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  2. Hello Adili good to hear from you. You’re right I have made too many changes and I’m still paying the price I’m afraid. a bad wave came along Christmas time and I’m still in it. Lots of new symptoms. At least I’ve remained steadfast on my meds since August and will continue to do so until stability happens. how are you my friend how has your weekend been ? LRH
  3. Seem to have had a good window the last week. Occasional anxiety attacks but manageable. For some reason getting withdrawal symptoms of not sleeping & having night sweats maybe averaging 2hrs a night if I don’t take sleeping aid. Wake up drenched not always anxious but feel like a charge is plugged to my brain, I take ziplicone 3.5mg every other night and it works well but don’t want to get dependent. Has anyone got any other better alternatives for sleep? Take magnesium/fish oil. thanks @Altostrata @Gridley
  4. Ok, thanks for you thoughts and summary! I will return my alpha stim then before it is too late.
  5. I’m ok. A bit of aka this morning. Ugh. But I’ll get through it. Its a three day weekend. School was out at noon on Friday. So, I’m busy. I’m going to get some sage from the park next door and try to make chestnut stuffing this week. We had chestnuts in Spain, and my daughter loved them. So, I bought some for her. I hope I can make it this week and that WD doesn’t derail me. How’s the cold?
  6. Rosetta

    DMV64: reinstate Saphris?

    Ohh, can you take a hot bath or a cold shower? I’ve never tried the cold shower, but other people say it helps. I use the hot bath, and I keep refilling it with hot water. I also have a shoulder wrap that I heat in the microwave. That helps. Normally, I would recommend magnesium, but I’m not sure it’s a good idea to add anything right now. You may need to avoid stimulation as much as possible — low lights, soft sounds, avoid screens except TV. I’m sorry you are feeling bad, DMV. -Rosetta
  7. Rosetta

    Xanax done; paxil is next! But when?

    https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/18343-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/ Welcome, Pawlove, (Above is a link to the information about how to post your “drug signature.” I’m not sure it can be done from a phone. You might need an iPad at least or a laptop/desktop.) Congrats in your Xanax taper!! I’m very glad to see you coming here in good shape - not in miserable WD — and being aware of the issues!!! Oh, well, I read more carefully. You are suffering. I’m so sorry. You are in the right place! I CT’d, so I can’t help with a taper, but you will find a lot of people here who can. Best of luck to you!! Yours, Rosetta
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  9. Rosetta

