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Hello my name is Bryan and I was wondering if anyone can help me with this question. I was on Paxil 40mgs for like 12 years. My doctor switched me to 40 mgs of Prozac and stopped the Paxil cold Turkey. I’ve been having jitteriness loss of appetite and insomnia. Is this from the abrupt stop of the Paxil. Will my body eventually even out with the 60 mgs of Prozac. He said it’s not withdrawal but I know my body and he did no taper stopped Paxil started Prozac let me know thanks Bryan

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hello I was wondering if someone can help me with my withdrawal which I think it is. I was on 40mgs of Paxil for 12 years then my doctor decided to switch me to Prozac 40mgs. He stopped cold Turkey the Paxil and started the Prozac. Have loss of appetite sleeping issues and anxiety. Anyone know how long will last since I’m taking another ssri. I hope soon. I tell the doctor what happened he says it’s not withdrawal. I know my body and I believe it is especially only had these problems once cold Turkeyed Paxil. Look forward to some advice cause I’m pretty sure u can’t just stop one ssri and go to another especially since Paxil leaves the body so quick thanks Bryan

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2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hello @Bryan,

Welcome to SA.

 

To get you started and to give you the most pertinent information, could you complete your signature to include just the dates and dosages (or as close as you can recall) of your psycho-medications .  Here's a link that can help you with that:

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It does sound like you are experiencing symptoms of Paxil withdrawal.  My doctor also switched me from one AD cold turkey to Prozac, often referred to as a Prozac bridge, and I had terrible reactions, though my doctor had assured me that I wouldn't notice a thing.  When you have finished the signature then I can refer your questions to moderators to help you.

 

This is your Introduction site where you can ask questions and connect with other members.

I'm glad you've found us. 

Arbor

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

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Welcome to SA, @Bryan.

 

Please note I removed your real name from your signature to protect your privacy. Please update your signature to include the month and the year that you made these drug changes. We need a solid timeline before making any recommendations. Here is more information on how to set up a signature:

 

How to Summarize Drug History in Signature

 

As @arborwrote, you likely are dealing with Paxil withdrawal. As you give us more information regarding when you were last on Paxil and when you added and then increased the dose of the Prozac, we can better advise you on if reinstating a small amount of the Paxil may be helpful. Here is some information on reinstating a drug:

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

Please do not make any changes until we have a chance to go over this with you. Do you have any Paxil left? 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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Hey shep thanks for your response. I was on 40mgs Paxil for 12 years. Doctor said won’t feel anything but as we know we do. I started feeling the symptoms maybe 5 days out they just came on loss of appetite jitteriness sleep issues. Once I switched from Paxil to Prozac I went from 40mgs of Paxil to 40mgs of Prozac without tapering the Paxil. Now currently I’m on 60 mgs of Prozac should this balance me out?

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hi Bryan-- welcome to SA.

 

The really important question right now is when did you stop taking the Paxil and start taking the prozac?

 

The other biggie is, did you just stop the Paxil one day and start the prozac the next? or did you decrease one while increasing the other?

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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I stopped taking the Paxil about a week ago same day I started Prozac. Went from 40mgs of Paxil cold to 40mgs of Prozac .started Prozac next day didn’t taper off the Paxil. Now I’m at 60mgs of Prozac. What do u think to me it’s withdrawal loss of appetite sleep problem jitteriness. To the doctor no but I know my body. Let me know thanks 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Welcome, @Bryan 

 

Did you discuss your difficulties with your doctor?

 

How have your symptoms changed in the last week?

 

If I were you, I'd go back to 40mg Prozac, there's no reason to take excess Prozac.

