Tapering off Paxil, maybe a bad time...

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   Posted 2/15/2009 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am a new member

So here's my deal:

I have been on paxil (or the generic- Paroxetine) for about six years now. I started it when I started high school. I was up to 25mg of paxil until i moved two years ago and got new insurance and switched to 20mg of paroxetine.
I originally started it because of anxiety and depression problems. I figured that I was now able to manage my life better and that I could get off of the medicine. I talked to my doctor and she said to cut the dosage in half every week until I am off it. Well, I started tapering in the begining of January and have been completely off of it for a week now.
Simply put, this has probably been the worst month of my life. I actually never made the connection until today that my withdrawals were affecting me as much as they are until I got online and found out all the withdrawal symptoms.
My main problems are: dizziness, nausea (extreme)- worsened by movement and almost any scent, extreme irritability, loss of appetite (I have barely eaten anything for a week-it makes me sick, and having numerous crying sessions.
Anyways, life is very unmanageable right now. My extreme irritability has affected everyone around me-my family, boyfriend, and work. I almost broke up with my boyfriend of three years over nothing because I was so irritable.

I just cant go on with this right now-I am in my third year of college, plus I work about 30hrs a week...with children. With all of this theres no time for me to not have patience.

I think I want to go back onto my medication. Should I? I couldnt take it anymore...I took my 20mg pill today after tapering for a month and being completely off it for a week...was that dangerous??? I just dont know when I will be over the withdrawal stage...if it is a lot longer, then I cant do it now. Maybe over the summer when there is less stress or something.

I had no idea how hard this would be.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Speak to your doctor hon. Only they can say when to stop or start a medicine.
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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree 100% with Smurfy.

I am weaning off Cymbalta and I am at the lowest dose available and taking the med  1 tab every 48 hours.....which is working for me and I am holding there with my Pdocs supervision.

I have a lot of stressful things coming up in my life over the next couple of months and I do not want to be dealing with withdrawal sx.

Please do talk with your physician as going back on a low dose is nothing to feel ashamed about

Good Luck



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   Posted 2/15/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Strawberry,

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. I agree with Kitt. Talk to your doctor. You might really need this medication.

Best wishes for a wonderful day

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