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Did anyone experience stiffness of tongue (expecially the tip) and tongue muscular tension while or after taking antipsychotic meds?

 

I took Risperdal for a month in august and since then I have these symptoms but I don't know if they are due to the drug or not.

Took Risperdal (4 mg for one week, 2 mg for some weeks and 3 mg for three days) from early August to early September 2016.

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Hi DIL. The movement disorder should resolve. It's good you were only on the neuroleptic for a short time. My tongue was never involved but other parts of my body were. I am almost resolved but for the jaw clenching. You movements seem mild. Hoping for the best for you.

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Hi IDK,

 

Interesting I saw your post as I had a severe numb/swollen tongue and whole head etc not able to speak clearly, kind of slurry.

I know it is caused by reaction to Lexapro I'm taking. It got better each time I drop dose but got back quickly so I had to cut fast.

 

Is there a pattern? Like more before or after dosing? Is it constant?

 

Hope it is self limited and goes away for you.

 

Lex

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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I have been tapering off quetiapine (Seroquel) for almost a year and am finally done. I did it very slowly but still had severe symptoms with each 10% reduction. The worst symptoms erupted after my last dose a few weeks ago. My tongue has been swollen/sore and seems to be worse after eating. The gastrointestinal symptoms are terrible. I am trying cope with the rest of my angry nervous system symptoms with acupuncture, walking, distraction, and some herbs given to me by my naturopath. The worst symptom has to be my tongue pain because it affects the way I talk, and it makes me very self-conscious. It also challenges my ability to persevere through this most difficult phase of my wd. I am very angry about the isolation I feel which is both self-imposed at the moment but also a result of my psych. telling me to do this taper but also not to come back until I was finished. No support from her. Also have not told my family because I am afraid they won't be supportive. How do you explain this to them when they have bought into the fear-mongering around compliance? Suffering alone and scared that all my symptoms will never disappear.

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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Hi Coffee60,

 

I'm sorry you suffered so much too.

I just took a look at your thread but don't see much there.

You said you are done with the taper. But your signature shows different info.

 

Can you share more of your meds history and when the tongue swollen started?

 

You are not alone. Thousands and thousands are suffering this moment from this tragedy.

 

Lex

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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Just updated my signature. I didn't keep detailed notes because I found it made me more focused on my symptoms which have been unbearable. My compounding pharmacist encouraged me to take the final leap to go to 0ml. I am doing acupuncture and taking some herbs given to me by a knowledgeable naturopath. I can't do much exercise because the nerves in my feet and lower back are tight/on fire. I really find if I can get distracted I do better. Some sleep issues but my ndoc says it's my liver detoxing. I wake up around 3 a.m., read a bit and so far have been able to go back to sleep. Just doing this without telling friends or family is stressful but I assume they would be more concerned about compliance as I used to be. I have learned that that was not in my best interest. Trying to look forward and not backward because the person who was a good patient does not exist anymore.  

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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The tongue started well before I spoke to my psych about side effects a year ago. I asked her about B12 because I had found that a deficiency can cause tingling in the feet and it affects the tongue. The doc dismissed it at the time but my ndoc has started to give me B12 shots and feels my level is way too low. With the damage caused by the meds and the low B12 my tongue is in bad shape. I am holding onto hope that things will improve.

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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Thanks for updating the signature!

So the tongue swollen started before you started tapering. And you are off all drugs now?

 

How long were you on the meds before tapering? Any changes in dosage before tapering?

 

I'm trying to see if the tongue issue was a side effects instead of WD symptom. If that's the case, being off the meds should provide full relief from it.

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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Oh, also, did B12 shot provide any relief of the tingling?

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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My doctor says my tongue is not swollen. I don't feel pain but only stiffness.

 

I think this should be a neurological problem. I just hope it isn't dystonia/dyskinesia or something like that. I'm planning to see a neurologist.

Took Risperdal (4 mg for one week, 2 mg for some weeks and 3 mg for three days) from early August to early September 2016.

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Hi IDK,

 

Interesting I saw your post as I had a severe numb/swollen tongue and whole head etc not able to speak clearly, kind of slurry.

I know it is caused by reaction to Lexapro I'm taking. It got better each time I drop dose but got back quickly so I had to cut fast.

