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  1. I take 5 mg. of Paxil, daily. I cut my pills. Brain zaps start after missing one day. I don't see how I can half my dose. Any suggestions?
  2. I have a question. I too have been on Paxil for 15 yrs. I started hearing music in my mind referred to as auditory hallucinations. Is it possible to have withdrawal symptoms while still on the med if it poops out on you?
  3. Hello, I have been on paxil since I was 16 years old. I'm now 34. I was never depressed. I've always had adhd which escalated to some anxiety a psych visit and a script for paxil that I have never escaped. The first time I ever felt true depression was when I tried to quit taking paxil. I was told this was depression resurfacing and a sign the medication is working. I now realize this was simply withdrawls. I have had insane electric shocking sensations, sensitivity to sound, light, mood swings aggression, confusion ect. when trying to quit. I believe my withdrawl process would take years. I believe the last few mg's will be the very hardest. I am interested in hearing any suggestions.
  4. Help needed..I tapered to 7.5 ish without a problem. Now all hell breaks loose if I try to go further. What should I do? 10% drops no longer work. The results of the drop are so devastating I cannot function, panic attacks all night, lack of sleep builds up and I end up a total basket case ready for the hospital. So I reinstate back to a "normal feeling and life is normal. The drug haze lifted at about 10mg so I am O.K. Would like to get off Paxil but don't have to. Any ideas are welcome. Alice
  5. Hello, I am new to the forum. Long story short... I have been on Paxil for 15+ years now. I was started on it after developing anxiety/depression after acquiring visual snow syndrome vs persistent migraine symptoms at age 18. It seems the visual may have been triggered by panic after illicit drug experimentation. Prior to starting the Paxil, I had developed trails off of moving objects, a feeling of depersonalization/derealization, and the illusion of objects wavering if I stared long enough. My psychiatrist placed me on Zoloft to start along with as needed clonazepam. I eventually switched to Paxil and most of my symptoms came under very good control. At least, my anxiety about the visual phenomena was well controlled. Eventually, I stopped clonazepam alltogether. Things went relatively well for the following 15 years. I graduated from college, had plenty of friends and enjoyed my life, rarely thought about the visuals, eventually went to grad school, met a great girl, and have been practicing in medicine for the past 3-4 years. All the while, I remained on Paxil at ~ 15 mg daily. Unfortunately, there was a period of extreme emotional stress 2-3 years ago when the girl and I were "on the rocks". It was an awful time as we were living in separate states and were seeing other people. I couldn't sleep, couldn't focus at work, wasn't eating, etc. I ended up increasing my Paxil dosage to 20 mg and taking a clonazepem nightly to get some sleep. During that turmoil, I stupidly smoked some pot with friends to try and forget things. I hadn't done that in like 8 yrs so it was a shock to the system. On one occasion, I experienced a sort of panic attack and had a migraine the following day. About 1-2 months later, I started to notice severe photophobia, followed by prolonged afterimages, trails, and a constant daily headache that seemed to stem from my palate/jaw. Ironically, the girl and I worked things out and are now engaged to be married!! We have been doing relatively well except all the sxs have continued to worsen. These recurrences of symptoms reminded me of those I had experienced from 15 yrs earlier, but much worse. They have persisted for the past 2+ years!! It seems that in moments of heightened stress, the visual symptoms become much worse. I have tried a few treatments, mainly targeting the headaches (Lamictal, Nadolol, Verapamil, Nortriptyline), none of which helped. I have even tried slowly tapering the Paxil, thinking it may be the culprit. I have only made it from 15 down to 10 mg. This brings me to my question... I have started Gabapentin 300 mg at night in hopes that it will ease the facial pain/headaches. I have been on it for 1 month now and only experiencing worsening visual symptoms including longer trails/afterimages and now significant blurred vision. I have grown MUCH more anxious over the worsening of symptoms and general despair of the situation. I am not sleeping well and fear things will continue to worsen. My neurologist wants me to switch from Paxil to Lexapro in hopes that it may help with the pain and facilitate coming off the Paxil once and for all. She is certain that it is safe to do a sudden switch, dropping 10 mg of Paxil and starting 10 mg of Lexapro in the same night. My fear is that I will go into an awful w/d from the Paxil while the Lexapro is ramping up. She is certain this won't happen since they work on similar receptors so the Lexapro should't take 6 weeks to get into the system. Is this true? Is it wiser to cross-taper? Should I continue to taper Paxil completely before starting Lexapro? Should I stop the Gabapentin as it may be worsening the visuals? I fear that I will develop worsening visual symptoms regardless. I am aware go the horror stories about SSRIs causing visual snow, etc. I just know from my history that the Paxil HELPED the visual symptoms initially. Thanks for any and all advice.
