Anxiety Community
23.1k Members
177505 tn?1220445858

going from zoloft to paxil

hey everyone...got a question...
my doc just switched me from zoloft (75mg) to paxil (10mg for now)(panic disorder.)  zoloft just wasn't working for me anymore.  i have been taking the paxil for 3 days now and i keep getting those damn electric zaps.  otherwise i feel great...but the zaps are really getting strong and i hate it.  how long do you think i will feel this?  
4 Responses
177505 tn?1220445858
guess no one has any advice....thanks anyway...
Avatar universal
How are you doing now? I'm considering doing the same. I am on 75mg of zoloft and am thinkng of switching to paxil 15mg. It seems 10mg might not be equivelant causing classic withdrawal symptoms such as electric zaps.
Avatar universal
ahhh, the electric zaps, my favorite.  >.<  

I used to be on paxil, and got off of it, and had the electric zaps really bad, mine only lasted for about...a month or so?  I know it can be really irritating and uncomfortable... :(  I dont realy have any advice though...except to just give it a bit of time, everyones different. so you may not experience them or too long
Avatar universal
This sounds more like withdrawl from the zoloft, 10mg of Paxil is the lowest dosage you can take and your dosage of Zoloft was higher. Does your Dr have you weaning off or did you stop cold turkey?  
I made the switch from Zoloft to Paxil myself but I was on only 20mg so I did not feel much of a difference. With any SSRI you will get brain zaps when lowering or stopping dosages. I suggest calling your Dr and ask their opinion. Best of luck to you!

Have an Answer?
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
370181 tn?1428180348
Arlington, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what can trigger a panic attack – and what to do if you have one.
A guide to 10 common phobias.
Take control of tension today.
These simple pick-me-ups squash stress.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Want to wake up rested and refreshed?