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 The reason I was put on antidepressants was that I have  been suffering from migraines and dizziness for the past three years, which go into remission and come back.  When I have them both are chronic and will get better as time goes on.  In this time period the I began having intrusive thoughts, which I had when I was 18, but completely recovered from.  During my latest bout with dizziness I was having issues with the intrusive thoughts and my neurologist prescribed me Lexapro 10mg to deal with some of the anxiety and to see if it would help with the dizziness.   It should be noted that the intrusive thoughts were well under control, and only came up prior to a migraine.  I was on Lexapro almost two months when I told him it wasn't helping with my dizziness or headaches and he switched me over to Amitriptyline.  Upon my first pill I had a terrible panic attack, felt dizzier, and tired.  This lasted a few weeks, but got better.  At around the two month mark, I began having random panic attacks and extreme irritability.  I also noticed some gastric issues and would even get anxious after eating.

 

The following time I saw neurologist he asked me to up my dosage from 10 mg to 20mg and referred me to a psychiatrist to address the higher levels of anxiety I was developing.  When I went up to 20 mg I had the same reactions as the first 10 mg pill only worse. I went 3-4 days on 20 mg before going back down to 10.  I tried it one more time another 3-4 days and couldn't handle the side effects and went back to 10 mg.  Looking back I know this was a mistake on my part.  A few days later I began developing flu like symptoms and woke up dizzier than I had been in the past.  This dizziness lasted about a week, but the anxiety and obsessive/intrusive thoughts began getting worse and worse.  A few days passed and I began having trouble driving.  I was having trouble concentrating,  I would instantly forget brief moments while driving.  For example, I would come at a stop sign, then turn and leave the neighborhood. A few minutes later I would have trouble remembering doing so (I had to really dig deep to remember even leaving the neighborhood).  A few times I simply would appear somewhere and could not remember how I'd gotten there.  Then came the anhedonia.  It was as if someone has pressed a button and within seconds I lost all interest in everything I had previously enjoyed.  I became emotionless, quiet, and confused.  Since then I have been dealing with flu-like symptoms, muscular and joint pain, brain fog, loss of creativity, disorientation, confusion, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, gastric issues, irritability, erratic crying spells, and the list goes on.  I don't know if I caused this by messing with the dosages or switching meds.  Thank you.

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Altostrata

Welcome, Meeto.

 

When did you go off Lexapro? When was it you increased your amitriptyline dosage from 10mg to 20mg? When did you go back to 10mg?

 

Your current symptoms sound like withdrawal symptoms from decreasing amitriptyline. Are you taking 10mg amitriptyline now?

 

It also sounds like you are very sensitive to both Lexapro and amitriptyline.


 

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Meeto

Hi Altostrata, I went of Lexapro March 8 and Started Amitriptyline the following day.  I increased the Amitriptyline June 5 and went back down possibly the 8th or 9th.  I stayed on 10mg for couple of days and went back up to 20 mg and after too many side effects I went back down again. I can't remember the exact dates.  I have been on 10 mg until last week where I began tapering off.  I did begin to have some symptoms prior to the dosage changes.  Particularly some speech issues, increased anxiety and irritability.

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Meeto

Is the 5-10% tapering method recommended for all antidepressants, or is it different for SSRIs, SNRIs, and Tricyclics? 

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nz11

Meeto how are you doing we haven't heard from you since last year ...any update.

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On 1/2/2018 at 8:27 PM, nz11 said:

Meeto how are you doing we haven't heard from you since last year ...any update.

Hi NZ11 thanks for asking.  Doing a lot worse since my taper began.  Have barely dropped 7% since September and don't seem to stabilize.

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nz11

Thanks for taking the time to update and so sorry to hear that things have not improved.

Hang in there. 

Hope 2018 brings you some stability.

nz11 

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Meeto

For the 10% taper per month, is it ok to go down 2.5% each week as opposed to one drop of 10% all together?

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Gridley

Meeto,

 

Yes, that is fine.  This is known as the Brassmonkey Slide Taper, originated by one of our moderators, Brassmonkey.  I am using this method myself on my taper of Lexapro and have found it works for me.  As the link explains, you taper by four equal 2 1/2% cuts every four weeks followed by a 2-week hold.  

