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Hello fellow fighters,


Long story short, - I've been on paroxetine for 20 years, 60 mg as highest dose and now tapering from around 40 mg since 2009 and it has been an extremely hard journey. There have been some time consuming increases after too big decreases based on advice from MD. Now since 2 years I have found the rate and time between reductions and I am currently at 5,6 mg. The 3-4 reinstatements have resulted in at least two lost years of time and the whole process has resluted in a whole new definition of persistance/tolerance.


My family has been fantastic and supportive. My employer has also been very tolerant until now (letting me work from home for a long time) but recently this has shifted and my employer wants me/or more precisely a third party to prove that paroxetine wd can take this long time. Employer has turned to occupational health to get comments on my wd and they state that every MD knows that SSRI wd takes a few weeks and NEVER months or years. I am now faced with ideas of being dishonest and even having some kind of diagnose that they want to discover with the help of a psychiatrist, - since wd never takes longer than a few weeks ... My prescribing MD just retired and does not answer contact attempts. I am so close to get away from this crazy medication but also suddenly obviously close to get in trouble with my employer. I feel life coming back but at the same time I am facing life shrinking in unemployment (maybe not so easy to get a new job during wd, -I suppose that I have 10-14 months left in wd).


The price payed for me and my family and many other other aspects has been very high.


I would need an objective source to relate to and show my employer and occupational health. Most of the doctors here read the unaware of wd in general and paroxetine in particular and only read what is served by official clinical tests financed by producers.


Any support is highly appreciated.


Thanks in advance.



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It will help if you would put your drug history (dates, ALL drug/s, doses, how you decreased/increased) in your signature.


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What withdrawal symptoms are you currently having?


I would need an objective source to relate to and show my employer and occupational health. Most of the doctors here read the unaware of wd in general and paroxetine in particular and only read what is served by official clinical tests financed by producers.


I'm sure other members will offer suggestions about this.  Member NZ11 has read many books, so he'll probably drop in and give you his thoughts on which books might help.


And congratulations on getting to 5,6 mg.  CC

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Welcome, Friday.


A quick scan of the pinned topics at the top of the Tapering forum reveals Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


As withdrawal syndrome is not recognized by many doctors, there are not a lot of journal articles about how to taper to avoid it.

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they state that every MD knows that SSRI wd takes a few weeks and NEVER months or years.

This is not true



"Most of those who had stopped taking antidepressants made a full but slow recovery from akathisia; some developed chronic, and some developed delayed post withdrawal akathisia weeks and months after stopping the medicines  and withdrawal akathisia which went on for years was the hardest to manage and reverse. Many remained physically disabled and felt weak and remained on disability support. Suicidal and homicidal ideation both sometimes persisted for months after withdrawal. When a subject understood its cause and saw that it was decreasing in intensity, it was less dangerous and easier to tolerate. Sometimes suicidality developed for the first time when a dose was missed and when the subject tried to stop taking the drugs."




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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! 

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