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So.. if you could name your top 5 strongest most prevalent symptoms that have ruled or are ruling your life during withdrawal what would they be?

 

I thought this was just an interesting idea to see what is most common for people and how we can approach them in such different ways.

 

It’s been 8 months since my last dose after fast taper and it’s just a constant change, when you’ve learned how to cope with symptoms, they transform and morph into different things, so for that reason you can never quite get your Bearings, even though you have been making progress all the while.

 

but more to the point we all have those few symptoms that have towered above the rest, for me personally:

 

DP/DR

Brain Zaps

OCD Thoughts / Rituals 

Anhedonia

Mood Swings

 

This period in my life has been hell on earth, and a chapter I am SO READY to close, as many of you will relate, but I know now that it will come to an end, I can now see the crazy overall improvement and I want to thank everyone here for keeping me sane with your stories of struggle and success, you are all amazing!

 

I probably won’t return now until I’m ready to write my pretty lengthy success story, I know it’s coming and it will for you too!
 

Hang in there and be kind to yourself,

 

also some tips for managing the above residual symptoms would be great if you’ve overcome those specific things yourself! 
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, 2021, A year for Healing❤️

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6.5 Years on Antidepressants

 

50mg Sertraline (Zoloft) | November 2013 -  March 2019

20mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) | March 2019 - April 2020

 

Fast Taper, skipping days | over 3-4 weeks, Final Dose April 14th

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Severe Anxiety

Constant feeling of Panic/Avoidance of everything (not wanting to leave house for fear of panic attacks)

Constant Crying

Depression/Hopelessness

Suicidal ideation

 

I can handle the physical stuff. The mental is the hardest for me. I feel so trapped and blame myself for a lot of the above because anxiety was there before I got on AD but this is intense. I've been off of my last dose for almost 4 months. I actually had my first window yesterday for about a half hour. I promised myself when it went away I would not panic. I have not succeeded at that so much.   

Paxil  2000 - 2002  Tried unsuccessfully to discontinue

2002 - 2010 A series of trial and error, Wellbutrin, Effexor and unsuccessful attempts to discontinue.  

2010 - 2017 Lexapro With several unsuccessful attempts to withdraw 

2012 - 2017 Lamictal Successfully withdrew Lamictal no problem

2017 - 2020 Switched to 40mg. Prozac to prepare try another Withdrawal. 

2020 - On 15mg Remeron for a few months during withdrawal

Completely off of Antidepressants since Sept. 2020

Klonipin as needed throughout the process. .25 mostly, some .5, some .125,  2 to 12 times per mo.

 

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4 months is still super early and great to hear you getting windows, things will improve! I know I needed someone tell me that when I was at my absolute worst, it’s just frightening what these medications can do.

 

you are very right tho, throw any physical symptom my way and I’ll deal with it, but nothing physical compares to the mental torment experienced in withdrawal!

 

find yourself some good distractions, something creative maybe, it’s hard to accept you won’t function or get much done for a while, I guess it just has to happen though, and trying to prepare for another wave is almost impossible, it takes you deep time and time again.

 

soon the windows will become so much longer,

 

sending a hug out into the universe for you, I hope you get it and know you’re gonna be ok❤️

6.5 Years on Antidepressants

 

50mg Sertraline (Zoloft) | November 2013 -  March 2019

20mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) | March 2019 - April 2020

 

Fast Taper, skipping days | over 3-4 weeks, Final Dose April 14th

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Severe Anxiety (much worse than before meds)

insomnia

Nausea

intrusive Thoughts

Muscle Aches

 

Med History - 2014 - 2020 - Zoloft, Effexor, Klonopin, Lexapro, Buspar (No longer on any of these)

Went to my doctor for an annual and mentioned I was stressed, gave me Zoloft, stopped it after 3 months because it didn't do anything, ended up in withdrawal and was told I had a mental illness.  I've been diagnosed Bipolar and Clinically Depressed.  

Current Med Taper 

Lamotrigine - 25mg (May 21') -> 24mg (May 23') -> 23mg (July 23') -> 22mg (Aug 23') -> 21mg (Oct 23') -> 20mg (Dec 23')

Supplement: Magnesium, Fish Oil

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Severe Anxiety (much worse than before meds)

insomnia

Nausea

intrusive Thoughts

Muscle Aches

 

I feel that proves the point of withdrawal! Like your intensified anxiety, I never had OCD symptoms on or before being on medication! 
 

look at it like a temporary mental illness because essentially that is what it is, what have you done to help those symptoms, lord knows intrusive thoughts are one of most exhausting and upsetting thing a person can experience, 

 

I hope you’re able to see general improvement and more to come

6.5 Years on Antidepressants

 

50mg Sertraline (Zoloft) | November 2013 -  March 2019

20mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) | March 2019 - April 2020

 

Fast Taper, skipping days | over 3-4 weeks, Final Dose April 14th

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Thank you Sophiaaa, I needed some encouragement today. 💛

Paxil  2000 - 2002  Tried unsuccessfully to discontinue

2002 - 2010 A series of trial and error, Wellbutrin, Effexor and unsuccessful attempts to discontinue.  

2010 - 2017 Lexapro With several unsuccessful attempts to withdraw 

2012 - 2017 Lamictal Successfully withdrew Lamictal no problem

2017 - 2020 Switched to 40mg. Prozac to prepare try another Withdrawal. 

