Withdrawal from prescription drugs are a bitch. - Part 2

By Zoeyxx · Nov 30, 2014 · ·
  1. I started Paxil around March of 2014, around my birthday when my anxiety was too much to handle. I was on Citlopram before that, but it had unwanted side effects and my doctor said this drug was "great" so I took it. And now that they're basically just trying to get more money from me, I'm just not going to do it lol.

    I've taken 20 MG since the start. Quit about a week ago. Yeah, my emotions are insane. I'm a cunt to my friends and when I talk to my best friend he makes my anxiety worse and I end up crying and just can't talk to him lol.


  1. Jungledog
    Welcome to DF and sorry you are having difficulty.

    Just a suggestion. Call a few family health offices and find out what their cash payment for uninsured patients is.I know our office which is a specialty office only charges $80 per visit. (So I assume family offices charge less). While this may seem expensive, keep in mind your average plumber charges more to service your sink. Citalopram cost less than five bucks at your average large US pharmacy. Just saying it might be worth the money to spare yourself months of pain. Once you get the prescription simply taper. Take 1/2 pill every day for 2 weeks, then 1/2 pill every other day for 2 more then off. There will be very little withdrawal. I taper patients like this often without incident.
  2. lostlygirl
    Hi Zoeyxx,

    I am sorry this happened to you. I don't know how wise it is to immediately stop paxel. Isn't it an antidepressant?

    There should be a different free clinic that had a free or reduced pharmacy somewhere in your area. Paxel is not a controlled substance so you should not have any issues getting it prescribed. Ask your Dr or clinic if they have any free sample packs they can give you, or call your pharmacy and explain the situation. They can often times give you a few until you get the situation sorted out.

    I would also call your clinic dr back, say that there is no way that you can afford to come in, and to please give you a prescription for 1-2 mths worth until you can come in. Tell them that they are forcing you to be completely off of the medication because you cannot afford the visit. Tell them drug tests do not cost that much, and ask them why they would want you to take one for Paxel? This clinic does not sound like it is very good. They are expensive, and I would seriously consider going anywhere else.

    You can also call around to different doctors and explain your situation, that you are on a limited income, are without medication (explain the type) and that you have no insurance. As JD said, most Dr's have a cash price, or will even go lower when its an emergency situation.

    I think it is unwise to just stop Paxel, and I would do everything possible to see if you can get a prescription. In the meantime, call your pharmacy and ask them if they can give you a few days worth while you sort this out.

    If Paxel is helping to control your anxiety, it may be wise to continue with it. If you had the choice would you prefer to say on Paxel?

    Good luck!

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