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I was on Paxil CR 12.5 mg/day for about 2 weeks, following 3 weeks on Lexapro, for panic attacks.
I weaned off Paxil over 2 weeks by going to every other day, and have been off completely for about 10 days. I noticed symptoms within a day or two of tapering- mainly tingling in arm/foot on one side when I walked. Those tinglings have subsided a bit, but now I find a general tenseness and tightness in my chest and neck, and have begun having at least low-grade anxiety almost every day. (by the way, before taking any meds, I only had a few panic episodes but otherwise felt fine.
I'm feeling jumpy and find that, although relaxation techniques help somewhat, Xanax is the only thing that will shut off rather than lessen the symptoms.
Question is: Is this to be expected from the Paxil withdrawal? I just had a physical, and save for a slightly high BP, everything else was normal...resting EKG, blood and urine work-up, etc.
I want to believe this is nothing more organic and serious but it's tough when you feel like **** so often.
It sounds to me like the Paxil is not the problem, but a generalized anxiety is the problem...both the description and the response to xanax. Its quite common for a few panic attacks to be transformed into this kind of anxiety, and actually its for the better since it is more amneable to talk therapy and xanax. I recommend you begin to talk with a therapist.
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I stopped taking Zoloft because I had pins and needles in my legs all day long. They continued for about 3 or 4 weeks after I stopped taking it. Now they are all gone.
When I stopped taking Paxil, I experienced a really uncomfortable tight feeling in my chest. It lasted a few days and the doctor put me on Ativan to relieve the discomfort.
I have just recently stopped taking Paxil. I would just like to tell anyone who is having withdrawals from Paxil that they are real and I do not care what any doctor says to the contrary. The reason I am quiting Paxil is because it, like many other medications, causes more problems than I had to start with. I started taking paxil because I had a seratonin and a melatonin deficiency. Paxil definately does not help at all with the melatonin problem, in fact it makes it even more impossible to sleep than before. It also raised my blood pressure to where I needed a medication for that too, and I am omly 29 and in descent physical health. The whole time I was on paxil I was not able to have the big "O" if you know what I mean, not to mention the fact that I didn't want to have sex at all. This was not a problem I had before the paxil even with the depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. I decided to go the natural route by taking a small dose(1-mg) of melatonin at night to aid in sleep and small dose (50mg)of 5-HTP during the day to help with a natural feeling of general well being and wakeness. Yes if you're wondering they do work I have been sleeping like a log for the first time in my life and I actually started laughing and wanting to do things with friends and family again. I can also go through a normal day without being anxious about every thought that runs through my mind. I did a lot of research before I decided to go this alternate route. I figured it was a lot easier to pay approx. $20.00 a month for something natural and helpful than to pay $150.00 a month for something that was practically killing me as I watched. I suggest than anyone on any kind of antidepression, anxiety or ADD medication to seriously think of giving the alternatives I have mentioned a try. There are not any studies of how these work on children yet, but I have heard stories of them working wonders with children with behavioral problems that are aggressive, or that have ADD or ADHD. Because of these supplements I have gotten rid of Paxil, Ridilin, and Amerol, not to mention a few others the dac wanted to put me on. I suggest that you do your own research by looking on the internet for these supplements. They also are said to help with Fibromyalgia symptoms. My mom is currently testing this for me. These supplements actually for me started working for me within minutes especially if you find sublingual ones that disolve in your mouth. But you should expect terrible withdrawal symptoms for a while such as extreme dizziness that is almost debilatating. I could bairly work. I had to sit still in a chair and even when I would move my eyeballs I would get something almost like vertigo where I got very disoriented and would fear losing conciosness. My flesh became unbearably sore to the touch even to bathe or apply lotion , like a very bad case of the flu or like being bruised all over. I also had terrible headaches and stomach cramps. My vision was sometimes blurred and I would start shaking. I got cold very easily. I started getting very itchy like an allergic reaction. I would get what I have heard others describe as zaps or flashes where it feels like your whole body and mind just flashes or tenses all at once. I got an extremely bad case of acne(yes I'm 29) and I felt exhausted constantly. I found my chest to be tight as if I was coming down with a case of bronchitis without the flegm. I would get disoriented and confused and I am sure I have forgotten a few other less severe symptoms. I would personally like to repremand the doctor who