 

Is there a pattern? Like more before or after dosing? Is it constant?

 

Hope it is self limited and goes away for you.

 

Lex

 

Hi Lex. Yes it is constant but the intensity changes: sometimes the stiffness is more severe, sometimes less. I don't know if it is related to the dosing considering I quit cold turkey one month ago.

Took Risperdal (4 mg for one week, 2 mg for some weeks and 3 mg for three days) from early August to early September 2016.

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I guess I was on quetiapine about 5 years. I had been on lithium but when my kidney function was found to be 50% I was switched. About 2 years ago I started to have severe constipation, tingling in my toes and feet, and just terrible gut issues. I had a nerve conduction test done on my feet, testing by gastroenterologist which led to a colonoscopy. All along my psych denied any relation to meds. All testing was fine. Some specialists did mention meds oh and I forgot my blood is messed up too. Finally a year ago my psych admitted the constipation might be related but kept repeating the mantra "but you're on such a small dose". She told me go off slowly but I did a search and found this site where I learned about 10% taper and that is what I did. At the end I had the help of a great compounding pharmacist who became my cheerleader and  my naturopath who has studied pharmaceuticals.

The tongue was bad before the taper but not as bad as now. Yes I did change dose from 150mg. to 75 mg. before taper. I hope your comment about the tongue improving proves to be correct. I am also having a lot of nerve issues, especially when I sit down and when I drive. My ndoc says it's the nerves at the sacrum being compressed and they are mad right now.

It was the hematologist who first mentioned the meds and that sent me straight to google.

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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B12 not helping yet. It's been 3 weeks.

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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CAFFEE60 - B12 is largely a stimulating supplement. It is unlikely to help involuntary movements.

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What about numbness and tingling? I have this in my feet and tongue. I don't expect miracles but was hoping for some relief.

Started tapering of quetiapine (Seroquel) Nov.30/15.  Stopped clonazepam a year ago. I am down to 56.25 mg. quetiapine. Tapered 10% and finally finished after using a compounded prescription for a month. Officially done Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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Hi IDK,

Interesting I saw your post as I had a severe numb/swollen tongue and whole head etc not able to speak clearly, kind of slurry.

I know it is caused by reaction to Lexapro I'm taking. It got better each time I drop dose but got back quickly so I had to cut fast.

Is there a pattern? Like more before or after dosing? Is it constant?

Hope it is self limited and goes away for you.

Lex

 

 

Hi Lex. Yes it is constant but the intensity changes: sometimes the stiffness is more severe, sometimes less. I don't know if it is related to the dosing considering I quit cold turkey one month ago.

Hi IDK,

It's must be awful that you have it constantly. Mine is not painful either, but hard to speak properly, like very slurry . If it started after you stopped the meds, then it should be clear it's from WD.

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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Thank you COFFEE60 for sharing your meds history and explaining your general situation!

It sounds the tongue swollen is also a WD symptom for you.

 

Giving everyone's experience, I feel it's quite clear that it's a WD symptom for all of us.

 

I only had it once last week. Now I know it must be from my recent fast taper. I have been holding since then and it never returned.

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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I experienced xerostomia on Xanax. It may not be harsh, I would say, but very awkward. From time to time I could also feel as if I had my throat swollen. I always thought it's due to stress, but I have to admit it stopped happening ever since I started tapering paroxetine (10% since October).

I don't want much with life. I want it leave me alone.

 

Medical history:

