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Hi everyone.

I’ve been on 20 mg Aropax (Paxil) per day for 20 years. I’m now 60.

 

My doctor suggested I give up as the reason for my depression and anxiety )a breakup) has long since passed.

 

I tried a few years ago and failed. This time I’m taking 3/4 of a pill one day and one pill the next with the hope of soon going to 3/4 every day for a while before the next step.

 

I’m doing relatively well, although I find that by the end of the 3/4 days I am starting to feel anxious, somewhat miserable and experiencing distressing thoughts … although how much of this is real and how much is placebo I don’t know.

 

I would be interested to know whether anyone else tapering off has experienced memory loss.  A bizarre thing happened to me yesterday in that I found something highly unlikely to be in my jacket pocket (a knob off the gas stove) and have absolutely no recollection of how it got there. I don’t believe in the paranormal and the knob was secured to the gas stove. I hadn’t been using it and I live alone, so presumably I took the knob off. 
 

could this be tapering related? 
 

many thanks

 

Edited by Gridley

Taking Paxil 20mg per day since October 2000.

 

Began taking 3/4 tablet every alternate day 15 June 2021.

 

Other meds:

Seretide (for mild asthma) one puff every second day

No other prescription medication

No supplements/vitamins

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Welcome to SA, karramia.

 

To start:

 

To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Please include the Paxil dosage you started with and date when you started the alternate day taper.  You'll need to use a computer for this rather than a phone.

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

 

We strongly recommend against varying your dosage from day to day as a method of tapering.  This causes the amount of the drug in your bloodstream to go up and down, battering the nervous system and making withdrawal worse.  Instead we recommend a slow, steady taper of reducing by no more than 10% of your current dose every 4 weeks.  This link explains why:

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

This link is specifically about tapering Paxil, including how to get the non-standard doses needed for a 10% taper.  If prescription liquid is available, that is an easy and accurate way to taper.  Other methods described in the link include making your own liquid Paxil, using a digital scale to measure doses and using a compounding pharmacy.  

 

Tips for tapering off paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)

 

Once you've completed your drug signature with the information requested, we'll be in a better position to make recommendations about your taper.  The symptoms you mention--anxiety, distressing thoughts and memory issues--are typical of antidepressant withdrawal.  The vast majority of doctors know nothing about safe tapering and don't believe in the existence of withdrawal.

 

 

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We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. Get supplements that are single ingredient (not mixed with other types of supplements).

 

This is your Introduction topic, where you can complete your drug signature, ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.

 

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Jan. 11, 2022: 5.4mg 

Taper is 71% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.  

Taper is 80% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Thank you Gridley.


Regards

 

R

Taking Paxil 20mg per day since October 2000.

 

Began taking 3/4 tablet every alternate day 15 June 2021.

 

Other meds:

Seretide (for mild asthma) one puff every second day

No other prescription medication

No supplements/vitamins

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@karramia

 

Since you've been taking 3/4 tablet every alternate day for almost a month now, your system has gotten accustomed to this new dosage.  In order to stabilize with a non-alternating daily dose, I suggest you take 17.5mg (splitting the difference between 20mg and 15mg) every day at the same time.  Then I'd give yourself time to stabilize on this dose (perhaps 2 months).  After you've stabilized, you can begin a 10% taper off 17.5mg, as described in my initial response to you.

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Jan. 11, 2022: 5.4mg 

Taper is 71% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.  

Taper is 80% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Sage advice. Thank you 

Taking Paxil 20mg per day since October 2000.

 

Began taking 3/4 tablet every alternate day 15 June 2021.

 

Other meds:

Seretide (for mild asthma) one puff every second day

No other prescription medication

No supplements/vitamins

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