Hello! I'm new here and I'm glad I found a place full of people like me who can give great advice. After being on Pristiq for about 5 years I had to go off of it due to insurance changes. We switched insurance plans and pristiq was no longer a covered drug. It was going to be $202/mo. Since we couldn't afford that I switched cold turkey to effexor xr and it worked for a few months then good old panic reared it's ugly head. I started getting that old "I'm gonna die" feeling and being afraid to do normal things like leave my house. So recently my doc had me switch cold turkey from effexor to Paxil. He said I could just drop one and pick up the other. Well That was a mistake! I had bad withdrawal symptoms like night sweats and my anxiety just got 10x worse. So a few days go by and I start getting weird side effects with the Paxil. Not only am it panicking all the time but I'm having horrible insomnia and when I do sleep I'm having nightmares. I was also feeling like I wanted to hurl myself off a bridge. The last night I took it which was last tues I woke up 2 hours later and I was shaking so bad and my body was agitated so much I was walking my house and couldn't stop. My heart rate was going sky high. It was scary. The next day I just said that's it. I'm done. It's been a real struggle this past week but I'm trying hard. I don't sleep but at least the nightmares have stopped.
So my question is have any of you gone med free and how did it work for you? Once the withdrawals are gone what helped you keep your anxiety in check?