2020 - On 15mg Remeron for a few months during withdrawal

Completely off of Antidepressants since Sept. 2020

Klonipin as needed throughout the process. .25 mostly, some .5, some .125,  2 to 12 times per mo.

 

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Oh man, I try CBT but the intrusive thoughts are too much to bear.  Sometimes I cry, sometimes I get mad, sometimes I meditate.

 

I practiced CBT for years even before meds so I got pretty good.  Now it feels like I’m intrusive thoughts on steroids.  CBT is no match.

 

 

Med History - 2014 - 2020 - Zoloft, Effexor, Klonopin, Lexapro, Buspar (No longer on any of these)

Went to my doctor for an annual and mentioned I was stressed, gave me Zoloft, stopped it after 3 months because it didn't do anything, ended up in withdrawal and was told I had a mental illness.  I've been diagnosed Bipolar and Clinically Depressed.  

Current Med Taper 

Lamotrigine - 25mg (May 21') -> 24mg (May 23') -> 23mg (July 23') -> 22mg (Aug 23') -> 21mg (Oct 23') -> 20mg (Dec 23')

Supplement: Magnesium, Fish Oil

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I feel that way too about the anxiety. I could go about my day and function well enough before the withdrawal and use coping mechanisms including cbt. Now in the middle of this there is a wall of fear that is so huge and My coping skills are no match. It's like I'm frozen and have given up. I feel like I'm waiting for it to get easier and maybe it will. The success stories say it will. I hope it's true!!!!

Paxil  2000 - 2002  Tried unsuccessfully to discontinue

2002 - 2010 A series of trial and error, Wellbutrin, Effexor and unsuccessful attempts to discontinue.  

2010 - 2017 Lexapro With several unsuccessful attempts to withdraw 

2012 - 2017 Lamictal Successfully withdrew Lamictal no problem

2017 - 2020 Switched to 40mg. Prozac to prepare try another Withdrawal. 

2020 - On 15mg Remeron for a few months during withdrawal

Completely off of Antidepressants since Sept. 2020

Klonipin as needed throughout the process. .25 mostly, some .5, some .125,  2 to 12 times per mo.

 

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Now that I think about it during my taper down and soonafter I had constant intrusive memories of all sorts of moments in my life and they would repeat themselves all day long. Sort of dejavou. That has actually stopped for the most part. So hopefully yours will subside in time. It's the first thing I have had to offer in terms of encouragement since joining this site. 

Paxil  2000 - 2002  Tried unsuccessfully to discontinue

2002 - 2010 A series of trial and error, Wellbutrin, Effexor and unsuccessful attempts to discontinue.  

2010 - 2017 Lexapro With several unsuccessful attempts to withdraw 

2012 - 2017 Lamictal Successfully withdrew Lamictal no problem

2017 - 2020 Switched to 40mg. Prozac to prepare try another Withdrawal. 

2020 - On 15mg Remeron for a few months during withdrawal

Completely off of Antidepressants since Sept. 2020

Klonipin as needed throughout the process. .25 mostly, some .5, some .125,  2 to 12 times per mo.

 

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Rumination and Obsessive thoughts especially over memories, isn’t fun! I’m so glad that has subsided for you😊

6.5 Years on Antidepressants

 

50mg Sertraline (Zoloft) | November 2013 -  March 2019

20mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) | March 2019 - April 2020

 

Fast Taper, skipping days | over 3-4 weeks, Final Dose April 14th

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ONE and only symptom---extreme IBS like GI issues, explosive diarrhea last 4 months. I have never had GI symptoms. Always so healthy. I feel this will never end. Im stuck at 5mg zoloft. Slow taper last 2+ years from 50mg.

💮Zoloft 50mg September 2015  💮Alcohol-free October 2017 💮 September 2018 begin micro-taper-->weekly micro drops liquid      💮April 2019 25mg HELD FOR ONE YEAR before weekly micro drops 💮April 2020 12.5mg 💮August 8mg 💮October 6mg  💮December 5mg 💮April 2mg 💮May 1mg 💮June 0.5mg  💮July 4, 2021 Jump OFF 💯

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Physical:

1. Nausea

2. Extreme insomnia (3-4 hrs/day)

3. Brain fog/ forgetting words

4. Brain zaps for a short period of time (1 month)

5. Paresthesias

6. Dizziness (occasional)

 

 

Psychological:

1. Wake up terrors

2. Extreme OCD

3. Personality changes 

4. Constant feelings of disgust

5. Derealization (mild form)

6. Anger spirals

7. Constant mood changes

8. Strange feeling of nostalgia and sadness (hard to explain outside of WD, someone here had coined the term distalgia... Very descriptive)

 

Most got better on a one year hold but I need to start cutting again and am terrified.

 

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"Nothing so small as a moment is insurmountable, and moments are all that we have. You have survived every trial and tribulation that life has thrown at you up until this very instant. When future troubles come—and they will come—a version of you will be born into that moment that can conquer them, too." - Kevin Koenig 

 

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information and recommendations provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

In the next few weeks I do not have a lot of capacity to respond to questions. If you need a quick answer pls tag or ask other moderators who may want to be tagged. 

