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I have been on Paxil since the fall of 1998, when I was 19 years old. I'm now 38. I don't remember the dose I started with but at one point was up to 50 mg per day. Now I'm on 30 mg per day, plus 150 mg of wellbutrin per day.
 
My doctor and I want to stop it. She has reduced me from 30 to 20 mg per day. It's only been 6 days. But I'm experiencing night sweats and shaking, nausea, headaches, dizziness, etc. She wants me to do 20 mg for a month, and then go to 10 mg for a month, and then stop. This seems ... faster than it should be.
 
I am attempting to make an appointment with a psychiatric NP at my therapist's office.

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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Hello, katied924, and welcome to SA.

 

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You are absolutely right, and you are wise to be concerned. The drop from 30 to 20mg is over 30%, far too fast a taper, as is the rest of your doctor's plan.   At Surviving Antidepressants, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off drugs  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.  
 
The symptoms you are experiencing are typical withdrawal symptoms.
 
Reinstatement of a very small dose of the original drug is the only known way to help alleviate withdrawal syndrome.  Please read the first few posts of this topic on reinstatement.

 

Since your brain has started to adjust to the lower dosage, I wouldn't reinstate all the way back up to 30mg.  It is better to start lower than reinstate too high. You can always increase. I would reinstate a very low dose, maybe 2mg to start with.  Increase after a week up to 5 mg if it helped but isn't enough.   The following link gives you information on how to make nonstandard doses.

Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

 

I hope your psychiatric NP is sympathetic.  Most doctors know little, if anything, about tapering or withdrawal.  These links give tips that should be helpful in talking with your NP.

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?
What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 

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. I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.

 

 

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Jan. 11, 2022: 5.4mg 

Taper is 71% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.  

Taper is 80% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Thanks for your thorough and thoughtful reply, Gridley.

 

I thought about calling my doctor about getting Paxil in suspension but you say doctors know nothing about this. Then how do I get the suspension? I can try making it myself but I have a lot of other medical issues and want to make sure my doctors stay in the loop.

 

The Psychiatric NP has training in these meds so I hope she is helpful. I'll let you know!

 

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Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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From Post #1 in this topic Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

 

Make your own liquid
You can make your own liquid with water. See How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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I saw that! Pretty cool. Still want to run it by a doc. I DO believe that HUGE gaps in knowledge exist among most doctors (they're human beings, after all). But maybe I can try that! It's not like my doctor is watching over me every day.

 

I think I will try the 20mg for a month (depending on any other symptoms that come up) and then try 10% tapers per month via suspension.

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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These topics are helpful to read before discussing things with a medical professional:

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?


What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Hi Katie- welcome to SA, I'm so glad you found us.  Paxil is generally considered one of the hardest ADs to taper off of, but it can be done, safely and with a minimum of pain.  But it has to be done very slowly, carefully and with great patience. Especially when someone has been on it at a high dose for a very long time.  I was on 40mgai for 18 years when I started to taper off.  I've been drug free for over nine months now and life is getting better every day. So I know first hand that it can be done.

 

From what you described above your drop from 30mgai to 20mgai has hit you very hard.  This is to be expected with such a large drop and is not a good thing.  Making such a large drop is the best way to throw the brain and body into chaos and the symptoms that you are experiencing are just the start of what is to come.  These drugs work by making physical changes to the body.  These changes require the presence of a certain amount of the drug to be maintained.  Without that volume of drug the body doesn't know how to function and the results are the symptoms that we feel.  By removing the drug abruptly the body can also be sensitized so any change will cause severe reactions.  Easing the drug out of the body so the body has a chance to adjust to the smaller amounts is the idea behind the tapering process, and it works quite well if things are done slowly.

 

I would suggest that you increase your dose to take the edge off of the symptoms that you are feeling.  Then wait for your body to stabilize.  After which we can start you on a  nice slow taper that will be successful.  Like Gridley mentioned, it would not be a good idea to go back to your full dose, even though it's only been about a week.  Doing so would shock your body even further and cause greater destabilization.  I would try an increase to 22.5mgai for a start and see how that goes.  We might want to try 25mgai but lets see how the other works first.  The thing is, even though an updose can be felt very soon, possibly even the next day, there is a lot of changes going on in the background that need to happen before any other dose changes are made.  This can take several weeks to happen.

