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Was on paroxatine for over 10 yrs until.i developed a serious reaction to it last week.Was told to stop taking it immediately so have been experiencing withdrawls since.Its been a week since i stopped completely and tbh its really really hard :(( Was told by drs to return after 2weeks of stopping for a check up, or sooner if it becomes unbearable.Im hoping the worst withdrawal symptoms are over but i still feel poorly, and tbh alone .Anyone else with experience of this cold turkey, i would really really appreciate any advice on what helped others x

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Hi Cabaret, welcome to SA. Can you tell us what happened last week when you experienced the reaction?  Did you miss any doses previously or take anything different, antibiotics or supplements for example?  Is this the only prescription drug you were taking?

Sadly withdrawal can last for a long time especially when they have been taken for many years. Your brain and nervous system have been working around the drug and adapted to it.  When it is taken away they have to work very hard to try and regain balance, and that causes the many symptoms which come with withdrawal. Often reinstatement of a very tiny dose can alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms.  Side effects tend to be dose related and the tiny doses can be tolerated much easier than full doses. Once you have stabilised you can then start to taper the tiny dose, we can also help with getting that small dose. No one EVER wants to go back to a drug that made them very sick, myself included but it can make a huge difference if the dose is small enough not to cause problems but is enough to ease the withdrawal.


It will help us if you can fill in your signature, this will then appear at the bottom of all your posts so that we can see at a glance what your history is without having to go back through the thread.  We need drugs, doses and approximate dates started and stopped, including dose changes. This link will take you to the signature box. Just fill it in and click save at the bottom. 



When we have the information we will be able to help with what to do next, and may be able to suggest a reinsatement dose if that would be a possibility.


Here are some links that will help you to understand what is going on. 


What is withdrawal syndrome 




About reinstating to stabilise




**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.



Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014


Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 


My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33


Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible



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