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thankyou. i hope this is only temporary as i feel like i'm jumping out of my skin and have a millions thoughts racing through my mind.

 

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things are even worse today. i've barely slept all night because of racing thoughts and today my heart is pounding non-stop. i've tried meditation apps, reading, listening to music but nothing is making a dent. 

i presume this is still down to the updose of prozac. i just want to run away from my own mind 😩😩😩

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17 minutes ago, thecowisback said:

things are even worse today. i've barely slept all night because of racing thoughts and today my heart is pounding non-stop. i've tried meditation apps, reading, listening to music but nothing is making a dent. 

i presume this is still down to the updose of prozac. i just want to run away from my own mind 😩😩😩

Looks like the updose of Prozac is too much probably best go back to dose was on before updose, hope things improve

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hmm, i'm wondering that myself. i think i shouldn't have jumped from 4mg to 5mg. 

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3/5/2019

7am got up took 5mg prozac. feeling very panicky on waking. heart racing. blurred vision. 

8.30 took kids to school. very scared. heart pounding.

12.00 had lunch. very scared and very tired and sleepy. 

5 pm cooked dinner. anxiety easing slightly but still pounding heartbeat. 

8 pm watched tv. very sleepy. kept nodding off. 

11.30 took levothyroxine 75 mcg, sage 50mg, candesartan 4mg. fell asleep straight away. woke every hour but managed to get back to sleep until 5.38 am then never got back to sleep. 

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@Altostrata do you i should cut back as dj2010 suggests or keep on with the 5mg?

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On an entirely separate note - does the brain take a long time to recover from painkiller addiction in the same way it takes a long time to heal from SSRI use? 

The reason I ask is I managed to stop using co-codamol after 16 years of addiction. I tapered off them with the help of a taper program from a charity and finished taking them a few months before I stopped the Prozac. 

I 've never put this on my signature as I've always been really embarrassed about being addicted to them. Now I'm wondering if coming of them made my later withdrawals from Prozac worse. 😒

 

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4th may

7am took 5mg prozac. high anxiety. 

9 am took kids to saturday activities. did some reading while waiting for them 

1 pm had lunch. feeling very scared. bad anxiety all afternoon - pounding heart, jelly legs. 

5.30 cooked dinner. anxiety eased a little. 

spent the evening watching movies with the family. ok until around 10.30 when panic started to set in. tried to resist ocd compulsions but gave in which made my husband angry with me. 😢😢😢

12.00 took candesartan  4mg, levothyroxine ,75mcg, sage 50mg. slept very restlessly until 5 am then wide awake. 

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15 hours ago, thecowisback said:

On an entirely separate note - does the brain take a long time to recover from painkiller addiction in the same way it takes a long time to heal from SSRI use? 

The reason I ask is I managed to stop using co-codamol after 16 years of addiction. I tapered off them with the help of a taper program from a charity and finished taking them a few months before I stopped the Prozac. 

I 've never put this on my signature as I've always been really embarrassed about being addicted to them. Now I'm wondering if coming of them made my later withdrawals from Prozac worse. 😒

 

Kudos to you TCIB ,Who knows ,maybe .I'm very ashamed of my own past addictions .I need to forgive myself .

Total respect .

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thecowisback

it'snall too easy to get hoomked on these things and a bugger to stop them 😡

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aargh-too many typos using this tablet!!!! it should say it's all too easy to get hooked!!

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1 hour ago, thecowisback said:

all too easy to get hooked!!

Its not a personality flaw ,some peoples systems are set up to be more susceptible  to addiction or dependence .look on the bright side ,you'll be able to watch out for  your kids as they get older and what they should avoid.the future is genetic testing before given any medication . 

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i know i'm being impatient but i really hoped i'd have seen some benefit of reinstating by now when i started back on the meds in january. 

it feels like yet another year is galloping by with me just observing life from the wings. i am involved in daily life to a huge degree- having children means i have to carry on regardless (anyone remember that film?😉) but i feel so detached from all the fun and excitement when good things happen.

it's now may and i'm feeling worse right now than i did back in january. 😢 i guess i'll have to keep plodding on at this dose for a while but if things don't buck up soon i'll have to start thinking about tapering off. 

