Yes i took paxil for panic attacks and OCD. It helped ALOT.
I found it a very strong medication and it was difficult to get on and i was only taking 20mg, but after one month it mellowed out and i could function much better.
When you initially take it about
30mins later you will feel quite different and relaxed, it kind of evens out over the next few weeks...
If you find its too strong at 20mg, cut the tablet in half and try 10mg for a week then 15mg for a few days then 20 etc or whatever max dose you were prescribed.
Main side effects - a tired feeling around lunch time, a bit of weight gain or water rentention im not sure, and some short term memory difficulties, however medium and long term memory are greatly boosted. Side effects reduce with time and disappear altogether if you stop the med.
Stopped panic attacks really well and removed anticipation anxiety.
OCD/Social Anxiety/Generalized Anxiety since 9yrs old - Took 20mg/day Paxil (2002-2008)
Ulcerative Colitis - Took lots of meds but they failed, now living without a Large Intestine and liking it!