    Gridley

    Hey, Gridley, have a good time, and I hope it’s much better than you are expecting. - Rosetta
  10. Hi, nosey question? Are you Chinese? If not, have you considered going home? You don’t have to answer, but I would want to be home if I were you. My two cents. - Rosetta
  11. Hi, IWant, I answered your tar dive dyskinesia question on my thread and cut and paste part of my answer here. There’s more general advice for you over on my thread. Not permanent. My lay opinion is that doctors think it’s permanent because they make prescribing decisions that intensify this problem. They cold switch drugs, they add drugs in doses that are too high, they CT people or they reduce by more than 10% per month (or at least by more than the person’s nervous system can handle.). Then they see the problem continue or worsen. Well, of course!!! This problem has been worse for me in the past. I used to have pain in my forearm and horrible headaches. I used to have my tongue pressed up against the roof of my mouth even when I was awake and conscious of the problem. I have regained more control and now it is only out of control when I sleep. Not every moment I’m asleep, but a lot. (This has affected my breathing for many years — 16 years or more. You have no idea how angry I am that when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2004 no one evaluated the affect Celexa was having on my body!!) My eye is so much better. No more twitching there. I’m not sure it’s completely unaffected, but it’s rare that I feel anything unusual in my eye or my temple. If I read I can feel something. When I have my period I feel a tingle in the side of my face — sometimes. I do not have the horrible headaches I used to have. There is no more numbness!!! My nose and face and even my eye used to feel tingly and numb. (So did my forearm and fingers.) No more. It slowly got better. At one point it was only if I read and used my right hand to type that I felt tingles and numbness. This is true now, too, but it’s better. This tells me that it will eventually go away. Don’t panic if it gets worse before it gets better. Doctors don’t know anything. If it gets worse that means nothing. Mine got worse after I CT. Do not let that scare you. You will heal. Again, see more general advice for you on my thread. Yours, Rosetta
  12. Not permanent. My lay opinion is that doctors think it’s permanent because they make prescribing decisions that intensify this problem. They cold switch drugs, they add drugs in doses that are too high, they CT people or they reduce by more than 10% per month (or at least by more than the person’s nervous system can handle.). Then they see the problem continue or worsen. Well, of course!!! This problem has been worse for me in the past. I used to have pain in my forearm and horrible headaches. I used to have my tongue pressed up against the roof of my mouth even when I was awake and conscious of the problem. I have regained more control and now it is only out of control when I sleep. Not every moment I’m asleep, but a lot. (This has affected my breathing for many years — 16 years or more. You have no idea how angry I am that when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2004 no one evaluated the affect Celexa was having on my body!!) My eye is so much better. No more twitching there. I’m not sure it’s completely unaffected, but it’s rare that I feel anything unusual in my eye or my temple. If I read I can feel something. When I have my period I feel a tingle in the side of my face — sometimes. I do not have the horrible headaches I used to have. There is no more numbness!!! My nose and face and even my eye used to feel tingly and numb. (So did my forearm and fingers.) No more. It slowly got better. At one point it was only if I read and used my right hand to type that I felt tingles and numbness. This is true now, too, but it’s better. This tells me that it will eventually go away. Don’t panic if it gets worse before it gets better. Doctors don’t know anything. If it gets worse that means nothing. Mine got worse after I CT. Do not let that scare you. You will heal. These drugs have been handed out without so much as monitoring those on them for these side affects. We were all guinea pigs. There should be piles of research, spreadsheets and searchable databases and tons of people working on this for the past 30 years? Nope! There was no research before hundreds of thousands were all poisoned, and there is still very little research now. SA is probably the best repository of the negative affects of these drugs and the prescribing practices that harm people. “Anectodal” “not reliable” - “irrelevant” Hah!!! Well, it’s all we have because the pharmaceutical companies and the government have no interest in researching this enormous problem, do they?!! It’s disgusting! And there is my akathisia fueled rant for the day! You will be fine as long as you are very careful. Unless you reinstate with advice from a moderator here, stay off almost all drugs except OTC painkillers. 1. Don’t take anything psychotropic, 2. Never touch an antibiotic known for harming the brain - I can’t remember the name of those — floroquinine-something — there are several in the same family and one has the brand name Cipro for short. You can look it up on SA. 3. Avoid having your teeth fixed during the use of adrenaline based numbing agents. There’s an alternative the dentist has. Insist upon on it!! Protect your fragile nervous system for several years. 4. No Xanax, no pills to calm you for medical procedures, 5. no colonoscopy drugs to make you forget it all (roofie type drug), 6. no elective surgeries. — the last thing your brain needs is to be anesthetized right now. 7. No street drugs, of course, 8. no alcohol, 9. no weed — you are too fragile to take the risk. Treat yourself like a newborn baby. 9. I wouldn’t get a vaccine if I were you, either. I haven’t read your story, but have you considered reinstatement? It could be too late, too risky, but depending on your circumstances . . . You should make an informed decision on that right away. Ask a moderator for advice. Don’t just read the topic here at SA and go it alone. It can backfire, but it has also saved some people a lot of misery. Goodluck, IWant! -R
  13. Andi

    Andi: introducing myself

    @manymoretodays About the Citalopram, I dont know if this is better or not. I mean isnt it even more confusing for the body to go to another different drug. My withdrawal right now is from Venlafaxine and the last time i reinstated i was feeling much butter emotionally but like i said the only problem i had was the neck pain. And not just neck pain, im talking about severe burning nerve sensation and not being able to move the neck without pain. This has been a side effect that i have had in the past on larger doses but now it happened on about 8mg Venlafaxine. So potentially a different drug could be better but im very scared to make things worse. @Altostrata By the way the thing about tapering strips in The Netherlands is not true, you cant just get tapering strips. I have asked many times and never have they given me this option. And if by some miracle you can get your hands on it you will have to pay for it and i believe its pretty expensive.
  14. BadMedicine

    hayduke: coming off olanzapine / Zyprexa

    Hey @hayduke. Sounds like you have had a tough time recently. The Bush fires are terrible and I'm sorry you have been so personally affected and that your work has been so unsympathetic. You definitely did the right thing taking some time off for your mental health. In my experience work will take as much out of you as they can so you have to push back a bit when things get unreasonable. I'm sure that all this stress has affected how you feel on 1.5mg and hopefully these external stressors will diminish soon and make the continued taper more comfortable. I know what you mean about wanting to be off the drugs. It's not nice to be so dependent on something to be able to live but hopefully you won't come across problems with supply before you are able to get off it. In terms of the sleep - how much did you need before taking olanzapine? Maybe you are getting back to a more natural rhythm now that you don't have the heavy sedating effect at these lower doses. I'm afraid I can't give you any insight into what it's like below 1.5mg as I am still on 5mg. In fact I am looking to you for inspiration and reassurance that it is possible to get off this drug. I hope someone else can give you some advice. Good luck with your continued taper and hope you stay safe from the Bush fires.
  15. Pens

