I've been on Paxil 20mg for two months now. as far as i know i feel little to no side effects. my neck pain, brain fog, panic attacks are gone. I'm just wondering if it's too early to stop taking it? or would everything come right back? (I've also changed my lifestyle around completely and don't plan on going back). how much longer should i take it if it is too early?
Some would say to stay on this medicine forever. I don't agree with this. The meds do have side effects. I think you should stay on for as long as you need it. Some do need it lifelong. The only real way is to try it without and see if it works. As for the length, I'm not sure if 2 months is long enough or not. My only opinion is that if you're taking something for depression, the fall season is not the best time to try without bc the short days come in and that can make it a difficult time to go without depression meds. Best wishes.
I have to disagree and would advise to allow your body some time to remain in a calm state before stopping; and only stop with your doctor's insight on how best to come off it.
Is there a reason for the rush? Usually at least 6 months would be expected before trying to quit as studies find better success rates vs people who quit earlier because they feel all better. Also, there's an underlying cause for panic attacks. Maybe you already have worked through these issues in therapy, but if not, it's always best to be taking medication for panic, anxiety, depression in conjunction with a type of therapy, frequently CBT is used but for panic attacks you may want to investigate EMDR at emdria.org and see if it sounds like a better fit; and there are still other methods.
Also exercise, at an appropriate level for you, is a great add-on as it too helps panic attack sufferers during an attack as a means to rid adrenaline from the body - basically engaging in 'flight' mode until worn out and getting the trauma out right when it occurs. Regular exercise is also great at reducing or preventing depression or anxiety, especially after a few months of regularly doing so.
I personally love yoga not only as an exercise, but because when done mindfully and with breath awareness it feels physically good immediately afterwards. Maybe this isn't so for everyone, but when people say no types of yoga are helpful for them, I usually wonder if their teacher wasn't knowledgeable enough or if the teacher allowed a student to be in a class not yet appropriate for the student without teacher offered adjustments for certain health conditions or a beginner. Studios tend to have teachers who care more about these things and offer more diversity in class type. Restorative would be a super choice for calming down as it's all done while completely relaxing the body in comfortable poses. Some people don't like so little movement and a Gentle or Yin class are still great options but don't require the cardio/aerobic level nor greater wear on the body as any vinyasa or hot yoga class. Tai chi is also a good option some people may prefer to yoga; or simply walking is great.
Whatever your decision, best of luck!
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