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Hi sorry this is going to be a bit long but I'll try and keep it as short as possible. 

 

I was originally on citalopram 20mg for 5 years. It worked amazingly well for me after a bad bout of anxiety and depression.

It seemed to stop working after 5 years so my GP added in mirtazipine 30mg. After 6 weeks of being on mirtazipine I felt severely depressed to the point I didn't want to carry on any more. And it would give me waves of dread and despair. So my GP took me off mirtazipine and put my citalopram up to 40mg. I slowly started having waves of feeling better and anxiety and depression free. At 12 weeks I had a big blip and the GP said they arent working for me anymore so switched me to sertraline 50mg. I only lasted six weeks on sertraline as I was getting worse and worse the whole time i was on it to the point i went to a crisis centre who got in contact with a different GP. Who said that 12 weeks wasn't long enough to see if citalopram was working after changing meds. So i was put back on citalopram. I made my way up to 30mg and stayed there for 6 months and had no relief in anxiety it seemed to get worse. 

Muscle aches

Diarreah

Brain fog

Headaches

Blurry vision

Weakness

Palpitations 24/7

Depression.

Resting heart rate of about 160. 

I tried to power through because I knew I had to just ride it out but at 10 weeks the depression came back on and off but every time it resurfaced it was worse than the time before until I had a full breakdown again after 6 months of feeling so unwell.. So I have been switched to lexapro as they thought it might work as it's similar to citalopram which worked for me originally. 

 

I am 10 days into 10mg of lexapro and my depression is severe again. I'm fed up of being changed all the time and just want to feel better as this is no life to live. My partner and I are expecting a baby in 4 months and this has put the fear of god in me that I wont be well enough to look after the baby x 

Thank you and sorry it's such a long post

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Welcome to SA, Potatoghost.  I'm sorry you're going through this.

 

I've brought your situation to the attention of the other moderators.

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.  Current Valium dose as of Feb 22, 2022: 4.8mg 

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8 and shift to Imipramine taper

Taper is 74% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of May 17: 10.5mg 

Taper is 86% 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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Hello dear @Potatoghost, I'm so glad you have found your way here...good to see you in here, it will be a lot more helpful than some other forums that we've both been in, for sure.

 

If you take a look at my 'drug signature' below this post, or Gridley's above, you'll see what you'll be asked to do, to condense your drug history and make it easier to see at a glance. You should also add if you've ever used any benzos. 

 

You'll get good help and support here 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 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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Welcome, potatoghost.

 

Aside from "depression," are you feeling better?

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Thank you @sunnysideup69 I'll do that shortly x I think that will definitely help to clear things up a bit x 

 

@Altostrata

Hi x no nothing. Not feeling better really x I havent been on lexapro long x only 11 days and feeling worse but apparently that's pretty normal when starting a new Antidepressant x been trying to feel some relief for over a year and a half now  😰

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How are you feeling worse?

 

What times of day do you take your drugs, at what dosages? Are your symptoms better or worse at any particular times of day?

 

9 hours ago, Potatoghost said:

feeling worse but apparently that's pretty normal when starting a new Antidepressant

 

When starting a new antidepressant, what this means is the dosage is too high. When reinstating a drug to address withdrawal syndrome, feeling worse is never "normal."

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@Altostrata

Thanks for replying. 😊

I take 10mg of lexapro at 11pm as it makes me pretty tired so I sleep a bit better. I have only been on the lexapro a total of 10 days now on 10mg. 

 

Do you think that the dose I have started on could be too high then? It's the lowest theraputic dose of lexapro. I thought it was pretty normal for anxiety and depression to get worse when starting an antidepressant as I have heard a lot of people say the same thing and have always got worse before better when starting a new one. 🤔. Apart from citalopram the first time round.

So is that not true that depression and anxiety gets worse at first?? 

 

My symptoms are always worse in the mornings. Mornings are definitely  the worst but my anxiety symptoms do change a lot.

 

Thank you 😊

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How has your morning anxiety changed? What time does this start?

 

If you can sleep on Lexapro, it's unlikely it is causing anxiety in the morning.

 

6 minutes ago, Potatoghost said:

It's the lowest theraputic dose of lexapro.

 

"Therapeutic dose" is irrelevant when dealing with withdrawal symptoms.

 

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@Altostrata

I tried to put my withdrawals history in my signature but i need to use a computer so will update that tomorrow

 

So my anxiety is worsening the sense that I feel a lot more anxious physically aswell as mentally. My mind races I feel full of dread. Shakey palpitations and panicky. Whereas in the evening i still have the palpitations but feel like my brain fog is worse so I'm not as panicky but feel anxious in a different way. 

Like even if I dont feel mentally anxious and I'm not worrying I still feel physically anxious. It's so hard to explain. X 

 

So can you explain a little bit more about what you mean when you say " theraputic dose is irrelevant when dealing with withdrawals"? 

I'm a bit slow atm with this brain fog. Thank you 😊

 

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We don't treat "depression" here, so we're not concerned with "therapeutic dose".

 

When does this symptom start in the morning? Does it occur every morning? How long does it last?

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

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You've gotta understand that there IS no such thing as a therapeutic dose, @Potatoghost. Different dosages work for different people in alleviating symptoms. Generally, this is an arbitrary thing. Most of us would have shown a response to much lower dosing, but the concept of 'therapeutic dosing' was what caused us to be e.g. started on 10mg and moved to 20mg, etc.

 

If you answer Alto's questions, some sense might be made of what's causing what. I think we're similar in that we've both kindled our nervous systems by switching around. Keeping on changing and going up and down doesn't actually help, it just makes things worse. That's why when you asked me on messenger

 

On 5/4/2020 at 10:11 PM, Potatoghost said:

 

Do you think that the dose I have started on could be too high then? It's the lowest theraputic dose of lexapro. I thought it was pretty normal for anxiety and depression to get worse when starting an antidepressant as I have heard a lot of people say the same thing and have always got worse before better when starting a new one. 🤔. Apart from citalopram the first time round.

So is that not true that depression and anxiety gets worse at first? 

 

Isn't it interesting that, the first time you used Citalopram, you didn't get worse before better. You just felt better, right? It was the same for me. It was only the NEXT time I tried to start it, I felt worse before better, and with subsequent updoses. We do feel worse, because our nervous systems have already been compromised by that initial use of the drug. 

 

I hope you'll stick with answering the questions. I should have explained it's a site for going OFF antidepressants, eventually. That may not be what you want to doright now, but you can at least figure out here what is going on and how to gradually stabilise, which is probably your main goal, I'm guessing. And you'll realise by what you learn here that switching/ upping dose is not the cure-all it's made out to be.

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 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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