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TJ
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Has anyone else here been through this?  My last dose was last Tuesday (July 6).  I didn't connect my aches and "unpleasant" attitude to the removal of the Paxil, until last night.  I think it started on Friday.  I was so irritated by something little that happened at work.  I was angry all day about it!

Isn't it strange how you can go into an experience knowing what to expect, but then when the expected happens you fail to connect it to what you already knew until after it's over?  Is that just a mind/body disconnected B thing???

So maybe all the frustration with foods lately haven't been about food at all.  Hmm.
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My last dose was last Tuesday (July 6).  I didn't connect my aches and "unpleasant" attitude to the removal of the Paxil, until last night.  I think it started on Friday.  I was so irritated by something little that happened at work.  I was angry all day about it!

Isn't it strange how you can go into an experience knowing what to expect, but then when the expected happens you fail to connect it to what you already knew until after it's over?


I don't have any personal experience with this medication but I would think that if it a drug that takes a certain length of time to 'tune in' (say a few weeks or whatever) it will take at least that amount of time to be 'tuned out". The body is stressed as it is forced to reorganize without the regular presence of the medication. What you expect and what happens are likely to be two different things, like it or not.

From what I have heard of Paxil if you are doing this cold turkey you are doing very, very well. Credit to your foods possibly?            Good luck.





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It's not quite cold turkey.  I was only taking 10 mg per day, and I cut back to every other day for a week before stopping.  I'm sure the diet has a lot to do with it!
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PM Golfzilla...he was taking Paxil.  Maybe he knows.  I hope you can work through it.  
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I just did a search (which I should have done first) and found his threads about it.  Thanks for the prompt Lori!
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TJ,

I have taken Paxil. Your withdraw symptoms are 100% normal.
Many people (including me) experienced 'electric zaps' as a withdraw syptom, as well.


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I never took paxil but I got off of lexapro, zoloft, celexa, imiprimine, zyprexa, chlonazapan, xanax, and lithium. I wasn't taking them all at the same time but I weaned myself off all drugs in 2007. Whenever I would get a withdrawal symptom like an electric shock in my spine or head...I would eat a beneficial protein or fruit like walnuts, sardines, figs, grapefruit, almonds, dark meat turkey, yogurt, etc. I ate a lot the first few days because I got bad withdrawal symptoms at first. I eventually weaned myself off in a few weeks and I never looked back.
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I am currently weaning myself off of citalopram but I am doing it very slowly. I have been doing every other day for about a month and now I am down to every third day. I plan to be off it completely when I run out of this prescription (at this rate, it will probably be another month or so).



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Skeptic, I read about the "zaps".  Fortunately I haven't had to deal with that so far!  Mostly it's been the flu-like symptoms and moodiness.

Sharon, that's quite a list.  Good for you!

Peg, hope you can avoid those withdrawal symptoms by weaning off that stuff.

ps: I wish I could find one of those weight tickers that would count up instead of down.
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I think I'm going to get through this withdrawal without a lot of trouble.  No zaps or other seriously disturbing symptoms so far.  Just tired and cranky and mood swings.  Maybe it will be over soon!  Then I can move on to the Lamictal.
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I was angry all day about it!



Wow, that's a long time for a B to be mad.


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For real.
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I think I'm going to get through this withdrawal without a lot of trouble.  No zaps or other seriously disturbing symptoms so far.  Just tired and cranky and mood swings.  Maybe it will be over soon!  Then I can move on to the Lamictal.

What is Lamictal and is it necessary?  
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Lamictal is (for me) for "bipolar disorder".  That's what my therapist and doctors call it.  I think it's more accurate to say, "I'm really tired and hurting most of the time, and that is depressing and makes it hard to get anything done, but when I perk up, I take advantage of the reprieve and overdo it, which is sort of like hypomania."  It doesn't quite roll off the tongue like "bipolar disorder".

My problems started with chronic fatigue.  It was just too easy to label me as "depressed", and few doctors would have known how to properly treat me anyway.  Depression came along later as I got more and more frustrated with my inability to live like I wanted to (a "normal" life).  Over the years, the underlying problems have gotten worse and and so has the depression, adding to it anxiety.

Fortunately, I no longer feel tired or in pain most the time, so I don't feel a need to run myself into the ground "catching up" when I do feel well.
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I think... I HOPE... I'm through it.  Saturday was kind of rough, but as long as I get out of the house and socialize a little, I'm good!  I see my Dr. Thursday 7/29, and Lamictal will be going on the chopping block then!
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You're showing determination and inner strength.  Good for you, TJ!  



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You might find this book interesting: The Edge Effect.  All about different neurotransmitters and how we each have a dominant nature.  Includes foods, supplements, drugs, lifestyle, etc to address each type.  And how neurotransmitters affect more than just your brain!


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Thanks guys!
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tj,
Hang in there, I know how you must feel.  I too was labeled as depressed by a couple Dr's because feeling crappy takes the living out of life.  It's almost like you don't give a s*@t anymore & it changes you.  You are definitely on the right path, I no longer have to see those frustrating doctors.  Alot of people go thru that mill everyday & some of the lucky ones make it here.  It is our job to let more people know that there is a way out.

Last Sunday my neighbor told me her story on her Drs, high cholesterol, allergic reactions to meds, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc.  I gave her the basic BTD spiel & she asked me if this is why I look so good.  The seed has been planted.

If golfzilla wasn't golfing he could fill you in on his journey away from paxil, prilosec & other meds.  He should be around soon.
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I'm cheering for you TJ.  I hope you are free of all these things and feeling better soon.

I've tried a few of those goodies and all of them made me worse than I was without them...down right suicidal.  I've noticed that my depression has been popping up more lately.  I sort of worried about it then I thought of dear Sharon and her sardines.  It occured to me I hadn't had any in 10 days and the rest of my routine is off too!  A few other things that have helped have slipped from my diet because we've been out so much.  Well...guess what I ate for dinner?!  It is amazing what you DO eat can do for you in a positive way.
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I was on so many meds at one point, I'm not even sure if Paxil was one of them or not. I know I was on Prozac the longest (it worked the best for me, with the fewest side effects) but at one point I was on 4 meds simultaneuosly (4 psych meds and one med to control the side effects.) I'm not even sure which meds I was on, except that I had horrible withdrawal when I weaned off one of them (that might have been Paxil, but it was about 10 years ago and I was overly drugged at the time so my memory is shaky) and one of them was lithium (that I eventually took myself off of because I was without insurance and the doctor at the clinic was too timid to take me off of it.)

I never had bipolar disorder, even though I was medicated for it. I had clinical depression, and I can't for the life of me figure out what it was that made the dr think I was bipolar (bipolar without ever having a manic episode?)


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I have wondered many times what the doctor was thinking....

I'm off work today, and have had very little socializing, and I'm still feeling emotionally balanced and well.  I think it's safe now to say the Paxil withdrawal is OVER!
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Glad to hear it TJ!!

How many meds are you now taking on a daily basis?


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Bipolar is a spectrum, some people don't ever go to the manic side.
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Just taking one, Lamictal.

I think that whoever designed this pill shape was also on drugs.  This thing is hard to swallow.

btw, happy birthday Jayneeo!
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