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Let me just start by saying that Survivingantidepressants is a great forum. I was lurking here for a while, I think maybe here and there in the past I may have glanced at some informational articles. The people who put this together are very noble people. Everyone who is participating here, who is taking their time to help others, make a perfect example of a magnificent human being.

 

The world needs more communities like this, to help those in need and to support those who may not have needed it before. 

Sometimes the world can be very dark, and when closed-mindedness predominates, then obviously people see what repercussions result, but enough of that... here's my introduction.

 

I am a 29-year-old an Writer, for multiple nootropic vendor's and also some freelance work for companies in Buffalo, NY. I am also a part-time Construction worker in the Buffalo/Erie county  WFe. I am a graduate of biochemistry from UB and have a degree in I.T from Cedar Valley. 

 

I have joined this forum as I would like to lend a hand to those in need, and as a support character specifically for those who are afflicted with Post-SSRI-Sexual Dysfunction and Anhedonia. As a lead researcher in this area (PSSD) , I have compiled much information on the topic. I have also seen the work of Dr.Healy, and concur with *some* of his findings, he is a very smart man as well.

 

Additionally, there are many off-branch doctor's who believe in the existence of this condition, though not all from the same country or even medical community, but nevertheless, their conducted research has helped shed new light on this awful condition.

 

I myself could have seen the negative effects of SSRI's (3 years of fluvoxamine for OCD) , I am largely recovered but that doesn't mean I don't experience nagging symptoms and anhedonia here and there. With that being said, I feel for the pain and sadness that so many are still experiencing and would like to help.

 

With regard to withdrawal, I have some experience and knowledge within that area as well, and know first hand of the awful 'brain`zaps that characterize it. As well as the Anxiety, fits and despair. 

 

So again, I'd like to extend my hand to this community and for all of those who have questions and concerns relating to this topic.

 

Alright? 

 

That's it.  :)

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Hi Area1255......I am pretty much a newbie but welcome to the forum and thank you for your offer of support and help.

Anti Depressants for  25 years. Valium between 2006 to 7 tapered off over a month without too bad withdrawals.

For last 15 years 150 mg of Effexor and 30 mg of Mirtazapine. Occasional short term benzo use without habituation.

March 2015 stopped Effexor after rapid taper. 6 weeks. 

One month fluoxetine June 2015...stopped CT July 2015.

October 2013 to December 2015 Zopiclone 15 mg at night,

Dec 2015 to Early March 2016 Lyrica 75 mg at night. 

Stopped too quickly as  adverse side effects.

January to May 2016 tapered Zopiclone to 7.5mg 

Crossed over to Valium and now ..March 28th 2017 Benzo Free.

Also on 30 mg Mirtazapine and holding until have finished Benzo taper.

IN protracted WD from Effexor.

 

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Hi Area 1255, 

 

Welcome to SA!  It helps others to know what your experience with these meds is, where you have come from, so perhaps you could take a crack at filling out your signature block?  Please put your Withdrawal History in Signature  This allows those whose threads you post on see your history at a glance, and knowing that you have succeeded in coming off these meds will help reassure and give confidence.

 

Maybe you could give us an overview here as well?

 

We can always use more help reassuring newbies, lending them a compassionate "ear" and giving them hope that recovery is possible.

 

SG

Started ADs back around 1995 after bad break-up, starting with Prozac.  Switched to Wellbutrin, and then to Effexor in 2002
Effexor XR 2002-2014 up to 225 mg at one point, down to 37.5 mg towards end but back up to 75 mg in 2014; now realize I had W/D as I dropped down, memory very poor about history.  Extreme emotions, poor concentration as I stepped back down, didn't connect the dots!
Summer 2014 reduced to 0 very quickly, was sick of anhedonia/sexual dysfunction due to meds, depression never controlled if not worse. Didn't recognize WD since symptoms built slowly (thought I had ADD! and menopausal on top of it), starting with severe sweats, very bad cog-fog and memory issues, culminating in weight loss, severe anxiety and depression, panic, severe apathy and insomnia by eight months off.  Saw p-doc who put me on Remeron, increased from 7.5 mg/day to 37.5 mg by May 22, 2015; still doing very badly though able to sleep.

