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Thank you very much again for the support, i also am so sorry that you are experiencing it too or you did, but we will make it in the end

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At any time Alto , this website helped me so much to understand what is happening to me and how to adjust to the situation.I cant wait to write my success story, I have so much to say.

Hi  friend, i'm sorry for what is happening to us and the rest of people on SA, we dont deserve this. Well, first progress I saw was around month 11-12, small progress but it was something.Then i

I thank to you, Altostrata, and to the moderators for helping so many people who are suffering bad during the time of withdrawal, you are doing such a great job.

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I'm positive about that Kronos! And I'm definitely here to support you where I can. No problem at all. :)

Antidepressant history

2001 - 2018: Paxil / seroxat (20 mgs), several failed c/t and taper attempts.

2018-September: last failed c/t attempt.

2018-October: reinstated Paxil (30 mgs)

2018-October thru 2019-January: Short-term Oxazepam & Diazepam use. Tapered off very slowly. Jumped 10Jan2019.

 

Brassmonkey Slide Method stats

Started taper in 2020-03-28. Currently in week 3 of slide 12. Down to 8,7082 mgai / 0,1054 mgpw. 70,97% done.

 

Supplements: C, D, Magnesium, NMN, PQQ+CoQ10

Miscellaneous: low on alcohol (1/2 times/year). No substance abuse. Lower carb diet with cheat days. Wim Hof Method. Buteyko. Calisthenics. Hiking.

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Can I take blood pressure pills while withdrawal? My diastolic pressure is somewhere between 40-50.Can low blood pressure be a symptom if withdrawal?

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 11 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.04mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Thank you.Today’s update.Symptoms are severe, including agitation, extreme fatigue, ring in ears, anxiety, panic, dr/dp, weakness, lack of concentration.It’s HELL on earth!!

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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Why everything seems to get worse instead of getting better??

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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Is the anxiety and fear going to dismish over time as the brain self regulates?

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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21 hours ago, Kronos18 said:

Is the anxiety and fear going to dismish over time as the brain self regulates?

 

I'm sure of that! If you practice self-care enough (floating through awful moments with anxiety and such) and are aware of the windows-wave pattern and don't let the waves bother you too much you will get hold over it!

Antidepressant history

2001 - 2018: Paxil / seroxat (20 mgs), several failed c/t and taper attempts.

2018-September: last failed c/t attempt.

2018-October: reinstated Paxil (30 mgs)

2018-October thru 2019-January: Short-term Oxazepam & Diazepam use. Tapered off very slowly. Jumped 10Jan2019.

 

Brassmonkey Slide Method stats

Started taper in 2020-03-28. Currently in week 3 of slide 12. Down to 8,7082 mgai / 0,1054 mgpw. 70,97% done.

 

Supplements: C, D, Magnesium, NMN, PQQ+CoQ10

Miscellaneous: low on alcohol (1/2 times/year). No substance abuse. Lower carb diet with cheat days. Wim Hof Method. Buteyko. Calisthenics. Hiking.

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Basically what you're doing is retraining your limbic system and amygdala to become less sensitive to anxiety by practicing floating through it. And the more you train it the less fear is something problematic.

Antidepressant history

2001 - 2018: Paxil / seroxat (20 mgs), several failed c/t and taper attempts.

2018-September: last failed c/t attempt.

2018-October: reinstated Paxil (30 mgs)

2018-October thru 2019-January: Short-term Oxazepam & Diazepam use. Tapered off very slowly. Jumped 10Jan2019.

 

Brassmonkey Slide Method stats

Started taper in 2020-03-28. Currently in week 3 of slide 12. Down to 8,7082 mgai / 0,1054 mgpw. 70,97% done.

 

Supplements: C, D, Magnesium, NMN, PQQ+CoQ10

Miscellaneous: low on alcohol (1/2 times/year). No substance abuse. Lower carb diet with cheat days. Wim Hof Method. Buteyko. Calisthenics. Hiking.

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Thank you very much.This is totally true.But one question that I have is why is everybody telling me that I look and I am ok but I feel like I literally am losing my mind?Everybody I ask is telling me that I walk ok, but I feel like the floor is tilting etc

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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You might find this post by Altostrata helpful:

 

what-is-happening-in-your-brain

 

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 11 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.04mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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1 hour ago, Kronos18 said:

Thank you very much.This is totally true.But one question that I have is why is everybody telling me that I look and I am ok but I feel like I literally am losing my mind?Everybody I ask is telling me that I walk ok, but I feel like the floor is tilting etc

 

And in addition to the useful post that ChessieCat suggested: it will always be difficult for other people to fathom mental problems of other people. Especially complex matter such as such extreme anxiety that makes you feel you're not a part of this world and you're not always feeling a connection to your body. For you it's all too real Kronos but the average Joe just cannot understand it. 

