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Altostrata

Now that I think of it, my joints swelled up when I took Buspar. These drugs do stuff like that.

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SadDad88

Possible to get slammed with sereve withdrawal a month out from discontinuation of Lexapro? I took it for only two weeks at a low dosage but had almost every severe adverse reaction to it. 

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Leo1983

Hi.

 

Im not a mod but i have learnt alot. I hqve also read the advice you have been given. 

 

Yes - it is common to have a delayed withdrawal. Everyone is different. It took about 8 weeks for withdrawal to hit me. They say that this is every last drop of the drug leaving every place in your body.  (Mod Note - Please see:  are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take)

 

Lexapro is a very powerful drug. It is the most potent of the SSRIs and is also highly selective in the brain on receptors.

 

Alot of people here complain of Lexapro withdrawal. 

 

What you are experiencing appears to be very common. Your aymptoms are very normal. 

 

You have also been given advice around the benzo use. You may want to look at some advice on what you can do with that? Is the benzo causing you issues? Or is it a mix of both?. 

 

I can tell you 1st hand this process is the worst ever. It is very frightening and causes alot of panic. However you have 2 options... 1)Do your homework, try to get a plan for your drugs and learn to accept and ride the waves. Also read positive success stories and learn tips to cope. Or 2) fight it, panic, not accept it, continue to take benzos without a plan and give your brain and body more stress. 

 

Option 1 is the only known way forward. 

 

We all know its a nightmare and it hurts so bad. 

 

BUT it gets better. There proof it gets better. Im better than i was 6 month ago. But i accept im this for a while. 

 

I have too........ 

 

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Gridley

Leo has given good advice and made some excellent points.

 

Withdrawal symptoms can definitely be delayed.  As Alto said, symptoms and healing from an adverse reaction are very similar to withdrawal symptoms.

 

Delayed onset of withdrawal symptoms

 

Here is some information on withdrawal:

 

 
 

 

When we take medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.  
 
 
These two links are helpful in understanding what's going on in your brain:
 


 

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SadDad88

So my pdoc had me do a genetic test. Hopefully this reveals how I metabolize Lexapro. 

 

At any rate, I do think ssris are poison to me.

 

Currently added hydroxyzine to my med mix. I've had it before two years ago. Worked great for a bit. I need something to curb this extreme anxiety that is bordering on panic. Otherwise I wont be able to work and everything falls apart for my family and obviously myself.

 

I've never felt worse in my life then after taking this med twice! How can I be so stupid to try it again? Good Lord forgive me for my stupidity.

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Altostrata

The genetic tests may suggest which drugs and drug combinations to avoid in the future, but they're useless to explain withdrawal syndrome or whatever symptoms you're having now.

 

How are you feeling?

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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

The genetic tests may suggest which drugs and drug combinations to avoid in the future, but they're useless to explain withdrawal syndrome or whatever symptoms you're having now.

 

How are you feeling?

 

 

I agree with you! I'm curious to see what the results will be.

 

I'm very angry honestly. I met with another psychiatrist who told me that ssris don't change brain chemistry and that there was no way what I'm experiencing what due to Lexapro. I wanted to beat her down so bad because she was lying right to my face. This is the second time that I've experienced horrible reaction and witjdrawal due to this med. I'm feeling incredibly hoodwinked and dumb for actually trying it again thinking the docs were right.

 

I have hair trigger anxiety in any situation. Base line is just anxiety. I don't see how people can go through this. It's been two years for me. A lot of the days better than others but during the Lexapro aftermath it's been the worst.

 

Thanks for lending an ear Alto.

 

The hydroxyzine helps take the edge off but I still feel it 

 

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Altostrata

It's very, very hard to find a good psychiatrist.

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SadDad88

So today I had a really good window. So far it's lasted 8 hours and hasn't stopped yet. I have felt great. What a sensation to feel normal. 

 

I hope this is a good sign. I know it may go away via windows and waves but I'm hoping for the best. I have a family to support and need to be as stable as possible.

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On 12/1/2018 at 3:47 PM, Altostrata said:

It's very, very hard to find a good psychiatrist.

I had a two almost three day window where I felt 95 percent myself or 100 percent a few times. Tonight I was hit by confusion, memory loss, shaking. It's subsiding but lasted 3 hours. 

 

I'm excited! I hope this keeps up. Is this a good sign of healing? 

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ChessieCat

Yes it is a good sign.  Just be careful not to overdo things when you are feeling good.

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Altostrata

Good to hear. What is your current drug schedule, with dosages?

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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

Good to hear. What is your current drug schedule, with dosages?

15mg Valium daily split up in 3 doses every 8 hours. 50 ish mg of hydroxyzine. 25mg at 8pm and 12.5mg in the am with Valium and the other 12.5 at 2pm.

 

Hydroxyzine stoped having it's sedation effect. Not sure if it's even helping my anxiety anymore.

 

Had another good day with some minor hiccups.

 

If this keeps up, I'm going to eventually taper Valium very slowly in a couple of months. I'm very familiar with benzos unfortunately. Tapered from 20mg to 15mg over 5 months with tolerable withdrawal symptom ls.

 

Thanks Alto

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Altostrata

You're welcome. When you want to start tapering, please start a topic in the benzo forum.

 

You might want to step down on the hydroxyzine and go off it over a week or so.

