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I went off paxil 2 days ago...only been on it since the start of September. I just can not help but feeling I have no control over anything. I can't control panic or anxiety when it happens...I went off the paxil due to the fact I gained 10lbs while on it. I never got that full feeling.
I have not controled my weight. Man I just don't know where to go from here. I am seeing a person who is a BMS. I guess I start with the weight and then deal with the panic when it comes although my chest hurts to thinking about panic. I have a relaxation tape that I got from my doctor and that works when I am at home and need to relax. The breathing tech goes out the window in the mist of an attack and has yet to work because my mind is to busy with the nagitive stuff. What do I do now?
DBW
Quote from dragonballwizard:
I went off paxil 2 days ago...only been on it since the start of September. I just can not help but feeling I have no control over anything. I can't control panic or anxiety when it happens...I went off the paxil due to the fact I gained 10lbs while on it. I never got that full feeling.
I have not controled my weight. Man I just don't know where to go from here. I am seeing a person who is a BMS. I guess I start with the weight and then deal with the panic when it comes although my chest hurts to thinking about panic. I have a relaxation tape that I got from my doctor and that works when I am at home and need to relax. The breathing tech goes out the window in the mist of an attack and has yet to work because my mind is to busy with the nagitive stuff. What do I do now?
DBW


For one thing, you aren't saying that you went off of it cold turkey are you? With all the posting about winging off, you can't be saying that can you? Althogh some information on paxil claims that it has about a twelve day half-life that wings you off, that is bs. I would go back on about 3/4 dose and stable out for a couple weeks. Then drop off at a very slow rate over a couple of months at the very least. Are you changing drugs or just thinking these relaxation tapes are going to do you any good. If you are going to use these tapes, you need to learn the techniques and use them while slowly are winging off the medication. I learned meditation and relaxation in the orient and I can tell you one thing, when an attack comes, it comes. Does you doctor know you are doing this, I hope this is not his or her suggestion. I feel for you

Sickman :)
Sickman,
I called my doctor and told her I was going off the paxil, she called back leaving a message on my machine saying that it was ok if I wanted to go off the meds. She did say that I should call my primary DR and let her know that I have done this so they can put it down in my records.
Yes it is cold turkey, I did not think I was on it long enough to have to ween off of paxil.
It has been 2 days and I think I am doing ok so far other then a headache.
The Dr that is working with me is teaching me the techniques but i am unable to use them when it really counts....how long does it take? I don't understand why I can't just do this and do it right....it does not seem to be that hard when your calm.
I can't help but look at this as a failure. I don't think anyone can be harder on me then I am on myself. When I have just gone through a panic attack and I end up leaving instead of staying..when it passes I say to myself what a loser you did it wrong again..
Do I tell the dr I do that the answer is no, I don't need her to know how much of a failure I am....Don't get me wrong she is great and she says nothing but positive words and tells me to use them to but I find it hard when you can't complete a simple task.
I know I have a long way to go
DBW
Quote from dragonballwizard:
Sickman,
I called my doctor and told her I was going off the paxil, she called back leaving a message on my machine saying that it was ok if I wanted to go off the meds. She did say that I should call my primary DR and let her know that I have done this so they can put it down in my records.
Yes it is cold turkey, I did not think I was on it long enough to have to ween off of paxil.
It has been 2 days and I think I am doing ok so far other then a headache.
The Dr that is working with me is teaching me the techniques but i am unable to use them when it really counts....how long does it take? I don't understand why I can't just do this and do it right....it does not seem to be that hard when your calm.
I can't help but look at this as a failure. I don't think anyone can be harder on me then I am on myself. When I have just gone through a panic attack and I end up leaving instead of staying..when it passes I say to myself what a loser you did it wrong again..
Do I tell the dr I do that the answer is no, I don't need her to know how much of a failure I am....Don't get me wrong she is great and she says nothing but positive words and tells me to use them to but I find it hard when you can't complete a simple task.
I know I have a long way to go
DBW


Dear dragonballwizard,
You are not a failure at all for having the desire to get off the medication. What I am worried about is the fact that going off cold turkey will not fully hit you until enough of the drug is out of your system and you have been on it long enough to alter your chemical balances. Your body needs to slowly adjust to the change back to before you were on the drug. I did the same thing with another srri, I felt fine for a little over three weeks and I don't want to expand on what happened unless you ask. Just know that you are taking a big chance doing this and so many Doctors tell you that you can just stop taking the drugs. They need to have them take some of them and then stop cold turkey, or for that matter just have a major panic attack. They do not know, and no one on earth knows if you can stop cold turkey. Know one on earth knows enough about the workings of the brain to determine this. Even if they had some idea, everyones makeup is different and will effect them as such. Why take the chance, when you can tapper off slowly and not suffer as much doing so. You will get the same results safely. Look I am just looking out for your well being, you don't know how "long of a way you have to go if the same thing happens to you as it did me". Please don't look at it as failure and tapper off slowly for your own sake. Your Doctor means well but so did mine.

Sincerely concerned,

Sickman :)
Sickman,
thanks for your replies,
I would like to know what you went through, that is if you don't mind rehashing it. I really don't want to make my problem worse. As it stands now, I am afraid of continuing the paxil due to the weight gain and the loss of energy. I just want everything to be the way it used to be way back when.
Again thanks for your response and your caring.
DBW
Quote from dragonballwizard:
Sickman,
thanks for your replies,
I would like to know what you went through, that is if you don't mind rehashing it. I really don't want to make my problem worse. As it stands now, I am afraid of continuing the paxil due to the weight gain and the loss of energy. I just want everything to be the way it used to be way back when.
Again thanks for your response and your caring.
DBW


I posted a New post on quitting cold turkey, be aware that I am not picking on you. There was another post on quiting Celexa cold turkey so I thought I would just lay it out. What I said is not the half of it. I don't want to scare anyone, I just don't want you or they to be like me.
Sincerely, and take care
Sickman :)