(Closed) Has anyone successfully weaned of Paxil?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Newbee

Hi! I weaned myself off of Paxil! I started by cutting my dose in half and took that for ten days. Then I decreased to a quarter dose every day for ten days. Then a quarter dose every other day. I had dizzy spells but nothing too bad. I think I weaned myself off of it faster than recommended though. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I weaned off it over ten years ago. I followed a reduction in dosage plan from my doctor and it went seamlessly. I guess I’m very lucky that I had no issues whatsoever as I know it’s common to struggle with it! It was a long time ago but I don’t even remember suffering any side effects.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I went off it twice. The first time I tried to go cold turkey and it was awful but I had no idea why. I ended up taking a pill every other day (and suffering on the no-pill days) and I would not recommend that method. The dizziness and nausea and brain zaps were terrible (but within two weeks I was basically okay again.) The second time I weaned off of it slowly. The suggested method is to cut down by 10% per month. It takes a long time. I would see what your doctor says. Personally I would vote for trying Melodyoflife’s  method and seeing how it goes. Diphenhydramine (benadryl) helps with the dizziness and brain zaps A LOT but also makes you super drowsy so is not really an option for days when you have to drive or work etc.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Make sure that you take your doctor’s advice!  I quit cold turkey in college and it was awful, I have had friends that did it the way the doctor said and they had no issues.  Good Luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I weaned off Paxil by going on Prozac first, then tapering off. (And I’ve stayed on Prozac during pregnancy.) 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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onceuponadream :  I did years ago cold turkey due to poor planning. I was 19 and didn’t plan well enough and I was travelling and ran out without my perscription….not a good way to do it but it did work. I remember being a pretty emotional tough few days and I’m now 35 and haven’t used it since.

What I have done and HIGHLY recoomend is setting up appointments to continue talk to someone especially post partum since you’re about to TTC. I had some serious baby blues and all my anxiety flared up but I was determined not to have to take anything again for me as well as because I was breastfeeding. I’m happy to say that now I’m doing great with a beautiful 17 month old daughter. I do still have tough moments but my therapist and I are working on cognitive behavioral therapy which really does help me. Setting up a support system can be a huge help. Good luck!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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onceuponadream :  I weaned off, but not under my doctor’s supervision. I was on 20 mg, cut it to 10 mg for a week, then 5 mg for a week, then none. I had vertigo and brain zaps. The vertigo went away pretty quickly, but the zaps lasted for a couple months after I was off.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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onceuponadream :  No, I started the Prozac before I started tapering off the Paxil. I don’t remember exactly but I think I was taking the Prozac and Paxil together for two weeks, then started decreasing my Paxil dose. Pretty sure I was entirely off Paxil within a month of starting to taper off, with only very mild side effects. When I stopped Paxil cold turkey in college, it was a disaster.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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onceuponadream :  When I was still weaing off I got the zaps probably everyday, but not so often that they really interfered with my life.. They’re just a split second, so the intensity wasn’t really an issue and it stayed the same. Even after I stopped completely, I’d still get zaps every now and then, but it tapered off to maybe once a week and then nothing. Also of note, I was not on Paxil as long as you were, so my symptoms might be less because of that. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I moved while on Paxil and couldn’t get a dr where I am now. Resultingly I went off it cold turkey. I was a mess for a few weeks but eventually it was all out of my system. I don’t bother with prescriptions for my anxiety anymore because I tried so many different ones and never really got positive results but dud experience several side effects.

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