Psychiatry & Psychology--General/withdrawal

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Dear doc

I've messaged you before I'm 26 male I've been on paxil cr 25 for 2 years my specialist at my request taking into account all factors decided to cut it to 12.5 I got withdrawal immediatly nausea,lightheaded,headache,eletric like shock.

Its been close to 2 months and I still have some of these symptoms but to a lesser degree, I also seem to have a lot of joint pain

The good news is I have less gastrointestinal problems and I sleep better.

My question is as I fall of to sleep I am sometimes startled by these electric shocks what is that?

My 2nd question can withdrawal last so long?

My third question as I've mentioned I am involved in sports and training is it possible the paxil suppressed some of the muscular and joint pain associated with training and now that I am at a lower dose pain is more pronounced?

Your input is gladly appreciated

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My question is as I fall of to sleep I am sometimes startled by these electric shocks; what is that? Still some withdrawal reactions; the nerves are still adjusting

My 2nd question can withdrawal last so long? Yes

My third question as I've mentioned I am involved in sports and training is it possible the paxil suppressed some of the muscular and joint pain associated with training and now that I am at a lower dose pain is more pronounced? Yes

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Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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