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Re: Three days without sleep, now 7 am... paxil withdrawl?

Re: Three days without sleep, now 7 am... paxil withdrawl?

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Posted by harry on November 17, 2000 at 22:32:09:

In Reply to: Re: Three days without sleep, now 7 am... paxil withdrawl? posted by Emanuel on August 10, 2000 at 20:04:35:

: : I haven't slept in three days...
: : Now it's almost 7 am and I still can't sleep.
: : I've tried everything... I moved my bed tonight so that my head faces north to "allign myself with the magnetic polarity of the earth" yes I am this lame.
: : I drank a glass of hot milk, I put a fan by my bed for white noise, I listened to what was supposed to be a cd of tranquility with whales, it all it did was annoy me. I unplugged my

illuminated alarm clock and blocked off all light sources in my room, I've tried relaxation techniques, the wiggling your toes crap, the deep breathing crap, the visualizing a flame and making it as detailed as possible crap, the blanking your mind crap, and no matter what I do, I just can not fall asleep. What the hell is wrong with me? I quit paxil cold turkey five days ago, but I was only on it for two months, I don't know how long this will last... my eyes hurt, my head hurts, my body hurts, my brain hurts... sleep would cure it all... too bad I CAN'T SLEEP. I've always had some trouble sleeping... but this is insane... God I feel like dying just so I can rest... please help me.

: It's been about a week since I quit medications, because I decided that the feeling of being tired is better than the feeling after medication produced sleep. I also knew that I need to quit sometime. I am in the process of improving my sleep by exercising. Even when I am tired I just tell myself that I should exercise. Take a look at the web page:
: I decided that if the Navy seals could train this hard with no sleep, then I certainly could exercise for 1 hour. This has helped me more than any medication. Right now, I don't have a problem falling asleep, but I wake up after 4-5 hours, then it takes me 2 hours to get back to sleep which will be only about 1 hour, then the alarm wakes me up. I will feel sleepy and don't want to get out of bed when this happens, but I have to go to work. It's not 8 hours but I definitely see an improvement. I have to tell you though, I am 28 years old. I don't know if I could push my body like this if I was in my 50's. Hope this helps.

I too was on Paxil for prolonged depression leading to anxiety for a total of 10 mos. The best advice I have to offer is to try the forbidden word EXERCISE. I have had no problems going to sleep and no recurrent depression.



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