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Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms: Length of Time for Recovery

If you have taken the Paxil (Paroxetine) or Paxil CR (controlled-release), you know the true power behind this SSRI medication. When I first took it for social anxiety, it worked wonders – I felt so good that I never wanted to come off of it. Eventually the drug stopped working and I fell into a deep depression while still taking Paxil. I had been taking it for about 9 months, and decided that I should probably just get off of the stuff altogether if it was no longer helping. I was young and my general practitioner didn’t explain that it would be advisable to “taper” vs. going “cold turkey.”

Long story short, I had a total mental breakdown, severe anxiety, severe depression, suicidal ideation, and had a very difficult time recovering from the Pax-hell that I was being put through. The withdrawal symptoms were absolutely awful and I felt as though I would never recover. In all honesty, I think it took me several years before I felt “normal” again by my standards. Although my case of an extended withdrawal recovery period is not the norm, many people really struggle coming off of Paxil.

Factors that influence Paxil withdrawal include:

If you have read any of my other articles regarding antidepressants, specifically SSRI’s, you should know that there are a number of factors that play a role in your withdrawal from a medication. It should be noted that Paxil is among the most powerful antidepressants on the market – some research has even compared its effects as being “similar to cocaine.” Whether those claims are scientifically founded is another story. However, anyone that has had experience with this drug knows how hellish the withdrawal can be.

1. Time Span

How long were you prescribed Paxil? Have you only been taking it for a few weeks? Have you been on it for years? Obviously time span plays a huge role in determining how our body’s are going to respond to withdrawal. If you take something away from your body that you have been giving it for an extended period of time, you are going to have a tougher time rebounding compared to someone who was only on it for a couple weeks or months.

2. Dosage

What was the dosage that you were taking? Paxil comes in some standard dosages of 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, and 60 mg. There is also the Paxil CR version which comes in 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 37.5 mg, etc. Obviously the CR simply means “controlled release” and that the dosage was slowly released over a 24 hour period. With the regular version of Paxil, the drug can get absorbed more quickly or all at once. They end up being very similar once your body gets accustomed to the standard Paxil. Anyways, the greater the dosage of this stuff, the tougher it is going to be to withdraw.

3. Individual physiology

There are rare superhuman individuals that don’t really notice withdrawal from certain medications. How sensitive you are as a person is going to play a major role in determining how Paxil withdrawal feels. Some people may notice that they are back to normal within a matter of weeks, while for others it may take months. And for others, like myself, it took years to feel better again.

4. Cold turkey vs. tapering

With the sheer potency of Paxil, I highly recommend that you do NOT stop cold turkey. Stopping cold turkey is just asking for some major trouble. When I was on this medication, I was only on the 12.5 mg CR version and I stopped cold turkey – huge mistake. I experienced withdrawal symptoms for a long time – and it took me years to feel “normal” again. Tapering is the smart way to go about withdrawal – gradually wean yourself off this medication with the help of your psychiatrist and/or doctor. If you haven’t yet quit the drug, but plan to withdraw soon, be sure to read: “How To Taper off of Paxil Properly.”

Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms: List

There are so many different withdrawal symptoms that people may experience while on this medication. Although you may not experience every symptom on the list below, it is common to experience several of them at the same time.

