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Paxil
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:34:43 PM »
I've started going to a psychologist for my panic attacks/anxiety.  My primary care physician just prescribed me Paxil 20mg.  Any opinions on this drug?  I have the bottle, but have yet to take any after reading reviews online.  Many negative, but also many positive reviews. 
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Re: Paxil
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 01:25:06 AM »
My primary care physician just prescribed me Paxil 20mg.

Did s/he prescribe 20mg as the starting dose? If so, it is often too high for those with anxiety disorders. You would probably find it much easier taking 10mg/day for a week. However, you need to clear this with your PCP first as there may be reasons why s/he wants you on the higher dose.

Paxil can be a very effective med for anxiety/panic. It's biggest drawback is that it can be one of the two hardest antidepressants to discontinue. Switching to Prozac (fluoxetine) when the time comes and weaning off it is usually easier.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.