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Hey I did discuss with my doctor he says it’s not withdrawal. Symptoms have been off and on jitteriness Loss of appetite sleep issues. Will the Prozac level this out? I hate feeling like this. Doctors always blame it on anxiety. So as of now I been on 60 mgs of Prozac for 3 days and off Paxil for a week and a half Paxil was 40mgs. I took 40mgs one day next day stopped totally and started 40mgs of Prozac. What do you think? Let me know thanks Bryan

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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On 9/2/2021 at 7:14 AM, Bryan said:

So as of now I been on 60 mgs of Prozac for 3 days and off Paxil for a week and a half Paxil was 40mgs. I took 40mgs one day next day stopped totally and started 40mgs of Prozac. What do you think? Let me know thanks Bryan

 

Bryan, I think you may have missed Altostrata's post:

 

On 9/1/2021 at 8:57 PM, Altostrata said:

If I were you, I'd go back to 40mg Prozac, there's no reason to take excess Prozac.

 

Do you have any Paxil left? 

 

How are you feeling? As your sleep improved or are you still having issues? 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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Hey yeah gonna talk to my doctor about going back down to 40 once I even out. The jitteriness comes and goes now and sleep has been Alittle better. I just hate the jitteriness feeling. Prob been like 5 days now at 60mgs of Prozac is it normal going through this to have windows of feeling good then the jitteriness comes back? Is it considered a cold Turkey when my doctor took me off 40mgs Paxil and put me on 40 mgs of Prozac? 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hey will the Prozac eventually take care of this withdrawal from cold Turkey Paxil. Meaning will the symptoms stop once the Prozac kicks in

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Sorry the Paxil withdrawal is so bad.

Doctors think if your on one med you can't be in withdrawal from another, even though they interact differently in the brain.

I had awful symptoms just from changing the formulation from the name brand controlled release Paxil tablets to immediate release generic liquid.

 

I agree dropping to 40mgs of the Prozac is a good idea, the extra 20mgs isn't likely to help, the 40 itself is a hefty dose.

It most likely isn't going to help you "even out", that extra 20mgs isn't boosting your receptor blockage to a significant degree.

 

20 mgs locks down almost 80% of your receptors.

You're probably as close to 100%  as anyone would need to be by 40mgs for a Paxil-Prozac Bridge.

 

Feel better

 

Prozac blockage chart

 

% of 1 pill(20 mg)

Dosage in mg

Prozac

% blockage serotonin receptor

(SERT)

100

20

78

50

10

72

25

5

62

12,5

2,5

48

10

2 

44

7,5

1,5

37

5

1

29

4

0,8

25

3

0,6

20

2

0,4

14,5

1,5

0,3

11

1

0,2

8

0,5

0,1

4

0,25

0,05

2

0,1

0,02

0,9

0,05

0,01

0,5

 

 

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Hey thanks yeah it sucks this jitteriness comes goes. How long do you think it will take for these symptoms to go away? Everyday having this is terrible. As we all know doctor said it’s not withdrawal. I know my body and 100 was different after the switch.  It’s been about a week since these symptoms started. 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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26 minutes ago, Bryan said:

Hey will the Prozac eventually take care of this withdrawal from cold Turkey Paxil. Meaning will the symptoms stop once the Prozac kicks in

 

It does take awhile for the Prozac to build up in your system.

How much it will help with the shock of the Paxil cold turkey differs from person to person.

 

Here are 2 threads.

One about using Prozac as a bridge and another member who stopped Paxil one day and started Prozac the next.

You may find them helpful.

You can also search the site for other paxil -prozac bridge stories.

 

The Prozac switch or "bridging" with fluoxetine - Tapering - Surviving Antidepressants

 

medfreeoneday: withdrawal symptoms after Prozac bridge from paroxetine? - Introductions and updates - Surviving Antidepressants

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Thanks u another symptom I’m having is shaky hands. Is that common

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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It can be the cortisol, yes.

Think of your system being in a constant state of high alert, like how you are with adrenaline right after a fight or bad argument, car accident, etc.

Since the brain controls all aspects of bodily functioning symptoms can occur throughout.

 

The quicker the taper the higher the chance of more severe symptoms, which can lead to a lot of what turns out to be unnecessary testing and referrals to neurologists when perplexing issues arise sometimes months after a large drop. Hopefully the bridge will work to an extent.

