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I was on Paxil for 6 years.  The doctor took me from 40mg to 0mg in 8 weeks. I had to get off it because I was so depressed about sexual dysfuntion. Had a psychotic episode followed by the most horrendous depression and acute anxiety. 

Had to go back on paxil for a year. Then switched to lithium then switched to lamotrigine.

I came off paxil the second time over a 6 month period and it was OK. No major withdrawal issues.



It's just like everybody says come of the meds slowly and it will be OK.

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I'm 30 years old and I've been on medication consistently since I was 19.


I'm no happier now than I was then and I've made the decision to tapper off it.


I've been on 20 medications and most have done nothing & some made me worse and 3 got me out of extreme states of distress.


I'm currently on 100mg of seroquel & 100mg of lamotrigine. 

I've reduced seroquel from 300mg to 100mg from June of last year.


I am now going to stop reducing seroquel and start to reduce lamotrigine.

Seroquel has a sedative effect and without I'll struggle to sleep and so I'm not ready for that yet.



A major problem I have is how to talk about this with my psychiatric doctor. She will be opposed to it.  I see her in March and an educated guess tells me she's going to start telling me horror stories of people who came off meds and crisis struck.

I'll ask her her how many of these people came of meds very quickly as opposed to slow tapers over a year or so.


I see her as an obstacle to getting myself better instead of a help.  This people have some sort of ideological commitment that once a person has been diagnosed they must stay on medication forever.  This particular doctor has an annoying habit of talking over me. She never stops talking.  I actually can't stand her 


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