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Benzo Withdrawal put on Paxil 30mg


Hopeinhim

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Took prn Ativan after losing a baby in 2016. Stopped after 4 months and went into an indescribable hell.  Landed in psych hospital with akathisia. Put on 30mg of paxil 10 months ago.

 

 Akathisia is just getting milder last month after starting ketosis diet and i tapered 30 to 29 to 28 to 27 to 26mg holding month each. Suddenly started getting air hunger and dp last week when dropped 1mg to 26mg and now panic has began.

 

Also started ketosis diet which stopped buzzing i have hadfor a year. 

 

Homeschooling mom of 4 little ones.

 

Is the panic from paxil drop or maybe ketosis diet made paxil now too strong ( possible seretonin syndrome?) Should i go back to 27mg? I do not want to go back into hell again.

 

Help please.

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Hello and welcome to SA. 

 

Can you give us some more information about your tapering of Paxil? To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.

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A little more information:

 
Are you tapering 1mg a month, and holding? This sounds like a reasonable rate for right now, but as you get lower in dose we recommend sticking to 10% per month: Please see Why taper by 10% of my dosage? 
 
 

The ketogenic diet is quite extreme and was developed for people with epilepsy, to be undertaken under close and frequent supervision by a doctor. Again, it is quite extreme and virtually eliminates carbohydrates, which the nervous system (and entire body) needs. 

Again, welcome to SA.

Current: 2019: 0.04 mg Paxil!! This is real. Soon, after taking Paxil my entire adult life, I will be free.

Long story short: After 18 years on Paxil, "tapered" almost completely off over a month, at doctor's advice in July 2015.

Self-care includes magnesium, reasonable exercise, mindfulness, this forum and nutrition/eating enough food.

Also on 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!! (which I now will have the knowledge to taper properly)

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Longer version: On Paxil since 1996--anxiety & depression caused by (undiagnosed) under-eating / eating disorder.

Doctor kept increasing dose, up to 60 mg; it never really helped but said it really was the best "med" for me.

Rapid doctor-led "taper" July 2015, down to 5 mg, with Zoloft as a "cross-taper" = Essentially a cold turkey. 

Severe withdrawal but didn't know it; believed it was my "underlying condition," and kept tapering, 5mg to 4 to 3  to 2 to 1.  

Feb 2016: Found SA! As of June 2016, tapering from 1mg at rate of 5-10% per month, Brassmonkey Slide! 

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