 

Do you have any Paxil left?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Hey yeah I have 40mgs of Paxil left. I was thinking of maybe switching back to Paxil to get rid of these symptoms. What’s your opinion on that one. Yeah it’s terrible get that jitteriness that runs through your whole body. Let me know thanks

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Don’t remember if I asked but is it considered being cold Turkey of Paxil when starting Prozac? Took paxil one day next day right to Prozac. Let me know thanks 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Yes, stopping any drug abruptly and-or while still above a certain mg level is "Cold Turkey".

 

Since all drugs act differently, your brain is attempting to do 2 things at once,

Adjust to the loss of the old and adapt to the change of the new.

That's why a gentler change over lowering one drug over time while slowly raising the other is advised.

 

The answer to going back to paxil revolves around why did your doctor change you from 40mg of paxil to 60mg of prozac to begin with?

These are both excessive amounts.

 

Side effects?

No longer working?

Just wanting to taper off?

 

It's possible reinstating a small amount of Paxil may help and eventually make the bridge successful.

If you want to go back to just the Paxil, it should be done soon before your brain is fully accustomed to the Prozac.

 

But NOT back to the 40mgs if you have been off it almost 2 weeks, it may give an adverse reaction.

Only 10mgs of Paxil are need to lock down 75-85% of your receptors.

 

 

Please update your signature line with the last date of Paxil and First date of Prozac so the Moderators can locate that info quickly.

Depending on when you last day of Paxil was will be important for them to know.

 

Also please advise us if you wish to continue to attempt the bridge in a modified form or return just to an acceptable amount of Paxil.

 

Thanks so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Hey last day of Paxil was about August 30 Next day started Prozac. Started at 40mgs then jumped me to 60 cause of these symptoms. He switched me cause he thought it would be better for my impulsivity. So what I read Paxil leaves body quick and Prozac takes awhile I’m not a doctor but yeah even I know better this. I’m torn between switching back or riding this out. Also getting pains in my ankles with hand shaking a lot. One minute I wanna go back to Paxil then I wanna give this a chance so hard. Advice is appreciated 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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I’m bad with this stuff how do i put in dates. Not the best with electronics ha

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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I stopped taking the Paxil about a week ago same day I started Prozac.  (Aug. 25th?)

 

Hey last day of Paxil was about August 30 Next day started Prozac

 

I'm sorry your not feeling well.

But this is a very critical difference in "estimates"

One week really makes a difference this early on in giving you advise that could affect you for the next few years of your life.

 

Also, we need the signature line filled out with these dates, not just constantly relisted in the thread.

As your thread grows longer, staff simply does not have the time to scroll back and catch "Errors" in your own reporting such  as this.

 

Our advise will only be as helpful as You are able to help Us.

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 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Is the jitteriness worse at any particular times of day? What time o'clock do you take Prozac?

 

What does your doctor think these symptoms are?

 

6 hours ago, Bryan said:

Hey yeah gonna talk to my doctor about going back down to 40 once I even out. The jitteriness comes and goes now and sleep has been Alittle better. I just hate the jitteriness feeling. Prob been like 5 days now at 60mgs of Prozac is it normal going through this to have windows of feeling good then the jitteriness comes back? Is it considered a cold Turkey when my doctor took me off 40mgs Paxil and put me on 40 mgs of Prozac? 

 

6 hours ago, Bryan said:

Hey will the Prozac eventually take care of this withdrawal from cold Turkey Paxil. Meaning will the symptoms stop once the Prozac kicks in

 

@Bryan you may be taking TOO MUCH Prozac. You can get symptoms of activation when the Prozac dose is TOO HIGH.

 

We have been suggesting you might "even out" better on 40mg Prozac.

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Hey it comes and goes the jitteriness no specific time. I take the Prozac in the morning. The doctor first said it’s not withdrawal then says medication takes time to work great what happens in between ha 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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I updated the dates 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hey I updated dates

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Forgot to say symptoms also were hitting me at 40mgs of Prozac. 

