There are many reasons for a person to consider Paxil tapering treatment, such as these:
The FDA and other regulatory and oversight bodies warn those trying to quit Paxil that they should engage in stopping Paxil very slowly to avoid dangerous and even life-threatening effects of Paxil withdrawal. (3)
It has been shown that the longer a person takes SSRI medications such as Paxil, the more intense the withdrawal from Paxil may be. Typically, physicians, who are not trained at all in mental health or Paxil tapering protocols, continue to prescribe antidepressant drugs for extended periods of time, even for years. As serotonin stores are not increased by these drugs, but only exhausted over time, increasing the dosage is the norm so that any remaining serotonin can be aggressively purged through the delicate CNS channels. But eventually, antidepressant medication ceases to function as a numbing agent. This can introduce more intense side effects, and a patient may do well to learn more about how to get off Paxil rather than continue to try to live with the increasingly harsh side effects.
Problems with how to get off Paxil commonly emerge where patient guidance is less than adequate, and unfortunately, doctors are not as adept at helping a person getting off Paxil as they ought to be. This is because physicians receive no training whatsoever in administering Paxil tapering, or medication withdrawal in general.
Sometimes patients may be given a decreasing prescription schedule that is based on a sort of “best guess” methodology, or no schedule at all, often with very little patient oversight. Extant medical training simply does not cover this aspect of caring for a patient during Paxil tapering adequately. This has seen a rise in bloggers and online forums and even drug-company-sponsored “advice” sites springing up that attempt to fill in the gaps of trying to quit Paxil or other antidepressant medications. Anonymous sources of pseudo-advice proffer an outrageous and even dangerous assortment of DIY methods, ranging from randomly substituting hallucinogens or other street drugs to using a “cold turkey” approach while adding to keep a bottle of Scotch near to hand.
There is a better way to safely and comfortably administer a successful Paxil tapering program.
For a decade and a half now, thousands of clients have come to the Alternative to Meds Center for an in-patient program designed to assist with getting off Paxil and other medications in a safe and truly comfortable manner. Our physicians are completely versed in how to get off Paxil and other drugs in a holistic, nurturing setting that allows for constant oversight, many adjunct therapies and treatment options that can significantly reduce or eliminate the otherwise harsh and intolerable symptoms that can arise when trying to quit Paxil.
Of prime importance, there is nothing humane about taking someone off a medication where you do not also help them reduce or eliminate the root cause of their original symptoms. The unwanted and lingering depression, insomnia, or other problems are what possibly led to starting a prescription drug in the first place. Giving a patient an aspirin when a little investigative work could have discovered that their migraines are due to dehydration or elevated blood sugar cannot be considered anything close to comprehensive or optimum treatment.
Antidepressants have been around for many many decades, and in today’s world, much more understanding is available. We have more knowledge today than ever before about the complexity of the human microbiome, natural and healthy neurochemistry, basic nutritional needs, as well as the potential harm that neurotoxins inflict, and more. All this knowledge can be utilized and integrated into much superior medical options than simply drugging or numbing the patient.
Please contact the Alternative to Meds Center for much more detailed information about how the programs delivered at the center are founded on the principles of getting to the root causes of troubling symptoms, rather than attempting to mask these with drugs. Medications can be unnecessarily harsh, aggressive and invasive and may not always be tolerated for meaningful or long term treatment. If you have been suffering from unwanted symptoms for which Paxil or other medications did not provide relief, we invite you to find out about this opportunity for help with Paxil tapering in the context of improving natural mental health without relying on prescription drugs.
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.