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Old 03-04-2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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Going off paxil

It's been 7 month's of 10mg of paxil; prior to that I had been on 20mg for years (not sure how many, at least 10yrs). I weaned myself down initially to 15mg for a month or two, and I am now on 10mg. The first 5 month's was a breeze, but month 6 has caught me off guard. Have hit a valley; it's like my brain all of a sudden realized the decrease in dosage and said "hey wait a minute, you can't do that"! I'm moving forward and I am not giving up, but will probably stay on 10mg longer that I planned.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Going off paxil

Welcome, Genny! As you know, if you've read this site at all, your taper is entirely too much, too fast.

If you're able to tough this out, that's fine, but consider reducing in 10% increments, every 3-6 weeks from this point out. If things get too rough, go back up to 15 mgs (assuming you were stable there) get stable again and taper as recommended.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:57 AM   #3
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Re: Going off paxil

Thanks for your reply and feedback LC, I'm encouraged to see you're paxil free! I also had an unsuccessful attempt to go off paxil a few years ago, but feel as though I will do it this time, no matter how long it takes.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Going off paxil

Genny,
Sending best wishes on your withdrawal.

I dropped from 20 to 10 mg rather quickly too. Now I am tapering by 10% every 3 to 4 weeks. After two unsuccessful attempts at withdrawal I've learned I need to go slow and steady to succeed. Hang in there, it gets better.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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Re: Going off paxil

I just joined this forum and I'm really glad to know that I'm not alone! I have been on Paxil 20mg for about 6 years and now considering getting off. I initially thought of just quitting altogether, but decided to do some research first and thankful that I found this forum. I started slowing down to every other day this week. Any thoughts or comments on this approach would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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Re: Going off paxil

Welcome to PP, dgc!

I'm not on this site much lately, but I just popped in and happened to see your post.

Please don't do every other day dosing! Meds like these need to be taken consistently daily. Not doing that causes chaos in the brain and nervous system and will make your withdrawal needlessly difficult.

I'm sure you'll get more response here soon, but I suggest you go back to the daily dosing and when stabilized on that again, then follow the taper method LCrawford mentioned earlier in this thread. Every other day dosing has caused nothing but problems for people. (It basically forces the brain in and out of withdrawal, preventing the healing that occurs with the slow steady taper LC described.)

Feel free to start your own thread giving us your medication history and whatever else is relevant, and you'll get lots of advice and help on tapering safely.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:42 AM   #7
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Re: Going off paxil

Had a shiatsu massage on Friday, feeling great! Moving forward w/ 10mg; had second thoughts when I hit that valley, which is scary, but I'm feeling better. As I proceed, I've wondered will I ever be free from this drug? The raw unpredictable emotions scare me w/ taking less paxil (& eventually no paxil in my sytem) vs. what I know I can expect w/ 20 mg. But, I've healed from alot and I am not the same person I was years ago when I first went on the drug...I'm grateful for what it did early on, which was to help me COPE. The years pass and it's just been easier for me to continue the habit of taking it. I want something different now and have to remind myself that my reactions and feelings towards "life" are going to be effected by this choice.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:14 AM   #8
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Re: Going off paxil

Genny, I love your optimism and positive attitude. Success is achieved by continuing to move forward, one small step at a time....OR one teeny, tiny step at a time. The goal is FORWARD!

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Old 03-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #9
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Re: Going off paxil

Thanks for the response! Will follow your advice and go back to daily dosing. I'm also scheduled to see my doctor next week to see what he says, but sometimes we can't always trust our own doctors on this matters. Who knows better than the people who have had the same experience, right?
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:53 PM   #10
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Re: Going off paxil

thats exactly right. Alot of doctors, not all, but alot seem to just have this set schedule of getting us off of this drug with no real knowledge of just how bad the withdrawal can be! I would much rather take advice from people who have been there! Good luck!
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:17 AM   #11
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Re: Going off paxil

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Thanks for the response! Will follow your advice and go back to daily dosing. I'm also scheduled to see my doctor next week to see what he says, but sometimes we can't always trust our own doctors on this matters. Who knows better than the people who have had the same experience, right?
dgc,

You should start a new thread regarding your own situation. You'll get more responses that way. And Welcome to Paxilprogress messages.

Many doctors recommend every other day dosing to taper off. Which is crazy! The taper schedule recommended on this site is 10% every 3-6 weeks.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:57 AM   #12
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Re: Going off paxil

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Thanks for the response! Will follow your advice and go back to daily dosing. I'm also scheduled to see my doctor next week to see what he says, but sometimes we can't always trust our own doctors on this matters. Who knows better than the people who have had the same experience, right?
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dgc,

You should start a new thread regarding your own situation. You'll get more responses that way. And Welcome to Paxilprogress messages.

