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Old 04-11-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
vetteman
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Back Again

After so many failed attempts at getting off this evil drug, I went back up to 20mg until I stabilized. Being under stress does not help, but I am not in a position (job related) to do anything about that. I went from 20 mg to 17.5 mg for six weeks. Then to 15 mg for about a month or so, then to 12.5 for about another six weeks and three days ago went to 10mg. My next appt with my Dr is next week and I intend to ask for the liquid so I can get through the last 10mg more easily. I started taken the 10mg on Friday night and have had no physical symptoms, but more anxiety and depression. This time I am going to try to fight through it rather than go back up. I will stay at the 10 until I feel ready and then reduce slowly with the liquid. I have a number of business related functions coming up and cannot afford to be "out of it" so I am going to be very careful. I just want to be able to laugh again, the crying comes with the withdrawal.
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2003-2010 20 mg paxil for depression and stress
6/10 cut to 10 mg
8/10 cut to 5mg
9/10 cut to 0
9/10 resintated to 20 mg waiting to get stable to begin slow slow wean
10/18 Dr switched to Paxil CR 25 as a last effort to get stabillized.
2/11 back to 20 mg regular paxil
3/11-7/11- down to 15 mg paxil very depressed
10/11 added 25mg zoloft
12/11 down to 10 mg paxil-couldnt take it.
12/11 back to 15 mg.
2/12-10/12 weaned off
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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Re: Back Again

Welcome back! I remember your posts when you were here before. I really understand what you mean about not being able to do much re. the stress in your life. I am in the same boat - stressful work life and my sister is going through withdrawal related issues too which is hard to witness. But I am determined to start my taper again as well despite these challenges. I am glad you are back and posting. Good luck with everything!

Michele
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2006 60 mg Cymbalta; off 3/07
7/07 ?delayed w/d? terrible anxiety, insomnia.
10/07 Zoloft and Klonopin
tapered Klonopin
6/09 Start tapering 100 mg Zoloft
11/13/10 33 mg - updose 54 mg; 5% cuts: 2/12 37.5 - stressful time, lots of withdrawal sx - waited out for 2+ months but kept getting worse. ?poopout? Tried updosing but made things worse. 7/12 - 1/13 switched Zoloft to Celexa. Now 35 mg Celexa and 1 mg Klonopin
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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Re: Back Again

Thanks Michele

I just cant do this anymore. I make a good living and have not been able to enjoy anything for the last two years including the birth of two grandsons. I am just miserable not being able to smile, laugh, and look forward to anything.
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2003-2010 20 mg paxil for depression and stress
6/10 cut to 10 mg
8/10 cut to 5mg
9/10 cut to 0
9/10 resintated to 20 mg waiting to get stable to begin slow slow wean
10/18 Dr switched to Paxil CR 25 as a last effort to get stabillized.
2/11 back to 20 mg regular paxil
3/11-7/11- down to 15 mg paxil very depressed
10/11 added 25mg zoloft
12/11 down to 10 mg paxil-couldnt take it.
12/11 back to 15 mg.
2/12-10/12 weaned off
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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Re: Back Again

I am really hoping and praying that the lack of physical symptoms is a good sign and the depression will pass quickly so I can stabilize and move onto the next level. The depression hit me yesterday like a ton of bricks and can't wait for the work day to be over so I can go lay down. At least no zaps, tingling, etc so far. Just some spots in my eyes when I am in the sun.
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2003-2010 20 mg paxil for depression and stress
6/10 cut to 10 mg
8/10 cut to 5mg
9/10 cut to 0
9/10 resintated to 20 mg waiting to get stable to begin slow slow wean
10/18 Dr switched to Paxil CR 25 as a last effort to get stabillized.
2/11 back to 20 mg regular paxil
3/11-7/11- down to 15 mg paxil very depressed
10/11 added 25mg zoloft
12/11 down to 10 mg paxil-couldnt take it.
12/11 back to 15 mg.
2/12-10/12 weaned off
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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Re: Back Again

Hi vetteman,
I remember you from when you used to post before. I wish you the best of luck on your taper!
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8 months: 10mg Lexapro
12 months: 20mg
12/14/09: 10mg for 2 weeks
01/01/10-03/23/10: 5mg
03/24/10-04/19/10: nothing
Experienced bad withdrawal, so decided to reinstate and taper
04/20/10: Reinstated 5mg for 2 weeks
05/06/10: 4.5mg
06/03/10: 4mg
07/26/10: 3.6mg
09/06/10: 3.4mg
11/10/10: 3.1mg (No major withdrawal symptoms below this dose)
Continued to taper 10% every 3 weeks...
06/15/11: Reached 0.9mg
07/05/11: 0.8mg
07/27/11: 0.7mg
08/16/11: Off Lexapro!
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
vetteman
 
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Well I am now on week 2 on 10 mg. I did not get zaps or the tingling I got the last time. Only symptom was worsening of depression which I guess is normal. My Dr. is very good, and now we have agreed that after about a month I will go on the liquid Paxil. It is a difficult road, but this time I am not turning back. Even with the slight drop, I felt a little more alive. I am hoping that 2013 will be the first year in a long time of being Paxil free.
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2003-2010 20 mg paxil for depression and stress
6/10 cut to 10 mg
8/10 cut to 5mg
9/10 cut to 0
9/10 resintated to 20 mg waiting to get stable to begin slow slow wean
10/18 Dr switched to Paxil CR 25 as a last effort to get stabillized.
2/11 back to 20 mg regular paxil
3/11-7/11- down to 15 mg paxil very depressed
10/11 added 25mg zoloft
12/11 down to 10 mg paxil-couldnt take it.
12/11 back to 15 mg.
2/12-10/12 weaned off
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