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asl: intense dizziness someone like me?


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sorry for my poor english as i come from France, does any one has experienced dizziness for months after tapering one drug? or even being on a drug?

i have big vestibular issue and i am afraid , without medecines i have big dizziness issues due to cymbalta withdrawal last year,

after that i changed meds a lot to find one that works but none is working for my major depression and i experience dizziness again with new meds,

I am lost really and the psychiatrists are really in the denial of all of this,

It is debilatating, i m on a small dose of Prozac now but anxiety is on the roof , afraid again to start another med, i dont know what to do as when i walk i just can walk 100 meters, it is just awful,

has someone experienced long intense disabilitating dizziness on drugs? or without for months?

thanks a lot

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asl -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


Dizziness is a symptom of withdrawal. I have had only moments of dizziness and am sorry that you've been dealing with it for such a long time.


You may find others who have had this for a long time in the discussion topics at these links:

Dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, etc.

What to do for dizziness, queasiness, nausea .


What is your current dose of Prozac? How long have you been at that dose? How long have you been taking prozac altogether?


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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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Hello asl. I had dizziness in the early part of my withdrawal so have some idea of what you are talking about.


It is unpleasant and disconcerting isn't it so sending you warm thoughts and positivity okay. If you can try and take regular time out to rest. What helped me enormously was regular periods of just hanging out in bed for the day. I'd read or maybe watch documentaries on YouTube. I'd dose off for a bit then wake up and do a bit more reading or whatever.


Why this helped me was l was keeping physical activity to a minimum and reducing external stimuli. By giving this to myself l was allowung my body to do the healing with minimal external stress. My brain would be comfortably engaged in the reading or video watching so it wouldn't be stressing about the withdrawal and would naturally take its breaks and l would fall asleep.


I gave my body the best conditions l could to allow for the healing process. I'm 24 days into my withdrawal. I am needing less restful times and my withdrawal symptoms are now mainly about fluctuating energy levels. Mentally l'm good but l still sense tenderness so l listen to that and take myself off to bed when l need to.


I realise that if you're working full-time or have family dependant on you then it can be difficult to find the space for resting.


I hope you can find this space though, even if it's just for half an hour here or there, it'll still be a valuable experience for your brain and body.


Best wishes to you



Quit quitiapine on 2nd December 2016. Dosage 150mg.Been on it since April/May 2015.Take 30mg of amytriptaline as a neuropathic.

Previous meds 1995-2015 - moclobimide ,trazadone, paroxatine,fluoxetine,sertraline,citrilopram,mirtizapine,dothiepin,doxipin ,venlavaxine and buproprion.

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