put me on ridiln and paxil and a few others that I don't care to mention. I know that these were withdrawal symptoms because they started before I started taking anything else and to anyone who would say it is just my anxiety coming back I would tell them that that thought is a bunch of bull krap. I have never felt that bad in my whole entire life. I am still having withdrawals after two weeks and am having a difficult time with it. I have just heard that ginger pills are supposed to be good for helping with the withdrawals and I am going to get some as soon as I leave work. Anyone who is having the same problems my prayers are with you. To anyone who has not started taking Paxil I would tell you not to and to try a seratonin and melatonin natural alternative. And to anyone who is about to stop taking paxil I will say good luck and to try your best to stay off it forever. The supplements I mentioned above in small doses will help with any emotional problems that you are having I can almost promise. If I had my say in things Paxil would be taken off the market completely and the people who made it would have to take it then come off of it and experience what I have had to go through and then maybe they would retract their statementse about withdrawals not existing and I would laugh at them and tell them that they are wacko. Hence my nickname "not wacko" -God Bless-
I am currently weaning off Paroxetine (Paxil) and the withdrawal symtoms are taking over my entire day and I can't function properly. I am having "hot flashes" on my neck and earlobs (It's not a menopause thing, I'm 35 years old), I am having vision problems (focusing), racing heart beats, electric shock sensations, vertigo and mind flashes. This is like being tortured!!!! I am going off the medication so I can try Effexor. Paroxetine has increased my appetite so much that I've gained way too much weight in a short amount of time. I have Panic Disorder and Social Phobia that started back in 1995 when my nephew past away and I was going through a divorce. Paxil/Paroxetine has helped me live as a normal person. I didn't have many problems being on it and it totally "cured" me of the Disorders, but caused weight gain and no sex drive. Sitting here at my computer is taking alot of effort right now. I am having the electric shock and vertigo symtoms as I type. Another problem since weaning is that as I'm trying to fall asleep at night, I have a door-slamming sound in my head. I don't understand this. There is no noise, except in my head...it is soooo weird. Has anyone else had this? These withdrawal symtoms are ruining me right now and I feel all alone in this. I would love to hear from anyone who is going through this now too, or has gone through it before. I would love some help in how to get through this. Thanks!!!!!!!
I've taken Paxil, along with lithium, for the past ten years for bipolar disorder. Although Paxil worked wonders for depression and anxiety associated with bipolar disorder, the sexual side effects became too annoying. After ten years I've weaned of Paxil and feel like total ****. I haven't had a dose in seven days and can barely function. I'm confused, disoreinted, irritated and feel I have the mental capability of a two year old. Does this **** ever go away? If so, when?
I was on Paxil for 5 years. I went on paxil for menopause and anxiety symptoms. It worked for me for the 5 years. I quit cold turkey. I had the zings in the head, the cold feelings the flu like symptoms, the sleepless nights, hot flashes,nausea extreme irritablilty.just miserable. It took about two weeks to feel better. However I am left with the anxiety, and fatigue. Recently I had an Ansar test of the nervous system,what a surprise,I have an imbalance. So Paxil did me such favors for awhile,but it will will not let go. It has been almost two months without the Paxil. Now I have to deal with fatigue and many tests to staighten out my body.Any one else in my position?
I am up once again because I cannot sleep. I have not had Paxil for 8 days. I was taking Paxil CR 25 mg. for about 10 months. Without warning it was pulled from the market by the FDA because that said it had not been proven to be "controlled release" I loved CR. I lost 10 lbs on it and did not have sexual side effects. I went on Paxil because I was afraid of what would happen if I did not stay on an SSRI. I suffer from severe panic attacks that began a few years ago when my father passed away in his sleep. Now I am very fearful of the night and sleep has eluded me. In the two months on Paxil, I gain back the 10 lbs plus 5 more. The sexual side effects returned. I am a 40 year old happily married adult and that is important to me. Since coming off the paxil, I think I am going to die! When I read others comments, it assured me that I am not crazy. The "Zaps" or "Buzzes" in my brain scare me. I have vertigo and have had to sit down several times to keep from falling. I feel nauseous and like I have the flu. I am irritable and say things to my family I don't mean. I can't think straight. I go to the pantry to get something and can't remember what I'm there for. I can't remember anything. I'm really scared, especially sitting here at this computer in the middle of the night. I have 2 Klonopin left that I use to help me sleep. My doctor won't refil it unless I agree to go back on an SSRI. I pray that I can make it through another night.