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week (off by 4/14/19- no tapering)

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59, 12/15/2022 - 0.48, 2/15/22 - 0.43, 25/07/23 - 0.25 (mistake), 6/08/23 - 0.33mg

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

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My worst WD symptom started in 2013 when my dr told me to stop taking an SSRI due to intense body/muscle pain and switched me to a different one.  I had no WD side effects until  3 mo later. That's when the "horribles" began and they lasted for 2 solid years and then just disappeared. I had intense self guilt about every thing and every thought I had had ever experienced.  I was consumed with doom and dread. I couldn't get away from the thoughts. That time period still haunts me. 

 

This go around of WD my worst long term symptom is anger. Over 9 mo and going. Especially toward my husband. There is nothing he can do that doesn't completely irritate me. He must be going through hell. I am trying though. Trying to be polite when I really just want to scream. The first few months I screamed. I am getting better.

Paxil  07/1997 - 10/1998 Quit CT  

Neurontin, topamax, trazadone,  ssri AD (don't remember which one) 12/1998 - 06/1999 CT everything

Eflexor Xanax  04/2000 -08/2000 CT  ***01/2008-05/2013 on/off lexapro, lamictalseroquelsaphris, pristiq  Start/Stop CT at intervals 

Zoloft 200 mg 07/2013  WD 04/3/20 - 04/8/20 Quit

Seroquel 800 mg 07/2013 2013 *400 mg 07/2019  *** WD 04/15/2020 - 06/19/20 Quit

Ambien 10 mg 07/2013  WD 5 mg 04/29/2020, 2.5 mg 12/24/20, 1.66 mg 01/21/2021, 1.25 mg 02/16/2021 *** 02/22/2021 Quit

Xanax  2 mg prn 07/2013 - 04/23/20 Quit CT

Lamictal 150 mg 07/2013 WD 05/06/20 -06/11/2020 Quit

Propranolol 03/21/2020 - 04/20/2020 Quit CT

Hydroxyzine  12/14/2020 - 12/27/20 Quit

Allegra 24 hr 01/11/21 Flonase Nasal Spray 01/11/21

Magnesium Glycinate 100mg x3 daily D3 5000iu daily 

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My strongest symptom is dizziness. I’ve had it for 14 months everyday. I also have sensitivity to sound, especially low sounds like a car engine. I also have stomach problems, heartburn and nausea. I have severe constipation. And suicidal ideation. 
1. dizziness (worst)

2. Heartburn & nausea 

3. Sensitivity to sound 

4. Constipation 

5. Suicidal ideation (not so often) 

Prozac 1992 20 mg

Dec. 2018 Prozac tapered at 10% every 4 weeks
November 15 2019 I was at 10 mg Prozac

withdrawls started. Extreme dizziness, sensitivity to noise, nausea, heartburn.
Holding at 10 mg.

Feb. 2021 still holding at 10 mg. Dizziness, sensitivity to noise, nausea, heartburn.

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Physical:

1. Internal akathisia, feeling too agitated

2. Internal vibrations/tremor

3. Dizziness

4. Feeling like body stuck in flight or fight

5. Muscle tension 

6. Uncomfortable RLS type of inner itching sensations inside my legs

 

 

Psychological:

1. Night terrors

2. Derealization

3. Fear of these symptoms not ever stopping and healing

4. I also feel those strange feelings of nostalgia and sadness and I go through every day same thoughts : Has this really happened, I cant believe my life is like this. Missing the old times when things werent like this and constantly thinking about old times.

5. Mood swings. Get hopeful again when symptoms a bit better and then they come back full force, I have difficulties to deal with it. 

6. Racing thoughts

 

2005-2009 Lexapro 10-20mg & Remeron 7,5mg: cold turkey

2010 tried Venlafaxine (month),

2011-2012 Seroquel 25mg (few months)

2014 6 days Cipro(antibiotics) adverse reaction

2011-2015 Lexapro 10-20mg (tapered off during 4 months) 

2015-2016 (all these drugs during 9 months during SSRI wd,did not tolerate most of them ) : tried Remeron, Temazepam. Reinstatement of Lexapro 3 months after stopping it: fail. Akathisia, insomnia. Zyprexa10mg, Sodium Valproate, Temazepam(20mg), Oxazepam 30-45 mgs. Switching meds: Seroquel 50-100mg, Oxazepam  30-45mg , Temazepam 20mg. Then back to Zyprexa 10mg, Temazepam20mg, doctor took me off Oxazepam fast. Then Zyprexa 20mg, Temazepam 20mg, melatonin10mg ( sometimes very rarely Valium 10 mg.) Zyprexa: cold turkey because 20 mg Zyprexa made akathisia intolerable after every dose. After it insomnia, 24/7 akathisia, adverse reactions to supplements.

2016 spring daily  Valium 15mg (for akathisia)>0mg (used for 4 months and during that time slowly tapered off), tried Betablockers (shortly), Temazepam 40 mg > 25 mg (tapered in 3 months)

2016 summer Temazepam 25 mg > 20 mg, melatonin 2,5 mg

2016 november Melatonin 0,5 mg, Temazepam 20 mg.  Started tapering again.

