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I’ve always had mild anxiety issues but managed to deal with it.  Usually they manifested through hypochondria.  A lot of fixating on stomach issues or thinking about contagious diseases.


About 15 years ago I had a hard time dealing with family issues and was prescribed Celexa.  I forget the dosage.  I took it for a few days and was plunged into extreme anxiety and was unable to leave my apartment for three days.  I stopped immediately and stabilized.  Not sure if it was all in my head or not.


About a year ago I started having worsening insomnia.  I think a lot of personal changes were contributing to it such as moving to a new home and city with my partner and changing jobs.  I had panic attacks here and there and much worse anxiety.


My psych put me on Zoloft.  I switched it up after a few weeks because my partner thought it was making me behave differently.  Maybe my anxiety issues were just coming out into the open more?  He’s pretty suspicious of SSRIs.


I then started prozac and took it for nine weeks.  It was very difficult to tell if it was making any difference at all.  At best it seemed to numb me a bit, but at the same time was feeling very agitated and anxious especially after taking my morning dose of 20mg.


During the 8th week my dose was increased to 30 mg and this seemed to be the breaking point. Just didn’t seem to help any and the restlessness was too hard to bear.


I was an idiot and experimented with going cold turkey.  For the first week it seemed to be a huge improvement.  My mood improved a great deal.  But that didn’t last and now several weeks later I’m having such strong anxiety and depression I just can’t motivate myself to do anything.


A lot of the symptoms are the same as during taking prozac but worse.  I’m so confused as to what I’m going through.  Tingling sensitive skin, inability to relax, difficulty sleeping and waking up too early, staying in my room all day.


  I put faith in the professionals but my psych just never seemed to help out much except give me vague statements.


Not sure where to go from here at all.  I have some of the 10mg doses left from when I was using them to increase from 20mg to 30mg.  I don’t have health insurance at the moment so wondering what my options are for reinstating if necessary.


This is all so difficult.  Feels like I’m just so messed up for good.  And the lack of energy just makes me want to hide from everything.

First week of October to first week of December 2018: 20 mg Prozac


Cold Turkey since then

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Welcome to SA, Peter.  You are not messed up for good.  The brain has remarkable abilities to heal itself.


To start off, in order to give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  
After you've done your signature, we can give you suggestions about reinstating.  Please be sure to include the date you CT'd from 30mg and also the dates you were on 20mg.  Reinstating works most dependably with three months of cessation of the drug, but that's not a hard and fast rule.
At this time, reinstatement of a very small dose of the original drug is the only known way to help alleviate withdrawal syndrome.  The only other alternative is to try and wait out the symptoms and manage as best you can until your central nervous system returns to homeostasis.  Unfortunately no one can give you an exact timeline as to when you will start feeling better and while some do recover relatively easily, for others it can take many months or longer.  
Reinstatement isn't a guarantee of diminished symptoms for everyone but it's the best tactic available.   We usually suggest a much smaller reinstatement dose than your last dose.  These drugs are strong, and when reinstating it is better to start with a small amount and increase if symptoms remain unbearable. Your system has become sensitized and If you take too much it may be too much for your brain and can cause you become unstable.  Sometimes it can be hard to regain stability after this happens.  Please do not reinstate without hearing our suggestions.  Please read:
About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic
To help you understand the symptoms you are experiencing, 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.  
The 10mg Prozac you have can be used for reinstatement, though in a dosage much smaller than 10mg.  The information in the following link tells you have to get nonstandard smaller doses.

Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)


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Gridley Introduction


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 of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg 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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Hi Peter, 


How are you doing?💚

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️ Oct21=3.60✔️Dec8=3.55✔️ 2023➡️Jan 26=3.50✔️March 17=3.45✔️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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