the worst part of going through extreme Paxil withdrawal
is the isolation that seems to be an inevitable
consequence. It is impossible to expect for non-sufferers,
no matter how close the relationship, to understand what
we are or have gone through. What follows are some of
the letters that I have received over the last months.
Reading them should reassure you that you are not alone,
and that you are indeed not imagining things. For the
sake of privacy, I have erased all personal information.
Some letters have also been edited for length and
relevance. Should you wish to contribute to this page,
please feel free to send me an e-mail. This is not a
bulletin board however; if you are interested in
leaving unfiltered messages or getting feedback from other visitors
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of the moment
myself freely? OK... I'm angry. First I get
struck down with depression, which is hell enough in
& of itself. My life was just ticking along
& POW! I had the rug jerked out from under me.
I'm a psychology major in college (make that
"was" since I'm on medical leave now because
of all this BS) so I "knew" there were
psychotrophics that I could turn to. Paxil... oh,
I've read good stuff about Paxil. It addresses a
large spectrum of disorders. Sure, let's give it a
try. Not only did it NOT alleviate my depression,
it made me sicker than a dog. So my MD took me off
it (from 20 mg down to 10 & then off altogether).
I was bummed about my continuing depression but I was
glad to be off the meds since they were making me feel
so physically crummy. Little did I know that there
would come a day I would beg to merely feel
"crummy". As it stands now, I'm more
depressed than I was, I'm on medical leave from school
& I have 99% of the Paxil withdrawal symptoms listed
on this site. Today I had seizures. I'm
beginning to wonder what's next, but maybe I'm afraid of
that answer. This site is THE only hope I've come
across & for that, I thank you from the bottom of my
heart. When my friends are bummed out, I always
tell them "Live in hope" & I guess it's
time I follow my own advice. While it pains me to
no end to know others suffer with this, too, it does at
least make me feel better to know I'm not crazy.
THANKS for your work in this area!!!
You have no idea how much your sitehas eased my
mind. I thought I was dying last night. I was having
whacky strong ass dreams. On top of that it almost felt
like i had a panic attack in my dream. And everytime I
would start to fall back to sleep I would get the zaps,
and start losing my marlbles. It is so true about "
thinking your losing your sanity". Its was very
nerve racking. I am 1 week and 4 days into cold turkey.
Hopefully all goes well
After many years on
Nortryptoline, I was recommended to take Paxil.
That was over four years ago. After
taking 20mg for four years, I saw a new doctor who
just one month ago increased my dosage to 30mg.
I also took a 1/2-mg or 1/4-mg of Xanax on a
need-be basis. Last
week as my supply ran out, I decided that I was not
satisfied with the medication, and terminated the drug
that same day (last Sunday) with no intermediary
Let me tell you
about my week:
1. I feel as though my
brain views the world at shudder speed of an old
1930's movie camera.
2. A new definition to the
term Vertigo is definitely required - Hitchcock would
have enjoyed my perspective.
3. Dissatisfaction was at
an all-time high. So much so that I unsolicited
told my wife I wanted to move from Hong Kong
immediately. In fact, I told her that I was
planning to take a two-month trip just to clear my
head. Keep in mind I have a three-year-old boy
and a seven-week-old. She wasn't sure if her
auditory system was failing her or if I had simply
4. Dreams, let's pass on
this one, you can't even imagine what my brain has
concocted over the past seven nights.
5. Oddly there was an increase
in calmness not irritability. Perhaps because I
have felt so detached that it is hard for me to lose
6. Hysterical crying - I
could watch a Selfridges commercial and wet my hankie.
7. Appetite - I can't stop
8. Inability to exercise -
as a result of the vertigo, up until this afternoon, I
could barely walk ten yards with any sort of comfort.
The good news, I hope, is
that I have made it through the most difficult phase.
