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Hey Guys,

 

New here. I have been on and off antidepressants for over 15 years. I am not 37 and have been off Prozac for 4.5 months. Just a quick question. It seems over the last couple weeks I have gotten super restless and there is a TON of fear & terror. Is that pretty par for the course for this amount of time being off? Just looking for some answers. Thanks for taking the time.  

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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Hello, Relentless and welcome to survivingantidepressants.com,

 

I'm glad you found your way here.  So that we may better answer your questions and offer guidance, we ask that you you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly?  You said you have been off Prozac for 4 1/2 months.  Could you be sure to include the dosage(s) you were on and whether you tapered (if so, as what rate?) or went off the drug cold-turkey.

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 A too-fast taper can certainly cause the symptoms you are talking about.  Anxiety and restlessness are very common withdrawal symptoms.  Regarding restlessness, if you Google "survivingantdepressants akathisia" or "survivingantidepressants restlessness" you will find a wealth of material on the subject.

 

Here are some other links you might find helpful.  The link "Non-drug coping techniques to cope with emotional symptoms" offers many ways to help you cope with anxiety.

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

 

We encourage members to visit the topics of other members.  This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.

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Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.   

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8mg and shift to Imipramine taper

Aug. 5, 2022: shift back to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Oct. 20, 2022: 3.2mg

Taper is 83% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Aug. 5: 9.5mg 

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Hey Guys,

 

2 weeks off 6 months out and i have to say that the past week has been the worst so far. Akathisia is a pretty bad and i fear that im losing my mind. Is this normal to hit 6 months out? Things started getting difficult in month 4. I try to stay away from these forums as sometimes i feel like it makes me dwell on my current state more but sometimes i can't help but come on and scroll through countless posts looking for some shred of comfort. Looking something positive. It's also my suspicion that the holidays arent making things any easier too. any help is appreciated. I remember when i stopped the meds last year feeling exactly this way and i had no idea about withdrawal from this stuff so i was going out of my mind from doctor to doctor, even got diagnosed with OCD which i have never had before. I guess i'm a little more prepared this time which helps but sweet jesus is this terrifying. Anyone else have this pattern? i hear alot of people say they improved slightly at 7-8 months, any truth to that? Thanks for looking.

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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Hi Relentless,

 

Oh yeah, it is normal to have WD several months out. I am in month 8 of a sertraline/zoloft WD and still experiencing the windows and waves. The waves seem super intense and makes me so grateful for windows even if they are only a few hours or a day. For me, months 3-5 were worse. I know what you mean about not coming to these forums so as not to dwell on your state but so many great resources and in Waves the support, for me, has been essential.

  • Prozac | late 2004-mid-2005 | CT WD in a couple months, mostly emotional
  • Sertraline 50-100mg | 11/2011-3/2014, 10/2014-3/2017
  • Sertraline fast taper March 2017, 4 weeks, OFF sertraline April 1, 2017
  • Quit alcohol May 20, 2017
  • Lifestyle changes: AA, kundalini yoga

 

"If you've seen a monster, even if it's horrible, that's evidence of divinity." – Damien Echols

 

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Sorry you have to go through this relentless. No one can tell you how long it will go on for. Healing takes as long as it takes.

However for some of us (especially those who tapered too fast and had long term exposure) it appears to be taking years. It will get better with time. For me the first two years were the most difficult and I saw little improvement. Then things got better ...slowly over the next few years.

 

 

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Hi Guys,

 

Just checking in. 6.5 months off now. Is it normal for things to get worse this far out? I think it's safe to say that this is the worst i've felt so far. Tons of anxiety, depression & terror are the highest they have been. I think the thing that gets me is that i seem to obsess over the possibility of this getting worse. Reinstatment has crossed my mind. I'm just super scared and my body feels jittery and terrified. I'm not sure there is much i can do. Maybe just looking for some support or reassurance. Thanks for anyone who reads.

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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I know how you feel about obsessing about things getting worse. Lots of people here hit bad times 4, 6, 8 or 12 months after, but check out the recovery stories section of the site to help you out with that obsessing.

 

More experienced people will be able to talk about reinstatement, but my newbie understanding is that as your last med was over 6 months ago it is better not to. It's more likely that you are just going to have to sit tight and get through it. But wait until someone who knows for sure replies.

 

Check out the symptoms and self care section too.

Current daily meds. Citalopram 2.5mg morning. Diazapam 1.5mg evening, Propanalol 40mg split 4x10mg throughout day.

