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#1 MapleleafGirl

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:48 PM

Hi there:)

 

I was a member of paxilprogress since 2004 and then the site was shut down...I was on paxil for 8.5 years starting in 2001...after a horrible withdrawal ..at 11 months off i went back on paxil again for a few years then did a successful 4 year taper with compounded pills.. i have now been paxil free since June 1, 2014..paxil progress members will know who i am:)

 

Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

 

 

 

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Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:54 PM

Hi :) so great to read a success story like yours, I'm still in the trenches with this blimmin drug :)

Hello  :)

  • Prescribed paroxetine 20mg (Paxil) in 2001 for 'prenatal depression' - and again in 2003 - withdrew just fine 2 mths later. 
  • Prescribed  paroxetine 20mg (Paxil) in 2008 for PTSD (domestic violence)
  • Went cold turkey - I didn't know better (disaster!!!!! - prescribed more terrible drugs to control first lot of terrible drugs (but luckily I threw them in the bin )
  • So I stayed on 20mg  out of fear! I don't want to be the mean crazy person I am when I stop it.
  • March 2014 started 'Willy-nilly Cut Sliver off the side' approach to withdrawal - thank goodness for this site - stopped that.
  • Dropped from 15mg to 10mg in Jan 2015 - horrible - too fast = mean & crazy.
  • Eventually stabilised and stayed at 10mg for 8 months.
  • Stupidly dropped again by 50% (don't do this my darlings!) Sept 2015 reduced from 10mg to 5mg = mean & crazy, sad & desperate.
  • Updosed to 6mg (=6ml) 14 Oct '15. hold 1 mth
  • 6ml - 5ml drop 14 Nov 15. hold 1 mth
  • 5ml - 4,8ml 9 Dec '15 (going to take this nice 'n steady on the low doses) (please send me cyber kicks if you see any sudden 1ml drops!)

Presently: One day I simply had enough and stopped taking it, after 8 years. Didn't get my usual horrid side effects, which was extraordinary.  Now about 6 mths (Feb 2017) off the drug altogether.  I notice my memory is extremely poor, worryingly so, and bleak despair feels like it lies waiting silently around every corner, but I fight it off mostly.

 


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:59 PM

Mapleleafgirl, so nice to see you here! I was hopng you would find us. Your slow taper is such a successful one. I always liked your posts, and I know people need to see them. How are you?

2 Timothy 1-7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Effexor 75mg to 262.5mg 2005-2010 for post partum depression

Started having poop out mid 2010, also switched generic brands, then crashed in Dec 2010 (anxiety/ "terror", intense DR, anhedonia, suicidal ideation, chills, insomnia, horrible intrusive thoughts, disorientation, ect)
Rapid "tapered" from 262.5mg Effexor in 3 months

Tried Celexa,Cipralex, then Paxil to deal with wd(this switching made things worse and added akathesia)

Found online support and started tapering Paxil 7 months after quitting Effexor (at this point was having small windows).

Paxil taper: dropped 10% every 4-8 weeks

Year 1 October 2011 to Nov 2012 20mg to 10mg

Year 2 March 2013 to Feb 2014 10mg to 4mg

Year 3 April 2014 to May 2015 4mg to 1.1mg

Year 4 June 2015 1.1mg , dropping by 10% until .5mg, after then dropped by 0.1mg every 5 weeks until 0.1mg.

Finished! Official last dose of 0.1mg on June 15/16


#4 MapleleafGirl

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:04 PM

i had this site bookmarked for a while...just was waiting a bit to see what would happen with PP ..i am still in shock as i was there since 2004...but glad to know there is another site that will help people:) I am doing good:) 7 months off this past week:)  Happy to see other PP friends here!! I see you are getting close to the end:))


Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:14 PM

It's great to see you here, I was hoping you would turn up!  I think it is good for newbies to see people like you who successfully slow tapered, like a sort of tapering role model, as it were.  Your experience provides some evidence that all the slow tapering advice given does actually work!  Very glad to hear you are still doing well at 7 months off.


