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Reaching out for some support.  My doctor prescribed sertraline for generalized anxiety.  I took 3 days at 12.5 mg, 3 days of 25 mg, 4 days of 37.5 mg, and 1 day of 50 mg.   I was extremely sick from the start with nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, and a fast heart rate. I kept reading how things would turn around after a couple of weeks and the side effects would go away so I didn't stop.  At the bump to 25 mg, I had a panic attack which I was able to control with lorazepam.  At the bump to 50 mg, I was so sick and desperate that I went to the ER hoping for some relief.  I had a 10 hour panic attack which the lorazepam wouldn't touch.  The ER doctor was dismissive that this was just a regular anxiety attack and not an adverse reaction.  He gave me a dose of Zofran to help with the intense nausea.  I'm not sure why, but that had either no effect or made the nausea worse.  I was sent home with instructions to follow-up with my primary care and to continue taking the sertraline as directed and use the lorazepam.  I decided on my own to discontinue the sertraline.  It's clear to me that my body/brain finds it toxic.  It's been 6 days since I last took the sertraline.  I'm still having significant nausea and dizziness.  I can hardly eat.  I can only sip ice water.  I'm having vivid nightmares, which reinforces to me that I've changed my brain chemistry in a major way.  I'm trying not to let that freak me out, but honestly it does.  The mornings are the worst.  I wake up and have to lay on my arms because they feel so wired.  I'm struggling right now.  

 

My doctor's nurse said the symptoms could last a couple of weeks.  I've read it could be longer than that.  I'm trying not to focus on how long this will last because it's not helpful and makes the anxiety worse.  I've ordered some fish oil and magnesium and it should be here tomorrow.  I'm not sure that there's anything else that can be done other than trying to surround myself with other people so I'm not going through this alone.  I'm feeling judged, ashamed, angry, and about a dozen other emotions towards the doctors right now.  I know that's not helpful.  It's just where I'm at.  

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Hello, treading water, and welcome to SA.

 

You had an adverse reaction to the Sertraline and you were wise to stop.  Doctors know so little about these drugs, and you're not alone in feeling angry.  Your attitude is very good and that will serve you well as you heal.  The damage is not permanent.

 

Brassmonkey, one of our moderators, wrote the following about adverse reactions and the timeline for healing:

 

"I think that some of the most unfortunate members we have are the ones who only took the drug for a short time and had an Adverse Reaction. Over the years I’ve seen a good number of members join who have taken their drugs for one day to a week and then stopped.  Yet they are suffering very acute symptoms.  This is an Adverse Reaction, acute symptoms that hit immediately and hard.  Some people’s chemical makeup just isn’t compatible with psych drugs and their body immediately tries to reject them, but in doing so throws itself into chaos.

 

The good news is that their body will sort itself out and they will return to normal.  The bad news is, it’s going to take a long time and there is nothing that will speed up the process.  There are a lot of coping strategies and tools that will help soften the experience, but time is the only thing that will cure it.  By time, we are looking at a minimum of eighteen months, but more than likely two to three years for a full recovery

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That may sound very bleak, but it’s not going to all be pain and suffering.  These people tend to have a more liner recovery. The first several months will be acute.  Then things start to improve is a noticeable manner, with life starting to resume and get back on track.  All the members I have known have made full recoveries.  They then go on to graduate college, attend med school, and start successful careers in a variety of fields."

 

Regarding the magnesium and omegas, start one at a time and at a low dose to make sure there are no negative reactions.

 

We strongly recommend using non-drug techniques to deal with your symptoms.  Take a look at the links included in the following link and see which techniques you feel might be helpful to you.

 

Non-drug techniques to cope

 

This is your Introductory topic, where you can connect with other members, ask questions and post updates.  You';re not alone, and we're glad you found your way here.

