Anxiety Community
What should I do?!? Stopped Paxil Cold Turkey..
About This Community:

A community of people with Anxiety offering support through your health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: sleeping, mood swings, panic attacks, and disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

What should I do?!? Stopped Paxil Cold Turkey..

Hi,

I have been on Paxil for about 4 years now and I recent just quit taking 30mg CR (once daily) of Paxil cold turkey.  I didn't really mean to quit doing it, but it has been almost 7 days now, so I figure why not get off this stuff.  

I really am feeling lousy.  I haven't really had any bad mood swings.  I have been sleeping for almost 12 hours a day, with crazy nightmares and just feeling very bad about everything lately.

I've been working out more, which helps.  Depression and suicidal thoughts pop in sometimes, but nothing very serious (I would NEVER consider this as an option!).

I don't want to go back on this crap.  

How long does this stuff usually last?  What I mean is:  Does anybody have a time frame they can give me?

Please let me know.  Otherwise, I need to go back on this junk again and for once in my life, I would like to feel in control of my own emotions and not depend on a pill to make me happy.

Thank you!
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Everyone's different, so no, we can't give you an accurate timetable.  You were on Paxil a long time, which would suggest a nice slow taper, but that would mean going back on it at the last dose at which you felt fine and tapering off at whatever speed suited you.  If you choose not to do that then you'll have to tough it out however long it lasts and hope it's a short one.  Paxil's one of the tougher ones to come off of, so what you're going through isn't really as bad as many have reported.  On the other hand, if you've never dealt with the underlying problem for which you went on the med in the first place, you're likely to still have it.  Right now, your body is trying to adjust to functioning normally again without the alteration you've had with four years of Paxil, and it will take as long as it takes for you.
Blank
1260255_tn?1288658164
Like you, I went off Paxil cold turkey. I had been on it for 2 1/2 years and noticed that my emotions were going dead. It was prescribed when I was going through all kinds of neuro issues; the doctor ruled out the simple stuff and then asked me how I might deal with a more complex diagnosis. Not well, I answered, so he put me on the stuff.

I wanted to come off it two years later, but this fell on deaf ears. In July of 2006, I stopped cold turkey. It is a hard withdrawal. One of the things that did help was to drink tons and tons of water. Just keep flushing your system.

The worst part of the withdrawal is the first two weeks. I had vivid nightmares and was yelling in my sleep. Also, this loud buzzing sound in my head that would get louder when I moved my head, especially with physical activity. I was a drama queen for about a month; I made sure to tell family, friends and co-workers that I was coming off medication and was experiencing side effects. Just telling people helped; if I did not recognize that I was "off" they might tell me so.

I was prescribed this medication in anticipation of depression/anxiety. As I mentioned, it deadned my emotions and I could not wait to get off the stuff. I still have no dx for my symptoms (appt. with new neuro this Tues.). but I would rather deal with mild depression than have my emotions killed.

Good luck and I hope you get back to your old self again soon.
Blank
1118884_tn?1338596450
I second the advice already given.  A slow taper is always advisable;  sounds as though your body is reacting to being without Paxil.  

It worked for me for about a year, but remember it deadening my usually upbeat self.  Think I had to stop it as it started to cause diarrhea.

You are in control.  If you want you can continue to go on as you are.  Water and exercise may help.  But in the end, your body will react as it will, no matter what you do.

Can you talk to prescribing physician?  Know you may not want to.  Also know that a doctor may  encourage you to continue at lower dose perhaps.  It doesn't mean you are weak if you do go back on Paxil at a reduced dose.  So don't beat yourself up if you need to.  Main thing is to function well.  


Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
296076_tn?1371338074
Blank
melimeli commented on mhv's status
15 mins ago
4059843_tn?1454481984
Blank
mishymoshymarcy I WILL MAKE TODAY A PRODUCT... Comment
5 hrs ago
4059843_tn?1454481984
Blank
mishymoshymarcy commented on mishymoshymarcy's status
5 hrs ago
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
675718_tn?1449992146
Blank
drifter0213
El Paso, TX
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Gemfly
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
sunny1018
Greencastle, PA
Anxiety Community Resources
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
675718_tn?1449992146
Blank
drifter0213
El Paso, TX
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Gemfly
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
sunny1018
Greencastle, PA