Weaning/tapering Off Paxil

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Joey H Says:
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I've been on 20mg Paxil/aropax (one per day) for 20 months now after suffering from bad anxiety and panic attacks. I've recently decided to come off it as I'm feeling really well. I went as saw my doctor who told me to lower my dosage to 10mg per day for a month then reassess after that. It's been 5 days and the withdrawals are horrible. I'm getting bad brains caps, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, insomnia. Do you think im lowering the dosage too quickly? And how long do the withdrawals usually last? Thanks.

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Verwon Says:
 
Hello, Joey! How are you?

Yes, that is a rather big drop in the dosage, in most cases in the U.S., it would done more gradually, such as dropping to 15mgs for awhile, then to 10mgs and so on.

It may take 4 to 6 weeks for the withdrawals to fully go away and, as listed by the FDA, may possibly include nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, fever, chills, rebound depression and anxiety.

How are you doing, now? Has there been any change?

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