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Hello, I'm new to this forum and am relieved that I stumbled across it. It is so difficult to communicate with people who think it is a stroll in the park to come off paroxetine. It is comforting to read the posts of others and realize that I'm not alone. Thankyou all for sharing your experiences and I hope by sharing mine i can do the same and possibly get some advice from those who have known living with a mental illness and the excruciating withdrawal symptoms. I have been on paroxetine 20mg for 18years. I have lived with depression and anxiety since before I can remember and was advised of the benefits of the drug. Granted, it did make me feel better but i have struggled to come off it for over 10 years. I'm still depressed and anxious even on the drug so I decided to come off and possibly try something else...Even, weaning myself off in gradual doses has proved difficult, frankly always impossible. I have never been able to live through the night terrors, nausea, virtigo, irratibility and electric shock sensations especially during sudden head or eye movements. I've always turned to them again usually after only a few days, 3 at a stretch..5 days ago i became so frustrated with the drug that I binned them all. It is the longest I have been off the medication and still feel the same symptoms although I feel slightly better. Nausea has gone but not the electric shock sensations and hypersensitivity to the light. I've started taking magnesium, omega fatty acid and b complex to help increase the deficiency in serotonin but also help with the symptoms. Honestly, I feel terrible but I'm not sure whether to continue feeling this way until I feel better again or just go back on paroxetine. Maybe, a small dose? I'm so confused, I feel I can't live without it and am trying too!! I would really appreciate anyone's advice who may have been through a similar situation xx
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