• Paxil side effects

    Asked by Dkatsmeow on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Paxil side effects

    I took Paxil for 1 & 1/2 months. I started having bad chills, sweats & vomiting. I quit taking paxil about a week ago. Has anyone else had side effects from Paxil? How long does it take for Paxil to leave your system?

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Did you advise doctor that you stopped it? Some drugs we must be "weaned" off of. Not to alarm you, but is your cancer stable or under control, as these symptoms are 'potentially' related to cancer activity. In any event, here is a link to a Google search of the "half-life" of Paxil in your system:

      https://www.google.com/search?q=PAXIL+HALF-LIFE&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1-ab

      ...which means that every 21 hours, half of it is gone. The next 21 hours, half of that, and the process continues halving the drug until all traces are metabolized and eliminated. Over a week, virtually all of it is gone.

      Still, call doctor!

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Also, please note the following:
      "Can you stop Paxil cold turkey?
      Do not stop taking paroxetine, even when you feel better. ... Stopping paroxetine abruptly may result in one or more of the following withdrawal symptoms: irritability, nausea, feeling dizzy, vomiting, nightmares, headache, and/or paresthesias (prickling, tingling sensation on the skin)."

      about 1 month ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar
      Dkatsmeow

      yes PCP is aware I quit taking it. I was on a low dose anyway I think 10mg

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Good! Here is a drug to ask about, although the company reps do not offer the cash incentives to prescribe it: Trazodone. It is an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety med which can be started and stopped essentially at will. It has some muscle relaxant properties so that males with prostate issues may find some relief. I was prescribed the drug as it induces sleep. In that regard it does indeed help. It is described as a "clean drug" - one without complications. It is tried and true and available in generic form, so it is affordable. But, take it just before you go to sleep, as it seems to be metabolized quickly. Worth asking about.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I took Paxil back in 2000 but hated my feeling of emotional numbness (not to mention the sexual side effects) so I withdrew from it. I'm now on Lexapro (10mg); it has, for me, no sexual side effects - few if any side effects, actually.

      about 1 month ago

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