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I am new here and am a little frustrated at the moment.  I have come down from 20 mg Paxil down to 7.5mg in 7 weeks.  Fast I know.  The last couple of weeks have been harder with an increase of anxiety as the only symptom.  I was encouraged to get off Paxil by my counselor because we were not seeing much improvement with my anxiety disorder.  With the past 2 weeks being more difficult I decided to do a Prozac bridge for the last part of the taper.  I am 2 days into the bridge and have decided to not make any more adjustments until I calm down a little.  I have tried 3 different psychiatrists but none of the want to help me get off this stuff.  So here I am.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I just started a bridge.  I am going off information found on this website.  I am currently on 7.5 Paxil and have taken 2 days of 10mg Prozac.  Tough 2 days but today has been a little better.  I do not think it can work that fast but that is where I am.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Hope this is the right place for this. I am working with an anxiety counselor for Gad and panic.  I believe Paxil has not been helping so he suggested I stop using Paxil and try something else or get off completely.  I was on Prozac for 20 years before being on Paxil for the last 9 months or so.  The Prozac was originally prescribed for intrusive thoughts.  I have been in 20mg Paxil and have been going down 10% a week for the past 8 weeks and am now down to 7.5.  I believe I have seen an increase in my anxiety. My psychiatrist wanted me off in 3 weeks.  So here I am at 7.5 and struggling so I decided to try a bridge or a switch not sure which one.  I just want to get back to where I was before the taper.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I am not sure how to proceed.  Do I stay at 7.5 Paxil and 10mg Prozac for a week and then start to taper the Paxil again?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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That is the usual way, yes. You'd go off Paxil fairly quickly. See The Prozac switch or "bridging" with Prozac

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I do not see how quickly to make the change.  I see that it should be within 2 weeks.  By then should I be back up to 20 mg Prozac or stay at 10 until stable?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Hello, Sydsab41 and welcome to SA.  We are a site dedicated to helping people taper off psychiatric drugs.  

 

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As you know, you tapered too fast.  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 psychiatric drugs.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.
  
 

Here is some helpful information on withdrawal.
 

 

When we take medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.  
 
Please be aware that sometime withdrawal symptoms don't appear immediately after a too-fast taper.
 
Here is information on the Prozac bridge.  
 
We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
 
Many members have found the techniques in the following two links helpful in coping with withdrawal.  
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 the great information.  I will work on fixing my introduction.  I have not found consistent information on how quickly to come off the Paxil once I have started the Prozac bridge.  I have seen to continue with the taper of Paxil after the 2 weeks on Prozac but then do you go down 10% each month with the Paxil or should it be quicker than that.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I am citing what Alto says.

 

"You'd go off Paxil fairly quickly. See The Prozac switch or "bridging" with Prozac"

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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Saw my GP doctor today.  Finally someone willing to work with me on this.  He was open to the research I had done.  He suggested to go up to 20mg Prozac tomorrow, take for a week then come off Paxil relatively quickly.  I am still having increased anxiety on day 5 of taking both 7.5mg Paxil and 10mg Prozac.  I am not sure when to start coming off the Paxil and how fast.  Any ideas?  I have seen within 2 weeks and I have seen to slowly taper?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Ok I see he says it is like changing a tire.  If things calm some in the next week I will come off the Paxil in the next two weeks.  That sounds scary but I was on Prozac for years so I hope the switch is good.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Do I start a new topic in the introduction section every time I have a question?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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No, use your original Introduction topic--this one.

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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Ok do I put updates here as well?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I saw my Primary care doctor today...finally someone willing to listen and work with me.  He was good with me doing the Prozac bridge and suggested going to 20mg Prozac for a week before getting off the Paxil due to the increase in anxiety.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I moved your other posts here. Now I can get a better picture of what's going on. Please post your questions in this topic.

 

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Saw my GP doctor today.  Finally someone willing to work with me on this.  He was open to the research I had done.  He suggested to go up to 20mg Prozac tomorrow, take for a week then come off Paxil relatively quickly.  I am still having increased anxiety on day 5 of taking both 7.5mg Paxil and 10mg Prozac.  I am not sure when to start coming off the Paxil and how fast.  Any ideas?  I have seen within 2 weeks and I have seen to slowly taper?

 

Is it your intention to switch to Prozac to treat your anxiety or to use it to come off Paxil?

 

Prozac takes at least 4 days to ramp up to steady-state in your bloodstream. You've found your anxiety has increased as Prozac has taken effect. This means the combination of 10mg Prozac and 7.5mg Paxil is already too strong for you.

 

Having put your nervous system through the stress of reducing Paxil, you are reacting differently to SSRIs now. You are somewhat sensitized. If I were you, I would not substitute 20mg Prozac for 7.5mg Paxil, that's probably too high.

