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@Erelland @sunnysideup69

Thank you all so much for your endless support, and sunny your words came at a such good moment. 

Yes I have been struggling really hard. Just don’t know why. Feels like a huge setback. 
And it’s true the COVID situation is making it worse, since I have become very isolated, which is also due to my work in health care.

 

I am sorry you all I haven’t been able to support this community since it is triggering me at the moment.

Take good care of yourself everyone, I will be back when I can.

Hugs my friends ❤️

 

 

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My dear friends. @sunnysideup69 @Erell@Longroadhome @Cigale @Mimi79 and you all that have given me support on here There are no words to describe the kindness, support and encouragement you have all s

Hi @sunnysideup69 Thank you for dropping by😊  Hope you are well. I have been waiting for some stability in my progress, and I didn’t want to give an update until I could feel a consistent progres

My thoughts for today. And a gentle reminder to myself.   If there is unhappiness in you, anxiety, frustration or sadness, first I need to knowledge that. The primary cause of struggles

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@Longroadhome @mustafa

and @sunnysideup69

Thank you all so much for your endless support, and sunny your words came at a such good moment. 

Yes I have been struggling really hard. Just don’t know why. Feels like a huge setback. 
And it’s true the COVID situation is making it worse, since I have become very isolated, which is also due to my work in health care.

 

I am sorry you all I haven’t been able to support this community since it is triggering me at the moment.

Take good care of yourself everyone, I will be back when I can.

Hugs my friends ❤️

 

 

You must look after yourself first, hun. It's essential. By the way, I'm post menopause and know the fluctuations in hormones are tricky to navigate at the same time as all this. But, it also slowly settles. 

I'm also isolated at times, apart from work, and it does make recovery tough. This is just a blip. You'll feel good again. Your CNS is working hard to recover xxxxx

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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@Hanna72

just think when all this is over you will be healed and will never in your lifetime have to go through this again . 
 

keep going Hanna. 


Here is an affirmation, one of Baylissas that applies to you: 
 

 “Today I accept and do not judge myself if I feel scared, sad or overwhelmed. It is normal to feel this way in withdrawal  and I acknowledge my courage and my strength”

 

You are courageous  and you have strength and this will see you through to peace happiness and recovery. Xx

 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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sunnysideup69

Hey @Hanna72, how are you doing? Was the Christmas season ok?

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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Hi @sunnysideup69

Thank you for dropping by.

Unfortunately I have not been good. I crashed few weeks ago and became housebound and terrified of everything. I could not go to work and could not function due to extreme anxiety and panic attacks every day. I could not sleep and lost my appetite. 
I have tried so hard😔I don’t want to scare people here, so I will leave it at that. 
I hope you are good dear and sorry for this negative post but this is my situation now and I am getting tired.

 

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No need to apologize, @Hanna72. It's important to be real. Am sorry you are going through this latest setback for several weeks.

I know you know this, it's windows and waves and there's no telling when a stinker of a wave will happen. Plus, it's winter and dark.

Honestly, you've only been drug free since March and I've been amazed by your fortitude.

You're still healing.

Sending you good wishes for continued healing in 2021 💕

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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My dear Hanna

 

There is nothing to be ashamed of : we all do the best we can, anf I think we all know here how incredibly brave you've been during your journey.

 

I unfortunately know well how intense this WD terror-anxiety can feel. And a lot of people here have gone through it too : you're not alone ❤

I found that during my most difficult days all I can do was try to distract with videos.

When our CNS are so sensitive and we are afraid of everything, it's not always easy to find something to watch : I don't know if it might help you a bit but here are my tips :

I've watched a lot ( a lot ) of make up tutorials on youtube. Even if I don't use make up, I found it smoothing and nothing terrified me in those videos.

I also watch a lot of videos with babies laughing, or funny animals.

Sometimes this is the only thing our CNS can handle,  and that's ok, nothing to be ashamed of.

 

I don't know if you currently can bear some music : I found that I could handle some relaxation music, or lullaby music with water-rain sounds.

