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heyu
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posted 02-27-2003 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heyu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
can people that have tried to quit paxil cold turkey, please let me know what kind of withdraws they have gone threw????

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posted 02-27-2003 07:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bubbly20     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Heyu!

I didnt quit totally so to speak, but i had to come off this and change to Prozac..

i came straight off the Peroxetine for 8 days. Seeing as though i was so scared to come off of it for that long, it wasnt so bad...

the only thing i experienced was dizzyness and feeling quite exhausted from the dizzyness but this cleared.

I think it does depend on how you are doing now...like how has your depression been? If its been ok then i dont think you should have many problems, but my depression was quite bad when i cam off the peroxetine, and after a couple of weeks without it (waiting for prozac to work) i was very depressed..but the whole while you have to remember you will feel better..u have to be patient.

i know its not reccommended to go cold turkey anyway - how come you are thinking of doing it this way and not gradually?

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posted 02-27-2003 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delphi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Depends on how long you've been on it. I had been on it only two weeks and broke out in hives. I had to stop immediately. I felt little shocks in my head for a while...weird stuff.

A friend took it longer and her doc didn't tell her not to stop cold turkey. she had major brain zaps and a couple weeks of crying spells and irritability.

I wouldn't suggest cold turkey with Paxil..Wellbutrin, yes..paxil no.

Just my opinion
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posted 02-27-2003 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for west virginia girl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi.....I was on paxil for four years at 40mgs but I had to go off the paxil and get on a new medcine so while I was coming off the paxil I had also just started a new medicine,So I think that helped greatly with withdrawling from the paxil. I have heard it can be very dangerous just to stop taking a medicine of the antidepressant type

Here is just some information I found:

Withdrawing from Paxil

When withdrawing from Paxil, you have to decide which method is right for you. Everyone is different, so experiment. Tapering the dosage down over a period of time seems to be the preferred way to stop - versus quitting Paxil "cold turkey". The withdrawal symptoms during tapering are generally much less intense than cold turkey quitting.

Although some people can quit Paxil and suffer no withdrawal repercussions, countless numbers of folks have quit or tapered and have suffered nausea, dizziness, electric shock sensations known as "the zaps", headache, flu-like symptoms, balance problems, anxiety, sleep problems, gastro-intestinal problems, sweats, vivid dreaming, sensitivity to light and/or sound, etc. The list goes on and on…..

Withdrawal from Paxil is happening in much greater numbers than the manufacturer has reported to the FDA.

Withdrawal can be miserable, so it’s important to figure out what works BEST for you and puts you in the least, if any, discomfort. Plus, it really helps to plan.

Okay, so you’re ready to quit Paxil? Before you begin…..

Withdrawal effects usually start between 2 to 3 days after reducing or stopping the dosage — but they can start as soon as 1 day or take as long as 7 days. Generally, by day three….you should start to know. If you taper too fast, believe me, you’ll know.

It’s also best to try this when you have days off from work. It’s not fun to get nauseous, dizzy, anxious, etc. at work - and then have to drive home? In other words, if you have Sat./Sun. off, try tapering your dose on Friday — you should start know something by Sunday in most cases. Be sure to keep that little 10 mg. piece (explained below) of Paxil with you. Don’t leave home without it, and don’t go away for the weekend without your normal dosage with you. I don’t suggest experimenting with tapering on a "weekend getaway" trip either. Do it in your normal surroundings.

*Plan a schedule for tapering in advance. By learning what to expect and

informing yourself, you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary worrying.

Tapering down method

If you are taking 30 mg. and above, you can start by dropping down 10 milligrams lower than your normal dose and see if you start to experience any withdrawal effects. Save the 10 mg. piece and take it with you.
If you are taking 20 mg. or lower, start with a 5 mg. decrease. The example below refers to the 10 mg. drop. Follow the directions with 5 mg. drop instead of 10. Save the 5 mg. piece and take it with you.
*This is the point where you have to figure out if you are one of the lucky ones and can taper off Paxil with ease — or if this is going to be a long and tedious process — or if you’re somewhere in the middle.*

Some people can come off Paxil with no problems. Others, on the extreme, have found it necessary to drop in increments as low as 2.5 mgs. for months and then taper the last few milligrams with the Paxil liquid. You have to find what works for you. And if you do develop some withdrawal symptoms, you must decide just how much withdrawal you can tolerate before having to return to your normal dose and start tapering in a smaller increment.

Cutting pills….. and Paxil liquid (suspension)

Any pharmacy can sell you an inexpensive pill cutter. With a pill cutter, you can cut a pill in half (and a half pill in half). People have also used razors, Exacto knives, and nail clippers to make really small doses. Eventually, get your pharmacist to refill your prescription with the 10 mg. pills — it will be much easier to cut these into smaller doses once you’ve tapered below 10 mg.

Another great alternative to cutting or shaving pills is to get the liquid form of Paxil. The orange flavored Paxil liquid is good for accurate, small tapering doses as small as 1 mg.! Any pharmacy has it or can get it for you. Some pharmacists have never even heard of the Paxil liquid form so don't let them tell you it doesn't exist!