 

Some of your friends and family might only see superficial things of you like your appearance and just conclude you look alright. If they could only feel what you are feeling they would know better, but of course they can't.

 

At times when I felt super awful last year people said that I looked good when I sure as hell didn't feel that way.  Your "internal" situation and the way you come across to others don't always match unfortunately...

Antidepressant history

2001 - 2018: Paxil / seroxat (20 mgs), several failed c/t and taper attempts.

2018-September: last failed c/t attempt.

2018-October: reinstated Paxil (30 mgs)

2018-October thru 2019-January: Short-term Oxazepam & Diazepam use. Tapered off very slowly. Jumped 10Jan2019.

 

Brassmonkey Slide Method stats

Started taper in 2020-03-28. Currently in week 3 of slide 12. Down to 8,7082 mgai / 0,1054 mgpw. 70,97% done.

 

Supplements: C, D, Magnesium, NMN, PQQ+CoQ10

Miscellaneous: low on alcohol (1/2 times/year). No substance abuse. Lower carb diet with cheat days. Wim Hof Method. Buteyko. Calisthenics. Hiking.

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I understand and i’m sorry you been through this..Since 2 days ago my body feels weightless and so disconected.I eat well, sleep well most of the time.But i feel like my head is disconected from my body, so weightless and I don’t feel my legs.

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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I got my blood tests back and my morning cortisol tested is 28, is supposed to be between 10-18.Is it linked to withdrawal? Will it pass after a couple of months or do i need to get treatment for it?

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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55 minutes ago, Kronos18 said:

I got my blood tests back and my morning cortisol tested is 28, is supposed to be between 10-18.Is it linked to withdrawal? Will it pass after a couple of months or do i need to get treatment for it?

 

Kronos,

 

Any stressful experience will raise our cortisol levels. Withdrawal is certainly an example of that and many members experience cortisol surges or symptoms of high morning cortisol.

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/17471-waking-with-panic-or-anxiety-managing-the-morning-cortisol-spike/

 

There is no medical treatment for raised cortisol levels caused by withdrawal (or any other stress for that matter). Doctors will only treat cortisol increases caused by Cushing’s disease. 

 

Based on that test alone, there is no indication of anything more serious than a natural increase in cortisol, due to the stress your nervous system is experiencing and this is in line with your reported symptoms of anxiety/DP.

 

Both magnesium and fish oil have been proven in studies to lower cortisol levels and they are the two supplements we suggest here. You may want to try a little of each, one supplement at a time, if you haven’t already. 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I can only provide information and make suggestions.

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Thank you very mucj.I also got a high colesterol.Is it linked aswell to withdrawal?0

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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Will cortisol level get back to normal with time or do i have to do something about it? I can’t even exercise because of these high cortisol, my body stress response lights up imediately and i get so many symptoms

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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I have one question.Can i have a tattoo done while withdrawal?

Lorazepam -2 weeks-1 week 3 mg.4 days 2mg, 3 days 1mg. 13-27 November 2018

Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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23 hours ago, Kronos18 said:

my body stress response lights up imediately and i get so many symptoms

 

If this is what you are currently experiencing then I do not think that adding the stress of getting a tattoo is a good idea at this time.

FINISH LINE here I come!!!

🏁

Current from 11 September 2021:  Pristiq 0.04mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Is the bad for the moment or will it affect my withdrawal?0

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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If it’s for the moment i can handle it

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Hi guys.Can I drink decaf coffee in withdrawal?

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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33 minutes ago, Kronos18 said:

Hi guys.Can I drink decaf coffee in withdrawal?

Since its really ever not 100% decaf I cant tolarate it.. You can try tho 😊

2008 - Setralin 150mg, CT after 1 year. 
2015 - Venlafaxin 150mg. CT after 1 month. 
2016 - Brintellix 100mg, CT after  2 years.
2018 

January - Mirtazapin 25 mg, CT after 1 month. 
Mars - Setralin 100 mg. CT after 1 month. 
August- Lexapro 5 mg. CT after 1 month, adverse reaction. Stopped all benzo, sleeping pills here too. 

2019 

January - Took fluconazol and itraconazol, strong reaction, like bein floxed. 