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3 minutes ago, powerback said:

Its not a personality flaw ,some peoples systems are set up to be more susceptible  to addiction or dependence .look on the bright side ,you'll be able to watch out for  your kids as they get older and what they should avoid.the future is genetic testing before given any medication . 

i've always been easily hooked on things. first it was cigarettes, then co-proxamol, then co-codamol. 

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1 minute ago, thecowisback said:

i've always been easily hooked on things. first it was cigarettes, then co-proxamol, then co-codamol. 

I'm the same ,careful though because theres very few buddha's out , we all have vices ,keep trying to find healthier ways .

Looking at a crispy pint of beer last night on tv  and it got the blood flowing lol,but I know I never can .when I get well again ,ile set up a nice walk on the cameno way ,a 500km treck to blow off steam ha.I miss the high from a jog.im getting nice flash backs about my hikes ,this is good .

Your doing well keeping engaged with life ,have you even given yourself praise 👍

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it's good you've got goals in mind 😊 

no i never praise myself 😑

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7 minutes ago, thecowisback said:

it's good you've got goals in mind 😊 

no i never praise myself 😑

A little ambitious lol,a hike up a 700 metre hill in my area would suffice, that I used to jog up .ye im glad nicer memories are coming into this mind of mine . 

 Well start praising yourself 👍

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1 minute ago, thecowisback said:

👌

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since increasing prozac 2 weeks ago i have had very bad anxiety and my ocd has ramped up. it's got worse as the fortnight has worn on. oddly though i had 2 good nights where i slept and woke without panic or intrusive thoughts. these were on days 4 and 7 after increasing the dose.

this worries me that maybe those two good nights came from the 4mg dose kicking in and that me being impatient and increasing to 5mg was a mistake. should i have given the 4mg more time to work? should i keep on with the 5mg or should i reduce the dose back to 4mg? is it even too late to do that? 

i'm in such a quandry and am kicking myself for not giving the 4mg longer to work. i'm hoping all this increased anxiety will ease up as i get used to the higher dose. 

have any of the mods got any advice please?

@Altostrata @ChessieCat @Gridley

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5 hours ago, thecowisback said:

should i keep on with the 5mg or should i reduce the dose back to 4mg? is it even too late to do that? 

Since you've made many increases in the last few months, I would hold at 5mg and not make any more changes and let yourself stabilize at that dose. 

 

 It takes about 4 days for a dose change to get to get to full state in the blood and a bit longer for it to register in the brain. It may take some weeks for your nervous system to settle down.

 

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ok, thankyou ☺

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Altostrata

Daily notes, please.

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will do. i've only got the last 2 days as i'd stopped writing them down. i found i was dwelling too much on my symptoms by noting them every day but i guess i'll need to do that to keep an eye on what the dosage is doing to me. 

 

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5/5

7 am took prozac 5mg. very scared - heart pounding. intrusive thoughts all morning. 

cleaned the house up and caught up with laundry/ironing. 

1.pm had lunch. very tired afterwards. fell asleep trying to watch tv. 

2.30 went for a walk. feeling really cold. still pounding heart and intrusive thoughts. 

5 pm cooked dinner. very tearful and scared. 

6.30 went to visit friends for the evening. very relaxed evening. fears subsided a little. 

9.30 put kids to bed and watched a movie. fell asleep before the end. racing heartbeat was a bit better this evening but still feeling scared. 

11.45 took levothyroxine 75mcg, sage 50mg, candesartan 4mg. went to bed. fell straight to sleep. very vivid dreams all night. 

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my ocd went up to the highest level i've had in years last night. i'm still shaking this morning but trying hard to defuse the thoughts. my husband is furious with me for asking for reassurance yesterday as i'd promised i wouldn't do that any more. 

i hope this levels out soon. 