2001-2002 Jul - Feb Aropax 2003 Feb-Dec Citalopram 2004 Jul Aropax 20mg
2005-2007 various failed tapers  2007 Feb 20mg … Nov 6mg
2008 Jan 5.5mg Feb 5mg Mar 4.5mg Apr 5mg Jun 10mg Jul 20mg Oct Loxamine Dec 17.5mg 15mg
2009 24 Jan 12.5mg … 18 Dec 6.3mg     2010 30 Aug 6.15mg 28 Nov 6 mg
2011 20 Feb 5.9mg … 26 Dec 5.3mg       2012 19 Feb 5.2mg 14 Oct 5.1mg 6 Dec 5mg
2013 25 Jan 4.9mg … 15 Dec 4.4mg       2014 18 Jan 4.3mg … 8 Dec 3.45mg
2015 Jan 3.4mg Apr 3.3mg May 3.2mg Jul 3.1mg Aug 3.0mg 18 Sep 2.9mg 24 Nov 2.8mg 25 Dec 2.7mg

2016 5 Feb 2.6mg

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:21 PM

Hi Songbird:) yes i am doing well and the slow taper did help me get to that point....it makes a big difference to do it super slow...4 years seemed like a long time but i just stuck to it and kept going and eventually i reached the end:) I wish i could remember my complete tapering schedule but i had that all on PP and never recorded it anywhere else but maybe i will figure it all out then write that all into my siggie.


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Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:37 PM

Hi All:)

 

My name is Michele aka MapleLeafGirl....I was on and off 20mgs of paxil from 2001- 2010...I had a horrible withdrawal back in 2006 from tapering off too fast..had to go back on at 11months off and then stayed on for a couple of years until May 2010 when i started my 4 year taper using compounded pills from my local pharmacy....i had my full tapering schedule on PaxilProgress where i was a memeber since 2004 but since the site was shut down i dont have access to it..so i will try to do my best to give a summary here of how i did it...

 

In my doses from 20 - 10mgs i had my pills compounded like this....19.5 ...19...18.5..18...17.5 17...16.5..16..15.5...15..14.5..14...13.5..13..12.5..12..11.5 11. 10.5 ..10 - with these doses for the first few ones i did 60 days then went to 30 days each dose down

 

then from 10- 1 mgs..my tapering at each dose looked like this and i did each dose for 30 days:

 

9.8, 9.6, 9.4, 9.2, 9.0,

 

so each dose i did what you see above in those small dose downs...that took a total of 4 years to come off...BUT...i had basically no withdrawal at all...it was very consistant...the only main thing i had and still have to this day is FATIGUE..and that is due to the paxil sleep as i call it as you never go to that restful sleep on the meds..and i am hoping that eventully i will get those nights of good sleep..i had the rare dizzy spell and rare nausea and headaches but those only came around duing "that time of the month" but other than that i had it very easy because i did taper so slow and i did not up or down dose ..i stuck to my taper 100% ..i knew from the beginning it would be a long road and i was committed 100% to getting off the stuff safe...I am not Paxil free Since June 1st 2014 and 7 months off and doing well...


Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 09:17 PM

Hi Michele,

 

I wish you could hear me cheering for you from Australia!   Thank you for sharing your story and the keys to your success, slowly, slowly, gently, gently.

Well done.

 

I know what you mean by paxil sleep.  I find I have deeper more restorative sleep when I take a combination of magnesium and taurine

 

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Please note - I am not a medical practitioner and I do not give medical advice. I offer an opinion based on my own experiences, reading and discussion with others.On Effexor for 2 months at the start of 2005. Had extreme insomnia as an adverse reaction. Changed to mirtazapine. Have been trying to get off since mid 2008 with numerous failures including CTs and slow (but not slow enough tapers)Have slow tapered at 10 per cent or less for years. I have liquid mirtazapine made at a compounding chemist.
Was on 1.6 ml as at 19 March 2014.
Dropped to 1.5 ml 7 June 2014. Dropped to 1.4 in about September.
Dropped to 1.3 on 20 December 2014. Dropped to 1.2 in mid Jan 2015.
Dropped to 1 ml in late Feb 2015. I think my old medication had run out of puff so I tried 1ml when I got the new stuff and it seems to be going ok. Sleep has been good over the last week (as of 13/3/15).
Dropped to 1/2 ml 14/11/15 Fatigue still there as are memory and cognition problems. Sleep is patchy but liveable compared to what it has been in the past.

