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Hello. New her and was referred to this site from Patient Betsey0603. Thank you.

 I am in the process of switching over from Celexa to fluoxetine in the last couple months. I have been on 20mg of each of those for the last 5 weeks trying to get through the holidays. Was suppose to go from 40mg celexa to 20, with 20mg of fluoxetine then drop to 10mg celexa to 40mg fluoxetine. I went for 1 night with that and was a nightmare. So Ive stayed on the 20mg of each up until yesterday where i dropped the celexa down to 10mg, 20mg fluoxetine. Instructed after 1 week to drop the celexa and up the fluoxetine to 40mg. The last few weeks have been bad. Heart pressure, sweating, brain out of it and so on, etc. I am a TBI survivor from 2012 who also takes Tegretol XR 500mg morning, 600mg at night for seizures and clonazepam 1 mg at night to sleep. So sick of meds and am afraid to even talk to my neuroligist and physciatrist in fear they will add something or change in the future. Im just throwing this out there as my first post. Anyone made the switch from celexa to fluoxetine? Thank you

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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Hi OreElect , welcome to the site.    You'll find loads of information here , and with suggestions from the moderators

can make a plan for yourself without your doctors.

 

It sounds like you've been having w/d symptoms since dropping celexa from 40mg to 20mg. 

 

For the moment , could you put all the drugs you're taking into the interactionchecker at www.drugs.com ?

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Hi Oreelect...welcome.

Thanks for joining and i am sorry to read of your health issues.

 

I didnt do the prozac switch so i cant talk about that but i shall follow your progress with interest.

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Welcome OreElect,

I'm glad you found us, sorry you have been struggling with symptoms since trying to switch to fluoxetine. It sounds like you may have been on both drugs for too long and now have become adapted to both drugs. When trying to switch to Prozac, for tapering purposes, the longest time we recommend for being on both drugs is 2 weeks.

 

See:  The Prozac switch or "bridging" with Prozac

 

I'm assuming you are switching to fluoxetine for easier tapering, but I may be wrong. Why did your doctor decide to switch you to fluoxetine?

 

We are a site for helping people safely taper off medications and don't offer advice about switching to new drugs, unless its for tapering purposes, so if you would clarify that, it would be helpful.

 

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Great post. Thank you for all.

 Currently tapering Klonopin and fluoxetine at 2% every 2-4+ week's. Started 6-7 months ago with 1mg Klonopin and down to .5mg. I added the 20 mg fluoxetine to the tapering also at 2%. 

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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Hello, OreElect. How is your tapering going? Do you have any symptoms?

 

When did you start tapering fluoxetine?

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Hello. It's been a while. 

I finished tapering off klonopin after a 33 month taper last year. I continue with Fluoxetine coming up on 4 year's tapering.

My taper rate has stayed no more than 2% every 4+ week's. 

 In the beginning, all kinds of symptoms but keeping it slow, minimal if any. 

Memory and clarity getting better each day off the benzo..

I made 2 videos how I've done my Fluoxetine capsule taper and benzo taper below. 

Hope it helps.

 

 

 

 

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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Sorry I didn't see the replies from years past. I did not click follow topic.

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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@OreElectI want to congratulate you on getting off of klonopin.  Great job on doing a very gradual and careful taper.  Thanks for the videos, they are well done. It's great to hear that you memory and clarity are improving. I hope that your prozac taper goes as well.  

 

Could you please update your drug signature with dates and doses of your drugs for the past 18 to 24 months?  That would help us because it would automatically be included in each of your posts. Thanks. 

I'm taking things day by day, so may or may not be able to answer questions. 

 

Do not private message me. Please do not tag me unless it's an urgent question about tapering or reinstating.

 

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magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, 3 PM, before bed

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suppl noon: calcium

suppl supper: calcium

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2 mg

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@OreElectthis video would be really helpful to our other members.  Would you mind posting your first video, on tapering clonazepam, into this thread? 

 

Using a digital scale to measure doses

 

Thank you!  

I'm taking things day by day, so may or may not be able to answer questions. 

 

Do not private message me. Please do not tag me unless it's an urgent question about tapering or reinstating.

