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Old 12-28-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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post-partum, weaning off meds

Hello, I am on paxil for post partum and have started weaning myself off. I am now down to half a pill every second night and I am feeling very light headed, sometimes dizzy...anyone experience this when weaning off anti-depressants?

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Old 12-28-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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Re: post-partum, weaning off meds

I took paxil for about 8 months and when I tried to go off it I got these weird shock like sensations. It was awful, so when I was down to 5 or 10 mgs my doctor switched me to 10 mgs of prozac and it worked! I didn't have any withdrawal. If things get too bad I would ask about switching meds for about 2 weeks.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:05 AM   #3
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Re: post-partum, weaning off meds

I went through Paxil withdrawal for many months. The dizziness was disabling unless I tapered very, very slowly. A pill cutter was a must for cutting up small pieces. Adding Zoloft near the end helped me to finally get off it.

Old 12-29-2006, 08:49 AM   #4
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Re: post-partum, weaning off meds

You need to taper slowly EVERY day -- NOT every other day. By tapering every other day you keep your body in a constant state of withdrawal and you don't give it the chance to adjust to lower doses.

Old 12-29-2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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Re: post-partum, weaning off meds

I've heard the same thing that sickofeffexor said about taking it daily.

Paxil is available in liquid form, for tapering off very slowly. Or, adding a different SSRI like Prozac, towards the end of your taper and then tapering off that can really help. Prozac has a long "half life" so it makes it easier to taper from, apparently.

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