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  1. Hi All May I first thank whoever started and maintains this excellent forum, without it I would still be under the misconception that without SSRIs I have serious and disabling mental illness I was prescribed Prozac at 56 with no prior history of mental illness. It was only about a year or two ago that I realised that the 'mental illness' I later suffered was SSRI Withdrawal With the help of this forum I have started a 5% taper of 20mgs Prozac, using mini scales. Here is my brief and approximate history of SSRIs 2007 (at age 56) Prozac 20mg. For chronic fatigue syndrome. 2010/11 Stopped taking Prozac and suffered severe withdrawal 2010 Prescribed Citalopram 10mg ? For ‘ Anxiety and depression and panic attacks 2014 Discontinued Citalopram over a month 2014/15 Suffered severe withdrawal and was prescribed Prozac 20mg 2017/18 After research I decided that I have never had mental illness, only withdrawal 2017/20 Various failed attempts to ‘taper’ (missing doses) 2020 Sept Took advice from this Excellent forum and started a 5% taper using mini scales Withdrawal symptoms. Took to my bed. Flu-like symptoms, Thought I had all forms of cancer, Zaps, Inexplicable fear, Limbs shaking, Insomnia, Constant ‘stress’ Headache, Panic attacks
  2. Hi everybody So here’s my story. At age 12 I got diagnosed with OCD and was put on Prozac for it. Since then I’ve pretty much been taking the medication. But now I have been wanting to stop because of the horrible side effects. The dose that I’ve pretty much been taking for all these years has been 60mg per day except for once when I was put on 80mg for about 2 weeks which was a very bad idea. Anyways, recently I managed to go down to 40mg per day and stay there for 3 months and then down to 20mg per day and wait another 3 months per my Nurse Practitioners instructions. Somehow I managed to survive the ordeal. But now that I went down to 15 mg I had a severe withdrawal reaction that I wasn’t expecting. Dizziness, internal vibrations, headaches, eye pain, tingling and numbness on my hands etc... this started on day 6 and went on till day 43 when I went back up to 20mg because I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m now on day 10 back on 20 mg but am still having the symptoms. Is there any hope left for me? Will I get better? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks
  3. Hello, I am struggling with withdrawal from Mirtazapine presently. My Dr. Put me on Prozac 10 mg. When I started experiencing anxiety. I need off as it is not helping and probably making things worse. Has been 6-1/2 weeks on. How do I taper to avoid additional problems? Dr. Said no tapering needed. I’m not sure I believe that! Thanks you for any suggestions you can provide!
  4. I have been on SSRIs since I was fifteen. I am not sure if I am experiencing withdrawal, complications from a health issue that needs to be treated, anxiety resulting in physical problems, or a new chronic illness. When I increased to 60 mg, I had increased dizziness and fainting episodes. The fainting and dizziness episodes had started in roughly 2015 due to Prozac and Valium. I stopped taking the Valium, but still had frequent dizziness and fainting episodes. I decreased my dose from 60 mg to 40 in late July. I started a fast tapering plan. The idea was to go down 10 mg a week. At 30 mg I noticed exhaustion, lightheadedness, increased fainting, a daily headache, and motion sensitivity. Towards the end of the week I felt better so I went down to 20 mg of Prozac. I have been stuck at that level since the middle of August 2019.