Your Paxil reduction schedule

As stated, tapering down Paxil is an individualized process. By having patience and sticking to a reduction schedule, you might not develop withdrawals. Below is an example of a reduction schedule and comments.

Cold Turkey Quitting — Zero

I quit Paxil cold turkey. For me, it was Hell and completely incapacitating for more than a week. By Day 3 with no Paxil, I knew something was really wrong — but it took 3 days for the withdrawal to even begin. Having no prior knowledge of withdrawals, and not being told by my doctor or pharmacist that this may occur — I was in for quite a ride. I now wish that I had known about the tapering method before I decided to cold turkey off Paxil.

Days 4 through 8 were the absolute worst. I had a low-grade fever, night sweats, headache, nausea, balance problems, sleep disturbances, upset stomach, and the zaps like you wouldn’t believe! At one point, I was up to 14 zaps per minute — yes, I actually timed them! It took a total of 3 weeks for these symptoms to gradually subside.

For most, cold turkey is not the way to go.

The Switching method

Although I don’t suggest switching drugs — one SSRI drug for another — some people have used this method to taper themselves off Paxil. Even if you decide to switch drugs, withdrawal from Paxil can still happen using this method. Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Luvox, and the others SSRI’s also have their own, very similar problems as well. If you switch drugs, in a lot of cases, you’re right back having to taper yourself off the new SSRI drug too. Some people have switched SSRI’s with ease — others haven’t. This method can start a merry-go-round of SSRI related problems.

What are the "zaps"?

The zaps are little shock-like sensations, which occur during Paxil withdrawal. More annoying than painful, the sensation would start in my mouth and head and ‘shoot out’ towards my extremities for a split second — like a low voltage shock. If you were ever dared as a kid to touch a 9-volt battery to your tongue, then that’s the best way I can describe a zap. They can happen with head and eye movement, or even while sitting perfectly still. After a while, you can begin to hear the zaps happening in your head — like a ‘swoosh’ sound.

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! It really helps to keep your system flushed.

-A multi-vitamin and B vitamin complex are good.

-For nausea: crystallized ginger, ginger chews, ginger tabs, ginger ale

(From the health food store)

(From the drug store)

-For anxiety/nervousness:

Kava Kava capsules and tea


Hope this info might have helped some
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posted 02-28-2003 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pennyb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi heyu! Please please please talk to your doctor. It's not safe to go off paxil cold turkey. OMG i can't even believe your doctor didn't tell you that from the start. It's been 2.5 years since i first started to taper off paxil but being put on prozac helped. go to paxil withdraw sites to hear what could really happen to you. please be careful

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posted 02-28-2003 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for west virginia girl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Penny.....you are right.....I have read to much stuff about it being very dangerous to stop paxil cold turkey or any other antidepressant for that matter...It makes since though...Here we are taking this medicine that affects are brains,And then all of a sudden you stop taking it,Well your brain is going to react to not having that medicine anymore.
Just like Diabetics that needs insulin and stops taking it suddenly or with alcholics that just stop cold turkey and people that have drug abuse problems as with cocaine or whatever......something has to give when you aren't getting these drugs anymore.....So it makes since just to taper down as slow as possible.

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posted 03-01-2003 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mydog8mybrain     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
it's just like whiskey, cocaine, or any other drug. Just depends on how long you have been on it and how chemically dependant you are on the drug. Everyone is different.

Better safe than sorry......might want to go easy and taper.

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posted 03-01-2003 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harriedmom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Took me 3 tries to quit Paxil, I got SSOOOOOOO sick each time. You have to go so gradually or piggy back it with something new. Now I am weaning off Effexor very slowly now, seem to be over the hump, unless you consider sobbing everyday for a few minutes a bad w/d symptom!

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heyu
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posted 03-03-2003 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heyu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sorry it took me so long to get back on here to check my replies,
the reason i want to go off is cuz i have gained so much weight and thought it might be from paxil, and have been so tired for awhile like sleep all night and then sleep another 5 hours during the day, i went off on monday the 24th, so sunday was the last day i took a pill, tuesday was good and then wed. i was so tired slept all day and that night was weepy, emotional just not feeling right, so i took at pill, that was my last time, i have had dizzyness off and on lightheadedness, i have been walking about 15 miles aweek and no change on my weight so thats why i was thinking it was the paxil which i have been on for 13 months, i never talked to my doctor about going off, and i had read so much on line about people gaining so much weight,so far i have been feeling pretty good, i just dont want to gain more weight, but i dont want to go back to the way i was either, i have been dealing with depression all my life but as a teenager never new that was what it was, and of course my parents never saw the signs..i am giving this over to God and now that he will take care of this for me, but even as a reborn again christan i still worry which i know i shouldnt..
im starting more excersing today hoping that this will help.....
thanks for all your replies i will keep you informed on how im doing.......

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