Paxil withdrawal nightmares

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i am still on tx so i cant help u out wit info on post tx but i tell ya what,oh my god the nightmares r shocking.iv even had nightmares where iv jumped out of bed(still asleep but moving in my sleep)and twisted my ankle cos my legs were half asleep when i jumped out of bed,and iv been like aware of everything,so like i was awake but also dreaming,there is a name for it but cant think of it right now.
why is withdrawal from paxil so intense.i'm on 20mg. a day, i,ve tried cutting back to 10mg was on that for a month, then i tried to take 10mg every other day,the second day istarted having withdrawals,tremers,heart racing,weak,ihave never felt so bad in my life.so i always goback to taking the 20mg aday.
I am currently weaning off Paroxetine (Paxil) and the withdrawal symtoms are taking over my entire day and I can't function properly. I am having "hot flashes" on my neck and earlobs (It's not a menopause thing, I'm 35 years old), I am having vision problems (focusing), racing heart beats, electric shock sensations, vertigo and mind flashes. This is like being tortured!!!! I am going off the medication so I can try Effexor.
Please read the following information... PAXIL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MIMIC HEROIN WITHDRAWAL! posted by Shawn Allen on September 06, 1999 at 04:24:49: : Tell your Doctors, and perhaps they will make the connection! How hard has it been for you to wean yourself from Paxil? It's as agonizing as coming off of heroin..and shares most of the same symptoms and long term effects!
Put him on the internet, type in Paxil withdrawal, and make him sit there and read. And why would you ever go off this med cold turkey? Why does anyone still do this after all the lawsuits and revelations and ten years of publicity?
After going on the site and checking out paxil I realize what was happening was a result of paxil symtoms and withdrawal syndromes. I think it unfair to say its the patients duty to find out about the drug they are being prescribed. I think that it is the DOCTOR'S responsibility who is collecting your money and whose hands you entrust your your life in to find out about these drugs that they prescribe to their patients.
I started on 20 mg of Paxil 3 months ago and for the last month changed to 30mg. As of last Saturday, I took my last does after tapering off for 1 week. I cannot tell you how awful I feel. Dizziness, headache, "zapping" feeling in my head, disconnected, just horrible!!! What do I do to get rid of these withdrawal symptoms? I stopped taking it (my doctors advice) because it made me very fatigued. Help! I'm on day 2 of feeling this way. I missed 2 days of work and feel horrible.
Can you go cold turkey to get off paxil and what can I do to help with the withdrawl? I am out of medication and cann't afford a refill at this time.
Who would guess that taking only 10mg paxil could cause such disruption in one's life when trying to discontinue taking it. I am trying to wean off and started a week ago going every other day, then every third day etc. The dizziness headaches flu like symptons etc have been awful. Is there any help out there to deal with this? I have been taking paxil for seven years and gained 40 lbs.
But just wanted people to be aware of my experience should they decide to take Paxil. I wish I was told about the withdrawal before I started, and might have chosen something different. I am sorry if I came across differently. Today is my first day of being Paxil in 12 years. I still have a terrible headache and lightheadedness, but the feeling of wanting to cry has subsided, and my crazy dreams at night(mostly nightmares) have subsided too. Thank you all for reading.
I have read about the "textbook" side-effects of Paxil withdrawal, as well as the comments offered by users of this forum. Of these, Amanda's experience most closely matches my own. When I stopped taking Paxil, the only noticeable side-effect was that I would experience an intense (yet brief) moment of dizziness / disorientation whenever I moved my eyes or closed them quickly. This lasted for about a week, and was very difficult to cope with.
nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and leg movements, or jerking.
I was only on Paxil for about 6 months before trying to quit. I wanted to try a different anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication. It was then that I realized how dependent I was on Paxil. I tried several meds and felt like I had turned into a monster. I became extremely short tempered, moody and even violent. I did not experience the physical withdrawal symptoms, but I did experience emmotional ones.
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was only on Paxil for about 6 months before trying to quit. I wanted to try a different anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication. It was then that I realized how dependent I was on Paxil. I tried several meds and felt like I had turned into a monster. I became extremely short tempered, moody and even violent. I did not experience the physical withdrawal symptoms, but I did experience emmotional ones.
I was completely unaware of the dangers of this action, because my doctors had told me that Paxil is safe, has no side effects, is not addictive, and has no withdrawal complications. I experienced relatively mild symptoms for a couple of weeks, such as headaches, chills, teeth chattering, and muscle spasms. I later experienced profuse sweating when I was at rest.
