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My name is Karen (aka itwillhappenoneday). I was an infrequent user on paxilprogress.org for a few years, it helped me wean off aropax (paxil) in 2011. I had to get back on them a year later in  2012 after a bad breakup. I have now gained so much weight (I was 60kg before starting paxil in 2004, 70kg when I got off them in 2011/2012, and now 90kgs since I have been on them again). It has become a health hazard for my asthma and I really need to get off them. I want to do it for good this time but I fear failure as I know just how bad it can be. My mental illness is social anxiety from a poor childhood. I believe that I am well over this now and I need to get this paxil out of my system and this time not jump at the chance to take them again as soon as something bad happens. 

That is my story.

 

20mg Aropax started 2004

weaned to 10mg from 2007-2011

weaned to 0mg from 2011-2012

back on 20mg from 2014 to date

 

 

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This is a great site for support, education, and inspiration. I'm just getting my feet wet here, but I really like this place. I don't have any friends yet, but I still like to see how people are doing. Good luck here.

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Hi Itwillhappen

 

Welcome to SA.  Please add your recent drug history to your signature.  This link explains how: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/893-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

Here is our topic for tapering off of Paxil: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/405-tips-for-tapering-off-paxil-paroxetine/

 

We recommend decrementing no more than 10% of your previous dose and holding for at least a month to stabilize.  A slow, steady taper maximizes your opportunity to remain fairly symptom free while coming off of the drug and allowing your central nervous system to reshape itself. 

 

I also recommend keeping a daily log or journal of med changes and resulting symptoms so that you can listen to your own body and go at your own pace.  Here is a thread on rating your symptoms on a daily basis: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1779-rate-symptoms-daily-to-catch-withdrawal-early/

 

You'll find lots of support here.

 

Karma

2007 @ 375 mg Effexor - 11/29/2011 - 43.75 mg Effexor (regular) & .625 mg Xanax

200 mg Gabapentin 2/27/21 - 194.5 mg, 5/28/21 - 183 mg, 8/2/21 - 170 mg, 11/28/21 - 150 mg, 4/19/22 - 122 mg; 8//7/22 - 100 mg
Xanax taper: 3/11/12 - 0.9375 mg, 3/25/12 - 0.875 mg, 4/6/12 - 0.8125 mg, 4/18/12 - 0.75 mg; 1/16 0.6875 mg; at some point 0.625 mg
Effexor taper: 1/29/12 - 40.625 mg, 4/29/12 - 39.875 mg, 5/11/12 - Switched to liquid Effexor, 5/25/12 - 38 mg, 7/6/12 - 35 mg, 8/17/12 - 32 mg, 9/14/12 - 30 mg, 10/19/12 - 28 mg, 11/9/12 - 26 mg, 11/30/12 - 24 mg, 01/14/13 - 22 mg. 02/25/13 - 20.8 mg, 03/18/13 - 19.2 mg, 4/15/13 - 17.6 mg, 8/10/13 - 16.4 mg, 9/7/13 - 15.2 mg, 10/19/13 - 14 mg, 1/15/14 - 13.2 mg, 3/1/2014 - 12.6 mg, 5/4/14 - 12 mg, 8/1/14 - 11.4 mg, 8/29/14 - 10.8 mg; 10/14/14 - 10.2 mg; 12/15/14 - 10 mg, 1/11/15 - 9.5 mg, 2/8/15 - 9 mg, 3/21/15 - 8.5 mg, 5/1/15 - 8 mg, 6/9/15 - 7.5 mg, 7/8/15 - 7 mg, 8/22/15 - 6.5 mg, 10/4/15 - 6 mg; 1/1/16 - 5.6 mg; 2/6/16 - 5.2 mg; 4/9 - 4.8 mg; 7/7 4.5 mg; 10/7 4.25 mg; 11/4 4.0 mg; 11/25 3.8 mg; 4/24 3.6 mg; 5/27 3.4 mg; 7/8 3.2 mg ... 10/18 2.8 mg; 1/18 2.6 mg; 4/7 2.4 mg; 5/26 2.15mg; 8/18 1.85 mg; 10/7 1.7 mg; 12/1 1.45 mg; 3/2 1.2 mg; 5/4 0.90 mg; 6/1 0.80 mg; 6/22 0.65 mg; 08/03 0.50 mg, 08/10 0.45 mg, 10/05 0.325 mg, 11/23 0.2 mg, 12/14 0.15 mg, 12/21 0.125 mg, 02/28 0.03125 mg, 2/15 0.015625 mg, 2/29/20 0.00 mg - OFF Effexor


I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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Hi Karen,

 

Welcome from another Victorian.  Karma has hooked you up with the key bits.

 

This is your thread to come back to time and again.  Use it to ask questions, document what's happening to you and anything else that's helpful.

 

We also have an Australian thread in the relationship forum if you want to make your presence felt there as well - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6284-australia-members-please-check-in-here/

 

Dalsaan

Please note - I am not a medical practitioner and I do not give medical advice. I offer an opinion based on my own experiences, reading and discussion with others.On Effexor for 2 months at the start of 2005. Had extreme insomnia as an adverse reaction. Changed to mirtazapine. Have been trying to get off since mid 2008 with numerous failures including CTs and slow (but not slow enough tapers)Have slow tapered at 10 per cent or less for years. I have liquid mirtazapine made at a compounding chemist.

Was on 1.6 ml as at 19 March 2014.

Dropped to 1.5 ml 7 June 2014. Dropped to 1.4 in about September.

Dropped to 1.3 on 20 December 2014. Dropped to 1.2 in mid Jan 2015.

Dropped to 1 ml in late Feb 2015. I think my old medication had run out of puff so I tried 1ml when I got the new stuff and it seems to be going ok. Sleep has been good over the last week (as of 13/3/15).

Dropped to 1/2 ml 14/11/15 Fatigue still there as are memory and cognition problems. Sleep is patchy but liveable compared to what it has been in the past.

 

DRUG FREE - as at 1st May 2017

 

>My intro post is here - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2250-dalsaan

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Thank you very much for the support.

I visited my GP today and got myself a mental health care plan to give to my psychologist who is going to help me with CBT and group workshops whilst and after I wean off the paxil.

For all of those not in Australia, a mental health plan is a government funded initiative that offers free counselling and group therapy for the first 10 visits of each. I would not be able to do this otherwise.

20mg Aropax started 2004

weaned to 10mg from 2007-2011

weaned to 0mg from 2011-2012

back on 20mg from 2014 to date

 

 

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