>My intro post is here - http://survivinganti...ic/2250-dalsaan

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 10:04 PM

Yay!  Congratulations and well done!  I must admit I am quite envious that you had hardly any withdrawal problems and it only took you four years!  (I'm up to six already this time, with a few more still to go, and have issues after each drop).


2001-2002 Jul - Feb Aropax 2003 Feb-Dec Citalopram 2004 Jul Aropax 20mg
2005-2007 various failed tapers  2007 Feb 20mg … Nov 6mg
2008 Jan 5.5mg Feb 5mg Mar 4.5mg Apr 5mg Jun 10mg Jul 20mg Oct Loxamine Dec 17.5mg 15mg
2009 24 Jan 12.5mg … 18 Dec 6.3mg     2010 30 Aug 6.15mg 28 Nov 6 mg
2011 20 Feb 5.9mg … 26 Dec 5.3mg       2012 19 Feb 5.2mg 14 Oct 5.1mg 6 Dec 5mg
2013 25 Jan 4.9mg … 15 Dec 4.4mg       2014 18 Jan 4.3mg … 8 Dec 3.45mg
2015 Jan 3.4mg Apr 3.3mg May 3.2mg Jul 3.1mg Aug 3.0mg 18 Sep 2.9mg 24 Nov 2.8mg 25 Dec 2.7mg

2016 5 Feb 2.6mg

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 12:14 AM

Hi Michele, I just said hello in the PP thread but I will say it again here.  And I agree, it's good that you are here to serve as the "poster child" for slow tapering.  :)


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Tried to quit twice, finally did it on my 3rd attempt in 2005.

I went from 20mg to zero in about four months, believing at the time that it was a reasonable taper.  It wasn't.  I suffered mostly emotional symptoms: frequent episodes of "anxious depression" lasting for about 17 months before it got noticeably better.


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:03 AM

So glad you found us here MapleleafGirl.   :)


Put on Prothiaden for severe depression in 1989.  Recovered.   Prescribed Paxil for another bout of depression around 2000.   Have been trying to taper ever since but always crash about 2 months after getting to zero.   Because of the crashes, for years I thought that there was something wrong with me.   Then found that the crashes were simply withdrawal.   Now following a maximum of a 10% reduction every month or so and ready to slow down any time I feel any symptoms whatsoever.  Feeling good:).

7th Jan 15 - 3.6mg

28th Jan 15 - 3.2mg


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:25 AM

Hey maple, good to see you here! Glad you are still doing well. I remember you dropped off at 1 mg. Well a couple of days after I dropped from .9 to.7 I really felt it but only for about two days, did you feel anything when you initially jumped at 1 mg? Now if we can only get king cobra on here . He Wasn't doing good and could benefit from this place.
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. 😃👍👍👍

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 06:07 AM

Hi Michelle, this is so strange but I was only thinking of you this morning bizarrely! I wondered if you would be here as I remember you from PP. I remember you as the lady doing a really slow taper and I remember you doing really well. Well done on coming off Seroxat, you are very brave and your taper schedule has worked well for you. I would love to know a little more about your taper schedule, would you mind sharing? Did you do a 5% taper the whole way through? Did you ever use the liquid at all? Thankyou Michelle and once again well done. :-) (ps I apologise if this post sends twice, the first message I tried to post didnt work)

2002 started 20mg Seroxat for anxiety. Attempted 1st withdrawal in Autumn of 2006. Went to 0 in around a month-hell. Massive crash. Reinstated.

