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Hi, I am after some advice please as I am really struggling! So I am 51 and in 2009 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was given fluoxetine 20mg and amitriptyline to take. I quit amitriptyline around 2 years ago now due to side effects, the fact they were no longer working and due to weight gain. I switched from fluoxetine to sertraline 50mg in April this year and in June I decided enough was enough because I felt awful on them and they were not helping my fibro at all. So at first I had the brain zaps which lasted for 4 weeks, I couldn't stop crying at the slightest thing, I felt angry and i was being very mean to my husband, I started hating particular smells, became restless, agitated and other than a few weeks last month where it seemed to ease off nothing is changing. I am in constant pain too and feeling low from that and I have been tempted a few times to take fluoxetine again however it's been over 5 months now and I dont want to give up. I feel depressed but is it depression or withdrawal? It's starting to affect my marriage as I am not easy to live with at all. I just wish I knew it will get better.

1995 - 1996 20mg Citalopram

2000 - 2001 20mg Citalopram

2009 - 2018 75mg Amitriptyline 

2009 - Feb 2020 40mg Fluoxetine (prozac) reduced to 20mg

April 2020 - June 12th 2020 Sertraline 50mg

2015 - dihydrocodeine x 2 per day for fibro pain

12mg Candesartan for high blood pressure

Currently - Magnesium citrate, D3, omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin B12, hemp seed oil

4 weeks off Naproxen (250mg x 2) and 20mg Omeprazole Proton pump inhibitor

 

 

 

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Hi Mandy and welcome to SA,

 

The only known way to reduce withdrawal symptoms is to take a small amount of the drug to which your brain has adapted.  Generally it seems that the sooner reinstatement is made the more chance there is of it being successful, however some members have successfully reinstated after many months off their drug.

 

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Please read Post #1 of this topic and let us know if you are interested in trying a reinstatement.  In your case I think it would be better reinstate fluoxetine.  We can suggest a dose for you to try.  Please note that it would be a very small dose possibly as low as 1mg.  It is better to start with a small amount and increase if needed than to risk taking too much.  Suddenly going off a psychiatric drug can cause the nervous system to become sensitised.  Also during the time that you have been off the drug your brain will have also made adaptations to not getting the drug.

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 

This is your own Introduction topic which is the best place for you to ask questions about your own situation and to journal your progress.

 

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Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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I am very uncertain about putting this drug back into my body again after 5 months. I have been through so much and it feels like a backwards step to me.

 

 

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1995 - 1996 20mg Citalopram

2000 - 2001 20mg Citalopram

2009 - 2018 75mg Amitriptyline 

2009 - Feb 2020 40mg Fluoxetine (prozac) reduced to 20mg

April 2020 - June 12th 2020 Sertraline 50mg

2015 - dihydrocodeine x 2 per day for fibro pain

12mg Candesartan for high blood pressure

Currently - Magnesium citrate, D3, omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin B12, hemp seed oil

4 weeks off Naproxen (250mg x 2) and 20mg Omeprazole Proton pump inhibitor

 

 

 

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That's fine.  SA just provides the information so you can make an informed decision.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full 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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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The only supplements which SA recommends are:

 

Magnesium
 

Omega-3 Fish Oil

 

Try a small amount, one at a time, to see how your react.

 

SA strongly encourages members to learn and use:


Non-drug techniques to cope

 

Some other things which you might find helpful:

 

are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take

 

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full 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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Hello @Mandyb

I also CT 6 months ago from sertraline after taking many medications for pain and fatigue. I’ve had all of the symptoms you’ve mentioned except for the crying.  I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. 

Paxil 2001- 2016.  Came off of it on a slow taper.  After 9-12 months, I was put back on Paxil because I was unable to function. Paxil reinstatement triggered a rash.  I was then placed on 20 mg of Cymbalta on 2018.  I chose to take 10 mg.  I then had to be taken off of Cymbalta due to it causing cardiac issues in 2019.  I was placed on Seroquel and it caused a rash.  I was then moved to 12.5 mg of sertraline  where I did a fast taper which ended April/May of 2020.  I had to fast taper because of joint pain and joint redness.  August 2020, I was considered presumptive positive.  Since then, I’ve been prescribed Atenolol and Diazepam for withdrawal symptoms of tachycardia and massive anxiety.  I take these very sporadically and less than 1/4 of a tablet at a time.  I was given metformin in September 2020 for diabetes and it triggered massive anxiety after 1/4 of a pill.  I attempted to reinstate 1 mg of sertraline on 9/20/20.  I am supposed to be taking B12 injections and prescribed vitamin D.  I will stop these for now.  On 9/29/20 I was moved from 75 mcg generic levothyroxine to 88 mcg Synthroid.  This triggered anxiety approximately 2.5 hours later.

