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Hello, my display name is postpaxilgirl.

It was 3 2/3 years ago when I stopped taking paxil (cold turkey) because it caused severe gut problems

which keep persisting. I had no idea paxil was addictive.

I am sensitive to sunlight, fluorescent light, lots of foods, and life in general. It all seems

to be moving too fast.

Ironically, I did not start taking this drug for depression--a Doctor recommended it to help

with the CFS and Fibro. Now I'm really depressed, like I have never been before.

 

Anybody else have these problems?

 

Thanks for reading.

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Welcome, Postpaxilgirl. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems after several years of being off Paxil. Unfortunately, it seems to be about the worst antidepressant on the market. The originator and administrator of this site, Altostrata, has had major struggles with it.

 

Paxil isn't exactly addictive in that a person doesn't require more and more to feel good. However, it's a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, which means it actually changes the structure of the brain, killing off some neurons and growing some new ones. Jumping off the drug cold turkey leaves the brain in a very unstable state and it can take a long time to normalize. Things do get better over time, though.

 

My own experience is with Lexapro, also an SSRI, which I "tapered" off far too fast.

 

We're here for you with lots of good information and friendly, gentle, support.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

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Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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Welcome, Postpaxilgirl. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems after several years of being off Paxil. Unfortunately, it seems to be about the worst antidepressant on the market. The originator and administrator of this site, Altostrata, has had major struggles with it.

 

Paxil isn't exactly addictive in that a person doesn't require more and more to feel good. However, it's a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, which means it actually changes the structure of the brain, killing off some neurons and growing some new ones. Jumping off the drug cold turkey leaves the brain in a very unstable state and it can take a long time to normalize. Things do get better over time, though.

 

My own experience is with Lexapro, also an SSRI, which I "tapered" off far too fast.

 

We're here for you with lots of good information and friendly, gentle, support.

 

I would say that ad are addictive on a different level as many people do actually need to increase because they lose their effectiveness and a tolerance builds much like all other drugs that affect the brain chemicals.

Various SSRIs/SNRIs 7- 1/2 years

Went Cold Turkey from Celexa 2011, Stayed Off

Psych Drug Free and Loving Life (over 6 years and counting)

 

How I Stay Well: Diet, exercise, meditation, supplements, etc

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I would say that ad are addictive on a different level as many people do actually need to increase because they lose their effectiveness and a tolerance builds much like all other drugs that affect the brain chemicals.

 

You make a good point. I'll have to rethink my opinion.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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Hello, my display name is postpaxilgirl.

It was 3 2/3 years ago when I stopped taking paxil (cold turkey) because it caused severe gut problems

which keep persisting. I had no idea paxil was addictive.

I am sensitive to sunlight, fluorescent light, lots of foods, and life in general. It all seems

to be moving too fast.

Ironically, I did not start taking this drug for depression--a Doctor recommended it to help

with the CFS and Fibro. Now I'm really depressed, like I have never been before.

 

Anybody else have these problems?

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Yes. Gut problems, light sensitivity, weakness, vascular pain, hormonal imbalance and the food intolerances as well.

 

I have found some help with functional doctors who often use specialty labs. The stool test from Metametrix found bacterial, protozoal, and fungal infection in my gut. I am working to treat those infections.

 

I also had some nutrient imbalances but my absorbstion is poor so this has been a challenge to rememdy.

 

I'm sorry to hear that you're having many of the same struggles. I believe my years on psychiatric medication played a major role in my current issues, a causitive one for certain issues and a predisposing role in others.

 

best to you,

alex

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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Welcome, Postpaxilgirl.

 

I am sorry you are having prolonged withdrawal symptoms.

 

We have some suggestions in our Symptoms and Self-Care forum to help with symptoms.

 

Are you taking fish oil and magnesium? Keeping your bedroom very dark?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Hi PPG - welcome! - i am sorry that you have had these problems for so long.

 

Have you seen any easing up of these symptoms over time?

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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