  6. I ve been on Paxil for 2 years. I really would like to go off of it, especially because of the weight gain!! I feel I am ready for this. I am on 20 mg once a day. What I would really love is a chart of some sorts to follow. Day by day.... My Dr. suggested I think about going off of Paxil. And Id like to do it! Is there any chart I can print out? I did try before, but the "brain zaps" were too much. I didnt taper slow enough I think. thanks!!
  7. Hello, I've been on Paxil 20mg for 20 years. 2 years ago I weaned off it only to experience worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. I had to start to take it again and the doctor added Wellbutrin. I'm also on Trazadone for sleep and anxiety. I struggle 70% of the time with oversleeping,no sex drive,loss of appetite, and actually making myself take walks, go to work etc..my question is is my antidepressants working? Thanks
  8. Hello to my fellow SSRIs survivors out there! It's been one hell of a ride for all of us, hasn't it? The good news is that the healing does happen. I'm one of you - many years spent on the drugs and then after going off of those experiencing the protracted WD-syndrome. I've been off of SSRIs for more than two years now - the improvement is undeniable, yet many symptoms are still present. Judging by the progress so far, though, the healing willl eventually take place. Good luck to everybody!
  9. Hello Everybody! In December 2010 (I just turned 21) I started taking Paxil because I was having severe anxiety (Agoraphobia / Emetophobia). After intensive therapy I made a good recovery which allowed me to pick up daily life (the Anxiety is never completely gone, but it no longer has a big impact on my life). I tried to stop twice and twice this failed extremely hard. By then me and my psych/GP thought it was easy and with todays knowledge I can say that the failures were probably due to way to fast withdrawal schedules (first time I halved to 10mg and stopped the week after.. second time I reduced by 2mg each week). Early summer 2016 I was feeling better than ever on every aspect of my life, but in the second half of the summer suddenly I started feeling worse. Fatigued, unmotivated, tingling sensations and a somewhat drugged/absent feeling. Even though I did feel familiar (to Paxil symptoms, which I had a lot the first ~2-3 months when starting Paxil each time) I did not immediately link it to my medication due to no increase in anxiety. However after a thorough checkup (both physically and mentally) without any other possible finding the only remaining hypothesis was the sudden change in how my body responded to the medication. I decided to start tapering of paxil, but this time I would be prepared: I found out about the 5-10% in 3-6 weeks schedules and found a psychiatrist to help me with my tapering. I also switched to liquid Seroxat to make tapering easier. My plan was to start with tapering 10% each 4 weeks and only reduce dosage once I felt mainly stable/good during the last week. The first taper step went good with only minor/innocent side effect. The second step already became a bit heavier especially with the addition of headaches and eye floaters both of which reduced my daily productivity/concentration. However after 5 weeks I felt stable/better and decided to taper again. The first week on my new dosage (14.4mg) went surprisingly well. But after that suddenly everything changed: The anxiety came back in full force. In addition I felt hunted/restless, nauseous, vague/absent (like I'm a spectator in my own life), still had headaches, almost no energy, heart palpitations and sometimes hyperventilating. We are now three months further and I slowly/steadily start feeling better each week but still feel far from stable (more like a house without foundation which could collapse any moment). Besides all I remain positive and hope to feel better in a couple of weeks, but I am uncertain of what to do next: - I could continue tapering Paxil as if nothing happened, but given the insane symptoms I just recovered from I might consider a smaller step of 5%. - An alternative could be, due to the heavy symptoms in a this early stage of tapering to switch to an AD which is famous for being still-horrible-but-slightly-less-horrible-than-parox with regards to tapering and withdrawal symptoms. I found this topic on this site which states this and that Prozac is often used for this. I can not decide what to do.. hopefully this and other topics on this site will help me make this decision..