  • Anger – Want to see someone get mad? Have them withdraw from Paxil. Coming off of this medication can make even the most docile human being turn into a raging evil monster.
  • Anxiety – The anxiety coming off of Paxil is among the worst many people ever experience in their lives. Not everyone experiences this symptom, but the drop in serotonin levels can contribute to high anxiety coming off of Paxil.
  • Blurred vision – Although this sounds somewhat odd to experience, people have reported that their vision seems blurred at times while coming off of Paxil. I had this experience, and my vision is perfectly fine, but something was clearly going on.
  • Confusion – You may experience difficulties with thinking and may become easily confused throughout the day. This is normal – just remember that your thinking is temporarily slowed and your brain is trying to recover from the Paxil.
  • Crying spells – It is common for people coming off of Paxil to breakdown and start crying – often uncontrollably. Feelings of deep depression and desperation may accompany this crying. Do your best to tough it out and recognize that it’s just the withdrawal.
  • Decreased appetite – Coming off of Paxil you’ll experience the opposite of what you felt while on the drug. For most people, Paxil makes them hungry. When they stop, they have a tough time rebuilding their appetite for awhile.
  • Dizziness – You may experience an extreme case of vertigo for the first couple weeks coming off of this medication. Just recognize that this is a common withdrawal symptom.
  • Electric shocks – You may feel as though you are being electrically shocked or experience what many refer to as “brain zaps.” This can be very distressful in itself, but just realize that they will eventually go away as the drug leaves your system.
  • Fatigue – It is very common to experience lethargy or fatigue. You may feel like sleeping all day and not wanting to do anything. Do your best to get through the day and do what you can.
  • Flu-like – It isn’t uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms for the first couple weeks while coming off of Paxil – especially if you stopped cold turkey.
  • Headaches – It is common to get headaches and/or feel pressure in the head during withdrawal. I had such severe headaches that I actually thought I needed to get an MRI to determine any alternative causes.
  • Hot flashes – Many people experience hot flashes for weeks while coming off of Paxil.
  • Hypersensitivity – You may be hypersensitive to light, sounds, and motion. I remember that I would freak out at loud noises and or super bright sunlight. This can cause you to go into panic mode.
  • Hypochondria – It is pretty common to fear that you are going crazy while withdrawing. I thought I was going to develop schizophrenia, cancer, and/or problems with my hearing and vision. Every little thing made me panic and think disease.
  • Insomnia – Can’t fall asleep at night? Since your brain’s serotonin supply is now diminished, you may find yourself unable to sleep or find mental peace. This insomnia will last until your brain finds a way to recalibrate its neurotransmitters.
  • Mood swings – The mood swings that you experience may be absolutely crazy. You may go from extreme anger, to extreme sadness, feel aggressive one minute, and be sympathetic the next. Do your best to cope with this.
  • Muscle cramps – Your body may ache and feel sore all over. This is because it is getting re-acclimated to experiencing life without Paxil cycling through it.
  • Nausea – If every little thing makes you feel nauseated and somewhat sick, it could be a result of the withdrawal.
  • Panic attacks – You may find yourself panicking in almost every major situation. Whether you are at work, school, or just out in public, everything may provoke a fear response. Do your best to fight through this feeling of discomfort.
  • Poor concentration – Can you focus? Of course not, you’re coming off of Paxil. Most people experience a little cognitive boost while on the medication, and when they come off of it, they are unable to focus.
  • Slowed thinking – If you find yourself unable to think quickly, perform well on the job, and/or problem solve, it’s due to the withdrawal.
  • Severe depression – The depression that you experience coming off of Paxil may be so severe, that you won’t even know how to make it through life. Do your best to focus on making it through one day at a time. Eventually you will rebound back to 100%.
  • Suicidal thoughts – Feel suicidal before you take Paxil? Coming off of it the suicidal thoughts may be 100x worse. Yes you read right, 100x worse. The best thing you can do for yourself is try to think positive and/or do something to distract yourself from the way you are feeling.
  • Sweating – It is common to sweat profusely while on Paxil, and you may find yourself sweating a ton while coming off of it.
  • Vivid dreams – Many people experience vivid dreams while on this medication, as well as while coming off of it.

Note: It is known that Paxil stays in your system for only 4 to 6 days after your last dose; it has a short-half-life.  For this reason, many people notice severe discontinuation symptoms within just days of stopping Paxil.

Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms Length of Time: How long will they last?

How long will withdrawal from the drug Paxil last? Like I said, it will totally depend based on individual factors. New research suggests that the withdrawal period actually lasts a lot longer than professionals originally thought. They are finally starting to see the light that these drugs are not something to be taken lightly. Most people have withdrawal symptoms for at least a couple months following discontinuation. A good rule of thumb to go by is give it 90 days to fully recover – most people feel back to themselves after 3 months time.

In the meantime, try to take it one day at a time and don’t freak out at every little symptom. Your brain is likely in panic mode. Make sure you are exercising, eating healthy, and socializing to the best of your ability. A day will come when you will feel 100% and back to normal even if you don’t believe it right now. The process takes time. If you can make it through this withdrawal, you can make it through anything. I am here if you need to share your comments and experiences.

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  • Susan October 1, 2018, 8:21 pm

    Dear Friends, I have been off of Paxil for almost 9 months and still suffer some of the symptoms. My primary care physician insisted I see a Behavioral Therapist. A complete waste of time. They are looking to help people with suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, PTS, etc.

