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Patients Like Me now recognizes prolonged withdrawal syndrome


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Patients Like Me offers forums for patients to discuss their conditions. In return, PLM encourages members to complete detailed case profiles, including checklists of symptoms, diagnoses, and medications. Their business model involves collecting this data and selling it to their customers, pharmaceutical companies.

 

Was withdrawal syndrome an option for so-called Mood patients? It was not.

 

Last year, there was a lot of complaining about this and the need to collect information about adverse reactions to medications. (For example, see http://www.patientslikeme.com/forum/mental_health/topics/53880?post_id=1045413)

 

I just found out that prolonged withdrawal syndrome is now in their list of symptoms.

 

 

Prolonged withdrawal syndrome

Discontinuation or dose reduction of certain medications may initiate withdrawal effects with a broad range of symptoms, including dizziness, anxiety, irritability, panic attacks, mood lability, decreased concentration, headache, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal complaints.

 

Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome

Discontinuation or dose reduction of certain antidepressants may initiate withdrawal effects with a broad range of symptoms, including dizziness, anxiety, irritability, panic attacks, mood lability, decreased concentration, headache, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal complaints.

 

 

A tiny bit of progress, but progress nevertheless. And accomplished by some passionate posting and e-mailing. One person can make a difference.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Righteous!

1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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