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    Old 01-03-2007, 04:26 PM   #1
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    Paxil weaning

    I was wondering if anyone had success geting off of Paxil? I have been on it for 7 years now, 20mg. dose. I want to get off of it and started slicing small pieces off each pill (my psych. told me to do it this way). I am really nervous since I get terrible withdrawl symptoms from it.
    Has anyone done it this way? ANy other suggestions? I also take .5 Klonopin.
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    Old 01-03-2007, 05:41 PM   #2
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    Re: Paxil weaning

    I weaned myself off of Paxil with suprisingly no problems. I had been on it for about 2 years or so. I just did it very gradually - over a couple of months. I reduced and stayed on that dose for a few weeks then reduced a little more. I had been told that many people have horrible side effects but I didn't. Although I am back on it now, I was off of it for about a year (for pregnancy and whatnot)

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    Re: Paxil weaning

    I had to switch to prozac as soon as I got to 5 mgs. That helped me with the withdrawal. It has a longer half life.
    good luck,

    Old 01-04-2007, 09:54 PM   #4
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    Hi Brooke... did you have withdrawal symptoms first with the Paxil????

    Does Prozac have bad withdrawal symptoms... or is Paxil 100x worse??

    Im getting the worst "zaps" trying to quit paxil... ive been taking 1mg about 3x a week the past year and its hard to get off it!!

    Old 01-05-2007, 05:37 AM   #5
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    Re: Paxil weaning

    The Zaps are the worse feeling, I cannot handle them, that is whats kept me on it for so long. You are taking 1 mg? That is hardly anything. Paxil gives the withdrawls because of the short half life, which means it leaves your system very quickly not gradualy. Prozac does not have the withdrawls so bad because it takes a long time to leave your system, its half life is much longer.

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    Old 01-05-2007, 08:26 AM   #6
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    I was on Paxil for about 3 years and I weaned myself off of them too. For months I did it until there was no point in taking them anymore. The withdrawls were worse than the original problem. For 6 months after I got off the Paxil I was the worst person to live with. My anxiety was worse than ever. I've been Paxil free for 8 months now and I'm doing better. I still have my really bad days, but I'm learning to cope with them. I take .25mg of Clonazapam when needed. I will never ever take Paxil again.

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