2024 May 1,8 mg  Temazepam Supplements: Probiotics, magnesium oil occasionally, vitamin E occasionally, melatonin 0,5 mg

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Physical-

Dizziness

Fatigue

Constipation

Muscle pain

Eustachian tube dysfunction

Insomnia (sometimes days at time, and then it will go away for a couple of weeks)

 

Psychological-

Extreme memory impairment

anhedonia

suicidal ideation

depression

anxiety (particularly health anxiety)

DP/DR

 

44 months out :(

 

 

  1. Started Wellbutrin 75 mg IR the end of 2015.
  2. Tried quitting cold turkey in June 30th- July 3rd 2017.
  3. Had severe withdrawals.
  4. Was placed on Wellbutrin 100mg SR so I could taper without withdrawal.
  5. Stabilized on 100mg SR for most of the month of July.
  6. Started tapering on July 17th,  2017.
  7. Completed taper on August 8th, 2017.
  8. Currently experiencing severe withdrawal.
  • Symptoms- Currently experiencing anhedonia, depersonalization/derealization, concentration/memory issues, chronic congestion, chronic dry eyes, dry skin, dislocated TMJ joint from teeth grinding during C/T withdrawal, waves of depression, anxiety, nausea, morning cortisol spikes, insomnia, agitation, food sensitivities, no tolerance for caffeine and chronic fatigue, burning muscle pain in upper and lower back and occasional tinninitus.
  • Supplements- Omega-3 fish oil supplement twice daily, 100 mg of magnesium once daily. 
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Dizziness

Temperature Deregulation

Insomnia

Burning Feet

Brain Fog

Mirtazapine 15mg - Start: June 2018 - Began Tapering by Skipping Pills March 2019 - CT April 29th 2019 - Restart May 8th 2019

 

Began Tapering Properly on November 27th 2019

 

2.64 December 3 2022

2.58 January 4 2023

2.52 January 21 2023

2.46 January 28 2023

2.4 February 4 2023

2.34 February 2023

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Please understand what you mean by this (WD)

I don't speak English fluently but I speak to you with google translator

2005-2006:Diversity in taking medications
 2006-2019 Seroxat 20 mg
 2020-2021 Cipralex 15 mg
 Mar 2021 it has decreased from 15 mg to 12.5 mg/Aug 2021 9mg/Sep 12, 2021 8mg/Oct 12, 2021 7mg / Nov 12, 2021 6mg / Dec 12, 2021 5mg / Jan 12, 2022 4.5mg /Feb 12, 2022 4mg/Mar-Apr 3.5mg/May 3mg The beginning of severe withdrawal

/sep 23, 2022 2.5mg

On March 19, 2023, I ended up in the emergency room, with severe palpitations, panic, and severe mental and physical fatigue, then I went back to a dose of 20 milligrams of Seroxat to this day.

 

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For me it’s been: 

- nausea (which is real torture bc I have emetophobia)

- dizziness/lightheadedness 

- fatigue  

- intrusive thoughts 

- not a symptom necessarily, but just having to cancel things or rest when I’d rather to go for a bike ride or have to try explaining to others why I feel like sh*t all the time 

 

I just feel robbed of my life because of the process. It’s so disheartening. I appreciate this community because we all understand each other’s pains. 

 

2013-2015: paroxetine, with brief switch to sertraline, and brief combo with bupropion  • 2015: got off all antidepressant meds for approx 9-12 months, felt great 2015: fluoxetine, bad side effects, quit after two weeks 2015: escitalopram 15mg/day Summer 2019: attempted fast taper off escitalopram, reinstated to 15mg/day dose after six weeks • October 16, 2020: begin taper off escitalopram at rate of 1mg per 1 week (sometimes per 2 weeks) using 1mg/ml liquid from pharmacy • Jan 22, 2021: down to 3mg and holding due to worsening of WD symptoms • Feb 4, 2021: updose to 4mg holding • Feb 2021: tapering at 10% every 28 days Jul 2021: begin using microtaper of 2.5% per week Feb 2022: down to 1.43mg and experiencing worsening WD symptoms, updose to 1.45mg and holding • Mar 2022: resume microtaper schedule, lowest dose: 1.34 mg • Mar 2022: extended hold at 1.36 mg •Jul 2022: resume 10% taper • Apr 2-Jun 21, 2023 extended hold at 0.5mg • Jun 9, 2023 massive life stress situation triggered WD wave, Jun 15-16 took 5mg dose, Jun 17-21 back to 0.5mg dose • Jun 22 small updose to 0.58mg • Jul 1-2 tried 2.5mg, suffered adverse affects (anxiety, can’t eat, palpitations, electric jolts in chest) • Jul 1, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024 long hold at 1mg, slowly stabilizing after crash • Jan 4 resume taper  0.98mg - Jan 11 0.95mg - Jan 18 0.92mg - Jan 25 0.90mg -  May 13 0.81mg

 

Supplements: vitamin D3 with K2, vitamin C, iron, magnesium glycinate, EPA/DHA essentials fish oil, melatonin(as needed)

Other prescription meds: levothyroxine 75 mcg (for hypothyroidism), lorazepam 0.25 to 0.5mg (as needed, which is almost never), zofran 2 to 4mg (as needed) 

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@Mutfael  I don't know if anyone has explained to you yet that WD means Withdrawal.  They are looking for your withdrawal symptoms

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/24894-greatful-is-this-withdrawal-or-to-many-med-changes-at-once/

