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46 minutes ago, Werewolves1986 said:

Just to check as well, last week I had multiple breakdowns where I was sobbing and rocking on the floor uncontrollably followed by rage nueroemotions. Is. this normal in WD? 

 

I had a similar experience during acute withdrawal. The rage was unbearable. It did get better with time. Now i'm irritable and I cry for almost nothing but it's nowhere as bad as it was a few months ago.

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Started effexor in 2011.

Stopped effexor in 2012 (fast tamper).

Got back on effexor in 2012.

Tried stopping effexor again in 2014 (I'm not sure?), fast tamper again.

Started effexor again in 2014.

Switched to Escitalopram in 2016 I believe

Stopped Escitalopram 10mg cold turkey on January 3 2024.

Reinstated Escitalopram 5mg on april 2 2024.

Down to 1mg on april 3 2024, 1.25mg on april 11 2024

 

 

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6 hours ago, Werewolves1986 said:

The emotional pain is unexplainable.  Just to check as well, last week I had multiple breakdowns where I was sobbing and rocking on the floor uncontrollably followed by rage nueroemotions. Is. this normal in WD? 

 

Yes, extreme emotions can be a part of withdrawal. 

 

Since you are already in therapy, it might be helpful to talk to your therapist about strategies geared towards addressing your emotions. Some members have found DBT to be helpful.

 

Pre- October 2022: Wellbutrin, Escitalopram, CitalopramSertraline, Adderall IR, Vyvanse, Propranolol, Buspar, Ativan, and Latuda

Oct 13, 2022 - Oct 24, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Zyprexa (2.5 mg). Jan 14, 2023 -> Began transition to liquid suspension. Jan 29, 2023 = 2.375mg -> Feb 12, 2023 = 2.25mg -> Feb 27, 2023 = 2.14mg -> Mar 12, 2023 = 2.025mg -> Mar 27, 2023 = 1.93mg -> Apr 10, 2023 = 1.82mg -> Apr 23, 2023 = 1.74mg -> May 7, 2023 = 1.64mg -> May 21, 2023 = 1.56mg -> June 4, 2023 = 1.48mg -> June 19, 2023 = 1.4mg -> July 2, 2023 = 1.33mg -> July 16, 2023 = 1.26mg -> July 31, 2023 = 1.2mg -> Aug 13, 2023 = 1.14mg -> Aug 27, 2023 = 1.08mg -> Sep 13, 2023 = 1.02mg -> Jan 22, 2024 = 0.97mg -> Feb 4, 2024 = 0.92mg -> Feb 19, 2024 = 0.87mg -> Mar 3, 2024 = 0.83mg -> Mar 17, 2024 = 0.78mg -> Mar 31, 2024 = 0.74mg -> Apr 14, 2024 = 0.7mg -> Apr 28, 2024 = 0.66mg -> May 12, 2024 = 0.63mg -> May 27, 2024 = 0.6mg -> June 9, 2024 = 0.57mg

Oct 14, 2022 - Present: Prozac (40mg) upped from 20mg on Nov 1, 2022.

Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Gabapentin (300mg 3x day) -> May 3, 2023 = 300mg 2x day -> Oct 1, 2023 = 570mg -> Oct 15, 2023 = 540mg -> Oct 29, 2023 = 510mg -> Nov 13, 2023 = 484mg -> Nov 27, 2023 = 460mg -> Dec 9, 2023 = 436mg -> Dec 24, 2023 = 414mg -> Jan 7, 2024 = 400mg

 

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The rocking and crying is akathisia. It’s awful and I am so so sorry. 
hang in there , take warm showers if helpful , walk or pace if that helps, it’s truly the worst snd I’m struggling with it at almost my full dose. So I know how you feel and I am so so sorry.

talk it out yell into a pillow, scream in the car, hit your pillow on the bed, anything to get it all out safely. It is truly the worst of the experience and people not having it don’t understand how awful it is.

hugs and hoping it goes soon for you. 

Prior to March 2020 - no meds in 37yr life., no anx or dep.

mar’20- hospital with Covid like sym- panic attack- adverse reaction to ceftriaxone AB-rash and tongue swelling

Never was covid, likely stomach bug

Apr ‘20- told see psychiatrist after hospital(didn’t know one panic attack shouldn’t) .75mg K and 5mg Lex

May ‘20- switched to 25mg Sertraline  mid June ‘20- .75-.625mg K by psych in week spiraled ended up in ER; 10mg Trazodone for sleep, tapered over 2wks

july’20- Sert taper 25mg-18mg - aka terrible didnt know what it was ;Dr change to 5mg Prozac- aug’20-tapered 5mg Proz next 4 weeks, 1/4 pill a week.