January - Used progesteronecream 200mg a day for 1 month. Severe reaction month 2 so i stopped (maybe built up cream in tissues?) 

April - Took plan-B, this messed me up the most. 

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Thank you very much.i will try it.is there an explanation of why am i feeling bad especially after 20:00?

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20 hours ago, Kronos18 said:

Thank you very much.i will try it.is there an explanation of why am i feeling bad especially after 20:00?

 

Kronos,

 

We can develop certain patterns of symptoms that can linger for some time. Personally, I tend to notice any symptoms intensifying between around 2pm and 6pm, whilst others notice their worst symptoms in the morning. 

 

I would try not to focus on the why of it, but instead try to ensure that if you tend to notice difficult symptoms around that time every day, you try your best to practice good self care after 8pm, such as avoiding stress at that time and using non-drug coping techniques such as deep breathing,

mindfulness or CBT. This can help make our overall symptom pattern much more tolerable. For example, sometimes when symptoms creep up, I find its best for me to lay down in bed and breathe slowly until it passes. 

 

In regards to your questions about a tattoo and decaf coffee, ultimately nobody knows exactly how you will react. I would say the tattoo due to the pain and overall trauma would be much more risky than trying a decaf coffee and seeing how you react. Sometimes experimenting is the only way to know for sure. If you notice it intensifies symptoms, you can eliminate it going forwards.

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PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I can only provide information and make suggestions.

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Thank you very much.

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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I went today to a psychiatrist, and guess what.She told me that she never heard of withdrawal symptoms lasting more than a week, and 9 weeks is a long time for these symptoms.She did blame me i was doing drugs and told my mother that to get me in a psych ward because i got aggitated inside, dizzy, some sort of panic attack, and she told her that i was doing drugs and the pills is not the cause for what is happening.****

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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Yes, if you ask me, i did drugs on ocasions, but never while i was on the pills, and at least a month before i took lexapro for panic attacks

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6 minutes ago, Kronos18 said:

Yes, if you ask me, i did drugs on ocasions, but never while i was on the pills, and at least a month before i took lexapro for panic attacks

Dont listen to this physcitrist ,the blame and stress they put vulnerable people under without tangeble evidence is scandalous.

If pychciatric drugs were so safe then why do they have black box warnings.say this to the phyciatrist next time.you mite need to find a more sympathetic one if all the blame is put on you.

Take care.

Alcohol free since February 2015 

1MG diazepam

4.5MG PROZAC.

 

 

 

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Yes.next time i will do that.These doctors are some idiots.My current symptoms are disconected from reality feeling, disconected from my body, balance problems, panic symptoms, feeling my body weightless, severe fatigue, sore eyes, fear of doom

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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9 minutes ago, Kronos18 said:

Yes.next time i will do that.These doctors are some idiots.My current symptoms are disconected from reality feeling, disconected from my body, balance problems, panic symptoms, feeling my body weightless, severe fatigue, sore eyes, fear of doom

Our quest to feel "normal " and well is valid but it can bite back on us so be careful challenging the psychiatrist  when in a wave .to think these drugs don't  affect us physiologically is ignorant  and idiotic on there part.you will build up a confidence in your own intuition .I couldn't go near any on them at the moment ,ide be shipped away to a hospital with severe symptoms,the insanity of this process is beyond belief .

Take care.   

Alcohol free since February 2015 

1MG diazepam

4.5MG PROZAC.

 

 

 

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Thank you very much for response

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Lexapro -2 months-6 weeks of 10mg, 2 weeks of 5mg 27 November 2018-27 January 2019

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Guys i had my thyroid levels checked today and it show that i have an overactive thyroid.T4 is bigger than limits.Muscle weakness, headaches, fatigue, diziness are all symptoms of hypotiroidism.Should I try a thyroid medication?

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For information on thyroid, please see:

 

Thyroid symptoms: hypothyroid, Hashimoto's

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

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Can I drink protein shakes while i’m in withdrawa?I literally am enjoying going to gym and i find it helping somehow with my anxiety and withdrawal

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16 hours ago, Kronos18 said:

Can I drink protein shakes while i’m in withdrawa?I literally am enjoying going to gym and i find it helping somehow with my anxiety and withdrawal

 

Please see:

 

Whey protein isolate and protein powder / shakes

 

If protein shakes cause anxiety or ramps up other symptoms, you could eat high protein meals and get your protein through food until you've recovered from withdrawal. 

 

It's great you're able to exercise during your recovery. 

 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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