For the first time since last Sunday, I actually am
starting to feel that I am on the up and up. No
fear of Panic or anxiety. Just praying that I
didn't abuse my brain beyond repair. In
short, it was cold turkey at its finest. I felt
like Gene Hackman in the French Connection, really. I
will gladly keep you updated on this unique case study
of mine, me. I am the guinea pig who was so
tired of four years of TMJ as a result of the Paxil
(yes brutal TMJ can result from the drug for which I
have had botox injections, taken clonozopam to
reduce the pain...). Thanks
for hosting this site, I only wish it was available
when I first confronted this ailment when I was 29 in
But it's a blessing
that its here for both newcomers and veterans like
Hi. I am a 39-yr old graduate
student working on a PhD in Sociology. For most of
my adult life, I have been depressed (and untreated),
and yet have been pretty high functioning. I have
been on Paxil twice in the past six years. I was
on 30 mg and weaned myself off very slowly, and I do
remember having symptoms like the ones described on your
webpage. But before I found the page, I did go and
have a CAT scan because all I could describe to my
doctor was that I was having these weird dizzy spells.
I also had an inner ear exam, but the doctor said my
ears were fine, and it was just stress (I was the
coordinator for a national public health project).
Now I have been on Paxil again for two years (30 mg),
and my doctor and I had discussed a "med
vacation." I think paxil has been interfering
with my studies because I have developed a very
nonchalant attitude towards my work. It is very unlike
me, and I fear has affected my reputation at school.
I am studying for one of my m!
ajor exams, and felt that I needed to get my old energy
and some helpful anxiety back in my life. So, I
did a much more rapid cutback this time (without talking
to my doctor, I admit). I went from 30 mg, to six
days of 15 mg, and then off. I am on the fourth
day of no paxil, and it is pretty rough. I have
the dizziness, the "shocks", and the
shoop-shoop noise in my head. I call it the
"hula hoop in my head." I am crying at
the least provocation, and last night I had my first
funky dreams. I can't remember what they were.
All I know is that I felt I needed to sleep with the
light on. My doctor is on vacation, but we have an
appointment in two weeks. I really want to be off
Paxil, so I am going to try and tough it out. I am
taking comfort in the knowledge that I can put a name to
what is happening to me, and I will keep in mind the
suggestions others have posted. I am looking
forward to posting a success story SOON! Now, off
to get another glass of water. Thanks for the
I'm a university
professor who was prescribed paxil for clinical
depression two years ago. I stayed on 20mg most of the
time and then dropped to 10mg for a few months. To
try and get off I cut to 5mg which was initially tough
but after a month I got the hang of it. Now I'm in
my 7th day post-paxil wondering when the sloshing in my
brain will quit. Your site has been a tremendous
help to me. My doctor wanted me to stop cold
turkey at 10mg which I might have been foolish enough to
try had I not visited the site. I now know that
would have been disaster.
You're helping many people, so thank you so much.
I am a 23 year old mother
of two small children. I was prescribed Paxil
after going through post traumatic distress disorder due
to the September 11th attacks in NYC. I wish that my
doctor would have educated me on the withdrawal symptoms
and side affects associated with taking this poorly
dispensed drug. I was so depressed after Sept. 11, and
have been on short term disability due to the
depression, anxiety and panic disorders I have developed
.Now, some four months following the attack, I am
starting to come out of the fog and trying to return to
normalcy. I was taking Paxil 20 mg,
and then my MD amped the medication dosage to 30mg.
After two weeks on Paxil 30mg, I started to have brain
I then marched to the MD with my two horrified babies,
and demanded to be taken off this awful drug.
I was weaned off for four days, and now January 24, 2002
is my forth day without the paxil. I have
experienced severe migraines, convulsions, seizures,
impulses traveling throughout my body as if I am being electrocuted
from head to toe. I have been sleepless, had
nightmares if I am able to catch an hour of sleep.
I have also had severe hot flashes and cold chills, and
I am so irritable!!!! I am so upset because
my mood is generally well, but my physical well being
suffers, as well as my children. I feel like
a very incompetent mother in this stage. I am very
optimistic, and I know that I will come out of this a
I thank you so much for your wonderful website, to allow
me to understand the symptoms better, as well as provide
myself with support and encouragement, at a time when
nobody understands unless you've gone through it!
Hi, I am a school psychologist
and have been taking Paxil for about 5 years...I began
when depression became so severe I entered the psych
ward...another hospitalization when the 30mg seemed to
be inadequate...another 10 added, and last year another
10 bringing me to a total of 50mg daily for depression.
