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  1. I'm new to this site. My sister referred me (mod note: see sister's post here sister-of-saradee-help-needed-urgently-in-nj I'm 45 and have been on meds for bipolar, major depression, Bpd, Attention deficit, social phobia, Gad, panic disorder, dependant personality disorder, etc. I have been taking meds throughout my adult life and am have found no relief. In fact I think I believe these meds are making me sick, keeping me stuck, and making life unbearable. I've been on more antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers than I can remember and am currently taking
  2. Hey guys, I want to tell you my story. At the moment I am doing very bad. I have very severe anxiety and I don't have any idea on what to do. Let me tell you my story first. I was on Lexapro from January 2019 untill August 2019. I was also on Wellbutrin from May 2019 until August 2019. Although I was doing quite well I for some reason wanted to get off those medications. I tapered the Lexapro from 10mg to 2,5mg over the span of I would say 2-3 months (I am not exactly sure). I was decreasing with 2,5mg at a time. At the time I didn't know that this w
  3. Hello- as my topic title shows, I have been on anti-depressants for 24 years (20mgs Lexepro, 175 mgs Wellbutrin). It is hard to face. After the birth of my first son, I began having acute anxiety. When I told my gynecologist he told me it was common after giving birth because of hormonal changes. In such cases, he recommends about six months of medication to help with the symptoms and recommended a psychiatrist that he works with for patients such as me. I'm sure none of you are surprised to know that, as is all too common, I never got off the drugs for very long. Each time withdrawel symptoms
  4. Cigarettes at age 11. Alcohol periodically from age 13 to age 30. Valium episodically from age 18 to age 27. I have been on myriad anti-depressants since 1982 for major depression and generalized anxiety. Imipramine, desyrel, ativan. Off drugs from 1984 till 1995. Started Prozac 1995 till 2014 (did well from 1995 to 2011). Tried Wellbutrin, Cymbalta. Abilify and Trintellix from March 2014 till August 8, 2017 (depression free). Had to withdraw due to cervical dystonia and tremors which still persist. Terrible experience withdrawing from Abilify and Trintellix. Started Wellbutrin 150 mg. an
  5. I'm a 27 year old female and I was prescribed to Wellbutrin a year and a half ago. I had never taken any type of psychiatric medication previous to this, and was prescribed to Wellbutrin by a physician that insisted it would help with the depressive symptoms that I was experiencing due to a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). My primary disorder at the time was GAD, and the only reason that I was experiencing depressive symptoms, is because of the change in my demeanor since becoming constantly worried about the possibility of having an anxiety attack in any social situation. The first time th
  6. Starting my 4th week of WD and then reinstatement hell from Wellbutrin. I normally take 300mg Wellbutrin per day (all at once in the morning). I’ve taken it since 2012 for very mild, high-functioning depression. I’ve gone up and down on the dose over the years with no discernible issues, but all of 2020 I was on 300mg steady. Around the holidays last December I accidentally missed 2 days of pills, so I went back on the med at 150mg. Did that for 2 months. Then I did a week of alternating 150mg & 300mg doses to ramp back up. The next week I went back to my normal 300mg dose. No
  7. Have been on antidepressants since 1990s. I would go to my PCP and tell them what I wanted to try next. Over the years I have been on prozac, paxil, and now the cocktail I want to taper from. Tried to taper in past but gave up quickly thinking there would be a better time. And May 2019 was it. Started to taper from wellbutrin and lexapro ‘cocktail’ under guidance of PCP. She put me on a 2 year taper. In March was down to 150 mg wellbutrin every 4 days. Crashed with current homebound routine. So she suggested I go to every 3 days and wait for the pandemic to ease up before resuming taper. Is it
  8. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get off medication. I've been on it longer than I have been off. I was prescribed Doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor, Zonalon, Prudoxin) after the birth of my second child 32 years ago, for postpartum depression. The truth was I just couldn't sleep and it was debilitating. Doxepin was a miracle drug for me at the time, but I was never able to get off it. Every time I tried, I would feel like I had the flue - extremely achy, nausea, headache, insomnia. I always wound up going back on. I remember my doctor telling me it was withdrawal, and I was so upset because, when I
  9. 19-years on Lexapro & Wellbutrin. At 5mg, wanted to stop Lexapro because of sexual side effects, constipation, weight gain, dulled feelings ... quit CT in May of 2019 as I didn't think I could taper any lower being it was only 5mg, disasterous results--physical symptoms first, then severe depression, panic, worse than anything I'd ever experienced before taking drugs. Doc put me back on Wellbutrin and Lexapro after 2 wks, increased dosage of Lexapro within a month from 10mg to eventually 40mg since I was still in a terrible state. Gave me Klonopin for panic/insomni
  10. SolidmiseryonAD

    Why and when did you decide to come off drugs?