10/5/20 less than 1/8 teaspoon of Benadryl 

10/7/20 & 10/8/20 .10ml Benadryl (stopped 10/2020)

10/9/20 3mg Atenolol  (stopped 11/2020)

10/16/20 started taking magnesium citrate during the day (stopped 10/2020 due to it triggering more anxiety)

11/9/20 grain of diazepam @ 2:30 am for muscle spasm pain (stopped 11/2020)

11/10/20 .50mg of metoprolol tartrate (stopped 11/10/20 due to nausea, weakness in arms & legs, anxiety)

11/11/20 using lidocaine patch on neck and chest for pain due to muscle spasms

1/1/21       1 drop of liquid b12 (stopped 1/4/21)

 

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8 hours ago, Sleepless said:

Hello @Mandyb

I also CT 6 months ago from sertraline after taking many medications for pain and fatigue. I’ve had all of the symptoms you’ve mentioned except for the crying.  I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. 

Thank you for replying. It's nice to know I am not alone. I really thought I would have started to feel better by now but reading some posts it seems it can take a long time to heal. Have you any days where it has gotten better? 

1995 - 1996 20mg Citalopram

2000 - 2001 20mg Citalopram

2009 - 2018 75mg Amitriptyline 

2009 - Feb 2020 40mg Fluoxetine (prozac) reduced to 20mg

April 2020 - June 12th 2020 Sertraline 50mg

2015 - dihydrocodeine x 2 per day for fibro pain

12mg Candesartan for high blood pressure

Currently - Magnesium citrate, D3, omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin B12, hemp seed oil

4 weeks off Naproxen (250mg x 2) and 20mg Omeprazole Proton pump inhibitor

 

 

 

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I was slowly getting better and then my thyroid levels became messed up.  So now I feel like I’ve been set back about 2 months.

Paxil 2001- 2016.  Came off of it on a slow taper.  After 9-12 months, I was put back on Paxil because I was unable to function. Paxil reinstatement triggered a rash.  I was then placed on 20 mg of Cymbalta on 2018.  I chose to take 10 mg.  I then had to be taken off of Cymbalta due to it causing cardiac issues in 2019.  I was placed on Seroquel and it caused a rash.  I was then moved to 12.5 mg of sertraline  where I did a fast taper which ended April/May of 2020.  I had to fast taper because of joint pain and joint redness.  August 2020, I was considered presumptive positive.  Since then, I’ve been prescribed Atenolol and Diazepam for withdrawal symptoms of tachycardia and massive anxiety.  I take these very sporadically and less than 1/4 of a tablet at a time.  I was given metformin in September 2020 for diabetes and it triggered massive anxiety after 1/4 of a pill.  I attempted to reinstate 1 mg of sertraline on 9/20/20.  I am supposed to be taking B12 injections and prescribed vitamin D.  I will stop these for now.  On 9/29/20 I was moved from 75 mcg generic levothyroxine to 88 mcg Synthroid.  This triggered anxiety approximately 2.5 hours later.

10/5/20 less than 1/8 teaspoon of Benadryl 

10/7/20 & 10/8/20 .10ml Benadryl (stopped 10/2020)

10/9/20 3mg Atenolol  (stopped 11/2020)

10/16/20 started taking magnesium citrate during the day (stopped 10/2020 due to it triggering more anxiety)

11/9/20 grain of diazepam @ 2:30 am for muscle spasm pain (stopped 11/2020)

11/10/20 .50mg of metoprolol tartrate (stopped 11/10/20 due to nausea, weakness in arms & legs, anxiety)

11/11/20 using lidocaine patch on neck and chest for pain due to muscle spasms

1/1/21       1 drop of liquid b12 (stopped 1/4/21)

 

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