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I took paxil 12.5 mg for 10 months due to problem of panic attack in closed spaces. then i slowly withdrawn from it in 1 month. I am not taking any medication for 7 months except due to some depressive events i took paxil 12.5 mg for 10-15 days 2 months back. Now i have heart palpitations and stomach cramps. I had headache but now that has gone away in one week since i started eating walnuts. I hope slowly my other physical symptoms will also go away. The only thing which makes me sad is anxiety sometimes due to emotions and also the fear of relapse. Please tell when will i become emotionally stable. I have heard that after 3 months situation starts improving. Is it true?

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28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Welcome, sumi.

 

I moved your topic to the Introductions forum to start your own personal Introductions topic, where you can post questions and report your progress.

 

When you went off Paxil around 10 months ago, did you have any withdrawal symptoms?

 

How much Paxil were you taking the last time, around 2 months ago? You've been off Paxil for 2 months? When did the palpitations and cramps start?

 

Do you have any other symptoms? How are you sleeping?

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hi i took last dose 2 months back in morning paxil regular 12.5g and evening paxil cr 12.5g.

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Stomach cramps and heart palpitations have started from 01-09-17. I have been off paxil since 15-10-17.

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Sumi how are you doing.

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We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

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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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nz11 Currently I have Anhedonia but sometimes gets a window particularly when i talk with people, night sleep pattern 11 pm to 4 am. At morning, i feel  cortisol spike. At 10 am, I get some relief from cortisol spike. very little stomach cramping and heart palpitations exists through out the day. Experience mild headache when i take stress...

currently going through some stressful events in life.

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Thanks for the update 

Wishing you healing for 2018

Well done on going drug free

 

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.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

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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Hi Altostarta and nz11, I would like to know one thing. As I am on the journey of recovering from antidepressants, the only thing which scares me is fear of closed spaces for which i was prescribed ssri's. I still fear in closed spaces such as bus, train, traffic jams etc. Thinking about these things makes me very anxious.

 

Could you please suggest some way for dealing with my fear of closed spaces along with the withdrawal symptoms ?

 

Please Help.

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Hi sumi,

fear of closed in spaces is called Claustrophobia, its a fairly common phobia which can be treated with CBT and a slow desensitization program. Here is some information from a UK site,  Claustrophobia NHS

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

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Dear Petunia,

 

Thanks for you reply ! 

 

Currently I am going through protracted withdrawal syndrome (Windows and waves pattern). Is it possible to end claustrophobia while remaining in protracted withdrawal syndrome using CBT or slow desensitisation? cortisol spike make me little anxious in the morning and makes me little less confident to end claustrophobia.

 

I also want to ask one more thing....I took paxil for almost 1 year..... I left taking them in April 2017...I am almost 8 months off except i took few tablets in October, 2017.

 

when will my post acute withdrawal syndrome end? and when will i become recovered ?

 

Regards

 

 

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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I also feel claustrophobia while sitting on passenger seat in car but i feel comfortable when i drive. But while driving also i take care of the doors so that no obstruction should come in front of exit door...

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Dear Aeroman,
 
Heartiest Congratulations for recovery from withdrawal 
 
Currently I am going through protracted withdrawal syndrome (Windows and waves pattern). Is it possible to end claustrophobia while remaining in protracted withdrawal syndrome using CBT or slow desensitisation? cortisol spike make me little anxious in the morning and makes me little less confident to end claustrophobia.
 
Currently I have Anhedonia but sometimes gets a window particularly when i talk with people, night sleep pattern 11 pm to 4 am. At morning, i feel  cortisol spike. At 10 am, I get some relief from cortisol spike. Little stomach cramping and heart palpitations exists through out the day. Experience mild headache when i take stress...

currently going through some stressful events in life.

I also want to ask one more thing....I am 28 years old and i took paxil for almost 1 year..... I left taking them in April 2017...I am almost 8 months off except i took few tablets in October, 2017.
 
when will my post acute withdrawal syndrome end? and when will i become recovered ?

Regards

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Dear Aeroman,

 

I am off paxil since April 2017. But I took paxil for 10-15 random days in October, 2017. Will it delay my recovery...I am hoping that in April 2018 i would touch 1 year mark but i am scared due to the tablets i took in October 2017 for 10-15 random days. Will they delay my recovery?

 

Regards

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Hi Aeroman,

 

Today I have accidentally drank little fruit beer. After drinking, I also vomited within 5 minutes..

Will it affect my recovery.. I am very nervous...please guide..

 

Regards

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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Hi Sumi, 

 

How are you doing?💚

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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Hi Carmie, 

I am fine now. No more symptoms and if occurs then  may be unnoticable or negligible.

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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1 minute ago, sumi said:

Hi Carmie, 

I am fine now. No more symptoms and if occurs then  may be unnoticable or negligible.

 

Hi Sumi, 

 

I’m so happy to read that you don’t have any symptoms anymore. That is fantastic news. Thanks for sharing.💚

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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Because you're feeling better, I added our cheerful "here comes the sun" symbol ☼ to the title of your Intro topic, to show you're recovering.

 

Please continue to let us know how you're doing. I hope you will add your story to our Recovery Success Stories eventually!

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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10 minutes ago, Carmie said:

Because you're feeling better, I added our cheerful "here comes the sun" symbol ☼ to the title of your Intro topic, to show you're recovering.

 

Please continue to let us know how you're doing. I hope you will add your story to our Recovery Success Stories eventually!

 

Thank you Carmie

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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12 minutes ago, Carmie said:

 

Hi Sumi, 

 

I’m so happy to read that you don’t have any symptoms anymore. That is fantastic news. Thanks for sharing.💚

 

Thanks a lot and welcome

28-5-2016--started taking paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night for stopping panic attacks in closed spaces.

25-3-2017 to 25-4-2017-done tapering and stopped the drugs

05-10-17 to 15-10-17-took paxil cr plus 12.5 mg in morning and paxil cr forte 12.5 mg in night.

since 15-10-17 did not take any medication.

 

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