June 1. 2015 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  Joined SA and began on advice of friend who recognized it was WD all along! Began tapering in July 2015.

Been tapering both meds ever since, focusing on one more than the other or doing no more than 5% of each per month.

12 mg Effexor and 5.8 mg Remeron (mirtazapine SolTabs to make a solution with OraPlus) as of 5/4/2017 

Update 3/14/18: 2.9 mg Remeron and 6 mg Effexor; 6/10/18:  2.6 mg Remeron and 4.9 mg Effexor

 

My intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/9313-squirrellygirl-effexor-withdrawal-etc/page-2#entry196679

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

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Hi Area-1255

 

Your quote (below) from this post.  I would like to ask if you are aware of the:

 

history of antidepressants - read Anatomy of an Epidemic by Dr Peter Breggin

 

or the way the DSM is created and updated Video:  The DSM:  Psychiatry's Deadliest Scam and Video:  Dr James Davies:  The Origins of the DSM

 

and how clinical trials are hand picked for the best ones Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect (article by Irving Kirsch, author of The Emperor's New Drugs:  Exploding the Antidepressant Myth) and Video:  Irving Kirsch:  Emperor's New Drugs:  Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect

 

and two interviews with an ex-drug rep of 15 years: Video:  Ex-Big Pharma Rep:  We’re Trained To Misinform -The Drugs ARE Dangerous  and Interview:  Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

 

Until I became a member here and reviewed all the above information (and more) I thought that pharmaceutical companies had our best interests at heart.  Not any more.  What I've learned in the last 6 months even made me question what drugs I was offered for my dog.

 

I have recently read Gwen Olsen's book Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher and she mentions a drug which they knew caused another issue and when it was mentioned they said oh that's okay, we can then medicate for that as well.  $$$$$$

 

Pristiq was created because Effexor was coming off patent.  The difference between the two is minimal but enough for Pfizer to be able to have Pristiq patented and therefore earn them more $$$$$$$

 

So I disagree with your statement which I have bolded below

 

 

Well given the amount of research that has been poured into Depression, as an increasing phenomenon, the demand comes from the People, perhaps indirectly. If Depression was never diagnosed, and never seen as a mental condition, then there would be no treatments available, SSRI's are just one action against the occurrence, sure, they keep the industry going, but without which, much suffering would endure harder. Even if we were to assume that such individuals may encounter alternative healing, or spiritual existence, or perhaps eventually 'snap out of` a bad moment in their lives, this can not be an excuse to not do anything at all, or to just procrastinate, everything in a man or woman's life is a stepping stone, some people find that a medication helps to improve their outlook, and later aspire to become powerful musicians, and artists...

That does not mean I, nor anyone else who understands these medications totally agrees with them in terms of their research. I believe there are some flaws in the research itself, and I do think the side-effects often outweigh the benefits, but this is not every case, and the entire `big pharma' should not be condemned for or as a whole held responsible for, the effects of a few pills/brands:)

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Welcome, Area.

 

This site is not specifically about PSSD. We do have members who have suffered from PSSD as well as other aspects of withdrawal syndrome.

 

We try to support people with withdrawal syndrome problems in general, we don't pursue any treatments or cures for PSSD, because none of us is sufficiently knowledgeable to address this very complex condition.

 

There are several forums and sites whose members are experimenting with treatments and might be more aligned with your interests.

 

Yes, what is your experience with psychiatric drugs?

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

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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Welcome, Area.

 

This site is not specifically about PSSD. We do have members who have suffered from PSSD as well as other aspects of withdrawal syndrome.

 

We try to support people with withdrawal syndrome problems in general, we don't pursue any treatments or cures for PSSD, because none of us is sufficiently knowledgeable to address this very complex condition.

 

There are several forums and sites whose members are experimenting with treatments and might be more aligned with your interests.