 

May 2013 started 10% taper with liquid seroxat as follows:

May 2013- 18mg                Aug 2015- 7.7mg

July 2013- 16.2mg              Oct 2015 7mg

Aug 2013- 14.6mg

Oct 2013- 13.2mg

Jan 2014- 11.8mg

March 2014-10.6mg

May 2014- 9.6mg

Dec 2014-8.6mg

 


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 07:47 AM

Hey maple, good to see you here! Glad you are still doing well. I remember you dropped off at 1 mg. Well a couple of days after I dropped from .9 to.7 I really felt it but only for about two days, did you feel anything when you initially jumped at 1 mg? Now if we can only get king cobra on here . He Wasn't doing good and could benefit from this place.

 

No i didnt feel anything different...all my doses were basically the same and when i went off at 1mg i was fine...but i went so slow in those lower doses that i felt nothing really at each dose down...my only real thing was fatigue and still is...

 

Hi Babs:))


Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 08:01 AM

Yay!  Congratulations and well done!  I must admit I am quite envious that you had hardly any withdrawal problems and it only took you four years!  (I'm up to six already this time, with a few more still to go, and have issues after each drop).

you will for sure get there:) 6 years is just fine as that is how you need to go...people thought i was crazy to taper that long at 4 but i had to go that slow myself...and i am so glad i did....

 

Hi Michele,

 

I wish you could hear me cheering for you from Australia!   Thank you for sharing your story and the keys to your success, slowly, slowly, gently, gently.

Well done.

 

I know what you mean by paxil sleep.  I find I have deeper more restorative sleep when I take a combination of magnesium and taurine

 

Dalsaan

I take three magnesium every night so that helps with the initial sleep but i can basically hear what is goign on around me at the same time i am dreaming...i do however a couple of times a month get that full night sleep so that gives me hope that nomal sleep will come in the future at some point:)

 

 

Hi Michelle, this is so strange but I was only thinking of you this morning bizarrely! I wondered if you would be here as I remember you from PP. I remember you as the lady doing a really slow taper and I remember you doing really well. Well done on coming off Seroxat, you are very brave and your taper schedule has worked well for you. I would love to know a little more about your taper schedule, would you mind sharing? Did you do a 5% taper the whole way through? Did you ever use the liquid at all? Thankyou Michelle and once again well done. :-) (ps I apologise if this post sends twice, the first message I tried to post didnt work)

 

I did 5% and lower i think:) from 20 -10 i did the dose downs like this: 19.5 ...19...18.5..18...17.5 17...16.5..16..15.5...15..14.5..14...13.5..13..12.5..12..11.5 11. 10.5 ..10  ...first few ones i stayed on for 60 days then once i felt comfortable with my tapering i did 30 days each one....

 

when i got to 10mgs..everything under that i went each dose like this: 9.8, 9.6, 9.4, 9.2, 9.0, 8.8, 8.6, 8.4, 8.2, 8.0, 7.8, 7.6, 7.4, 7.2, 7.0...and like that all the way down to 1mg..every 30 days

 

i only ever used compounded pills ..my doctor wrote all my prescriptions for those doses every 3 months i would go and get 3 months of prescriptions for each of the doses...and then took those to my compounding pharmacy:) it made it so easy..to just take the capsul everday, i didnt have to meaure out liquid paxil ect..or cut pills myself:)


Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 10:55 AM

Good to see you here, MLG. I was wondering how you've been doing since you're 7 months or so out now.


First panic attack 2/94. On Prozac for 6 months with no relief. Then switched to imipramine for 6 months. Started on 30mg Paxil in 12/97 for panic attacks and anxiety. Worked fine until 2/13. Dose increased to 40mg and anxiety and panic got worse. Started tapering from 40mg in 11/13. Currently at 10.9mg and feeling better. Intermittent Xanax use throughout.


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 11:36 AM

MLG,

 

Welcome to SA!

 

You may notice that your topic looks a bit different: I merged your 2 topics (the one in the Introductions forum) into one and left the one in the Recovery Stories foum the single topic you will have. We do it a bit different here than what you may be used to. We like to keep one unified story for each member to use as a journal, to post updates, ask questions and receive advice, support and well wishes from other members.

 

A member who has a recovery story has their topic moved to this forum and any topic they had in the Intro forum gets 'locked' and their journey continues here.

