I am currently coming off paxil (should be meds free in a week or so, yay!).
I went on it due to very bad anxiety and it did really help me. My anxiety wasn't completely gone, but it was so much more manageable. I only had a few panic attacks on it, but they were during particularly bad times.
The first medication I was put on was citalopram, but ended up switching to paxil, as I felt it didn't really help my anxiety, and also I felt very flat on it, as though I had no emotions or empathy. My moods on paxil were a lot more stable, and I felt a lot more like a human being. I did have to adjust my doses a few times, but found that it was a smooth process. I don't recall any side effects when I started taking either meds, and found they helped me very quickly.
I have made 2 attempts to come off paxil. The first time I tapered FAR too quickly, and the side effects were horrendous. I ended up going back on the meds, as it was so bad.
This time around I tapered much more slowly and found the side effects to be minimal - a bit of dizziness here and there, but that's all.
If I could go back to the beginning, I would have researched and tried alternative methods before going on medication, however I don't regret using medication as it has helped me through a lot of difficult times. Sometimes we all need a bit of help.
The other thing to remember is that our bodies are all different, so what works for me won't necessarily work for you. But good luck, and I hope you find a way to get through this - I am sure you will