 

***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.

 

Lexapro   Started Apr 15 '02 - 10 mg;  Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl noon: calcium

suppl supper: calcium

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2 mg

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On 6/29/2021 at 12:42 AM, OreElect said:

I made 2 videos how I've done my Fluoxetine capsule taper and benzo taper below. 

 

Thank you for these videos, OreElct. Please note I've linked them at the top of the Using a scale thread for members to easily find. Feel free to also make a post in that thread with your videos, especially if you have any more information you'd like to share. Thank you for making them! 

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On 6/29/2021 at 12:25 PM, getofflex said:

@OreElectI want to congratulate you on getting off of klonopin.  Great job on doing a very gradual and careful taper.  Thanks for the videos, they are well done. It's great to hear that you memory and clarity are improving. I hope that your prozac taper goes as well.  

 

Could you please update your drug signature with dates and doses of your drugs for the past 18 to 24 months?  That would help us because it would automatically be included in each of your posts. Thanks. 

I'll try. Appreciate your reply. 

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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On 6/28/2021 at 9:42 PM, OreElect said:

Hello. It's been a while. 

I finished tapering off klonopin after a 33 month taper last year. I continue with Fluoxetine coming up on 4 year's tapering.

My taper rate has stayed no more than 2% every 4+ week's. 

 In the beginning, all kinds of symptoms but keeping it slow, minimal if any. 

Memory and clarity getting better each day off the benzo..

I made 2 videos how I've done my Fluoxetine capsule taper and benzo taper below. 

Hope it helps.

 

 

 

 

Almost 6 year's since my last update.
I eventually became stable on the Fluoxetine after a very rough 8 months of withdrawals from the Celexa. I began tapering together the klonopin and Fluoxetine at no more than 2.5% each. I held 2 week's for the klonopin and 4+ for the Fluoxetine. I finished the klonopin in July 2020. 
I'm still Tapering the Fluoxetine and right around 11mg. Tapering at 1% every 2 week's. 
I tapered the tegretol from 1200mg down to 200mg. 
I feel the best that I have been in close to 9 years. Better clarity and cognition. Energy, motivation, interest, feelings, patience, agitation has been a huge improvement. 
I have a long way to go to taper the last 11mg but happy to be able to control my tapering at my own pace and confident with knowing what to do and how to avoid WDs.
 
 
 
1996- 1998 Zoloft 200mg
1998-2006 40mg Celexa
2006 30mg Celexa
2008 20mg Celexa
2012 40mg Celexa, 3000mg Keppra
2014 60mg Celexa, 1200 mg
Switched from Keppra to Tegretol XR, 1mg Klonopin
2020 Completed Klonopin
2021
11mg Celexa, 200mg tegretol
 
 
 
 

Celexa 20mg after mental breakdown following a major trauma 1996. 5 year span of deep depression that switched into pacnic attacks. 

Celexa 40 mg from 1996 until 2010 and remained on 20mg where i was stable from 2001 til 2012.

Tramatic Brain injury 2012. Seizures began 5 months after injury and began Keppra then to Tegretol XR. Clonazepam to shut mind off to sleep at night.

Battling seizures and then another major trauma`s in the last 1.5 years. 

Physiciatrist upped my celexa to 60mg. Feeling of being numb and still Panic attack until currently Dec 2015.

New Phychiatrist going for a change from Celexa to Prozac.

Dropped 20 mg Celexa and added 20 Mg of Prozac.

Stuck with that for the holidays to be over.

Currently 10mg Celexa and 20mg prozac.Next week dropping the Celexa to 0.

Dr says up the prozac to 40mg. Im thinking I dont want to do this.. 

I have a fear of going on the Prozac 40 mg to not have to deal with WD later after going through what the Celexa has been.

 

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7 hours ago, OreElect said:

I feel the best that I have been in close to 9 years. Better clarity and cognition. Energy, motivation, interest, feelings, patience, agitation has been a huge improvement

This is wonderful!  I'm so glad to hear this.  It goes to show what a very careful and slow taper can do to get off these drugs.  

 

 

I'm taking things day by day, so may or may not be able to answer questions. 

 

Do not private message me. Please do not tag me unless it's an urgent question about tapering or reinstating.

 

***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.

 

Lexapro   Started Apr 15 '02 - 10 mg;  Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl noon: calcium

suppl supper: calcium

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2 mg

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