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ADMIN NOTE Alexander's Introductions topic, which dates from 2014, is here.


 

It's 7 years now since I took my last paroxatine after being on it 12 years.  I would say it took 5 years to recover, and a lot of that time was horrendous.   I had all the symptoms of nerve spasms, insomnia, many debilitating symptoms.  I thought I would never recover.  I am so glad I came off it and this forum was key to my recovery.  I send my thoughts out to people going through this now, but please believe you can succeed.

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Prescribed 20mg a day of Seroxat on 2001

August 2013 decided to taper.

Reduced by 10mg a week (adjusted over the week small amounts)

Stopped completely in April 2014

Brain and body went haywire.  

Didn't realise it was withdrawal at first.

Have not returned to ad's but can't get my life back.

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Thank you for returning to write your Success Story, Alexander.

 

How would you sum up the process of your recovery?

 

What did you find here that helped you?

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14 hours ago, Alexander said:

ADMIN NOTE Alexander's Introductions topic, which dates from 2014, is here.


 

It's 7 years now since I took my last paroxatine after being on it 12 years.  I would say it took 5 years to recover, and a lot of that time was horrendous.   I had all the symptoms of nerve spasms, insomnia, many debilitating symptoms.  I thought I would never recover.  I am so glad I came off it and this forum was key to my recovery.  I send my thoughts out to people going through this now, but please believe you can succeed.

Great to hear you are doing well! Glad to see another success story :) Thanks for sharing :D

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Hi @Alexander

 

So glad to hear you have recovered from Paxil WD . 
well done !! You are very brave it’s such an awful drug. 

I am in the process of tapering from Paxil too. 
 

Can you list the symptoms you had from tapering to recovery ? 
 

thanknyou for coming back and sharing it gives us all hope it’s such a difficult journey . 

October 2004 Paxil 20mg - October 2018, 14 years

Nov 2018 Pregabalin -  2x50 mg a day to help with Paxil WD

August 2019 Pregabalin -  2 x 25mg a day 

April 2020 Pregabalin -  45mg, May 40mg, June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg 

October 2018 Paxil - 20 mg, November 15mg, December 10mg  

February 2019 Paxil- 7.5mg crashed, February 8.5mg, Nov 8mg 

March 2020 Paxil - 7.2mg, April 6.5mg, May 5.9mg, June 5.4mg, July 4.8mg, December 4.5mg 

Jan 2021 Paxil - 4mg, February 3.6mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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Thank you, @Alexander.  I am so glad for your healing.  And grateful that you are encouraging us by sharing it.  Happy, happy days to you--🌞

Zoloft: 1995 - 2015

Prozac: 2015 - 2018 (tapered from 40mg x day on July 31 to 30mg on August 31 to 20mg on September 31 to 10mg October 31 to 0mg on  December 15, 2018

Gabapentin: 2016 to 2019  (tapered from 300mg x day to 150mg on August 31, 2019 to 75mg on September 15 to 50mg on September 31 to 25ishmg on October 15 to 0mg on December 1, 2019

Enalapril: 2010 - 2019

Lipitor: 2017 -2017

Metformin: 2000 - 2020

Liothyronine: 2007 - 2019

Levothyroxine: 2000 - 

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Well done for sticking it out and healing. Your story will encourage many and provide hope that healing is possible.

 

You had mentioned that you take hrt in your thread, are you still taking this? Peri meno got me on meds and due to my extreme reactions to psych meds my fear of western medicine led me to wean off my hrt also. These dsys i dont know what are meno symptoms and what is wd.

<p>Various benzos 4 months for insomnia prior to Effexor 37.5mg may 2014 for two weeks, Mirtazapine 30mg june 2014 - feb 2015.Pristiq 50 mg Feb 2015. six weeks later attempted coming off with a six week taper. ten days off and it got ugly. Tapering now using compounded pristiq with slow release agent. 37.5 mg 3 weeks, 30 mg 6 weeks, 25mg 4.5 weeks, 20mg for 6 weeks, 17.5 mgs 7 weeks, 20 mg 8 weeks, 19 mg 3 weeks, 18 mg 3 weeks, 17 mg 3 weeks, 16 mg 3 weeks, 15mg 2 weeks, 14mg 2 weeks, 13 mgs 2 weeks, 12 mgs 6 weeks, 11mg 3 weeks, 10.5mg 2 weeks, 10 mg 3.5 weeks. 9mg 4 weeks. Jumped at 8mg currently 16 months free

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