 

I also do a lot of sudokus : even if it doesn't erase symptoms, it helps my mind to focus on something neutral.

 

- When I take a look to your signature, I see that you jumped off last March. It means you're 10 months off. 

It makes me think about something I've seen @brassmonkey mentionning several times here, please see :

 

- this: 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23517-off-the-drug-in-paws-there-a-4-month-wave-10-month-18-month/?do=findComment&comment=320905

 

- and this :

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23081-are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take/?do=findComment&comment=492502

 

 

 

I send you big hugs my dear Hanna, I am rooting for you, always.

❤❤❤

 

Ps : I'm sorry about the long links, I only have my phone for now.

2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) (2008 : cold turkey of both)

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (longer half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :  7mg Fluoxetine + toothpick Paroxetine (since 20 Aug 2020) + 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

 

Website : https://selibererdelapsychiatrie.wordpress.com/

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Hi @Hanna72

Just wanted to say I agree with what Errell is saying about the possibility that what you are experiencing is a 10 month wave. I had something similar and at a similar time-frame post quitting a drug as you are now. I jumped off sertrline at 18.75mg last February (although I am taking other medication so not drug free). I have been doing better recently. Then all of a sudden at the beginning of December I started to feel awful. Terrible hopelessness and SI. This lasted about 2 weeks then I very suddenly woke up feeling better. No rhyme or reason it just happened. What’s more I felt like my baseline had improved as well. Felt like a lot of healing had happened during the time I felt so awful. I believe this was a 10 month wave and although it felt awful and like it would never end -it did and to a better place. While it feels terrible when you are in it and like you will be that way forever try not believe this to be the case. It is withdrawal brain lying to you. I truly believe you will come out of it and will most likely be better than you were before the wave. Hang in there - it will get better. Xx

 

Sept 2018 - Nov 2018 200mg sertraline, 7.5mg olanzapine. 

Nov 2018 - Jan 2018 200mg sertraline, 30mg mirtazapine, 7.5mg olanzapine.

Jan 2019 - mid Feb 2019 reduced sertraline from 200 - 50mg, 7.5mg olanzapine, 30mg mirtazapine.

Feb 2019- Jun 2019 30mg mirtazapine, 50mg sertraline, 7.5mg olanzapine.

Jun 2019 - Oct 2019 30mg mirtazapine, 50mg sertraline, 5mg olanzapine.

Oct 2019 - Nov 2019 37.gmg sertraline, 39mg mirtazapine, 5mg olanzapine.

Nov 2019 -Dec 2019 25mg sertraline, 30mg mirtazapine, 5mg olanzapine. Jan 2020 18.75mg sertraline, 5mg olanzapine, 30mg mirtazapine. Feb 2020 0mg sertraline, 2.5mg olanzapine, 30mg mirtazapine. May 2020 1.8mg olanzapine, 30mg mirtazapine. Aug 2020 2.5mg olanzapine, 30mg mirtazapine.

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@Hanna72

 

Hang in there you’ve done amazingly well and I think the same as Erell it’s a 10 month 🌊 

 

Erell had added some good points about calming yourself with videos and mind games. 
added to that I also like doing crosswords and colouring in books for adults. 
 

Baylissa has started to

post some new success stories on her web that are very good to read . 
 

thinking of you Hanna stay strong 

 

wishing you peace and happiness in the new year xx 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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Thank you all @sunnysideup69 @Erell @BadMedicine @Longroadhome for your support and kind words.

I am loosing faith in this journey, I have to be able to work. I am considering reinstating small amount of fluoxetine so I can function. This is no way to live and I can not be in WD for years. 
Sorry to disappoint you all, but my well-being has to be my priority.

Stay safe and well, and please follow the mods advice here about slow taper.
Hugs to you all❤️

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Hi dear @Hanna72,

I can understand why you are thinking about reinstatement. Sometime, our struggles are just too much to handle and our first goal is being well and functional again. This is perfectly ok to do that, we don’t need to suffer this much. 

I’m thinking of you and I know you will find your way through recovery, no matter how much time it will take. It is a process.