 

 

 

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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 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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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You should be proud that you took yourself off it after 11 days & recognised it was an adverse reaction & not normal start up side effects. Some people would have pushed on for weeks/months. Hopefully you’ve prevented further damage. I have no other advice to offer (as I’m not a mod), but I wish you well & just use the Lorazepam sparingly 

Mirtazipine - 2013 (12months) - COLD TURKEY - NO SIDE EFFECTS
Zoloft - 2014 (6 weeks) - ADVERSE REACTION!!!

Currently only take 5mg Valium on a as needed basis (once a month)

Current symptoms - Sensitive CNS, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Erectile Dysfunction, Feel terrible every single day, No emotions, HELL!

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treadingwater

Thank you, Gridley. 

 

I have seen small improvement in the last 24 hours. I wasn’t able to watch TV due to the movement making the dizziness worse. I’m now able to watch TV, though I can’t handle seeing anything with food.  Anything food related is revolting.  Hopefully the nausea improves next. It’s unrelenting and I’ve already lost 10 pounds. 

 

Mornings are still awful. The creepy crawly feeling in my arms is lessening and I don’t have to lay on them. So I guess I’m grateful tonight that I’m moving in the right direction. 

 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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1 hour ago, treadingwater said:

I have seen small improvement in the last 24 hours.

 

That is great news.

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 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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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treadingwater
2 hours ago, William said:

You should be proud that you took yourself off it after 11 days & recognised it was an adverse reaction & not normal start up side effects. Some people would have pushed on for weeks/months. Hopefully you’ve prevented further damage. I have no other advice to offer (as I’m not a mod), but I wish you well & just use the Lorazepam sparingly 

 

Thanks, William. At this point, I’m anxious that anything I take will have the opposite reaction so I’m staying clear of the lorazepam.  It’s an old prescription from a 2018 medical procedure and not a medicine I regularly use. Before this, I hadn’t had an anxiety attack in years. 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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treadingwater

Quick update

 

I can see again!  My blurry vision has finally cleared up. 

 

Dizziness isn’t 24/7 any longer. I get really strong swirls of dizziness where I feel like I’m falling over, but this is an improvement. 

 

I’m still nauseated. This is my most persistent symptom. 

 

The insomnia and nightmares are still happening. Mornings are the worst. I wake up and my heart is racing and it takes me an hour to pull myself out of the sick dread I’m feeling.  This used to take 3 hours, so again that’s improvement. 

 

My 16 year old daughter talked me into doing a couple’s massage with her. That was a huge mistake. I don’t know what I was thinking. Even the lightest touch sent nerve shocks down my legs (so weird and unpleasant) and the whole experience was very claustrophobic.  I love massages so this was uncharacteristic of me. 

 

My husband has been encouraging me to go to the gym.  I was working out every day before this happened. I have no endurance and my balance is a big problem right now. I did manage to cycle for 20 minutes before my heart rate shot up too high. Since the sertraline, my resting heart rate is 100+. They did an EKG in the ER and it was fine, just a fast heart rate.  I’m faint/dizzy/lightheaded at rest so I’m not sure how much I can or should do. My anxiety spiked afterwards. Probably due to worry about my heart rate and feeling frustrated with how little I can do. 

 

It’s hard to believe all of this is from a med reaction.  

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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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 

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Hi Treading

 

You are doing all the right things, maybe just a bit too much, too soon.

Cycling with poor balance is not a good idea:rolleyes:, try walking instead and find your ideal pace.

You are doing very well but you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and there is no way to hurry it along.

You will mend much sooner than most and your good sense has saved you more than you can imagine.

Be gentle on yourself.

 

Sassenach

Escitalopram 10mgs from mid 2007 ( can't remember exact date) to 11th Dec 2018

Fentanyl patches ( don't remember dose ) from Nov 2014 to 11 Dec 2018

Quit both cold turkey Dec 2018

Reinstated 3rd March 2019 2.5 mgs.

