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Wthdrawal is a bi***. One moment your there ready to accept every feeling  that gets thrown at you the next moment your dizzy; physically weak;  your whole nervous system is in shock because you don't have a certain chemical in your  blood. Thats what my 30 days of withdarawal from 40 mg of Paxil tought me. Will probably reinstate tomorrow because what's a guy to do when his whole body is screaming and making him fill dizzy; My willingness to accept wount help will it? It's just a substance dependency.

 

Slow tapering not quiting in 20 or 30 days after years. All the acceptance in the world and if your taper is not slow your gonna bring yourself some hurting.

 

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Miracle123

Hi aeroman, your are really my hero and support me to go through my wd from lexapro and lorezapam. I used to re read and read your sucess story over and over...i follow your stories from benzobuddies until now here surviving ad.You are so supportive and give a lots information to all buddies in this forum. You are so kindness. You give me a lots hope of recovering..thats why i hang in there until now...so suffer and think of give up too so many time...but i will try to keep search for positive energy. I believe Time the only way to recover....but its not easy if i on the ill stated. I already off lorezapam for 125 day and lexapro for 77 days.( take those medicine for almost 8 mths of  2mg lorezapam and 5mg lexapro) Sometimes i feel my heart so weak....cos heart papiltation. I wanna to crying  out so many times as i feel so lonely and alone suffer. Thanks for your sucessfull stories give me a lots hopes i believe i can go through it....i hope for miracle too. Thanks.

 

 

 

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Tootsieroll
On 12/11/2017 at 6:21 AM, Miracle123 said:

Hi aeroman, your are really my hero and support me to go through my wd from lexapro and lorezapam. I used to re read and read your sucess story over and over...i follow your stories from benzobuddies until now here surviving ad.You are so supportive and give a lots information to all buddies in this forum. You are so kindness. You give me a lots hope of recovering..thats why i hang in there until now...so suffer and think of give up too so many time...but i will try to keep search for positive energy. I believe Time the only way to recover....but its not easy if i on the ill stated. I already off lorezapam for 125 day and lexapro for 77 days.( take those medicine for almost 8 mths of  2mg lorezapam and 5mg lexapro) Sometimes i feel my heart so weak....cos heart papiltation. I wanna to crying  out so many times as i feel so lonely and alone suffer. Thanks for your sucessfull stories give me a lots hopes i believe i can go through it....i hope for miracle too. Thanks.

 

 

 

Miracle123- I just wanted to jump in and say that the heart palpitations for me were the worst.  Just know that when you experience even an hour that is heart palpitation free it will feel like the dark clouds have parted and the cherub angels start singing.  It does happen so keep on keeping on.

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Miracle123
On 21/12/2017 at 5:24 AM, Tootsieroll said:

Miracle123- I just wanted to jump in and say that the heart palpitations for me were the worst.  Just know that when you experience even an hour that is heart palpitation free it will feel like the dark clouds have parted and the cherub angels start singing.  It does happen so keep on keeping on.

Thanks tootsieroll for your reply.....glad at least have you to respond me. I will keep hang in there.. .but still mess up with my hormone imbalance which my period come over 18 days without stop . Anyway see doc.to prescrip medicine to stop bleeding i start today....hope will be fine soon..thanks.

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Aeroman

Folks, happy new year. I ended up drinking a lot on NYE and woke up with a tough hangover. I had the typical nausea and stuff yesterday but ended up getting depressed in the afternoon and still have it today. Also a mix of anxiety. Anyone else go through this? I am just riding out this funk. 

 

 

 

 

 

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dini84
49 minutes ago, Aeroman said:

Folks, happy new year. I ended up drinking a lot on NYE and woke up with a tough hangover. I had the typical nausea and stuff yesterday but ended up getting depressed in the afternoon and still have it today. Also a mix of anxiety. Anyone else go through this? I am just riding out this funk. 

 

 

 

 

 

I've been told to stay away from alcohol a while even after complete recovery. What you describe doesn't sound uncommon as I know a lot of survivors who said they had to wait a year or two before trying alcohol again after recovery, they had similar experiences as you. Just take it easy tonight, drink lots of water and use the acceptance that this will pass.

