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#303436 - 09/20/09 07:22 PM .
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#303437 - 09/20/09 07:47 PM Re: After life of paxil [Re: bardo213]
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lynch mob,

Some people have chemical imbalances. My family has a long history of depression. And i have beeen on and off of prozac for about ten years. i would rather not have to take any meds but for me at least I do better when I am taking them.

Mike

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#303533 - 09/21/09 12:13 PM . [Re: michael banks]
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#305559 - 10/07/09 09:30 PM Re: After life of paxil [Re: bardo213]
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Invaluable and very kind people

Two years ago,my husband was on paxil for five months at 20 milligrams and then decided to go off cold turkey for five days (without telling me.) Fortunately I read about the side effects of cold turkey. He experienced zaps thru his body seconds apart, whooshing sounds in his head he thought were "real" and his balance was off to name a few.


When I found him he had been contemplating suicidal and homicidal thoughts. The side effects are real and scary. I gave him 20 milligrams right away and he was better the next day. It took six months to wean him off safely but he is doing fine now. Lots of physical and mental side effects were dealt with in the process. Even months later off the pills.


Oh, and you can drink LOTS of alcohol and not have hangovers while on the medication.

Anger and deep rage were part of his process of weaning. Your gut is really effected too because that's where 85% of your seratonin is.



There is an invaluable website called PAXILPROGRESS.ORG which was a life saver for us. One must wean very slowly. They have many forums for help and information. There is a weaning formula that they recommend to provide quality of life while cutting back on paxil. SLOWLY.

Otherwise it could prove to be quite debilitating stopped too soon with lasting effects, possibly for years.

There are other antidepressants out there which are not as severe in withdrawals as paxil. The half-life of paxil and effexor are nothing to take lightly.


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#305560 - 10/07/09 09:31 PM Re: After life of paxil [Re: pandora]
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Slow and steady wins the race.


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#305599 - 10/08/09 05:29 AM Re: After life of paxil [Re: pandora]
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I cut my dosages in half. I kept cutting them in half until there was nothing left. Go down from 20 mg to 10 mg, hold that for two weeks, down to 5 mg, hold that for two weeks. Depakote was the worse.


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#305857 - 10/10/09 10:32 AM . [Re: LilacLouie]
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#305886 - 10/10/09 06:43 PM Re: After life of paxil [Re: bardo213]
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Lynch,

I have struggled with the issue of having to take meds for years. But like you they help alot. As my doctor said to me at my last visit if I were an diabetic I would take insulin to control it so I could stay alive. For me Prozac makes the quality of my life alot better.

Mike

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