quitting paxil, starting zoloft and prazosin
i posted this on the addiction board. but may be it is better to post it here. as i told you i am on 20 mg of seroxat (same as paxil)
and i want to quit it, because it is giving me restlessness,
sleeplessness, anger, headaches and nightmares.
my first psychiatrist did not want me to stop and my gp did not want
me to stop too. i went to see another psychiatrist today.
he said that he wanted me to quit taking seroxat and to reduce it by 5
mg every week. after that he wants me to start taking setralin
neuraxpharm (this is also called zoloft).
i know that this is an ssri and in refused first. i wanted to start
taking mirtazapin but he said mirtazapin was no good in my case (being
a recovering heroin addict). he said that mirtazapin in case of
addicts was contraindicated, because it makes that feeling of
emptiness grew stronger. he said paxil/seroxat and setralin/zoloft
actually are the drugs of choice in addicts.
i said i was afraid of more sleeplessness and nightmares and he said
that would happen only in the first few months and prescribed prazosin
(i think it is called minipress in the usa) against the nightmares and
i wanted to refuse to take it... but when i first tried to explain my
situation to him today i told him that i feared i will never be
he told me "what an attitude... you fear never to be healthy again but
yet you refuse to take the medication which is going to help you".
i do not know what to do. i do not want to be on all of this horrible
medication, but yet i only want to be happy and healthy again.
when i got home i did some research about the medications and i
learned that setralin has the worst side effects and the prazosin is
not even a antidepressant but it is a medication for high blood
pressure. i do not suffer from high blood pressure. i phoned my
psychiatrist because of that asked him if he knew that prazosin was a
medication for high blood pressure. he said: ""yes, i know" and told
me that he cannot give me benzodiazepines because i am an addict. he
told me that he has prescribes prazosin to many an addict and most of
those have been helped.
he told me that he has really prescribed me what are the drugs of
choice in addicts and that i will soon be feeling better.
please can anyone comment on this?