 

"Alcohol's Effect on Neurotransmitters. After crossing the blood-brain barrier, alcohol affects several neurotransmitter systems–those for GABA, glutamate, serotonin, dopamine, and the endogenous opiates–the body's naturally occurring painkillers, also called endorphins." From - http://www.ablongman.com/html/psychplace_acts/addiction/neuro.html

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LexAnger

I'm so sorry aeroman for this unexpected hit! You are in my prayer for a fast recover!  

 

Hugs

Lex

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Aeroman
27 minutes ago, LexAnger said:

I'm so sorry aeroman for this unexpected hit! You are in my prayer for a fast recover!  

 

Hugs

Lex

Thanks! Teaches me a lesson, haha! 

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Aeroman
46 minutes ago, dini84 said:

I've been told to stay away from alcohol a while even after complete recovery. What you describe doesn't sound uncommon as I know a lot of survivors who said they had to wait a year or two before trying alcohol again after recovery, they had similar experiences as you. Just take it easy tonight, drink lots of water and use the acceptance that this will pass.

 

"Alcohol's Effect on Neurotransmitters. After crossing the blood-brain barrier, alcohol affects several neurotransmitter systems–those for GABA, glutamate, serotonin, dopamine, and the endogenous opiates–the body's naturally occurring painkillers, also called endorphins." From - http://www.ablongman.com/html/psychplace_acts/addiction/neuro.html

Thanks. I've been recovered from Lexapro for about 5 years and 2 years from Cipro. Yep, lesson learned! 

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LexAnger

Made me very angry about the whole conspiracy and the harm to all of us! 

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Sadmom

My son started with depression 3 years ago. They put him on Prozac 20 mg to start upped it to 40. That had odd OCD side effects so they switched him to Wellbutrin . That was terrible. So they went back to the 20 mg. of Prozac. Which seemed great for a long time. He felt well enough to be off the meds altogether. The doctor disagreed and put him on 10 mg. lexapro. He was on it for a while but his anger was higher. The doctor had me slice the I'll in half and after a while his anger increased. Come to find out he had not been taking his meds. At all. I ( his mother ) seem to be the target of the anger. He is 18 and 4 months away from graduating . I want so badly to see the day he graduates , but his anger is tearing my husband and I apart. My husband wants to leave us and says I need to kick him out. I can't see the benefit of that. My sons anger is so scary that ther are time I come close to calling the police. I'm glad to head with drawls go away and I praise you for your hard work. This does give me hope, because I have seen so much dismal news elsewhere. 

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DaisyBell

So sorry to hear Sadmom. All SSRIs are nasty but I think Lexapro is really nasty! Hopefully an administrator on this site will be able to advise you on how your boy can come off Lexapro in a way to minimise withdrawal symptoms which can include anger and rage outbursts. 

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Sadmom

Thank you so much daisybell for the kind words. If I would of known this would have been the outcome I'd never put him on these meds. To begin with. I truly think anyone who can successfully get and stay off these meds are heroes . You all inspire me.

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Pluto

I remember reading this thread a year ago thinking that this is a pipe dream and I will never get better, but here I am, a year later and I'm a bit better, and I kinda believe you when you say that this too shall pass. It is amazing. I went all year feeling like I was about to die, being accosted by vertigo, for starters, which made me feel drunk day in and day out. Then the nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and all manner of misery. 

 

Anyway, I am drug free now. I don't drink (last drink was in 2013), I quit smoking too (since 2015 after taking it up again after quitting it for 5 years previously). So, Lexapro was my last enemy to conquer. The journey of ridding myself of antidepressants and benzos started in 2014, October 10. That is when I quit Xanax. Then on 2016, December 25, I quit Lexapro and that was the end of my road with these drugs.

 

Anyway, this thread helped me a lot. I realised that this was a slow process, and a long process. I realised that my brain needed time to heal. I started getting my vitamins and minerals sorted because, for some reason, everything in me was depleted, from my iron, magnesium, vitamin D levels, Folate, Vitamin B levels, and even thyroid hormones, to my tummy being a mess necessitating probiotics and such. Blood tests can be very enlightening, so I recommend these in your quitting journey, at least once a year.

