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Re: Sincere apologies. It IS rough.

Posted by grapebubblegum on May 23, 2001, at 20:03:57

In reply to Re: Sincere apologies. It IS rough., posted by cole on May 23, 2001, at 15:52:20

Yes, and I also have found that the SSRIs were causing more problems than I thought. I was up to a high dose of zoloft (200 mg per day) and STILL had breakthrough panic attacks for a while, plus, as soon as I went over 100 mg. of zoloft I had the feeling of music playing or conversations going around in my head (not delusional stuff, just the usual tune in your head but louder and more disruptive.) Then my legs were so restless I was stretching and flexing them all night, and while I did sleep, I had that half-asleep feeling all night.

When I switched to Paxil for the above reasons, I immediately noticed a return to better sleep. I was not restless, but if I did happen to awaken in the night, I'd have a feeling of, "I'll just stay up and play on the computer for an hour" which is NOT like me. Then when I cut my Paxil dose in half (down to 10 mg. per day - is that even therapeutic?) even BEFORE I added in the clonazepam, I noticed a return to truly restful sleep like I haven't had in six months. And besides getting my sexual function back, I am not craving carbs all the time or feeling half-rested all the time. It will take a lot to get me back on those SSRI's again. I'm not trying to badmouth them as much as I am just chronicling my own recent epiphany. I've been on and off them (more off than on) for the last ten years, and I've used four different kinds, and I can see that there really is value in them but I am starting to see now that maybe it was like using a sledgehammer to hammer in a poster brad. They served their purposes but I wonder if there was some overkill.




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