  10. Hello everyone, I'm new here from Montreal, Canada. I'm almost 40 years old, had been taking Paxil 20mg for almost 7 years, for general anxiety. Started withdrawal from Paxil couple months ago. Doctor prescribed 10mg to take in alternance with 20mg for the first month. Now I'm at 10mg everyday. Next month will be 10mg and none in alternance. And the month after that nothing. Couple years ago I had started withdrawal, but waaayyy to fast, and it did not go well at all (suicidal toughts, etc.) Now with my doctor it's going pretty well, but I have side effects such as dizzyness, hot flashes, nervousness. Are these side effects normal? Will they pass enventually? Thank you! Talk to you soon!
  11. freakZ0ne: Hi folks - I'm a 61 year old guy with lifelong depression precipitated by PTSD from childhood trauma. Prescribed antidepressants 1994. Tried many SSRI's and took Paxil from 2004 to present. Now have tapered off completely. Suffering with various symptoms like brain zaps, headaches, crying spells, black moods, irritability, distrust, paranoia, poor sleep with bad dreams. I want to feel my feelings and not mask myself with any drugs. Want to regain sexual functionality. Exploring using all natural ways of dealing with emotional issues with supplements, herbs, meditation, yoga and the like. Need support. Thanks!
  12. Hi everybody, I've been on paxil for over 10 years at 20 mg daily, and 4 month ago I tried to stop takin it, but I ended in a livin hell! After two month after stopped the drug I started to have bad vertigo, palpitation, anxiety, and depression. I decided I had to reinstate Paxil but I did it at full dosage of 20mg. After 4 days I started to have stomach pain, hypertension, muscle cramps, and severe agitation to to the point I couldn't stay sit for more than 20 seconds. My life quality since this episode changed dramatically because some of the symptoms are still there, in particular stomach pain, muscle cramps, vertigo and anxiety. I tried a second time with Paxil at 5mg daily but still at the fourth day I had bad muscle cramps during the night. I don't know what to do! I'd like to reinstate and find again that equilibrium but now I fear to take Paxil again! My doctor suggested me lexapro at low dose like 2mg but I heard bad stories about this drug after Paxil. Please give me a suggestion, my life is going on a downhill and I can't stop it. Please help me!
  13. I have been on Seroxat for about 10 years and each time my depression gets worse the dose is increased. It was actually suggested by a psychiatrist that I should take 100mg, although I refused. Since last year I have gradually reduced from 70mg to 50mg. The trouble is I have terrible withdrawal symptoms even if I reduce by a tiny amount. I get really bad physical symptoms, but also get incredibly irritable and angry. My GP is not very supportive about reducing.
  14. Hi! I've joined for support and advice as I begin to withdraw from Aropax. I've been on a 20mg daily dose of Paroxetine (aropax) since 2011. Over time I have skipped tablets and taken my dose to 20mg every second day. I've asked my Dr for a withdrawal schedule and she has advised; 1 week - take 10mg per day to even out...rather than 20mg every second day 3 weeks - take 10mg every second day 1 week - 10mg every third day Stop This seems very fast and I was concerned after reading around online I'm not sure this will work. I look forward to any advice! Kim
  15. If you or a loved one gave birth to a child with a heart defect after taking Paxil (paroxetine, Seroxat) while pregnant, email me and we''ll talk. I am a free-lance writer specializing in medical harm. My email address is patrickhahn (at) hotmail.com.
  16. 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!