    Pens: Starting Over

    Hi @manymoretodays, I’m sorry with the different meds. I do have problems breathing and this was prescribed for me in the past. Just funny about taking inhalers. This one really helps and so I probably will only need it and my rescue inhaler. (Salbutamol) for asthma. I have read your links and appreciate the info. I tried melatonin and didn’t seem to work, but will give it a go again. I will try the 1/2 gravol again. Thankyou for your help and advice. I have updated my signature, only taking two inhalers and one is only when needed and the mirtazapine.
  16. It is hard not to. The flu is killing me I have high tempearute and can't breath through the nose so I don't sleep at all since last night.
  17. Katy398

    Change.org

    PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION https://www.change.org/p/recognition-of-the-severity-of-withdrawal-from-antidepressants-support-and-action
  18. manymoretodays

    Pens: Starting Over

    Oh Pens, Just try and go easy with the addition of new medications/drugs and changes every single day. My gosh......I'm seeing And a few more here in your signature now: Umeclidinium, 25 mcg. Vilanteral. I don't even know what these 2 are, and just don't have time right now to look them all up for you. You must have an arsenal of drugs at your disposal. That's not always the best. I may have missed a few. Have you tried 1/2 of a Gravol, instead of a whole one? I know it's really tough right now, but in my own experience I have found that sometimes less IS more. Very difficult to know what might be related to what, with these constant shifts and changes in your over the counter and prescription medication usages. Do travel on over to symptoms and self care and read with an eye towards, how other members have used non-drug coping. I'm finding a few more different topics that might apply or help: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/3270-shortness-of-breath-and-other-breathing-issues/ https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16067-digestive-problems-nausea-diarrhoea-bloating-gerd/ And then work, work, work on the just plain anxiety, OCD tendencies now, with all that you've got. Just pick a few new techniques to try from the indexed list in the first post here: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1112-non-drug-techniques-to-cope-with-emotional-symptoms/ I'm so sorry I don't have time to just lay out a specific coping skill for you to try right now. Maybe another member has some good ideas for today. I just know it's real hard right now for you Pens. (((((Pens))))) Best, and L, P, H, and G, mmt
  19. This is it! I still have short moments of despair such as when I woke up with akathisia this morning, but they don’t last as long. I don’t have SI. I am so sick of this coming Back!! Yet, I’m going to do what I want to do today. I don’t feel that I need to hide all day. @Elyssa143
  20. That’s great. It’s hard to just do a 180..... little bit each day, in a short time you will be improved so much.
  21. I struggle to be consistent with the nutritional aspect. I’ll be good a couple days then go back to old ways. It’s definitely something to work on
  22. I read that a study found Cannabis at low doses decreases Cortisol and Stress. I've known little and heavy users of Cannabis and I think it is true. I found the info from an article titled "Cannabis does relieve stress, but only at low doses".
  23. These drugs wreak havoc on the GI tract. About 8 years ago I came down with a 2 week bout of Erythema Multiforme.... doctors had no idea what caused. I now know about going through all the WD it was caused by the medication and the destruction it caused on my intestines. In my case if I did not change my nutrition to heal my gut my I would still be on my AD.
  24. manymoretodays

    Andi: introducing myself

    I'm including this as well for your perusal: Tips for tapering off Celexa Citalopram does come in a liquid(10mg/5mL or 2 mg/mL). You would then need to measure out 0.25 mL to get a 0.5 mg dosage. Hope this helps Andi. Keep us updated and ask any questions that arise. L, P, H, and G, mmt
  25. Also, i have skin issues too and have always wondered how the meds affect this. Acne like a 18 year old at 30 isn’t very fun haha
  26. Further update Sunday 19 January 16.20. Two days of sheer hell. Sleep ok, despite stopping sedative. Wake with usual mental angst, confusion and agitation, but can cope with that. What I hate is the waiting for the next inevitable, unbearable return of the “other psychological symptoms”. This is depressive, restlessness and and anhedonia type combo. Comes on about 10am and then remains for the rest of the day. The waiting is almost as bad as the actual sensations. Wish I could bottle them and share them around. Trying v hard to “tolerate the anxiety that comes from not doing the obsession” etc. The problem is the anxiety is the least of my problems at the moment. Thank you again.
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