Two weeks ago, an argument during which I realize I was
not rational and I was faced with another increase. My
therapist (a genius) suggested I try Wellbutrim, but
with the holidays coming and the lack of available
mental health workers, my doctor was hesitant for me to
face (medication-free) the holidays with my
dysfunctional Addams Family-like relatives. He cautioned
me not to decrease, but I stubbornly have persisted. All
I can say is...wow. What a horrible experience. First I
thought I had the flu, then a brian tumor, then MS, and
then about every disorder described in the DSM. I have
never been one to have attorneys right wrongs, but this
really is a difficult drug to!
withdraw from...I hope the drug industry takes
these accoutns seriously...I am determined to
quit...tomorrow I will have decreased to 10 mg...
Like others, here,
who have experienced the nasty side of paroxetine, I,
too, am taking high-end academic qualifications. I say
this this only because these activities require a mind
that's functioning well. This drug did not help in that
respect (confusion.) And I suffered complete loss of
libido (erections - non-existent.) These side-effects
did eventually lessen.I took the drug for two years (a
bad divorce)reducing it to an effective maintenance dose
of 5mg/day. The real problems began when I decided one
day to abruptly stop it. I felt good but was tired of
the lingering sexual dysfunction and other side-effects.
I'm aware of the 'weaning off' process but figured the
dose was low enough not to matter. Within two days I
became extremely irritable. This quickly turned to overt
aggression. By the end of the week I was confronting and
threatening ordinary folks in my local town (not to
mention my family.) Finally,I stole a bottle of wine
from asupermarket, in full view of customers.
This was an act of sheer provocation, not theft (I
couldn't have cared less about the goods.) As
expected, I was confronted by the Store Manager. I
expected to be violent but, stangely, that didn't
happen. I'd not have believed then that I was capable of
stopping myself. Yet, prior to this, I've never stolen,
nor felt the inclination to steal, in my life. I've
never experienced, previously, anything like the
feelings of aggression. Odd, isn't it, that this should
correspond to dropping paroxetine (and vanish in due
course.) There's no question that the behaviour was not
caused by the drug..or its sudden absence.
Now, thanks to GlaxoSmithKline, an incompetent
lawyer, and a ridiculously unaware/unsympathetic judge,
I have an embarrassing conviction for minor theft. If I
had been violent it would be worse. I believe the
effects of these drugs must be urgently re-examined.
This site has been really helpful,
not only to me but to my patients. I am a clinical
psychologist and many of my patients have reported
withdrawal symptoms from Paxil, as well as from other
SSRI's. I have to admit, I was like many of
therapists and physicians mentioned on your page, in
minimizing the withdrawal process, since it was not
well-documented in the clinical trial literature.
Let me just say now- "I'm a believer".
After being on Paxil myself for about 1 year, I am now
weaning myself off. Talk about withdrawal! I have
the dizziness and irritability spoken about by other
individuals. Today, I knew things were really bad,
when at my son's play, a child, "the cow"
failed to jump over "the moon" and was upset.
I wanted to burst out crying, and could hardly keep from
tears welling up in my eyes. At first, as much as
I tend to "intellectualize" things regularly,
I immediately thought I was going crazy or that the
depression was back full force. It was so
refreshing to read accounts from others that they have
had similar experiences. I've been taking 1 20mg
pill every 2 days, then every 3 days, now I'm on every 4
days, but it seems to be getting worse!!
Your information has
helped me beyond description. After being on Paxil for 5
years, I asked my physician to prescribe an alternative.
So, about a month ago he began decreasing and then
eliminating the Paxil completely. The weaning off
process lasted about 5 days. Then I started on Serzone.
Of course I have the "flu like symptoms", but
then about two weeks ago I began this phase that has
been like a living hell. I am afraid to fall asleep
because I have these overly vivid, bizarre dreams. I've
gone from being a very "on top of things"
employee to having the most horrendous difficulty with
my short term memory. I have been terrified that I would
die, or lose my mind in the process. I stumble at times
when I walk and I have never had these kind of problems. I
am apologizing daily to my co-workers and supervisor for
my "dinginess". I do a lot of crying, which is
a change, because on Paxil, crying was almost
impossible. This is all so embarrassing and frightening.