1995? Prozac,  tried several Paxil, Serzone, St John's Wart back to Prozac and Trazodone ct:d Traz

 Lexapro. Tried to stop Crash in 2015  Kindled   Hospitalized, Vybrid, Seroquel, Effexor, Abilify  Pristiq, Wellbutrin-- 2016  ended back on   Prozac and Lamictal 200mg

5/2020  thru 12/2020 taper from 20mg  Prozac  down to 3mg.  Crashed  12/13/2020 Zoloft 50mg 1/29ct  1/29/2021 Seroquel 50mg ct  2/12/2021 Wellbutrin 75mg.  Became hypo manic 2/1  6ct Trazodone 50mg 4/25  25mg 2/5/ 2021 Lamictal 150mg.  2/24  100mg   4/9  75mg   4/21 37.5 

2/16/2021 Seroquel 50xr  3/3 100mg  3/17  150mg  side effects ct   4/3 2021 Lexapro 5mg  4/14  7.5mg  4/30 10mg  5/10  7.5mg 

2021/ 5/16  5mg Lexapro   37.5 Lamictal   25mg trazadone,   xanax  .0625mg  3x a day   

Lexapro  Taper> Sept/01/2021  4.90mg>  Sept/25  4.75mg>   Oct/19 4.69mg > Nov/14 4.2mg    Jan/30/2022-- Split dosing 2x a day All liquid  4.2mg  (2.20mg at 8am & 2mg at 4pm) 2/17 4mg>  2/24  3.8mg  slow taper to  Aug/12/2022 2.04mg  2023> 2mg,  1.90mg, 1.80mg, 1.70mg, 1.5mg, 1.4mg, 1.3mg 1.2mg, 1.1mg, 1mg, 0.9mg, 0.8mg, 0.7mg 0.65mg, 0.6mg, 0.55mg, 0.5mg, 0.45mg, 0.4mg, 0.35mg, 0.3mg, 0.25,mg, back to once a day dosing 0 .1mg, 0.07mg , 0.05mg 4/1/2024   0

Lamictal  taper  4/17/ 2022 25mg, 9/9/ 22 -20mg, 9/25/22- 15mg , 10/20/22-   0

 Trazodone..2023.>down to 14mg, 7mg, 6mg  July 2023   0

Xanax  0.0625 3 x a day,  2023>  0.042 3x a day

Supplements  Magnesium glycinate, Omega 3, D3, vitamin c , zinc, NAC 

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Physical

 My brain sensations are the worst.  Zaps, buzzing, numb, sometimes in a vice grip between my temples, tingling,  someone trying to shove a round peg through the top of my head right behind my forehead, sore spot (the sore spot move around to different spot on the brain.  These are a constant in one form or another.  Sometimes several at the same time.  Sometimes I think my brain could be plugged into a light socket.  I do get some relieve at over night.

The left side of my face will get numb and feel sore and my left eye will feel sore and under pressure

Muscle weakness in my arms and legs

Nausea

Dizziness

fatigue

very sensitive to noise and commotion

 

 

Emotional

Depression

Anxiety 

panic Fight or Flight

ocd (which is causing social anxiety)

Hard to think rational

 

 

 

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/24894-greatful-is-this-withdrawal-or-to-many-med-changes-at-once/

1995? Prozac,  tried several Paxil, Serzone, St John's Wart back to Prozac and Trazodone ct:d Traz

 Lexapro. Tried to stop Crash in 2015  Kindled   Hospitalized, Vybrid, Seroquel, Effexor, Abilify  Pristiq, Wellbutrin-- 2016  ended back on   Prozac and Lamictal 200mg

5/2020  thru 12/2020 taper from 20mg  Prozac  down to 3mg.  Crashed  12/13/2020 Zoloft 50mg 1/29ct  1/29/2021 Seroquel 50mg ct  2/12/2021 Wellbutrin 75mg.  Became hypo manic 2/1  6ct Trazodone 50mg 4/25  25mg 2/5/ 2021 Lamictal 150mg.  2/24  100mg   4/9  75mg   4/21 37.5 

2/16/2021 Seroquel 50xr  3/3 100mg  3/17  150mg  side effects ct   4/3 2021 Lexapro 5mg  4/14  7.5mg  4/30 10mg  5/10  7.5mg 

2021/ 5/16  5mg Lexapro   37.5 Lamictal   25mg trazadone,   xanax  .0625mg  3x a day   

Lexapro  Taper> Sept/01/2021  4.90mg>  Sept/25  4.75mg>   Oct/19 4.69mg > Nov/14 4.2mg    Jan/30/2022-- Split dosing 2x a day All liquid  4.2mg  (2.20mg at 8am & 2mg at 4pm) 2/17 4mg>  2/24  3.8mg  slow taper to  Aug/12/2022 2.04mg  2023> 2mg,  1.90mg, 1.80mg, 1.70mg, 1.5mg, 1.4mg, 1.3mg 1.2mg, 1.1mg, 1mg, 0.9mg, 0.8mg, 0.7mg 0.65mg, 0.6mg, 0.55mg, 0.5mg, 0.45mg, 0.4mg, 0.35mg, 0.3mg, 0.25,mg, back to once a day dosing 0 .1mg, 0.07mg , 0.05mg 4/1/2024   0