 

Waiting at your current level for a month to see what happens is not a good idea.  The further out one gets the harder it is to updose successfully and the more entrenched the symptoms become.  Once the symptoms gain control it is very hard , very painful and takes a very long time to get that control back.  Even with the way you're feeling fight now, you are in a very good position to make a successful taper, and we really want to help you do that.

 

I know you are going to have a lot of questions.  Read through the links the others have given you and then ask away.

 

Brassmonkey

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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I just wanted to say that what you wrote was wonderful...Im sure very helpful to her, especially what to do after such a rapid taper, but also to others...I learned a lot from it...and so kind.  Thank you!

Gives me hope with the Clonazepam and Viibryd which I am hoping you will feel can be tapered soon.  Again that gave information and direction which is so needed when feeling so overwhelmed and lost, and was thoughtful, kind, supportive and encouraging...comes from experience. Blessings!

-Nardil 1976 < year, stopped. React to AD's. Klonopin .5BID 1990, 2.5mg til 2016

-Klonopin doubled Jan '16. Taper to 2.25mg May to Nov '16. Bad react to Lexapro, stop. React to Prevacid too, taper off. 

-November '16 Tapered .25mg Klonopin in hospital. Jan '17 started Viibryd, 20mg from Feb to June '17,     

-20mg to 10mg Viibryd from 3/25 to 6/10 2017, 12/15 10% Viibryd taper...back up next day

-Clonazepam 2mg to 1.85mg 4/14 '17 to end November; taper to 1mg Clonazepam in hospital 9/1 tp 9/14 '17

-Feb '18 Amiloride .25mg  5/18 off Amiloride d/t react. Clonaz compounded  

-4/27 '18 Viibryd 9.5mg, 6/11 9.0 mg, 1/27 '19 Viibryd 8.75mg, ; Clonazepam .2mg 530pm and .7mg 1130pm, Premarin .3mg 830PM CARAFATE QID 2/27/19 to 3/5/19

-July 6'19 1/2 10mg Claritin 230pm, stopped it about July 18, started Oct 11 '19, 

-7/27 Viibryd 8.5, 8/29 8.25, 10/24 8.0, 12/19 7.75, Feb '20 7.50, 3/20 7.25, 5/20 7.0, 6/20 6.75, 7/20 6.5, 8/20 6.25, 10/2 20 6.0, 11/25'20 5.75, 1/9/21 5.5, 2/23 5.25

-1015 AM Viibryd, vit D 4,000IU 130, 415 Clonazepam .2mg, 815 Premarin .3mg, 1015 Clonaz .7mg,

  1115 3t fish oil+D 1145 Castor Oil 650mg(4) 1230 Carafate 1/2GM,Methylated B Vit  1/week,Reacted Mag prn

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Hello Katied,

 

I was on Paxil for about the same amount of time as yourself and I totally agree with what Brass mentioned. Your doctor probably has no idea what a fast drop can do to a person psychologically. You can look at my signature and see my progression of dropping, mind you I am coming from a 10 mg taper. Everyone is different in terms of how they are affected during the taper process but just remember this is not a race, you still want to maintain overall well being during this time so it it extremely important to take it slow. You will be able minimize the symptoms and manage your day to day well being much better this way. 

 

 

Taken paxil for 15 years

Tapering since Oct 2013 from 10mg Gemini 20 scale

Oct 6, 2013 9.2 mg Nov 27 8.6mg Feb 2 2014 7.8mg March 16 7.4mg March 30 7.0mg May 18 6.2mg July 6 5.8mg Sept 7 5.4 Oct 19 4.8 Dec 14 4.6 Feb 8th 2015 4.2mg Mar 22 3.8mg May 10 3.4mg July 19 3.2mg Sept 6 2.8mg Nov 8 2.5 mg Dec 27 2.3 Feb 14 2016 2.0 Mar 19 updosed to 2.5mg May 4 2.4 June 12 2.2mg July 31 2.0 Sept 11 1.7mg Nov 13 1.5mg Jan 22 2017 1.3mg Mar 19 1.0mg April 20 0.8 June 0.7 Aug 0.6 Sept 0.5 Oct 0.4 Nov 0.3 Dec too low to weigh so I'm eyeballing it the rest of the way Feb 10 finally stopped !!!!! Keeping fingers crossed!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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35 minutes ago, GiantsWSC said:

