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powerback

hi A this is  late for me to be up but when I seen your message it pulled on my heart.

yes this is a set back but withdrawl isn't linier ,its up and down.

A breakup is a big emotional stressor,so its only natural to feel it .

please take your time off work to recuperate,ruminating wont help ,god do I know that.

its all windows and waves ,its hard to remember this when we are in the worst of it.

dig deep and keep focused.

its tough at times that's for sure.

Peace and take care 🙏

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bheb

Hello! Checking in as someone who's also gone through a breakup during this. Well, actually more than one...I'm in college so I guess that's how it goes..

 

I completely empathize with you. At times, I thought to myself 'there's no way I can deal with akathisia (my main symptom) and this emotional stress. i cannot bear it.' But I have. One boyfriend did something pretty awful to me last year and it really messed with me for months. I am still dealing with it today, but it gets better. Hang in there. 

 

Oh and as far as destablization, stress can definitely mess with your CNS. I can't say for sure how it has affected me but my life stress has likely set me back some. But I wouldn't worry it will totally screw you up or anything. It will just be an uptick probably, but a good thing to note..because you can track the cause of your worsening symptoms, and as the pain from the breakup lessens, and you learn to cope, your symptoms should calm down too.

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Adili13

Thanks a lot guys. I truly appreciate your responses. It just blows my mind that an outside stressor can bring all the symptoms back. I guess it makes sense for me bc of how serious and committed the relationship was. I’m just trying not to catastrophize. Thanks again guys, I truly appreciate it. 

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Carmie

Hi Adili, 

 

I’m sorry the stresses in your life ramped up your symptoms. Yes, any kind of stress can ramp up our symptoms. It doesn’t matter whether it’s physical, emotional or mental stress. Even good stress can ramp up our symptoms, like going on a holiday or special events. Anything that ramps up our central nervous system can ramp up our symptoms. 

 

I hope your symptoms settle down soon💚

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Adili13

Hey everyone. It seems the added trauma of the breakup has put me at an all time low. I wake up in a panic, panic throughout the day, and experience severe dp nonstop. It’s honestly made me extremely suicidal. Luckily, I’ve quit my job and moved back in with my parents to let them care for me. It’s simply become too much for me to handle. I’ve thought of adding a mood stabilizer to curb symptoms. Even thought of upping the Paxil again, though I’m sure that wouldn’t do anything. Any words of encouragement are appreciated during this very dark time. 

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Altostrata

Are you getting regular sleep? What is your sleep schedule? That can be very important.

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Adili13

Actually, it’s a little erratic. I go to sleep at a different time every night and usually wake up at 6:30ish to take meds. Usually, i crawl back into bed after this only to wake up in an hour or two to a massive cortisol spike. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night. 

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Adili13

I also nap during the day often out of sheer exhaustion. 

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PerAsperaAdAstra

Hi Adili13! A shame to hear that you're having such a hard time with your breakup still. I hope you will feel better soon. You must have had a good relationship with her as you feel so bad about breaking up.

 

Despite all that it's good to hear that you're safe at your parents' house and have a base from which you can work on getting out of this difficult situation.

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Adili13

Thanks. I also took a Valium about 8 days ago. I’m wondering if that through things off for me too now. Seems like everything got worse after that 

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ChessieCat
7 hours ago, Adili13 said:

I also took a Valium about 8 days ago.

 

Please add the date and dose of the Valium to your drug signature.  Have there been any other times you have taken it?  If yes, please add these to your drug signature too.  Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature

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Adili13

No, that was the only time. I took 10 mags about 8 days ago. So that would be 3/10 at like 9:00 pm

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Adili13

I’m also considering reinstating to 20 mgs. My panic attacks/obsessive looping thoughts have been out of control and pretty- near constant. Thinking of reinstating to 20 until things settle down 

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Adili13

I’m also considering reinstating to 20 mgs. My panic attacks/obsessive looping thoughts have been out of control and pretty- near constant. Thinking of reinstating to 20 until things settle down 

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Adili13

Essentially, I’ve had a nervous breakdown. I spend my days forcing myself out of the house at least once or twice and spend the rest of the day inside worrying about panicking. I’ve tried the Claire weekend method of accepting and floating but find I can’t stop the obsessions and fears. (I know true acceptance comes in not trying to stop anything). I’m basically at my wit’s end with anxiety and stress and am truly thinking about giving up. 