 

Yes, what is your experience with psychiatric drugs?

 

My experience is with Luvox (Fluvoxamine) for 3 years. It was prescribed for OCD back when I was younger, and it was honestly my most awful encounter with the the class of drugs. The withdrawal was hard and long, and I almost felt flu-like, had yanking and skin sensations when withdrawing, terrible insomnia, and night sweats. Absolutely awful. I will never touch an SSRI again. 

 

So Yes, I have experience with them and some others. 

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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I didn't mean to make it sound like I was signing up only with the intention of talking about PSSD. I was merely outlining it as one of my current areas of research. Regardless, I just aim to be a solid support character as I do have a lot of experience with Psychiatric drugs as said above.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for 

 

Drugs makers think they can drug human beings and make enough loot to take over the world...but humanity exists because people care about one another enough to help each other and that my friend was there first or none of us would be here. 

Welcome

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for 

 

Drugs makers think they can drug human beings and make enough loot to take over the world...but humanity exists because people care about one another enough to help each other and that my friend was there first or none of us would be here. 

Welcome

Well that reference, or , quote, is really metaphorical, I think it just describes the paradox of humanity. Darkness is even subjective, as light is. It doesn't always have to mean |good or evil|, it could merely mean literally in terms of Physics, or existentionalism, the existence and collaboration of light and darkness itself. You could even go into astrophysics, and interacting massive particles, but of course, in Pratchett's case it was likely the former points. 

 

When light does get to darkness though, light wins, it consumes and outshines darkness more than the sum of darknesses points originally, largely.

In human prospects, we see that the prevail of crusaders of truth and justice eventually shines through, evil people do indeed eventually see their end, and the triumph of honest and noble men.

 

 
“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”

 Mahatma GandhiThe Story of My Experiments With Truth

 

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Welcome from me too Area,
 
I'm sorry you had some bad experiences with psych drugs in the past, that's the main purpose of this site, to help people taper off them properly and to support those who have come off too fast and are experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
 

My experience is with Luvox (Fluvoxamine) for 3 years. It was prescribed for OCD back when I was younger, and it was honestly my most awful encounter with the the class of drugs. The withdrawal was hard and long, and I almost felt flu-like, had yanking and skin sensations when withdrawing, terrible insomnia, and night sweats. Absolutely awful. I will never touch an SSRI again. 
 
So Yes, I have experience with them and some others.

 

How did you stop taking the Luxox? How long did your withdrawal symptoms last for? When did you last take it and would you say you are completely recovered now?

 

Did your OCD return after you stopped taking Luvox?  I'm sorry for all the questions but it helps us understand your situation better if you share your drug, tapering and withdrawal history in detail, this is what most of us are interested in learning about.

 

In your first post you mention both PSSD and Anhedonia, did you experience both of these? It would be great if you would describe how they impacted on you and how your recovery from them progressed. I'm personally still experiencing both of these symptoms after being drug free for 3 years, Its comforting to hear of recovery stories.

 

Do you have any tips you could share about how you managed your insomnia and other symptoms as you recovered?

 

When you say you have experience with others, do you mean other psych drugs? Are you taking any medications at the moment?

 

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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Oh my your remind me of me when I could think actually for a time I could not stop thinking.. 

peace my young brainiack I need to sleep

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Welcome from me too Area,

 

I'm sorry you had some bad experiences with psych drugs in the past, that's the main purpose of this site, to help people taper off them properly and to support those who have come off too fast and are experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

 

My experience is with Luvox (Fluvoxamine) for 3 years. It was prescribed for OCD back when I was younger, and it was honestly my most awful encounter with the the class of drugs. The withdrawal was hard and long, and I almost felt flu-like, had yanking and skin sensations when withdrawing, terrible insomnia, and night sweats. Absolutely awful. I will never touch an SSRI again. 

 

So Yes, I have experience with them and some others.

 

How did you stop taking the Luxox? How long did your withdrawal symptoms last for? When did you last take it and would you say you are completely recovered now?