OMG! I'm on my 3rd day of being off of paxil and I feel like hell!!! I hated the drug to begin with for all the same reasons that are posted. I feel I have these constint "jolks" going through my head, chest and arms! Does anybody know what i'm saying nor feeling? Is this a commion side effect?
I hate how I feel!! Anybody have any advice??
I have been taking Paxil 20 mg for about 10 years. I have noticed that my head is clear when I first get up in the morning, but shortly after taking the Paxil, I get confused and feel spaced out. It felt like dementia. I told my family doctor, and he said he would help me stop by cutting one quarter of the pill each week. The first week, I took 3/4 pill. Yesterday, I started the second week of 1/2 pill. I could hardly stand up, I was so tired and sleepy. I did not feel depressed. I went to bed at 7 PM and woke up at 6 AM the next morning (today). I have had a splitting headache today. I took Vicodin, which I have for the Fibromyalgia. An hour and half later, I took a Frova, thinking maybe it was a migraine. Nothing is touching it. Last week, on 3/4 pill, I felt really good. I keep telling myself that what I am feeling now is not real, it's the withdrawals and it WILL end sooner or later. I will not have a lifetime of these feelings. I absolutely refuse to let anything control my life like this. I know that it's not going to be easy, but I must keep these thoughts in my head. I pray that you do the same and perhaps my words will help someone. If my psychiatrist had taken me off the Paxil, I know he would NOT have done this as slowly, and I probably would end up back on the Paxil. May God be with you.
I have been on 20 mg of paxil for 2 years. I haven't had problems while on the paxil and feel like it has helped with the depression. However, in trying to get off the drug, I can sure relate to the noise in my head that others have commented about. Everytime I blink I get the weirdest noise going off inside my head.
I have been on Paxil for 6 years. I have been weaning myself off of it for a year, I finally went off of it, taking my last dose a week and a half ago, by Friday I was dizzy'ish, Saturday I was a crying, emotional, angry, mess who couldn't stand for more than 5 mins at a time without feeling like I was going to pass out. I have had all of the symptoms such as :
dizziness, extreme nausea, crying spells, light headedness, vertigo, coordination problems, gait disturbances, sweating, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, agitation, tremulousness, irritability, aggression, sleep disturbance, nightmares, tremor, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, lethargy, malaise, weakness, and general fatigue."
* intense insomnia
* extremely vivid dreams
* extreme confusion during waking hours
* fear of losing your sanity
* depersonalization- feeling of existing outside of reality
* memory and concentration problems, panic attacks
* severe mood swings, like extreme irritability and anger
* suicidal thoughts
* electric feeling shocks throughout your body
* unsteady gait
* slurred speech
* profuse sweating
* muscle cramping
* blurred vision
* outbursts of tears for no apparent reason
* hypersensitivity to motion, sounds, smells
* decreased appetite
* abdominal cramping
* loss of appetite
* chills/hot flashes
Other Possible Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms: fainting, scratching sounds within one's head, tingling sensations in lips and areas around them, heart palpitations and chest pain, swollen and sore eyes, fatigue, bursting headaches, lump in throat
rash, dry, flaky, and/or irritated skin, grinding teeth, difficulty with swallowing, itchiness, numbness, speech problems,trembling.
I can't beleive that I have almost all of these, how wrong is that?? Why don't the doctors tell people of these ??
I am so sick, I blacked out at work today, I have had non stop stomach cramps, my legs and bottom half feel like I've been in a car accident, Im always sick and nauseated.
