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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
4:13 pm - Quit Paxil 20 mg after 3 weeks
katlives I quit Paxil 20 mg after 3 weeks and a half....I don't know how I feel except I get these freakish dreams..Like I see family members who passed away weird.I cant sleep for more than 2 hrs then I wake up and fall asleep.I shake sooo much I hate it.
THe reason I stopped Paxil was ..
Grinding of teeth
Sleep tremors
constant arm shaking
face twitches
and lastly my anxiety was ramped up

has any one else felt this way after quitting paxil 20 mg ??
and my other question is they want me to get on Effexor 37.5 mg now since paxil was no good I don't know how I feel about it but after having a full blown deep end of the ocean attack on tues,,, Im leaning towards it.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012
9:19 pm - quit Paxil cold turkey 2 weeks ago after being on it for 5 years or so
wjo42 So here I am now.  Not sure if I just did the dumbest thing ever by stopping it, but without a job or health coverage, I just couldn't afford it anymore, and my doctor knew I couldn't pay for it but he did nothing for me.  I am crying much more than ever, experiencing sleep paralysis again pretty much every night, hot/cold sweats during the night thus making my sheets icky gross, stomach problems, need I go on??

The thing I'm more worried about is the sleeping problems...my dreams are super weird, like in my dream I am having another dream in another dream...trippy...don't like the feeling when I wake up because I remember so vividly what went on in my dream(s).  Maybe I should research my dreams and what they mean.

I have no real friends anymore, I sit at home by myself mostly, sometimes hop on my scooter for a ride with no particular destination in mind, eat out by myself, shop by myself....I never used to be like this.  It's not that I'm unattractive or shy, complete opposite really, don't know where I'm going with this.....

I just joined this LiveJournal, and this is my first post, and it's good to know that I have somewhere to say all of this, but I still don't know where to go from here.........

Until next time.............................

current mood: melancholy

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009
9:34 pm - Daily Effects?

So I've been on 30mg since around the beginning of April or something like that. Ever since they increased my dosage from 20 to 30mg I have been doing a lot better.
My question is the couple of times that I've managed to forget to take my medicine..the next day---I feel like I am very moody, anxious, and emotional. I didn't think that a single dose could make me feel that way? Could it just be coincidence that I felt that way after missing a pill? Or can my body really feel the effect so fast?


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Thursday, April 9th, 2009
6:44 pm

stopped taking paxil after 2 years
didn't go cold turkey, took 1/2 pill for 2 weeks, then 1/4 another week
well, it's been 5 days since i went off completely and i feel worse every day
i'm having a horrible diarrhea, nauseous CONSTANTLY, sometimes vomit, constantly have this horrible annoying sensations in my head, like a very quick cold shock or something, especially when moving eyeballs...
not mentioning crying every day, paranoia, depression and looking like shit
can't really eat anything too, cause if i eat i vomit

any suggestions except killing myself?

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009
1:18 pm

So I started taking Paxil about 9 weeks ago or so. My doctor started me on 20mg and I thought it was going to help. The main thing I noticed in the very beginning was that it really made me tired and so I was at least sleeping better.-but at about 6 weeks I almost started feeling like I wasn't taking anything or maybe even like I was getting worse. So when I went in at 8 weeks to see the DR about how things were going she decided to up my dosage to 30mg. I've been on that for 5 days now and today I have felt more clear-headed than I have in a long time. Could it already be the higher dosage working its magic--or just a mere coincidence???

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
8:59 pm


Stopped paxil cold turkey 9 days ago.

Good things:

1.I feel better. And clearer. Just happy to have it out of my system. It helped for awhile, but i dont want to be dependent on any drug, especially when I'll get sick if I miss a few doses.

Bad things:

1.Brain zaps
2.Hacking cough, nausea, and dry heaves. Some puking.
3.Occasional fear or confusion.

I dont know if all of that is from paxil withdrawal-maybe some of it is the flu-I had the flu a week before i stopped the paxil, and through most of the past 3 weeks-but it doesnt feel like the flu ANYMORE. The coughing & nausea, etc does, but i dont feel flu in my body-I feel like I have energy. Im just sick. And you dont get brian zaps from flu.

Anybody have any stories about what it was like coming off it?

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
11:13 am

Hello dear paxil community. I am proud to say I have been paxil free for nearly a year now. I was able to quit cold turkey while I suffered from a bad case of the flu last year; figuring I could convince my body the withdrawals were just part of being sick. It worked. I haven't looked back until today.

For the past week I have been suffering massive panic attacks and I've slipped back into my agoraphobic tendencies. Even as I write this my heart is palpitating, my body is trembling, and I'm fighting back a serious case of nausea. Before I ever took Paxil, I was able to stop the panic attacks after a few hours, or if I vomited it was almost as if my body would be too tired to continue panicking and would stop. Now it doesn't stop. It goes for days. I'm on day 3 of this current attack and I am desperate.