I pray that this!
will end soon. Every day lately is a fight just to
"hold on". Thanks for listening. Kathie
I was on paxil
for almost two years. About three weeks ago, I decided
to wean myself off of paxil after talking to my Dr.
about it. Boy I didn't know what I was in for. As I
got to a pill every other day I begin to have the most
vivid and horrific nightmares. My husband would have
to wake me because I would be screaming and crying. I
too had electric type shock sensation in my head. I
also experienced Irritability, confusion, a feeling of
a swishing sound in my head when I moved my head, imbalance,
Insomnia, and violent thoughts. I thought it was just
me, until someone told me to look up this sight. The
awful thing about this was that my 16 year old son was
taking paxil occasionally for his anger (7 months). He
was always so depressed. In July my son took his own
life. I'd hate to think it was because of the symptoms
of occasionally being off of paxil.
I believe this medication
should be taken off the market. I write this in memory
of my son hoping that others might realize their
not alone. Thank you for your web sight S. Crow
I can't believe that there are other people dealing with
what I am dealing with. I stopped the Paxil 7 days
ago, and I am so moody and depressed. My doctor
did not warn me...had I known I would be feeling like
this, I would have waited to get off of it. It is
December, I am finishing grad school and I have finals,
but I don't care about it. I was dating someone
wonderful with great potential, and he broke up with me
because "one minute I was OK, and the next I
wasn't" and "I would get mad at him for no
reason." I messed that up and blame myself.
I yell at everyone, and I just want to start caring
about things again. I can't sleep at night, so
that's a lot of fun because I dwell about the things
that I have messed up. Lastly,
I obsessively worry about everything. I want my
sanity back for Christmas.
just wanted to add that before this experience with
Paxil withdrawal, I had no claims or ill feelings toward
pharmaceutical companies. In fact, I always wanted
to be a pharmaceutical sales representative. After
this, I have changed my outlook on the pharmaceutical
industry, I am determined to be a social activist
against this type of abuse to patients and consumers.
I see clearly now as a nurse that a lot of my
hospice patients were on a SSRI like Paxil and including
Paxil. I am concerned that because I was not
educated on this subject that some of my terminally ill
patients suffered due to SmithKline Beecham and other
pharmaceutical companies negligence as well as my
ignorance. Ninety-nine percent of my patients declined
over a period of time prior to death and were unable to
swallow their medicines, so they were abruptly taken off
of their medicines, as well as Paxil and others like
I am very concerned that due to being abruptly taken off
of these types of medicines, they suffered these
withdrawals and couldn't even verbalize it due to being
comatose and near death. I could not imagine
having these types of withdrawal symptoms while going
through the dying process. I am more appalled by
this than my own experience.
In one day this has become a very heart felt subject
with me, especially now that I have experienced it for
myself. I am and will be passionate regarding this
subject. I will do what is legally, morally, and
ethically necessary to see that this type of abuse to
our consumers is ceased. This is my chance to do what
every nurse and medical professional should do, and that
is to be an advocate for the people we take care of and
love, as well as ourselves.
I would like to thank you
for your page. I thought I was the only one who is
suffering from Paxil withdrawal. I am a Disabled Vietnam
Veteran who suffers from severe PTSD. I thought that the
dreams and nightmares were bad from that. Not on your
life. When I try to back off the Paxil it is horrible. I
get Agoraphobia, electric type shocking in my head, twitching
feeling, cold sweats, sleep disorder, no sex drive, the
list just goes on. I feel as if I am stuck with the
Paxil for the rest of my life
myself 2 years ago, it was horrible for about 2 months, I could not even drive. But, finally the symptoms went away. The reason for taking Paxil was for panic attacks associated with mitral valve prolapse. I was off paxil for one year and had a baby, then relapsed and had to get on paxil again. Now I am trying to get off of paxil again, I have been on it for 19months. I am once again experiencing the dizziness , nausea, vertigo, etc. But, I am determined to get off of it for good this time. My father also experienced withdrawals from paxil. The first time doctors did not have a reason for the withdrawal symptoms, I am so thankful this is finally being brought to everyone's attention. This is horrible to go through. Something needs to be done for all of the people going through this.