 

It seems to me the Prozac has taken effect and you're ready to reduce Paxil now. I might reduce Paxil by 2.5mg to start.

 

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Yes, you put updates here as well.

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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I only want to switch to get off the Paxil 

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I do not think there has been an increase in anxiety from the time I started the Prozac...actually I would say it is the same as 5 days ago.  My counselor would say I was highly sensitized before I started coming off the Paxil.  I just want to get back to highly sensitized but stable.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I just want to get stabilized on the Prozac then start the taper off that.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I am concerned that the 10mg Prozac will not be enough to counter the decrease in Paxil over the next two weeks or however long it takes.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I went down from 7.5 to 5mg of Paxil today with a slight increase of 2mg of Prozac to 12.  The doctor said to go to 20 but with other recommendation, I decided to only increase slightly.  Not sure that is the right thing to do but it was a compromise I made with my wife.  She felt I should go to the full 20.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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It has been 6 days on the Prozac.  I have had intense times of panic/dread but that is not new for me.  I think maybe there has been an increase in intensity over the past couple of weeks with days here and there that have been ok.  I try not to use the Xanax but I did yesterday and felt like I should today but have not.  I have learned that I have to tolerate and contain the best I can through these times.  

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I went down from 7.5 to 5mg of Paxil today with a slight increase of 2mg of Prozac to 12.  The doctor said to go to 20 but with other recommendation, I decided to only increase slightly.  Not sure that is the right thing to do but it was a compromise I made with my wife.  She felt I should go to the full 20.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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This is day 3 of 5mg of Paxil and 12.5mg of Prozac.  The past two days have been manageable and have even had some times of feeling like my old self.  I have not had to take any Xanax and have not had any emotional crying spells.  This will be a week on the Prozac taper so maybe it is helping. 

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Syd, since you've made two drug changes at once -- increasing Prozac and decreasing Paxil -- if I were you'd I'd wait at least a week before making any other changes.

 

You need to find out what effect the Prozac increase has. I hope it is not too much for you, or this crossover could go awry.

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

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So far so good.  Anxiety has been manageable.  Thanks for the reply.

 

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Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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So far so good.  Anxiety has been manageable.  Thanks for the reply.  I am thinking I will go down to 2.5 on Wednesday and then be done with the Paxil in a week.  

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Going to start 2.5 Paxil tomorrow

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Day 2 of Paxil at 2.5 mg.  Been on 15 mg of Prozac for 5 days.  I am having some struggles with increased anxiety today mainly crying and feeling like I am trapped.  I was planning on staying on the 2.5 for a week then being done.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I am on day 5 of 2.5mg of Paxil and day 2 of 20mg of Prozac.  I was going to stop the Paxil on Tuesday.  I have had an increase in anxiety and have taken Xanax the last two days.  I am not really sure how to proceed.  My GP wanted me on 20mg of Prozac a week and a half ago but decided to do a slow increase.  Any suggestions?

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I am not sure if I am posting this stuff in the correct spot.  I am really wondering if I am good stopping the Paxil after tomorrow and being just on the Prozac and then waiting for anxiety to subside?  I am at work and had to take a .25 Xanax for the third day.  I am going to clean up my eating and continue to exercise in this beautiful midwest warmth.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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8 hours ago, Sydsab41 said:

had to take a .25 Xanax for the third day.

 

Xanax is a short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic—a minor tranquilizer.

 

Benzos can cause rebound anxiety.  You can also become dependent very quickly.

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Thanks for the reply.  I don’t like taking it and I am not seeing great results.  I am going to work my skills and just let the anxiety be there.  

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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Feeling better today and the goal is to not use the Xanax.  Tomorrow is the day I have scheduled to go off the Paxil.  Does that still make sense?  I have been on the 20mg of Prozac for 4 days.  

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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I made it one day without Xanax but was in a crisis today and was told to take one.  Really struggling this afternoon.  I am restless, panicky, and am really afraid to go to work.  What am I doing wrong?  I stayed on the 2.5 Paxil for a few more days.  I am not sure that is the right thing to do.

 

Sydsab Introduction

Paxil 20mg since August 2017

Started taper in early February and went down to 7.5 in 7 weeks.  Holding now at 7.5mg and started a Prozac bridge on March 16, 2018.  March 21, 2018 5mg Paxil, 3/27 2.5 Paxil, 4/7 Zero Paxil.

Seroquel 25mg

Started on 50 mg Jan of 2017.  Came off in June of 2017 and then went back on  January 7, 2018, for sleep. 

Xanax .25mg November 2016

Only use as needed

Prozac 1998 - 2017  

20 to 60 mg  for OCD, started 10mg on March 16, 12.5mg on March 21.  3/26 15mg to 17.5 to 20mg on 3/31.

 

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