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I’ve been on seroxat 20 mgs daily for the past 24 years.5 week’s ago I cut out one tablet per week.I was ok for 4 weeks but the past week I’ve been suffering Head zaps,tension type headaches,which mostly happen mid afternoon.Now trembling occasionally.Is this withdrawal? I thought it would happen within days of stopping not weeks.Please will someone give me some guidance.

ativan 1979 -1985

valium 1986-1990

seroxat 1990 -2018

feb 1/2/2018 commenced tapering seroxat 

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Hi Crooked1 and welcome to SA,


So you took 1 tablet for 6 days and then missed a day and you have done this for 5 weeks now?


Yes it certainly sounds like withdrawal symptoms.  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms  The half life of paroxetine is 21 hours.  The brain likes consistency, which means taking the same dose at about the same time every day.  Skipping Days vs Every Day Dosing Graph


It would be best to start taking 20mg every day and Keep Notes on Paper  It may take a couple of months of taking 20mg every day for things to settle down.  Once that happens you can commence tapering.


SA recommends tapering by no more than 10% of the previous dose followed by a hold at that dose for about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  This is because psychiatric drugs create a physiological dependence, not physical like caffeine or nicotine.


My own experience of reducing my drug:  I reduced from 100mg to 50mg Pristiq and for 3 weeks I experienced extreme cog fog.  Even walking took all my concentration.  After 3 weeks I was unable to type.  Having been a typist for 40+ years I knew that something was wrong.  Thankfully I had joined SA a few days before this happened and they had suggested increase my dose.  After I couldn't type I took extra Pristiq.  About 4 hours later I was able to type again and the cog fog started clearing.  I knew for certain that it was the drug.


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, unwell 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.


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Before you begin tapering what you need to know


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms


Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


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

What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?


Brain Remodelling

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery


Keep it Simple, Slow and Stable

Keep Notes on Paper


Rate Symptoms Daily to Check Patterns and Progress

Tapering Calculator - Online


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.


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


Lots of information, but I really want you to have what you need so you can have a successful taper.


This is your own Intro topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.  We suggest that members visit each others Intro topics so that can support and encourage each other.


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:  (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq  on 13th November 2021

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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Thank you for your prompt reply and helpful advice.Im glad to have found this site.

ativan 1979 -1985

valium 1986-1990

seroxat 1990 -2018

feb 1/2/2018 commenced tapering seroxat 

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Im so glad to have found this thread.5 weeks ago i cut out 1 pill per week {20mgs paroxetine} I suffered no withdrawl symptoms until now.headache that comes on roughly the same time each day and brain zaps.Saw gp and she recommended reinstating the 20mgs today,which i have.Now waiting to see if withdrawal gets better then intend tapering very very slowly as suggested on here.Hope everyone is coping at the moment.Thanks for reading.

ativan 1979 -1985

valium 1986-1990

seroxat 1990 -2018

feb 1/2/2018 commenced tapering seroxat 

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