I've searched the web for natural remedies and things that have worked for other people and I feel just as helpless as before. Most of the things I've read are nonsense and make me seriously doubt any of the people writing the tips have actually suffered from this. It's all been things like "I suck on ice cubes to distract myself" or "I tell myself that it's okay to feel this way and that it'll be over soon." What? Are you kidding me? If I put an ice cube in my mouth, or anything, at this point I'd just immediately vomit. And I can tell myself it's all okay until I'm blue in the face but I won't feel any better.

I'm trying to convince myself that Paxil isn't the answer, but I don't know where else to turn.

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Monday, September 8th, 2008
10:27 pm

Hi, all. I've been lurking in this community for a while but haven't posted. I have some extra time tonight and thought I may as well get off my ass and introduce myself and share my experiences with Paxil.

I've been taking 20 mg for the past two and a half months, for panic disorder, and I can honestly say it's changed my life. Before I started taking it I was all but housebound thanks to agoraphobia. I really wasn't anywhere close to functional, and my relationships with my family -- husband, children, mother and other relatives -- suffered horribly. Every day was a struggle, and even doing things like buying groceries were left to my husband because I freaked the *hell out*. I finally had a near breakdown and called my mother and asked her to make me an appointment -- and go with me. At 31 years old. I felt like a fool.

I went to the doctor, had a panic attack in the office, and in a way that made things a lot easier. Having my mom there also helped, and no one thought it was a bit weird. The first month I took paxil I was groggy, slept an insane amount, and had headaches and diarrhea. Somewhere at the end of the month, though, I literally woke up one morning without anxiety and with all this room to *think*, that wasn't there before, because of the constant worry and fear about having a panic attack. It was a beautiful thing, and since then I've been falling in love with the world and people in it.

I also take xanax, as needed, for attacks. I haven't needed it often or much at all. The amount of improvement I've had, thanks to paxil, is just absolutely incredible. I know there's a lot of bad press, I know it's hard to come off and I know it doesn't work for everyone, but it's given me my life back, my children their mother back, my husband a partner who can actually participate in the running of the house, and my mother a daughter who isn't too afraid to leave the house to see her.

It's all a very long winded way of saying: Paxil's been good to me.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
8:37 pm

I've been taking paroxetine (20mg) for 6 months. Should I be seeing results by now? I mean, good results, because I'm feeling worse then when I started t take the drug: I can't feel anything, I can't write anymore (I'm a writer) and I've started to cut myself.

The idea of having made a mistake by taking this drug scares me. I know it's very difficult to quit paroxetine, so I really want to think I made the right choice with this.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2:20 pm

I am pregnant. So my doctor is one of those overly paranoid docs who refuses to prescribe me Paxil anymore because of this. Now if I can manage without it, I would like to live meds-free, but honestly, especially after a baby, I will most likely need to start taking it again after I give birth, without trying any other meds because I am comfortable with Paxil and I know it works for me. Anyway, I was wondering when withdrawal should kick in, if you are going to go through it? I've been taking half my dose ( half of a 37.5mg pill) every other day for about a week and besides crying a lot more often than I used to and being a little overly tired (but then again I'm pregnant so that could be from that as well) I haven't really felt any sort of withdrawal. I'm wondering if it should take longer for me to feel anything, or if I am just one of the lucky ones. Anyone have any idea?

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
8:18 pm - Paxil and Effexor

What is the difference between Paxil and Effexor as far as the effects on helping with social anxiety? anyone know?

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
11:43 pm - some help with attacks at work
immortalece Hi all, I have had depression and anxiety for a long time and have been medicated since I was 17. I am 23 now. They tried me on celexa which my Dad is on and it made me parinoid and freak out. I woke up in the middle of the night and was convinced that someone was coming to kill me and they were in my house. I was sitting up in bed clutching the bed sheets and my eyes were darting around and I was soooo scared.
So needless to say that didn't work. Now I am on Paxil and that works well for me. Family and friends noticed a real change with-in a couple weeks, I was not overly emotional and was not over reacting to simple things anymore. It was great.

That said I do still have panic attacks at some things, being stuck in small spaces, and my biggest trigger which is being somewhere that I can't leave or go home. Such as being on a boat and not being able to tell the driver to go back to shore, being on a top floor of a building and the elevator not working, going far away from home and not knowing how to get back. Things like that.

I also panic sometimes for reason that are unknown, no triggers that I can see I just get upset for no reason.

Today at work, I took the elevator upstairs like I do everyday, the view is so pretty so I tend to look out the windows alot, I got my stuff ready and then was overcome by panic, I felt sick, sweaty, upset and felt like crying and I was shaking. So I grabbed my cell phone and ran tot he bathroom where I called my Mom and she talked me down. I was still nervous and panicked for another few minutes but calmed down after that. I have been feeling like something is wrong for the past couple days but I dunno what it is. Like something at the edge of myt mind is bugging me, like someone is in trouble but I can't pin it down.