  5. (See my sig for years of gory details.) briefly, I've been taking antidepressants since 2009. After a horribly failed venlafaxine taper in 2014, I switched to 10mg Prozac late 2016 ("easier to wean due to long half life" they said). 28Nov2016 I was rid of venlafaxine and taking 10mg prozac. Still feeling anxious a couple weeks later, upped prozac to 20mg 15Jan2017, felt pretty good and after 2 more years I started weaning off prozac March2019 (first I noticed I was fine with missing an occasional dose, then made it a habit and skipped one day a week; 2 mos later I was skipping every 3rd day (NOT RECOMMENDED, EVEN WITH LONG-HALFLIFE PROZAC!!!) and was wonderfully stable. Switched to liquid 2Sep102019, taking 13mg. next few reductions... 20190921 12mg (7.7% reduction in 20days). 20191010 11mg (8.3%/20days) 20191031 10mg (9.1%/20days) 20191124 9mg (10.0%/24 days) 20191213 8.5mg (5.6%/20 days) 20191231 8mg (5.9%/20days) 20190115 routine checkup revealed hypertension started Lisinopril and doubled statin per cardiologist. (any chance this high BP is due to prozac weaning??) 20200120 anxious, made another 20-day batch of 8mg. still anxious. 20200208 back to 9mg after daily anxiety starting about 1/18. 20200212 back to 10mg prozac cap daily. anxiety still there but seems to clear within an hour of drugs. 20200221 still anxy 2 hrs after 10mg, added another 1mg and mucho better. 20200223 11mg and still anxious, seeking advice, please, as i'm feeling a bit irrational. Also should mention I am losing weight after starting Lisinopril. that was nice at first but now i'm 10 pounds lighter after just a month, no change in diet. Should i go back to 12,13,14,15, 20mg? Is Lisinopril a factor in this renewed anxiety? recent reading is discouraging, research is more & more indicative of permanent brain changes and unlikelihood of successful weaning. a pointer to a success story would be wonderful, are there any? [Please don't admonish me (already got plenty thank you;-) about my early dose-skipping; it was actually accidental at first and it encouraged me to try weaning again. I stopped that routine as soon as I gathered the tools to do liquid. I do NOT recommend skipping doses even with super-slow prozac. thank you for any advice you can offer!
  6. I was on 40 mg of Prozac for something like 10 years (I can’t remember exactly when I started it) and made the decision to taper off. My med provider directed me to drop down to 30mg for a week, then 20 for a week, 10 for a week and then stop. This seemed to go very well, I didn’t notice any symptoms and no change in my mood. Suddenly, I started to feel some brain zaps, I’d say a week after discontinuing the medication. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve had the brain zaps increasing in frequency, plus fatigue, muscle aches, dizziness, almost feeling fluish, plus some low level sadness and irritability. From what I’m reading here, it seems like I tapered off way too quickly. Today I felt like such garbage I decided to take 10mg, really out of desperation. I put a call into my med provider to see what she recommends but am open to any other opinions or experience with this! Thanks in advance.
  7. from original title: telogen effluvium / hair loss I’ve been tapering off Prozac for around 5 months now and I’m now down to 10 milligrams. I have been on 10mg for about a month and a half now. I think I will stay on 10 milligrams for a bit before I taper down again. I know this taper was pretty fast but I’ve been doing okay physically atleast. I do have dark thoughts and am a huge hypochondriac now. I also think about my parents and family always dying and sometimes I’m pretty sad but I’ve I’m still functional. One thing that has been bothering me since I’ve started tapering down, probably 6-8 weeks in is that I have hair loss. It’s not normal pattern hair loss. It’s on the top of my scalp. Thinning in certain areas, I guess it isn’t too noticeable but I notice it. My scalp is also itchy sometime. I think it’s telogen hair loss but who knows. Has anyone experienced this?
