Friday, January 22, 2021

Paxil Treatment for Social Anxiety: Is it Even Effective?


Using Paxil for treating social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common approaches that doctors take. This page shows you how well it can work, it’s side-effects and the size a common dosage might be.

Also known by it’s real name Paroxetine, it’s often a doctor’s first choice due to most people tolerating it very well. 

Paxil is an SSRI medication (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor).

Is taking Paxil for social anxiety

Like all SSRI’s, Paxil works to regulate the amount of the neurotransmitter ‘serotonin’ in the brain. This is supposed to help you into a better mood, although there’s no guarantee that it will work for you specifically.

Being a drug that works predominantly on mood, there are question marks over it’s effectiveness for treating anxiety. 

Having said that, you’re better off trying Paxil (an SSRI) than a Benzodiazepine like Ativan. (Benzo’s are bad – their side-effects and withdrawal symptoms make them NOT worth taking.)

Social anxiety disorder is a behaviour-born condition, so even if this drug does reduce your SA, it won’t cure you

If you’re honest, it’s a cure that you are ultimately seeking. Don’t bother with Paxil or any other drug, unless you really feel you can’t cope without it. 

“Can I encounter side-effects when
taking Paxil treatment?”

Yes, but most people respond very well to Paxil in terms of side-effects. That’s why it is often amongst the first drugs that a doctor will consider.

Some possible side-effects: 

Drowsiness Blurry Vision
Fatigue Loss of Appetite
Headaches Nausea

What is a typical dose of
Paxil for social phobia?

The starting dose is usually 20mg per day. The doctor would increase this gradually until you begin getting the results you’re looking for.

Rarely does a person’s dosage go over 50mg a day – that’s a high amount.

The tablets come in 10mg and 20mg forms.

2 facts about Paxil

  • Paxil usually works out at about 1 – 1.5 US dollars per pill
  • Paxil was the first SSRI to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration

IF Paxil Works For You, It’ll Merely
Be Covering Up Social Anxiety Symptoms

Drugs like Paxil can only cover up the underlying problem, and we both know that a long-term solution will involve removing the problem, not trying to mask it.

Overcoming social anxiety (for good) involves forcing changes in your subconscious mind, by altering your behaviour. Why? 

Because your behaviour caused SAD in the first place. We need to UNdo what has happened, and it’s become my life purpose to help you make that happen.

Emily Murdoch
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