FOR MAEGSMOM! Paxil withdrawal.
Hi Maegsmom, I thought that you might miss my reply in another thread. Please let me know how you're doing. The worst will be over within a week or two. Please stay strong.
Here's my reply:
Oh maegsmom, quitting Paxil, cold turkey, is a bad idea as you've found. I went through withdrawal and so feel for you. Is there anyone else who can help you? Can you call your doctor and ask for Paxil samples, so you can wean off of it more slowly? If nothing else, you CAN get through withdrawal, but PLEASE keep in mind that all of what you're feeling is Paxil induced and you WILL get better. It might take a couple of weeks or a bit more, but you'll start to feel better soon. Please hang in there! If I could leave my number of e-mail, I would, but they don't allow it here.
Do NOT feel like a failure! You said that the last time you "went too long without Paxil" that you overdosed, but did you know that Paxil withdrawal can cause suicidal feelings? It happened to me and I'm just lucky to be here. I just didn't want you to think that you NEED Paxil because you tried to kill yourself. It's what CAUSED you to do it, no doubt.
Some suggestions during withdrawal
As far as alleviating the withdrawal symptoms, it seems folks have tried everything available, both over-the-counter and herbal remedies. You must make sure to read the product information for anything you try for potential interactions - especially if you take some other drug in addition to Paxil!
Here are some suggestions to help ease withdrawal:
-Drink large amounts of water! (This is VERY important! Pedialite is good too)It really helps to keep your system flushed.
-A multi-vitamin and B vitamin complex are good.
-Try to keep something on your stomach. If you have to, eat several small meals a day, rather than large ones.
-For nausea: crystallized ginger, ginger chews, ginger tabs, ginger ale
(From the health food store)
-For nausea/dizziness: Bonine, Dramamine, (also know as Antivert) in the US, Meclizine in the UK
(From the drug store)
-For headache: Whatever over-the-counter 'headache drug' that you can normally tolerate is okay. Some have suggested the drowsy "P.M. formulas" at bedtime of Tylenol, Excedrin, etc., to help with sleep disorders, but again - read the label!
Some have tried cold formula remedies, but cold formulas sometimes have an ingredient which can 1.) cause anxiety, and 2.) interact with Paxil - in a bad way! It would be best to stay away from cold medications.
Kava Kava capsules and tea
I wish that I could help you! I live in Michigan and am a foster parent here. Do you happen to live in the Midwest? Please, Please get someone to help you with the baby right now. It's hard enough to work through withdrawal without a baby to take care of.
Good luck! Please let me know if I can help you with other information about weaning, etc.