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Problems eating when in withdrawal


ThatOneGirlStitch

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Can't stand the smell of food and of course painful digestion. Mostly Im trying to figure out how to get things down in my stomach and get them to stay down. 
Has anyone manage to find away around this? 

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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This just started happening. I can't eat much without wanting to gag and everything tastes unpleasant. Anyone else? 

Riseridone (dose unknown) 2010 (no approximate end, short-term use), Aspergers. Tapered. Fluxoetine 10mg 13/14. Direct switch to -- Citalopram 2014/14. Quetiapine 2014/14. 1 week. (Cold turkey, advised by NHS). 

Risperidone, 20th March 2016, cold turkey April 10th, 2016 Zoloft, April, 2016, 25mg, increased to 50mg in May, increased to 100mg in late 2016, decreased to 50mg, September 2019(Accidentally)weaned myself off. Reinstated Zoloft 50mg for 3 days - March 23rd to 26th. Early 2021 (changed brand of Zoloft. Tapered down. Med free since 11th February. Waiting to see if any windows happen). Supplements (occasionally l theanine 300mg, trialing CBD) Took a small light dab of powder, barely a compound. Deciding to wait and see what happens afterwards, not wanting to reinstate now. 

 

Took a small dose of L-Theanine (under 20mg). Negative reaction included: sweating, mania, head pressure, head tingling, worse insomnia. Not touching anything ever again. 

 

Anhedonic since March 2020!

Using a THC free edible on the 5th June ruined everything. Insomnia, no appetite, numbness, DP/DR.

 

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Has saliva changed in mouth?

Have any sinus drainage?
Developed dry mouth or dry sinuses?

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 merry go round
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 taper to 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 taper to 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  taper to 7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 taper to 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9 2022 5.4ml, 

Klonopin prn, Allegra 180 for 3 seasons, aspirin 81 mg, plavix , nitroglycerin 0.4 mg prn, 2k mg  turmeric Qunol, 4- Trader Joe’s omega 3 -2400 mg, Pepcid 20mg,  Prilosec 40 mg, Tylenol arthritis 4 tablets daily, 350mg calm magnesium citrate, melatonin 2.5- 5mg as needed to sleep. Saline spray as needed. 

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@Heath I'm far more dehydrated and keep wanting to drink tons of water, my mouth is drier too. 

Riseridone (dose unknown) 2010 (no approximate end, short-term use), Aspergers. Tapered. Fluxoetine 10mg 13/14. Direct switch to -- Citalopram 2014/14. Quetiapine 2014/14. 1 week. (Cold turkey, advised by NHS). 

Risperidone, 20th March 2016, cold turkey April 10th, 2016 Zoloft, April, 2016, 25mg, increased to 50mg in May, increased to 100mg in late 2016, decreased to 50mg, September 2019(Accidentally)weaned myself off. Reinstated Zoloft 50mg for 3 days - March 23rd to 26th. Early 2021 (changed brand of Zoloft. Tapered down. Med free since 11th February. Waiting to see if any windows happen). Supplements (occasionally l theanine 300mg, trialing CBD) Took a small light dab of powder, barely a compound. Deciding to wait and see what happens afterwards, not wanting to reinstate now. 

 

Took a small dose of L-Theanine (under 20mg). Negative reaction included: sweating, mania, head pressure, head tingling, worse insomnia. Not touching anything ever again. 

 

Anhedonic since March 2020!

Using a THC free edible on the 5th June ruined everything. Insomnia, no appetite, numbness, DP/DR.

 

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@00ColdTurkey

 Wd does cause dry mouth symptoms . And there are a lot of nerves endings in mouth. They are part of taste but also they feel and unfortunately these drugs affect every nerve in our body.
 

For me it comes and goes. Right now it doesn’t taste good, mouth is dry and burning. It does go away. And yes it feels like whole body is dried up. I also get dry sinuses and dry eyes. I lost a dental implant because of this poison. So drink lots of water and double the daily mouth care. 
 

there are other discussions here on burning mouth etc. and members too. Greatful experience this also. 
 

 

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 merry go round
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 taper to 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 taper to 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  taper to 7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 taper to 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9 2022 5.4ml, 

Klonopin prn, Allegra 180 for 3 seasons, aspirin 81 mg, plavix , nitroglycerin 0.4 mg prn, 2k mg  turmeric Qunol, 4- Trader Joe’s omega 3 -2400 mg, Pepcid 20mg,  Prilosec 40 mg, Tylenol arthritis 4 tablets daily, 350mg calm magnesium citrate, melatonin 2.5- 5mg as needed to sleep. Saline spray as needed. 

