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I've been on antidepressants (mostly SSRI) for years.  Last two years have struggled with what is called "burning mouth syndrome" aka "BMS"  which came on suddenly after a hip replacement surgery.  Nothing but a runaround trying to get this diagnosed and treated.  It turns out when I tried to go off Celexa recently, the BMS disappeared.  So, for me, burning mouth syndrome is a result of SSRI.  Dr. gave me Levoxyl in place of Celexa and within two days of taking Levoxyl the BMS returned with a vengence.  Initial reason to go off Celexa was because 2011 FDA report that Celexa can cause fast heart rate and premature ventricular cardiomyopathy (aka palpitations, or PVCs) which I have experienced - tachycardia with ER visits to stop 200 bpm, and chronic palpitations.  I recently had heart ablation to try to stop the PVCs.  Within the last month I have lowered the dose of the Celexa to 10 mg from 40mg and one week ago switched to Levoxyl per Dr.  Stopped Levoxyl several days ago(after only a couple days on it) due to burning mouth again, and am attempting to try 5 HTP.   I am, right now, struggling with the withdrawal and am feeling lost in this.  I have no family to confide in and don't know how to proceed or go back to smaller dose of Levoxyl but suffer burning mouth with it or with Celexa.   I really was hoping 5 htp would be an alternative.  I need the connection with a support group.  Not sure what to do now.  

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Welcome to SA.

I am sorry to hear you are having such a hard time.

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Unfortunately, like all of us on here you found out the hard way that doctors and psychs know nothing about Antidpressant Withdrawal (A/D W/D ).

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Escitalopram 10mgs from mid 2007 ( can't remember exact date) to 11th Dec 2018

Fentanyl patches ( don't remember dose ) from Nov 2014 to 11 Dec 2018

Quit both cold turkey Dec 2018

Reinstated 3rd March 2019 2.5 mgs.

Updosed  8March to 5mgs and holding

25/11/19 Started taper 4.5mgs and holding

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner

If you are going through Hell, keep going. NCIS series 15, David MaCallum:rolleyes:

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