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  1. Hello, I have been on Ssris for the past ten years, different doses and different meds. I started on lexapro 20 mg when I was 18 and get great for years. When I hit 22 I started lowering my meds due to side effects and simply being uncomfortable being on meds. I got down to about 10 mgs and stayed there for a while. 2 years ago I did a fast taper and got down to 5 mgs way too fast. I experienced withdrawal really bad without knowing what it was and thought I was relapsing on anxiety/depression. For a year I messed around trying to find the right med and trying to find the right com
  2. Paxil withdrawal after 15 years of taking 20mg is a huge challenge for me. I am from Poland but I found the forum a priceless support with valuable information. It is so supportive to know there are a lot of you who bravely struggle the same difficulty and finally overcome a drug habit. I am often here and I want to thank you for each word you write to help each other to quit psychoactive medicines. You are wonderful:) My withdrawal story has started in the beginning of December 2020 and is still ongoing. I had tried dozens of times to quit Paxil prior to 2020 but had never succeeded.
  3. I have been reading this forum for a long time, but I only now decided to post, because my story is quite complicated and it stresses me out just to write about it. I started my first AD amitriptilin when I was 18 years old. Now I’m 44. It was prescribed for OCD and insomnia. I didn’t feel it helped much so I stopped it after a few months, I don’t remember exactly. I had no WD, at least I don’t remember. My OCD was manageable. After 3 years (not sure) I was having really stressful life and my insomnia and OCD became unbearable, so I went to a GP and he prescribed me Paxil. It
  4. Ironically, I started taking paxil for severe depersonalization 20 years ago, and it really helped me. But now after 20 years of taking paxil, I think it’s finally pooping out because the depersonalization is back with a vengeance. It’s horrible and so hard to explain to people that haven’t experienced it. Mine is 24/7 and doesn’t let up. I want to taper but am terrified I’ll just get worse. I’m also having depression, major anxiety, tremors, fatigue but can’t sleep well, racing thoughts, and much more. An I haven’t even steered tapering yet! Is this what poop out feels like?
  5. hi,all been on &off antidepressants for 20 yrs but never felt this crummy.since stopping Paroxetine have had flu-like symptoms ,then fatigue loss of appetite,taste changes,eye problems(excessive blinking actually started while on it,that's why I quit).depression,anxiety,just miserable,wondering if I should reinstate or just try & hang in there.I was on it about 6 mos.stopped May 4 after about 7 wk taper.thanks for any suggestions
  6. Hello everyone. Sorry for being abrupt with my introduction, but I just checked some threads that are similar to my situation and I'm freaking out. Male. 31yrs old. After 11years of paxil usage my doctor told me to come off it since apparently the med wasn't doing its work anymore. He suggested to quit paxil cold turkey and start venlafaxine. No paxil withdrawal at all. I took venlafaxine for 12 days, but I stopped after reading about side effects and horrible withdrawals. I went to a dif doctor who put me on mirtazapine, so I stopped venlafaxine cold turkey. That
  7. Hello all i had a bad panic attack one night after using some strong cannabis. So i ended up complaining to my docs office so for some reason they ended up trying me on this generic paxil from one random panic attack i guess. ill admit i was extra worried for 3 days after i stopped but since went away i since stopped been 7 weeks off the cannabis. Been 5 weeks off Paroxiltine seems like i have random nerve pains still. i am not sure what the cause is. i hope i am not damaged for life im only 37 really worried. The only thing im currently taking is s
  8. First off, I am so incredibly thankful for this forum. I would of never ever got off this medication if I had not found this forum. A big thank you to Alto and all the mods that work hard to help everyone. A big thank you to everyone I talked to daily on here as well Here is my intro thread ☼-cocopuffz17-paroxetine-free-but-not-trouble-free When I came to this forum I had no idea what was going on with me after coming off 11 years of paroxetine use @ 20mg. I was told by my psychiatrist that this drug isn't known to cause this, I know that's not true after going throu