Lamictal  taper  4/17/ 2022 25mg, 9/9/ 22 -20mg, 9/25/22- 15mg , 10/20/22-   0

 Trazodone..2023.>down to 14mg, 7mg, 6mg  July 2023   0

Xanax  0.0625 3 x a day,  2023>  0.042 3x a day

Supplements  Magnesium glycinate, Omega 3, D3, vitamin c , zinc, NAC 

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On 3/4/2021 at 9:40 AM, Hellbutrin said:

Physical-

Dizziness

Fatigue

Constipation

Muscle pain

Eustachian tube dysfunction

Insomnia (sometimes days at time, and then it will go away for a couple of weeks)

 

Psychological-

Extreme memory impairment

anhedonia

suicidal ideation

depression

anxiety (particularly health anxiety)

DP/DR

 

44 months out :(

 

 

@hellbutrin I'm currently 4 months off of pristiq 50mg and experiencing tinnitus and feel on edge al the time like my nervous system is almost buzzing and shaking. How is tinnitus after 44 month off of Wellbutrin?

November 11th 2020 - Pristiq 50mg

November 25th 2020- Cold Turkey 

February 28th 2021- Pristiq 50mg 

March 25 2021 Cold Turkey 

Pristiq Caused Permanent tinnitus from brain damage. 

Constant severe tinnitus for 9 months straight.

All from taking pristiq for 24 days. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anhedonia

Hurts to eat and aversion to food.

Low stress tolerance
Low mood

Suicidal feeling (not currently but horrible symptom)

Current: Bupropion 450mg, Neurontin 800mg, Klonopin 0.5mg

History:

July 2020: started Cogentin 1mg, Lamictal 50mg, Zoloft 150mg, Zyprexa 5mg (+5mg as needed), Klonopin 0.5mg

November 2020: stopped all meds cold-turkey

February 2021: started Latuda 60mg, Lithium 300mg, Melatonin 5mg, Protonix 40mg, Topamax 25mg

2 weeks later: stopped Topamax, increased Lithium 900mg, started Klonopin 1mg, Lexapro 20mg, Neurontin 400mg

April 2021: started Bupropion 150mg, Revia ?mg

May 2021: stopped ReviaProtonixLexaproincreased Neurontin 800mg, started Celexa 10mg

August 2021: decreased Celexa 5mg (stopped Celexa 2 weeks later), increased Bupropion 300mg

September 2021: increased Latuda 80mg

October 2021: decreased Lithium 600mg for 4 daysLithium 300mg for 4 daysstopped LithiumLatuda

     increased Bupropion 450mg, started Remeron 15mg, decreased Remeron 7.5mg, stopped Remeron

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Extreme fatigue (usually the first symptom at the beginning of a wave)

Depression (severe depression and hopelessness)

Agitation and anxiety (constant and unable to calm down)

panic Fight or Flight (often most nights)

ocd (fears and suicidal thoughts)

Xanax 0,5mg 1999-2019 a Xanax 0,5mg paar korda kuus, vajadusel

Cymbalta 30mg 2012-25.04.2018 kitsenev 2-3 kuud,rasked sümptomid 1 nädal pärast viimast annust

Amitriptüliin 25mg 25.05.18-20.01.19 ,kitsenev 2-3 kuuga, unetus, paanika-ärevus, segasusseisund, iiveldus

Valdoxan 25mg 10.02.19-10.03.19, ei stabiliseerinud olukorda, Lorasepaam 10.02.19-20.02.19 vajadusel üleöö

Brintellix 5mg 10.03.19-30.06.19 ,ei stabiliseerinud olukorda, hirme, segasust ja unetust, olin haiglas 1 nädal

Olansapiin 5mg 01.03.19-02.08.19,unetuse leevendamiseks suureneb segasus, suureneb depressioon, tekib raske akatiisia Cymbalta 30mg 30.06.19-01.08.19,ei tööta enam, olukord ei stabiliseeru, jälle haiglas 2 nädalat

Levomepromasiin 5mg 03.08.19-20.12.19 aitas magada, kuid suurendas segadust ja depressiooni

Anafraniil 75mg03.08.19-15.12.19  15.12.19 , 35mg  17.05.20  , 27mg 01.01.21 16.07.21 oli päevane A19 mg 01.04.22 11mg 01.11.22 8,6mg, 01.11.23 6,5mg 01.01.24 5mg

 

 

 

                 

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Mine are 

physical 

severe burning of arms mouth and feet

over heating no control of temperature 

dry mouth constant thirst

inner shakes 

fatigue (really bad ) 

 

emotional

deep depression 

deep apathy 

crying spells 

suicidal idealations horrible feeling 

insomnia sleep only 2-3 hours 

strong feelings of the past 

overwhelming feeling of no hope 

65 months of all meds 

2001 to jan 2015 Effexor 150 mg 

jan 2015 15 mg mirtazapine 20 mg quetiapine 

feb 2015 quetiapine stopped 

feb 2015 30 mg of citalopram added 

feb 2015 mirtazapine increased to 30 mg 

july 2015 citalopram stopped 

sept 2015 200mg of pregabalin 

jan 2017 mirtazapine stopped

jan 2017 20 mg fluoxetine

march 2017 all meds stopped 

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On 1/1/2021 at 9:45 AM, Onmyway said:

