If YOU feel ready to try..........that would be the yardstick I'd use. Nobody but you can make that decision and there is no "one size fits all" timeline for terminating treatment.
You must NOT abruptly stop taking Paxil, it must be tapered slowly and you must do this under the supervision of your doctor or psychiatrist. Don't attempt it on your own.
As you slowly step down, you will know if this is the right time or not. You've been on it for a substantial amount of time, so you must understand that it's going to take time for your body to adjust to being without it.
I hope one of our posters named Paxiled will respond to this post. He is very knowledgeable about this particular med.
I wish you good luck. Remember that PATIENCE is the key word with any w/d!
I've been on the CR version for 9 years. With recently starting ADHD stimulant therapy, I have calmed WAY down. I was on 75 mg, down to 50 mg to 25 mg a day. I know coming off it totally is hard, so make sure you work with your doctor if you decide to go off it. I know there are others here who can give you some good advice regarding the process of getting off it. What ever you decide, know that you have support here!
Read a book called The Antidepressant Solution by Joseph Glanville. Good advice both on how to taper off paxil and how to determine if you're ready to come off. The main point is, you have to have dealt with your issues somehow, probably in therapy, and basically feel you've beat it and you're not just feeling better because of the medication still being in your system. Otherwise, when you come off, you'll still have the problem and just end up on another med.