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Here are just a few of the many Paxil withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Paxil withdrawal program to taper off Paxil.
When I was 25 I went through a seemingly arbitrarily traumatic few weeks. It's difficult to go into detail because I'm still not quite sure what caused it. It landed me in a spiral of anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It was so scary for me that I was willing to take any pill the doctor handed me with promise of relief.
For me, that pill was Paxil. I took it for about 6 months all while also improving my lifestyle habits. I quit drinking. I began exercising more, doing yoga and meditation, and eating healthier. I'm not 100% positive I can attribute my recovery to the medication but I did get better. Eventually I was just tired of being tethered to this pill and afraid of missing my dose. I felt that I had adjusted and didn't need it anymore. It was time to get off my medication. I asked my doctor and she told me it would be fine to taper by cutting my dose in half for a week, then taking that dose every other day for another week, and being completely off Paxil by the third week. This almost immediately did not go well. Within two days it seemed that my initial symptoms had come back. It was too much and I went back on Paxil by the third day. I was pretty distraught and scared that I'd never be able to stop taking the medication. I made the mistake of reading every nightmare story that existed on the internet (don't do this it's not helpful) before seeking out some help with tapering.
This help came in the form of Point of Return. As with most things, I was very skeptical and felt like I needed to speak to someone directly before starting the program. The person I got in contact with was Alesandra. Not only did she seem to be very knowledgeable and professional, but she was the most compassionate, friendly and genuine person I've ever spoke to over the phone from an organization. She gave me the confidence to try tapering again with the program and validated that my first bad experience on my own wasn't "in my head" when I doubted myself. When comparing tapering on my own to tapering with the program, she used the phrase "night and day". I was hopeful but still a little bit skeptical. By the time I began tapering with Point of Return, I had been on Paxil for 8 months. Night and day turned out to be dead on. I think I had the ideal experience, because I felt literally zero withdrawal symptoms. The process was pain free for me. It's been more than a year since I've been on any medication. .
I'm so grateful for not just the Paxil Withdrawal Program itself but the quality of people that work for this company. I'm a very sensitive person to other people's attitudes so I was extra appreciative of how willing and happy they were to return all of my voicemails and emails with specific and tedious questions throughout the process. Thank you so much. Forever grateful.
Mike G. (California) Paxil Withdrawal Success Story
I have been PAXIL free almost two months now. I never thought I was going to be able to say that.
It started almost a decade ago. I had been having some pretty crazy sensations that were unexplainable. I had been dealing with them fairly well. Then it all broke loose on a trip up to Northern California with my mother and son. I was experiencing the worst anxiety and panic and had no idea what was happening to me. Somehow I got through the weekend and had my husband take me to the emergency room the following Monday morning. I was prescribed Xanax. I knew better than to take that but then headed to my doctor for a better answer. I assumed it was life threatening. She prescribed Paxil and Clonazepam. At that time, the only knows meds to me that seemed bad were Xanax, Valium and Prozac. As long as I didn't get those, I thought I was ok. The anxiety lessened as I got used to the medication. I guess it didn't matter at the time that I lost a lot of feelings and emotions. Little did I know that the decision to take that medication would turn into a downward spiral that would last almost ten years. At that point I wasn't offered other alternatives or given any explanation for the anxiety.
The next ten years I spent thousands of dollars on therapists, gadgets, books and anything advertized that promised relief from the anxiety that I was experiencing. My life seemed to even into a pattern of being ok for a couple of years then become a train wreck for at least six months at a time. This kept going on. I wasn't the only one suffering. Unfortunately my family suffered along with me. I can't believe I was so clueless in blaming myself and not realizing that the meds were the main culprit. I think I tried at least six or seven psychiatrists and more than twenty different medications that I never should have. I can't even spell them and yet I had no problem putting them into my system. Luckily most of them I only tried a few times. The times that I was feeling ok, I still worried about when the shoe would drop. It always did.