 

I send you big hugs and good vibes, I will always be there to support you, like you’ve always be there for us. 
 

Mimi79

2008-2019: various ADs at various doses, initially for anxiety related insomnia.

2015-2018: Pristiq 50mg and Mirtazapine 30mg. Switched Pristiq to Venlafaxine.

2019-01: Stopped Venlafaxine after a 10 months taper. Updosed Mirtazapine to 45mg.

Summer 2019: Fast taper of Mirtazapine. Sept 2019, down to 30mg, hit bad W/D symptoms, so updosed to 45mg.

Tried escitalopram 10mg, C/T after 4 weeks. Tried Buspar, C/T after 5 days.

Jan 2020: Second mirtazapine weaning attempt, but end of january, big wave of symptoms, back to 45mg Mirtazapine.

Feb 2020: 50mg quetiapineXR, CT after 2 weeks. 21 Feb 2020, found SA and staying on 45mg Mirtazapine, waiting for stabilization.

Quetiapine 25mg and Lorazepam 0.5mg PRN since may 2019, March 2020 stopped both.

Mirtazapine taper, from 45mg:  2020-10-21 43.88mg, 10-28 42.75mg, 11-04 41.63mg, 11-11 40.5mg, 11-24 41.6mg, 12-03 42.20mg

Supplements: Magnesium Glycinate, Omega-3, Melatonin2mg, Probiotic.

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@Hanna72,

 

Please don't talk about disappointing us, there is no such thing. 

WD journey is often the biggest challenge we have to face in a life, so considering options is not a crime. It is human, and perfectly understandable.

We are a peer support community.

 

And we are a peer support community with a harm reduction approach

If you decide to try a reinstatement, may I suggest a very low dose to see how your body react ? 

 

I would also suggest to take daily notes : it will help you to see how reinstatement might affect your symptoms.

 

Sending hugs ❤

2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) (2008 : cold turkey of both)

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (longer half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :  7mg Fluoxetine + toothpick Paroxetine (since 20 Aug 2020) + 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

 

Website : https://selibererdelapsychiatrie.wordpress.com/

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Longroadhome

@Hanna72

As you have been off ADs for some time do please consider a re instatement may not work  therefore a tiny amount may be the starting point. 
if you could possibly hold on I think you may get through  this. You know what it’s like when you think you are feeling  at your worst your mind can trick you . It really sounds like you’ve been thrown into a bad wave. 
 

whatever you decide you have the support of all of us 

 

this journey is non linear and that’s what makes it so very difficult. 
 

Thinking of you Hanna x

 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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@hanna

 

As Erell said, disappointing us is absolutely not a factor in your considering reinstatement.  You have every right to to weigh all the factors in your self-care.  We support you.

 

Let me go over some of the basics of reinstatement, many of which you may already be familiar with.  First, please read (or re-read) the following:

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic

 

Reinstatement works most dependably within three months of your last dose.  You're now around 9 months out.  So reinstatement might work, or it might not.  It takes four days for the the reinstatement to reach full strength in your blood stream and a few more days to register in the brain.  So give the reinstatement time to work.  Be patient.

 

Erell is also correct when she suggests reinstating with a very small dose.  Your system is sensitized from the months at zero and has also adjusted somewhat to not having the drug for those months.  From your signature I see you jumped to zero from 0.09mg.  If you decide to reinstate, I'd reinstate a very low dose, like 0.03mg or even lower.  You can always go higher if necessary once you've given the low dose a chance to work. Reinstatement is one of those situati0ns where more is not better   Too much can overwhelm your system, and reinstating at a low dose lessens the possibility of an adverse reaction.  If after reinstating you feel worse, stop the instatement immediately.  

 

Please keep in mind that the purpose of reinstatement isn't to eliminate withdrawal symptoms (though it does for some) but rather to make those symptoms tolerable.