After I stopped
drinking (I'll have 2 years of sobriety in July),
I thought I would try medication again. I was on
20mg of Paxil a day for 2 months before I started
experiencing diminishing returns. The doctor
(without interviewing me for more than five minutes,
this would be the second time I spoke to the
psychiatrist, the first interview lasted about ten
minutes) upped my dosage to 30mg a day. I took
this dosage for a month; the anxiety and
depression were almost completely eliminated; however,
I was sleeping between 12-16 hours a day. I
really don't have that kind of time. I called my
doctor again to let him know how badly the
side-effects were whipping me, he decreased my dosage.
After a couple of days at the lower dosage, I began to
feel out of sorts again so, this time, I quit using
Paxil altogether. My shrink told me that the
side effects would only last a few days and, in a
month, he would get me on a different medication.
At this time, he made no mention of withdrawal
symptoms and, truth be told, neither did the copy of
the PDR I consulted.
Two days later, the
dizzy spells started. Three days later, the
dizziness was constant. That night, it was like
all of the anxieties, all of inner demons that had
been pent up over the four months I was on Paxil (and
indeed over the years before) were screaming through
my dreams. I did feel as if I were in the grips
of an uncontrollable madness. I dreamed the
world around me had melted away and that I had been
shifted into an alternate reality, were the laws that
governed the universe changed moment by moment and
each change was worse than the last. While I am
awake, my fingers constantly tingle, my heart feels
like it wants to claw its way through my chest, I can
not focus (this e-mail has been extremely difficult to
concentrate on) for more than a few moments at a time,
its like being trapped in a bell-tower where manic
monks constantly yank unseen bell-cords.
I think I
understand now where Poe was coming from when he wrote
The Bells. Withdrawal from Paxil has
colored my world with Lovecraftian paints. Its
like those monsters that Lovecraft once imagined
wandered in the "spaces between" have found
a gateway in my cortex and they all want a chance to
come through to experience this world.
It has been a week and things just keep getting worse.
cannot believe that there are others out there with the same
symptoms as I have been feeling. I have experienced a feeling like my eyes couldn't keep up to the turning of my head, and extreme sweating and nausea. The worst is probably the rage I feel at absolutely nothing, triggered by anything. I have never had this problem before, and when I began lashing out at my two-year old, I knew there was really a problem. Now I just have to find a solution, as I have tried to get off Paxil four times!
The first time I went off Paxil, not knowing then what I know now, I lasted one month before starting again. It seemed to me that I had returned back to my usual anxiety/stress symptoms, for which I was prescribed Paxil. All of my symptoms disappeared within the first day of restarting the Paxil. I stayed on Paxil for some time and slowly
weaned myself off Paxil the second time around. Nausea, diarrhea, imbalance, electric-type shocks in head and sometimes elsewhere, and vivid dreams reappeared. It was then I realized it wasn't me, but Paxil causing my symptoms. So I went back on Paxil and decided that I'd
wean myself more slowly this third time around. I've yet to get the courage to begin the
weaning. But, with the information in this website, I'm encouraged that "this too shall pass". I certainly do wish I'd been told about all of this prior to commencing the drug, for I most certainly would have requested something else. I told my doctor that I had taken Xanax
years ago and did not want any part of that again. I had no trouble going off that as I was denied a
prescription refill one day and got mad and started exercising every day and that helped. That was 10 years ago and I still exercise everyday. I do have to admit that Paxil has relieved me of my anxiety/stress symptoms, but makes me slightly sluggish at times and sleepy. I want my old energy back. Thank you for letting me vent and for this website.
|I recently saw a 20/20 episode that addressed this issue and I was in tears. I had tried to go off Paxil last year and suffered through episodes of withdrawal that I wouldn't wish on an enemy. I could feel and hear my eyes moving in my head. My balance was off, I could not focus on anything, visual or otherwise. I some how drove myself to the Dr. that was
weaning me off the Paxil and plopped on her office steps begging for help. I thought I would have to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for sure. I thank God that she realized that it was a case of severe withdrawal and gave me a double dose and had me stay in her office lying down for a few hours. When I woke up I could still feel and hear the eye movement but it was much improved. We subsequently decided it wasn't worth the trouble of trying to come off it. But a year later I didn't feel the Paxil was cutting it anymore and felt that changing to a different SSRI was in order. This time I consulted a
Psychiatrist that weaned me off Paxil and she put me on Prozac. I still had some trouble but nothing compared to the first experience. I think the most important thing to let people attempting to come off Paxil is to know that these symptoms exist and that can be addressed. Also that someone close to the person should be aware of what is going on so they can be aware of any strange behavior and therefore be able to get help if needed.