I never dropped my quest to find a way out. I finally came across the POR website and decided to order. I could not believe how fast my emails were answered and how much I could accomplish in a phone call to them. I had finally found my answer to the nightmare I had been living. I took longer than most, but I made a lot of changes in my life that will stick with me forever. The forum also became and still is extremely invaluable to me. I did have sleepless nights but I spent most of them pouring over the POR testimonials and hoping someday I would be able to write my own. They gave me hope and made me feel like I could do the same.
I will always be so grateful to Alesandra, Andrea, Terry, Rachel and Wendy. They truly watched over me and I never could have finished without them. I have a whole file with Alesandra's emails that have become such a treasure to me. I have them from start to finish and are so detailed that they are a journal in themselves from her to me of my journey.
I know I appreciate life more than I ever did. I will continue to support POR and the people that helped me regain my life. I never would have the happiness that I am now currently experiencing without them.
Thank you for the bottom of my heart for everything.
Pam R. (CALIFORNIA) Paxil Withdrawal Success Story
My story began when I was 24 years old living in New York City, the year was 1995. I had a small business and van. I got odd jobs like deliveries, hauling furniture and I also worked with a guy who was a plumber, electrician, and locksmith. We worked on older historical brownstone apartments in mostly Harlem. It's been a long time so I don't remember the guy’s name? We were in New Jersey and I was driving my work van with him back into New York via the tunnel which while being stuck in the tunnel for an hour I starting what I didn't know was a panic attack. I felt like I was having a heart attack and thought I was going to die right there!
A few weeks later eventually I checked myself in a hospital named Bronx Lebanon because the panic attacks became more terrifying; and I didn't know what was happening with me?
While hospitalized I felt ashamed and weak! I grew up in a harsh environment emotionally and to end up laying in a gurney in the hallway of the hospital due to no rooms left I became depressed. After being what I call being experimented on with various drugs, I was ready to get out!
I remember while in group my whole body started having spasms and twitching. My arms, legs, mouth even my eye brows had these involuntary movements. They excused me from group and I was given a shot and it stopped instantly! While being hospitalized I was prescribed Xanax and the panic attacks were controlled but I remember feeling "hooked!" I would frequently go to the nurse’s station to ask for my Xanax and they would say politely "It's not time yet!
While on Xanax and the other drugs they had me taking I felt weird and out of place. The meds was new in my system and I remember laying in that room totally spaced out. Eventually I got out and was released after 14 days. My parents drove all the way from Kansas City to New York nonstop to release me out of the hospital. I remember walking into the office where patients are assessed and my mother started "weeping!" as my dad looked at me when I sat down in. I looked like a skeleton; I barely ate and I slept a lot because the drugs made me drowsy and I was a broken man. I decided to go back home to Kansas City with my folks to rest and recover.
Once I was back in Missouri I tried to rest and continued to take my Xanax. One day I was in the bedroom and my folks were having a small get together in the living room with family; I left to join the party and instantly I had terrible thought in my mind that I never experienced before. The thoughts was "I don't want to live anymore!" This wasn't negative self-talk but it was pushed by a desire to actually not want to exist! I cried uncontrollably and my mom walked with me outside to help calm me down. It was scary and powerful! Eventually the thought left but I was traumatized and confused. I was now depressed on top of anxiety and didn't understand what was happening? I went to a doctor over in Kansas and he told me I had depression. He then wrote me a prescription eventually for Paxil 40 mg. The strength was so strong and I felt like a zombie with these horrible side effects like stomach spasms, dry mouth, headaches and drugged!
It was 1996 in July, I remember because on the news was TWA flight 900 that crashed, I laid in bed going through side effects of Paxil.
My dose settled at 20 mg, I returned to New York and although the panic attacks was controlled I didn't feel like myself. I seemed robotic and flat.
I after a few more years of being out east I returned to Kansas City, eventually getting settled by finding a job, hanging out with friends. Things were looking good and I felt good. I decided I felt okay and decided to stop taking Paxil cold turkey. Shortly afterwards which I believe was either a few days or a week; I began having burst of anxiety, heart palpitations and racing thoughts that were worse than my original symptoms.
