Long road for getting off drugs — (Los Angeles Times)

SSRI Ed note: Woman cites own experience as evidence that it can be difficult to withdraw from Paxil even at very low dose.

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Los Angeles Times


March 3, 2008

Thank you for one of the most intelligent pieces I’ve ever seen regarding antidepressant withdrawal [“Go Off Drugs, Lose Control?,” Feb. 25].

It’s a huge problem for many people, and sadly, only a tiny percentage of the population is even aware that it exists. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve described the dangers of antidepressants to others, only to be called a Scientologist. (I won’t lie — I don’t know a lick about their beliefs.)

I have a poorly created (yet terribly honest) video on YouTube that I made while I was tapering off Paxil ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5X01wvJWPs).

I was on the lowest dosage (10 milligrams), and it took me seven months to fully withdraw.

If I had this much trouble with the lowest dosage, then what about the others who take 20, 30 or 40 milligrams each day?

Summer Beretsky

Kingston, Penn.

You can read Beretsky’s My Turn essay on withdrawing from antidepressants at latimes.com/panic.