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Hi,thank you for adding me to the group.I have been off and on Paxil for over three years.Recently it pooped out on me and withdrew from 30mg to 0 in the space of 4 months.I have been off Paxil for 25 days.Looking back I probably should have taken more time to withdraw.I took longer then my Doctor recommended,which was weeks,and took 4 months to do it.My main symptom is an overwhelming exhaustion that doesn't seem to go away along with muscle aches,a sore neck and jaw.Does anyone else feel like going back to bed right after waking up?

Wellbutrin 150 mg two years

Withdrew 3 months ago without symptoms(cold turkey)

30 mg Paxil for three year

30mg to 15 mg for a month

15mg to 10mg for a month

10 mg every second night

10 mg every third night

for a month

5mg every second night for a month

Then quit 26 days ago

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Hi satsky and welcome to SA,

 

Not many medical professionals understand withdrawal and tapering from psychiatric drugs which is why this site exists.  It's good that you tapered slower than the doctor suggested, however, you have gone much faster than SA's tapering protocol.

 

SA recommends tapering by no more than 10% of the current dose with a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.    Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

When we reduce the drug we can experience withdrawal symptoms.  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 

The only known way to reduce withdrawal symptoms is to take the drug that your brain has adapted to.  Please do not take the last dose you were taking.  It will probably be too much for your nervous system and might make things worse.  Your brain will have already made some adaptations during the time you have been off.

 

SA recommends reinstating a small amount and if needed increasing by a little bit more.  It is better to do this gradually so that you don't end up taking too much of the drug.  Please read Post #1 of this topic:  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

It takes about 4 days for a dose to get to full level in the blood and a bit longer for it to register in the brain.  You will need to stay as calm and patient as possible and try not to panic.  When we panic we can make bad decisions.  We have members who have panicked and have increased by too much and/or too soon and made things worse.

 

This topic explains how to get the dose you need:  Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

 

We can suggest a dose for you to reinstate.  Before we can do this we need to know your drug history.

 

Please create your drug signature using the following format.   Keep it simple.  NO diagnoses or symptoms please - thank you.

  • details for last 2 years - dates, ALL drugs, doses
  • summary for older than 2 years - just years and drug/s

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature

 

 

This is your own introductions topic where your can ask questions about your own situation and journal your progress.

 

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

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Current from 18 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.03mg

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 Oct 2015 

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Here's some additional information which might help you to understand what is happening:

 

Recovery isn't linear it happens in a Windows and Waves Pattern

 

Withdrawal Normal Description


When we take a psychiatric drug, we are adding chemical/s to the brain.  The brain then has to change to adapt to getting the chemical/s.  It might have to change something to do with A and then once that change has been made it affects B so another change has to be made and so on down the line.  It is a chain reaction, a domino effect.

 

The same thing happens when we take the drug away.  That's why it's possible to experience such a vast array of withdrawal symptoms, and they can change, and be of different intensity.

 

are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take

 

These explain it really well:

 

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

 

On 8/31/2011 at 5:28 AM, Rhiannon said:

When we stop taking the drug, we have a brain that has designed itself so that it works in the presence of the drug; now it can't work properly without the drug because it's designed itself so that the drug is part of its chemistry and structure. It's like a plant that has grown on a trellis; you can't just yank out the trellis and expect the plant to be okay. When the drug is removed, the remodeling process has to take place in reverse. SO--it's not a matter of just getting the drug out of your system and moving on. If it were that simple, none of us would be here. It's a matter of, as I describe it, having to grow a new brain. I believe this growing-a-new-brain happens throughout the taper process if the taper is slow enough. (If it's too fast, then there's not a lot of time for actually rebalancing things, and basically the brain is just pedaling fast trying to keep us alive.) It also continues to happen, probably for longer than the symptoms actually last, throughout the time of recovery after we are completely off the drug, which is why recovery takes so long.

 

AND

 

On 12/4/2015 at 2:41 AM, apace41 said:

Basically- you have a building where the MAJOR steel structures are trying to be rebuilt at different times - ALL while people are coming and going in the building and attempting to work.

It would be like if the World Trade Center Towers hadn't completely fallen - but had crumbled inside in different places.. Imagine if you were trying to rebuild the tower - WHILE people were coming and going and trying to work in the building!  You'd have to set up a temporary elevator - but when you needed to fix part of that area, you'd have to tear down that elevator and set up a temporary elevator somewhere else. And so on. You'd have to build, work around, then tear down, then build again, then work around, then build... ALL while people are coming and going, ALL while the furniture is being replaced, ALL while the walls are getting repainted... ALL while life is going on INSIDE the building. No doubt it would be chaotic. That is EXACTLY what is happening with windows and waves.  The windows are where the body has "got it right" for a day or so - but then the building shifts and the brain works on something else - and it's chaos again while another temporary pathway is set up to reroute function until repairs are made.  

 

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

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Current from 18 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.03mg

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 Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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During any taper, there will be times of discomfort.  We strongly encourage members to learn and use non drug coping techniques to help get through tough times.

 

Understanding what is happening helps us to not get caught up with the second fear, or fear of the fear.  This happens when we experience sensations in our body and because we don't understand them we are scared of them and then start to panic.

 

This document has a diagram of the body explaining what happens in the body when we become anxious:

 

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/AnxietySelfHelp.pdf

 

 

Audio FEMALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Audio MALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Non-drug techniques to cope

 

dealing-with-emotional-spirals

 

Dr Claire Weekes suffered from anxiety and learned and taught ways of coping.  There are videos available on YouTube.