 

So if this is where you would like your topic to stay, you need not do anything. If you would like to have moved to the Intro forum, just PM any mod or admin (or even just a post in your thread will do) and we will move you there until you wish to be considered permanently in the Recovery Stories forum.

 

You'll find a lot of great support here (as well as a lot of the people you knew at PP!)


What happened and how I arrived here: http://survivinganti...ion/#entry50878

July 2016 I have decided to leave my story here at SA unfinished. I have left my contact information in my profile for anyone who wishes to talk to me. I have a posting history spanning nearly 4 years and 3000+ posts all over the site.

Thank you to all who participated in my recovery. I'll miss talking to you but know that I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, suffering and rejoicing with you in spirit, as you go on in your journey.

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 01:20 PM

Perfect!!! thanks so much:))


Michele aka MapleLeafGirl

Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:48 PM

Hi Michelle so glad to find you at sa.

 

Thanks so much for putting up your tapering. (I didn't realize it was here already when i requested it in the pp refugees thread...apologies..i should have checked here first).

 

No doubt about it you are the  'go-to-girl' for tapering thats for sure.

 

I can remember you saying at this taper speed you were able to hold down a job ! Not a small thing for someone in wdl. Yet even at this speed you said you still had what you called 'stuff'. (Meaning no zero wdl symptoms ) but it would clear quickly.


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am)28 Sept 15 (5yrs drug free), cf, cmw, insomnia  horrifying pssd continues, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, cognitively doing heaps better. 28 Sept 16 after 6 yrs start working again on a casual basis.

 

"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin

 

“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 04:51 PM

Thank you, MapleLeafGirl, this topic is just right for a success story.

 

When did the sleep problems start? How have they changed since you've been completely off Paxil?


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 06:53 PM

Thank you, MapleLeafGirl, this topic is just right for a success story.

 

When did the sleep problems start? How have they changed since you've been completely off Paxil?

On paxil i never went into that deep sleep stage as for some reason that medication does not get you there...so i was always tired on it...and now that i am off, i have had a couple of nights a month where i get that full night sleep..but 95% of the time i am sleeping and dreaming but half awake..cant explain it really..lol..i am just aware while sleeping what is going on ..outside of my sleep...hopefully the farther away i get from being off..this will start to adjust itself..


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Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 09:18 PM

Thank you so much Maple for sharing your successful slow tapering! Really happy for you! This gives everyone here hope!
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

#23 MapleleafGirl

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 12:33 PM

I was able to use that Way Back Machine thingy..and actually find a post in pp where i commented and found my tapering in my siggie...it only went up to December 2013..so i guessed at the first dates of the months for the last few...

 

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
Taper:
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2years)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2
07/04/2013 - 3.0
08/03/2013 - 2.8
09/03/2013 - 2.6
10/04/2013 - 2.4
11/03/2013 - 2.2

12/04/2013 - 2.0

01/03/2014 -1.8

02/02/2014 -1.6

03/01/2014 - 1.4

04/01/2014 - 1.2

05/01/2014 - 1.0

PAXIL FREE JUNE 01 2014


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Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:34 PM

Mapleleaf, reading this is just what I needed to read right now. Thank you for sharing this story and congratulations on the success of your taper! 

 

Sleep is my issue with Zoloft and why I so desperately need to get off it--I only sleep the first part of the night and this has been going on for years, I guess I am missing out on deep sleep or REM sleep (I always get them confused) and I feel constantly fatigued. It's so difficult to work, parent, and everything else after years of this. 

 

From reading your story, am I understanding correctly that you reinstated the Paxil after 11 months off? What dose did you reinstate at (your original dose?) and did it have the full effect of clearing your w/d? I have just reinstated Zoloft at a low dose after 6 weeks off and am hoping and praying that it clears my symptoms. I am willing to go up to a higher dose if necessary, and so do an excruciatingly long taper if necessary to get off this stuff and avoid the terrible w/d symptoms that I am having now and have had twice in the past (but always assumed was relapse b/c my doctor never told me w/d existed). 

 

Thank you for your comments. 


Started Zoloft 07/06, continued through 07/08 (2-month taper, going downhill 6 weeks after stopping [w/d?]) 