 

If it wasn't for taking B12 and a Vitamin B Complex in the morning, I wouldn't have woken up. During the day I took Iron Fumarate, Vitamin C, Glutamine and Folate. Then at night, I took L-Theanine, Magnesium, Melatonin, Probiotics and some Valerian Root because, boy, the insomnia was on steroids. it still is, but now I am up because I am pregnant, and my causes of sleep are different. I had regained my normal sleeping pattern after 8 months. 

 

Anyway, moral of the story is, I am much better after just 1 year of being chemical free. I take a paracetamol here and there but that is all now. Of course, this means I suffer through a lot, but that is the nature of my journey. I have come to accept that some discomfort is worth it if my recovery gets quicker so I don't want to regress. I suspect pregnancy is helping me feel better, and speaking of pregnancy, I am anxious about postpartum depression, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

 

So, Aeroman, thank you so much for sharing your journey! It helped me on mine. I have a long way to go, but I am better off now than I was this time last year. 

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scallywag
On 1/7/2018 at 8:55 PM, Sadmom said:

My son started with depression 3 years ago. They put him on Prozac 20 mg to start upped it to 40. That had odd OCD side effects so they switched him to Wellbutrin . That was terrible. So they went back to the 20 mg. of Prozac. Which seemed great for a long time. He felt well enough to be off the meds altogether. The doctor disagreed and put him on 10 mg. lexapro. He was on it for a while but his anger was higher. The doctor had me slice the [pill] in half and after a while his anger increased. Come to find out he had not been taking his meds. At all....

 

Sadmom, please feel free to start an introduction topic.  That will be the best place to answer your questions about your son's situation.

 

Link to start a new topic for yourself in the Introductions and updates forum

 

The site's Relationships Forum has topics where family members connect and support each other with the challenges of living with and loving a person on these medications or discontinuing them.  You may want to look at those "threads" or topics:

Relationships Forum

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FarmGirlWorks
20 hours ago, Pluto said:

I remember reading this thread a year ago thinking that this is a pipe dream and I will never get better, but here I am, a year later and I'm a bit better, and I kinda believe you when you say that this too shall pass. It is amazing. ...  this thread helped me a lot. I realised that this was a slow process, and a long process. I realised that my brain needed time to heal....Anyway, moral of the story is, I am much better after just 1 year of being chemical free.

 

Ah, thank you so much for hope on a dark dark WD day. I can't feel it but have to believe your words.

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deltaforce33

I am at a place that the rest of you have been. The widows and doors. I have been trying to recover from lexapro for 7 months after quitting cold turkey. My Dr thinks I am crazy. He just says all your tests have came back normal. (Blood, ex-rays, Mri).....He says I am stressed and I need to start taking prozac. I have suffered through every possible side effect possible. The worst for me has been the brain, arm and leg zaps. They disappear briefly for a couple hours every now and then but reappear with a vengeance. They are driving me absolutely insane.   I am hopeful that one day I can come back and tell you my success story. Thanks Aeroman for your story and giving me hope that one day I will be normal again.

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brassmonkey

Hi Deltaforce33-- Welcome to SA.  I'm so glad you find Aeroman's thread to be inspirational, he's one of our real success stories.  Would you please start a thread for yourself over in the Introductions Forum.  Then you can tell us about yourself and everything that is going on.  Once we get that information I think we should have some ideas that will help get your WD symptoms under control and make life a bit more comfortable.

 

Brassmonkey

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PSVT

Hi Aeroman

 

i have read and re read  your success story to keep me sane and keep my hopes alive so it goes without saying, 

 

how have you fared from your alcohol induced "setback"?

 

Anthony

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Aeroman
On 1/8/2018 at 4:45 AM, Sadmom said:

Thank you so much daisybell for the kind words. If I would of known this would have been the outcome I'd never put him on these meds. To begin with. I truly think anyone who can successfully get and stay off these meds are heroes . You all inspire me.

Hi Sad mom, I think all of us would agree that if we had known these would cause all these issues, we would not have touched these drugs. Live and learn. 

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Aeroman
On 1/8/2018 at 6:12 PM, Pluto said:

 

So, Aeroman, thank you so much for sharing your journey! It helped me on mine. I have a long way to go, but I am better off now than I was this time last year. 

I'm glad my thread helped you!  I think you have gotten over that infamous "hump". Keep going! 