How long does this last? Honestly, nobody can live like this, I am on he verge of my boyfriend breaking up with me, because I am like an alien from another planet.
i am currently withdrawing from paroxetine(paxil) and have been on it for 7 years. initially it did wonders for the depression and anxiety that had plagued me for years. but whenever i felt even keeled mentally and emotionally and ready to get off of it (i've been on paxil/paxil cr/and the generic all at different times didn't notice much difference) the horrible withdrawel symptoms scared me too much and were impossible to bear. in the past there wasn't alot of info on the w/d symptoms but now it seems like there are at least alot of medical message boards and people are all reporting very similiar experiences. it makes me feel confident that i won't experience any permanent health problem due to going off it as long as i taper off slower than in the past. now i've been tapering for four weeks and am on my third day with none. i started at 10mg a day (the dose i've been on for the last couple of years) and found that as soon as i got down to 5mg's that i started experiencing all the horrible vertigo, dizzy, exhausted, electric shock, etc type symptoms. i've only been cutting the dose by 2mg's a week, just to give anyone else trying to get off it an idea how minisculely you probably need to taper off the dose. so i spent a week on just 2mg's a day (essentially a crumb of the 40mg tablet) and still the symptoms didn't abate and so just stopped taking it altogether, they got a bit worse but i'm determined to get off this stuff and see where my emotional state is at on my own. oh and i also have the crying jag/anger outburst bits, but i try to keep them to myself and hope that they will go away just like the more physical symptoms. its hard seeing so many people post saying it can take a month or two to no longer feel these withdrawel symptoms but hopefully somehow it will turn out to be shorter. good luck to anyone out there dealing with the w/d also, it sure makes it hard to function in daily life, but being on any drug eternally seems like an awful thing to be forced into. just go off it as slowly as you can manage and try hard to be patient.
Today I went to see my doctor. The crying, etc., that I wrote about last night was about to put an end to me, or so it felt. (This is my primary doc that is helping get off the Paxil, not my psychiatrist, who would never agree to this.) My primary prescribed Prozac, 10 mg. to ease the horrible withdrawal symptons of the Paxil and said when all were gone, I could discontinue the Prozac. My pharmacist said I'd probably notice a difference in a couple of days.
So, hopefully I'll make it through all this in one piece! I'll let you know.
Well, here I am again. I began the last quarter of Paxil on Saturday. I could not, for the life of me, tell you what I have been doing since then (it's Tuesday night) except for today. I got up, ate breakfast and returned to bed. My muscles and joints ached worse than usual. I have Fibromyalgia. I've been crying on and off, sometimes hysterically. I feel lost, alone and extremely fearful of completely losing my mind. I'm 57 yrs. old and my mother has been dead for almost 22 yrs, but I walked around my apartment crying, "I want my mama." Guess I'm going through the depersonalization some talk about.
It seems to me, from all my reading, that it doesn't make one bit of difference how long you taper off, you'll still get these side effects. My doctor has been tapering me off one quarter of pill each week. This last week has been the kicker!
Thank God for this website and everyone who writes here. It certainly helps me not feel so alone, and this little bit of journaling helps also. I feel like someone is listening.
I have been off Paxil for two months, after taking 37.5 mg. of Paxil CR for over a year. Yes, I had the symptoms most everyone experiences: dizziness, vertigo, the "Wooshing Syndrome" of falling through an elevator shaft, rage, mood swings with more rage, weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, and so forth. What bothers me now, after more than 8-9 weeks of having no Paxil whatsoever, is that I am still hungry all the time, have a very difficult time losing weight, and am very moody. Having weighed 117lb. at the onset of taking the drug, and weighing 140lb. now, unable to get into any of my clothes, and losing my overall desire to look presentable, I am ending my denial. This drug has affected my metabolic rate to the downside. I feel like my thyroid is sluggish, and am presenting symptoms of hypothyroidism. Nice drug, that Paxil!
i have been on Celexa for 3 years-and about 4 weeks ago i went off (having weaned off previous to that)
I am STILL having major symtoms of withdrawal-the list is endless-however some include:
-those head zappers
-severe mood swings
-the list goes on and on
I want to know-HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO LAST? am i ruined for life?
