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Fishtrooper66: withdrawal weird symptoms


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Hey all my story after a long period of stress I kinda started feeling strange so went to gp who prescribed me 20 mg of citalopram after 7 weeks I went back and said I don't think there are for me not knowing much about the whole ssri situation what I were feeling was apparently my brain protecting me , he suggested i tried fluoxetine so I did another 2 months off and another cold turkey ...,,


Back to docs not knowing that I was suffering due to the damage the drugs had done so bring story forward after sertraline 50 mg for a few months which absolutely destroyed me


I tried Paxil as I genuinely believed I was depressed I didn't know such a thing about withdrawal stayed on them for about 2-3 months


I am know 7 months without anything and I genuinely feel like these drugs have destroyed my brain after all the zaps and muscle tension goin I got severe brain fog which lifted then depression which lifted then anger now im stuck with a constant feeling of depersonalisation last few days started really weird dreams and sleep disturbances even though I'm on holiday I am sitting by a pool then boom out of nowhere really bad anxiety I never had these before I tried those stupid drugs


I have tried vitamins and supplements but I now can't handle any stimulant I used to go to the pub regularly but know I can't even hold s drink without getting sort of naggy drunk after a very small amount , caffeine is out the question also I'm a builder and need to concentrate as I work up heights my concentration and memory are terrible sorry to go on !!!lol


I know each day offers different symptoms but I genuinely believe I won't be what I was before many thanks keep up the fight

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Fishtrooper -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)
Thanks for taking time to post.
The symptoms you list are very common in withdrawal. The good news is that people do recover fully.
What is withdrawal syndrome
You're going through "waves and windows"
The Windows and Waves pattern of stabilization

Paroxetine, your last medication, is a nasty monster of a drug. It seems to be the worst SSRI to stop. It may be hard to believe but you're doing well if you're 7 months out from a cold-turkey stop and able to work as a builder!

How can we assist you? What questions do you have?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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I’m new to putting my own story out there but after the gp put me on several ssri including citalopram fluoxetine Paxil which basically turned me into a mess without knowing what I was getting involved with I cold turkey each time I only had low energy after a virus to start with after many very nasty symptoms I seem to be left with a stiff neck poor posture and each day seems to start with a constant mind nagging but seems to get better towards mid day I had every symptom under the sun including the whole of my jaw swelling up bigger than my face each day I ploughed on now I’m in the window/waves situation I am aware of what it is but the anger takes over in morning I’m recently married been on a stag doo and honeymoon all I can say is it does get better not perfect but even if you feel terrible what’s the worse outcome of the day keep on fighting 🤞🙏


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