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Been struggling with a taste issue the past 3 months.Stuff just doesn't taste right and food i once enjoyed now tastes so bad I won't eat it....Yes it's a real pain in the *ss.😩

1996-2001 Zoloft 50mg to start increasing to 200mg 2001-cross taper switch to effexor to 225mg-2002-cross taper switch to Paxil to 80mg 2002-Lamotrigine titrated up to 200mg

Between 2002-2009 was briefly on Risperidal (2 days),Prozac 20mg 1 week,Cymbalta (1 week) Luvox (2 months) ending up on Zoloft again where I stayed on at 200mg....Welbutrin added for 2 days and discontinued.Pristique (2 days)

2009 ECT treatment while on 200mg Zoloft 2010-Cross Taper to Remeron started at 15mg titrating up to 60mg and stayed there for approx 3 years.

2014-Rapidly stopped Remeron over 2 week period

2014-Luxox started after approx 2 months off all meds and increased to 225mg.Anafranil added stopped after 3 days

Jan 2015 started 20mg Paxil/50mg Lamotrigine.Lamotrigine increased slowly to 250mg and Paxil increased to 40mg after 4 months(relapse) then to 60mg (relapse)

Stayed on 60mg Paxil and 250mg Lamotrigine until fast tapering approx 3 months ago.

Reinstated 10mg Paxil May 29 2022

Increased Paxil to 20mg June 11 2022

 

 

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On 6/10/2022 at 4:00 PM, 00ColdTurkey said:

This just started happening. I can't eat much without wanting to gag and everything tastes unpleasant. Anyone else? 

Have you overcame covid in the past? There are several friends and family of mine that had it last year and are still having issues with taste and smell.

 

It could very well just be withdrawal, but I just thought your situation sounded familiar. 

2008: March, Klonopin .5 mg to 1 mg

2009: Dec, CT Klonopin

2010: full year heavy alcohol use

2011: Jan - withdrawals start

2012: Apr- bad wave, start zoloft 50

2014 to 2020: Switch ADs

Sertraline 100mgs >Lexapro 20 mgs>Prozac 20 mgs >Lexapro 20

2021: Sertraline 25 mgs

2022: Mar. Cut dose down to 12.5

End of May, starting to crash physically/mentally.

 

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The gagging thing sometimes randomly happens to me when my fight flight response is kicked up a few notches. It is a known problem for those with anxiety.

 

https://www.healthcentral.com/article/anxietyinduced-gagging-why-it-happens-how-to-stop-it

 

Since much of withdrawal is fight or flight in hyperdrive which of course is anxiety this is probably another withdrawal symptom.

 

I have a theory as to why this happens. One of the exercises you can do to strengthen your vagus nerve and your parasympathetic calming response is to stimulate your gag reflex. Activating the gag reflex activates your vagus nerve and helps calm things down and I've noticed that after it happens I'm much calmer for a while. Since during withdrawal we are in sympathetic overload I theorize that having this happen means that your body is trying to balance out your nervous system and it stimulating your gag reflex to activate the vagus nerve and the calming response. If you're gagging after eating or even while thinking about food your body knows that you need the calming response for digestion. So it may be an uncomfortable dysfunctional way that your body is trying to calm things down so that you can digest your food as well as attempting to balance out your nervous system. Here's an article on Vagus nerve exercises that includes stimulating the gag response.

 

https://connorwellnessclinic.com/blog/4-vagus-exercises-to-help-heal-your-gut/

 

I actually see this particular symptom as a sign that the body is trying to heal by stimulating your vagus nerve to strengthen it and Balance things out. This of course is just a theory but based on these two articles and what I know so far it does make sense.

Current Psychiatric Medications

  1. Paxil 10mg daily (a.m.) 2017 - Present
  2. Carbamazepine IR  190 mg twice daily (380mg Daily) 2011 - Present (Currently Tapering)

Past Psychiatric Medications From 1994 to August 2021   Seroquel (in Recovery since August 2021 final dose 6.25mg), Depakote, Lithium, Risperidone, Xanax, Lamotrigene, Olanzapine, Lorazepam, Welbutrin, Trazodone, Oxazepam, Gabapentin, Abilify, Topiramate, Prazosin, Ambien (See Attached Spreadsheet And Seroquel Tapering And WIthdrawal Summary)

Current Non Psychiatric Medications Levothyroxine 88mcg (a.m.)-Vitamin D3 1000 IU (p.m.)-Fexofenadine 180 mg twice daily -Clonidine 0.1 mg (p.m.)-Azelastine Nasal Spray

Other - Fish Oil Twice Daily-Multi-Vitamin (a.m.)-Vitamin C 1000mg Daily (a.m.)-Saline Nasal Spray-Salsalate 750mg twice daily PRN, Diclofenac Gel on affected joint PRN-Magnesium Citrate 250mg twice daily, Betaine HCL & Digestine Enzymes With Meals

Quitting Seroquel_A Vacation In Hell_Redacted.pdf

Other Documents https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/26099-feralcatman-recovering-from-seroquel/?do=findComment&comment=633907

 

 

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