2005 - 2006 – diagnosis: OCD. Meds: sertraline (Setaloft), from 30 mg to 120 mg. Side effects: insomnia, anorexia (psychic inabillity to eat), obesity; some sleep medication (don't remember the name), side effects: halucination. 2007 – sertraline withdrawal by myself. Reducing the dose slowly (120 mg – 90 mg – 60 mg – 30 mg – 0 mg). Felt great for about a year. 2008 – diazepam, taking ocasionally if needed. 2010 – paroxetine (Seroxat, then: Parogen) for OCD. From 20 mg to 40 mg. Side effects: none. Piracetamum (Memotropil), side effects: general weakness. Withdrawal of piracetamum: after two years (none withdrawal syndrome). 2016 – attempt to withdraw paroxetine. Severe depression after month and a half. Insomnia, nervousness, loss of weight. Suicide thoughts. Returning to paroxetine in march. From 10 mg to 20 mg. Side effects: sudden suicide thoughts, serotonine syndrome, panic attacks. Other meds: Clonazepam 0,5 mg for three days (benzodiazepam), side effects: none; Alprazolamum (Xanax): from 0,25 mg to 0,5 mg; side effects: obstruction, acne, period stoppage. Withdraw after a month, side effects: one-day lasting histeria; Trazodonum (Trittico CR): from 75 mg to 25 mg. Side effects: somnolance. 2016, June – dropping the dose of paroxetine from 40 mg to 30 mg. Side effects: mood swings. Withdrawing Trazodonum from 25 mg to 0 mg. Side effects: wide mood swings and fretfulness for about a week; too rapid, don't recommend. Went back to 25 mg of trazodone and 40 mg of paroxetine. 2016, July - dropped trazodone by 10 %, went back to 25 mg after two weeks (cause: depresion). 2016, October - 10% paroxetine drop, leaving trazodone at 25 mg. 2016, November - second 10% paroxetine drop. 2017, October - 25 mg of paroxetine, 25 mg of trazodone. Boredom. Tired. No hope, no joy. For now.

Suplements: vitamins – C (600 mg), D3 (4500 IU), K2 (6400 IU), B15 (50 mg); hawaiian spirulina; fish collagen; fish oil (1 spoon); probiotic; magnesium (50 mg), selenium (200 mcg); flaxseed (1-2 spoons/day); minced milk thistle (1 spoon/day).

Diet: mostly vegan, gluten-free due to doctor's advice. Drinks: water, green tea, cistus incantus.

Books I recommendYour Body Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj; Hidden Therapies by Jerzy Zięba; Deadly Medicine and Organized Denial by Peter C. Gøtzsche; The Microbiom Solution by Robynne Chutkan; Urban Shaman and Mastering Your Hidden Self  by Serge Kahili King.

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  • 5 months later...

Did you feel like your whole head was like swollen and your tongue swollen too and stiffness in your jaw, uncontrolled movements of the tongue, plus most of the time dry mouth but sometimes saliva excess ???? Like you had your jaw and neck muscles activated all the time clenching your jaw and pulling your shoulders ? Do you feel dizzy and unstable walking ?? Plus, did you stutter when you spoke simple things and just hearing yourself like a total idiot unable to speak simple things like your brain do not reacting anymore ???

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At my worst period I was taking 3mg Risperdal, 5mg olanzapine...I took that combo for 6 days and but have otherwise been on 3mg Risperdal for 2 years, 1-2mg for 4 years before that.  My entire head is now completely numb (to all feelings) and literally feels numb (scalp especially).  It is physical torture and I am also quite braindead, I just stare at my computer.  Anyone else experience this from antipsychotics?  Is there a way out?

 

I first started becoming numb in 2014 and gradually lost all response to alcohol, and now after taking 3mg Risperdal 5mg olanzapine end of 2016 for 6 days, and also adding remeron I have had this physical numbness to boot.  I was taking fish oil and magnesium for a while but had to stop due to tinnitus.  It has been getting worse it seems and now it is almost unbearable.  Any help is much appreciated.

jan 2012: started 1 mg risperdal 50 mg zoloft | sep 2014: 2 mg risperdal 150 mg zoloft | jan 2016: 3 mg risperdal 200 mg zoloft | june - sept 2016: tapered to 1 mg risperdal 50 mg zoloft over 3 months.  reinstated 3 mg risperdal after insomnia.  still at 50 mg zoloft | oct 2016: went off zoloft | nov 2016: insomnia.  reinstated 3 mg risperdal, 200 mg zoloft, plus 15 mg remeron. | april 2017: 22.5 mg remeron.