Lexapro started 12/08, Lexapro increased/Buspar and Topamax added in '09, continued through 08/10 (3-month taper, disastrous results after 3 week [w/d?]) 

200 mg Zoloft started around 9/10; been between 150 and 200 mg Zoloft since then, also on Topamax and Deplin, and tried things for sleep like Trazadone (worked for a while), and Ambien, Lunesta, and Mirtazapine (all failed) 

--Started tapering 200mg Zoloft--

6-26-14 (150 mg); 7-14-14 (100 mg); 8-20-14 (50 mg); 10-25-14 (25 mg); 11-18-14 (12.5 mg); 12-2-14 stopped Zoloft 

anxiety started 3 days off, depression 12 days off; both severely intensified at 5 weeks off with a work-related trigger and got progressively worse for 10 days 

Reinstated Zoloft 12.5mg on 1-15-15 (one day at 25mg) after 6 weeks and 2 days off 

Also taking 100mg Topamax and 15mg Deplin 


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:40 AM

Mapleleaf, reading this is just what I needed to read right now. Thank you for sharing this story and congratulations on the success of your taper! 

 

Sleep is my issue with Zoloft and why I so desperately need to get off it--I only sleep the first part of the night and this has been going on for years, I guess I am missing out on deep sleep or REM sleep (I always get them confused) and I feel constantly fatigued. It's so difficult to work, parent, and everything else after years of this. 

 

From reading your story, am I understanding correctly that you reinstated the Paxil after 11 months off? What dose did you reinstate at (your original dose?) and did it have the full effect of clearing your w/d? I have just reinstated Zoloft at a low dose after 6 weeks off and am hoping and praying that it clears my symptoms. I am willing to go up to a higher dose if necessary, and so do an excruciatingly long taper if necessary to get off this stuff and avoid the terrible w/d symptoms that I am having now and have had twice in the past (but always assumed was relapse b/c my doctor never told me w/d existed). 

 

Thank you for your comments. 

I have issues with sleep too..i did on paxil..while tapering and still at 7.5 months out...i am missing out as well on the deep sleep....some nights i do have it but its rare..but atleast that shows me that eventually it should get there:)

 

Yes i reinstated the last time at 11 months off paxil...i went back on at 10mgs..then went to 15mgs..a few months later then to my full dose of 20mgs.. a few months after that.....i started to feel a little better at 7 days back on...and then from there it got better...my longest lasting symptom..was the blurry vision...and the zero sleep...those started to clear up at about 4 weeks.....I stayed on paxil again for 2 years then in May of 2010 i started my 4 year long taper....i had minimal stuff..i went really slow...i was so freaked out about the horrible withdrawal i had a few years back...before i RI at 11 months off...that i just knew i had to take it mega slow..


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Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:34 AM

Hi there:)

 

I was a member of paxilprogress since 2004 and then the site was shut down...I was on paxil for 8.5 years starting in 2001...after a horrible withdrawal ..at 11 months off i went back on paxil again for a few years then did a successful 4 year taper with compounded pills.. i have now been paxil free since June 1, 2014..paxil progress members will know who i am:)

 

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Hi Michele

 

You are such an inspiration!  I have read stories on coming off Aropax and I was terrified of coming off this drug.  I have been on Aropax for almost 12 years.  I started of on 20mg and 2 months later increased to 40mg.  I went down to 20 mg about 9 years ago and stayed on that dose until the other day.  I consulted my doctor last week and told him I was ready to start weaning of this.  He told me to reduce my dosage to 10mg but I will need to stay on this for a couple of months before tapering down any further.  Today is my 5th day on 10mg and so far so good.  I have only had head zaps on and of for 4 days and a bit of nausea but my mood is great.  I have also started to dream again.  I will most likely use your tapering guide under 10mg.  I also found a compound pharmacy in my area which is great.  I have to say that Aropax really helped me with my severe anxiety and panic attacks as i have only had a handful since being on medication.  It was great to find a site where you can read posts with success stories.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:20 PM

You are going WAY too fast...if you were 20mgs you should not be going to 10mgs..you need to taper so slow..10% every 30-60 days...it took me 4 years to come off 20mgs of paxil...and you may feel good right now..but you are going too fast and it will soon catch up....you cant go from 20 to 10 that is dangerous..not to mention..the doctor is giving you bad advise...you basically just cut your dose in half...the symptoms will soon catch up...zaps and nausea are just the beginning..with a slower taper you can pretty much avoid most things...