but just remember this is not a race, you still want to maintain overall well being during this time so it it extremely important to take it slow. You will be able minimize the symptoms and manage your day to day well being much better this way. 

 

Patience is needed to get off these drugs.  We suggest throwing out the calendar and listening to your body and your symptoms.  If after 4 weeks you don't feel stable or life circumstances are a bit more stressful than usual (for example the Christmas period, winter time, or job change) it is better to stay at that dose for a bit longer until things settle down.

 

It is best to make only 1 change at a time.  It is also better not to start taking a complex vitamin because if you experience issues you will not know what exactly is causing it.  B vitamins can be stimulating especially B6.  hypersensitive-to-b-vitamin-or-b-vitamin-complex  If trying anything new, start with a small amount to see how you react and build up to the recommended amount.  The only supplements which SA recommends are Magnesium and Omega-3 Fish Oil.  Try a small amount one at a time to see how you react.

 

Even with a careful and slow taper you will most likely experience times of discomfort.  It is best to learn and use Non-drug techniques to cope

 

As a word of encouragement, I had been on an AD for 25 years and joined SA 2.5 years ago, after experiencing 3 weeks of bad cog fog when I reduced from 100mg Pristiq to 50mg.  I have following SA's tapering protocol and have managed to reduce from 100mg Pristiq to 12mg in that time.  I have only suffered minor withdrawal symptoms.  I am working 3 days per week.

 

There are many existing topics and discussions on this site.  You can use the site search function at the top right, or use a search engine and include survivingantidepressants.org in your search string.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Thank you so much for all the information everyone! Definitely not able to taper slower at this time (not willing to do a suspension without an expert). My doc wants me to stay at 20 mg for two months, not one. I was remembering wrong. I think I’ll stay at 20 mg for two months and then assess the situation. I’ll also talk to my doctor and hopefully the psychiatric NP.

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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Hey folks - I just discovered this site 3 days ago. I'm 8 days down 10mg of Paxil (from 30 to 20 - no transition time).

 

My family life is pretty chaotic right now - it didn't seem so when I had this idea to taper 8 days ago! I have put in a call to my doctor, and am still waiting to hear from the psychiatric NP.

 

My partner is not at all in favor of the oral suspension and thinks it's a terrible idea. One of the reasons I haven't done it. Plus haven't spoken to a doctor.

 

I'm a step-mom and a germophobe and my 4-year-old step son has hand foot mouth and is touching everything and has open sores on his hand. And I have PMS. Crisis mode.

 

Anyway I need to talk to a doctor about maybe re-upping my dose. Probably not straight back up to 30 mg though.

 

Thanks for reading.

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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On 02/03/2018 at 4:32 AM, katied924 said:

Thank you so much for all the information everyone! Definitely not able to taper slower at this time (not willing to do a suspension without an expert). My doc wants me to stay at 20 mg for two months, not one. I was remembering wrong. I think I’ll stay at 20 mg for two months and then assess the situation. I’ll also talk to my doctor and hopefully the psychiatric NP.

 

The reason this site exists is because there are very few medical professionals who know about withdrawal and tapering psychiatric drugs.

 

On 01/03/2018 at 11:26 AM, ChessieCat said:

From Post #1 in this topic Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

 

Make your own liquid
You can make your own liquid with water. See How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

 

We have mods/members here who can help you get switched over to making a liquid.

 

36 minutes ago, katied924 said:

I'm 8 days down 10mg of Paxil (from 30 to 20 - no transition time).