 

Did your OCD return after you stopped taking Luvox?  I'm sorry for all the questions but it helps us understand your situation better if you share your drug, tapering and withdrawal history in detail, this is what most of us are interested in learning about.

 

In your first post you mention both PSSD and Anhedonia, did you experience both of these? It would be great if you would describe how they impacted on you and how your recovery from them progressed. I'm personally still experiencing both of these symptoms after being drug free for 3 years, Its comforting to hear of recovery stories.

 

Do you have any tips you could share about how you managed your insomnia and other symptoms as you recovered?

 

When you say you have experience with others, do you mean other psych drugs? Are you taking any medications at the moment?

 

Petunia.

I gradually tapered off the 300 MG I was on. At first, like a lot of anxious people , I (stupidly) tried cold turkey, that was a horrible move for someone who should've known better. At that point all aformentioned symptoms were hitting hard and fast , and had heart palpitations as well. Then I tapered by reducing 25 mg every 5 days. The 100 mg jump down was after a about a month. Then I gradually continued reducing over the next couple months. I think I was stuck between anticipating being off of it, and the fear of coming off of it too quickly, because the anhedonia was present on it as well, more severe even, and I wasn't enjoying the other psychological side-effects (apathy, neuroticism, passivity, agitation). So perhaps I was being over-cautious, but I was a different person back then (2007).

 

So I've been off of them for a while now. That was second run but it was after that I decided never again. 

I went on klonopine for a short-time (3 weeks) for OCD/Anxiety, and that did not go over well. I became very hot, and very angry on it. Which I understand is an unusual reaction?

 

During my experience of SSRI-side-effects , is when I first got interested in the science of it all. 

Maybe a bit obsessively, but did tons of research I guess as anyone would in that situation.

I started getting hormone blood work due to sexual side-effects, and turn out of high prolactin and all the usuals prompted my continuance and interest in research relating to neurotransmitters . 

 

I honestly, never would have thought back then, that I would have accomplished this much, but recovery was made possible because of support characters (uncle, father, aunts etc). I believe in paying it forward as well. 

 

Research and looking stuff up was a big part in all of this. 

I tried a paleo-diet which was trending at the time, (and sort of still is), and that plus intense work outs and a positive mindset has helped me recover from these side-effects to a great (but not 100%).

 

I still get anhedonia here and there, and some short-term memory issues from SSRI's but are largely resolved. 

I do take supplements but I don't go crazy with them. 

 

As far as other withdrawal effects, they have pretty much dissolved.

 

  • Lemon Balm helped me a lot and still does with the OCD ( I used to go absolutely crazy turning everything in 3's and doing thousands of pushups a day ). Plus intrusive thoughts have been dulled and it helps tremendously with Insomnia.
  • I meditate often during evening times. 
  • I take Aniracetam for short-term memory issues here and there, and Deprenyl for anhedonia.
  • Other than that I am drug free. Aniracetam is considered a nootropic though, so technically not a drug.
  • I eat very very healthy, and eat a lot of vegetables, and put spices on food, and eat a high-protein, high-fat, low-medium carb diet.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Oh my your remind me of me when I could think actually for a time I could not stop thinking.. 

peace my young brainiack I need to sleep

Haha, yeah, I could kinda tell we are both analytical ba*****.  <_<  later. I'm not blowing up your notifications by quoting this right? 

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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I'm going to sleep now as well, cya all tomorrow. I admit, I probably posted a little too much today, though a lot of it was in-topic conversations with the guy above me.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Thanks for sharing more about your experiences, it sounds like you have learned a lot through this experience, which is one positive aspect of it all I suppose. We have another member who has a severe adverse reaction to benzos, similar to you, I think it was Valium she reacts to, but it might be another benzo.
 

  • I take Aniracetam for short-term memory issues here and there, and Deprenyl for anhedonia.

I didn't know what Deprenyl was so had to look it up and was surprised to learn it's an anti-depressant, similar to the MAOI Nardil. Only it has more of an effect on dopamine. Do you take this daily? Or use a patch, when did you start using it?
 