Updosed  8March to 5mgs and holding

25/11/19 Started taper 4.5mgs and holding

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner

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treadingwater
2 hours ago, Sassenach said:

Hi Treading

 

You are doing all the right things, maybe just a bit too much, too soon.

Cycling with poor balance is not a good idea:rolleyes:, try walking instead and find your ideal pace.

You are doing very well but you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and there is no way to hurry it along.

You will mend much sooner than most and your good sense has saved you more than you can imagine.

Be gentle on yourself.

 

Sassenach

I was on the stationary sitting cycle so there’s no balance involved.  I suppose I could still fall off but that would be unlikely :)  Walking is dicier at this point than sitting.  

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Nice one,, still advice stands.

Treat yourself gently.

Escitalopram 10mgs from mid 2007 ( can't remember exact date) to 11th Dec 2018

Fentanyl patches ( don't remember dose ) from Nov 2014 to 11 Dec 2018

Quit both cold turkey Dec 2018

Reinstated 3rd March 2019 2.5 mgs.

Updosed  8March to 5mgs and holding

25/11/19 Started taper 4.5mgs and holding

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner

If you are going through Hell, keep going. NCIS series 15, David MaCallum:rolleyes:

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treadingwater

I’m hanging in there. It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I stopped the sertraline. I’m still experiencing nausea and dizziness though it’s much less. I’ve had an increase in anxiety. I’m not sleeping well.  Last night, I was worried the symptoms were cancer related and not the adverse reaction to sertraline. I know this is the anxiety overriding my thought process. In the midst of it, though, I started thinking that the nurse said my symptoms should only last a couple of weeks so it MUST be something like cancer. Anyways, this morning I can look back and see it for what it is. 

 

I still cannot exercise and that distresses me. I walked on the treadmill yesterday. My balance isn’t good so I had to hang on and the disequilibrium was much worse when I finished.  I walked for 30 minutes but really struggled with feeling sick and panicky at the 25 minute mark.  Exercise has always helped my anxiety and it’s very frustrating to have it trigger symptoms.  

 

Before I started taking the sertraline, I asked my husband to attend couples therapy. We have our first session tonight. I’m not sure I feel well enough. I’m going to go anyway and hope I can participate and it ultimately helps our communication.   We’ve really been struggling lately and that’s why I tried the sertraline to begin with.  I think I went to my doctor just looking for someone to acknowledge that I’m going through a really tough time.  I wasn’t experiencing anything like panic attacks or insomnia.  I didn’t need the SSRI. I needed a referral to counseling.  The irony of this is that now I get to deal with the same life problems while feeling a thousand times worse. 

 

Ending on a positive note.....That floaty, out of body feeling is mostly gone.  

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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treadingwater

I have a question. Hopefully one of the moderators can answer. 

 

I was diagnosed with mast cell activation about a year ago. Alcohol was my only trigger and I am fine as long as I don’t drink.  When I was walking on the treadmill today, I’m 99.9% sure I had mast cell activation. Any idea why a post SSRI reaction would make me more sensitive to mast cell activation? It’s weird that exercise wasn’t a trigger before but seems to be now. I got head to toe intensely itchy while on the treadmill and then my heart rate spiked and the panicky feelings started. This is what happens when I drink alcohol. The mast cell activation was confirmed with pre and post alcohol exposure blood tests. 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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

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Hello, treadingwater.

 

Withdrawal syndrome often makes people hypersensitive to many things that didn't bother them previously.

 

We don't know much about mast cell activation here. You might join one of the many groups on Facebook to find out how to manage it.

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Good Morning.  Here’s my update. I’m probably 75% back to normal. I had a major setback yesterday though. I got a call back on my mammogram for more testing so that triggered some anxiety.  The dizziness and nausea came back with a vengeance and I fought panic attacks all afternoon and evening. I took .25mg of lorazepam, which barely helped.   My follow-up testing isn’t until Tuesday so I need to hold it together until then.

