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Paxil Alternatives

Paxil antidepressant medication is generally administered prior to any substantial medical investigations or lifestyle interventions. Further, few prescribing practitioners give any consideration to the effectiveness of natural Paxil alternatives.

There are some powerful natural remedies for depression which may be used in place of pharmaceutical prescription medications.

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Many individuals who experience side effects, or who believe that this drug does not adequately control the mental condition which they are trying to treat, often wish to find an effective mental health treatment plan that utilizes Paxil alternatives We know that alternatives exist which are better than continuing to be medicated on prescription anti-depression drugs. The most frequently prescribed alternatives to Paxil sometimes include therapy, but more frequently trying other prescription medications. However, there is a wide range of alternative therapies such as acupuncture, stress-reduction learned techniques, life-coaching and many others. Paxil, known also as paroxetine, belongs to a type of antidepressant medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These are prescribed to treat different mental conditions, including depression (major depression, clinical depression), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It may be an effective and well-tolerated drug for some people temporarily. However, as with all medications of this kind, unwanted, or even potentially harmful Paxil side effects can occur or the drug may not be an adequate treatment for the patient’s symptoms. Luckily, there are many forms of Paxil alternative therapy that may be effective and void of side effects. Using therapy as an alternative can prove a useful treatment for all mental disorders. There are many forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy), such as short-term therapies that last anywhere from 10 to 20 weeks, that can help individuals who suffer from depression or other mental conditions.

Talk therapy can help these people to gain insight into their problems and learn how to resolve them in healthy ways through verbal exchange with the talk therapist. Talk therapists often combine talk sessions with homework assignments for the patient to work on between sessions. Other types of Paxil alternative therapy such as talk therapy with a behavioral therapist focus on helping patients to achieve more satisfaction through their own daily actions and how to get out of the behavioral patterns which contribute to depression or result from depression.

Doctors who are not well-versed in Paxil alternatives often resort to prescribing other medications such as other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including Prozac (Fluoxetine), selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s) such as Effexor (Venlafaxine), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Nardil (Phenelzine), tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil (Amitriptyline), and other various prescription medications.

Caution Advised When Selecting Paxil Alternatives

Big problems may arise for patients seeking methods of Paxil alternatives help if they simply substitute other prescription drugs such as the ones mentioned above. Other antidepressants are likely to have many of the same problems and side effects as Paxil. If an individual is seeking alternatives because of side effects or ineffectiveness, they may run into the exact same issues if another drug similar to this one is used as an alternative. So, in situations where prescription medication doesn’t work, other alternatives should be considered. Risk-free Paxil alternative or complementary treatments in combination with therapy, such as acupuncture, and lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to treat depression for some individuals. There are effective natural treatments available for depression and anxiety.1

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Safe Alternatives to Using Paxil

However, everyone is different and the same alternative probably isn’t going to be effective for everyone. Fortunately, many Paxil alternatives help anxiety and depression and many of them are simple things that can be included in everyday life. Some of the alternative medicines commonly used for depression as antidepressant alternatives include Valerian, Vitamin B6, Omega-3 fatty acids, and 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). These substances can be found at most grocery stores in the form of capsules or tea. These Paxil natural alternatives are free of side effects and may be significantly effective treatments that offer long-term relief. Individuals on antidepressants are usually given a prescription before there has been an adequate investigation into figuring out what is causing their depression.

Uncovering the Cause(s) of the Depression

If an individual suffers from depression, is it because they have low levels of serotonin? And, is that the only causal factor? What if they have a low thyroid? What if they accumulated environmental neurotoxins like toxic heavy metals that ruin the energy metabolism? Internal swelling caused by food allergies slows metabolism which can also be one of the factors. The individual could have a diet so poor in nutrients that they are unable to produce what is needed for healthy CNS and brain function. We may forget that any insults our bodies are subjected to from a poor diet, our brains are also subjected to. Or the individual may be just immersed in a life that is unfulfilling, and they need a supportive atmosphere to make their desired changes. These types of factors can all be contributors and treated naturally without the risk of medications.2

Alternative to Meds Center’s Effective Multifaceted Approach

natural methodsAlternative to Meds Center is a place that searches for and finds the medical reasons that may be contributing to a person’s depression. Our program involves the use of lab testing, stabilization of the neurochemistry through using natural substances, and cleansing to remove environmentally accumulated neurotoxins. We also use techniques for Paxil tapering and Paxil withdrawal, involving strategically targeted nutrition therapy, IV treatment, peer support, personal training, exercise, yoga, massage, and other holistic therapies. These are blended into every program in order to create effective Paxil alternatives for natural treatment plans.

We facilitate truly amazing success on a daily basis at Alternative to Meds Center. To celebrate the accomplishments of our participants, graduations are held every week. Their family members, friends, and fellow residents are among the approximate 50 people who are in attendance. Attendees get to hear truly incredible tales at these graduations, sometimes retelling about decades of severe struggle, with miraculous clarity. It is motivating to see this knowing that they are now in possession of the tools they will need to continue living a healthy life and being a beacon to other people. You are invited to call us to get an idea of what kind of Paxil alternatives help we provide individuals so they can improve their mental health challenges—without the risks of prescription drugs.


1. Sibley, Cate, PharmD, Pharmacy Times article, author Cate Sibley, PharmD, entitled “10 Natural Remedies to Consider for Treating Anxiety,” [Internet]. 2017 Oct. [cited 2019 Nov]

2. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, “What Causes Depression?” [Internet] 2009 Jun, updated 2019 Jun. [cited 2019 Nov]



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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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