Quitting Paxil cold turkey after 4 weeks?

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Hello everyone, about 4 weeks ago I ended up in the Hospital due to some severe panic attacks I was experiencing due to my family problems and school. While at the Hospital the doctor I saw recommended I get on Paxil for a month and see how I do, so he started me on 10mg's the first week and to increase it till 40 mg's the fourth week. Well it's been 4 weeks now and I feel absolutley terrible with severe depression. I saw my doc today and he recommended a 2 week taper decreasing the does every couple days and said I should be fine. My question is, is it okay to just quit cold turkey since it's only been 4 weeks or should I attempt what he said or a different method? I only want to quit cold turkey due to how horrible this medication makes me feel, thank you for your time.

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    Do not quit cold turkey. I tried quiting cold turkey and I had some of the worst panic and anxiety until I took another one and some Seroquel to calm me down. You need to taper it slowly. A week at a time of less, like a week of 300 and a week of 20. Maybe even taper 5mg intervals. 10mg is a good amount for me for my anxiety and I'm 5'10 192 "b male that works out 5nights a week. 40 is a lot to just jump into in a month. Just my experience, hope it helps

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    No my friend it is never  OK to just quit cold turkey with any drug.  Severe withdrawal side effects can occur.  Like your doc said it should be a slow tapering off.  I would taper off even slower than he recommened. Listen to your body's reactions while you are tapering. Since you are allredy at a 40 mg/per day dose, perhaps start at 30 mgs per day  for a week(thats just a suggestion)  , then next week go down to 20 mg/per day, then following week, 10 mgs.  Then 5 mg/ for a few days...etc...before finally stopping.......this is only a suggetion since I am not a health care professional.  I do have edperience on tapering off meds though, I have done so recently and it has worked for me......I did taper greadually as I had taken gabapentin for 4 years and it took me 4 months to keeep gradually reducing my dose.....even then I still had some side effects but happily now I am off of it....so It can be done ...but please dont cold turkey it...good luck

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    I am also in a similar situation. I took Paxil cr 12.5 mg for three weeks and it made me so sick I had to stop. My dr told me I could just stop. He put me on 10 mg of lexapro. Do you think I will have withdrawals? My dr said no bc I wAs on such a low dose for a short period of time. Thanks!
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    Hi fleas,

       go with your doctor's instructions or you could feel a lot worse.

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    So I thought I should update now that its been a week, I went with my gut and went cold turkey, I wouldn't recommend this method to anyone but I am really really stubborn. The worst side effect I experienced were the brain zaps but were mild at worst with some dizziness, along with nightmares and night sweats but it's nothing I couldn't soldier through, the withdrawl has subsided and I'm feeling so much better!

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