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In August 2023, I became very sick with a cough and took paracetamol and cough syrup. After a nap, I woke up suddenly feeling a strange detachment from my body, as if I were numb and outside of myself. I wasn't sure if this was depersonalization, but I wondered how long it typically takes to recover and what the treatment might be.
Two days later, I saw a doctor who prescribed flupentixol (0.5mg) and melitracen (10mg). I took this medication from August until December, but the detachment/depersonalization never subsided. In December, the intensity peaked, becoming unbearable. I then consulted a neurologist who performed a CT scan. The scan was clear, and he advised me to abruptly stop taking flupentixol and melitracen (cold turkey).
For the first three days after stopping the medication, I didn't feel any different. However, on the fourth night, after returning home from the gym, I woke up in the middle of the night gasping for air and feeling completely out of body, as if I had died. It's important to note that the out-of-body experience never fully went away.
Following three sleepless nights with a headache, I revisited the doctor who originally prescribed flupentixol and melitracen. He attributed my sleeplessness to stopping the medication and reinstated the same medications at the same dosages, adding respiridone (1mg) for three days. During those three days, I felt too lethargic to get out of bed, almost like I was dead but unable to sleep.
After discontinuing respiridone, I relied solely on flupentixol and melitracen for sleep. However, even after 20 days, I still wasn't sleeping. Finally, another psychiatrist recommended completely stopping flupentixol and melitracen. He prescribed clonazepam (0.5mg) and amitriptyline.
For the first two weeks on this new medication, I could dream, but I was also able to move my body during sleep, which made me question if I was truly sleeping. I then returned to the psychiatrist, who increased the dosage of clonazepam to 1mg and added melatonin (3mg) to the amitriptyline. After a month, while I did dream occasionally, I would wake up feeling as though I hadn't slept at all, similar to pulling an all-nighter. My mom even noticed me snoring, suggesting I might be getting some light sleep. She also observed bruxism (teeth grinding) during my sleep. Despite this, my sleep still felt very light.
I saw the doctor again, and he abruptly stopped the amitriptyline and prescribed a new medication regimen: trifluoperazine (1mg twice daily), clonazepam (2mg at night only), and flunarazine (5mg twice daily). The first two days were okay, and I was able to sleep. However, on the third day, after taking the nighttime dose, I felt a complete out-of-body sensation again. Strange sensations ran through my head, legs, and body. I felt confused and lightheaded.
This medication cycle involved taking the medication for five days, followed by one day off. After a month of this regimen, I revisited my doctor. He prescribed trifluoperazine again and advised me to continue taking flunarazine (5mg) and clonazepam (2mg). Currently, I am experiencing severe short-term memory recall problems and strange sensations in my face and body. The out-of-body experiences and increased anxiety persist.
I am on day 11 of consistently taking trifluoperazine (1mg twice daily), clonazepam (2mg at night), and flunarazine (5mg twice daily).
My questions are:
 * Why am I having these intense out-of-body experiences?
 * I have severe short-term memory recall problems. For example, if I memorize something, I forget it within seconds.  Is this related?
 * I never seem to get deep sleep. I only experience light sleep, and some nights I don't sleep at all.  What could be causing this?

FLUPENTIXOL+MELITRACEN Augus2023- 0.5mg + 10mg till December 18 cold turkey.December 2023- till January 9 cold turkey.

AMITRIPTYLINE+CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE-January 2024- 12.5mg + 5 mg till April cold turkey

Clonazepam- January 2024- 0.5mg.April 2024-1mg.May 2024- 2mg.July 2024- 2mg to 1.5mg

Trifluoperazine-April 2024- 1 mg twice.June 2024- 1mg cold turkey






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