 

this is how i tapered down to 10...

 

19.5, 19....18.5....18....17.5...17...16.5..16..15.5...15...14.5 14..13.5..13..12.5..12..11.5. 11..then 10.5..10...that took me a year and a bit..then after that i went even slower..under 10 and that took me the 3 years...


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Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 10:04 PM

hello maple, thankyou for telling us your story... well done.  If only I had known to give up my stuff, over four years!  Too late now.  Hope I am better in a year or two.  Yes, halving a dose is way too fast,  damn doctors...xxx

 

Obviously you are going for a gentle landing, instead of the crash..

 

Did you jump off at 1mg?

 

I was put on Aropax  (Australia)  alias Paxil by an uninformed gp. (For being exhausted and thin, yes, time to tear up old hospital notes?)................ had been drug free for about 9 years (yep AD stuff)...   Paxil quickly sent me completely psycho, then followed 8 years on effexor, helping me recover from the paxil....

 

Then the zoloft, recovering from the Effexor.............. all the time thinking I was well, it it all did way fry my brain.  

 

Difficult, but grateful, getting my old personality back, horrible the person i was while on all this crap.  Ten years of hell.....      


1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


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Posted 07 February 2015 - 04:51 AM

Hi, Today is my 10th day weaning off Aropax from 20mg to 10mg and doing really well.

I only had very few head zaps and a little nausea on the 4th and 5th day. Head zaps have gone and I only have a little nausea and my mood is fantastic. Fingers crossed all stays well.



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:00 PM

Your story gives me hope and something to look forward to. I will be attempting my 3rd withdrawal from Aropax (Paxil) later this year once I come back from a cruise with friends.

Thank you so much for sharing and it is nice to know that someone has successfully rid themselves of this drug. Well done to you !!!!


7 years on Zoloft ranging from 50mgs - 200mgs then  onto 20mgs of Aropax/Paxil for the past 9 years

2 unsuccessful attempts to withdraw from Aropax :(

3rd attempt is GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL as I am now more informed and aware  ;) :D B)

 


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Posted 01 April 2015 - 07:33 PM

How are you doing lately, Maplegirl? Also wonder if you felt any setbacks when you completely off the Paxil?
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 07:13 AM

Hi Maplegirl!  I'm very happy to find your success story!  Is it all still going well for you?  I am just about 5 weeks off Paxil.  I started tapering in November 2014 and took my last dose on March 22, 2015.  After reading this site and your post, I know that what I thought was a slow taper was actually very, very fast.  However, the WD was manageable until 3 weeks Paxil free.  I guess that I should probably go back on some dose of Paxil, but I am hesitant for two reasons:  First, I feel like a failure going backwards and secondly, I don't know how much Paxil to start back on.  I was on 60 mg for about 15 years.  My last dosage was 10 mg. Then I went to 0 in just a couple weeks time because I was excited to be off of it.  Do you or anyone else have ideas for me?  If I don't got back on Paxil now, am I going to wind up where you were at 11 months off?

 

I hope you still read this site.  Thanks for any help that you can give me.


Started antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds in 1990 after complete mental breakdown; don't remember exactly what.

Most recent med combo was Paxil, Wellbutrin and Buspar started sometime between 1995 and 2000. 

Continued on these meds with the addition of Klonapin in 2004.  Maxed out all doses except Klonapin.

Due to Paxil poop-out, started a slow taper in November 2014. 

Paxil free since March 22, 2015.  Major withdrawal symptoms with a large spike at 4 weeks Paxil free. 

Started taper of Wellbutrin 2 days ago.  Severe anxiety.