 

You may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms which you haven't attributed to reducing too quickly.  Some of the panic you are feeling is quite possibly/most likely due to withdrawal.  Please see this list:  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

This is a 33% reduction in your dose.  SA's recommendation is to reduce by no more than 10% of the previous dose followed by a hold of about 4 weeks.  Doing this allows the brain to adapt to note getting as much of the drug.  These drugs are STRONG.  If you do decide to updose it would be better to try a very small increase, eg 1mg.  It may be enough to bring the withdrawal symptoms to a bearable level.  Whatever you decide it would be best to hold on your dose for at least 2-3 months to give your brain a chance to catch up.  This topic is about reinstating but is relevant to updosing.  Please read Post #1:  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

40 minutes ago, katied924 said:

My partner is not at all in favor of the oral suspension and thinks it's a terrible idea.

 

Is you partner an expert in psychiatric drugs and withdrawal?  If not, I suggest he reads the information we have provided in your topic and other information on this site.

 

42 minutes ago, katied924 said:

I have put in a call to my doctor, and am still waiting to hear from the psychiatric NP.

 

....  Plus haven't spoken to a doctor.

 

Please read these before speaking with them:

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?


What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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My partner uses they/them pronouns. :) no, they are no an expert. I’m reading as much as I can! Thank you. 

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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A regular doctor can write a prescription.  You don't need to see a psychiatrist.

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Hey Katie,

Just chiming in to say "Hi",

I've been on theses drugs for the same amount of time and highly recommend these wonderful moderators.

Listen to them as they no more about these drugs then anybody else, Whatever you do don't rush this taper process beouse it will eventually catch up with you, I know this first hand and have stuffed up for the last 6 years trying to get off too quick.

I'm here if you need any support.

 

Cheeky xx

1995 started Paxil 20mg slowly increasing to 50mg until 2014

-2014 I decided to tapper myself not knowing how too and crashed , DR added 50mg Seraquel

-2015 tried tapering again and crashed

Seroquel Taper

2/11/16 43mg  1/09/17  37.5mg  10/03/10 36.25mg. 17/3/19 35mg 26/3/19 33.75mg  4/4/19 32.5mg  21/4/19 30mg

16/7/19 28.75mg  5/8/19 27.5mg. 19/8/19 25mg   4/8/20 23mg 18/8/20 22.5mg  12/10/20 18.25mg  10/1/21 15mg  3/8/21 UPDOSE 16mg

Paxil Taper

2/11/16 40mg 12/10/17 37mg  28/10/17 36mg  10/1/18. 35mg  24/05/18 33mg  28/8/18 31mg 16/12/18 30mg 20/10/19 29mg  17/11/19 28mg 7/1/20  27mg 12/2/20  26mg 7/3 /20 25mg  11/4/20 24mg 4/5/20 23mg  5/6/20 22mg 23/6/20 21mg 15/7/20 20mg

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Hi Cheeky - thank you! Yes, the experience of the mods in particular here is very valuable. I appreciate your comments.

Fall of 1996: Started Prozac (don't recall the dose). I was 17. Moved away from home and decided I didn't need it; stopped cold turkey and developed severe panic attacks.

Started on Paroxetine in the fall of 1998 (don't remember dose). By 2010 (approximate) I was taking 50 mg per day (highest they would prescribe).

Summer 2011: Tapered down to 10 mg for about two weeks because a doctor screwed up. Could not stop crying or get off my couch. Back up to 40 mg.

Approximately 2013: Tapered down to 30 mg, added 150 mg Wellbutrin per day. Don't remember any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

January 2016: Started 4.5 mg of Naltrexone per day. Oct. 2017: Started using a CPAP machine for mild sleep apnea - much less tired every day.

February 22, 2018: Decided, with doctor, to begin tapering off Paroxetine. Feb. 23: Started at 20 mg (from 30).

February 24, 2018, early AM: Woke up extremely cold, shaking and sweating.

February 25, 2018: Was nauseated the entire day (very rare for me). I've also been dizzy since February 22, 2018.

February 22-February 28, 2018: Insomnia, bad sleep every night.

February 28, 2018: Found this site!

March 3, 2018: Back up to 25 mg Paroxetine. Feeling better.

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