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Switching from zoloft to paxilcr

Hi,
Thanks for answering my other questions, One last question or two
I was on zoloft for 9 weeks and it isn't working I am going to be switching to paxilcr.
1. How long do I need to withdraw from the zoloft?
2. Is it okay to be on both at the same time?
3. If the paxilcr works will I feel it working even if I am withdrawing from the zoloft?

Thank You so much
Llis
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If you overlap paxil and zoloft for a week or so by lowering zoloft dose, you should not have any problem with either withdrawals or efficacy.  Some doctors say you can just switch without overlapping, but I think overlapping is safer so ask your doctor to adjust zoloft accordingly.
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I am about to do this same thing!   I have been on Zoloft for 13 years and my doctor wants me to switch to Paxil.  Any advice?
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Be careful taking paxil.  I took it for 5 months & gained 20 lbs, then tried to get off of it & went through vertigo, etc.  It took me another 5 months of pure pain to get off that stuff.  Nobody tells you that side of it.
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Hi tears,
Did you take paxilcr, my doctor said that is the better of the two, I know about the withdrawals, I have read horrible things, but when you feel terrible, i just want something to work. I am very nervous about this. My doctor also told me to try taking xanax with the zoloft for a few days before switching, he seems to think maybe with the xanax to calm me down the medicine will have a chance to work, right now he said my body is eating up the serotonin fast, and that is why the medicine isn't working. Are you on any medication now? Do you have Deppression or anxiety or both? Thank you so much for your input, I really do appreciate it.
Llis
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Hi ledwards,
Whatever you do don't go off of the zoloft without switching to some other medicine, that is why I am in this position. My zoloft still worked great after 7 years, I wish I would of stayed on, I just thought I was better! I am at 150 of zoloft, I am going to try this xanax thing first and see if that works, He seems to think It will, Did you ever here that before?
Let me Know
THanks Llis
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I have been taking Zoloft 100 mg and .5 of Xanax at bedtime for 13 years, but, am not doing so hot right now.  STRESSED

I spoke to my therapist (out of town for a month)and she said do NOT switch to the Paxil (too many sexual side effects and hard to get off of).   She wants me to switch to Luvox at least for a month or so.  Geez Louise
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Have been on Paxil for only 3 weeks for stress and anxiety, and already experiencing sexual side effects, vertigo, visual imprinting like tracers and have lost 5 pounds, (5'8 and 130lbs 2 weeks ago), and also experiencing a total lack of emotional response to the world around me. Weaning myself off of Paxil now. Be carefull and make sure you are informed about Paxil and it's effects, if the side effects are similar to your symtoms (symptoms) now it may be hard to know if it is helping. I would suggest keeping a daily journal and record any patterns or changes. Most of all, communicate with your doctor! Good luck!
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Hi,
I've been on 12.5 paxil for a year for depression.It works great.I have 3 glasses of wine a day.Will that harm me?I'm afraid of the answer.
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I, too, am switching from Zoloft to Paxil CR.  Right now I'm taking 50 mg. of Zoloft in the morning, and 25 mg. of Paxil in the evening.  I've heard about the side effects and withdrawl (withdrawal) problems, but this is what my doctor recommends.  After 9 years the Zoloft was no longer working, so I knew I had to make a change.
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