I have many different symptoms but the most often felt was a "zinging" feeling in my head, somewhat like electrical zapping. Although not painful, it becomes annoying and tends to make me unstable when walking. I often feel like my ears are full of fluid and my brain bounces off the inside walls of my skull as I walk or am in motion. My short term memory can be embarrassingly bad. I'll stop in the middle of a sentence because I can't remember what I was discussing. My speech sometimes is delayed. Making words with my mouth are sometimes difficult and disconnected to my thoughts and I become very frustrated when this happens. I had a job that became harder and harder to arrive at because it took me so long to just get out the door in the morning. My thoughts would race at times making it difficult to finish one task before starting another. And, while trying my best to get ready for work or anywhere, I'd seem to go around in circles, accomplishing nothing. I spent
more time staring because I would get confused and just didn't want to think. Thinking became a struggle, especially following directions. I couldn't remember names, conversations I had with my husband and friends. I felt like there was something wrong and that I was becoming unable to function the way others around me did. I eventually left my job to stay home because it became too difficult to concentrate on my work. The anxiety and depression would wax and wan but my mood was so unpredictable that it affected my family and my marriage. I pulled away from friends and family for self preservation. I became tired
a lot yet I'd stay up all night. When an occasional panic attack was festering, I knew that the medicine needed to be adjusted.
|After taking 20 mg of Paxil daily for several months, I decided to try to do without it for a while. I quit cold turkey. In reality I never connected the symptoms which began shortly thereafter to the discontinuance of taking the Paxil. I have heard no one else claim these symptoms, however, and they continued for two weeks until I decided to take the Paxil again. The symptoms stopped almost immediately when I resumed my normal dosage.
Symptoms: Whenever I redirected my vision to the left, right, up or down, I perceived a sensation in my head which resembled the sound that would be duplicated if one were to rub or scratch one's earlobe with one's fingertip four or five times in rapid succession. But the sound was in my head, not at the ear. The sensation was most perceptible in a quiet environment such as when lying in bed. I thought I was going crazy. I found myself continually moving my eyes back and forth repeatedly to check if the sensation would still be there. It always was, until I remedicated. The perception of that
brushing sound even was noticeable when I moved my eyes while they were closed, though it did not seem as intense. I was
truly frightened and now I am afraid to discontinue my Paxil usage.
I watched with interest the news program 20/20 last night as I have just recently gone off Paxil. This was my second attempt and I did it while on vacation this summer because I knew it was going to be hell. I had every
symptom that the people described on the program last night...electric shock type feeling in my brain, EXTREME dizzy spells and headaches every single day for two weeks. I am doing
a lot better now. I have been off Paxil for a few weeks now. It helped my depression while I was taking it, but it is pure HELL going off of it!
symptom is the "electrical shock" feeling in my head. I also get this "numbing sensation" around my upper lip, nose, mouth area. The shock feeling is sort of dizzying but it's not really a dizziness and it happens in conjunction with movement such as turning my head or changing
direction. I never thought about my movements until I tried to stop taking the Paxil. When I finally realized the Paxil stopped these symptoms I started taking it again. I am afraid to stop taking it. The symptoms in a way cause me to become somewhat depressed. Maybe now that I know I am not the only one I can successfully get free of
it. I found your website from a newsmag show I saw on 8/25/00 evening and I almost cried when I heard my symptoms coming out of someone
Thank you so much for this site. I thought I was going crazy, feeling like I was a
hypochondriac. I am an RN and couldn't figure out what was going on with me. I even went to the doctor and was diagnosed with idiopathic vertigo, prescribed Antivert and given a brochure on exercises that can be done to eliminate any debris that may be in the inner ear. I never did the exercises but the medication did help with the spells did occur. The spells lasted about three weeks and quickly left just as fast as they had started. Those three weeks were very scary thinking terrible thoughts, eliminating any other causes, I was left thinking I must have a brain tumor. I remember telling my doctor that in a joking manner but it was still in the back of my mind. Something really weird was going on, something unexplained and that was very scary. Thank you so much.