 

Brass Monkey Slide

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On 1/4/2018 at 10:02 PM, nz11 said:

Thanks for taking the time to update and so sorry to hear that things have not improved.

Hang in there. 

Hope 2018 brings you some stability.

nz11 

Hi everyone I have a question for anyone who can help me.  I have been tapering since September and don't ever stabilize and only get worse as time goes on.  I've only made a 7% cut in total, with a 5% cut in September and holding until November, then a 2% and still holding.  I suppose my CNS is highly sensitive because of the medication swap and dosage tinkering that sent me spiraling down.  Should I hold my dose a big longer, or stop tapering all together until I feel better?  Thank you.

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ChessieCat

Have you been keeping notes of your symptoms on paper?  It would be helpful if you could tell us what symptoms you are getting and about any pattern you have noticed after your reductions.

 

Q:  Have you researched side effects of Elavil?

 

Q:  Were you taking any psychiatric drugs prior to taking Lexapro at the beginning of 2017?  If yes, please include them in your signature.

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13 hours ago, Meeto said:

dosage tinkering

 

What dosage tinkering are you talking about?  If this is not listed in your signature please update it.

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Meeto
On 1/14/2018 at 3:57 AM, ChessieCat said:

Have you been keeping notes of your symptoms on paper?  It would be helpful if you could tell us what symptoms you are getting and about any pattern you have noticed after your reductions.

 

Q:  Have you researched side effects of Elavil?

 

Q:  Were you taking any psychiatric drugs prior to taking Lexapro at the beginning of 2017?  If yes, please include them in your signature.

I haven't been taking notes, but will begin to do so.   The patterns I've noticed is that it takes over a month for withdrawal symptoms to be felt -- about 6 weeks.  I also begin to get flu like symptoms, and a strange dissociation feeling for a day or two followed by my current symptoms becoming more intense.  The cognitive/mental symptoms seem to get worse and persist (particularly the confusion, memory, irrational thinking, dp/dr) , while the physical symptoms get stronger for a while but calm down as time progresses. 

My current symptoms: Confusion, OCD, GI issues, joint pain/stiffness, muscle twitching/ pain, rashes and hives, food intolerances, apathy, agitation, anxiety, irritability and anger, memory disturbances, irrational and erratic thinking, burning mouth/skin, severe dp/dr, racing thoughts, impulsivity, apathy, anhedonia, speech slurring and mixing words up, and sensory overload when in a vehicle.

A:  Yes I have, but some of the symptoms I am having don't seem to be side effects.

A:Yes, added to signature

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MamaFlower

I relate SO MUCH to what you are going through. I feel so alone. 

 

I went down 6.5% and four months later I am only getting worse. Has anyone offered you any advice or support? I cannot keep going like this. 

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On 6/18/2018 at 9:54 AM, MamaFlower said:

I relate SO MUCH to what you are going through. I feel so alone. 

 

I went down 6.5% and four months later I am only getting worse. Has anyone offered you any advice or support? I cannot keep going like this. 

I sent you a message

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Posted (edited)

Moved from Brass Monkey Slide topic to keep member's history in their Intro topic.  Quote of this post made in the BMS topic.

 

I noticed a two week hold is recommended presumably to stabilize.  My question is, I am kindled was in WD before tapering.  It usually takes about 4 months for me to stabilize from any drop.  I've only dropped 1.2 mg in a year.  Should I just hold the two weeks and keep going anyways regardless of how I feel?

 

Edited by ChessieCat
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Altostrata

Meeto, how are you doing now?

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brassmonkey

It would be best to hold until you feel stable.  The 2 weeks is a best case guideline. If you were in poop out then I would say to go ahead and taper, but kindling is a bit different. 

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ChessieCat

There are many existing topics on this site.  SA likes to keeps similar information/discussions in one place.  Before creating a new topic please do a search to see if one already exists.  You can either use the site search function, or use google and add survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.

 

Searching for survivingantidepressants.org time found this topic:

 

dyschronometria-distorted-time-perception

 

Your post has been moved to this topic.

 

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Meeto

Hey everyone.  I’m having an issue with the manufacturer I use for amitriptyline being discontinued.   Is there anything I can do to mitigate possible crossover effects?  I’ve been holding my dose for over a year after an adverse reaction I had to zofran at a clinic, but plan on tapering soon.  Thank you. 

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