Seroxat withdrawal symptoms - GP says lowest dose he can prescribe is 10mg?

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I have been taking seroxat for over 20 years and am on a dose of 10mg - I want to come off it completely and reduced the dose to every other day which seemed to be ok but if I try to increase the duration to longer than one day between doses I experience withdrawal - within 12 hrs of taking another dose the symptoms stop.

The withdrawal includes feeling nauseas, light headed and severe neck and back pain.

Has anyone else experienced these symptoms?

I have spoken to my GP but have been told the lowest dose he can prescribed is 10mg, I have tried other anti depressants but found they make me drowsy.

This doesn't seem right but I am just going round in circles with this and wondering if anyone has had the same experience and managed to get through it?

Thank you

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    if you are in the UK you can get the liquid. if your gp doesn't give it to you, ask to see another gp. I'm presently on 2.8 mgs. it has a half life of 21 hours so you start to feel withdrawal pretty fast, and all those withdrawals you've described are exactly like my withdrawals and the 2 thousand people who are in the withdrawal support group in Facebook. we don't recommend skipping days due to the half life and it's up and down, but recommend a very slow taper using liquid or by splitting the tablet. if you are ok on 10mg every other day you should be able to half the tablet as they're usually scored and try 5mgs every day see how you go. your gp is not telling you the truth to say they can't prescribe less than 10 as they have to allow your taper. I am a registered nurse.

    kind regards

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    also lots of good advice on mind UK

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    presently my gp has prescribed the paroxetine liquid as reducing dose to stop. he is a very understanding gp, and on board with the discontinuation symptoms paroxetine gives you.

    good luck

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