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Metsavana: Seroxat, I'm done with you


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Hi! 

I'm very happy to be apart of this community. I want to start off by saying that I've been taking Seroxat for 8 months now and there's been a little change for the better and now it's back to nothing. I orginally started taking Seroxat in 2015 after a near death experience involving alcohol. I took Seroxat for 2 whole years and I could see over time how the effects started to gradually wear off. I also felt better and decided to get off the medicine with the help of my psychiatrist. Now the psychiatrist advised to start taking the medicine again in November of last year and I'm starting to come off of it on my own volition. The pills no longer work, I feel emotionally numb and I've learned that I have do learn to accept myself and make improvement, not wait for someone or something to do it for me. Does this make any sense, is there true power in oneself to let go and improve your own life by yourself without pill numbing you to the point where you feel nothing?

 

Sunshine and Love!

 

 

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Hello, Metsavana, and welcome to SA.  To start with, in answer to your question, what you say about learning to accept yourself and making improvements without a pill to numb you makes perfect sense and is what this site is all about.  A little later I will give you some links to non-drug coping skills.  You can also find many helpful posts in our Symptoms and Self-Care forum.

 

To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.

 

 
Please keep your signature as simple and easy to read as possible.
 
You wrote that you have started coming of the Seroxat (Paxil).  When did you start this taper and how fast are you tapering?  Please include this information in your signature.
 
At Surviving Antidepressants, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.
 
 

Tips for tapering off Paxil (paroxetine)

 
Many members have found the non-drug techniques in the following links helpful.
 
 

This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  I hope you’ll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation.  I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.

 

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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