Our expert says:
Some people do describe a zombiwe-like unemotional feeling they dislike, on drugs like Paxil, though this effect is by nom means routine.
Stopping such drugs rapidly and cold turkey is never a good idea. Firstly, one should check with the doctor, even if you're feeling greatly better, to decide whether this would be a wise time to stop ( stopping too soon can lead to a return of depression ) ; and secondly to get specific advice from the doc about how to GRADUALLY stop, to avoid the sort of unpleasant symptoms you experienced.
But such antidepressant drugs should NEVER be prescribed just because someone is going through a rough patch in life - they don't help with that. When someone has a true chemical properly diagnsed Depression, those drugs can greatly help to lift it and help them return to normal. But relationship and other problems in life MUST be dealt with by counselling, and not chemicals.
Eglonyl is a very peculiar drug, strangely beloved by many SA GPs, and not much used by expert psychiatrists, especially not in other countries. It does indeed effect breast milk production. I am pleased that you find you are feeling better, though this is probably because you are now in a happy relationship, rather than due to the drug.. Eglonyl is NOT a normal antidepressant, but a drug on which some people do feel more relaxed. It was introduced to treat schizophrenia, and is not used at all in America or Canada.
Evra patches I am not familiar with, but I gather these are hormonal products used for contraception ( Gybaedoc could help on this one ! ) - all such hormones have some risk o disturbing one;s mood, as well as the usual risks of such hormonal contraceptives. I gather the patches may have a somethwt higher risk of some of the possibly serious side-effects of the Pill, but this is something to discuss with gynaedoc or your GP.
Basically, if your problems are primarily life problems / relationship problems / dealing with life stress, you are best off seeing a psychologist for counselling, especially of the CBT (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) format.
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