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Old 01-04-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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Has Anyone Gone Though Paxil CR Withdrawal?....

Hi,

I was recently taken off of Paxil CR by my psychiatrist because my husband and I would like to start to have a baby. I've been on this drug for almost two years now, with side effects of severe weight gain (gained almost 70lbs. since I've been on it), sleeplessness, depression, anger, OCD, & anxiety. This was the only drug for depression that didn't make me nauseus or dizzy so that's why I stayed on it this long.

I was weened off 25mg, then down to 12.5mg for the last seven days, by my doctor. Two days after I started taking the last 12.5mg. pill, I started to now go through severe withdrawal. On Sunday, we called our pharmacy to check to see if this is normal or not and he said it can vary in cases but otherwise, yes, it's normal. On Monday I called my psychiatrist to let him know what was going on and he too said this is normal. He said it's going to feel like I have the Flu. He said I could put me on a low dose of regular Paxil but then told me I shouldn't because I'm already into the withdrawal for a couple days now and that I had nothing to worry about. Meaning, that I wasn't going to get any seisures or anything real major.

So far I'm in so much discomfort. Since New Years Day, 1/1/05, I've had severe Vertigo/Dizziness, Nausea, Severe Neck and Shoulder pain and tension, Blurred Vision, Feeling like eyes are constantly shifting all over which is causing me more dizziness, and Bad Dreams. Severe problems also with thinking and even talking straight. I had to cancel all appointments this week because I can hardly walk and I definitely can't drive right now. New withdrawal symptom of bouts of crying. I hardly ever cried on Paxil CR but now that I'm off of it these crying spells are coming out of nowhere.

My questions Are:
How long will this last, if you've gone through this already?
Has anyone had these withdrawal symptoms too?
What are you doing about your symptoms, how did you deal with them?
Is anyone having long term effects after going through their Paxil CR withdrawal? (read one story where a woman is still having side effects after being off of Paxil CR for more than a year now....)

Please let me know how to either feel better or just let me hear your experiences on dealing with Paxil CR withdrawal..

Thank you for your help...

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Old 01-04-2005, 06:09 PM   #2
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

the wife has never taken this one.
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Old 01-05-2005, 05:33 AM   #3
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

I stopped cold turkey and I thought I was going to die. My doctor put me back on it and weaned me off slowly and finished with a once a week Prozac pill and that worked beautifullly. But now I am afraid I will have to go back on something because my OCD is kicking back in again, only happens when I start worrying about my health.

 
Old 01-10-2005, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

Darcy315- I was weaned to a lower dose of Paxil this week, from 40 mg to 20mg, the goal is to switch to Effexor tomorrow:-O (kinda scared). But I too felt great pain and tension in my shoulders, neck and back. I had severe headache, shakiness as well, but I have gotten better. I slept most of it off.

 
Old 01-12-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

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Darcy315- I was weaned to a lower dose of Paxil this week, from 40 mg to 20mg, the goal is to switch to Effexor tomorrow:-O (kinda scared). But I too felt great pain and tension in my shoulders, neck and back. I had severe headache, shakiness as well, but I have gotten better. I slept most of it off.
I hope everything goes smooth with Effexor..
Why did you switch from Paxil to Effexor?...

 
Old 01-13-2005, 01:59 PM   #6
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

Dear Darcy, I too went through severe withdrawal from Paxil but there are some things I did that really helped me and I hope this will help you too. I took a good B-complex supplement, 4 fish oil pills a day, LOTS of water, normal dose of ibuprofen,and detox tea (make sure it has burdock root and cayenne pepper) you can also take a detox supplement instead with these same ingredients. Odd that dark chocolate helped too (70-85% cocoa). Good luck and remember that it is temporary, you will start to feel better and normal again. Your tapering down seems a bit fast, I would recommend getting the liquid form of Paxil so you can adjust your dose easily.