 

Gridley

 

 

 

 

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

Nov.27, 2020 Begin 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover and change from 3 daily doses to one 18.75mgai dose (0.311mgpw). Jan. 11, 2021 begin hold at current bedtime 18.75mgai dose.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (0.44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, vitamins E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, 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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@Hanna72

 

just to add you do not disappoint anyone you are human and suffering. 
there have been many times on this journey that I would have considered my position about WD if I had not started in tolerance. Things for me may have been different but I have no choice but continue to taper as my body has long since started to work around the drug. 

 

Whatever you decide know that you are the bravest of the brave. This journey isn’t for the faint hearted and time and time again you have shown true grit and willpower  . 
A brave person doesn’t have to stick to the same decision.  they may have to choose a different path down the mountain. A brave person will do this to continue on their journey. 
 

Don’t worry  or be discouraged X 
 

 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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@Mimi79 @Erell @Gridley @Longroadhome

Thank you all for the encouragement and support, it means a lot❤️
I will post on how my reinstatement goes. I really don’t know what went wrong I had been doing fairly good and managed my anxiety. 
But at 8 months off, slowly everything went down hill. To the point I had no control over my anxiety and therefore spiralling into mental and physical torture. I just want to feel better and I have become desperate. I have had to take oxezapam daily cause my system can’t calm down. And I hate to take that. 
I have faith that I will be able to find my way out of this disaster, and I will be patient.

Thank you all again, you are all amazing and I am grateful for you all❤️

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So I reinstated 1 mg fluoxetine on the 4 of January. No improvements, so today I moved up to 2 mg.  

I am really struggling, just want to stabilise so I can function again. At this point I don’t care how high I go, I am scared this poison Paxil has damaged me.

The only comfort I can take from all this is I am reinstating fluoxetine and not Paxil.

My heart is broken, I never thought I would have to go back on this.

I have done so many mistakes, one tapering off way to quickly.

I am thinking after I stabilise to do the brass monkey slide. 
So my goal will be to get off for good, no matter the time it will take.


 

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Hi dear @Hanna72,

I hope this reinstatement will soon work for you. Of course, it will take some times for your CNS to adjust to this new intake. Take your time, no need to rush.
But I understand you, there is no fun to be in this awful « never ending wave » state. We reach a point where the only thing that matters is to be well again and to function on a day to day basis. 

Once you will stabilize, you will be able to taper very slowly and this time it will be the good one! 
I will always stand beside you to listen and encourage you. You are not alone.

Big hugs and take care!

Mimi79❤️
 

2008-2019: various ADs at various doses, initially for anxiety related insomnia.

2015-2018: Pristiq 50mg and Mirtazapine 30mg. Switched Pristiq to Venlafaxine.

2019-01: Stopped Venlafaxine after a 10 months taper. Updosed Mirtazapine to 45mg.

Summer 2019: Fast taper of Mirtazapine. Sept 2019, down to 30mg, hit bad W/D symptoms, so updosed to 45mg.

Tried escitalopram 10mg, C/T after 4 weeks. Tried Buspar, C/T after 5 days.

Jan 2020: Second mirtazapine weaning attempt, but end of january, big wave of symptoms, back to 45mg Mirtazapine.

Feb 2020: 50mg quetiapineXR, CT after 2 weeks. 21 Feb 2020, found SA and staying on 45mg Mirtazapine, waiting for stabilization.

Quetiapine 25mg and Lorazepam 0.5mg PRN since may 2019, March 2020 stopped both.

Mirtazapine taper, from 45mg:  2020-10-21 43.88mg, 10-28 42.75mg, 11-04 41.63mg, 11-11 40.5mg, 11-24 41.6mg, 12-03 42.20mg

Supplements: Magnesium Glycinate, Omega-3, Melatonin2mg, Probiotic.

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Longroadhome

@Hanna72

Please don’t beat yourself up by having to reinstate we all know how difficult this journey is.

Just give your body and mind time to adjust slowly to the fluoxetine. Do not be tempted to keep upping the dose for relief it seldom works from what I have seen.

Also do bear in mind it may not work  as you have been off all meds for a number of months so upping the dose every few weeks may be pointless.  I really don’t want to sound like a kill joy Hanna I know what it’s like to want relief from these symptoms and it can make us rush instead of rationalise. 

