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Re: Going thru Paxil Withdrawal - Need Advice Please

Posted by DJ on July 31, 1999, at 6:03:39

In reply to Re: Going thru Paxil Withdrawal - Need Advice Please, posted by JohnL on July 31, 1999, at 5:31:05

> I am astounded at the doc's lax attitude about this.Please take care? JohnL.

Doctor's lax attitudes and ignorance about the effects of some of these psychopharmaceuticals is not uncommon in my experience. One reason doubtless being that the literature put out by the pharmaceutical companies is less than forthright about these effects. Maybe if the manfacturers and the prescribers had to test them out themselves they might demonstrate some sensitivity.

I've had equally harsh experiences coming off Paxil and Zoloft, both of which I found discombobulating to be on because of the numbing and deep, yawning effects (the latter which I've never seen noted other than on here and which my former psych. was cavilier about). Gradually decreasing the dosage might have been the preferred approach but after the first rude experience I switched to Prozac to taper off and that did the trick as it takes longer to eliminate itself from one's system and hence the effect is not so rude and wrenching.

Once you've weaned yourself off the Paxil if you feel the need for another anti-anxiety agent which may be gentler on your system you may want to research and check out 5HTP. However yoga, meditation, tai chi or deep relaxation routines might help you equally or more as well as deep breathing techniques and all would be gentler and more beneficial to your system than these chemcal cocktails, which doctors are sometimes too quick to hand out and other times too slow. The best to you!




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