 
Old 01-14-2005, 10:09 PM   #7
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Paxil is an evil drug. My doctor put me on paxil cr about 5 months ago when I told her I didn't want to be on Zoloft anymore because I had no appetite and was losing weight and even worse I believe it was not helping my depression and made it worse if anything. So she puts me on Paxil telling me I would not lose weight and it would be better for me. I start taking 25 mg for about 2 months. My appetite was a little better but not by much and I was still underweight, I had the sexual side effects, I was tired all the time or I just couldn't sleep all night long and it wasn't helping my depression. One day I just got really ****** and decided I didn't want to take anidepressants anymore so I litterally just stopped taking the Paxil. Well that was a BIG mistake. After about 2 days of not taking it, I had horrible withdrawl symptoms: dizziness, headache, body shocks, severe shaking, feeling like I was going to faint... I came home from work feeling like I would just fall over at any moment. My boyfriend told me to just take the pill because a friend of ours took Paxil and said she had similar side effects from trying to stop. I was going to go to the hospital but I didn't want to be admited. Anyway I just took the damn pill and in a few hours the symptoms went away. Its like an addiction! I had no idea I would have such horrible symptoms from just stopping a medication.
When I went to see my doctor next, of course she told me never to stop taking any med with out talking to her first. This I knew but I was just so angry at the time I didn't want to take anything. My doctor put me on Remeron (which I am now taking and am okay with). But she still told me to take the Paxil. Well I cut it down to half (12.5 mg) now.
Once again I tried to come off this drug, thinking I was weened off it and now okay with the Remeron. Well same thing happened, this time I didn't take the pill for one day I believe and I ended up leaving work early with the same symptoms I mentioned before, the body shocks are the worst. What is that?!?!
Anyway I am so worried I will never get off the damn drug. Doing my research, a little to late I find out Paxil is the worst antidepressant to come off of. You have to slowly ween yourself down to the smallest dosage and even then you likely to have these horrible withdrawals. I am just so scared I am going to have side effects from the paxil the rest of my life, if I ever get off of it.
Good luck to you. I'm sorry for your terrible experience with this drug. The freaking doctors should warn you about it before they give it to you. I mean even with being weened off the drug with the help of your doctor you can still have the withdrawal symptoms....I don't want to feel like that ever again. I don't know what to think....

 
Old 01-16-2005, 07:19 PM   #8
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[B]I've been on PaxilCR for 4 yrs. from 75mgs. now at 37.5mgs. I asked my Psychiatrist about what or how to get off the drug, and he told me I would have to do it in a hospital !. After reading allot of your posts here I wonder if you can ever get that stuff out of you . Good luck to you.

 
Old 01-17-2005, 12:55 AM   #9
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

Darcy,

Geez, I wonder why your psychiatrist didn't rx the drops so you could taper sloooooooooooooooooooooooowly??? And so what if you are ttc, Paxil is not a problem in ttc, pg, of postpartum.

I have a good friend who went on Paxil when her 1 child was 6 months old. She tapered off it (Paxil drops) without problems a year later. Then some time later there were some family stresses and she went back on. They were planning to ttc but she got pg earlier than she expected. She'd planned to taper off before ttc, but oops. Anyway, the postpartum depression (and prenatal) experts all say it's better for mom-2-be as well as growing baby to be depression/anxiety free and on meds than to try to white knuckle it.

HAving had this kind of stuff going on, you may find a need to go back on meds in pg. or postpartum. I hate mentioning that, but it's better to know it may happen and to plan for it than to be caught off guard. Read up on it too. Since you've done the treatment route before, you know what to look for, what med works, and where to call to get treatment started again. So then the rates are less than 10%. Depression After Delivery has loads of information that may be of some help.

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Old 01-17-2005, 04:58 AM   #10
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

As I have stated before, my doctor had to taper me off slowly after I made the mistake of stopping cold turkey and then he finished me off with one Prozac weekly and that all the difference in the world.