Current dosages:  Wellbutrin SR 300 mg (down from 400 mg,) Buspar 60 mg/day and Klonapin .12-.5 mg/night

Also currently taking Lotrel for high blood pressure related to kidney disease, Synthroid .075 mg and Aspirin 82 mg

 


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Posted 15 May 2015 - 11:30 AM

I am ALMOST at 1 year off..another 2 weeks and i will be there:) i am doing well...fatigue and sleep are still my main issues..but i can live with those...other that that things are fine:)


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Paxil Free Since June 1st 2014

Was on Paxil for 8.5 years on and off from 2001

Did a 4 year successful taper off 20mgs of Paxil

My Successful Tapering Story: http://survivinganti...ered-off-paxil/

Tapering Schedule:

3rd attempt at withdrawal going slow..compounded pills
05/27/2010 - 03/12/12: Tapered From 20mgs - 6.2 (2nd year into Taper)
04/11/2012 - 6.0 - 3.4 - 05/05/2013 (Third year into Taper)
06/04/2013 - 3.2 - 1.0 - 05/31/2014 (Fouth and Final Year of Taper)

February 9th 2016 month 20 off paxil and four year taper..experiencing a horrible wave bad bad bad

May 2016 Made the decision to go back on an SSRI  - Currently on Escitalopram 10mgs but planning to taper at some point in the near future


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Posted 15 May 2015 - 12:25 PM

Congratulations.

Appreciate the update ..you are a legend!...an all American Canadian hero !


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am)28 Sept 15 (5yrs drug free), cf, cmw, insomnia  horrifying pssd continues, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, cognitively doing heaps better. 28 Sept 16 after 6 yrs start working again on a casual basis.

 

"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin

 

“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

"If I were an enemy combatant and the NZ army did this to me someone would be dragged to the Hague and jailed!"  nz11


#35 ladybug99

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 05:14 PM

Hi Mapleleafgirl. Thank you so much for writing your success story. It definitely gives me hope. I've been on paxil for 20 years and hope i will succeed in my taper. Right now I'm trying to stabilize on paxil 7.5mg. I was on 20 mg, but switched over to liquid prozac, hoping the taper would be easier on this. Unfortunately, the switch didn't work. I took this for 5 weeks, but stopped and went back to liquid paxil, but at 7.5mg. I was afraid to go any higher since it is recommended to reinstate at much lower dose. It's been 4 weeks now reinstating the paxil...my anxiety is starting to lift, but i still get burning and tingling in my chest and arms that tends to come and go all day long. Did you get any of this when you reinstated?
Also, did you have weight gain on paxil? I gained about 15 to 20 pounds. Did you have any weight lose during your tapering down? Or did the weight come off once you were completely off paxil?

I'm so happy for you that you succeeded in getting off Paxil!!! You must feel so proud! I'm certainly proud of you!

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ADs for approx 20 yrs.
Klonopin .05mg 2009-2013 Last dose Aug 2013
APRIL 21, 2015: switched from Paxil cr 25mg (equiv to 20. mg regular paxil) to liquid Prozac 20 mg. Took prozac for 5 weeks. Didn't work.
MAY 21. 2015: switched back to Paxil - liquid 5mg for 1 week. Then upped to 7.5. Waiting to stabilize at this.
Tapered off prozac in 2 weeks.

#36 amykbourg

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 08:29 PM

Your post gives me such hope. I am on 50mg of paroxetine. Yes I know its crazy and had i been informed I would not have gone this high. I started on 25 after my melanoma diagnosis in 2012. The continued stress was taking its toll and my dr upped me to 37.5 and then 50mg. I was able to come down to 25mg on my own 2 years ago. I felt ok at first but then it all came back in a tidal wave of terrible withdrawl. Went back to 50mg. I now know that this dosage will take a very long time to taper from. I am glad to see that capsules can be compounded as it seems mistakes could easiuly be made on the liquids later on. I am searghing for a new dr in my area. My current dr is only interested in me either being on this dosage or going cold turkey. She has lost her mind!!! :huh:

If anyone if in the Houston, TX area I would love some info on a dr that is helpful. Thanks!!!







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