Please would you add this to your signature, we like to see what drugs members are currently taking. Are you staying on this or planning to taper off at some time?
 
I've tried using Lemon Balm too, I was hoping it would help with my withdrawal anxiety. I started out with teabags which I had to order from another country. Then when I got an initial good response, I bought some from a garden center and planted it at various places in my garden, hoping that one of them would survive and grow. I've tried using it again, but doesn't seem to help any more, maybe it was a placebo effect. How do you use your lemon balm?

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.

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VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



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

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Oh my your remind me of me when I could think actually for a time I could not stop thinking.. 

peace my young brainiack I need to sleep

Haha, yeah, I could kinda tell we are both analytical ba*****.  <_<  later. I'm not blowing up your notifications by quoting this right? 

 

I don't care if notifications blow up there are usually a lot I don't notice much I know what I want to talk about.  I think the ocd type of thinking could well have been part of my searching ocd is often a part of recovery... so I think anyway.  Some get it worse than others.  

What you may be noticing is a like attracts like here in the obsessiveness of my quest and yours we could really feed each other if I were smart enough to follow you which I doubt I am but I will drag along behind you and check this and that or anything that rings any bells for me. Some may say that we are triggering each others side effects and encouraging something thought to be a bad thing... wd effect but some like me would say use what you have whatever it is... to a point.  

We all have to regulate our own healing systems as they can get out of hand easily it depends on the person.... awareness is key here and I am not so good at that all the time.  I tend to see things after they happen sometimes long after they happen... I have fluctuating cognitive abilities which really sucks when it comes to the wanting to know ... as I can't remember well enough to stay on task and slip and slide all over the place... it is frustrating.

I am glad your here it is nice to see a new perspective and consider new ideas.  I may not be able to keep up with the information you present but I am sure others here can and are so carry on.  

 

I find people that have gone this alone tend to have a lot to say when they first get here so don't worry about the number of posts... I tend to post a lot too.  I don't think it is a bad thing but I am basically a nobody here so who knows what others think... if you don't hear any bad news about it don't worry about it... I have never had a message saying stop posting so much so I doubt you will.

 

It is nice to find people who get where you are coming from especially so if you did it along and you never know you just may find the odd thing on here that inspires you are wakes you up to something profound.  That is how it happened for me on my first wd site... I was stumbling along still  very very sick and one thread woke me up to an entirely new understanding on my life and my situation.  Once awake there was never a moment of consideration to go back.. only forward with a new zeal... you just never know.  I find it happens a lot on sites like this as where else would you find far reaching concepts involving drug effects... no place that is where. You will find your place here I hope you find some surprises along the way that enhance your healing and your life.

 

I am female btw :)

wishing you peace 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Thanks for sharing more about your experiences, it sounds like you have learned a lot through this experience, which is one positive aspect of it all I suppose. We have another member who has a severe adverse reaction to benzos, similar to you, I think it was Valium she reacts to, but it might be another benzo.

 

  • I take Aniracetam for short-term memory issues here and there, and Deprenyl for anhedonia.

I didn't know what Deprenyl was so had to look it up and was surprised to learn it's an anti-depressant, similar to the MAOI Nardil. Only it has more of an effect on dopamine. Do you take this daily? Or use a patch, when did you start using it?

 

Please would you add this to your signature, we like to see what drugs members are currently taking. Are you staying on this or planning to taper off at some time?

 

I've tried using Lemon Balm too, I was hoping it would help with my withdrawal anxiety. I started out with teabags which I had to order from another country. Then when I got an initial good response, I bought some from a garden center and planted it at various places in my garden, hoping that one of them would survive and grow. I've tried using it again, but doesn't seem to help any more, maybe it was a placebo effect. How do you use your lemon balm?

I will certainly add them to my signature. That's no problem!

I started with a lemon balm liquid solution, then I did capsules (New Chapter) .

Yes, Deprenyl aka Selegiline prevents the breakdown of dopamine. 

I've been using on and off of it for 5 years, it's a very safe medication.