    In November 2018, I started my tapering journey after a video on Youtube.com directed me here to Survivingantidepressants.org. And, I found the courage to start my journey. At that time, I was on 300-mg of Bupropion and have been experiencing 'poop-out' or tachyphylaxis for some time. Digestive issues, insomnia, emotional reactivity, fatigue, poor health were some of the problems that were making my quality of life poor. To add a little humor into this situation, I always thought that the drug's name, Bupropion, was the name of one of the demons from the bottomless pit of Hell.
  11. I am brand new to this site and scared to death after reading this post BUT hopeful. 1986 Prozac now Fluoxetine 20mg 2x a day added 2002 Postpardum Wellbutrin now on 300XL 1 x day Just began reading A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan MD which is how I learned of this site I will soon turn 56 and antidepressants have ruled my life. I can see the prolonged use is causing my condition to worsen as I an having to go to Canada for Brand Name (generic doesn’t work) Insurance won’t cover $2400 month Brand in the US. I know this will be a challenge but with Dr. Brogan’s
  12. When I was a kid I had a hamster, not for long, but that's another topic. For exercise, the hamster had a wheel he would run on for what seemed like forever. I would watch him as he would try desperately to keep up with this journey to nowhere, then it was time to get off. It appeared he was never too sure about this part; the wheel was moving so fast and his little feet just couldn't stop the spinning. Sometimes, the attempts to leave this endless cycle would end in a dramatic dismount of flipping and flailing. This - is my experience with meds and my mental health. And, somehow, I am findin
  13. Hi Im new here, I took Wellbutrin for 6 months and I have severe symptoms that got worse over time which can't be explained by any doctor. Extreme fatigue, high bp, extreme dizziness and a feeling of being drunk, muscle twitches, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss, derealization and more. Got to the ER twice, did all the bloodwork, got checked by internists, did an EEG and even a MRT. They said I have GAD and its kinda true?but only since like 3-4 months around that time when I stopped. I took 300 then 150 (which didn't affect me that bad) for a couple of weeks a
  14. i found this site originally thru twitter and it’s been very helpful through my tapering journey. med history: 2012- lexapro and ativan, off both due to side effect 2013- effexor, off due to side effect 2014- wellbutrin 2015- off wellbutrin, onto zoloft, went off zoloft quickly back onto wellbutrin 350mg 2016- added lamictal 250mg and mirena IUD 2017- tried to taper off wellbutrin, tapered off too fast under doctor advice, tried vyvanse/adderall/ritalin but discontinued quickly because of side effects 2019- tried again, still too fast, caused de
  15. Hi All, I recently stumbled upon this site in hope that it would shed some light on my withdrawal experience. To start, I will give a background on my medication history. I started Lexapro in 2013 and went from 10 mgs to 20mgs. Xanax as needed for panic attacks (which would happen once in a blue moon). This year I dealt with a lot of stress from work and I started having frequent panic attacks and headaches in July/August of 2019. Then in August, I went to the ER for the headaches and enlarged pupil (to rule out stroke, etc. - I have a history of DVT blood clot). Went to
  16. Hi- I am new here and have been on SSRI's since around 1990! Diagnosed with unipolar depression. Diagnosis Depression: Prozac from 1990-1999, Prozac stopped working, then various SSRI's through 2001, several hospitalizations and ECT. Older tricyclics and depakote 2001-2003; Effexor, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Zyprexa, Luvox and others the past 20 years, another few hospitalizations, then back to Prozac, Wellbutrin and Zyprexa, not working very well. Recently was self-medicating with kratom, low doses but quit Aug. 2020. I don't want to be addicted to anything. Never tr
  17. Hi I am new to this forum, coming from benzobuddies forum. I was on an AD wellbutrin for 7 years and then a P Doc took me off cold turkey and I wound up in a psych hospital for 10 days December 2012, I was reinstated on Wellbutrin in the hospital and upon leaving I found a new P Doc immediately. He diagnosed me with Bipolar ll. He kept me on the Wellbutrin and added Lamictal and 40 mg Valium for insomnia. I became tolerant after 3-4 months to the Valim and I started a micro taper off the 40 mg valium 1/2013. I am currently at 1.5 mg as of 10/01/2014. Withdrawl symptoms were n