 

Recent meds. Fluoxetine 20mg began 24th Nov 2017, CT on 4th December on medical advice due to bad Akathisia. Citalopram 10mg began on 13th Dec 2017, tapered to 2.5mg by 20th Dec 2017 on medical advice. Diazapam 2mg began on 6th Dec 2017 cut to 1.5 mg on 26th Dec. Propanalol 40mg began on 13th Dec. Zopiclone 3.75 mg began 13th December, used maybe 5 times then quit.

 

Previous history. Tricyclics, Fluoxetine or Citalopram for periods of 6mo to 2yrs over last 25 years. Probably 5 yrs in total. No significant ill effects.

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I'm not a mod but I know there is still a small chance a RI could help...maybe 1 or 2 mgs.

it's worth trying if it lets you avoid years of suffering like I have.

hope Alto or a mod will advise you.

take care and good luck.

ds

went on Prozac 1994-99,60mg.poopout ct  back on 2001-2002,prozac weekly 2002,not working,Effexor 75 mg.?2003-mar.2004 gaining weight 8wk. taper,wellbutrin 150 mg.mar. -may 2004 ctmedfree til july 2005 back to Prozac gaining weight again,back on wellbutrin jan.2006150-300 mg.bad constipation.also was taking aygestin(hormone)perimenopausal irregular bleeding.back on Prozac around sept,?2006,hysterectomy jan30.2007(adenomyosis)off&on Prozac til 2009,citalopram about 1 mo, April 2010 no effect,Effexor again may -mar, 2011.ct,Prozac aug,-dec, 2011 &sept-nov 2012,paroxetine oct,23 2013-may 4 2014 20 mgs.tapered 6 wks.-failed RI in Oct.2014-in protracted WD.started 10 mgs. Fluoxetine May 25.

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Hi Relentless. I don't think anyone here can guarantee that things will definitely improve for you soon. 

What's the general pattern? Is it improving, stable, or worsening? Have some things got better and others worse?

Personally, I tried to ride out withdrawals twice. Last time in 2017 they steadily got worse over 8 months. I didn't experience "increasing windows vs waves" as is talked about during withdrawal. Things simply got worse for me over time. My sense is that if the time on SSRIs is long, or the jump is too quick, then the nervous system really struggles or simply cannot bridge the gap between how it functioned on the drugs and how it used to function.

The only small relief I got was reinstating a small amount of the original SSRI. If things are following the trend of getting worse, I'd encourage you to consider trying this. 

I was in an insane level of daily suffering until shortly after I did reinstate. It took a few weeks of enduring chaos but then it was simply better on every level.

The only thing that was hard to digest was that my suffering over the last 8 months had been needless. I had imagined going through the dark tunnel of sewerage and coming out of the other side free. I was fully willing to do it. Like the shawshank redemption or something. But it doesn't work that way. It was just a myth I was buying into to rationalise my own suffering.

 

The best way to heal seems to be to stay out of that tunnel. To go so slowly and gently that you never enter that place of severe suffering. Because if you go there, 1) there are no guarantees of a timeline of getting better, although people usually do heal in the long term and 2) severity of symptoms may negate your ability to have a balanced, healthy life, to sleep, work, exercise, socialise, and so on - and these are precisely the things that will help you to heal. 

  • 2008: Started Citalopram 30mg
  • Sept 2014: Tapered down Citalopram over 6 months and discontinued Feb 2015
  • Severe withdrawals peaked in July/Aug 2015. Totally housebound.
  • Sept 2015: Sertraline started @ 100mg on GP advice.
  • Oct to Dec 2015: Reduced to Sertraline 50mg due to side effects. 
  • Jan 2016 to March 2017: Tapered Sertraline to 2mg @ 10% per month. 
  • Severe withdrawals peaked again June 2017. Totally housebound. 
  • Diazepam: July 2017 5mg // Aug 2017 2.5mg // Sept 2017 1mg // 12th Dec 2017 0.85mg 
  • Sertraline Reinstatement: 23 Oct 2017 5mg // 15 Nov 2017 10mg // 23 Nov 2017 15mg 
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Sertraline is a tough one. I was having a bad day yesterday and then feel okay emotionally today. Went over my journals from when this rollercoaster started 9.5 months ago and can see that there HAS been improvement. It is just hard to remember when in the midst of a wave.

 

I am sorry you're feeling so bad, Relentless. Read a Success Story as they do show that there is an end to this tunnel. It's just dark and scary while in it. So glad to have found this forum for support and real information. Hang in there!