  17. Miranda

    Miranda: Paxil

    Hello everybody My name is Miranda, im from the Netherlands... Start tapering on my own 3 years ago from 20 to 10 mg... feeling weird sensations at that time..but really didnt know it were al withdrawals... Now im tapering from 10 mg to 0 ...started augustus 2015 ....im on 2.57ml ..that is 5.14mg... im doing the 5% taper... Stil doing well...trying to eat healthy..excersise....etc.. Today im having the hot feeling in my body..i know this feeling from the first time i taperd from 20 to 10 mg...dont like it!! Im glad that i found these group ...and is found it true people on fb we have pages there... Hope you are all hanging in there.. Big Hug Miranda
  18. Hello all, I am new here and so glad I found this site in my research. I have been on Paxil 20 mg since college about 18 years ago when I was seeing the school psych for mild depression due to college and my young marriage breaking up. Sometimes I am so mad at the Dr. who put me on this stuff I just want to scream. I have spent many years with many different doctors trying their recommendations for getting off Paxil. They have included everything from cold turkey, to large drops, to alternating dosages on different days. All Epic Fails! I finally have a family physician who not only understands but has had to wean off an anti-depressant before herself. Now I have been using the liquid form for about three to four months and it was going very well. I have been dropping 2 mg from 20 mg about every two weeks. The first week I have some symptoms like head fog, dizzy, anger,etc. Then it seems to level out and the second week I feel great. I thought after many failed attempts of weaning off I was actually getting somewhere. Currently I am down to half of my original dose to 10 mg for the last two weeks and this weekend, BAM out of no where, I had my first ever panic attack. The last couple of days have been so out of whack with panic and fear and I really don't know what to do or why this is happening now after doing so well. Reading posts here I realize maybe I was going to fast, but I was having success and now I am ready to go back up because I am so scared. Any advice or experiences would be welcome! I just don't know what to do.
  19. So I was on 30 mg of Paxil for the last year and 20 the year before. I was having too many side effects (weight gain and memory loss were the big ones) so I asked the doctor to change my meds. She had me drop down to 20 mgs of Paxil then switch directly to 25 mgs of Zoloft. With the Zoloft I had severe vertigo. So I found myself weaning off of it. I know I weaned too quickly but I could not function at all yet I didn't want to go back on Paxil. So I just weaned off of it in 2 weeks time. Now it has been 5 weeks since I have had Paxil or Zoloft but I still have a bad headache most of the time that does not respond to anything over the counter. I still have diarrhea off and on. And I am still dizzy and just don't feel good the majority of the time. Should I go back on Paxil and taper slowly? How do I do that? Start at 10 mg?
  20. hi, i have a problem that i need help with but first let me tell you about my general situation. 9 years ago I had panic attacks and hypochondria. Doctor put me on seroxat 20 mg daily and I kept taking it for 8 years. on jun 2015 I was feeling very good and worry free so I decided to taper the medicine till I fully stop it. I tapered it for about 6 months and on January 2016 I stopped it completely. First 4 months from January to April I felt nothing much .. Only the brain zaps for few days and then it was gone and I thought that I was successful in coming off the med. By end of April beginning of May started to develop little anxiety again and had a mild panic attack and then things started to develop gradually. I think that I got every withdrawal symptom the medicine can cause. Headaches, hot flashes, cold flashes, burning skin, itching, memory and concentration issues, insomnia and vivid dreams plus of course panic attacks and health anxiety to the roof. At this point I went to see my doctor and told her about this. She wasn't convinced its withdrawal but it is my anxiety came back after stopping the medicine so she prescribed it again for me and said it is ok to take medicine for life as long as they're making us feel good. I bought the seroxat but I didn't use it. After the meeting with doctor and getting assurance that its all anxiety and not something else, I was relaxed for few days and many symptoms were gone. only some memory-concentration problems and troubled sleeping or insomnia are still there. 10 days ago I developed a new symptom which is scaring me a lot and my anxiety went again to the roof. I developed a weird sour/acid taste in my mouth/the tip of my tongue for no reason. Some times it turns to salty or even spicy, sometimes it become less and less and sometime its increased. I am scared, I have an appointment with the doctor after 4 days but currently my anxiety is to the max. did any one had this??
