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I started taking Paxil three weeks ago for my panic disorder. The first week was pure hell and I was miserable. Since then, I haven't had a panic attack in over two weeks. I moved back to Virginia Beach, which has opened up alot of doors for me. And I feel amazing. Not even the feeling of one or the little episodes I have beforehand. They started me out on 12.5 MG and uped my dosage to 25 mg the second week. The doctor gave 4 packets of 12.5 mg and told me to take doubles.

So heres my concern:

I don't feel like I need Paxil anymore, so today I took 12.5 mg instead of 25 mg. Will this affect me and is this harmful/fatal? And I plan on going down in dosage until I don't take Paxil anymore.

And I don't want to go back to the doctor. I don't feel its necessary.
hope the paxil is working for you and its not just the placebo effect, assuming it is working stay on it for 6 months, at 20. and learn relaxation and CBT, otherwise the panic attacks , etc will almost certainly return when you stop the paxil
[QUOTE=Josh x]I don't feel like I need Paxil anymore, so today I took 12.5 mg instead of 25 mg. Will this affect me and is this harmful/fatal? And I plan on going down in dosage until I don't take Paxil anymore.

And I don't want to go back to the doctor. I don't feel its necessary.

I agree with above post. Three weeks is not long enough in my opinion. You feel so good because the medication is WORKING. Without the medication, and time to work through the issues that trigger anxiety for you, I suspect the anxiety would return.

I'd stick with it for several months, at least.

JMHO.
The other posters are correct. Why would you want to go off a med you've only been on 3 weeks? If you had PA bad enough to seek a doctors help, then why would you go off the med in that short of time.
You are feeling better cause the med is working. Three weeks is fast for a med to start working, you are lucky, but if you go off it already, you will find yourself right back where you started. Paxil or any AD med is not a cure. It only works if you TAKE it.
It's up to you though, since you say you feel you don't need the med & you don't want to go back to the doctor, wean yourself off of it & let us know how you are doing.
Your question "will this affect me or is it harmful/fatal?" no it is not harmful, you may suffer some withdrawal symtpoms, but it is not fatal to wean off of it.
[QUOTE=Josh x]I started taking Paxil three weeks ago for my panic disorder. The first week was pure hell and I was miserable. Since then, I haven't had a panic attack in over two weeks. I moved back to Virginia Beach, which has opened up alot of doors for me. And I feel amazing. Not even the feeling of one or the little episodes I have beforehand. They started me out on 12.5 MG and uped my dosage to 25 mg the second week. The doctor gave 4 packets of 12.5 mg and told me to take doubles.

So heres my concern:

I don't feel like I need Paxil anymore, so today I took 12.5 mg instead of 25 mg. Will this affect me and is this harmful/fatal? And I plan on going down in dosage until I don't take Paxil anymore.

And I don't want to go back to the doctor. I don't feel its necessary.

Dear Josh x,
Gee, after having this disorder for so many years, I didn't know how easy it was to beat it. It won't kill you. I am just playing with you because you did come to the board for some answers. The problem is, that you already did the No, No without asking first and especially consulting your Doctor. We all would like to be medication free but if something is working so well, then don't mess around with it. If you go off of it and the panic attacks return, it may not work the second time like it is now. Don't make decisions that you don't know anything about based on desires alone. It doesn't work that way. You know the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". When the medication makes you feel panic free, you have to learn that thinking you don't need it anymore is delusional thinking and actually, you haven't been on the medication long enough to get the full benefit or adjustment of your body to it. Don't mess around with this sort of thing, this is a serious disorder that requires a certain amount of time to become fully panic free, if you can and then and only then, can you start reducing your medicaitons. Don't do this without a doctor or their knowledge of what you are thinking about doing. I hope the best for you my Friend and consult your doctor about this. :nono:

Sincerely,

Sickman :)