experienced all the symptoms you listed plus a few more. I could hear and feel the electrical shocks in my brain, which were worse with movement. Sensitivity to light, nausea, a constant headache and debilitating fatigue. The vivid dreams were horrible by the way. Just when I began to get on my feet again I lost my $40,000.00 a year job, because my sales dropped to almost zero while I was sick and also I made the mistake of confiding in a supervisor about what I was going through. It was a double blow of having to experience the hellacious withdrawal and then lose my job because of it!
I have been off of paxil for 6
days. I called my doctor with concerns of loss of memory,
blackouts, dizziness ect. and asked if it could be related
to my no longer taking the medicine. My doctor informed me
he was not aware of such things being related to no longer
taking paxil. I only wish I had seen your web site prier
to my starting this medication. Here I have a doctor,
Handing out scripts for something he knows nothing about.
I guess If they dont do their homework I'll have to start
doing mine. For my own good. Thank you very much for the
enlightened view. I thought I was going nuts. Now I know
these symptoms are to be expected. Many thanks.
want to tell you how relieved I was to read your list of
Paxil side effects. Because of a possible pregnancy, I
abruptly stopped taking Paxil after having taken it for
several months. My symptoms began about five days after
my last dose (20 mg/day). I woke up that morning feeling
extremely dizzy and dreamlike. I am a clinical
therapist, and the idea that kept running through my
head was "this is how derealization must
feel"--how funny that your website describes it as
depersonalization! If I move my head or eyes quickly,
there is a kind of delay in my line of sight. I have
noticed what feel like long, epic-like dreams the past
few nights, and have had two violent nightmares in the
past week. Additionally, I felt clumsy and
uncoordinated--almost as if intoxicated. I read up on
early pregnancy and initially attributed the symptoms to
this. When a test came back negative, I was beginning to
fear some sort of neurological impairment. That's when I
read your website.
This certainly is an
evil little pink pill i've been taking for 2 years. I've
been taking 20mg for 2 years and quit cold turkey 5 days
ago. I experience almost all symptoms mentioned. The
"shocks" are frequent, and concentration is
almost non-existent. I find myself stumbling on simple
words on occasion. I find that I have the most VIVID
thoughts/dreams during the short(although feels like an
eternity) time between awake and asleep. I take that
back. Vivid is an understatment. The dream-like state is
comparable to psychadelic drugs. Withdrawl from this
drug is insane! I hate it! I took work off today because
of it. And were i describe these withdrawal symptoms to
my boss, he'd NEVER believe me. I'm so glad others have
experienced these horrific symtoms. I thought I was
begining to lose my mind. In closing I would like to
say; This is an evil drug! Do not take it! Find an
alternative. I wouldn't wish paxil withdrawal on my
Hey man I thank
god I found your site. I am 18 year old male I thought I
had a serious undiagnosed medical problems which caused
me to have extreme anxiety. I have been glancing over it
several times especially the withdrawal symptoms. I have
all of the symptoms you have listed and it's been 4
months now since I quit paxil . I tapered too fast off
of the damn drug but I wasn't notified by my doctor to
taper off. I was on it for a year and quit within 3
weeks! I wanted to notify you of a few more withdrawal
symptoms that I have experienced not listed on your
site: Music abnormally stuck in my head playing over and
over again, viral infection (herpes simplex), weird head
twitches, feels like my brain is grinding back and forth
(worse when exercising), derealization (don't feel
here), jaw grinding. I also have had a rash on my face
and really dry skin. After I quit paxil I was super
scared that I had a medical problem because I read
somewhere that a rash is a sign of a severe medical
problem. Please advise people if you already did not to
not believe anything they may think is wrong with them
during the months after paxil. It is the withdrawal!!!
and they keep poring in. The above are just a few
examples of the 2000 + letters I have received in the
last year and a half. From time to time I will add some more
of your accounts. Please include some general
autobiographical references, to help illustrate that
this Paxil withdrawal cuts a swath through all segments