  21. Hi everyone, Just found this forum and it is so awesome. I want to come off of my medication and have started a taper of the antidepressant. I have come off of this before and when the taper was about complete I had a massive bout of anxiety and mania. Now I realise that this must have been a delayed reesponse to coming off of the medication. At the start of coming off I felt very vulnerable and raw and this slowly built up to sessions of sobbing and then came the anxiety and panic, constant worry and paranoia, never have I experienced anything like this!!! It got to the point nowhere I did not want to live anymore because I could not handle living with adrenalin waves surging through my body all day long.....seemed to be able to sleep though which was strange. Luckily I had a unused tray of previous antidepressants in my drawer, started taking them again ( I was too paranoid to go to the doctor) I believe this saved my life at the time. after a few months of antidepressant I was high as a kite...it was pretty fun, but got to be a pain after a while. Then enter the psychiatrist, which my mother paid for because she was sick of me ringing up every day and sobbing on the phone. Got diagnosed with Bi polar. Its all through my family. The doctor upped my initial dose and I started having 2 hour long panic sessions, hiding in my bed. Then came the mood stabilisers. This calmed down the panic and my rollar coaster mood swings. I was able to parent my children and work, so I am grateful for this, but always in the back of mind I wanted to come off. I have found that my impulsivity and lack of wanting to deal with reality, has led to illicit drug use on top of psych meds to self medicate. I am scared that if I dont sort my self out that I will end up in a very bad way. I am clean off of all ilicit drugs for 3 months now and feeling like my normal medicated self. At the moment I am pretty up and down with my mood (4 seasons in one day) I would like to come off because I seem just as mental as I was before I started and my doctor would like me to switch to something else. Oh to be off this stuff, Im really excited to find some great online support. Im just about to leave my really stressful job working in mental health (funny isnt it), so I will have space to w/d in peace. I would value advice on which to taper first antidepressant or mood stabiliser. Also how do I do a signiture? watch this space Journey med history 2006 august started Paroxitene titrated up to 40mgs 2009 tapered off of Paroxitnene taper finished taper 20011 in january 2011 back on Paroxitine 2011 added lamictal 200mgs 2012 valium (dont know dose got from my mother) until 2017 used prn for back sleeping nights 2017 feb started taper of 1/8th off paroxitine of my 200mgs
  22. Introduction : Hi there, I am new to this website. I have been on 20 mgs Paxil since I was 20-21 and stayed on until I was 31 where I weaned myself down to 10 mgs. Been on 10 mgs for the last 2 years. My goal is to wean down now from the 10mgs. In November I was feeling anxious and my daughter was 4 months old...I told my doctor and he said I should go back to 20 mgs...so I did but after 5 weeks I was getting severe headaches and nausea. Told my doctor and he said cut ur pill in half and go back to 10 mgs. I said do u think I will have withdrawal....he said no u were only on 20 mgs for 5 weeks. So felt nothing after splitting the pill in half....exactly 5 weeks later I got hit with headaches, nausea, not really feeling myself.... So what I'm asking can this seriously be withdrawal after only being on 20 mgs for 5 weeks?? And I have been feeling like this for 11 days now!!! It's awful...just looking for advice or if this will eventually get better??? Don't know what to do?? Thanks
  23. Hello, everyone. Before starting my topic I want to thank founders of this site, stuff and everyone who is writing here. I am visiting SA for many months almost daily. This site helped me to survive. Many times I wanted to start my introduction topic and join discussions but I was not sure that I can express myself in English. The story of my meds started in 1992. I was hospitalized with PTSD. That time I was underage and no one asked me if I want meds. My parents did not have any idea about psychotropic drugs and became agree with doctor’s choice. First day I spent in the transparent room where all kinds of sick people and drugged people stayed on arrival. In the evening I got my first injection (seems to me Diazepam, but may be I am mistaking). This injection switched me off for 2 days. I was living in fog, could not recognize relatives etc. After that they shifted me to the normal room and doctors started their treatment. So many years passed and now I can't remember all medicines I got in that hospital. I remember for sure Haloperidol, Amitriptylinum, Cyclodol. There was something else (actually it was a huge drug cocktail), but I forgot the names. I stayed in hospital for 40 days and then I was prescribed to take them further, but I followed the advice only for a month, and then abruptly stopped taking pills. As a result, I got what was expected – derealization, insomnia, tremor, nausea, mood swings and much more. It lasted for few months, then it got better. No w/d symptoms for many years. Now I understand how lucky I was that time. Of coarse I did stupidity that I dropped all meds at once. If I tapered slowly I would not have all those