I might go off of it eventually, but it hasn't caused me any side-effects at all really.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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I tend to post a lot too.  I don't think it is a bad thing but I am basically a nobody here so who knows what others think... if you don't hear any bad news about it don't worry about it... I have never had a message saying stop posting so much so I doubt you will.

 

I am female btw :)

wishing you peace

Yeah, you have quite the post count here. Honestly, I'm not enticed by numbers though as a goal per se. I think there are some people who enjoy posting merely to get their post count up, and these types of people should be banned. My goal here, of course, as anyone can see, is to converse amongst like-minded individuals but most of all, to help people and to share experiences with WD and it's most allied symptoms . 

 

In regards to the posting, I think it was more because I'm a newbie here, even if people know me elsewhere (testshock, longecity etc).

On the other hand, I have to admit that this website is graphically nice. It has a nice template, and on other forums, I've noticed a lot of crap, spam ads up and all kinds of other distracting nuisances. That doesn't seem to be the case here. So that's a good thing.  :)

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Hey Area - 

 

I look forward to seeing your updated signature.

 

I've been using lemon balm and green tea (theanine) as well, but usually only as a night time tea.   

 

It is against Surviving Antidepressants policy to post advertisements, of which your Signature is full of them.  You may link to a blog, but not to any commercial products.  Also please update your signature to include your current "nootropics."  

 

I believe that the nootropics of tomorrow are the psych drugs of today, and the LSD of yesterday, and the mushrooms of ancient times.  So, um.  Well, I'm not easily impressed, especially not by "double blind trials" etc. etc.  There are people in this for the money, and it is vital that you do not advertise on this forum in any way.

 

Here at SA it would also be awesome to know the non-drug techniques you may be using.  What kind of meditation?  What kind of workout?  And, as Petunia asked, how do you use lemon balm?  Why do you use it, instead of l-theanine?  

 

And - what can we do for you?  If you are *fine* as you say - this is a site for healing.  How can we help?  Is there information you are looking for?  Or do you already have all the answers you need?

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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It is against Surviving Antidepressants policy to post advertisements, of which your Signature is full of them.  You may link to a blog, but not to any commercial products.

Ah, well the second site isn't really products as you can't buy directly from it, I just figured because of my name/company name that it would be good for familiarization purposes , more of a declaration that I'm the same person, so it's not for marketing purposes at all.

 

And, as Petunia asked, how do you use lemon balm?  Why do you use it, instead of l-theanine?

I like both of them I just don't feel the need to use both. I don't want to be too out of it ya know?

 

And - what can we do for you?  If you are *fine* as you say - this is a site for healing.  How can we help?  Is there information you are looking for?  Or do you already have all the answers you need?

Well I'm looking to be a support character, I wouldn't say I have ALL the answers I need. In fact, there is never a day I would call perfect but improvement and recovery go hand in hand with optimism so I wish to confer that to others. :)

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Thank you for a more complete drug listing in your sig.

 

Please remove the apparel and clothing link in your sig.  The other is a blog and acceptable (only marginally, as you are using SA membership to promote blog hits and promote supplements)

 

I cannot let you put "name awareness" of any other brand there - no matter whether you can buy it online or not.  Imagine, if everyone listed their favorite brands in their sig?  Nope.  Not on.

 

 

Thank you.

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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Thank you for a more complete drug listing in your sig.

 

Please remove the apparel and clothing link in your sig.  The other is a blog and acceptable (only marginally, as you are using SA membership to promote blog hits and promote supplements)

 

I cannot let you put "name awareness" of any other brand there - no matter whether you can buy it online or not.  Imagine, if everyone listed their favorite brands in their sig?  Nope.  Not on.

 

 

Thank you.

 

Well the blog is sort of identification as well, wouldn't want someone on here posing either, but we don't have those types of obsessive-stalkers or trolls to deal with much, and when we do, it's usually a spam comment on one of our articles. Regardless, there's a very large wealth of research on our blog and forum.

A lot of it is from other writers we either hire short-term, or friends of mine who decide they want an outlet.

