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Paroxetine Tapering (Paxil)

Paroxetine tapering can be notoriously harsh when done incorrectly. Trying to quit Paroxetine (Paxil) or other similar antidepressants is a subject that has majorly suffered from a lack of medical training and expertise on the part of those who prescribe these drugs.

Consequently, the idea of tapering from a drug as potent as Paroxetine can seem risky or tricky, troublesome at best. We can help. 

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Withdrawal from paroxetine is a comprehensive process that can be administered safely and gently at Alternative to Meds Center. Our highly specialized medical staff do have the experience and knowledge that is required for a smooth and gentle paroxetine tapering experience.

SPECIAL WARNING: The FDA recommends against stopping paroxetine abruptly. Paroxetine tapering should be done gradually over time. Paroxetine cessation done all at once can lengthen the time for withdrawal symptoms to linger by weeks, months or even years.1

Paroxetine Tapering Help is Available

Alternative to Meds Center offers programs for persons who have decided that getting off paroxetine or other medications is a better option than continuing to suffer from side effects of prescription drugs. It is possible, as well, that the results of antidepressant treatment didn’t meet their expectations. Typically, where one drug did not provide the desired results, a prescribing doctor will “try another one”, and this can, unfortunately, lead to complications in treatment. This can result in a patient still suffering from original symptoms, as well as drug side effects.

At the Alternative to Meds Center, our program has been carefully put together to provide the tools, methods, staff expertise, pleasant environment and best strategies for how to get off paroxetine in a warm and compassionate, very well-staffed, nurturing setting.

In order to design a person’s unique paroxetine tapering program, information is gathered as the first step from assessments plus testing for biological, environmental, and other factors that can be addressed during the person’s stay at the center. Using the information that is gathered allows for an exact strategic mapping out of the best ways to help a person during their withdrawal from paroxetine (Paxil, etc.). In this way, any symptoms that are typically associated with getting off paroxetine can be softened or even prevented altogether.

Paroxetine Tapering Plus Enhanced Health

paroxetine weaningSome of the tools used in the program are designed to cleanse the body of toxic accumulations that may have compromised the person’s neurochemistry and microbiome for quite some time. Much research has been done that links depression and anxiety to toxins in the body and the detrimental effects that can result. 2

When this toxic burden is removed, using gentle and non-invasive means, one can begin to turn back the tide on perhaps years of troublesome toxic contributors to persisting health (and mental health) problems. Many practical methods can be utilized to support this process, such as low-temperature sauna, bentonite clay packs, nebulized glutathione treatments, mineral baths, colonics, therapeutic massage, boosting gut flora and microbiome support, and others. Supplying the correct measure of nutritional supplements and a clean diet free of pollutants also helps make stopping paroxetine a gentle healing process, not arduous or uncomfortable. 2,3

Clients can also find benefits from a wide variety of other therapeutic activities which are listed below as well as enjoy the warm social setting that allows for camaraderie and friendship, peer support, and a feeling of community and understanding with other clients.

Our clients report better quality of sleep, improved appetite, more energy, improved mood, feeling “lighter,” calmer, and many other benefits. These improvements make stopping paroxetine gradually much easier and much smoother to accomplish.

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24/7 Care is Essential for Getting Off Paroxetine

Staff monitoring and daily staff-client consultations keep everyone on the team apprised of all the changes that are happening. Micro-adjustments can then be made with confidence, ensuring the most progress possible during our client’s gradual paroxetine weaning program. There is no one-size-fits-all method for how to get off paroxetine. However, a well-designed combination of alert observation and quick responses to the needs of the client in a compassionate and comfortable setting is an ideal situation for someone trying to get off paroxetine or other medications.

paroxetine titrationMany helpful adjunctive therapies are available to the client along the way which can provide soothing relief as needed throughout their paroxetine tapering program. Team specialists in various disciplines are standing by ready to administer therapeutic services such as Reiki, therapeutic massage, cranial-sacral massage, meditation classes, music and art therapy, yoga and mild exercise in trainer-led sessions, acupressure and acupuncture and many additional treatments designed for client comfort. Various genres of counseling, including trauma counseling, CBT and more, as well as Life Coaching are also blended into the program to provide support and help clients forge new pathways toward stress-reduction, increased confidence, and happiness.

Education and Successful Outcomes for Stopping Paroxetine

During our client’s stay at the center, educational modules are presented that explain the basics of brain health, how diet affects neurochemistry, how nutrition plays a part in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, how the digestive system and a functioning microbiome supports brain health, and many other fascinating topics. We have doctors who come to to the center to learn more about these subjects, who can then go back and help their own patients with how to get off paroxetine or other drugs safely and without having to suffer through unnecessarily harsh paroxetine withdrawal symptoms.

Educating our clients helps us to ensure that they will be well able when they have finished their paroxetine tapering program to continue on their path forward to bettered health and reduced or eliminated symptoms. How wonderful to be drug-free and symptom-free, sometimes referred to as enjoying natural mental health. That is our goal and we will do everything possible to help our clients reach their health goals in our beautifully appointed and welcoming residential facility.

Contact Alternative to Meds Center for More Information

Stopping paroxetine can be a truly life-enhancing experience when administered properly. Please feel free to contact us at Alternative to Meds Center for much more information that may be of interest to you or a loved one. We will take the time to explain more about the details and the benefits of gentle and comfortable paroxetine tapering programs available at our beautiful and comfortable inpatient facility, nestled in the heart of Sedona’s Red Rock Mountains.

1. FDA Paroxetine Label [cited 2019 Oct 1]

2. Korn LE,  “How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health” Psychology Today [INTERNET] January 13, 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 1]

3. Harvard Health, “What Causes Depression?” 2003 Jun, updated June 24, 2019 [INTERNET] [cited 2019 Oct 1]

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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