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powerback
12 minutes ago, Adili13 said:

Essentially, I’ve had a nervous breakdown. I spend my days forcing myself out of the house at least once or twice and spend the rest of the day inside worrying about panicking. I’ve tried the Claire weekend method of accepting and floating but find I can’t stop the obsessions and fears. (I know true acceptance comes in not trying to stop anything). I’m basically at my wit’s end with anxiety and stress and am truly thinking about giving up. 

Ive been were you are A and will again before withdrawl releases me ,please phone or text a helpline .

im actually in a window today after a hellish time ,its the meds not you ,believe this ,I do deeply empathise with you but theres always another option.

Hopefully a mod can recommend a dose for you .focus on deep breathes in and out when your in crisis,i know this seems silly but keep your focus away from dark thoughts that are neuro and not your own .

Be safe 

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Longroadhome
On 9/8/2018 at 10:11 PM, Adili13 said:

Hello,

 

I have been on Ssris for the past ten years, different doses and different meds. I started on lexapro 20 mg when I was 18 and get great for years. When I hit 22 I started lowering my meds due to side effects and simply being uncomfortable being on meds. I got down to about 10 mgs and stayed there for a while. 2 years ago I did a fast taper and got down to 5 mgs way too fast. I experienced withdrawal really bad without knowing what it was and thought I was relapsing on anxiety/depression. For a year I messed around trying to find the right med and trying to find the right combo. I now realize meds were a problem all along and all I want is to feel normal and be off of them. I also realize I’m going through withdrawal and have to be patient. Ok, time to backtrack. Eventually I decided to go on paxil about a year ago after trying a slew of other Ssris. The reason being that my dad takes it and I thought it would help me out. Bad idea. I quickly got up to 37.5 mg in only about 4 months bc it didn’t seem to be helping. After this, I decided meds weren’t the answer and started dropping my dose, not knowing the correct method or pace. My first drop was to 25 mg controlled release and it was horrific. I decided to wait for a while before making and other drops. About 5 months. Back in may of this year I dropped again to 20 mgs regular release. I’ve been experience protracted withdrawal for almost 4 months now from that drop. Things seem to gradually be improving, but I just hit another bad wave and am looking for advice/support. Also, I’ve been on different doses of Ssris for a long time. Since I was 18 and I’m 28 now. I’m thinking about jsut holding head until I feel good before tapering the correct way. I just don’t know how long I should wait, or when it’s time to start again. Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks!! 

Hello adili I’m wd from Paxil and same as you my first half taper was too fast and I have strong wd symptoms . It’s been 10 weeks and I still have a way to go to stabilise. But I have had a couple of better days recently . I was wondering how it’s going for you now ?  

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Adili13

Thanks powerback. Yeah, it’s been super rough. I don’t even know if it’s withdrawal or not. I’m sure lowering drugs a few months ago hasn’t helped tho 

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Adili13

It only got super bad after my breakup, tho, it wasn’t great before that and I was still having suicidal days. Idk, it’s so confusing/frustrating

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Longroadhome
On 10/9/2018 at 7:42 PM, Adili13 said:

Wondering if anyone has any advice for the head pressure/headache symptoms. I’ve always gotten headaches, even before meds, so wondering if it’s possibly unrelated(tho I think it is). Don’t wanna take Tylenol every day and need to know holistic methods/supplements or if seeing a neurologist is a good idea. Or if that’ll just trigger my ocd and it’s kinda pointless(btw, I have ocd) 

The headaches you are having are exactly like mine and I’m in wd how are you now ?

