Seroxat

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I have been on Seroxat 60mg at first for 18 years i have now decreased to 20mg i think this is a good drug to help with problems OCD Anxiety, etc but to come off it is a nightmare.  I have tired many time and it has been awful my doctor says it is better i come off but i would rather take them and be normal than decrease and feel ill all the time, my doctor thinks that after this time the seroxat does nothing for me at all and that it is the physical thing of putting a tablet in my mouth each day that is making my feel better and when i dont take it i feel ill so no support form him there !!!!

    

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    Hi I am currently getting back on it after a 2 year break and I crashed and burned again, when I came off it last time I cut down in 5mg then went on to the liquid suspension and didn't find it too bad at all but am now wishing I'd never come off it at all! I'm only on 12.5mg and will start 15mg tomorrow only day 6 and I'm feeling pretty ropey due to no sleep and hightened anxiety

    Can't you see a different doctor if yours isn't been helpful? 

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      i managed i dont know how to get from 60mg to 20 over a five year period over the summer i got down to 10mg from 20mg which i have been on for a while (as I said before i have been on these tablets for about i think 18 years) i was feeling terrible all the old symptons came flooding back. been on 20mg again for 2months and my doctor suggessted i try again 15mg one day and 20mg the next been doing this for a week now. i am ok but worried incase in am unwell again. i have tried many times over the years but would rather take it and feel normal then feel terrible all the time and in a complete panic and OCD coming back i have held down a full time job for 10 years but had to give that up in August which was a pain 
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      Aw I feel for you it sounds like your doctor isn't too helpful but a lot of stories on here sound the same! If I were you I'd keep taking them if that's how you feel, I would have if I'd known Id be this bad again it's hell 😞
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    Hi A gp saying that to me is one thing i dread. ive been on paroxetine for about 14 years and they have made a vast difference in my life, yes sometimes i get bouts of moderately bad depression and anxiety but on the whole they have given me back all the ability to do things i used to be able to do before i had a breakdown, able to meet and talk to people, go out, reduced the flashbacks and bad thoughts, able to use the phone etc....so there no way i want to stop them. when i was first ill, the psychiatrist that i asked to see said that i would probably be on them for the rest of my life, im ok with this, i do feel fuzzy headed and sleepy a lot of the time, and had reduced concentration and memory..BUT i feel i am gladly trading them for the benefits i get. I would tell your doctor that you dont want to come off them as they have helped you to cope in so many ways that you know you will be ill again off them....if not i think id change my gp!
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      Thank you for your comment, I know my doctor did say that Seroxat causes memory loss and dementia i have not seen this on the side effects list. and when i came out the surgery i felt worried and thought i must stop taking them but i think it was a scare tactic. I know many things have side effect ie: if you smoke etc everything comes with something.  Has your doctor said to you you must come off them. mine said to me he would continue to prescribe them to me but he has done his job in telling me he thinks i should come off them. he doesnt seem to think there is a withdrawal problem i told him to look at the Panorama programme online he said he didnt know any thing about it. i know i would like to change doctors but in advance you dont know what each doctors opinion is ?     
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    Hi I am 73 years old and have been on Seroxat for certainly 25 years, I did try to come off it and go onto St Johns Wort a natural drug, I ended up in bed for several months, the withdrawls coming off are hell and as bad getting back on, I was on 20mg to start with then 30 mg but have just had a knee replacement and for some reason I went into a deep hole mentally although the opp was a great success I askedmy doctor if I could increase my dose which she did up to 40mg so I am taking two 20mg a day,has anybody tried taking on at night and one in the morning I do seem a bit sleepy in the morning. I certainly could not live with out Seroxat so I suppose I am addicted so be it. I hope you get sorted out soon.

    Mike

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    I'm sorry to hear you don't feel any support from your doctor, that is an all familiar story. I am in the same situation, it is amazing when things get tough for us and we really need the doctors support that they go the opposite way. Anyway to give some positive advice, I was on Seroxat 20mg for 13 years and it worked really well until it seemed to stop working. But everything I've tried since then has been a disaster so now I'm looking to switch back from Mirtazapine to Seroxat and go up to 60mg if necessary. My advice would be to keep taking the 20mg and feel normal rather than come off it. If neccessary find another more understanding doctor. I wonder why you reduced it from 60 to 20 ? Did your doctor force you to do that ? Anyway, go with what your body is telling you !! And you will find plenty of support on this forum.

    Another way if you really want to come off seroxat is to use fluoxetine briefly to help come down off it. It gets rid of many of the nasty side effects (in my own personal experience). Again only do this under professional supervisiton, I dont advocate it alone. Good luck. :-0

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      Thank you for your advice I have been taking seroxat since 1994 so 20 years over the past 5 years got down from 50 to 20mg. My doctors seems to think that seroxat only works for 6 months he wasn't my original doctor . only only been with him a year. He wants me to come off them but the withdrawal is terrible did try last summer I had to leave my job and started getting panic attacks and anxiety so went back from 10mg to 20mg going to try a again soon to decrease.
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      That sounds like a good idea. I'm hoping to get back on seroxat as it was the best anti dp i took for 13 years, then i was taken off it against my will. If necessary, find another doctor and stick with what works :-)
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