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Also when this first hit it’s like exactly what it says about symptoms. Started like I had the flu then this jitteriness sweating shaky hands sleep issues lack of appetite.

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Hey so I switched back yesterday to the 40mgs of Paxil to stabilize myself. Later in the day I felt fine. Next day which is today have that adrenaline back through my body. Since I went back to the 40mgs of Paxil do you know how long it will take to stabilize? Let me know thanks Bryan

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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Have you talked to your doctor about your symptoms?

 

You went off 40mg Paxil cold turkey about 2 weeks ago. Then you took 60mg Prozac for about 10 days. Now you've gone back to 40mg Paxil. 

 

As explained earlier, 60mg Prozac was far too strong. When you substituted 40mg Paxil, that decreased the stimulation from Prozac. Now you're back to symptoms arising from repeatedly making sudden drug changes and having experienced severe withdrawal from Paxil.

 

You can expect odd reactions from going on and off and making sudden changes in psychiatric drugs.

 

It probably will take you months to stabilize on 40mg Paxil again. You might have felt better on 10mg or 5mg Prozac, by the way.

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Hey yeah I know 60mgs was to strong I agree. I wanted to stabilize on the 40mgs of Paxil so my doctor made the switch from 60mgs of Prozac to 40mgs of Paxil. Today is day 2 of the switch seems like the symptoms are worse morning till about mid afternoon. I spoke with my doctor and he said by Monday I should feel better but I’m not liking his responses after he took me right off Paxil and put me on Prozac. My doctor said I’ve only been on 60mgs for about 10 days so just stop taking the Prozac and restart the 40mgs of Paxil. I was totally fine before this change and he tells me it’s not withdrawal really I know my body and this is withdrawal for sure. I apologize if I’m not giving the right details just never did this before in a group. Let me know what you think thanks Bryan

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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It will take time for the prozac to exit your system, it has a very long half life.

It was a very large dose and now your back to a very large dose of paxil, there may be some interaction for a time.

Considering you were off the paxil as log as your were, reinstating on 10 to 20 mgs would have been sufficient.

 

May I ask what sort of doctor this is, prescribing such excessive dose amounts of both drugs?

Is this an actual psychiatrist or is this a general family practice doctor or even a physicians assistant?

 

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Hey believe it or not he is a psychiatrist. I’ve been going to him for about 14 years but I’m thinking to start to find someone new. He says it’s not from Paxil my symptoms really why was I fine until he stopped me cold and started Prozac right away. Even I know that. So this is day 2 being back on the Prozac still have the adrenaline through body but yesterday on day 1 I was fine. How long do you think it will take to stabilize on the Paxil? He says by Monday but idk. Let me know thanks

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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34 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

t probably will take you months to stabilize on 40mg Paxil again.

 

I think a few months is closer to the mark than a week.

But it may depend on how much you want to reinstate on.

When people reinstate on too high a dose they can have a harder time. 

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 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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Hey thanks for responding. So confusing for me all this medication stuff. I just wanted to be back to the way I was. He put me back on the 40mgs cause he said that’s what I use to take. He still doesn’t believe it’s Paxil withdrawal which is crazy. I looked up Paxil and Prozac Paxil exits quick and Prozac takes awhile to build up so taking me right off Paxil doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that’s gonna be problem. So I’m not changing anything else I just want to stabilize for awhile then do a proper taper. Let me know what u think thanks

2009 started 40mgs of Paxil.                               July 2021 started 5 mgs of bystolic                   2021  stopped Paxil cold Turkey August 27th.                                                                                  2021 started 40mgs of prozac August 28th.                                                                                 2021 August 29th started 60mgs of prozac Bryan.                                                            September 6th switched back to 40mgs of Paxil from 60mgs of Prozac                       September 13th switched from 40mgs to 20mgs of Paxil

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