 

Sig is dealt with.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Do you still ever feel like symptoms are bouncing around as in going and coming back or has that all ended except for insomnia?

 

I have a revolving digestive problem when it hits I cannot eat a bite and I am in it now... my answer so far is ensure and stop eating for a time. 

 

Along with it I get so I can't think well and negative mean feelings things fly out of my mouth and I swear to God I was not even thinking them... poor thought and impulse control perhaps but more problematic for me is the feeling of loss of awareness over my own actions thoughts... I feel completely removed from reality.  This is scaring the **** out of me as if feels crazy. I am wondering if it is a reaction to the T3 I can't recall if I was taking it when all of this started or not.  I think I will copy this to my thread as an update.  

peace

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Do you still ever feel like symptoms are bouncing around as in going and coming back or has that all ended except for insomnia?

 

I have a revolving digestive problem when it hits I cannot eat a bite and I am in it now... my answer so far is ensure and stop eating for a time. 

 

Along with it I get so I can't think well and negative mean feelings things fly out of my mouth and I swear to God I was not even thinking them... poor thought and impulse control perhaps but more problematic for me is the feeling of loss of awareness over my own actions thoughts... I feel completely removed from reality.  This is scaring the **** out of me as if feels crazy. I am wondering if it is a reaction to the T3 I can't recall if I was taking it when all of this started or not.  I think I will copy this to my thread as an update.  

peace

Actually Yes, some digestive issues as if some food is digested slower and intestinal transit is slowed, with Caffeine helping that some absolutely. 

I haven't noticed any verbal issues really but I seem more clean in some ways, but I can also say that I'm less enthusiastic in some ways after the run.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Btdt.   Try not to encourage those thoughts and you will find they have less power over you. I'm sorry that you're still struggling.

Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                  Psych Drug - free since May 2014
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Btdt.   Try not to encourage those thoughts and you will find they have less power over you. I'm sorry that you're still struggling.

Aren't you or weren't you on another forum as well? Paxil Progress?

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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Btdt.   Try not to encourage those thoughts and you will find they have less power over you. I'm sorry that you're still struggling.

Aren't you or weren't you on another forum as well? Paxil Progress?

 

Is that question for me.. yes I was at pp... were you there too?

 

I think the anger is from the tylenol #3 when I take more than I should I tend to lose it.. and I am more apt to lose it when I am in a lot of pain... back to T3 but I had to refuse the other drugs offered for pain and sleep... tramadol ... tricylic Ad... and an AP... I actually laughed out loud I did not mean to it just happened...what I said was I have taken all of them .. your information your giving me about them are incorrect... there is wd... there are side effects... end of story

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Btdt.   Try not to encourage those thoughts and you will find they have less power over you. I'm sorry that you're still struggling.

Aren't you or weren't you on another forum as well? Paxil Progress?

 

Is that question for me.. yes I was at pp... were you there too?

 

I think the anger is from the tylenol #3 when I take more than I should I tend to lose it.. and I am more apt to lose it when I am in a lot of pain... back to T3 but I had to refuse the other drugs offered for pain and sleep... tramadol ... tricylic Ad... and an AP... I actually laughed out loud I did not mean to it just happened...what I said was I have taken all of them .. your information your giving me about them are incorrect... there is wd... there are side effects... end of story

 

I thought I recognized your user name, and yes I sure was. 

On there I was J.Russo.

Past AD Experiences : (Fluvoxamine 3 years, D/C'd @ age 15).

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

~Terry Pratchett~

 

WITHDRAWAL REGIMEN/STORY

Originally for OCD, the luvox took about 6 months to taper off.

Withdrawal supplements; lemon balm, Vitamin B3, black water/fulvic acid, high-protein diet to restore neurotransmitters, aniracetam to counter memory issues, deprenyl for persisting anhedonia.

Regimen still maintained til this day. Lemon balm, generally as capsules, however, as I suffer chronic Insomnia, I often use essential oil or as aromatherapy before bed , in combination with magnesium and lysine on bad nights.

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