 

Current symptoms:

anxiety

nausea

lack of appetite

dizziness that was mostly resolved until yesterday

exercise intolerance  

 

I had my annual eye exam yesterday. My vision has gotten worse. I thought it had returned to normal, but both eyes were worse. 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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treadingwater

In a lot of ways, I don't really belong on this forum.  I'm not tapering.  It's so hard to believe that a short stint and subsequent reaction on an SSRI can cause weeks long problems.  

 

Here's my update:  I took a big step backwards due to the anxiety over my abnormal mammogram.  What followed was more testing, waiting for results, and even more testing and waiting and worrying about breast cancer.  I've really come to loathe how patient unfriendly the process can be at times.  Thankfully, the 2 masses that were concerning are benign.  The worry caused the dizziness and nausea to come back. 

 

Current symptoms:

anxiety (strongest symptom)

lack of appetite

dizziness and nausea (resolving)

exercise intolerance (resolving slowly)

 

I can't exercise 2 days in a row, but I can do 30 minutes every other day on the elliptical.  That's huge for me.  I was at the gym every day before the zoloft reaction and I really miss it.  Going 2 days in a row triggers intense anxiety.  It's such a bizarre response to something that is good for my body.  I'm going to switch over to swimming laps and see if helps get me to a daily workout.  I can feel the sensory overload when I'm on the elliptical or treadmill and I think that will be avoided in the pool.  

 

I also stopped taking magnesium, Omega 3, and vitamin D.  I really think it's the exercise causing the anxiety but I honestly am not sure and was seriously worried about everything in my environment causing a problem.   

 

Ending on a positive note:  There was a day last week I was able to multitask at work. The curtains lifted on my brain fog for a day.  

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Hi treading water!

 

How are you doing lately?

 

I hope you are doing better!!

 

Cheers

Jozeff

- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START citalopram TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg

2020  03Jan 12.75 mg / 28Jan 12.29 mg / 18Feb 11.83 mg, 25Feb 11.68 mg hold../7 May 11.33 mg hold, 4Aug 10.98 mg, 5Dec20 10.0 mg 4 month hold

2021 30mar21 9.8,  6apr2021 9.5 mg,  13apr2021 9.4 mg

 

 

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4 hours ago, jozeff said:

Hi treading water!

 

How are you doing lately?

 

I hope you are doing better!!

 

Cheers

Jozeff

I’m hanging in there!  Living life even with the few remaining symptoms I still have. It’s mostly anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, and digestive problems. I’m still having histamine issues. Some days I just feel weird, like a little out of body. I have to force myself to eat most days and I never know how the food is going to be tolerated. I can tolerate workouts 4 days a week for 30 minutes. Huge improvement to my early days. 
 

I’m a small business owner and my business was forced to close due to COVID19.  The stress caused a resurgence in symptoms so I started reading books by Dr Claire Weeks, Dr Harry Barry, Barry McDonagh, and others.  I’ve had some really hard days mentally, but I do feel like I’ve made a breakthrough with the acceptance of my symptoms and coming to grips with the long term nature of the adverse reaction.  Other things I’ve done to help are journaling, guided meditation, and being out in nature as frequently as possible. 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Good to hear from you, treadingwater. You do belong here, we have a group of people who have taken a long time to recover from briefly taking an antidepressant, with symptoms that are very much like the nervous system dysregulation of withdrawal syndrome.

 

The same gentle remedies apply. What is your sleep schedule? See

 

Tips to help sleep -- so many of us have that awful withdrawal insomnia

 

Path to Better Sleep FREE online for everyone from the US Veterans Administration

 

Music for self-care: Calms hyperalertness, anxiety, aids relaxation and sleep

 

What is the sleep cycle?

 

Melatonin for sleep: Many people find it helpful

 

TV or computer use in evening can disrupt sleep: Bright light signals the brain that it's daytime

 

Many people find fish oil and magnesium supplements helpful, see
https://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/
https://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15483-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.