Aug’20- Sept 5mg ambien tapered off over a month in Sept 2020. 12mg Seroquel given and immediately tapered over 3ks in Oct 20. Jan ‘21- 2wks 10mg  Elavil for sleep; eye issues so CTd per Dr- 6wk Wd.

Mar’21- slow K taper .635mg to .005mg-Aug’23 ;may’22 drop .01mg/mo the last .16mg- severe acute, akathisia,in dark closet for 10 wks -eyes severe any light aka worse. beta blockers once -worse, spec clonidine-severe reaction. Severe SI and attempt - Psych hospitals Nov/Dec23- multiple meds one off, Depakote 10 days 250mg, ECt twice ugh muscle relaxer ketamine and propofol

12/2/23- psych hosp 7.5mg Mirtazapine for severe aka, myoclonic jolts, eye issues and no benefit . 12/10- forced 15mg 5 days, 7.5 since 12/15/23 .home 12/18. covid + 12/22/23. Neg 12/30. hell on mirt adverse effects(severe RLS, aka worse,brain racing/swirling, eye flashing, jolts) after dose

Comp liq early Feb; 6.1mg 5/10/24

Severe neuro issues, aka on and off

100+ symptoms thru K taper and on

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10 month update...windows are getting longer yet waves are still there...still experiencing severe SI, self-harm, rage, weird head sensations particularly in the left side of my head, and some other symptoms. Concerned about my SI as I have almost started to follow through with some plans. Not sure if this is WD or true depression. Not sure how long I wait to see if depression dissipates before resigning myself to taking medication. 

2006-2010 Duloxetine

2010 taper off duloxetine

2015 - 2022 Celexa, 20mg to 15mg to 10mg prescriptions

2022 - 2023 5 mg Celexa

Jan. - Aug. 2023 Wean off Celexa

Aug. 2023 Last dose of Celexa, 1.25 mg

March 2024 Reinstated 1mg of Celexa, currently holding
 

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Please reach out to Angie peacock, Dan Landeur, Michael Priebe, Emma Saunders…. One of these coaches as they’ve heard and seen it all and can give you feedback and if you need more support to get thru this acute hell.

 

promise it’s likely med withdrawal stuff and a huge huge deal your windows are getting longer. That’s a good sign and shows what full time feeling well on the other side of this will be. 
keep reaching out!!! Don’t follow thru, this is med crap that does end. You deserve to see the other side of this and your brain and body are working hard to get there, the windows are showin that.

 

I’ve been there and self harmed and it’s not what we want….we just want the suffering to end and it will, everyone that came before us has said it does.

so pleas keep just taking the day and focusing on that day only and what you can do to get thru it and befor you know it you’ll be a year off which is a huge milestone and have more healing under your belt.

hugs 

Prior to March 2020 - no meds in 37yr life., no anx or dep.

mar’20- hospital with Covid like sym- panic attack- adverse reaction to ceftriaxone AB-rash and tongue swelling

Never was covid, likely stomach bug

Apr ‘20- told see psychiatrist after hospital(didn’t know one panic attack shouldn’t) .75mg K and 5mg Lex

May ‘20- switched to 25mg Sertraline  mid June ‘20- .75-.625mg K by psych in week spiraled ended up in ER; 10mg Trazodone for sleep, tapered over 2wks

july’20- Sert taper 25mg-18mg - aka terrible didnt know what it was ;Dr change to 5mg Prozac- aug’20-tapered 5mg Proz next 4 weeks, 1/4 pill a week.

Aug’20- Sept 5mg ambien tapered off over a month in Sept 2020. 12mg Seroquel given and immediately tapered over 3ks in Oct 20. Jan ‘21- 2wks 10mg  Elavil for sleep; eye issues so CTd per Dr- 6wk Wd.