I got back on Paxil. I worked at my family's restaurant and would complain that I felt crappy. None of us knew what exactly was happening but I was encouraged to pray and I did. I would miss doses, stop cold turkey and have episodes; eventually coming to the understanding that I no longer wanted to be on Paxil. I had begun seeing a psyche doctor who was covered in my insurance network. I told him I no longer wanted to be on Paxil and I felt better, so he wrote me a prescription that was like a 4 week taper and as prescribed I followed it. I had horrible side effects like brain zaps, depersonalization, crying spells, depression, anxiety, depersonalization and dizziness.
He put me back on a generic version called Paroxetine. I began to come to the conclusion that I would have to take Paroxetine forever, I didn't feel my doctor was truly concerned for my wellbeing, I began to mistrust him. When I talked with him about my issues and concerns he was pretty emotionless and discounted my side effects. I use to just stare at his junky desk stacked with folders, papers and I felt uneasy with all the clutter. I was apathetic and missed a appointment but called to either pay fee or reschedule! One time I was running low on my prescription and it was like wed. And he basically refused to refill my rx. I went to the office and I spoke to his receptionist and she said she would give him the message. I called the next day and she said that he filled it out. On that Friday, I tried to get my meds and the pharmacist said I had no more refills left!; I contacted the office and they played phone tag until they closed; and I had no paroxetine. My symptoms because worse after being on Paroxetine so long so going without Paroxetine throughout the weekend was hell. I had brain zaps, crying spells and fits of rage. Monday came and I was ravaged from withdrawal syndrome.
I was so angry I went to the office Mon morning with a video camera and confronted the nurse and doctor for lying about writing my prescription, they must have thought I was crazy but I was desperate and didn't understand why someone who was supposed to take care of his patients let me suffer in agony? I went back a few times and started to tell him I believe I am having withdrawal syndrome. I began to educate myself and learned of all these symptoms and even people who committed suicide from Paxil-Paroxetine. I was other times of trying to get off of Paroxetine, but it had me in its clutches!
With the Internet evolving I searched out message boards or threads on Paxil and began to realize I wasn't alone. Other people suffered and had the same problems with what I began to call "Paxhell!" Life moved on I got married, had children and I felt good! Things were happening in my life! But I knew despite early childhood trauma and the bouts of anxiety, depression I felt different now with the meds. I was at a low point in life and began to awaken my spiritually and decided I wanted to connect with Africa and I decided I wanted to go on a sabbatical. I had enough meds for less than a month so I end up going to Egypt. I loved the history, scenery and felt a sense of connection. I missed a few doses and that's when depersonalization kicked into full drive. The group organizer tried to help when I couldn't get back on track with the remainder of pills I had. The depersonalization was bad, he suggested I try Wellbutrin so I could ween off easier. My situation and depersonalization intensified. I cut the trip short and ended up back in town suffering. 6 months of depersonalization and a severe stuffy head that felt like my head was wrapped with gauze; feelings of being unreal, out of body. That severe stuffy headache that lasted everyday for years and it still it slightly. After some time I got another job and returned to life.
I ran across information about people who were getting off Paxil. I began to search out other sites and ran across a site describing a organization called "Point of Return." I reached out and talked with Alesandra which I would mess her name up calling her Alexandra lol. she also spoke with my mom and I listened to her story which inspired me to defeat the evil drug called Paxil. Truth is while being encouraged I was scared from all the butt whippins laid on me when I tried to quit. I ordered a kit and got a liquid version of Paroxetine. I now remember the liquid version was from my pharmacist and it wasn't from the original manufacturer which was TEVA.
I began to taper and the first dose I felt weird and not right. I continued despite feeling horrible a couple of weeks and I tapped out. I got back on Paroxetine and pretty much stuck. That was in I believe in 2008 or 2009? I knew and always believed in what I learned from POR, I had the workbook and studied it. I continued to educate myself on other people's experiences.
