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SSRI's 2nd time round?

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Hello,

I just posted in the OCD thread, but i think my question is probably best answered in the SSRI's thread.

I'm taking Remeron and Zoloft for my GAD and OCD.

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Oh, if it helps, i've only been taking the zoloft for about 3 months now.

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It is sometimes true -- but it's actually Paxil that is the worst offender. Going back to Zoloft if Paxil doesn't work is probably not going to be a disaster.

Still, I really understand your worries about giving up the good you've got for something that might or might not be better.

Fiona

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But Im living proof paxil CAN work the second time too!  There are also a few others here that can attest to that.

It is good to know the possibilities but don't take it as probability.

CC~

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Thanks guys.  I'm so stressed about what to do- just don't want to shoot myself in the foot!  I'll keep in mind that Zoloft isn't a major offender in terms of failing the 2nd time round.

Also, if i change straight to Paxil from Zoloft, will i still have to wait the usual time for Paxil to work, or will it kick in earlier since i'd already have been on another SSRI?

Thanks again for the thoughts, it really helps ;)

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It should be a smoother transition than going from nothing to an ssri. You may get some inital start up effects just because of the different chemical makeup, but your seratonin levels will hopefully be fine.  You aren't going to crash or anything.

I and many others can usually go from one ssri to another pretty easily.

Try not to stress too much. I know that is much easier said than done!

Let us know how it goes for you.

CC~

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But Im living proof paxil CAN work the second time too!

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Let us know how it goes!

If zoloft was good for you, I think you will do well with paxil.  It really is the only one that seems to quell my anxiety.

Best of luck.

CC~

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For what it is worth Zoloft worked BETTER the second time around, for me.

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And it is working a third time, check out my thread!

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Nice to hear that username!  ;)

I still haven't started the paxil yet, my pdoc wasn't able to fit me in til next week, but i'm all keen to give it a go now, especially having heard a few positive stories.

Fingers crossed and i'll post up how it goes! :)

Anyone know, because i'll be changing straight from another SSRI, will I have to wait the usual time for the paxil to kick in, or should it be immediate since my seretonin levels will be pretty good to start with?

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Nice to hear that username!

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I'm taking Lexapro for what appears to be the 4th time. I wonder if it would work this time. It's been about a year since I last taken Lexapro.

It's being added to Lamictal and Topamax. I'm starting on 5mg.

The only other SSRI I took in between the 3rd and 4th trial was Luvox for about a month fairly recently which was this past late July and during August. Also, in between 3rd/4th Lexapro trials, I took 5-HTP/Tryptophan extensively. I had a brief trial of Wellbutrin as well.

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