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I would just like to say that I am really thankful to have stumbled upon this site. It has helped me open my eyes to things that I've done incorrectly in the past regarding psychotropics. I really appreciate this site because it isn't just one of those forums that is there to only generate money and let people blindly comment without any form of moderation. This site is setup in a way where it is not a blind leading the blind deal because there are many extremely knowledgeable people who actually post, such as Altostrata, and I can trust what they are saying!

 

-Nick

2012 - Prozac (wasn't helping, made me too sleepy)

2014 - Effexor XR (adverse reaction)

2014/2015 - Cymbalta (gives me brain zaps WHILE on it)

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Welcome Nick,

and thank you for saying such nice things about our site. I'm glad you have found the information here helpful. Is there anything in particular you need advice about at the moment? Would you feel comfortable sharing a little of your story here so we can get to know you better?

 

It would be great if you would put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature. Doing this helps people understand your context, it appears below each of your posts. Here are instructions for how to do it:

 

http://survivinganti...your-signature/

 

Petunia.

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 

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Welcome Nick,

and thank you for saying such nice things about our site. I'm glad you have found the information here helpful. Is there anything in particular you need advice about at the moment? Would you feel comfortable sharing a little of your story here so we can get to know you better?

 

It would be great if you would put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature. Doing this helps people understand your context, it appears below each of your posts. Here are instructions for how to do it:

 

http://survivinganti...your-signature/

 

Petunia.

 

Thank you so much! I am here to share my experience and try to help others, as well. I will gladly add my history to my sig :)

2012 - Prozac (wasn't helping, made me too sleepy)

2014 - Effexor XR (adverse reaction)

2014/2015 - Cymbalta (gives me brain zaps WHILE on it)

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Hi Nick ,  welcome , glad you found your way here.

 

Are you currently taking cymbalta?   If you've stopped , can you tell us how you came off , how long ago etc.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Welcome Nick,

 

Just wanted to chime in as another Effexor survivor :D.

 

I'm sure you'll find all the support you could want around here,

Stay strong, or as we say in New Zealand 'Kia Kaha.'

 

Karen 

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Thank you so much for the support guys!!! I weaned off duloxetine by using the bead counting method but still had withdrawal symptoms :(

2012 - Prozac (wasn't helping, made me too sleepy)

2014 - Effexor XR (adverse reaction)

2014/2015 - Cymbalta (gives me brain zaps WHILE on it)

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Welcome, nick.

 

That indicates you went off dulexotine too fast.

 

When was your last dose? Do you still have any withdrawal symptoms?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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