  18. Not sure how to make this post shorter, considering how much time has passed and how many different meds I’ve been on. I first got referred to a psychiatrist at the age of 14, for Clinical Depression. At the age of 15 I spent most of my days at an Eating Disorder Clinic, after being diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Switched from antidepressant to antidepressant, mood stabiliser to mood stabiliser and never seemed to find the right fit, thought I was maybe just overly sensitive to negative side effects. At the age of 19 I got diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disord
  19. Hey everyone! New here. I've been on some antidepressant or another for the past 9 or so years, switching between them as the usefulness "wore off" and I'm just so very tired of it all. I've been getting wellbutrin from my pdoc for about 6 years, and I'm pretty much fed up with the constant anxiety and numbed emotions. I have been off wellbutrin completely for about 3 days now. I started seeing a psychiatrist a year or so ago and have been diagnosed as bipolar ii. I refuse to take antipsychotics, since my family is predisposed to diabetes and heart disease. SSRI's make me EXTREMELY
  20. Hello! I’m Lindsey. I’m 27 years old. Healthy. 130lbs. I was on Wellbutrin 150mg XL for only 1 week until I stopped it end of September 2020. I quit it cold Turkey because I felt it was too high of a dose & was giving me horrible side effects (hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, insomnia, made me not want my usual cup of coffee anymore, made me feel different like it took some of my emotions away, I couldn’t cry, I had nightmares, my nightmares felt so real I would have outbursts waking up) I am a highly sensitive person. After quitting Cold Turkey 1 month later in November, I had what s
  21. Hi. I have been reading different posts on here for about a month. I want to taper off Lexapro, but I've been on it for over 10 years. In 2005, I was put on a very short, and ended up with brains apps and went back on it because I was super agitated. When I told my doctor I wanted to Lexapro, her idea was to switch me to Prozac. Initially, she was going to help me switch to 20 mg, but I knew that the equivalent was 40 mg, so I asked if we can do that and she said yes. I am on day two of switching from 20 mg of Lexapro to 40 mg of Prozac. I feel dizzy and have a UTI. I don't know if that c
  22. I've been taking 50mg Pristiq for about 3 or so years I think. I've had acid reflux issues with SSRI use that seem to get worse over time. It got bad enough that I wanted to go off the Pristiq. I consulted my doctor about this, but she wanted me to get in with a primary care doctor first to have my acid reflux checked. I don't currently have a PCP and with covid, it's a lot of hassle, so after a couple of months of more acid reflux, I decided to "taper" of the Pristiq. It's worth mentioning that I also take generic wellbutrin and adderall to deal with autism.
  23. I know that tapering is always suggested, but I'm a week into it to begin with already and I don't have the money to keep affording it anyways (live in the U.S. go figure). I am determined to stay off of it, and there is no alarming psychological withdrawal effects thus far and I don't expect any, really. I'm 29-year-old male around 180lbs/87kg in otherwise good health. Major Depression diagnosis by an actual Psychiatrist when I was around age 20, didn't start taking any regular Antidepressant medications until three years ago at age 26. Had briefly tried both Zoloft and Effexor ages 21 and
  24. I started using Lustral 50 mg & Abilify 5 mg when it was 2012.I stopped taking my medicines for many times and I have never had any withdrawal effects on my body.But when it was 2016 Summer, after I stopped using them again (I didn't even know what tapering was in that time) I got a mania attack.It was like after 3-4 months of stopping my medicines cold turkey.After my first mania attack, my doctor thought that it was bipolar disorder and he wanted me to use Depakine.I refused using that medicine and i continued using Abilify + Lustral at same dosages.But when it was 2017 Summer, I did the
  25. I have been on some combination of benzodiazepines and antidepressants for most of my life. I’m tired of the medications, I am still very much in the throughs of anxiety and periodic depression. I am on two different antidepressants and benzodiazepines and have been on this specific regiment for about 4 years. I am a single mom, just went through a very ugly divorce and live in an expensive city. My psychiatrist told me about this site. Sorry if I am using this wrong, but I am starting the scary journey of tapering off. I have tried before and became severely depressed. Had tremors and headac
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