  9. I have just joined this site from Paxil Progress. I have been withdrawing from 12 years of Seroxat for over a year now. This last few weeks have been a real struggle. I thought that things were improving but the last 2 or 3 weeks have been awful. I haven't slept properly for ages and it feels like WD again. My body pulsates and irritates me. I keep arguing with my partner. Life has no pleasure any more. In the past I tried HTP, acupuncture. I just have camomile tea now, which doesn't seem to help, and Valerian for sleep which doesn't seem to have kicked in yet. Tried some CBT ther
  10. Hallo. I have been on Paxil for 20 years, 20 mg I went down to 10mg, then I switched to Prozac After 15 months tapering, I am down to 1 mg In my country there is no liquid for Prozac, but I can resolve them in water, just don’t know how to measure. I would appreciate a help with that. Thank you
  11. It’s my first time posting so hello to everyone . I’m so glad I stumbled on this site I’ve been so scared not knowing what was going on with me . ill try and make this as short as I can . In August of 2018 I hit what I believe to be called poop out (reaching tolerance) from taking seroxat for 15 years straight . Anxiety started to creep into my days even though I was on 20mg and hadn’t had problems only minor in the past . A visit to the dr led to him increasing my dosage to 30mg. I didn’t feel happy about this and decreased back down within 3 weeks. I knew for me the answer was to taper
  12. Dear All, Could use some help. Started my 4th attempt to withdrawal from Paxil Dec 2019. Basing my taper off Horowitz 2019 and Ruhe 2019 Lancet Psychiatry papers...so I've been doing decreasing by 10% receptor occupancy every 4 weeks (or longer depending on the symptoms). Some of the symptoms have been pretty awful but usually after a month or so on that dose, the symptoms seem to fade into the background and my body/brain normalizes. This has substantially better than my first 3 attempts..so I'm still hanging in there. The psychiatrist I was seeing could only offer my addictive me
  13. I went off paroxetine in September 2020. I had been taking it for 5 years and had awful symptoms I was totally unprepared for. I have 4 kids and I was sitting around trying to figure out how to get life insurance and still be able kill myself so kids could get the money. I have had anxiety and depression but I've NEVER EVER been suicidal. I feel like I've lost my entire personality, all I ever feel is sadness and irritation. There should be major major warnings on this drug! The stories I found on here are eerily similar to how I feel but the recoveries give me hope. Feel free to tell me what
  14. Hi All! Just wanted to say I've been scouring this site for advice from people who have gone through tapering before, and have found the advice here invaluable. I wish I knew about it sooner because it would have saved me a lot of heartache. Here is my history: I had been an extremely anxious child, kind of a hypochondriac, and extremely sensitive. In 2000 when I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with major depression, and had some psychotic episodes (mostly paranoia). During this time, my parents gave me some of my dad's medications (I am not sure which ones) which may have exacerbat
  15. i was on paxil for 7yrs and in September 2018 dr cut me off in 3 weeks. I went thru a year in withdrawals. I reinstated in May 2019 and stopped cause I worried it made matters worse. Then in July I went back on it. Help from acupuncturist I tapered off in October. Did anybody encounter relapse of depression after weaned off completely? Anybody withdrawals lasts more than a year?
  16. Hello Everyone, I'm very happy to be here! I was on paxilprogress.org years ago, but stopped posting when my posts started getting deleted by the site administrator who did not like that I told my story which involved cold turkey as opposed to tapering. It really made me feel alienated so I stopped online support altogether. I hope this site is different I am not in the place to recommend cold turkey to anyone but I think it's important for everyone's story to be heard as i am not the only one and we appreciate support too Anyways, Im a late 20's female living in California.
