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Deblette: looking for help tapering off Paxil


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Currently back on 5 mg daily of paxil, after a few botched attempts to reduce as directed: 11) halve, then halve again over about a month;  and 2) try alternating days on and off the drug.  

Pretty severe brain zaps, rashes, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive lapses and memory loss, etc, led me to this site.  I've also been doing the workbook on withdrawal.theinnercompass.org, preparing for more of the zany, wild, suicidal rage that I expect to experience again.  Would love some help with the physical challenge of knocking 5-10% off of half a 10mg pill!

Thanks for being here.

Will be updated once I have medical records

  • Trazadone 2014 - 2019 50 mg
  • January 2020: 20mg; Dec 13, 2021: 15mg; Jan 13, 2022: 10mg; Jan 16, 2022: 15mg; Jan 31, 2022: alternating daily 15/10 mg; Mar  2022: 10mg; May 2022: alternatingly daily 10/5 mg; June 2022: skipping doses alternating 5/0mg; July 5mg daily.
  • Other: Glass of wine 4-5 times a week, until July 8 (now 0); Black tea 2 cups/day
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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Deblette: looking for help tapering off Paxil
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Hi Deblette and welcome to SA,


Thank you for creating your drug signature.  Please condense the paroxetine information to be like this:


drug name:  date, dose; date, dose; date, dose; .........


I am really glad that you have found SA before trying to taper again.  It is important to be stable before you start tapering again.


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist






And Brassmonkey talks more about it here:



SA's taper rate is no more than 10% of the current dose followed by a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  But it is also important to listen to your body/symptoms and taper according to those, and holding for longer/reducing by less if/when needed.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Brassmonkey has successfully got of Paxil and he created his own version of a taper which has been nicknamed after him.  You reduce every week for 4 weeks (if 10% reduction you divide it by 4) and then hold for and additional 2 weeks, so stay on the last dose of the reduction cycle for 3 weeks before commencing the new reduction cycle.  The advantage of doing this taper method is that you can hold at any stage for longer if needed so you have more control over your taper.  You can reduce by less than 10% if you need to:


Brass Monkey Slide


Post #1 of this topic explains how to get non standard doses.  Paxil can be made into a liquid.


Tips for tapering off paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)


This topic has links to helpful information:


Important topics in the Tapering forum and FAQ


This is your own Introduction topic.  Please ask questions about your own situation here and you can also journal your progress.  This will keep your history in one place and mean that you don't have to repeat your story.

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you

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

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

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