Hi, everyone! I to am trying to get off paxil after taking it for 6 yrs. I had tried once b4 with no sucess due to the zaps and overwelming dizzyness, however after doing some research online I found several suggestions of taking fish oil(omega3) and vitamin e. So far this has worked VERY well for me....Ive been taking the fish oil and vit.e while tapering off the paxil. Im down to 15mg about every 3-4 days and usually only have to take that when the zaps and dizzyness are bothersome but I will say they are A LOT less severe. Hopefully soon I can be done with paxil all together!! Best of luck to all of you and thanks so much for sharing your stories, its good to know Im not alone!!!!
The 'life-invading' effects of this withdrawal are absolutely astounding. If I had any inkling that the effects would be of this magnitude, I would NEVER have started taking Paxil. In retrospect, I suppose it was simple naive trust in the white-coated person, and the casual nature of the prescription. I was on Paxil CR for about 8 months before switching over to regular Paxil when SGK goofed up. I have gained weight with Paxil, gotten skin rashes, and brain fog. Two months ago, I weaned from 20mg to 10mg, and the past 3 weeks down to 5mg. Cutting to 5 has been hell. Aren't these debilitating symptoms supposed to decrease?? I called my doctor, and she said (no kidding) that it was really odd that I was having symptoms like I described to her (you know all the biggees -- the head zaps, the vertigo, the nausea, extreme fatige, having to close your eyes to make the world stop spinning...) after being on the drug for such a short time (going on 11 months). In fact, she repeated this twice in our conversation. Did she mean to imply that I am not actually experiencing these?? She advised me to continue with 5 mg. for the time being. I desparately want to get off this substance that I feel has invaded my body, and was hoping to get some solid weaning advice. Instead, she said to continue. Needless to say, I am frustrated. I've been perusing some websites, and have seen people post that they have used Benadryl or Dramamine to help with the withdrawal. Has anyone used such things to good effect? Any advice on how to get off these last 5 mgs?
My psychiatrist refused to take me off Paxil. Wonder why! My primary doctor helped me by tapering off 1/4 tab each week. I was taking 20 mg. and the last week was hell! I could not handle it, so my doctor prescribed 10 mg. Prozac to lesson the symptoms. It really helped. He said, and I had read, that when the withdrawals stop, I could discontinue the Prozac with no problems. I'm praying that will be true.
Thursday, 7/7 was my last pill. I was doing fairly well until 7/12 when I was rear-ended by 2 cars on the interstate, the 3rd car charging into me and the one behind me. I wasn't hurt, but have been aching all over from the jolt, and all the stress has NOT helped me in any way. (The one responsible for the accident had NO insurance!) I found out about this yesterday and have been losing it left and right.
Tonight, I feel like I'm falling into a black hole and will never get out. It is really scary. So I came back to this forum. I don't even know if I am making sense.
I truly believe that we will all get better, but we must be strong and not give in to it or what anyone else says. We know our own bodies better than anyone and should follow our own instincts.
I also have that bizarre eye thing with the horrible dizziness. I have been taking 10 mgs every other day and keeping a symptom journal for the day I find a doctor who takes me seriously. 10 mg seemed to stave off symptoms for 48 hours. I am revising this after this board to try the 5 mgs a day method.
I do not believe that paxil clears your system in 24 hours in every case.If that is so then why does it(and other ssri drugs) take up to three weeks to become effective?
MECLIZINE aka antivert seems to help with the lurching vertigo dizziness. Shockingly I took a ranitidine and felt better although I cannot tell you why.
Meclizine is available over the counter in a 12.5 and 25 mg dose. I go with the low dose because of the drowsiness side effect.
I am almost out of paxil but I dread returning to the doctor. I feel like they treat mental patients like inmates and use bullying methods to try and control patients. In short the have no respect for you. I want off this awful medicine in part so I do not have to deal with them anymore.
I am so angry that I was made an addict. While paxil may not be addictive in the classic form of addiction to drugs that cause euphoric effects, CLEARLY
clearly the price is the same. You are forced into a relationship with your 'dealer', your m.d. who holds the prescription pad over your head. You must be 'monitored' while on this non-addicting medicine. You pay through the nose for the office visits-usually $100 or more and my bcbs private insurance doesn't cover but a fraction of the cost and then there are the meds.