I am conteplating trying Paxil for anxiety and panic attacks. My starting dose is 12.5 mg of Paxil CR. My concern is that I had seizures when i was young. Last one was when I was 13, (I am 45 now) and have been off of any medications for almost as long. Would taking Paxil put me at risk of developing seizures again? Worrying about this will only lead me to more anxiety so I would like your opinion.
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I took paxil once (three years ago) but never got to the third of my prescription because of nightmares and zombie feeling. Recently, I took Paxil for 3 weeks, not from a prescription but from someone else's prescription (my dad who's not taking it as he should - or maybe he's doing the right thing not taking this drug.) I was ok quite quickly (although I first woke up at 5h00 every morning and had weird dreams - it didn't matter cause it made me feel better altogether. Placebo? Umm...
I can feel safe in telling you that the those problems were most definitely parially the Paxil. Nightmares is among the long list of withdrawl symptoms for Paxil. You cannot quit Paxil "cold turkey". This is not only very uncomfortable but could prove dangerous to your own well-being. Paxil has the shortest half-life of all the SSRI's. It will last full effect for a mere half-day (hence the reason for the CR version).
Assuming these feelings were from the withdrawl, I just started taking it again. Could this be from going off the Paxil CR? I cannot find any information on weaning from Paxil CR, only regular Paxil. I'm only on 12.5 milligrams, and from what I understand, with Paxil CR, you cannot "cut" the pill in half because it is a controlled released substance? Please let me know if this sounds right to you - or what I should do. Thanks for your help!
i have tried to ween myself off paxil 5 times over the past year. my dr. claims the withdrawal symptoms are not related to paxil withdrawal. this, her professional observation even though the symptoms only occured at my attempts to get off paxil. with no options in site, no insurance, and no dr. who actually listened; i decided to do a little experimenting. paxil, being an SSRI i decided to try MDMA's and psilocybin. the MDMA did nothing. suprising, since extacy is such a potent drug.
It's 4:30 a.m.in the morning in Arizona. Insomnia has a grip on me that I am really strugging to overcome. I cold turkey'd celexa and buspar 5 days ago. In desperation of dealing with all of these odd and a bit scary symptoms I have turned to the internet and found you all! Thank God. Actually, I read several comments and LOL to find I wasn't the only one who had felt or is feeling "electric jolts in my head.
You can always gradually lower your Paxil dose [very, very slowly]. I would not skip a day or you will have Paxil withdrawal. Wellbutrin may not work well for you, but combined with Paxil at the right doses it may help.
stories about withdrawal. I slowly weaned myself off of Paxil over a period of 2 months and experienced minimal side-effects other than some minor mood-swings and nervousness--but NO PANIC ATTACKS!! I am happy to report that as of the past 4 months I have been completely "Paxil free." My advice to anyone going off of Paxil is: 1. Consult with your Dr. 2. You have to be ready to do it. 3.
I'm not up to a lot of detail, mostly because I spent the last two days in mental agony, in my room with darkness...It has been 1.5 yrs since tx stopped, and I have tried to stop the AD's several times, finally had to see a psychiatrist to figure out a plan...it hasn't worked. I give up on the medical profession and meds...tried their way, no luck. They say I must have had problems (mental, inherited, etc) that were not a "problem' to me, until the tx and AD's...
I am 23 years old, and have been on antidepressants for about 5 years to treat chronic migraine headaches. I started on Paxil,then went to Lexapro b/c Paxil wasn't working, but I gained about 35 lbs. on it so my Doc put me on Effexor. Now my headaches are finally under control and I am tired of being on drugs! But I cannot go more than a few hours without it! I was taking 75 mg., and I took 37.5 mg for almost two weeks.
Thank you innakep, mayy and daisy for your comments on Paxil withdrawal. I am very well versed in medications and their effects but withdrawal from Paxil was a drastic surprise. I am trying to help my husband withdraw and it is a torturous process. Two and a half weeks thus far, do not show a significant reduction in nausea, dizziness, anger outbursts, confusion and inability to function. I feel less alone with your responses. Thanks! S.
After I finished the project in mid-may, I decided that I needed to stop using a drug to get through the day, so I tried to just stop taking it. WOW! Serious withdrawal symptoms including joint and muscle pain, stomch issues, fatigue, depression and a strange hollowness in my nerves ensued. I didn't feel I could just stop functioning for a week or two or whatever it would take, so I used some hydrocodone that I had to help me get my tramadol use down to 100mg per day over the course of a week.
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