and I also stopped exercising and I eat like crap (because I'm happier), so I think I would have gained the 5 pounds regardless. No change in sexual performance. I'm still as horny as ever and I can get off. I actually can't think of any side effects, but then I am only on 10 mg.
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10 Jan 2012 I was very lucky to have no side effects. I started taking it when I was 14 and remember feeling a little drowsy the first couple of times I took it, but other than that I had no obvious side effects while on it. I was very heavy in high school and have since lost 60 pounds, but I can't say if that is because of Paxil or not. The only other thing I have to report is if I missed a day's does, I had withdrawal symptoms. I can only describe them as feeling like small electric shocks. Sometimes they're referred to as "brain zaps".
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