I have been taking paroxetine oral suspension for a month now after being diagnosed with depression and social anxiety. I started from a very low dose of 1 mg and then augmented by 1 mg every two days, so that now I’m taking 13 mg daily. As far as cons go, I have experienced a significant emotional bluntness, some nausea, and until recently an augmented feeling of drowsiness during most of the day. As for the pros, I’m a little less angry (and a bit more sad) and I’ve had less trouble getting asleep (but I sleep more, too much probably).
Overall, I feel that the cons far outweigh the pros, especially in these last two days which have been strange. All of a sudden (after crossing the threshold from 12 mg to 13 mg) the drowsiness has given place to restlessness and agitation. Yesterday I slept two or three hours, and yet tonight I don’t feel like I want to sleep at all. During the day I feel weirdly nervous and like I have the flu.
I have seen my therapist recently and he insisted, despite the side-effects, that I reached the recommended dose of 20 mg and kept it for a month and a half, after which we would decide what to do, but I am very scared that these symptoms will increase alongside the dose.
I really feel like I should withdraw from it. Is it a good idea? What is the recommended tapering procedure? (From Italy)