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I just wanted to throw something out there that I think is kind of interesting and right now good for me.

 

I took Cymbalta for about 4-5 months when I decided to wean off of it. One of the things it did to me was give me a high resting heart rate. No matter the time of day it was always in the 80s and up which was high for me.

 

16 months later and I am still weaning off the 30mg Cymbalta. I'm down to under 4mg now and I'm so happy that my resting heart rate is now in the 50s and low 60s and I haven't even been doing cardiovascular exercise.

 

So I thought this was yet another interesting side effect of these medications and also so happy to be reclaiming my natural state.

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My resting heart rate also increased to around 80 when I was put on Wellbutrin. The drug is known to cause an elevated blood pressure and heart rate. I'm off Wellbutrin now and my heart rate is 65. Now and then I still get increased heart rate and palpations. I'm still on Sertraline, and in withdrawal...

1997-1999 Citalopram 20 mg

1999-2014 Sertraline 50 mg

2012 Sertraline very quick taper due to side effects. Switched to Wellbutrin 150 mg-300 mg. Reinstated Sertraline 25 mg-50 mg.

2013 Exhaustion. Wellbutrin 150 mg. Sertraline 75 mg-100 mg.

Sept 2014 Found this site. Started tapering. Sertraline 87,5 mg + Wellbutrin 150 mg 

Aug 2015 No more Wellbutrin!! Sertraline 50 mg

2016 Sertraline 35 mg (January) - 33 mg (March 21st) - 32,5 mg (July 11) - 32 mg (July 27)

2017 March 28,2 mg and holding

 

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Hi, wanted to ask, is it normal in faze of withdrawal to get heart rate up. I mean, since 20 days I have insomnia. Hard to sleep, maybe cup of hours through the night. And I can notice that during the day my heart rate goes up to 85_90 per minute which was not the case when I was under ad(lexapro ). It is all happening in the beginning of the 6th month of withdrawal. Like my cortizone is up, like adrenalin goes up. Any such expirience and how can I help me to put it under control. 

I am now gone in the beginning of the 7th month off of lexapro. 

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Why are you tracking your heart rate and why do you want it down? Having a high heart rate is no cause for concern by itself.

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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5 minutes ago, Onmyway said:

Why are you tracking your heart rate and why do you want it down? Having a high heart rate is no cause for concern by itself.

That's true. But you know until an month my rate was 63 and not more then 70 per day. Now suddenly is going up which is nit normal after 4 years on ad. And I think I have cortisol pick which bothers me, unusual, maybe new situation. Maybe that's me, I forgot how am I before ad. 

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There's really no normal in WD and you will have lots of strange symptoms. Looking for more things to worry is only going to keep you preoccupied with this WD. Relaxation is what you need instead.

 

It's also possible that your heart rate is going up for all sorts of other reasons from a.mild infection to sleeping less to PMS etc. 

 

 

 

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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Hi Brainobrain2, I had about 1 month of intense WD with akathisia, then reinstated a small dose, then started tapering and the next 5 months were brutal. Then it got better for 5 more months and I stopped tapering for a year and things got much better during that time. However, I have started tapering again much more slowly and some symptoms are creeping back up - nausea, dizziness, sadness, anger spirals. But having that long wave during which I felt back to normal with mostly windows and occasional waves was encouraging. Find the success stories thread and read. And remember that most of the people who feel well don't return to write them because they don't want to remember what this nightmare is like. So there are many many more people who get through this than are in the success stories area. The brain is plastic and changing (self-healing). It needs time but it will find a new balance. 

 

I also understand the impulse to obsess with symptoms and measure heart rate or hours slept (I had severe insomnia and would track that).  Part of it is the obsessiveness that WD causes. It doesn't help, unfortunately. It will only make you more anxious. Anxiety is a self-perpetuating cycle. Do find the thread on non-drug techniques for managing emotions and Claire Weekes method and try to practice these techniques as much as you can. They don't always work in the thick of it but try not to stress about that either. For me things to remind myself were: 

1) This will get better (it was hard to believe)

2) The various symptoms (insomnia, nausea, dizziness in my case) are not as dangerous as they make me feel (some people have much worse symptoms than mine so I am not speaking for everybody here)

3) Distract from symptoms as much as you can, this was the only thing that worked for the anger spirals. 

 

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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To be honest, I have rapidly loss 10 kg in almost 2 months. That's what bothers me. Eating like elephant, and still going down. It's hapends in 6th and 7th month I am off of escitalopram. I can't stop worrying about that. All blood test are OK. And the second thing is the insomnia in the same period. I don't know what to do, it's pulling my anx up. Other symptoms I do not have except those body shakes light which are coming and going alone every day. Mind is clear, if I need to go to shrink what to say, no panic, some anx,. 

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3 hours ago, Brainobrain2 said:

Did melatonin helped you? 

Nothing really helped the insomnia - mine was not about falling asleep which is what melatonin helps with but about waking up with terrors. Those have lessened - 3/7days now. The key was to accept it and realise it's fine, nothing will happen if you can't sleep much, new parents go on little sleep for months and survive. Also getting straight up from bed and distracting yourself as much as you can when waking up in terrors can be helpful.

 

Your other issue - the weight loss seems separate from WD to me (but I'm not a doctor). I'd get thyroid tests - hyperthyroidism causes sweating and weight loss and appetite increase --  and a serious medical workup. That's not normal. 

 

 

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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@Brainobrain2, not sleeping can contribute to faster heart rate.

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I have gotten the high heart rate a bunch. Both during the cold turkey and during tapering.  How do you all deal with it? The pain it causes is well unpleasant. I know I am not dying and still managed a run with it today but it frightens me because during cold turkey the high heart rate was what happened right before I crashed. I might hold off my next taper till it goes away again.

???? To  early April 2021: citalopram 20mg. This was a about 12+years

April 2021: stopped taking citalopram 

6/10/2021 to 6/11/2021: started taking buspirone for anxiety . Got ringing in the ears and insomnia so I stopped

6/16/2021 reinstatement of citalopram at 10mg

8/12/2021: 4.5ml/9mg citalopram 10/11/21 4ml 11/15/21 3.5ml 12/28/2021: 3ml/6mg 1/28/2022 2.5ml/5mg  2mL/4mg 3/6/2022 1.5ml/3mg 4/12/2022  5/31/2022 1ml/2mg  7/31/2022 .5ml/1mg

9/3/2022: .4ml/.8mg citalopram. after a few days got some severe withdrawal so  .45ml/.9mg 9/8/2022 10/6/2022 1mg again

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