I have never taken paxil myself but I know that a lot of others here take it. I do know that people find it a very helpful drug and it does help with obsessive thoughts and behaviour.
Any ssri antidepressant can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to start to work fully so whn you start to take it, give it time for it to fully kick in.
Some people can experience side effects in the first couple of weeks of taking an antidepressant but these side effects usually dissappear once your body has got used to the drug. Everyone is different and reacts differently to meds so you may not experience any side effects at all.
I hope you find the paxil helpful. Have you thought about any therapy e.g. CBT for your obsessive thoughts?
cherish all your happy moments....they make a fine cushion for old age
dx: IBS 2002, Ulcerative Colitis 2004, Depression 2004, Anxiety 2005
meds: lexapro 10mg, prednisilone 10mg, mebeverine 20mg