Many doctors recommend every other day dosing to taper off. Which is crazy! The taper schedule recommended on this site is 10% every 3-6 weeks.
GinGin, I'm so glad you're going back to daily dosing. I expect you'll save yourself a lot of needless misery.

Unfortunately, most doctors do NOT know about the very slow taper recommended here. In fact, it's extremely rare to find one who does. What doctors think is slow tapering is actually disastrous for the majority of people tapering, even if they have the best of intentions.

NoRx4me is right that it's best if you start your own thread. Here's how to do it: http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/...ement.php?f=14

You'll get more responses and also it will avoid confusion about which responses are to your posts and which are responses to the OP (original poster of this thread).

If you're not computer savvy and have problems starting your own thread, just let the moderators know and they'll be glad to do it for you. Also, if you're on any other psychotropic meds or have been in recent years, add that to the medication history you give us. It will help us help you!
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4/21/06 - 15 mg
4/27/06 - 10 mg
5/17/06 - 5 mg (none 5/20)
5/21-24/06 - 2.5 mg (5/22 - none)
5/25/06 - d/cd paroxetine
Felt better than in years, then gradual WD symptoms
6/17/06 - Bolted awake in blind terror, started E-ticket ride to hell
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:47 AM   #13
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Re: Going off paxil

Had a really tough day yesterday, depressed, felt like my head was in the clouds. I think it was a reaction to some wine I had on Sat? By the end of my work day yesterday I felt like the "fog had lifted", what a relief! Also, I'm noticing my need for eating more carbs, which is tough because I'm trying to lose weight.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:13 AM   #14
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Re: Going off paxil

I feel like I'm being re-born thru this process...my negative emotions are much stronger (anger, sadness). The sadness at the appropriate times I'm ok with, it seems good to cry, which for years I didn't shed a tear on paxil.
Also, I'm 48 and may be having more intense emotions due to my age and approaching change of life.
Can someone tell me how I post my withdrawal stats so it automatically comes up on the bottom of my entries?
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:07 AM   #15
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Re: Going off paxil

Hi Genny

You might want to stay away from the alcohol from now on. I had to give it up completely over a year ago as it made me SO depressed and anxious for days after.

As for your signature(where we usually put our stats), go to My Profile and then Edit Signature and you can create one and it will show up with every post. Congrats on getting down to 5mg! If you continue to feel bad maybe try a very small drop to 4.8 or 4.7 and see if you don't feel a bit better. Sometimes we start to feel bad if we stay on a dose too long. Hope this helps and welcome to PP
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:35 AM   #16
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Re: Going off paxil

Thanks for your response Jess, I'm actually on 10mg (not 5mg); started tapering down from 20mg since Sept.; went down to 10mg around Nov.
I think I've come to the realization that alcohol can no longer be a part of my life! I have the same effects you describe. Since I've been on 10mg for 5 month's maybe it's time I taper down again, however I just filled a perscription for 20mg and have been splitting the pills. So maybe I'll wait, and ask my docter for the liquid paxil (which I did not know about until joining this forum) the next time he writes me a script.
I'm so thankful for finding this forum, it's been so helpful to know I'm not alone.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:54 AM   #17
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Oh I'm sorry! Looks like I got ahead of myself. Oh well you will get to 5mg so I'm just congratulating you ahead of time!
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:19 AM   #18
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no apology necessary Jess!
Woke up w/ a splitting headache this morning, not sure why, but aspirin helped. I intend on posting my withdrawal stats as soon as I find out from my docter when I first started taking paxil; my guess is I probably have been on it since '98.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:56 AM   #19
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All is well! I feel like a new person and a load has been lifted. I'm continuing to move ahead w/ 10mg (had second thoughts). Will probably stay w/ this dose until I run out and then will get a script for the liquid to begin gradual taper to 0mg!
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:08 AM   #20
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There's definately been a positive shift in my journey going off paxil. I was really thinking I needed to up the mg due to some of the symptoms I was having....then all of a sudden the depression and anxiety lifted. I'm documenting this because I think it's important. If I had given up, I would not have known that just around the corner was relief from my symptoms. I'm being diligent about letting nothing steal my PEACE. When I feel an emotion coming on (anger, frustration etc...)towards something or someone, I stop myself and say "don't let this steal my peace, if I do...the next emotions may be anxiety & or depression". I'm guarding my state of Peace!
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