Mar’21- slow K taper .635mg to .005mg-Aug’23 ;may’22 drop .01mg/mo the last .16mg- severe acute, akathisia,in dark closet for 10 wks -eyes severe any light aka worse. beta blockers once -worse, spec clonidine-severe reaction. Severe SI and attempt - Psych hospitals Nov/Dec23- multiple meds one off, Depakote 10 days 250mg, ECt twice ugh muscle relaxer ketamine and propofol

12/2/23- psych hosp 7.5mg Mirtazapine for severe aka, myoclonic jolts, eye issues and no benefit . 12/10- forced 15mg 5 days, 7.5 since 12/15/23 .home 12/18. covid + 12/22/23. Neg 12/30. hell on mirt adverse effects(severe RLS, aka worse,brain racing/swirling, eye flashing, jolts) after dose

Comp liq early Feb; 6.1mg 5/10/24

Severe neuro issues, aka on and off

100+ symptoms thru K taper and on

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16 hours ago, Boges11 said:

Please reach out to Angie peacock, Dan Landeur, Michael Priebe, Emma Saunders…. One of these coaches as they’ve heard and seen it all and can give you feedback and if you need more support to get thru this acute hell.

 

promise it’s likely med withdrawal stuff and a huge huge deal your windows are getting longer. That’s a good sign and shows what full time feeling well on the other side of this will be. 
keep reaching out!!! Don’t follow thru, this is med crap that does end. You deserve to see the other side of this and your brain and body are working hard to get there, the windows are showin that.

 

I’ve been there and self harmed and it’s not what we want….we just want the suffering to end and it will, everyone that came before us has said it does.

so pleas keep just taking the day and focusing on that day only and what you can do to get thru it and befor you know it you’ll be a year off which is a huge milestone and have more healing under your belt.

hugs 

Thank you for replying, that means a lot. I just hope I can keep going. I do attend Angie's online groups once a week/every other week. I did reinstate 1mg last March due to severe fatigue and derealization. I am attempting to hold until I feel ready to try to taper down slowly. Feeling slightly better today after a day of sleep.

2006-2010 Duloxetine

2010 taper off duloxetine

2015 - 2022 Celexa, 20mg to 15mg to 10mg prescriptions

2022 - 2023 5 mg Celexa

Jan. - Aug. 2023 Wean off Celexa

Aug. 2023 Last dose of Celexa, 1.25 mg

March 2024 Reinstated 1mg of Celexa, currently holding
 

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On 6/8/2024 at 7:08 PM, Werewolves1986 said:

Not sure how long I wait to see if depression dissipates before resigning myself to taking medication. 

 

Can you track and post a log of your symptoms and when you take your medication? 

 

Pre- October 2022: Wellbutrin, Escitalopram, CitalopramSertraline, Adderall IR, Vyvanse, Propranolol, Buspar, Ativan, and Latuda

Oct 13, 2022 - Oct 24, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Zyprexa (2.5 mg). Jan 14, 2023 -> Began transition to liquid suspension. Jan 29, 2023 = 2.375mg -> Feb 12, 2023 = 2.25mg -> Feb 27, 2023 = 2.14mg -> Mar 12, 2023 = 2.025mg -> Mar 27, 2023 = 1.93mg -> Apr 10, 2023 = 1.82mg -> Apr 23, 2023 = 1.74mg -> May 7, 2023 = 1.64mg -> May 21, 2023 = 1.56mg -> June 4, 2023 = 1.48mg -> June 19, 2023 = 1.4mg -> July 2, 2023 = 1.33mg -> July 16, 2023 = 1.26mg -> July 31, 2023 = 1.2mg -> Aug 13, 2023 = 1.14mg -> Aug 27, 2023 = 1.08mg -> Sep 13, 2023 = 1.02mg -> Jan 22, 2024 = 0.97mg -> Feb 4, 2024 = 0.92mg -> Feb 19, 2024 = 0.87mg -> Mar 3, 2024 = 0.83mg -> Mar 17, 2024 = 0.78mg -> Mar 31, 2024 = 0.74mg -> Apr 14, 2024 = 0.7mg -> Apr 28, 2024 = 0.66mg -> May 12, 2024 = 0.63mg -> May 27, 2024 = 0.6mg -> June 9, 2024 = 0.57mg

Oct 14, 2022 - Present: Prozac (40mg) upped from 20mg on Nov 1, 2022.

Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Gabapentin (300mg 3x day) -> May 3, 2023 = 300mg 2x day -> Oct 1, 2023 = 570mg -> Oct 15, 2023 = 540mg -> Oct 29, 2023 = 510mg -> Nov 13, 2023 = 484mg -> Nov 27, 2023 = 460mg -> Dec 9, 2023 = 436mg -> Dec 24, 2023 = 414mg -> Jan 7, 2024 = 400mg

 

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