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PerAsperaAdAstra
19 hours ago, Adili13 said:

Thanks. I also took a Valium about 8 days ago. I’m wondering if that through things off for me too now. Seems like everything got worse after that 

 

I can only speak for myself but Valium made me really depressed from time to time. I was already really anxious so I cannot say anything about what effect it had there.

Definitely something to pay attention to to see how it affects you.

 

I'm sorry that you're feeling not so good at the moment. I so much hope you will feel better soon. 

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powerback
1 hour ago, Adili13 said:

Thanks powerback. Yeah, it’s been super rough. I don’t even know if it’s withdrawal or not. I’m sure lowering drugs a few months ago hasn’t helped tho 

Its a storm that needs to be braved for now ,dont use precious energy wondering Why for now ,pull on your tools and nurture yourself  ,todays fast paced  world doesn't allow for time .its all rush  but we need it for this journey . 

Take care and keep safe. 

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Adili13

So, I’ve upped my Paxil to 20 mg 6 days ago and have splitting headaches every day. I’m going to just go back down to 18. Is this safe? Or should I taper to 18 

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Adili13

It’s also made me very agitated and I think it’s increased my anxiety and depression overall. 

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Altostrata

If you're reacting badly to it, you can just reduce it to 18mg.

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Adili13

Hello all,

 

a few updates.

 

ive decided to stick with the updose to 20mg and do an even slower taper from there after a few weeks of stabilizing. I was also wondering if maybe switching to celebs would be a good idea at this post since Paxil has been so challenging for me and I don’t remember lexapro being even close to this hard to taper. (Granted, I was on less time).

 

also, I’ve decided to stay take a break from work and just heal for a while. I do feel guilty about this, but also know that I left bc I was suicidal multiple days a week and feel I might need this. I still go back and forth bc my therapist says “you need to work”. Then again, therapists really have no idea how debilitating withdrawal can be. He thinks I need to keep my mind active bc I have “ocd”. Which I honesty think is just tolerance withdrawal. 

 

Last thing, in spite of everything I’ve tried, this site and altostrata have been spot on with all their advice and warnings. For anyone reading my thread, listen to this site above all else. I tried adding lamictal 25 mg for a week to see if it would help in spite of all the warnings alto gave about doing this. I was desperate, as I’m sure many are that do this, so don’t look down on me. Anyway, everything she said may happen did. Massive headaches, extreme fatigue and depression, didn’t help at all. I truly think the only way out of this is an even slower taper, and possibly a crossover to a diff drug if any mods think so.

 

 

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Longroadhome
On 3/18/2019 at 5:13 PM, Adili13 said:

It only got super bad after my breakup, tho, it wasn’t great before that and I was still having suicidal days. Idk, it’s so confusing/frustrating

Reading through your posts I think before you started your taper you were in poop out (tolerance w/d). Hence changing drugs did not help your symptoms as this is very much the case once in poop out other SSRIs have no effect. 

So trying to cross over to another SSRI now may only make things worse . 

You have had sound advice from so many people on this forum. Stay put and stabilise . I don’t think you have experienced true waves and windows Because if you are in poop out it takes a long long time to start to experience this once tapering commences according to brass monkey . What you are experiencing now is tolerance withdrawal symptoms as well as symptoms from a too fast taper . Stop hold and stabilise. A person on this thread said she had to wait a year to stabilise. I’m in the same boat. There’s a fight between the drug and your body trying to find homeostasis and you have to let the symptoms slowly subside as your body starts to take control . And this takes time as many of us are finding out . 

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Thanks Longroad, I appreciate your advise. I just had a question. I’ve been on 20 mg for about two weeks now. My anxiety on 18 was horrific, so I updosed. It’s slightly better on 20, but I feel a lot of agitation/teeth-grinding. I’ve thought of going to 19 or 19.5 and then holding there for a while. What are your thoughts? 

