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Jonesy3

Hi Amy!

 

I just noticed that you said you were in the Houston area. I am currently tapering from paroxetine and live in Katy! I have a great internal medicine doctor here that is helping me taper at my pace (3-4 years). Let me know if you would like her info! Best of luck to you! Go slow!!

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WDSurviving22

Hey when you say compound, do you mean they crushed up the pills and weighted them out for you? Or did they specifically make thsee pills for you by adding in raw powder?

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Odwina

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

 

 

 

Admin note: MapleLeafGirl's Introductions topic: ☼ Mapleleafgirl off Paxil

 

Hello Michele,

 

Could you please tell me what "compounded tablets" you had from your local pharmacy are exactly? I am not familiar with this term.

 

PS - Your success story is very inspiring! I have read a bit about your recent problems 20 months after getting off. I cant have any opinion here (but I could see that the experienced members already encouraged you and told you it would go away, so for sure it will go away!!!)

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nz11

I'm sorry to hear of the recent turn of events.

Perhaps a mod might like to move this thread back into the intros ...i'm sure it is going to be a wonderful success story one day.

But till then it is a future success story still being written ...as are all intros.

 

nz11

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MapleleafGirl

with my taper....i would have spent more time at 10mgs to see if there was fallout from the higher doses.....spent more time at 5mgs to see if there was fallout from 10 and down...then obviously now i know...to go to 0 as i jumped at 1mg....so yes it was successful..up until i had the wave and realized some things that i should have done different....4 year taper i did...i would have maybe done 6-7 year taper as crazy as that sounds....

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MapleleafGirl

compounded means they made up capsuls for each dose..i did not do liquid paxil...

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cymbaltawithdrawal5600

 

i would have maybe done 6-7 year taper as crazy as that sounds....

 

 No not crazy but when I calculated your taper using NZ11's spreadsheet, you were good for 4 years, you went slower the first year so that was a plus. But like I mentioned in another thread, that last year and the too high (I think) drop off dose had unforseen consequences.

 

His spreadsheet is on page 16 of his thread if you want to look it up. You can plug your dates and doses into it and see how it all played out.

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MapleleafGirl

my first year i tapered faster . ..then from 10mgs down..i went really slow...5% every 4 weeks...but i should have maybe done 6-8 weeks...and then on PP people were going off at 1mg...so i had no idea about that going to 0 or for sure i would have done it that way...

 

from 20-10 i did...19.5. ...19...18.5...18...and so on down to 10....then when i got to ten all the rest of my tapers follwed this:

 

9.8, 9.6. 9.4..9.2...9.0 and i did that cut for all my doses down to 1mg...every 4 weeks...i did not ever dose up or down...as i had NO WITHDRAWAL symptoms at all...go figure...so that is werei might have gotten into some trouble..but i cant change it now...just have to move forward...

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SetMeFree

Hi,I love your story. I have been on Paxil 13 yrs.. Every time I drop from 7mg to 6mg I get hit with flu like symptoms and anxiety. I would like to get compound pills made. What did that cost you. I am here in NY.. I guess I start to drop to fast because of cutting and weighing pills becomes a headache..Any advice I would appreciate it. THX Rob

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DizzyGirl

In Germany they sell a liquid form of paxil. It is easy to taper. Sad that I discovered it after I cold turkeyed. Maybe in the US you can get it too in liquid form ?

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Evoldnahturt

Hi Mapleleafgirl!  How have you been lately?  Are you continuing to stabilize?

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Livmac

Hi! So pleased to read of your success. 

 

Can i ask, what positives have you found after getting off the Paxil? 

 

Any changes in energy, sleep, sex drive, weight gain...? 

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Jake64

great story

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Nada678

Hello. Has anyone had success reinstating paxil at a very low dose after reaching zero. I was at zero for 2 months then reinstated 1 mg for 4 months, but this didn't help. I then increased to 2.5 mg and am still on this dose after 6 months, but am finding no relief from chronic anxiety, diarrhea, brain zaps and insomnia.  Do you think I need to updose again or start to taper?  I really want reinstatement to help me.  Thank you

 

Nada

 

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nz11

Mapleleaf are you able to give an update if you are out there.

 

 

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nz11

As I mentioned earlier I'm confused as to why this members story is in the success stories at this point in time.

 

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anona
On 6/8/2016 at 9:33 AM, MapleleafGirl said:

with my taper....i would have spent more time at 10mgs to see if there was fallout from the higher doses.....spent more time at 5mgs to see if there was fallout from 10 and down...then obviously now i know...to go to 0 as i jumped at 1mg....so yes it was successful..up until i had the wave and realized some things that i should have done different....4 year taper i did...i would have maybe done 6-7 year taper as crazy as that sounds....

Hi Mapleleafgirl,

 

I remember you from Paxil Progress and I'm happy to see you here at this time. 

 

These SSRIs are no joke and to think that jumping from only 1 mg can cause such a wave puts into perspective just how powerful these drugs are. I started my second attempt at a taper around 2014 from 20 mg and four years later, I'm only down 5 mg but I've figured this isn't a race and while I'd like to be off this medication faster, I also need to be able to function both mentally and physically. 

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anona
On 12/27/2017 at 1:50 PM, nz11 said:

Mapleleaf are you able to give an update if you are out there.

 

 

I just checked Mapleleafgirl's profile and she hasn't logged in since June of 2017.

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coldturkmama
On 2017-12-27 at 4:53 PM, nz11 said:

As I mentioned earlier I'm confused as to why this members story is in the success stories at this point in time.

 

Yeah I’m wondering the same.  I hope she is well.

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nz11

Greetings MLG

Hope you might consider the Scottish submission.

thanks

Hope you are well

nz11

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samanthaelizabeth
On 1/7/2015 at 7:48 PM, MapleleafGirl said:

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

 

 

 

Admin note: MapleLeafGirl's Introductions topic: ☼ Mapleleafgirl off Paxil

So then this isn't truly a success story- I see that you went back on an SSRI in May of 2016??  Are you still on this SSRI? i don't see how anyone can every truly get off of these drugs and be happy?  These drugs are worse than Heroin!

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Jaywill

I believe I am a success story. I took Paxil for 12 years. I weaned down but have been off medication since Aug 2012, so it was 5 years on Aug 15 2017. I was SEVERELY sick for a long time , but I refused to go back on the meds,I have the majority of my life back. I continue to teach full time, I play hockey, I hike daily. I am on a very restrictive diet,( Paleo with no grains and I really restrict sugar) I do have a chemical sensitivity but I live a very clean life. I did 1 full year of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System which has helped me big time. I have had an MRI and I have developed a small lesion in my right hemisphere. I am not able to eat things like everyone else but I look at it as though I am going to be healthier in the long run and it keeps me trim. I do yoga, i see a naturopath every month, I see a massage therapist every month. I eat well, exercise, drink alot of water, do brain retraining 20 min a day. The way I look at it there is no quick fix to withdrawal. It is an absolute hell that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Everyday it is something else but I do WHATEVER it takes and I am living a great life. So there is no quick fix. It takes time and alot of hard work. I also had my faith and knew that I was going to be well one day. I hope this shows that there is life after meds.

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Evoldnahturt

The good news is it doesn't always matter that there's no quick fix.  If you reinstate before it gets too bad, while it might take you years to taper, you don't have to be in pain during that time.

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