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Iive recently experienced a sensation that feels like sudden drops. For instance, like if you were in an elevator and it dropped a half a foot and stopped. I also feel like jerking motions back and forth. All of this accompanying a vibrating feeling. Kinda like im in an earthquake. My hands quiver and it feels like my cns is in overdrive 

 

Normal anxiety or withdrawal symptom?  First time for me.

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ChessieCat
7 minutes ago, SadDad88 said:

So I tried doing a little research on what this antihistamine actually does receptor wise. I found some articles saying it acts on serotonin. Has anyone else come across this? It has sedating effects and helps anxiety. I'm currently taking it and I feel it does nothing. When I try to stop, my anxiety sky rockets. So I suppose it does do something for me, or has a withdrawal affect even though everything says it doesn't.

 

Thoughts on this med? I tried it last year when I had horrible insomnia from Lexapro the first time around. It worked wonders but stopped working after a couple of months. I found it hard to discontinue and had to taper it over some weeks to months. 

 

I've merged the new topic you created with the existing topic on this subject.  Before starting a new topic please check to see what already exists.  Use either the site search or google and add survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.

 

antihistamines-for-withdrawal-insomnia-diphenhydramine-doxylamine-hydroxyzine

 

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SadDad88
1 minute ago, ChessieCat said:

 

I've merged the new topic you created with the existing topic on this subject.  Before starting a new topic please check to see what already exists.  Use either the site search or google and add survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.

 

antihistamines-for-withdrawal-insomnia-diphenhydramine-doxylamine-hydroxyzine

 

Thanks

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1 minute ago, ChessieCat said:

 

I've merged the new topic you created with the existing topic on this subject.  Before starting a new topic please check to see what already exists.  Use either the site search or google and add survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.

 

antihistamines-for-withdrawal-insomnia-diphenhydramine-doxylamine-hydroxyzine

 

I can't find my question anywhere though on the board. The part where perhaps it acts on serotonin.

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ChessieCat
20 minutes ago, SadDad88 said:

So I tried doing a little research on what this antihistamine actually does receptor wise. I found some articles saying it acts on serotonin. Has anyone else come across this? It has sedating effects and helps anxiety. I'm currently taking it and I feel it does nothing. When I try to stop, my anxiety sky rockets. So I suppose it does do something for me, or has a withdrawal affect even though everything says it doesn't.

 

Thoughts on this med? I tried it last year when I had horrible insomnia from Lexapro the first time around. It worked wonders but stopped working after a couple of months. I found it hard to discontinue and had to taper it over some weeks to months. 

 

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Leo1983

Looks to me that it causes trouble eventually like all drugs if that helps. 

 

Cheers

 

Leo

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SadDad88

Can taking magnesium supplements cause depression by chance?

 

I started taking glycinate, 150mg per day. It makes me fatigued sometimes and tited but absolutely kills my anxiety, which I love. But I've noticed I get depression. I never had an issue with depression before.

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ChessieCat

Some members find that they have issues when taking magnesium

 

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SadDad88

I'm currently about 3 months off a horrible reaction to Lexapro that I took briefly for almost two weeks. Sometimes I become incredibly sleepy and other days I don't sleep that well and I'm wired. Is this normal? 

 

Today was a but scary. I had a solid 6 hours of sleep, woke up and felt fine. Left for work for a two hour drive, 15 minutes into it I became incredibly drowsy the entire time. That was followed by a day of stomach cramps, headaches and malaise. 

 

So is it normal to become increasingly sleepy sometimes? Of so, what's the cause?

 

BTW, things are slowly getting better! I still have crappy days unfortunately but I'm hopeful

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Altostrata
On 12/5/2018 at 6:40 PM, SadDad88 said:

15mg Valium daily split up in 3 doses every 8 hours. 50 ish mg of hydroxyzine. 25mg at 8pm and 12.5mg in the am with Valium and the other 12.5 at 2pm.

 

Hydroxyzine stoped having it's sedation effect. Not sure if it's even helping my anxiety anymore.

 

Had another good day with some minor hiccups.

 

If this keeps up, I'm going to eventually taper Valium very slowly in a couple of months. I'm very familiar with benzos unfortunately. Tapered from 20mg to 15mg over 5 months with tolerable withdrawal symptom ls.

 

Thanks Alto

 

Are you still taking Valium? What is your current drug schedule, with dosages?

 

Please re-read The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

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27 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

 

Are you still taking Valium? What is your current drug schedule, with dosages?

 

Please re-read The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

I am, been on it for 2 years. Went from 20mg to 15mg over 5 months. I want to taper again since I stopped last April but I don't know when a good time to do so would be since I had a bad reaction to Lexapro. 

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Altostrata
20 hours ago, Altostrata said:

What is your current drug schedule, with dosages?

 

Sleepiness is a common side effect of benzos. In fact, a lot of people take them as sleep drugs.

 

You may see a correlation between your drug schedule and your symptoms. Please supply your drug schedule as requested.

 

Please go to drugs.com and read up on the side effects of each of your drugs.

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ChessieCat
1 hour ago, SadDad88 said:

Has anyone experienced extremely dry eyes. It's totally random and has a sudden onset. I don't have any allergies that I know of and it all started after three Lexapro incident. It goes away quickly as well.

 

I've moved your post to an existing topic: vision-symptoms-floaters-snow-blurreddimmed-vision-twitching-dry-eyes-and-pain

 

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