In 2016, I like I normally would go to CVS and pick up my prescription for Paroxetine. I at this point knew more about the drug than most doctors, pharmacist regarding side effects and learned the hard way. After trying different manufacturers like at Walmart; the minute you take a different version you know immediately with the symptoms of withdrawal. Anyways the pharmacist told me that they no longer supplied the TEVA brand which put me on alert. I told her that I couldn't take that brand because it's different than what I take. She had 7 pills of TEVA left. She checked in their system but they no longer supplied it due to a maker in China was cheaper. I took those 7 pills of Paroxetine and began searching for other pharmacies who also no longer carried the TEVA brand.
I then contacted Point of Return, while worried i had faith that something would work out. Alesandra told me to contact a compound pharmacist she had in her network. She told me to call him up to see if I could get prescription so I could finally taper off Paroxetine. I called up Roy and I explained my situation. He got on his computer. His last search of his suppliers he found the TEVA brand. He faxed an rx to my general practitioner so they could send back the rx and I could get my meds from Roy My doctor’s office lost the prescription order. I had a few days left of pills and it was down to the wire.
I had to eventually go up to the doctor’s office which they ended up locating the prescription. Once it was faxed Roy had my order drop shipped the next day. I got back on the supplements and this time I was serious because I had no choice especially with TEVA no longer available. I learned to have faith in God, Christ and the words of the scriptures to comfort me and give me hope despite of.
Alasandra confirmed with me that different makers of Paroxetine are different and now this was a real urgent reason to gather strength to taper off it.
I began to take the liquid suspension dropping gradually. I started doing good on the plan and then I started to what I know now as sabotage myself by eating junk foods, soda pop. The side effects were escalating although on the plan they were pretty nonexistent compared to withdrawal without help. Alasandra emailed and said that I was doing so well and not to sabotage myself. I realized I really doing it out of fear of not being Paroxetine despite all the trauma it caused me for 20 years. I cleaned up my diet, as the meds slowly left my system I began to deal with issues that was present before paroxetine. They never left which I began problem solving by talking with my wife who gave me another perspective! Also learning to have fun helped a bunch. We traveled as a family and spent time with wildlife visiting farms, animal sanctuaries and zoos. On vacation with also went swimming and enjoyed quality time together. It helped me to connect with my family since Paroxetine strips away your connection. Not only with yourself but the people, places and things around you. Your existence seems unreal and everything about it.
Withdrawing with Point of Return helping and guiding was a relief yet, coming back after 20 years was very emotional. It seemed so unfair to have something in your system that can rob 20 years out of your life. I continued talking with my wife about the trauma as a child which was the helpful and a relief to except that it was the past and I had a opportunity to press replay on my life! I was titrating down and for soon reason I thought I was on a higher dose in ml which in mg is different; it wasn’t until I talked with Roy and he said no you are on 2.0 mg and soon 1.5mg. I was thinking I was at 6.5 ml. I was for the most part shocked and glad, yet I was close to being done, which scared me! A Paroxetine brought me hell in a pink pill I was still scared without it! A crutch you might say for 20 years, I got down to 0.05 ml and it hit me that I was at the finish line. Aug 23, 20016 was my last dose of paroxetine and it's bittersweet with tears of joy! Today is the second day without the routine of cutting pills and worrying about running out of meds.
I am still mending because it's like waking up from a long coma, things seem a bit foreign but it feels right! I feel like my true self, back and with no side effects! I can say I beat you paroxetine.... Point of Return was a vessel sent by God to end my anguish and hell from SSRIs. I recently started talking about my experience and as of now I'm helping people who are suffering with withdrawal syndrome. I have a testimony to share with the masses of people who got caught in the web of SSRI medications. My success is an example of that God answers prayers. My wife never wavered in support and encouragement, POR assisted and provided the tools every step of the way.
Roy providing my liquid paroxetine and a comfortable taper plan, these important components help me win the war with Paroxetine. My story is one of many testimonies of people who are affected by GSK who are the makers of Paxil. My experience now give me the courage to give not only myself but others a voice.
Some people have paid the ultimate price suffering and labeled when all along it was what we know as withdrawal syndrome. I am one of the survivors. For this I am grateful beyond words can truly express! I can now say that I'm "PAXIL FREE!"
Mike E (Missouri) PAXIL Withdrawal Success Story
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