Don't think that having private insurance will get you treated any better than the medicaid patients either. Most doctors are not taking new patients so you have to take what you can get and go jonesing for paxil.
I think buying pot would be easier. I haven't smoked in 20 years but I am thinking of taking it back up. I don't really see a huge difference in the difficulty of getting a bag of weed or a bottle of paxil.
anyway, I think meclizine helps with the vertigo. its otc.
I found this forum...Have been on Paxil 20 mg approx 3 years and am considering tapering off. I managed to taper off of Effexor a few years ago and that was unpleasant as well. But it can be done. The real key is to do it as slowly as possible. If you are having extreme withdrawl symptoms, you are going too fast. Invest in a pill splitter and if youre taking 20 mgs, go down to 17 for a while..then 15, then to 10...(usually you probably wont notice too much of a problem until you hit 5) if you need to approximate 7 for a while, try that. Also, some things to consider: Try doing things like increasing your exercise, resting enough, taking care of yourself and explaining to your friends and family as much as possible what could be going on to limit your stress. Also, I hear there is a liquid form of paxil..if you need to go to 3, or 4 mgs of paxil for 2 weeks or whatever..Sure this may take 6 months or longer, but it CAN be done..worthwhile things like good mental health are worth taking your time and planning out/doing right...Don't let ANYONE rush you...find a new DR if yours wants you to go too fast. There will be some withdrawl, but if it is debilitating, like I said, youre going too fast. I employed this technique, like I said, with effexor and was successful in getting off of it completely for two years. I do wish I had never started taking them again. But I also recognize the benefits I feel I gained from it. Of course these are all just my experiences, your mileage may vary.
I believe almost all medication you have to take on a daily basis will have some form of withdrawl symptoms especially those messing with the brain's biochemistry. There's no way to avoid it and if a psy/dr/anyone says it's not the case then start running cuz I think they're starting to QUACK.
I'm glad I found the site. I ran out of Paxil for about 3 days, because I'm a laid off, single mom of two, who's kids are slipping through the cracks of Michigan's "child support enforcement" system, since their father is self employed and basically pays when he wants and doesn't get in trouble with the law.
Luckily, I was able to afford my prescription today, and took it a few hours ago but still feel like ****. Can you imagine? These docs are giving us "drug addictions", and is there help paying for this stuff? Nope. Not without health insurance. I'd much rather have purchased groceries so my kids and I could have some nice meals, or paid on my mortgage which is now 3 months behind, but without the Paxil, I'm too sick to take care of what I need to anyways. I'm too sick without it....worthless. All I can do is lay on the couch. Sick to my stomach (BAD pain), diahrrhea, anger, and I'm detached from reality, in a way I can't explain. Sort of like I'm dreaming ALL THE TIME, and I can't tell what's real and what's not. Dizzy, depth perception's BAD, and withdrawl makes me a "BAD" driver... dangerous. I've been on it about 4 years and I CAN'T put my life on hold to "quit".
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one. They need to stop prescribing this for people, and for those of us who CAN'T quit, they should put us in the hospital and wean us off. They should PAY for all of it, and PAY for our lost work because of it, and PAY for someone to watch our kids while we're detoxing, and PAY for our suffering. But will anyone do this? Nope. They'll continue to let ME PAY for this drug, and let me PAY physically and mentally when I can't get it, and not buy groceries to feed my kids, or let me try to catch up on my mortgage. It's rediculous. Thanks for reading my "venting" session! (and if I don't make much sense, it's because I feel like I am in a pseudo-dream state right now... which was really "appropriate" for the interview I had today.... Yes, the interview for the job I desperately need, was conducted with me on NO PAXIL FOR 4 DAYS!) :)
I think it's mentioned in one of the threads above that you can contact the pharmacuial (SP) companies and ask for free paxil so you can wean off it normally. You can try to ask your doctor to call the manufactor of Paxil, (drug corporation that makes it). What you're going through is dangerous. Please take care of yourself. Hope you get a hold of some soon to wean off of it properly.
