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Tapering off paroxetine

Hi everyone. I've taken a low dose of paroxetine for a whopping 9 years and after a recent major depressive episode, all those involved - psychiatric nurses, counsellors, my GP, - have concluded paroxetine's stopped working for me, - in fact possibly not been working for some time. I was meant to switch to mirtazapine, but didn't take to mirtazapine at all well so stopped that after a few days and I've now finished the taper off paroxetine. so taking the plunge into trying life without any anti-depressant --- which so far I feel good about it, psychologically. (and seeing a therapist to help me with strategies for handling anxiety etc.) Over the last few weeks I've gone gradually from 20 mg to 10 mg then to 5 mg and yesterday for the first time... 0 mg. So, I wanted to ask fellow paroxetine or ex-paroxetine takers -During the whole taper and today, I've been feeling a bit weird - dizzy spells, vivid dreams, night sweats, and the main thing actually  - irritability. (Not ideal, as a I have an 11-year-old daughter.) Has anyone else had these same side-effects of coming off - such as irritation and dizziness? How long did they last? I'm really hoping to hear not too long.... 

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  • manny39794 alison90919

    Coming off paroxetine was quite possibly THE most difficult thing I’ve ever had to go through. It was shear HELL on earth for me.  so congratulations on getting this far..... it’s does clear from you system eventually... I remember lots of terrible moments coming off the stuff. It had stopped working me me too but it also made me manic for a period so it wasn’t best I ever took it. I became delusional on it. It also GAVE me unexplained anxiety and panic attacks and left me with them until Feb this year 18 months after I stopped seroxat! 😞.  Citalopram is now suppressing those anxiety panics that seroxat gave me all those years ago...... 

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