The good thing is you haven’t had an adverse reaction as some people do when they have been off the AD for a few months and then try to reinstate.  this is a good sign. 
 

You can never plan the future by the past so do not be scared you have damaged your body with Paxil. You have not. Your body is waiting to heal. This is just your WD brain feeding you negative information.

 

You will stabilise Hanna you are strong you will cope snd you will heal 

 

This too shall pass x
 


 

 

 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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Hello my dear Hanna

 

I'm really sorry to read that you're struggling hard, I send you huge hugs 🤗

You're not damaged : you have a sensitive CNS trying hard to do his repair work.

 

About reinstating :

 

- please keep in mind that Fluoxetine has a very long half life. 

I would wait several weeks before updosing.

- Have you noticed changes, whatever it is, since you reinstated ?

 

 

Don't take me wrong, I'm absolutely not judging you : we all hope for relief while going through these extreme states.

Better to go slow and see how that goes than loading too much drug.

 

You're strong Hanna, never doubt that ❤

2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) (2008 : cold turkey of both)

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (longer half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :  7mg Fluoxetine + toothpick Paroxetine (since 20 Aug 2020) + 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

 

Website : https://selibererdelapsychiatrie.wordpress.com/

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Oh my dear sweet @Hanna72 - You are listening to your heart and doing what you need to survive this incredibly challenging journey. You have always been there for me, and so many others, with your beautiful words and infinite kindness. I wish I could do more to help you. A couple things that help me are regular meditation (20 minutes/day minimum) where I just observe my breath going in and out of my belly; making sure I drink 2-3 liters of water; 30 minutes of very gentle yoga before bed; and writing in a gratitude journal every night. Sometimes the meditation is difficult but as I have stuck to it, I have noticed at my core I have become more calm. Also, I feel it when I miss a day.

 

You are so strong and you will get through this. I am holding you in my heart and sending healing hugs! 🤗

2008-2016 - Lexapro 10 mg, tapered to 2.5 mg over one year then CT without issues
Feb 2 - July 24, 2019 - restarted Lexapro 5 mg for insomnia

July 25 - Nov 19, 2019 - Lexapro 10 mg, resulted in increased anxiety and depression
Nov 20 - Dec 11, 2019 - 3-week FT from Lexapro 10 mg to 7.5 mg to 5 mg to 0
Dec 12, 2019 - Feb 4, 2020 - drug-free and feeling good until horrible WD hit
Feb 5 - Feb 16, 2020 - Paxil 10 mg, adverse reaction
Feb 18, 2020 - reinstated Lexapro 5 mg

Nov 22 - Dec 12, 2020 - transition from pill to homemade liquid

Dec 13, 2020 - 4.7 mg; Jan 3, 2021 - 4.5 mg

 

daily meditation 10-40 minutes, yoga 30 minutes; CBT & ACT therapy

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sunnysideup69

@Hanna72, never feel you are disappointing anyone or letting anyone down....it's awful to feel bad and stuck in a long wave.

However, you are strong. And part of being strong is knowing when you may need some help/to reinstate. I think it's good you're giving it a try and would urge caution in line with others, try not to rush an updose. 

Let yourself settle. S L O W L Y does it. Wish I could say more, just know you've got lots of listening ears here.

Personally, I also blame winter....excuse my geographical ignorance, but you must surely be getting a lot of hours of darkness at the moment, in Iceland? I KNOW lack of light is a definite trigger for worse waves, for me, and then there's the strange world situation. 

Sending big big hugs xxx

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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Longroadhome

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October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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My dear friends. @sunnysideup69 @Erell@Longroadhome @Cigale @Mimi79 and you all that have given me support on here There are no words to describe the kindness, support and encouragement you have all shown me. I am forever grateful for you all❤️
I am listening and thinking carefully to all of your advices. 
Having no one but myself to rely on makes this really hard.

First my reinstatement is going ok. I am up to 2 mg, but I have still so much anxiety and panic. My thoughts are racing nonstop without any relief, leaving me in a state of vomiting the little food I can intake, and being in physical pain, that is constantly on high alert. None of my coping skills are working, and I have tried everything. I am just really afraid. 
I would like to share with anyone reading this, the things I would have done differently  if it can help anyone here.