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Aeroman
17 hours ago, FarmGirlWorks said:

 

Ah, thank you so much for hope on a dark dark WD day. I can't feel it but have to believe your words.

How long have you been in withdrawal? I remember about the "not feeling it" part. 

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Aeroman
16 hours ago, deltaforce33 said:

I am at a place that the rest of you have been. The widows and doors. I have been trying to recover from lexapro for 7 months after quitting cold turkey. My Dr thinks I am crazy. He just says all your tests have came back normal. (Blood, ex-rays, Mri).....He says I am stressed and I need to start taking prozac. I have suffered through every possible side effect possible. The worst for me has been the brain, arm and leg zaps. They disappear briefly for a couple hours every now and then but reappear with a vengeance. They are driving me absolutely insane.   I am hopeful that one day I can come back and tell you my success story. Thanks Aeroman for your story and giving me hope that one day I will be normal again.

Hi Delta, like Brassmonkey mentioned, feel free to post a new thread for yourself. I remember the brain zaps and at 7 months in WD, I was still in my darkest place. I tell people that I started to get relief from the worst of the worst symptoms at around 10-12 months after my last dose of Lexapro. Again, that's my timeline and it doesn't mean that it will be the same for you. What matters here is that recovery is possible, whether you believe it or not. 

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12 hours ago, sumi said:

Dear Aeroman,
 
Heartiest Congratulations for recovery from withdrawal 
 
Currently I am going through protracted withdrawal syndrome (Windows and waves pattern). Is it possible to end claustrophobia while remaining in protracted withdrawal syndrome using CBT or slow desensitisation? cortisol spike make me little anxious in the morning and makes me little less confident to end claustrophobia.
 
Currently I have Anhedonia but sometimes gets a window particularly when i talk with people, night sleep pattern 11 pm to 4 am. At morning, i feel  cortisol spike. At 10 am, I get some relief from cortisol spike. Little stomach cramping and heart palpitations exists through out the day. Experience mild headache when i take stress...

currently going through some stressful events in life.

I also want to ask one more thing....I am 28 years old and i took paxil for almost 1 year..... I left taking them in April 2017...I am almost 8 months off except i took few tablets in October, 2017.
 
when will my post acute withdrawal syndrome end? and when will i become recovered ?

Regards

Hi, I am not sure how to answer your question regarding the claustrophobia however, the acute symptoms ended for me around month 10-12ish. Like I said above, my timeline may be different than yours but you will recover, give it TIME. I tried all sorts of stuff and NOTHING helped except TIME. I am not sure about your Paxil question. From my experience from talking with others, TIME is what helped us recover regardless of how long, what one took, etc. 

 

Everything you've described about the anhedonia, morning cortisol, etc I went through and those were horrible. The anhedonia for me lingered. My mornings were the worst compared to the evenings. My sleep was really bad in the beginning...I would average 30min of unrestful sleep each night and that lasted for about 5 to 6 months. The sleep finally came back. I did a sleep study and that didn't help. They just said I was restless - really?! 

 

Hang in there. 

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Aeroman
9 hours ago, PSVT said:

Hi Aeroman

 

i have read and re read  your success story to keep me sane and keep my hopes alive so it goes without saying, 

 

how have you fared from your alcohol induced "setback"?

 

Anthony

Hi Anthony, it took me about 2 to 3 days to recover from that drinking issue. I am fine now. After the hang over went away, I fell into this mix of depression and anxiety. It could have been situational as well. Yep, I am good now. Thanks for asking. 

 

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FarmGirlWorks
5 hours ago, Aeroman said:

How long have you been in withdrawal? I remember about the "not feeling it" part. 

Just over 9 months. I guess it is "depersonalization" that occasionally makes it so I don't "feel" deeply.

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Aeroman
8 hours ago, FarmGirlWorks said:

Just over 9 months. I guess it is "depersonalization" that occasionally makes it so I don't "feel" deeply.

Yep. 9 months for me was still tough. I too had the depersonalization. 