    My symptoms are due to a chemical attack to my brain, I have no unhealthy behaviors, just unhealthy side effects. If your doctor doesn’t believe what you are experiencing, then find someone else. If it weren’t for the people and testimonies on this website, I might think I truly am mentally ill.

    Sometimes I wonder if I will ever feel good again, although I believe it is getting better. Some have said it could take up to 1-2 years, especially if you took it for many years like I did.

    Keep God close. If I wasn’t a believer, I don’t think I would have made it this far. My best friend fought this and ended her life. Now I know why. Susan

    • Tracy October 1, 2018, 9:24 pm

      Hi Susan, I’m so sorry you’re having this experience. It took me close to two months to start feeling better. I had only been on an SSRI for about 5-6 months. Warm wishes. Please take good care of yourself and I pray this is just temporary. Before you know it you’ll be feeling better.

  • Sayantani September 30, 2018, 7:12 pm

    This site gives me a little ray of hope while I try to find a way to fight the withdrawal symptoms. I am 31 YO female from India and I was on Paxidep CR 12.5 for 6 days and then Paxidep CR 25 for 24 days. I was prescribed the med for 1 to 2 years but I don’t know why there was a sudden level increase in my Prolactin and I reluctantly discontinued Paxidep CR 25 after taking it for a month.

    I went cold turkey. I was also told to take Etizola 0.25 and Zapiz 0.50 for a month. I stopped all the meds now. I feel and I am sure that I am having most of the withdrawal symptoms that you have explained above, specially the anger.

    Oh and to mention the nightmares, I don’t even want to remember that night, it was a series of horrid dreams that too involving my recently deceased father. The sudden demise of my father was the main reason that I went into depression, panic attacks and the doctor prescribed me all these medicines.

    God help me now with the withdrawal. I am desperately feeling that I had a time machine so that I can rewind those days and undo the mistake I did of taking Paxidep for 30 days. Is there any other way that I can overcome this?

    I was already a type of person who gets palpitations in simple things and now palpitations, fast heart rate, brain zaps are my all-time companions.

    P.S. I have started Yoga and Pranayama for the past 2-3 weeks now. I feel good sharing my experience. All the best to everyone fighting with this condition. May God give all of us a speedy recovery.

  • Kathy September 23, 2018, 2:24 pm

    I had problems with hot flashes years ago and was on Effexor (SSRI antidepressant similar to Paxil) for about 9 months. I never went above the lowest does, so my doctor told me I could just stop. By the end of the second day without the drug, I had to crawl to the bathroom to be sick.

    I was so dizzy and nauseated that I couldn’t work. I went back on the drug. Tried going off three times. Finally went online and found a site that said that because Effexor, like Paxil, has such a short half-life the withdrawal symptoms are terrible in some people.

    The site (some neurologist’s, I believe) mentioned trying a few doses of something like Prozac which has a longer half-life and therefore leaves the body much more gradually. My doctor was willing to give it a try.

    I only needed 2 doses of Prozac to get off the Effexor and still be able to function. Yes, I did have zaps and dizziness and nausea, but so much more manageable! Recently, things at work changed dramatically and I ended up with a boss who is a tyrant (and not just my opinion). I cried everyday – on the way in to work!

    Finally, I asked my doctor for something, so she put me on the lowest dose of Paxil. It helped me go into work each day for the past 6 months, but the situation at work has not changed. I have decided to retire early and am looking at leaving in mid-January. It makes it tolerable to know that I will be out of the situation within the next several months.

    So I ‘tapered’ off the Paxil by breaking the scored 10 mg pills in two. I took the 5 mg for a week, then stopped. It has been a wicked few days, but I planned to try for the weekend when I could take time to rest. The dizziness is pretty bad, but I have found walking, resting and taking some Dramamine helps.

    I took the drug for a reason, and my friend urged me to go back on it because I was so much calmer when I was on it. But if a drug could affect my brain so much that going off it leaves me so off-balance (physically, emotionally, mentally) worries me that it is changing the way my brain functions.

    I do not want to depend on a drug to make it through the rest of my life, even though I did feel calmer on the drug. Just to add something to the discussion. The physical effects can be bad, but counseling may help cope with even the physical consequences of coming off the drug and/or facing the reason for having gone on the drug to begin with.