  8. Thanks for this forum. Lots read, first post. In September 2017, the 20 mg of Prozac that I had been taking for the 25 years since my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis started to poop out. In December 2017, my neurologist increase to 30 mg Prozac. In January 2018, I stared seeing. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner PNP. She wanted me off the Prozac. Tapered from 30 mg to 5 mg from January 2018 to March 31, 2018. Stayed on 5mg with rough, but bearable tapering side effects. In September, 2018, life got more stressful, big move, new job, family illness. On September, PNP discontinued last 5mg prozac and started 5mg lexapro. Did ok, again, rough but bearable tapering side effects. In January, I had to switch to a new MS med and felt ok to do it. In March, 2019 starting having unbearable discontinuation side effects. Anxiety, stomach issues, dizziness, insomnia, unable to sit still, and so on. I went to the ER April 8 for high blood pressure and rapid pulse. Nothing wrong with heart. Told me to take gerd medication! I had to stop my MS med temporarily due to my condition. Very scary and will have to resume next week. My PNP increased the lexapro to 7.5 mg on April 16th. Still having bad anxiety and took .25 Ativan twice this week. My neurologist said that I should increase the lexapro and manage my anxiety symptoms more effectively, meaning take meds. I don’t know what my next action should be and I am coming to the end of my ability to cope. I would love any advice, feedback to get me through this. Thanks
  9. Had PND after the birth of my first child 14 years ago. Took Ad's for about 3 months but didn't like them. Put on a lot of weight. When pregnant with my second child I was scared of suffering again so went to Psych and asked what I could do to prevent PND. Told him about the weight gain and he said that he would try a 'new AD that wouldn't put on weight' After the birth of my baby I started 50mg Zoloft. At the start it was great. Felt great, no PND and no weight gain. After about 12 months I started packing on the weight but didn't put it down to the AD as it had taken so long to happen. I just beat myself up instead, kept telling myself I needed to eat better. Followed this pattern for about 4 years but tried to come off it a few times. Would get to about 3 months off and would start to feel awful. Even though I had never suffered with depression in my life other than the PND, my doc told me that it was obviously me and that my brain just needed the AD's to function normally. So I would go back on them. It was amazing after just 1 day I would feel better. About 4 years ago I was told by a friend that AD' were associated with weight gain. Over the years I'd put on 25kg's and didn't believe that it could all be AD's (in my mind no medication could be that destructive, it must have been me, I was just weak, even though I'd never had a weight issue before the AD's) I came off 50mg Zoloft straight away with no symptoms. The weight just dropped off me, my appetite was back to normal and life was great. At the 4 month mark my life changed forever. I fell in a heap. Was so anxious I asked to be admitted to hospital. I didn't sleep for weeks and had these strange waves of panic, even terror. For someone who had only had PND once this was a terrifying experience. My doctor tried to diagnose me with many illnesses and admitted that she had never seen someone so bad, but that I just didn't fit into any of her diagnostic tools for a confirmed diagnosis. I feel very lucky that she didn't label me just to get a diagnosis. At this stage she put me back on AD's 40mg Lovan (the Prozac equivalent in Australia) and with in 2 months I was back to normal. I asked her why the Lovan and she said it wouldn't put weight on and she knew how concerned I was about this. I also talked to her about it being AD withdrawal and she said that AD's don't effect people like that. She was however supportive of me dropping to the lowest dose possible after I had balanced out again. Over the next 2 years I got my dose down to 10mg. I would drop by half but then leave it about 4 months before I dropped again. I had done this pretty painlessly so decided it was time to come off again. I had doc's full support and again did really well for about 3 months. Weight dropped off again and I thought that this time I may actually get there. 3 months later and I was a mess again. Withdrawals are different to anything I can describe and I knew immediately when they started that I'd have to get back onto the AD's. I was devastated. Back to 40mg Lovan. Each time a have gone back on the antidepressants the weight has piled back on. A bit more each time. I feel like a shell of the person I once was, lost all confidence in myself and my life. Over the last 2 years I have again gotten the Lovan dose down again. This time to 5mg. I thought that with such a small dose it may be different this time. I came off about 2 months ago. The withdrawal symptoms are back but I have kept them at bay by taking 1x5mg dose each time I get the dreaded headache(it's the first sign for me that I am in withdrawal, it's not a normal headache but feels like my brain is in a vice that is tightening) I have been going well like this but as I get further it's getting harder and I'm having to take doses more often to ward off the symptoms. If I take a dose it pretty much goes away overnight. The last few days I've had to take 2 in a row though so I know that my withdrawal isn't working this time either. I made the decision reinstate and drop further, I was looking for ways to further break down the tablets, so that I could do this and I came across your site. I am wondering if I should just reinstate back to 5mg and start the taper or if I can go to a smaller dose eg 2.5mg. Stabilise and then start the taper. I've been off for 2 months. (With the occasional dose during that time). I am also concerned that I am able to get off the drug seemingly easily however I seem to have a delayed response with withdrawal. Has anyone else encountered this. FYI I also take 5 high grade fish oil tabs daily. 1 x 3 mg melatonin to sleep. Metformin for pre-diabeties. (Another side effect of the weight gain from this drug) and a progesterone cream. My intention is to wean off the progesterone after the AD's. Any suggestions.
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