Physical:

1. Nausea

2. Extreme insomnia (3-4 hrs/day)

3. Brain fog/ forgetting words

4. Brain zaps for a short period of time (1 month)

5. Paresthesias

6. Dizziness (occasional)

 

 

Psychological:

1. Wake up terrors

2. Extreme OCD

3. Personality changes 

4. Constant feelings of disgust

5. Derealization (mild form)

6. Anger spirals

7. Constant mood changes

8. Strange feeling of nostalgia and sadness (hard to explain outside of WD, someone here had coined the term distalgia... Very descriptive)

 

Most got better on a one year hold but I need to start cutting again and am terrified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the feeling of disgust for you? I have a feeling of disgust and nostalgia tied together, and this uncomfortable, icky, violating feeling when hearing certain music or thinking about certain people and it drives me made when I get into a wave of it! Even when I think about past good memories it comes with this feeling when I’m in a wave 

2000-2018 150-200mg Sertraline and Vyvanse

2018- vyvanse 60mg to 0 over 6mo. 200mg Sertraline to 150mg. 2019- 150mg Sertraline to 100mg. Early 2021- 100mg to 87.5, two weeks later 87.5 to 75mg, 1.25-4mg bromazepam PRN. Mid 2021 - Feb 2022 taper 2.5%-5% 75mg to 50mg. March 2022 bromazepam for 3 weeks. May 9th 2022 started Propranolol, 10mg in the morning and 10mg in the evening. July 2022- off propranolol Oct 2022- off birth control. Dec 2022- updose sertraline 100mg, benztropine 1mg and Ativan 1mg. March 2023- stop benztropine. May 2023 - ativan taper finished. May 2023 - updose Sertraline to 125mg added propranolol 40mg added Ativan 1mg. July 5- sertraline 112.5mg propranolol 60mg, quick 2 week Ativan taper. Current meds: propranolol 60mg, sertraline 106.25mg, Ativan .025mg, B6, CoQ10, Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

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On 1/24/2021 at 10:27 PM, Lucy1983 said:

This go around of WD my worst long term symptom is anger. Over 9 mo and going. Especially toward my husband. There is nothing he can do that doesn't completely irritate me. 

Anger (and irritability) is one of my main symptoms too and I am exactly like you towards my husband.

 

Anhedonia, emptiness, apathy

 

Deep Depression

 

Panic, doom and dread

 

DP/DR

 

Inner restlessness (akathesia?)

 

Cognitive fog

 

It's interesting how some people talk about nostalgia tinted with sadness. I've been getting this too. A yearning for our old lives before all this SSRI madness?

 

 

History of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of PTSD. 1998-1999 Venlafaxine 2006-2007 Prozac.2013-15 Sertraline 50mg. 2015 cross-tapered to citalopram 20mg. 2015-2021 Citalopram 20mg (brief increase to 30mg for 2/3 months in 2019. 01/2021 Dropped from 20mg to 10mg, back up to 20mg til June. 25/6/21 stopped CT. Started 50mg 5htp after a week without citalopram in the hope this would balance out my serotonin levels. After 3 days increased to 100mg 5htp. 11/7/21 Stopped 5htp with the intention of reinstating citalopram at 1mg. 16/7/21 Reinstated cit at 1mg. 2/8/21 Increased dose to 2mg. 28/11/21 10% reduction to 1.8mg.

8/12/21 2mg 6/1/22 1.8mg 10/2/22 1.6mg 13/5/22 1.5mg 4/6/22 1.55mg 4/7/22 1.4mg 4/8/22 1.25mg 1/11/22 1.1mg 3/3/23 1mg 18/4/23 0.9mg 2/6/23 0.8mg 4/10/23 0.7mg 11/11/23 jumped off @0.7mg started on 5htp 200mg -400mg, L-Theanine, and L-tyrosine 200mg. 25/11/23 came off 5-htp, l-tyrosine and l-Theanine. 24/12/23 went on 7.5mg mirtazapine. 27/12/23 stopped mirtazapine & reinstated citalopram @.35mg. 1/1/24 increased to 0.5mg. PTSD diagnosis October 2023. 11/11/23 started EMDR therapy for PTSD. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to taper off citalopram. Vegan, otherwise healthy lifestyle. Other medications; tapering off combined HRT. Other supplements; magnesium glycinate, vegan omega3. Completely OFF caffeine (since July 21). Finding it difficult to completely give up alcohol but haven’t had any since 25/12/23. Main symptoms; crushing depression, anhedonia/emotional anesthesia, irritability, rage, anxiety/fear, intrusive thoughts, cognitive fog, inability to focus, restlessness and some insomnia

 

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Hello Kat66. My anger has almost completely subsided. My husband and I divorced but have remained friendly/family. I am no longer angry with him, or anyone, but there are still many things that he does that I do not understand and he seems incapable of expressing and explaining himself.  

 

On the other things you mentioned, yes. I have all of them but... they have lessened greatly. My feelings of dread have almost completely subsided. I'm off my drugs over two years now.

 

I am starting to recognize my wave periods and able to name them as withdrawal. Thankfully the waves are no longer severe but still unsettling. It may be unusual but they come on with feelings of self doubt, not worthy/old/unattractive plus I also have this deep sexual drive. I don't know if others have this. I am single and I don't sleep around so it is an aggravating symptom.   