  • Marlena September 21, 2018, 11:47 am

    I have good news. After stopping Paxil three weeks ago, I was extremely dizzy and bloated as usual. Now, in my fourth week or so I feel great. I really hope others will feel better. It takes time for the side effects to wear off. Good luck all!

  • Sage September 18, 2018, 2:18 pm

    I was on 20mg of Paxil for 5 months. I highly suggest do not go off cold turkey. I quit cold turkey and it’s been about a month now. The first 2 weeks I did nothing but sit by the toilet and could not eat a thing.

    I still have worse anxiety and depression but the worst part is the constant nausea. If it was me honestly I would just recommend not using Paxil period – but definitely don’t quit cold turkey.

  • Temisan September 10, 2018, 5:20 pm

    I have tapered off Paxil 20mg 7 years ago. I am still having symptoms of withdrawal. It gets better, but the body aches and pressure headaches are there most times. Head feels like there is a weight on it, moving around. Insomnia is like my second name. I use Passiflora, Chamomile tea and lavender (on my pillow) to help me sleep. One day, I pray, it will be over. I am 74 years old. Anyone have this kind of head pressure?

  • Ellen September 6, 2018, 6:19 pm

    I was on Paxil for 19 years. I tapered off the drug for 2 months and took my last pill in early April 2018. I went through a month of hell. I sought help from my homeopathic Doctor and she gave me serotonin. It helped immensely. On August 27, 2018 the anxiety came back.

    This time, it was worse. The anxiety, fear, thinking I was crazy and that there was something really wrong with me and my brain. Maybe being on it that long, altered everything and gave me another problem? All the withdraw symptoms were back and now it’s worse.

    For 2 weeks, I was on 400 mg of serotonin a day along with St. Johns Wart, and deep breathing through my nose and exhale out my mouth. It helped calm the anxiety but left me pretty dizzy. I reached out again to my Homeopathic Doctor to help with the severe heart palpitations.

    She prescribed Pheni-Tropic, which is a natural form of Xanax. That helped as well. However, I couldn’t get off the couch because I was so loopy from the drugs. I researched and found a therapist who performs Cranial Sacral Therapy which breaks up the blocks in the fluid flow in my spine and brain.

    I did this for 4 days in a row. I could finally relax. I also began Tai Chi at home, which also helps with balance and your brain, since I could not drive and was afraid to be alone (I used to cherish my time alone). I had a very good day this past Tuesday, but then on Wednesday, went back to the anxiety and heart palpitations, BUT, I was not having the thoughts of despair and hopelessness.

    I also went GLUTEN FREE. Found out that gluten affects the brain! I am now EATING gluten free. I’ve lost 22 pounds since I went off of this disgusting medication and am starting to look like a Holocaust Survivor. Gluten free products are more expensive, but I am eating again. :)

    I also wrote on a poster board “You will get through this. It’s coming off the drug. You’re not crazy. You have natural meds to help you. You are a strong ass woman and you will survive”. All I’m looking for is 3 days strait of feeling ok. Then I ‘think’ I will be fine.

    They say it takes 1 to 2 years for this drug to leave your brain. I thought I was done with the side effects as of May, 2018. I was wrong. The drug will leave your body within 4 to 6 days. IT STAYS IN YOUR BRAIN A LOT LONGER. All I’m hoping for now is that the side effects don’t spike again.

    I mean 19 years is a long time to be taking this crap. Besides that, my then Doctor never told me what would happen if you stop taking it. The important thing here is to never trust a Doctor who “gives you a pill” just to cover things up and not treat the symptoms and why I needed help (I had just had my third child, my then husband was never home, then my mom was suffering from Alzheimer’s and passed in 2008, then I exited a 25 year marriage).

    Huge problem with the pharmaceutical industry and doctors pushing pills to make money. I would love for that Doctor to experience what I went though, but I would really love for the executives that made this drug to experience withdraw symptoms! Maybe then they’d think twice.

    But I doubt it. Be weary of thinking that your done. I thought I was. However, everyone is different. I’m naturally a very happy person, always with a smile. However, when you get to a point when you understand what Robin Williams or Anthony Bourdain went through and then finally ending their own life…

    I get it now. BOTTOM LINE, IF A DOCTOR WANTS TO GIVE YOU A PILL FOR ANXIETY, GET UP AND WALK OUT OF HIS/HER OFFICE!!! Thanks for reading.

