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originally posted by: SpongeBeard
Serotonin Discontinuation Syndrome
I went through paxil withdrawals 3 years ago, with surprisingly great success. I did not recognize most of the symptoms, nor associate them with being related to paxil withdrawal, and so I had assumed it was just because of some kind of illness.
It's funny that I see this thread, because I am currently going through effexor withdrawals. I have read many posts online comparing the two (paxil is SSRI effexor is SNRI), and they appear to have the same withdrawal effects. I am very familiar with the brain zaps, but the major factor that is getting to me is the mood swings and manic episodes. Trashed my patio and nearly ended up in jail for the night in a manic "black out" last night. Don't remember a bloody thing and I'm not sure I want to.
darn it. spent like 10 min answering you and then hit the wrong button. can totally understand where you are, went on a tangent the other night with my animals. I live alone now, and the mere fact all my animals could piss me off so bad was scary.
I've found several people online recommending things that work for them. What worked for me for the brain zaps, was (believe it or not) benadryl. Something about the anxiolytic effects of it act to stop the brain zaps. It worked for me, but posts indicate it's a hit or miss and depends on the person. It's extremely cheap, you can usually go into any pharmacy and tell them you're having allergies (make up a story about mowing a lawn or something) and ask to buy a single generic benadryl. They're like $0.20 a pop generic.
Another thing you could do, is talk to your doctor about a 10 day prescription of Lexapro. For some reason this works for many people.
I actually am now doing benedryl, helps alot ! good advice. and it helps with the allergies this time of year anyway.
My doctor has vowed to me to never prescribe effexor again after seeing my withdrawal symptoms. I've seen it said again and again on forums. We need to start some sort of lawsuit against these companies. The FDA checks for drug efficacy, but do they check for withdrawal effects before approving these dangerous chemicals? I was reading a report on withdrawal effects of effexor that said 75% of patients monitored had homicidal ideation. 75%!!!!
I agree, so much money and research put into going on it. NOT near enough about going off.
I'm not even against medication. My ideaology on the subject is, if it helps take it, if it doesn't no one is forcing you to. But some of these drugs are being innocently prescribed by physicians who aren't even aware of their effects. Not through the ignorance of the physician, but through the misinformation and lack of information provided by the pharmaceutical manufacturers. I'm just in disbelief that stuff like this gets approved.
originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
a reply to: horseplay
I was prescribed Paxil when I was going through a rough spot 10 years ago. I found I didn't even need to wean myself off as I started to forget the daily dose until one day I hadn't taken it for a week...so I stopped entirely. My father was on Paxil for the last decade or so of his life, related to PTSD resulting from WW2. He told me that if Paxil had been around years ago, his life would have been entirely different.
Which is all to say that antidepressants have helped a lot of people regain their lives, and it's important to discuss them with your doctor, as they can be tweaked to provide the best results.