 

dec 17 2019: 187.5 mg zoloft | dec 24 2019: 175 mg zoloft | apr 9 2020: 162.5 mg zoloft | may 11 2020: 150 mg zoloft | jan 7 2021: 137.5 mg zoloft | jan 27 2021: 125 mg zoloft | mar 10 2021: 112.5 mg zoloft | 5/26/21: 100 mg zoloft | 6/1/21: 112.5 mg zoloft | 7/29/22: missed whole dose zoloft | 2/3/23: 100 mg zoloft | 2/4/23: 112.5 mg zoloft

 

3/15/22: 20 mg remeron | 3/18/22: 22.5 mg remeron

 

current drugs: before bed - 3 mg risperdal, 22.5 mg remeron | morning - 112.5 mg zoloft

current supplements: before bed - 1 g NAC, 1 g lion's mane mushroom | morning - 1 g NAC, 7,500 mcg beta carotene

 

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Here is a question for everyone who has used anti-psychotics (especially athletes):  Have you experienced poor blood circulation after using anti-psychotics? please reply with your experience in decent detail.

 

I myself am an athlete and after i took risperdal, my blood circulation dramatically weakened, i was much less vascular and could barely experience a muscle pump after working out; I recovered from that side effect after a rough 14 months.

 

later i took abilify and the same exact thing happened, poor circulation, less vascular and of course fatigue in the gym. after bloodwork, the only thing that was abnormal was prolactin (it was high after risperdal and low after abilify).

In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 

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Good question. I'm certain there's something wrong with my blood circulation but don't know what the classic symptoms would be. All I know is that I'm just extremely weak and have a hard time even going for a short walk. I have no energy whatsoever. I always have an ice cold patch of skin somewhere on my body, too, that I attribute to a lack of blood circulation. Also, it seems that my body is just not getting the nutrients it needs to function the way it should--like my blood is not circulating properly.

 

The doctor prescribed abilify (5 mg) to boost the effexor I was put on. I took those for seven years with a couple other antidepressants. For six years prior to that I was on lexapro. When I asked to be taken off all of the drugs, the doctor cold turkeyed the abilify.

 

I have a list of symptoms a page and a half long that I experience daily--19.5 months now. Never have I thought that any of them were related to abilify use until now that I read your post.

 

Callie

 

 

 

 

Lexapro: 2004-2010; Effexor XR 225 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017

Abilify 5 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017; Buspirone 60 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Trazadone 100 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Xanax: as needed; Fast taper

 

 

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don't you get a relapse when you are off medication? I felt that i am generally getting better while off medication but suffer something like a relapse which i couldn't really tell if it is

risperidone 5mg on 17 december 2017

4mg from 15/1/2018

3mg from 23/1/2018

2 mg from 27/3/2018

fluoxetine 20mg started 15/12/2017,stopped 15/1/2018

1/1/2019 80 mg lurasidone

2/1/2019 40 mg lurasidone

3/1/2019 stopped

29/5/2019 20 mg lurasidone 

7/6/2019 10 mg lurasidone 27/6/2019 5 mg lurasidone 30/11/2019 2 mg lurasidone 30/12/2019 1.66 mg lurasidone

Taking 40mg lurasidone and its helping a lot, don't stop your antipsychotic if you suffer from psychotic symptoms

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I have the poor circulation problem and today I was getting a blood test done and the nurse was so baffled at how she struggled to get blood samples from me (had to use the butterfly). 

I cried on the way home. I could tell that the AD wrecked my heart, circulation and blood pressure even if I took it for such a short time.

Did anyone with poor circulation improve over time?

2nd of April 2020 - 7th of April 2020 Sertraline 50 mg (adverse reaction).

 

2nd of August 2020 Omega 3 fish oil 1000mg (currently on).

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@cleopatrai would also like to know, but it appears no one knows or has responded.

 

I have been experiencing this since my withdrawal.  Posture and drastic temperature changes brings them on, and I am more sensitive to minute changes ( air drafts, sunlight, fabric) then. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronic IBS since 1990

Former smoker (1992- Jun 2017)

Prescribed mirtazapine for sleep in Aug 2017 after IBS flare-up following Nicotine cessation.

Mirtazapine 7.5mg 8/17 to 5/18

Mirtazapine 3.75mg 5/18 to 1/19

Off Mirtazapine since 2/19.

Vit B, Vit D+K2 and Magnesium Glycinate as needed.

On Ayurvedic herbs for GI issues - Guduchi since Jul 2020, Indukantham since Oct 2020

On Ashwagandha 1g since Nov 2020

 

 

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