  • T. Brown August 31, 2018, 10:52 pm

    Hi everyone, I tapered off, and am completely off now. It’s been about a week. I am past hopefully the worst part of it. I want to eat everything. I have to focus on self-control. Did anyone else have this experience?

  • Ellen August 29, 2018, 5:03 pm

    It has been 5 months since I tapered off the 5 mg of paxil that I was on. I started 19 years ago at 20 mg, and over the years, tapered off to 5 mg. I weaned myself off over a 2 month period. The first month was complete hell. I sought help from my homeopathic doctor and she prescribed 200 mg of serotonin.

    I am up to 300 mg of the serotonin. 4 days ago I started to experience withdraw symptoms again, this time worse. My anxiety is through the roof, I truly feel like I’m going crazy. These dips are insane. I will be seeing my homeopathic doctor again today. Will this ever end? Or will I keep experiencing these symptoms and for how long? Help!

  • Marlena August 28, 2018, 2:59 pm

    Hi all. So sad to hear all these Paxil stories. I quit Paxil cold turkey a week and a half ago because, even though it worked wonders for my anxiety it gave me a huge belly (I felt pregnant basically every day) and had cramps, couldn’t eat normal quantities of food & constipation.

    I thought that the weight gain, cramps and bloating are not really worth continuing with the drug. Does anybody have bloating and stomach cramps? What do you do to manage these symptoms?

    And oh yeah, the dizziness is in full-swing right now, but I try to imagine that I go to the amusement park daily and that makes it less bad. Ha ha. Wish you all well!

  • Sherry August 27, 2018, 10:18 pm

    This site is awesome and everyone is very encouraging. I was given Paxil 17 years ago. I have bounced between 20-40 mg. I believe I was in early menopause and was given this medication unnecessarily. I never did any research and never questioned my yearly refills. Thinking back on it my symptoms never left, they were covered up and kept coming back.

    After 15 years I started having panic attacks more and more frequently until I ended up in the ER. After being checked out in the ER I went to my primary care doctor. She said I was pooping out and needed to get off Paxil. She suggested tapering and neurofeedback . I tapered from 40 to 30 to 20 to 10. Each taper took a month and I did two neurofeedback sessions a week.

    It was not pleasant but it was manageable. This being said I would recommend doing it much slower especially if you are not doing neurofeedback. The end of March 2018 I dropped the last 10. This was literally a life changing event. I never thought about the fact that even though I was reducing, I still had it in my body and the shock my body went into when I totally removed it was great.

    The last amount should be reduced very slowly. I don’t know how anybody does it cold turkey. It has been five months and I now feel like I will live. I had a few good days then back to withdrawal, then a few good weeks. I jumped back into life over did and went back into withdrawal. Be very kind to yourself when recovering. I have now had almost three weeks of feeling sort of back to myself. Each time gets better.

    Now my symptoms. I wanted to give hope before I listed my symptoms and I am only doing this because it helped me greatly to know that what I was experiencing was normal. Flu-like symptoms, extreme reactions to hot and cold and light and noise. Sleeplessness, still dealing with this but it is getting better. Shakes, zaps, trembling, so very emotional, dizzy, brain dead, couldn’t read or watch TV.

    I have lost over 25 pounds and still have to make myself eat. Panic that comes for no reason, mostly at night. I have also had crazy pain in my body especially across my shoulders. One of the worst was no emotions even though I was very emotional. I love my family so much and treasure any time spend with my 4 children and 6 grands, but I didn’t want to see any of them.

    I made myself attend a few functions but wanted to come home early. They all knew what was happening and have been very supportive. In the last two weeks I have found my joy in my family again. Praise the Lord. My God and my husband have held me through this ordeal. I have been blessed with a husband that held me, prayed for me, supported me and tried his best to feed me.

    My God held me in the palm of His hand. I am so grateful to Him and the many members of my church who held me up after I cried out to them. The symptoms slowly let up. All of a sudden I will think, wow I haven’t had a zap for a few days. Exercise! I hate exercise, but I truly believe that this is a must. I just walked. Sometimes only 200-300 steps at a time.

    You have to move to get toxins out. Drink a lot of water and take Epsom salt baths. I also take vitamin D, fish oil, a good multi and have utilized 5-HTP and GABA. If you have access to a knowledgeable health food store they can help with supplements.

    There is probably a lot I am missing and I don’t want anyone to feel helpless or hopeless. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I will be happy to answer questions and pray for your journey. Blessings.

