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My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer 14months ago. She has had all her treatment and her bust removed. She now has to take tamoxifen for the rest of her life. 3 months ago the oncoligist took her off 30mg of paroxitine because she said that both drugs dont work together she then put her on citalapram they didnt ween her off it just straight stop and start citalapram. 3 months down the line she really is suffering cant sit still very very anxious she tried to cut her wrist a week ago not to kill herself but she thinks no one is listening to her she also says shes got this horrible feeling what she cant explain terrible panic and doesnt want to do anything. We have got the mental health people involed and they have put her back on paroxitine. Before she was taken off the paroxitine she had been on it for 20 years. Isthis all normal what she is going through im desprate to find out Thank you for your help. 

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    Yes it is as no drug like this should be stopped suddenly and replaced with one which, though related, takes weeks or months to work.

    Also your wife has been through a lot. Have you contacted Breast Cancer Care?

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      As well I would say that all involved in your wife's care need to sit down together and work out a strategy to go forward.

      Your wife, you yourself, will be suffering many emotions and it is important that her oncologist and mental health team talk to one another so she can get the best help possible.

      Thinking of you both

      Taz

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    We've got a appointment to see the oncoligist on wednesday I'm really annoyed with what has gone on as if she hasn't gone through enough with the cancer this is now happening to her its horrible to see. So do you think its down to the paroxitine.!!!!
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      Breast Cancer Care Helpline 0800 800 6000. You may find this number useful for both yourself and your wife, it is freephone, they are extremely helpful and caring.
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    Sorry to hear this. Not only has she got the cancer to deal with but this on top! Your Dr let her down badly. Unfortunately there are many that do not follow an interest in SSRI withdrawal. I won't go into my own hellish story but I will tell you this.....slowly does it. She is going to need you to heed to every one of those marriage vows right now. TLC and a GOOD dr with good knowledge of this drug. Talking to people on hear will help. I'm not through my journey, but I see a bright light now. 

    Best of luck to her.

    sophie

     

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    Thank you everyone it really helps knowing other people are either suffering or suffered a similar problem as karon and that she's not on her own. Unfortantly the doctor who took her off the paroxitine is a cancer specialist and not a mental health expert so we are stuck really. Once again thanks so much it really is appreciated.
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      Get the mental health team to write to the oncologist and vice versa, then at least there is a chance they will be "singing from the same hymn sheet" so to speak. I did so with my neurologist (this drug is not supposed to be given epileptics due to side effects, I was fine on it but he kept abruptly stopping it, it was my psychologist contacting him directly that got it sorted)

      Taz

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    No one is alone. We are all connected by suffering. 
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    Oh it is bery normal.  Withdrawls from discontinuation can be be miserable and can last months or even years, especially if you quit cold turkey.  Tapering 10 percent every month or two is the beat method.  I went from 20 mg to none in two months.  Now five months later I am still suggering withdrawls  I recently reinstated 1.3 mg to try and take the edge off my withdrawls.  Your poor wife.  There is another forum called survived ng antidepressants which is also quite good.  It will give you lots of information on withdrawls.  Good luck.
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