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Miracle123

Hi aeroman, i newbie here and i glad u come back again... i also hit phase 2 wd... cos i already drugs free for lexapro (4 mth) and lorezapam (5.5 mth). Extreme Anxiety, panic attack, tingtling neck  and hand...especially heart palpitation is the worst for whole day like i gonna get heart attack or die anytime...i feel lost and dont know how long i could stand. Luckly i always come back to read all insprising stories to give me hope for recovery. But really not fun and  like a hell...fears for nothing...but my body give me fears and affraid i cant control it even sleep will make me awake so many times. I always keep telling myself i not affraid or scared...for everything..crying is the only way to released my depression. Lonely to keep repeat fighting for my freedom.....

Thanks for you to give me all useful information thats i not going to crazy...sorry for my poor english :)

i wishing all buddies here happy joyful and meaningfull new year 2018.

 

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Miracle123

Happy to hear you are doing well after drink wine..can i ask you regarding supplement....right now i just only take ultimate omega fish oil and magnesium chelate..and some folic acid.....have anybody heard about Ashwagandha? i really not dare to take any medicine or even supplement into my mouth ,i need to think about it twice cos my body is so sensitive easy trigger anxiety . But just wanna to know this Ashwagandha will help to released depression and anxiety? Thanks.

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35 minutes ago, Miracle123 said:

Happy to hear you are doing well after drink wine..can i ask you regarding supplement....right now i just only take ultimate omega fish oil and magnesium chelate..and some folic acid.....have anybody heard about Ashwagandha? i really not dare to take any medicine or even supplement into my mouth ,i need to think about it twice cos my body is so sensitive easy trigger anxiety . But just wanna to know this Ashwagandha will help to released depression and anxiety? Thanks.

I used to take ashwagandha years ago with no problems and it helped calm me but I tried it again shortly after I finished my taper and it was activating, it made me have zero sleep the night I tried it, be careful with any supplements like this when in withdrawal

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Miracle123

Hi dj2010, Thanks for your fast reply...but i already bought ashwagandha few week ago....still affraid to open it and try. Might worry for side effect...anyway i think i wont try it. Got any recommeded supplement with zero side effect for temporary release phase 2 ? Thanks. :)

 

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30 minutes ago, Miracle123 said:

Hi dj2010, Thanks for your fast reply...but i already bought ashwagandha few week ago....still affraid to open it and try. Might worry for side effect...anyway i think i wont try it. Got any recommeded supplement with zero side effect for temporary release phase 2 ? Thanks. :)

 

yes I think best not to try it, only supplements I use are magnesium citrate, turmeric capsules, slow release melatonin when needed, also epsom salt bath every night, vegetable juices and smoothies and just started making bone broths, almost every other supplement i have tried has had negative effects, if trying any start with a ultra small dose,

 

take care

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Miracle123
1 hour ago, dj2010 said:

yes I think best not to try it, only supplements I use are magnesium citrate, turmeric capsules, slow release melatonin when needed, also epsom salt bath every night, vegetable juices and smoothies and just started making bone broths, almost every other supplement i have tried has had negative effects, if trying any start with a ultra small dose,

 

take care

Thanks. I will keep it my own supplement ultimate omega fish oil and magnesium citrate too. Thanks for sharing me very much appreciated.

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Tootsieroll

I can't praise Relora enough.  It really helped me through the rough times.

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Meeto
On 3/9/2017 at 10:47 AM, Aeroman said:

Hello All, it's been a long time since I have logged in here and posted.  My story is located here:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7761-%E2%98%BC-aeroman-hello-from-aeroman/?st=0

 

I have been good, fully recovered from Lexapro and Cipro use.  I don't think about withdrawal anymore.  The answer was TIME and GOD in both cases.  For those that are new to withdrawal, don't fret, you will be OK.  I know the beginning months are scary but it won't last forever.  Feel free to ask me questions as I am sure you will have many..especially doubts within yourself.

 

Aeroman

How did you come off cipro the second time?

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Aeroman
11 hours ago, sumi said:

Dear Aeroman,

 

I am off paxil since April 2017. But I took paxil for 10-15 random days in October, 2017. Will it delay my recovery...I am hoping that in April 2018 i would touch 1 year mark but i am scared due to the tablets i took in October 2017 for 10-15 random days. Will they delay my recovery?

 

Regards

No one can answer that. I learned really quick that I could not put a timeline on my recovery. Plus, everyone's timeline is different. 

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