I am very anggrryy how can doctors keep presribing this stupid paxil and saying it dosent do what we all know it is doing? I feel so awful my whole body is twitching and my brain is getting shocked every second. Last night i lay in bed shaking with cold under 6 blankets with my head buzzing my body twitching and when i did sleep i had the most horrific nightmares. Shame on these people that you go to for help i feel like a complete mess. And if another doctor tells me safe Paxil is i'm seriously going to lose it once and for all. Thats all i have to say have to go lay down and kepp my head still so it dosent shock so much.
I'm so glad I found this forum. Now I know I'm not going crazy or suffering from a terrible disease.
I was on Paxil for more than 2 years for depression and anxiety. In May of this year, i decided to wean myself from this drug. I've been taking 40 mg daily so i started by taking it every other day for 1 month and then one every three days for 2 weeks and then once a week and then I stopped. As soon as i reduced the dose, i started having headaches, dizziness, nausea, aches and pains, insomnia, electric-like sensations (zaps, buzzes)in my brain, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, hot flashes, chills, etc. I've been suffering for many weeks now and although I've long suspected that what I'm feeling is Paxil withdrwal, i'm determined to get off this drug so although i still have a bottleful of the drug, I havent taken one since i stopped about a month ago. But how long do these symptoms last? I feel sick everyday and right now, I'm lying down while writing on my laptap because i feel dizzy and unbalanced when I get up. I am nauseaus and actually vomit ever so often. These electric-like sensations are very uncomfortable. I've been bedridden for many weeks now unable to do household chores or even go to the grocery. Can anyone tell me how long this will last? Thanks.
now I am mad at Forum-M.D.-RG!! ?? what is wrong w/ him/her?! sheesh! in one thread he/she posted saying it's probably best to get talk therapy and avoid medication. Now he/she is saying that it's not the paxil? Oh my gracious, please.. Paxil is hard to get off cuz of withdrawls! SIGH I could just spank Forum-M.D.-RG!! what a bad boy/girl!
ROllling eyes at forum's MD! By the way "managingstress.com is very Psychiatric oriented view of managing stress" :( not good.
Now I would like to know if any of those doctors who give us highly addictive pills would give them to their own children or if they would take them themselves! That sort of research would be fascinating now wouldn't it?
My Primary care physician said she wud try her hardest to avoid handing out prescriptions that I am already on cuz they are very addictive. I told her "yes I agree, and I wish I knew that when and I commend you for being cautious w/ what you prescribe." We need more of those kinds of doctors not those who just take a look and start writing something on a "PRESCRIPTION PAD."
I have taken Paxil in the past for panic disorder. I was told by my doctor not to quit this medication cold turkey because of the symtpoms. I was told instead to decrease the amount I was taking and then start taking them only every other day, and then every two days, etc until I was out of pills. The first time I had no withdrawal symptoms. I was off of it for 4 years and have had to go back on it. I had to quit cold turkey because I ran out of pills and forgot to order more. I am having vertigo and hot flashes. I will be going on the medication again until I feel that I can go off of it without getting panic attacks. I love paxil because it has allowed me to live my life like a normal human being. I will just follow the advice of my doctor and slowly wean myself off of it because the withdrawal symptoms are horrible!