1. Please do a slow taper, this is so very important 

2. Do not google symptoms 

3. Don’t be consumed by this journey, try to go about your day like as if you are not tapering 

4. Avoid horror stories 

5. Be thankful for every small cut you make, because it’s huge.

6. Practice coping skills, even though you don’t feel at the moment you have to use them, they will come in handy and strengthen you along the way

7. Listen to your body, it’s communicating with you 

8. Make exercise ( what ever feels comfortable to you) a daily routine 

9. Eat healthy as much as you can, it will help you regain your strength 

10. Stay positive, and know you will be free🙏


I have made the decision to take a break from this forum. I have become obsessed with this, so it’s time for me to step aside. 
Know this, you are all my heroes and every single one of you has made an impact on my life in some way or another. 
You will be forever kept in my heart, and I am rooting for all of you in spirit.

Mark my words, I will be back, I am not done yet😉


 

 

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Longroadhome
9 hours ago, Longroadhome said:

We will miss you Hanna 

please take care of yourself and keep us posted. 
you’re not done yet and I remain forever grateful for your kind words during times when I was struggling. 
you're a good person 
Remember  we are only a whisper away if you need us  xx 

October 2004 -  October 2018 Paxil 20mg

October 2018 - November 2018 15mg Paxil 

Nov 2018 -  2x50 mg Pregabalin to help with Paxil WD

December 2018 - January 2019 10mg Paxil  

January 2019 - February 2019  7.5mg Paxil crashed 

February 2019 - 8.5mg Paxil

August 2019 - stopped both meds for 2.5 days meltdown 

August 2019 -  daily: 50mg Pregabalin April 2020 45mg May 40mg June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg

Nov 2019 - 8mg Paxil, March 2020 7.2mg April 6.5mg May 5.9mg June 5.4mg July 4.8mg December 4.5mg Jan 2021 4mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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sunnysideup69

Thanks for all your input, @Hanna72 - you've really lifted me up when I've felt low or anxious

 

You take care of yourself, have a break if you need to. We all have to put ourselves first in this healing process.

 

Sending big hugs, hope the prozac begins to settle your nervous system soon. All good wishes to you xxx

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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Stormstrong

@Hanna72, oh you beautiful soul, rooting for you and your healing.

2000: Paxil, low dose. 2001: Paxil, quickly tapered off. 2006: Zoloft, 25mg. 2007: Wellbutrin, low dose, discontinued after a week or a month. 2007-2009: Zoloft, increasing dose (up to 75mg). 2009-2011: Zoloft, failed withdrawal attempts (cold-turkey; fast tapering). 2009-2011: Trying out Cymbalta, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Ambien, Ativan, and Xanax. 2012-2015: Zoloft, 100mg to 200mg. 2013: Trazadone for Zoloft-induced insomnia, 25mg to 50mg.  2015: Trileptal, dose?, withdrew; Bupropion, up to 200mg. 2016: Zoloft, 137mg, Bupropion, 150mg, Trazodone, 25mg.

05/21/16: Began Zoloft taper - 10% from 150mg - 137ish mg

06/23/16: Zoloft taper - 125mg

08/03/16: Bupropion XL taper - cut 150mg pill in crude half (mistake)

10/31: Zoloft successfully down to 100mg. Staying on 100mg for 2-3 months to let my brain rest.

11/09: Wellbutrin SR prescribed, 150mg once a day, for withdrawal.

12/11: Wellbutrin SR, twice daily - minus 18ishmg = 112.50mg

09/30/17: Off Wellbutrin SR successfully. Zoloft taper: 90ish mg (shaving it off). Trazodone: still at 50mg.

June 2018: Zoloft: 80ish (shaving off). Trazodone: 6mg. End of 2018: Off Trazodone.

01/20: Zoloft: 70ish?

08/20: Still around 80 or 70. Tapering by only 15 shaves each month.

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