 

Please do let us know how you're doing.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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treadingwater
14 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Good to hear from you, treadingwater. You do belong here, we have a group of people who have taken a long time to recover from briefly taking an antidepressant, with symptoms that are very much like the nervous system dysregulation of withdrawal syndrome.

 

The same gentle remedies apply. What is your sleep schedule? See

 

Tips to help sleep -- so many of us have that awful withdrawal insomnia

 

Path to Better Sleep FREE online for everyone from the US Veterans Administration

 

Music for self-care: Calms hyperalertness, anxiety, aids relaxation and sleep

 

What is the sleep cycle?

 

Melatonin for sleep: Many people find it helpful

 

TV or computer use in evening can disrupt sleep: Bright light signals the brain that it's daytime

 

Many people find fish oil and magnesium supplements helpful, see
https://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/
https://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15483-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.

 

Please do let us know how you're doing.

 

I don’t know how much of the adverse effect is still causing the insomnia, honestly. I am working through a frozen shoulder which is painful and I’m under a lot of stress from trying to keep my business from closing forever due to COVID.  Stress and pain are a bad combination for sleep. 

 

I take around 1 mg of melatonin 30 minutes before bed. No caffeine or alcohol. I put my phone away usually an hour before bed. I keep the thermostat turned down. I never nap during the day. I’m only in my bed when I’m ready to sleep. I’m getting about 5-6 hours of interrupted sleep (waking up 3-4 times) a night. 


I take magnesium each morning. I might try taking it in the evening to see if that helps. I can’t tolerate fish oil (so weird!) but I do eat salmon a couple of times a week. I workout 4 times a week in the morning. I sleep better on the days I workout. 
 

I also take vitamin d3 in the morning and I do find it gives me energy. I’m clinically low so need to bring my level up. If it’s sunny out, I skip the pill and sit in the sun for 30 minutes.  I know D3 isn’t a supplement that is recommended and it is activating, but I feel like it’s necessary right now to get my level up. 
 

Typical night:

 

11:00 pm in bed

11:30 pm  fall asleep

2:30 am wake up

3:30 am fall back asleep

4:30 am wake up

5:30 am fall asleep

6:30 am wake up 

 

Thanks for all the links. I’ll take a look and see if I can do anything else. If I’m missing something, please let me know. 

 

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Altostrata

No, vitamin D3 can be good for you, but it's a daytime vitamin and should be taken in the morning. Some people are so sensitive to it, it disturbs their sleep.

 

How much vitamin D3 do you take? Do you ingest caffeine?

 

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On 5/24/2020 at 4:21 PM, Altostrata said:

No, vitamin D3 can be good for you, but it's a daytime vitamin and should be taken in the morning. Some people are so sensitive to it, it disturbs their sleep.

 

How much vitamin D3 do you take? Do you ingest caffeine?

 

To help us out, follow these instructions Please put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature You may need to use a computer to do this.

 

 

I take 1000 units of Vitamin D3 in the morning.  No caffeine.  I even stopped drinking decaf. 

 

When I talked to my doctor about the insomnia, he suggested I take melatonin before sleeping.  I was initially taking it after my first wake-up since falling asleep is not usually a problem. I just can't stay asleep after about 2 am.  I switched around the time I took the melatonin and acetaminophen last night and I slept pretty good.

 

11:30 pm:  In bed and fell asleep easily

1:30 am:  Wake Up. 1 mg melatonin and 1000 mg acetaminophen

2:00 am:  Fell back asleep

6:30 am:  Wake up

Sertraline (Adverse Reaction)

August 2019:  3 days @ 12.5mg, 3 days @ 25 mg, 4 days @ 37.5 mg, 1 day @ 50 mg

 

Current Meds:

Magnesium 200mg

Vitamin D3 1000 iu

Melatonin 1 mg

Acetaminophen 1000 mg at night for Frozen Shoulder Pain

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Phoenixmama

how are you now @treadingwater please give an update , for i  am in the same boat 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

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