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Is it safe to stop taking Paxil (paroxetine) after using it for 10 years?

Is it safe to stop taking Paxil (paroxetine) after using it for 10 years?

Possibly yes: Although not an addictive substance like a narcotic, suddenly stopping a drug like Paxil (paroxetine) after long term use can cause problems. It is best to discuss this with your doctor and work out a schedule to withdraw the medication gradually from your body. This will avoid sudden reoccurance of symptoms for which the medication was given in the first place. ...Read more

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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more


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I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) for over 5 years, how can I stop without all the terrible side effects?

I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) for over 5 years, how can I stop without all the terrible side effects?

Slowly taper off: You have to slowly taper off by gradally reducing the dose and reduce the frequency over few weeks. ...Read more

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I'm on Paxil (paroxetine) since 2 years.. Does it decrease my testosterone ? For sure ? Was curious..as I workout.. Can I stop Paxil (paroxetine) from doing this ? Thanks

I'm on Paxil (paroxetine) since 2 years.. Does it decrease my testosterone ? For sure ? Was curious..as I workout..

Can I stop Paxil (paroxetine) from doing this ?

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Here are someā€¦: Over the past decade, it has been increasingly knowing that the drugs exerting their effect to central nervous system such as opiate agents has been confirmed having side effects to lower testosterone due to its effect onto hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Likewise, Paxil (paroxetine) may have similar effect over time to reflect the fact that behind what we know may still hide lots of what we don't know. ...Read more

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Paxil for 12 years for Panic. Stop working. physician put me on 40 mg Viibrid. After a year, added 37.5 of Effexor (venlafaxine). Tired. No sleep. Still panic.

Paxil for 12 years for Panic.  Stop working. physician put me on 40 mg Viibrid.   After a year, added 37.5 of Effexor (venlafaxine). Tired. No sleep. Still panic.

Panic not resolved!: I'm sorry to hear u've been struggling with panic d/o after what sounds like a long period of time without sxs at all. I'd talk with your doc. Has anything in your life changed recently? Are you under more stress? A psychotherapy could help here. A tradtional anxiolytic SSRI might be the route your doc eventually goes. Good choices may include Luvox, lexapro, (escitalopram) or sertraline, but I defer to ur MD :) ...Read more

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If I stop taking paxil (paroxetine) cold turkey then after about 3 or 4 days begin withdraw symptoms is it safe to start taking it again and ween myself off?

Talk to your doctor : If you experience withdrawal symptoms after abruptly stopping Paxil, (paroxetine) you should re-start it. I recommend you talk to your doctor about your medication and any changes you wish to make. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as snri "poopout" tolerance after prolonged taking..Ie 10 years +..Paxil (paroxetine) being mine..?

Is there a such thing as snri "poopout" tolerance after prolonged taking..Ie 10 years +..Paxil (paroxetine) being mine..?

Reevaluations : Periodic revaluations of medication are necessary. Bodies tolerances and symptoms change over time. Consult with your prescribing doctor regarding your experiences on the medicine. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old and had panic dsorders. I'm taking clonazepan 1 mg and Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. Its possible 2 quit those drugs someday? Its being very hard.

It's possible: Some patients are able to stop their mess for pd and remain symptom free. Some go years before having a reocurrance. In my experience most patients do have symptoms after stopping their meds. ...Read more

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What is best for anxiety when taking paxil (paroxetine)? (still have it after many years)

Answer below: Ssri's alone may not result in complete remission of symptoms, and are often less effective after years of therapy. Many patients require adjunctive treatment with benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, beta-blockers, mood-stabilizers and psychotherapy. All of the adjunctive therapies have pros and cons, and therapy is individualized and truly "trial-and-error". ...Read more

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Paxil (Definition)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more