 

Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System

 

Audio:  How to Recover from Anxiety - Dr Claire Weekes

 

 
Resources:  Centre for Clinical Interventions (PDF modules that you can work through, eg:  Depression, Distress Intolerance, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Social Anxiety, Worrying)
 
On 4/28/2017 at 4:03 AM, brassmonkey said:

 

AAF: Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  It's what you have to do when nothing else works, and can be a very powerful tool in coping with anxiety.  The neuroemotional anxiety many of us feel during WD is directly caused by the drugs and their chemical reactions in the brain.  Making it so there is nothing we can do about them.  They won't respond to other drugs, relaxation techniques and the like.  They do, however, react very well to being ignored.  That's the concept behind AAF.  Acknowledge, get to know the feeling involved, explore them.  Accept, These feelings are a part of you and they aren't going anywhere fast. Float, let the feeling float off as you get on with your life as best as you can.  It's a well documented fact that the more you feed in to anxiety the worse it gets.  What starts as generalized neuroemotinal anxiety can be easily blown into a full fledged panic attack just by thinking about it.

 

I often liken it to an unwanted house guest.  At first you talk to them, have conversations, communicate with them.  After a while you figure out that they aren't leaving and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them.  So you go on about your day, working around them until they get bored and leave.

 

It can take some practice, but AAF really does work.  I hope you give it a try.

 

 

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 18 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.03mg

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 Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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10 hours ago, satsky said:

Hi,thank you for adding me to the group.I have been off and on Paxil for over three years.Recently it pooped out on me and withdrew from 30mg to 0 in the space of 4 months.I have been off Paxil for 25 days.Looking back I probably should have taken more time to withdraw.I took longer then my Doctor recommended,which was weeks,and took 4 months to do it.My main symptom is an overwhelming exhaustion that doesn't seem to go away along with muscle aches,a sore neck and jaw.Does anyone else feel like going back to bed right after waking up? 

Hi @satsky, Welcome to SA.  You are not alone.  I feel like going back to bed every morning even though I am retired and have no place to rush off to.    I'm withdrawing from Paxil and it's not easy.  I applaud you for  becoming drug free. You may be one of the lucky ones and not get plummeted with symptoms.   Best wishes to you.

  

Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg, Multi vit., Calcium, D3,  Magnesium, Fish Oil, Melatonin,  Ambien 3.3 mg 1 or 2X/mo.  Benadryl-seldom, .......2002 - eliminated alcohol

2002- Paxil - 20 mg (3 WD attempts: 2005, 2008, 2010)

2011 - 30 mg 

2018 - 40 mg- Sept to Nov} {Dec - 37.5}

Jan 2, 2019 - 35 mg

Jan 11 -  33.75 mg

Jan 28 - 32.5 mg

Feb 4 -  33.75 mg 

Mar 4 - 32 mg

Mar 30 - 30 mg

 

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Thank you so much Gracee,I am just taking it one day at a time.I wish you all the best!

Wellbutrin 150 mg two years

Withdrew 3 months ago without symptoms(cold turkey)

30 mg Paxil for three year

30mg to 15 mg for a month

15mg to 10mg for a month

10 mg every second night

10 mg every third night

for a month

5mg every second night for a month

Then quit 26 days ago

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Thank you for completely your drug signature.  Please add the dates and change 26 days to the date you took your last dose.

 

Have you read the reinstatement topic?  Why do you think?

 

You could try reinstating 0.5mg.  The idea of reinstating isn't to get rid of withdrawal symptoms completely but to bring them to a bearable level.

 

Skipping days is not recommended.  The brain likes consistency.  Skipping Days vs Every Day Dosing Graph

 

The longer you leave it the less chance there is of reinstatement being successful.

 

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FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 18 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.03mg

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 Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Thank you for your reply ChessieCat,,I'm afraid my dates are all over the place and I do not have an accurate date of each stage.I did not mean to imply that my symptoms are unbearable,because  they are not.However if I do feel they become intolerable I will reinstate at 0.5.This is a fabulous website and the care and attention to all details concerning withdrawal is very impressive.

 

Wellbutrin 150 mg two years

Withdrew 3 months ago without symptoms(cold turkey)

30 mg Paxil for three year

30mg to 15 mg for a month

15mg to 10mg for a month

10 mg every second night

10 mg every third night

for a month

5mg every second night for a month

Then quit 26 days ago

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Please be sure to read these:

 

CT and Fast Tapers

 

Reinstatement

 

Please be aware that dealing with withdrawal symptoms has nothing to do with how strong and disiplined we are as a person.  The brain has adapted to the drug it was given.  It is the brain that needs the drug.

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 18 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.03mg

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 Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Hi satsky, 

 

How are you doing?💚

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. Can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the ward and was given different meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been many, many years of tapering so far.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April=7 mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ August 28=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ October 21=6mg/ December 16=5.80mg/.   January 21 2020=5.60mg/April 2=5.40g/ May 29=5.20mg/ August 14= 5mg/ September 29=4.80mg/ Jan 31, 2021=4.60 mg/ April 24=4.40mg/ July 17=4.30mg

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

 

 

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Thank you so much for asking.I have been off Paxil since January 3rd 2019,and I cant believe how debilitating withdrawal actually is.I am dealing with severe muscle pain and overwhelming fatigue.Once and awhile I have a good day.

 

Wellbutrin 150 mg two years

Withdrew 3 months ago without symptoms(cold turkey)

30 mg Paxil for three year

30mg to 15 mg for a month

15mg to 10mg for a month

10 mg every second night

10 mg every third night

for a month

5mg every second night for a month

Then quit 26 days ago

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