  17. Moderator note: link to benzo forum thread - Miko789: Xanax withdrawal/tapering Hi, I'm new to the forum, I have some questions I want to ask. My doctor prescribed effexor for depression, in 2009. Now I'm free of symptoms and I managed to come off with withdrawal symptoms though. That's with the antidepressant. Now I'm on Risperdal consta from November 2013 and seroxat 10mg. My doctor prescribed with risperdal consta 3,3mg/day long acting injection every two weeks. From February 2015 he lowered the dosage to 25mg/every 2 weeks equals 1,66mg/day. I tried to lower the
  18. Hi there , I am new to this forum . A bit about me . I have had social/performance anxiety which comes and goes . About 18 years ago , my gp prescribed Paxil 20mg . He told me at the time it was non addictive and I don’t recall a very long conversation re the pros and cons ... I started on Paxil and felt so much better and it really worked for me . As time went on I realised that the side effects were loss of libido, inability to cry, weight gain etc .. so , I learnt that I had to slowly decrease . I managed to get down to half and stay on 10mg for about 8 years .. then with life stressor
  19. Hi all, I have been checking out this website for a long time but have never posted before. I have been on Paxil for 12 years at a dose of 20 mg. After a failed attempt at stopping the drug in 2012 and thankfully finding this site, I have been reducing slowly for nearly 5 years. I have been reducing using 10% drops every 6-8 weeks. However, there have been times when I have struggled and stayed at a dose for longer periods. I am now at a dose of 0.8 mg. I could really use some advice as I have been really struggling ever since I have dropped below 1.2 mg. My symptoms are sll purely physical an
  20. Hello everyone! First of, since I've been visiting this site for a while already, thanks for this open platform where I see so much understanding and support for each other. I have been taking Paxil for most of my life, when I was around 14 years old I had my first encounter with overwhelming anxiety which would eventually cripple my life when I was around 17. I got prescribed with Paxil when I was around 15 and had ups and down with its effectiveness. When I was 17 I got into day therapy for half a year where my dose would gradually be built up to 60mg. From then every
  21. Hi everyone, After many months of reading and gaining some hope and encouragement from the stories here I decided to join your great forum. Sorry, but this is a very long story. Im a 39 year old male from Australia and I have been taking ssri’s for GAD for the last 10 years. I started on Paxil 20mg for around 18 months and was switched to lexapro 10mg due to weight gain, sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Lexapro was a little better but I really didn’t feel like it was doing much apart from keeping the weight up and the motivation down. I am 6’2 and was alwa
  22. I want to share my heart out,I want to share my life. I lived 31 yrs of life. the life of sadness,hurt,betrayal,getting used,unrequited love, Dream which gets shattered,Health which got lost,Financed which ruined,Engagement which break twice,Got fired from the job which I love.hope which I got lost in all these but just little remains… May be I am not a very strong guy, or below things are very little for other people but for me it really shattered me with the brain I have.I want to write here because of two reasons:- Please bear with my bad English. To get words of support. Othe
  23. Hi Everyone, im new here and looking for help and support on living without ADs. I never realized that 15 years ago when I was 18 and prescribed Paxil to deal with depression and anxiety that I would feel short term relief of my illness but forever changed and tied to a prescription drug. I have tried twice before to quit ADs and always had to get back on them. The first time it was because the discontinuation symptoms were so bad and not recognized by doctors I spent months in and out of hospitals for neurological evaluations and never receiving a diagnosis for my debilitating is
  24. I would like too greet you all in first place and wish you all best in your life. I'm 26 years old male. I don't want to talk about personal struggles and situations, just about solutions and going forward. I was on 20 Mg paroxetine and 3mg bromazepam. I'm not from USA or western Europe, but I think that is 20 Mg Paxil and 3 Mg Lexotan or Lexotanil for around 6 years. Few times I tried to quit but I didn't know about withdrawal and I used to come back on same medication. I never went up in dose, just maintaining. Before 5 months I decided to go off Paxil. I have been sick, flu like symptoms,te
  25. It's not your fault. It's within your reach. The work will mostly be yours to do. Those were the triad I had to learn to get the courage to attempt to be Paxil free, and to heal the awful anxiety disorder I had. (The following is Paxil and anxiety disorder centred.) The path I took was part communal (listening and learning from those around me), part medical relationship transformation (while I failed to gain a professional partner, I still believe it was right to try to get my doctor on board and HELP me withdrawal gradually), and part spiritual/existential.
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