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DragonFly1963: medically need to get off Paxil


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I was prescribed Paxil over 20 years ago. About 5 years ago I was able to reduce from 20 to 10 mgs with no withdrawal symptoms. Over the past few years I was very fatigued, sleeping for 12 hours a day but not feeling rested at all. Recent bloodwork showed high cortisone levels. Doctor recommended to get off the Paxil by reducing it in 5mg for 2 weeks, then take 5mg every other day. On day 10 of the original reduction, I experienced some withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headache, body aches, and lack of sleep. Those symptoms seemed to subside so I continued on to the next stage and took 5 mg every other day. Within a few days severe withdrawal symptoms became so debilitating I could hardly function. I truly felt as though I neede to be hospitalized if I was going to get off this crap!


After much research, I have discovered that my doctors advice in the way to reduce my Paxil was totally wrong! I will continue to take 5 mgs daily until I can safely reduce in smaller increments. I am hoping to be able to get the liquid form of Paxil in order to make it easier. It's the fact that the Paxil is directly related to my current health issues so I must get off this drug!

Edited by scallywag
emphasize meds, add tags

Paxil since 1995 20mg

Reduced in 2000 to 10 mg

Current medical problems related to extended use

Reduced from 10 to 5 mg

Suffering debilitating withdrawal symptoms

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Dragonfly1963 -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)
It looks as if you've been doing a lot of reading around this site and understand the best bet for you right now is holding at current doses. There are several members currently posting regularly who are tapering Paxil dosage. You can find their introductions by clicking on the Paxil tag that I have added to your introduction topic.
For easy reference, here are a few topics that are relevant to your situation:
Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

If you can't get liquid paroxetine, you can make your own.
Making a liquid from a tablet or capsules

This is YOUR introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.
Let us know how things are going for you.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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  • 5 months later...

DF any update on the paxil taper?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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