 
Old 01-19-2005, 10:53 AM   #11
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

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Dear Darcy, I too went through severe withdrawal from Paxil but there are some things I did that really helped me and I hope this will help you too. I took a good B-complex supplement, 4 fish oil pills a day, LOTS of water, normal dose of ibuprofen,and detox tea (make sure it has burdock root and cayenne pepper) you can also take a detox supplement instead with these same ingredients. Odd that dark chocolate helped too (70-85% cocoa). Good luck and remember that it is temporary, you will start to feel better and normal again. Your tapering down seems a bit fast, I would recommend getting the liquid form of Paxil so you can adjust your dose easily.
Thank you for your input on this subject. It's now January 19th.'05 and I'm still going through this, it's horrible. I have major dizziness still, head, neck, and shoulder tension (that causes wicked headaches and nausea every day so far). I'm very uptight, get angry faster now, I also cry a lot more (especially watching a sad show/movie), and I'm starting to get back my panic attacks that I haven't had since 1996. I told my doctor about this a couple times but he doesn't seem to care, just says it will eventually wear off. I hope so, I can't live like this. I can't even drive my car, stand up for too long, or even read anything. Typing this email is hurting my eyes and head so bad right now but I need to find out all the info. I can on this horrible withdrawal. Once again, thank you for your input.

 
Old 01-19-2005, 11:02 AM   #12
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

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Darcy,

Geez, I wonder why your psychiatrist didn't rx the drops so you could taper sloooooooooooooooooooooooowly??? And so what if you are ttc, Paxil is not a problem in ttc, pg, of postpartum.

I have a good friend who went on Paxil when her 1 child was 6 months old. She tapered off it (Paxil drops) without problems a year later. Then some time later there were some family stresses and she went back on. They were planning to ttc but she got pg earlier than she expected. She'd planned to taper off before ttc, but oops. Anyway, the postpartum depression (and prenatal) experts all say it's better for mom-2-be as well as growing baby to be depression/anxiety free and on meds than to try to white knuckle it.

HAving had this kind of stuff going on, you may find a need to go back on meds in pg. or postpartum. I hate mentioning that, but it's better to know it may happen and to plan for it than to be caught off guard. Read up on it too. Since you've done the treatment route before, you know what to look for, what med works, and where to call to get treatment started again. So then the rates are less than 10%. Depression After Delivery has loads of information that may be of some help.

H
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Thank you very much for this information. It helps me some.

My psychiatrist told me I can start back on anti-depressants when I'm in my third term of the pregnancy if I feel depressed at that time. We'll see how it goes. Right now I'm still going through the withdrawal, & it's now January 19th.'05. Been going on since December 28th. of '04. I hope this just ends soon.

Thanks again.

 
Old 01-19-2005, 11:06 AM   #13
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

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As I have stated before, my doctor had to taper me off slowly after I made the mistake of stopping cold turkey and then he finished me off with one Prozac weekly and that all the difference in the world.
My doctor tried the one regular Prozac on me too. Just didn't think it worked on me though. Still feel very dizzy, severe upper body tension, nausea, anger, and crying a lot.

Paxil cr/Paxil are such bad drugs. They should be banned/taken off the market....

Good luck to you!..

 
Old 01-19-2005, 12:23 PM   #14
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

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I hope everything goes smooth with Effexor..
Why did you switch from Paxil to Effexor?...

I switched to Effexor bc of the sexual side effects, but Paxil was my wonder drug for almost 8 years. I'm now a week and a 1/2 into Effexor and I'm fine now, I don't feel like I'm going through any withdrawal anymore. I went from 40 mg to 20 mg for a week and then immediately started taking 75 mg of Effexor. However when I first lowered my dose of Paxil I was very tense, back ache, head ache, and just all around sick feeling. I slept most of it off.

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Old 01-21-2005, 02:00 PM   #15
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Re: Paxil CR Withdrawal....

i weaned myself cold turkey and i had no problem..I hated Paxil there was no change in the way I felt..

 
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