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Re: Paxil Withdrawal

Posted by Vesper on February 17, 2000, at 0:38:08

In reply to Re: Paxil Withdrawal, posted by Bob (stepping onto his anti-Paxil soapbox...) on February 16, 2000, at 18:14:07

> Hi Annie,
> I went on and off Paxil before I found Psycho-Babble, but all the other news I could find on the net about it were horror stories about Paxil withdrawal (then again, I guess we never hear much from the success stories -- other than right here, where things are usually pretty balanced. Now, my turn to tip the balance...).
> It may have been Noa who tagged me with the Henny-Penny syndrome -- I'd have panic attacks at any given moment, including a rather severe one walking down Central Park South feeling like the sky was going to come crashing down on my head, bringing all those fancy skyscraper hotels with it. It was absolutely unbearable.
> What worked for me was wellbutrin. Maybe its why the stuff (labelled as Zyban and sold at four times the price) is good for ending cigarette addiction. I'd wake in the morning and if I forgot to take my wellbutrin (the paxil-wellbutrin combo made me a bit spacey), I'd be curling up in a ball by 10AM. In fact, that's how I knew I was finally over the withdrawal ... I forgot my morning meds and after several anxious hours (I hadn't yet thought about carrying an "emergency supply" of meds in my briefcase ... DOH!), lunch came and went without any panic. That was about one month into taking the wellbutrin.
> My two cents. That's the second best thing any psychotropic I've taken has ever done for me -- getting me through Paxil withdrawal. I wish I had more good words about wellbutrin (don't get me started ... well, not here on Annie's thread ;^)
> bob

When I was in hospital after going off paxil, they refused to help me with the horrible withdrawal symptoms, after looking in a book and telling me there is no withdrawal syndrome for paxil. Mental health professionals tend to discount anything you say as part of your illness. I have seen this happen a lot. It was excruciating and they basically told me I was making it up. Someone I know almost died in the hospital because they thought he was making up things, until he had to be rushed to the er after coding.




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