consequences. Anyway I recovered comparatively fast (and I guess I would recover from my trauma even faster if I did not go to hospital). I have no idea why my recovery was so successful that time. May be I was young and body was actively helping itself… Or may be meds were different… I don’t know for sure but people say that old meds do not form dependence like latest generation of meds do. May be true may be not… It could be too that I was taking those drugs just for 2 months that’s why w/d was not that much bad. So that story was burried in past and I could never imagine that I would take these meds again. But in 2013 it happened. Severe stress triggered the depression (insomnia, loss of weight, anxiety etc.) and since then another story of meds started. I know I had to be more careful because I already had experience of taking psychotropic drugs. I told about it to my doctor but she convinced me that 20 years before medicines were different and now they have such advanced technologies blah-blah-blah So I believed there’s nothing to worry about and agreed to take Magic Pill with beautiful name… Paxil. And this was begging of my nightmare… Sorry I can’t tell all my story today. But I will definitely do it later. Thanks to everyone who red my story.
  24. Hello, I'm Chad. I'm 28, male. History: My current diagnosis' are major depressive disorder, panic disorder with agoraphobia, and social anxiety disorder. I'm on disability, no longer go to college or work. I've been on anti-depressants since 2001 starting with Zoloft. In 2009, returned to a psychiatrist for re-evaluation, switched to various other anti-depressants, finally settling on Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) at 100mg. Also was put on benzodiazepines, with 3 slow taper attempts, I've always ended up reinstating. I've battled addiction with strong painkillers but for me, nothing could compare to the horrors of benzo withdrawal and I was hospitalized at the end of my last taper attempt for making an attempt on my life only to be put back on 4mg of clonazepam inside the facility. I've been on this dosage ever since and have not considered any further taper attempts since. Why Pristiq to Paxil: My quality of life is at a minimum. I'm not suffering from any withdrawal but I'm also not getting any better. Things are incredibly dark for me. I can't imagine anyone else who could hate themselves more than I do. I have a fear of death but also a fear of putting my family in any similar situation that I'm in now if I were to end my own life. That may be the only thing I respect about myself, the willingness to endure in the most harrowing times. Pristiq isn't working anymore so why should I be on it? The first action I took was adding mood stabilizers/anti-psychotics to my cocktail but I didn't tolerate any of them well whatsoever. The one I was on the longest with Abilify and I ended up with frightening hand tremors where my psychiatrist at the time called me and told me to stop immediately (cold turkey) and I was put on a drug called Congentin. The tremors went away but I guess that fear was that I could have been developing a potentially permanent side effect called tardive dyskinesia. It also caused weight gain. The other option was to speak to electro-convulsive therapy specialist. I denied twice. MAOIs were ruled out for their dangerous side effect but to be honest, I would have tried an MAOI before ECT. I did try to switch to another SNRI at one point, it was called Cymbalta. Another terrifying experience that I could not handle. Instead of trying to switch to Cymbalta again, I asked my doctor about switching back to an SSRI and asked if that could even work and his reply was something along the lines of "of course..." so I he suggested Prozac or Paxil as I've never tried either and I chose Paxil. The schedule he gave me was: Week 1- 20mg of Paxil w/ 100mg of Pristiq (my normal dosage) Week 2 - 20mg of Paxil w/ 50mg of Pristiq Week 3 - 20mg of Paxil w/ no Pristiq It's rapid and I cannot make cuts with this drug, I cannot dissolve this drug, there is a lower dose of 25mg but for whatever reason, he did not add that to the schedule and changing doses is also a financial issue right now. He only had samples of 50mgs and he gave me those for week 2. I am going to follow this schedule and try to document (journal) it here as coherently as I possibly can. I've also ordered a supplement called Phenibut that could ease anxiety as I feel tolerant to 4mg of clonazepam. I've decided to try the lowest dose and only once a week. I currently live with my mother as I cannot afford housing on disability. She is aware of the situation. Neither of know what could possibly happen but I do know that it could be similar to/ or worse than the transition to Cymbalta that I tried about 5 years ago. I'm terrified but the only place I have to drive to is my next doctor's appt. which is in mid February. The one symptom that worries me most is brain zaps/shocks. I experience them if I miss even a day of Pristiq and they are debilitating, you're not able to do much. So this is day 1. I've taken my first 20mg of Paxil about an hour ago. Please feel free to add your input, comments and I could absolutely use any support or encouragement to get through this. My main goal is to be off all medications one day but unfortunately, it's not such an easy path. I don't know if it's a possibility to do it and live normally either.