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Adili13

Advice 

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Longroadhome
1 hour ago, Adili13 said:

Thanks Longroad, I appreciate your advise. I just had a question. I’ve been on 20 mg for about two weeks now. My anxiety on 18 was horrific, so I updosed. It’s slightly better on 20, but I feel a lot of agitation/teeth-grinding. I’ve thought of going to 19 or 19.5 and then holding there for a while. What are your thoughts? 

I went down very quickly on Paxil from 20mg to 7.5mg in 3months . My symptoms have been the same as yours thereabouts ever since the rapid taper. I’ve now been holding for 3 months and have been adviced by brass monkey to hold a lot longer which I’m going to do.  My symptoms change sometimes by the hour with new ones showing such as  very bad headaches (putting it mildly) to muscle spasms  and depression / anxiety. 

I understand where your coming from wanting to wake up normal and wanting it NOW but it’s just not going to happen like that. You have to learn to live with these awful symptoms fir a while and work on not being afraid of them. Your panic is making you constantly think about “what next?” As a solution to getting a quick fix to feeling normal but it’s probably making your symptoms a whole heap worse because as you know because of how hyper our nervous systems are we only have to think something and the anxiety is there in a split second. 

You are going to get agitation and teeth grinding because at the moment your system is in chaos and unfortunately transmitters don’t grow over night !!

My advice sit tight learn to live with symptoms as they come and go as well as the constant anxiety etc distract yourself get out the house even for a walk to the shops be around people and exercise . Good diet and read success stories like Pugs which is awesome !  

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Longroadhome
2 minutes ago, Longroadhome said:

I went down very quickly on Paxil from 20mg to 7.5mg in 3months . My symptoms have been the same as yours thereabouts ever since the rapid taper. I’ve now been holding for 3 months and have been adviced by brass monkey to hold a lot longer which I’m going to do.  My symptoms change sometimes by the hour with new ones showing such as  very bad headaches (putting it mildly) to muscle spasms  and depression / anxiety. 

I understand where your coming from wanting to wake up normal and wanting it NOW but it’s just not going to happen like that. You have to learn to live with these awful symptoms fir a while and work on not being afraid of them. Your panic is making you constantly think about “what next?” As a solution to getting a quick fix to feeling normal but it’s probably making your symptoms a whole heap worse because as you know because of how hyper our nervous systems are we only have to think something and the anxiety is there in a split second. 

You are going to get agitation and teeth grinding because at the moment your system is in chaos and unfortunately transmitters don’t grow over night !!

My advice sit tight learn to live with symptoms as they come and go as well as the constant anxiety etc distract yourself get out the house even for a walk to the shops be around people and exercise . Good diet and read success stories like Pugs which is awesome !  

Stay put on 20. 

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Adili13

Ok, thanks for the help! I truly appreciate it! 

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Adili13

One more question. I just started taking the 20mg pill for convenience sake. Should I go back to liquid and turn my pill into liquid since that’s what I’m used to? Or just stick with the pill and switch back to liquid down the line? Thanks for the help 

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Longroadhome

Stick with the pill now that you’re  on it that’s what I’d do. Then when you start getting lower do a cross over meaning don’t just go from one to the other do half and half for about a week before swapping completely .  

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Adili13

I’ll wait till I’m ready to taper and then I’ll switch to liquid. Whenever I’m ready, I’ll do the crossover for a week. For sure. Thanks a lot! 

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Adili13

I really think I’m having an Akathisia reaction after uprising to 20 mg from 18. I was very anxious on 18, but this is different. I can’t sleep, grinding teeth, can’t stop tossing and turning. It’s only been a couple weeks since I upped to 20. You really don’t think dropping a tiny bit, like half a milligram or even less might help? 

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