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i'm so frightened of everything today - the phone ringing, the post landing on the mat. i have no idea where this level of fear appeared from. i just want to hide away until all this is over. 

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6/5

7 am took 5mg prozac. very scared on waking. feeling very tired. 

12.00 had lunch. fell asleep straight after eating. slept for over an hour and found it very hard to wake up. very anxious. ocd is quite bad. 

5.40 had a panic attack from ocd thoughts. couldn't eat dinner because i wqs so scared. hid in my bedroom for most of the evening. panic got worse as the evening wore on.

11.00 took candesartan 4mg, levothyroxine 75mcg, sage 50mg. 

fell asleep around 1.30 am. bad nightmares. awake every hour and wide awake at 5 with horrible feelings of panic and hopelessness. 

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7/5

7am took prozac 5mg. very tired after little sleep. very anxious. heart banging. 

8.30 took kids to school. unbelievable anxiety levels. heart pounding. blurry vision. cannot concentrate on anything. 

bad anxiety and ocd all morning. 

2pm went into town to run errands. slightly calmer. 

4pm starting to feel 'high' as if i'd taken codeine. feeling lasted until around 9 pm when it faded. feeling much calmer but extremely tired. 

did the ironing while watchivng a movie.

11.30 pm took levothyroxine75mcg, sage 50mg, candesartan 4mg. went to bed. slept until 5 am then wide awake.

 

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8/5

7 am took 5mg prozac. feeling anxious. 

8.30 took kids to school. feeling very angry over cars parked on the pavement near the school. kids told me i needed to calm down as i was angry. 

intrusive thoughts and racing heartbeat all morning. 

11.40 itching/tingling started on right ankle. had this afew weeks ago but it had gone away. 

5 pm cooked dinner. very anxious and lost my temper when someone complained about their dinner. hid in my room for an hour to calm down. very bad intrusive thoughts.

8 pm tried to watch a film but intrusive thoughts were bad. 

went to bed to read instead. 

11 pm took levothyroxine 75 mcg, candesartan 4 mg and sage 50 mg. went to bed. very restless night. woken at 1am by one of the kids having bad dreans. woken again at 5 by my husband as he couldn't sleep. 

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9/5

7 am took prozac 5mg feeling anxious. intrusive thoughts. 

11 am went into town. racing heartbeat. trying to rush to get home. made myself slow down and finish my errands. 

1 pm had lunch. feeling dizzy and very tired. 

3.30 picked up kids. took one of them to a doctor's appointment. heart banging in the waiting room. 

5 pm cooked dinner. very anxious. 

7 pm watched a film with the family. lots of intrusive thoughts. very sleepy. 

10.30 pm  took levothyroxine 75 mcg, candesartan 4 mg and sage 50 mg. fell asleep quickly but then wide awake from 4 am. 

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Hope you're doing better! 

(I have had quite a bit of anxiety too. 

Definitely not fun.)

 

 

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thanks tweet. x

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10/5

7am took 5mg prozac. racing heartbeat. 

10am went to an appoitment. went well but still feeling very anxious. 

1pm had luch. still anxious but calmer than this morning. 

2pm ended up in a family argument. can't stop crying. 

3.30 had to pick kids up and pretend everything is normal. 

5 pm still crying. phoned a family member who tried to calm me down. 

7 pm still upset from the argument. spent the evening watching tv with the kids then went to bed early to read by myself and escape more arguments. 

11pm took candesartan 4 mg, levothyroxine 75mcg, sage 50mg. fell straight to sleep. up at 1.30 am. back to sleep around 2.30 and wide awake at 5 am. 

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1 hour ago, thecowisback said:

ended up in a family argument.

this person needs to be avoided or educated about  your situation .

Do you reckon your anxiety is seeking out conflict to reduce tension inside you[a theory of mine in general  ].I believe my father has done this unconsciously he's whole life.  

but I understand how hair trigger sensitive we can be.the amount of energy I put into not reacting exhausts me.

 Take care TCIB.

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this person has a lot of problems of their own and i always seem to be their emotional punchbag. no chance of avoiding them sadly 😑 

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