What do you guys do when you panic at work? Do you leave? or just ride it out? or what? I put on a good face, always bubbly and fairly happy at work, to someone who doesn't know me when I am panicking it would look like I just got quiet abd play with my hair alot, I can supress the outward symptoms well. So I think my boss would think I was lying if I said I was panicked.

If anyone has something to say or thinks they know whats going on or how to deal, please give me some advice. Thanks guys!!!

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
3:16 pm - Weight Gain on Paxil and Sodium Valproate

I was diagnosed with OCD last year and Bipolar just over two months ago and am now on 40mg Paxil and 1200mg Sodium Valproate purple tablets.Since I've started taking Paxil for my OCD last year I've gained over 10kg and now another 5kg in the two months since I've been on sodium valproate tablets even though I pretty much live off fruit,vegetables and plain corn flakes.What the hell is causing all this weight gain?How can I prevent it or at least reduce it? I'm a 20 yr old female who's been battling her weight all her life so any help would be greatly appreciated.

current mood: anxious

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008
7:58 pm - Paxil and Pregnancy

I have no health insurance. I get my Paxil through a "HealthServe" system thats supported by local urban ministries and stuff. I get Paxil free through the company and they acted as my advocate and filled out the paper work for me. Now I am pregnant. HealthServe doesn't treat pregnant patients. They gave me a pamphlet about a Social Services Pregnant Women thing which I am pretty sure I will get. However, it can take up to 45 days to process. I think I'm about 3 weeks pregnant right now. And I don't know what to do about my Paxil. I really can't see myself getting through a pregnancy without it, but I've heard a lot of stuff about how terrible this is. I don't have docter care right now so I'm not getting sound advice from anywhere and don't know if I should try to stop taking Paxil, or because of my condition I should continue take it, I'm not even sure if it's a big risk taking Paxil while pregnant. Someone throw me a line here??? What should I do? <3

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Monday, June 2nd, 2008
3:58 pm - Weight gain

How many of you have gained weight while taking Paxil?  If so, how much?  Are you eating the same as you did pre-Paxil and still gaining weight, or do you find yourself eating and snacking more? 

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
9:34 pm

will taking 37.5mg of Paxil CR every other day instead of everyday really affect how well it works on me? It's not that I'm trying to get off it just yet, but I get my meds for free on poor people's health coverage and am just never sure how long it will last.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2008
2:45 pm

Hello guys! Long time lurker, first time poster reporting here.

I have a question. Is there an interaction with Paxil and Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)? I'm going to travel soon and I get severe motion sickness, but I'm not sure if I can take Dramamine and Paxil (I've bee on 10 mg of Paxil since last month).

Thanks! :)

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Monday, April 28th, 2008
6:52 pm
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Saturday, January 26th, 2008
1:42 pm - side effects to meds


side effects to meds

I was wondering if anyone had any side effects and es-ecailly weight gain with these meds:paxil cr,lamictal,ripseridal,ambien. I think it is the risperidal making me gain weight but I don't kknow...   Let me know any advice on antidepressents and antiphycotic meds. Thanks in advance....

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Saturday, December 8th, 2007
6:16 pm - I Can't Quit

I've been on Paxil (whenever I remember to reorder it) for 2 years, I think. I can't remember. I've been without for 3 weeks now. Didn't have money at the time to order more or somethin'. Probably just forgot to order it. My job hasn't offered me full-time so I can't afford health insurance. In turn, can't afford to see a doctor & get the prescription. So I have to resort to buyin' it from India, which takes forever if it's on back order like this time. The feelin' of electric pulses are to a bare minimum but still lurkin'. I know most people ridicule Paxil but it really saved my life. I took all sorts of antidepressants all my life. I started seein' psychiatrist at the age of 7. Then 2 years ago, all that changed with Paxil. I had never, ever felt so alive. I could actually smile. Things didn't bother me as much. I took up meditation & learned patience. I was happy. Artificial it may be, but I was alive, not wantin' to off myself.

Now, 3 weeks into the wihdraw, I'm back to feelin' how I use to feel. I don't know how I managed to live as long as I did before. Even when my 1st son was born, I didn't have any feelin's of joy, no real love. That was before Paxil. How could I normally have no feelin's for such a joyous occasion? I'm a monster. I sicken myself at the thought of not carin' for my family. Paxil fixed all that.

Though I am damn sure it has impaired my memory. I have to write everythin' down, make reminders in Mozilla Thunderbird & Sunbird, or just wait & have my wife yell at me for forgettin' somethin'. This has went on durin' my trials with Paxil. I'm always readin' the withdraw side-effects that people post 'bout memory loss but mine is while takin' it too. Not sure why I'm even writin'. I don't feel any better.

current mood: irritated

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