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WWWI2: Paxil to Prozac switch


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I'm on day 5 without paxil.  I switched it out for 20 mg prozac.  I am hoping to drop to 10 mg prozac and stay there for a few months to get acclimated and then taper the prozac.  


Mostly I'm on here because I was absolutely terrified at how this would go and 2 to see how it has gone for others.


It took me 3 rather horrific years to get off 4 mg ativan and I was very afraid I had put myself in the same boat when I started paxil.  


It turns out tho that what really contributed to the difficulty of the benzo taper were hormonal challenges.  Those are finally resolved.  So I decided to give getting of paxil a shot.  Despite all of the fear, I'm on day 5 without paxil, and while I do have some symptoms it is not like I feared.


Thanks for having me :)



Paxil 10 mg 4/15 to 7/30/17 crossed over to 20 mg prozac


10 years 4mg Ativan.  3 year taper completed 

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to WWWI2: Paxil to Prozac switch

WWW12 . I'm worried for you - was that swap on the advice of your doctor? I hope you are under the care of a doctor as this can often be a difficult transition.


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Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014


                                                  Psych Drug - free since May 2014

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Hi WWW12

Greetings welcome to sa

I also share ALiG's concern. Any update?


WWW12 have you given any thought to doing the wdl survey?



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Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

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Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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