 

ps: instead of taking fish oil/omega 3 in the morning, started taking it three times/day to increase the support of my brain. It's only been a day but feel that has been helpful.

  • Prozac | late 2004-mid-2005 | CT WD in a couple months, mostly emotional
  • Sertraline 50-100mg | 11/2011-3/2014, 10/2014-3/2017
  • Sertraline fast taper March 2017, 4 weeks, OFF sertraline April 1, 2017
  • Quit alcohol May 20, 2017
  • Lifestyle changes: AA, kundalini yoga

 

"If you've seen a monster, even if it's horrible, that's evidence of divinity." – Damien Echols

 

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Would i get liquid prozac to reinstate? Would i eventually microtaper off this or is this a lifetime thing? Any advice from mods would be great.

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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2mg?

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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James,

do you plan on being on the medicine for life or do you plan to reduce further?

 

 

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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Hello, Relentless.

 

How did you come off Prozac? Was it effective in stopping your symptoms from cold turkey of Zoloft and Klonopin?

 

When you cam off Prozac, did you have any withdrawal symptoms?

 

Yes, reinstatement of perhaps 2mg Prozac might help. This topic explains how to make your own liquid Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)

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Hi Alto,

 

i didnt really have any symptoms after stopping prozac. They actually started around month 3.5. I did find out that i have acid reflux which was keeping me from sleeping and sent me into a panic hence the trip to the ER. I also have some pretty big life events going on which cause stress like

 im having another baby in 2 days and my business is not doing so well and had to close one of my stores. I really dont want to touch the prozac again so was just thinking taking a benzo rarely and as needed. I tapered off prozac over the course of 3 months from

20mg. I just dont want to make things worse and to tell you the truth the thing that stirs up most panick is the thought of things getting worse which is silly. The benzo does calm me down a bit as i had some in hospital the other night so i figured it might help. Thanks for the reply and let me know if you have any more questions.

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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8 hours ago, Relentless27 said:

I did find out that i have acid reflux which was keeping me from sleeping and sent me into a panic hence the trip to the ER.

 

I had a lot of stomach problems many years ago when was forced to go cold turkey from venlfaxine, I got a stomach ulcer and had acid reflux for long time, at first was on omperazole, but what found most effective for acid reflux was apple cider vinegar, mix couple of teaspoons in water and drink morning, afternoon and before bed,

 

stay strong

 

 

2001 - 2005 prozac,  2001 - 2017 various benzos, mainly diazapem and zanex,  2002 - 2017 olanzapine or seroquel,  2002 -2017 propanolol, 2005 - 2009 venlafaxine 75mg , forced to go cold turkey off venlafaxine as moved Thailand, doctor cut me off and couldn't get it there, severely ill for over 2 years, countered withdrawals with more zanex and seroquel

2014 returned to UK, mainly to get treatment getting off meds

doctor advised to taper seroquel over a few weeks, severely ill and bed bed-bound so reinstated it, 2015 tapered seroquel myself slower over a few months, was off it 2 months and was too ill so went on olanzapine, became zombie and too tired to get out of bed, went back on seroquel, very depressed so went back on venlafaxine, didnt work  so doctor swapped to zoloft became very agitated so back on venlafaxine

June 2016 - felt strong enough to begin tapering again, started what I thought was a slow taper of all meds,  2016 July Not had any alcoholic drink since this date, 

2016 October completely off diazepem, 2017 Feb completely off seroquel, 2017 March completely off proponanlol, 2017 April (day before birthday) completely off venlafaxine, OFF ALL MEDS 11/4/2017, was fine for nearly 3 months and then delayed withdrawal hit,

supplements taking: turmeric capsules, NiaCel (nicotinamide riboside), Vit B12 sublingual, Vit B3, Vit B6, Vit B1, apple cider vinegar, manuka umf 10 honey, camu camu powder,  melatonin when needed, epsom salt baths, juices, smoothies, 

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15175-dj2010-off-all-meds-for-3-months-and-been-fine-now-bad-insomnia/

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Hi Alto,

 

so i would go on the liquid and then taper from there once im stabilized? Gonna try to get some liquid.

 

jon

2007-2016- zoloft 100mg, klonopin 1mg

March 2016- Cold turkey off both

July 2016- Reinstated Prozac (after 3 months med merigo round)

July 2017- Off prozac after 3 month taper from 20mg

July 2017 MED FREE

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