I wanted to stop taking paxil because I don't want to take any more medicine. It was prescribed for traumatic stress and anxiety. I was originally told by my doctor that I would only need to be on it for about 4-6 months, then was told for no more than a year. I have been on it for 10 months and have done additional research that says paxil can take more than a year to become paxil free and even then you may have side effects until you have had no paxil in your system for over 2 years. Would some one please tell me how I could possibly only need this drug for a few months and in reailty it takes more than two years to be able to srop taking it? And, oh, by the way, the side effects are WAAAAAAAAAY worse than you could ever imagine. Give me my tramatic stress - it was nothing compared to how I feel now