From Paxil to Postive Thoughts

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   Posted 5/25/2010 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, I am going to go off my paxil and try a natural remedy. The baseline for the product is St. Johns' Wort. Has anyone had sucess going from perscritption to natural?

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   Posted 5/26/2010 2:13 AM (GMT -6) VERY careful. Paxil withdrawal can be extremely hard! You should stop it slooooooooowly as possible. Wean carefully or you could be in for a bad time and possibly an awful relapse! I suggest you talk to your doctor first.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Never ever stop any SSRI without proper weaning.  Paxil can be particularly nasty.  See if you can get a taper schedule from your doctor.  If he has no clue...which I have found is very common...discuss it with your pharmacist as they know much more about these drugs and what to expect.  This may sound incredible, but the weaning schedule for Paxil is to drop the dosage by 10% per month and whatever you not take St. John's Wort with Paxil.
Take it from one who knows from experience.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! My doctor has tried me on cymbalta and didn't have me wean off the paxil. He said since I was only taking 20 mg that it would be fine.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

I was on Cymbalta as high as 120mg at one point. As this med did not seem to be helping me as we hoped it would I was weaned off very slowly. Took nearly a year to come off it completely with no sx. I have a great fear of the brain zaps so I chose to go very slow.

Good Luck to you,


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   Posted 5/26/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I'm new here and I have taken St.John's wort, it works great, but if you are willing to go off the meds just remember that the side effects of going off the meds may give you a different reaction. I also went off the meds and I went cold turkey, but maybe my body could handle just stopping my pills. I tried the natural meds before and it is all in the mind over matter. If you start feeling funny, just remind yourself that, that is what's suppose to happen the paxil that you have taken is slowly removing itself from you system. If you know what to expect, then it becomes easier. Fear of the unknown will cause anxiety, but that  is what anxiety  is,  fear drives your emotions and body reactions. practicing positive thought helps a great deal. You should try taking up meditation, it works great and you don't need medication for that.

Good luck


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   Posted 5/26/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
PLZ make sure you hv proper weaning schedule and come off the paxil properly
i hv used st johns in past n it did work for awhile
but thats me

great input former 1

n keep us posted

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   Posted 5/27/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor tells me that the Paxil would be out of my system in three that incorrect? I am getting more worried by the moment:)

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   Posted 5/28/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you looked up what kind of side effects St. John's Wort has? Increased sensitivity to sunlight is one of the worst side effects. And this herbal supplement is known for interacting with various meds. I think you should read more about the side effects before you start taking it. Just because it is natural, it doesn't mean it will always be safe.

The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

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