    • Jackie September 5, 2018, 1:29 pm

      Yes, I was given this medication when going through menopause. I was feeling terrible anxiety and this helped. Now years later after weaning myself off for the last month I am having severe muscle pain, constipation, blurred vision and vivid dreams… we will get through this.

      I am taking supplements to help with these symptoms and doing Yoga. These are helpful. This medication was giving me strange feelings after taking for many years and had to come off of it.

    • Joyce September 8, 2018, 12:46 am

      Sherry, I was on 20mg about 10 years. Read somewhere online that when discontinuing Paxil (which worked wonderfully for me but I grew tired of weight gain) to take 1 month for every year on Paxil to gradually come off. So I did! … even cutting down to 5mg for a couple months, then 5mg every other day, then every 3rd day etc., etc.

      I think I took excessive time going off and STILL having a very difficult time adjusting to life without it. A friend begs me to go back on it, but I have only been off Paxil about a month. Not sure if my symptoms are due to coming off it despite how very gradually I did so, or if symptoms have more to do with trials of menopause!

      You mentioned grandkids so I wonder if you, too, are in those menopausal years? If so, how have you managed life without Paxil during difficulties/irritations of menopause? I am trying Valerian Root, but not sure it is helping.

      I think 5 HTP/GABA might have been out of the question given cholesterol meds, but will double check. I did not think I would have withdrawal symptoms after 10 months+ of discontinuing Paxil. Hoping I will improve soon…

    • Juanita September 16, 2018, 3:00 am

      I am struggling with the withdrawal of Paxil. This is my 4th time and I need/want/must prevail to get finally FREE of Paxil. For myself and my family. Reading what you wrote is inspiring to me to keep trying this time until completely done with Paxil. Thank you for the useful info on the vitamins and minerals to use.

      • Kregg September 17, 2018, 5:50 pm

        I’m on day 23… Very hard day… I woke up freezing… My heart was pounding.. I feel a lot of electricity going through me. My stomach hurts bad. Mass cramping. Bloating. If someone wanted to torture someone, this is it.

        I’ve been to the ER 7 times because of withdraw. They don’t do anything to help me. They always tell me to go back on the drug if I want. The agony to stop. I told them no freaking way!!!

        This will pass away but in about 60 days. Meanwhile, I suffer. I have good days… Then bad. But in time I’ll have more good than bad.

        • Bill September 17, 2018, 6:38 pm

          Kregg, I’m not sure whether you quit cold turkey, or tapered down. It doesn’t matter… withdrawal off Paxil is withdrawal. I am so sorry you are going through this. I know first hand it’s a living waking nightmare.

          You are correct. In time (soon) you will have more good days than bad. Keep up the good fight. I lift you up in prayer!

  • Johnny O August 22, 2018, 6:54 am

    I was on 20mg of Paxil. I experimented quitting cold turkey and was not successful due to the side effects. The second attempt I tapered off slowly. The side effected were not as intense as when I quit cold turkey. I have been off Paxil for three months.

    • Marlena August 28, 2018, 3:01 pm

      Do you feel better now, Johnny? Do you think that 3 months is a normal time for the side effects to wear off?

  • Janet August 19, 2018, 7:41 pm

    I just stumbled across this website while trying to find out if what I now know as brain zaps were from withdrawal from Paxil. I have been on 12.5 CR for bout 15 years. When the things that had caused me to start taking Paxil were no longer an issue, I had tried a withdrawal by tapering. Many times.

    Each time I got very tense, short tempered. Two weeks ago, just home from vacation, I realized I had forgotten to take it for a few days. I felt pretty good, so went cold turkey. It has not been bad. My mood is good. Get a little weepy over sentimental things. Sleep is actually better and dreams more pleasant.

    I have hot flashes, am way past menopause, and have these buzzing zaps in my head. Little unsettled stomach. Less appetite. But all in all, I am doing well and hope I am done with Paxil! It has been about two weeks now. I am writing this to say that it doesn’t always have to be as bad as others are reporting. Good luck with your experience.

    • Lindsay August 21, 2018, 10:58 am

      Thank you so much for your post! I was on 20mg for about a year, and I just completed weaning off this past weekend. Yesterday, I could barely keep my eyes open, and this morning, I woke up in a puddle of sweat. Reporting your positive experience brings me hope.

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