I would like to know why all i seem to hear is patronsing comments from doctors. Well i think they should take Paxil and then they can just see for themselves cause we don't know we're all "crazy" right...hmm
Last night i had the most vivid horrible nightmares that someone was breaking into my house and attacking me, i felt like it really did happen and was just the weirdest experience i've ever had. I felt so confused and didnt know for a while what was real and was not real...now the pulsing in my head is accompanied by scraping sounds in my head and only seems to be getting worse. I'm now considering giving in and taking some of the hateful Paxil just so that i can function and go back to work before i lose my job. The scary thing is that doctors seem to be acting like Paxil is some kind of "wonder drug" I know people who have been prescribed it for quitting smoking and any little emotional upset in their lives..I suppose it is my fault for trusting the doctor and taking it in the first place just because i was experiencing some social anxiety..i would love to have to deal with that now instead of this horrible horrible nightmarish experience. I suppose the lesson for me in this is that there is no easy way out when dealing with your emotions and problems in life. You have to face them head on and no little pill is going to make them go away. Well the positive is, if this **** ever ends that is! i'm sure i can deal with anything life throws at me as long as don't have to live like this anymore
My Dr. prescribed Paxil for me about a year ago for what I described as anxiety. My dosage was only 20 mg. It worked like a charm with all the usual side effects - weight gain, etc. I decided early on that I did not want to stay on this indefinitely. I didn't like the overall feeling of being zoned out all the time, but I can't deny that it does give you a sense of well being. That being said I did my research and worked out a weaning-off schedule for myself that I figured would be about 2 months starting in April '05. I finished in June '05 and thought I was in the clear. I had withdrawal symptoms in about 3 days so I went back on 5 mg and worked out another 2 month weaning schedule. I took my last dose beginning of July and have been fine. Here is my question and I hope someone can back this up - I have been feeling really anxious & depressed the last week or so. To the point of having compulsive thoughts & feelings. Nothing crazy, just thought patterns that I dwell on and feel compelled to work out. I am not OC and don't do any rituals, etc. I am orderly and try to keep my life in order & structured. I guess I need to be reassured that this is the withdrawal talking. Right now I have no desire to do anything and have no joy in life. The best part of my day is when I am asleep because my mind is turned off. I will not go back on Paxil and am sorry I ever took it. I don't want to alienate my friends or family, etc. Has anyone experienced this about a month after stopping? Will it go away? I need to be reassured. It's been like this for almost two weeks and I am sick of feeling this way. I want my life back.
All i know is that the Doc prescribed me 20mg of Paxil for social anxiety, other than that i didnt have any other issues with my mental health. Over the past week since i quit the Paxil i've been feeling pretty unstable, teary, very irritated on top of all the other physical symptoms. Also i was experiencing these weird periods of suddenly feeling extremely scared for no apparent reason...That dream i had also made me feel really traumatised as though i really had been attacked, it was like my mind didn't know the difference between reality and my dream...It's all pretty much the worse thing i have ever experienced. I would not recommend anyone go off Paxil cold turkey anyone considering it DON"T DO IT!!! Unfortunatly you have to take it really slow if you want to save your sanity..
I've decided i think it's important to try to develop a positive attitude about it all and tell yourself you WILL feel better i'm also really trying to avoid stress as much as possible. I've started to meditate now every time i start to feel stress, it helps a lot. Also i tried some dramamine (Travel sickness tablets) for some of the symptoms such as dizziness and nausea and that is helping, but you wouldn't want to take it long term. I'm just going to take it when i need to work or get things done for the time being. Otherwise i'm just resting and taking good care of myself. There's another good website i found www.stresscentre.com she is a really good help because she has been through a lot of this herself. Good Luck everyone :) I reread my post's and i'm starting to feel a lot calmer since then lol that was the worst of it i hope.
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I have been taking Paxil CR for 8 years now for severe Panic Attack, Anxiety and agoraphobia...and I have tried to get off them but the withdrawal is too great for me. I feel like a quitter but it is what makes me feel sane. I can't take off work, I can't take a vacation unless the Paxil corporation wants to pay me 3 months worth of salary. If I would have know that Paxil was going to do this to me.... I would have never started to take it. I feel cheated
I agree if I had known what it was gonna be like coming of Paxil I never would have started. ChrisPanic just wondering how many mg are you taking? This is one of the first forums I have found where people have been on Paxil Cr longer than I have. I've been on it 6yrs. I've yet to find anyone who has been on as high of a dose as myself. I'm at 75mg. I am trying to wean myself off, as my psychiatrist will not listen to me, and I have no health insurance therefore I can not talk to anyone else. ND is a messed up state! They have mental health facilities that are sliding fee basis but no medical facilities. And the mds just push meds down your throat. If I didn't have a supportive boyfriend, and these forums I'm not sure I would make it. Well I am still worried as I am in week 2 day 2 of my withdrawal process. Like I said I started out at 75mg, I cut back to 37.5 mg, but am wondering if I shouldn't go to 50mg for a bit. I have heard other people mention St. Johns wort and 5-htp, but can you take them and paxil at the same time? Any advice would be great. But I will be keeping everyone posted as to how things are going.
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