 

I sincerely hope you get better and I truly believe you will with time.

Paxil  07/1997 - 10/1998 Quit CT  

Neurontin, topamax, trazadone,  ssri AD (don't remember which one) 12/1998 - 06/1999 CT everything

Eflexor Xanax  04/2000 -08/2000 CT  ***01/2008-05/2013 on/off lexapro, lamictalseroquelsaphris, pristiq  Start/Stop CT at intervals 

Zoloft 200 mg 07/2013  WD 04/3/20 - 04/8/20 Quit

Seroquel 800 mg 07/2013 2013 *400 mg 07/2019  *** WD 04/15/2020 - 06/19/20 Quit

Ambien 10 mg 07/2013  WD 5 mg 04/29/2020, 2.5 mg 12/24/20, 1.66 mg 01/21/2021, 1.25 mg 02/16/2021 *** 02/22/2021 Quit

Xanax  2 mg prn 07/2013 - 04/23/20 Quit CT

Lamictal 150 mg 07/2013 WD 05/06/20 -06/11/2020 Quit

Propranolol 03/21/2020 - 04/20/2020 Quit CT

Hydroxyzine  12/14/2020 - 12/27/20 Quit

Allegra 24 hr 01/11/21 Flonase Nasal Spray 01/11/21

Magnesium Glycinate 100mg x3 daily D3 5000iu daily 

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-feeling off 

-feeling like these are my last days ( like i have a death wish) 

-thinking i have a terminal illness that i don't know of and I'm passing it off as wd 

-intrusive thoughts 

these symptoms come and go and when they aren't around im 95% my old self

 

 

18 months out from a adverse reaction (3 weeks of celexa) 

2021:  started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g; feb 26th 5mg; feb 27th 5mg; feb 28th 2021 cold turkey 

currently taking mag

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I have had the same WD symptoms as you are now having. Thankfully most of my symptoms are gone and the ones still occurring are far between. My problem now is that it takes me a few days to recognize that I am in a wave. Once I realize it I find it easier to cope.  Most of my days are bright and I am cheery. 

I am 26 mo out from taking my last med.

Paxil  07/1997 - 10/1998 Quit CT  

Neurontin, topamax, trazadone,  ssri AD (don't remember which one) 12/1998 - 06/1999 CT everything

Eflexor Xanax  04/2000 -08/2000 CT  ***01/2008-05/2013 on/off lexapro, lamictalseroquelsaphris, pristiq  Start/Stop CT at intervals 

Zoloft 200 mg 07/2013  WD 04/3/20 - 04/8/20 Quit

Seroquel 800 mg 07/2013 2013 *400 mg 07/2019  *** WD 04/15/2020 - 06/19/20 Quit

Ambien 10 mg 07/2013  WD 5 mg 04/29/2020, 2.5 mg 12/24/20, 1.66 mg 01/21/2021, 1.25 mg 02/16/2021 *** 02/22/2021 Quit

Xanax  2 mg prn 07/2013 - 04/23/20 Quit CT

Lamictal 150 mg 07/2013 WD 05/06/20 -06/11/2020 Quit

Propranolol 03/21/2020 - 04/20/2020 Quit CT

Hydroxyzine  12/14/2020 - 12/27/20 Quit

Allegra 24 hr 01/11/21 Flonase Nasal Spray 01/11/21

Magnesium Glycinate 100mg x3 daily D3 5000iu daily 

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@Lucy1983 i too have the unattractive /old/ not worthy thing going on too , i feel like wd has taken a toll on my looks and that i have lost my spunk and brightness 

2021:  started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g; feb 26th 5mg; feb 27th 5mg; feb 28th 2021 cold turkey 

currently taking mag

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@Phoenixmama the old/unworthy thing for my part is just WD rearing it's ugly head. I believe you will get your spunk and brightness back. When I feel that way I try to remember that we are all old to someone.  And, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. 

Paxil  07/1997 - 10/1998 Quit CT  

Neurontin, topamax, trazadone,  ssri AD (don't remember which one) 12/1998 - 06/1999 CT everything

Eflexor Xanax  04/2000 -08/2000 CT  ***01/2008-05/2013 on/off lexapro, lamictalseroquelsaphris, pristiq  Start/Stop CT at intervals 

Zoloft 200 mg 07/2013  WD 04/3/20 - 04/8/20 Quit

Seroquel 800 mg 07/2013 2013 *400 mg 07/2019  *** WD 04/15/2020 - 06/19/20 Quit

Ambien 10 mg 07/2013  WD 5 mg 04/29/2020, 2.5 mg 12/24/20, 1.66 mg 01/21/2021, 1.25 mg 02/16/2021 *** 02/22/2021 Quit

Xanax  2 mg prn 07/2013 - 04/23/20 Quit CT

Lamictal 150 mg 07/2013 WD 05/06/20 -06/11/2020 Quit

Propranolol 03/21/2020 - 04/20/2020 Quit CT

Hydroxyzine  12/14/2020 - 12/27/20 Quit

Allegra 24 hr 01/11/21 Flonase Nasal Spray 01/11/21

Magnesium Glycinate 100mg x3 daily D3 5000iu daily 

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