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I have been on Paroxetine CR for almost 2.5 years, after being diagnosed with OCD and depression induced by it. Cognitive Behavior Therapy also helped and I am completely free of any symtoms for the last 1 year. I had been on Paxil CR 12.5 for over 6 months when I, based on my doctor's recommendation, tried to get off of it. Unfortunately, as I found it out later, the tapering speed recommended by the doctor was not as slow as it should have been. I was off medication in about 5 weeks, following which I had severe withdrawal symptoms; nausea,  irritability, crying spells and whatnot. I had to resume medication (12.5 mg), and It's been six months again, I am completely fine and ready to taper off my medication again.
My question is: will I face the same withdrawal symptoms, and of the same intensity if I taper the way recommended on SA (10% rule)? I hear stories of people "still recovering" having taken their last dose as long as 3 years ago. Also, someone on the forum said that our original OCD symptoms will return after a few months you stop medication. Is that true? Will I have to live with my OCD forever? Someone please clarify. I will be really thankful.

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Hello Anchal, 

 

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On 5/9/2020 at 12:11 PM, anchal said:

Unfortunately, as I found it out later, the tapering speed recommended by the doctor was not as slow as it should have been. I was off medication in about 5 weeks, following which I had severe withdrawal symptoms; nausea,  irritability, crying spells and whatnot.

 

Unfortunately, as you discovered, doctors know nothing about how to taper carefully these drugs. I'm glad you found us : before attempting a new taper, please take the time to read some good infos

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/603-what-is-withdrawal-syndrome/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1024-why-taper-by-10-of-my-dosage/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/405-tips-for-tapering-off-paxil-paroxetine/

 

 

On 5/9/2020 at 12:11 PM, anchal said:

 I had to resume medication (12.5 mg), and It's been six months again, I am completely fine and ready to taper off my medication again.

 

Great news ! It's very important to feel stabilised before continuing a taper. So you don't have symptoms left ?

 

On 5/9/2020 at 12:11 PM, anchal said:

My question is: will I face the same withdrawal symptoms, and of the same intensity if I taper the way recommended on SA (10% rule)?

 

Unfortunately, nobody can predict how will a taper goes, and which symptoms you'll have. However, the purpose of a very slow taper is to keep symptoms minimal and be able to go on with your life.

Some people find out they 10% is too much for them, but do fine with 5% or 3% drops. During this journey, we have to listen to our bodies :)

 

On 5/9/2020 at 12:11 PM, anchal said:

 Also, someone on the forum said that our original OCD symptoms will return after a few months you stop medication. Is that true? 

 

Yes, it is possible. Medication don't cure anxiety, it only hides it. Weaning off a drug also means learning new coping skills, non-drug coping skills (mindfullness, breathing, CBT, ...).

If you take a look at this section, you'll discover great tips :

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/forum/8-symptoms-and-self-care/

 

 

--> Question : are you using tablets or liquid Paxil ?

 

 

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2006 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam 2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : Reinstatement 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

2014-June2017 : Switch from Bromazepam to Prazepam, slow taper to 0mg.

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22 Aug 2019 updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paxil. 

April 2020 : Paxil 10mg to Prozac 7mg bridge. Details topic/21457-

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :

* Diazepam Shortage : 0.95 mg (24 April 2022) / 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* Prozac : 6.44mg (22 May 2022) / 6.64mg (4 Nov 2021) / 6.72mg (8 oct 2021) / 6.8 mg (15 Sept 2021)6.88mg (14 Aug 2021)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 2021)

 

I am not a professional, I don't give medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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And another question

 

Are you taking anything else : supplements, benzo, ... ?

 

Take care ❤️

 

Edited by Erell

2006 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam 2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : Reinstatement 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

2014-June2017 : Switch from Bromazepam to Prazepam, slow taper to 0mg.

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22 Aug 2019 updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paxil. 

April 2020 : Paxil 10mg to Prozac 7mg bridge. Details topic/21457-

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :

* Diazepam Shortage : 0.95 mg (24 April 2022) / 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* Prozac : 6.44mg (22 May 2022) / 6.64mg (4 Nov 2021) / 6.72mg (8 oct 2021) / 6.8 mg (15 Sept 2021)6.88mg (14 Aug 2021)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 2021)

 

I am not a professional, I don't give medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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