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Hello everyone.  My story with AD’s is roughly 30 years.  I was an anxious kid, and was diagnosed with OCD at age 13.  Managed to get through high school relatively well thanks to great parents & a full social life.  Halfway through college (1994), the intrusive thoughts became more severe.  Doctor put me on 40 mg of Prozac saying I would only need to stay on for one year.  It was absolutely amazing and I felt completely “normal.”  Took myself off after graduation (1996), and symptoms returned along with my first depressive episode.  Since then, I’ve been on just about every SSRI at some point, as well as stints with anti-psychotics & klonopin.  Last several years have been sporadic/inconsistent use of Prozac until February.  Decided to stop completely.  Now I feel like I am absolutely dying most of the time.  Severe headaches, stomach problems, urinary issues, joint pain, dizziness, double vision, balance…

Things are so bad on some days like today, where all I can think about was how great I felt all those years ago when I first went on Prozac & how I would give anything for that again.  Also wonder a lot if I’m a fool for shunning something that gave me so much relief at one time.  Just don’t know how much more of this withdrawal nightmare/misery I can do, especially if it’s going to be months.  Any input would be appreciated.  Thank you 

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Started 40 mg Prozac - 1994

Intermittent taper all of 2023

Stopped off of 20 mg - February 2024

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Hi Iryshman,

 

Welcome to SA. Could you expand your signature a little further to include some, if not all, of the other medications that you have been on?

 

Inconsistent use can really strain your CNS. You can read more about this at NEVER SKIP DOSES TO TAPER.

 

Additionally, 20mg is a fairly high dose to jump from especially if you were already unstable due to inconsistent dosing. You may want to consider a reintroduction of a small dose of Prozac, such as 1mg, to see if that helps to alleviate some of your current symptoms. You can read more about reintroduction at Reinstatement: About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

 

It may take several weeks, if not longer, to begin stabilizing as there is, generally, no quick fixes regarding withdrawals.

 

Thanks,

 

Firefly

 

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 -> June 24, 2024 = 0.54mg -> July 6, 2024 = 0.51mg

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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Thank you for responding FireflyFyte.  As I said in my intro, since I moved to Las Vegas in 1997, been on every SSRI I think.  Very short runs on anti-psychotics and was on 0.5 mg of klonopin for a few years.  I appreciate the advice, but if I “reintroduce” Prozac at this point, it will be to stay on it.  Daily life right now is a waking nightmare, and as I also stated, I’m wondering if I’m a fool for not taking something that made such a TREMENDOUS difference before 

Started 40 mg Prozac - 1994

Intermittent taper all of 2023

Stopped off of 20 mg - February 2024

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We are a site dedicated to helping people safely taper off of psychiatric medication. If you wish to return, and continue, using Prozac that is your decision and possibly one to discuss with your doctor.

 

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 -> June 24, 2024 = 0.54mg -> July 6, 2024 = 0.51mg

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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