I didn't and I wouldn't, my psychiatrist would never approve of that move, but I can tell you since I've been on meds for many years and was on Paxil for many years that it were me, and it isn't, I wouldn't do it this way. You get to do it any way you want, but if this is the way your psychiatrist does it, you don't have to do it that way, you can offer an alternative. So here's the problem. Paxil is one of the most difficult of all medications to stop taking for the most people. It packs quite a withdrawal punch for most users. Cymbalta is no picnic either, but it seems that Effexor and Paxil, for whatever reasons, are the two that the most people have the hardest time stopping without major side effects. So it could be that. Unfortunately, you can't know because when you start a new med while tapering off of your former drug, you are are on two drugs at the same time and also possibly undergoing withdrawal symptoms. Paxil can take a long time to safely taper off of. The minimum recommended taper, and this means by researchers, not what psychiatrists actually do, is 6 weeks. But with any med that affects brain neurotransmitters, the taper should be as long as the individual needs it to be, not one set by the doctor for everyone they treat. I would, and again I'm not you, complete my taper off of Paxil and make sure it goes well for a few weeks before I started a new med. That way you know whether what you're suffering is withdrawal or side effects of the new med. (Although, when you do it that way or any other way, it could also be your original illness manifesting itself because the drug controlling the symptoms has been taken away. You can tell by whether the symptoms are the same as those that drove you to start the med in the first place or are different in nature; the latter indicates withdrawal). But here's the kicker: Cymbalta is a stimulating antidepressant because it not only targets serotonin but also norepinephrine, or noradrenaline by another name, and the latter is as you can tell by the name very stimulating. This can be helpful for depressed people but not so helpful for those with an anxiety problem. So yes, it can be Paxil withdrawal and it can be side effects of Cymbalta and is why many psychiatrists, including mine, don't use that class of meds for anxiety unless there's nothing else to try. You don't say how long you've been taking Cymbalta or for how long, because if it's been awhile then you have tapering problems with that one as well, but if it has only been a very short time and you're still on a very small dose of Cymbalta, one easy way to find out is to stop the Cymbalta and see if the problem goes away. That doesn't mean it won't help you in time, but it will answer this one question, and then you can complete your Paxil taper and then try the Cymbalta free and clear and know exactly what it feel like to be on it and if it's the drug for you. The only other option is to go on as designed and hope it's a start-up side effect only that goes away with time and starts to work for you, which is possible. Hope for the best, it makes it a lot more likely to happen, just do this stuff as safely as possible. Peace.
Thanks for the question. The issue is that everyone is individual. Someone's bad experience doesn't always translate to yours and someone's good experience may not either. Psychiatrists are pretty good at adjusting up and down to help combat the situations that arise during tapering and changing meds. But certainly not perfect. It's my understanding that med adjustments all come with a period of probable discomfort. If your doctor is being made aware of this increased agitation and anxiety, they may add something to the cymbalta to help that especially during this phase. This is helpful for a lot of people. 'gets them through' and then as you become stabilized on the cymbalta, the other med may not be needed. Or it may. Co-administration of drugs seems to be what most psychiatrists do these days. Make your prescribing doctor very aware of what is going on and what you are experiencing. We wish you the best. https://www.drugs.com/cymbalta.html