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Here you will find a list of symptoms which originally was culled from my personal experience while getting off Paxil in 2000.

Over time, this list has been augmented by symptoms which have been reported by others going through the process. For a symptom to be included in the "common' category, it had to appear at least 50 times in the letters which I have received.

If you fail to find a particular symptom which you are currently experiencing it can mean that a) not enough people have reported it to warrant inclusion, or b) that it is unrelated to the withdrawal process.

Note, that of the listed symptoms do appear in people who are in the process of reducing their dosage as well as those, whose system has become acclimatized to the drug.

Finally, the list only deals with withdrawal symptoms. It does not include the side effects that are commonly associated with Paxil , e.g. weight gain, sexual dysfunction, etc..

In order to ad your own experience, please send me an e-mail..


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Note: this section deals only with problematic Paxil withdrawal. Although I have not found accurate numbers, it appears that anywhere from 4% to 10% of users can expect some or all of the listed symptoms. The rest of you should only experience the touted " two to three days of flue-like symptoms".

First, the good news: you are not going to die. Although, there is at least one legal firm that specializes in wrong-full deaths caused by Paxil and other similar drugs, my research indicates that all of these were suicides. As hellish as the withdrawal will be or is at the moment, suicide is not warranted: there is an end in sight. 

Still, the bad news is that the withdrawal process can mirror every depiction of hell as I, a non-believer, had come to imagine. Glaxo SmithKline makes no mention of these on their Paxil home site , including in their prescription information . Avoid it if you have the chance by choosing an alternate drug, or, if you are already on it, take a couple of weeks off from work, and hold on. Here are some of the symptoms that might await you, or that you might already have encountered.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

- intense insomnia
- extraordinarily vivid dreams
- extreme confusion during waking hours
- intense fear of losing your sanity
-steady feeling of existing outside of reality as you know it (referred to as depersonalization at times)
-memory and concentration problems
- Panic Attacks (even if you never had one before)
- severe mood swings, esp. heightened irritability / anger.
- suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)

- an unconventional dizziness/ vertigo
- the feeling of shocks, similar to mild electric one, running the length of your body
- an unsteady gait
- slurred speech
- headaches
- profuse sweating, esp. at night
- muscle cramps
- blurred vision
- breaking out i
n tears.

- hypersensitivity to motion, sounds, smells.
- decreased appetite
- nausea
- abdominal cramping, diarrhea 
- loss of appetite
- chills/ hot flashes

Whereas the symptoms in the right hand column are a nuisance, and the ones in the middle column are barely tolerable, it is the left handed ones that redefine the term nightmare. Their nature is such, that you will find yourself questioning your sanity on a continual basis.
The duration of the withdrawal process seems to vary from individual to individual. In my own experience, the worst was over after the first two weeks. Still, three weeks into it, I was far from feeling ship-shape in Bristol fashion. It took around six weeks  for the symptoms to subside. 

Less Frequently Reported Symptoms

-"scratching sound" inside one's head
- constant white noise in the ears
- tingling sensation in cheeks, lips,  tongue and surrounding areas.
- heart palpitations/ chest pain
- swollen and sore eyes
- fatigue
- extremely localized, bursting headaches
- lump in throat
- rash / dry, flaky and irritated skin
- grinding of teeth
- difficulty swallowing
- itchiness

- numbness 
- speech problems / inability to use or  find the right word
- trembling
- seizures (reported once)
- involuntary muscle twitching
- hallucinations
- diarrhea / stomach cramps
- heartburn/ gaestric reflux
- semi-orgasmic state (in women) to the   point of irritation

- muscel aches




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