  25. frederike01

    frederike01

    Hello everyone! Ok it's a long story but i'll give it a shot! my name is Frederike. Oh and my english might be not THAT good, but...i'll try my best! =) . When i was very jong (about 12 years old) i started to develop anxiety combined with OCD. At that age it wasnt very harmfull yet but it got worse when i got older. I went to a psychologist at 13/14 but that didnt really help. so i stopped going. But my anxiety didnt left me so i went. The psychiatrist prescribed me fluvoxamine when i was 15 years old. I also started to experience 24/7 derealisation. The meds. didnt really work i think but i thought maybe it would be worse without them and i dindt know how hard it was to get off back then so i kept taking them. my anxiety OCD en derealisation didnt disapeare or get any better. i try'd to stop several times but the next day after lowering my dose my derealisation would become so bad i couldnt stop if i wanted to continue to function. and the docters told me: well, then keep taking them. So i took the pills for many years and after taking them for about 8 years my anxiety and derealisation slowely worsened.3 years ago all of a sudden i felt really bad and anxious i had to stop working. I went to my dokter and firt we desided to higher my dose. i was on 125 mg fluoxetine. But that dindnt work at all. It made me feel even worse. so i decided to lower my medication (with my dokter)and maybe switch to some other meds. i was on 175 mg. fluoxetine at that moment.I decided i didnt want to switch but i wanted to stop taking the meds. because they never really worked and i wanted to solve my problems for real.i wanted to know wich part of my problem was really mine and witch part maybe the meds. i knew i would never get better if i would start trying some other meds. i was afraid i would even get sicker. So i went from 175 to 0 in about 5 weeks. Even though i felt so so bad i kept on lowering because my docter told me : after quitting the withdrawal will last for only 3 weeks.Then they will disapear.Wel that was the breaking point. i went totally insane,experienced continue panic and anxiety OCD and derealisation at the worsed levvel.my symtomes had NEVER been this severe.So i went into a mental hospital. They gave me paroxetine. i was ok with it bacause i wanted to "ficks" this way to fast lowering of my medication, and dicided to take it and then slowely taper off when i was back home. In the end I was on 50 mg. paroxetine and 1,5 mg lorazepam. but it never really covered up the mess quitting fluoxetine made.Only a little.At that time i didnt know paroxetine is the worst drugg (SSRI) to get of but I found out soon enough. I found a good therapist (not a psichiatrist) and dicided to slowely taper off meanwhile fixing myself with therapy. All this time i could not work or function. every single step i took on lowering was a hell. I am on 0,5 mg lorazepam now and 3,5 mg. fluoxetine. When i was on 14 mg paroxetine i couldnt get any lower. even lowering 0,2 made me feel to terrible. so i siwtched to fluoxetine because it would be easyer to get off. the switching was hell. then i started lowering from 14. every week i took off 2 mg. until i was on 4. ( i did this again in a clinic).i thought it would be way to quick for me but i felt no extra withdrawal symptomes. wich i almost couldnt believe. Then after going home ( at 4 mg.) i broke down again. obviously the withdrawal started wayyy later.So here i am, feeling worsed then ever. Not knowing when this hell will stop and whether i will still be alive by then. Starting new medication is no option at all because whatever psychiatric drug i put into my body, my body just cant take it.So this my story in short thermes. right now i'm on 0,5 mg lorazepam and 3,5 mg fluoxetine. Hope to speak to you soon!
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