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KatyG: benzo withdrawal, clomipramine, and duloxetine


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Hi there I’m new to the group was kept on benzos for over a  year been off them 11 months (temazepam, diazepam snd lorazepam) horrific horrific withdrawals was on clomipramine for over a year been off it a few weeks when I came from 20mg to zero over 4 days (on advice of pscy) my brain went totally weird two sets of hideous withdrawals severe anhedonia loss of sense of self, personality, consciousness takeover, severe disconnect from self and past memories DR/DP no feelings of love or joy or hope or happiness was so suicidal they put me on duluxotene was on it 9 days made me feel worse came off it- my brain is absolutelu fried have also tried over the last months for sleeping melatonin, night nurse, herbal Nitol, ashwaganda, I feel so weird and disconnected ever single second it freaks me out will I ever return to normal ? Please send hope thanks 

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Welcome @KatyG


I'm sorry to hear how you're feeling. You will return to normal, it might just take some time. How long it takes varies between people.


What is withdrawal syndrome?



Would you mind writing a signature? We ask all members to do this. That way we get the most important information so we can better help you. Here's how to do it:


How to write a signature


Trying new drugs and supplements can make symptoms worse, which is why we don't usually recommend many changes in that aspect while going through this. The only two supplements we recommend are omega-3 and magnesium. Some people find them helpful. Just make sure to start with one thing at a time and at a low dose if you should want to try them.






To get through this it's important for many to learn coping methods. Some of them won't work right away. The important thing I think is to start learning them and learn to accept very slow and gradual progress. There are many topics on here that can help with this. I will link a few of them. I would recommend collecting the things that you find valuable, so you have them as your own set of tools. 
This can sometimes be helpful in coping with the problems that made us go on drugs in the first place too. Some of the topics below has several very helpful posts, not just the first one. 




Ways to cope with daily anxiety


Things to do along the way



It can be a lot of information to take in so please see this as a reference that you can read at your own pace, rather than something you have to get through right away. The first step is to create a signature.


Take care and please let us know how you're doing.


2011-2015: Escitalopram (Cipralex) 20 mg, Voxra 300 mg (quit Voxra in late 2015, no issues)

2016: Started tapering Escitalopram 5 mg at a time, every fourth week

July 24th, 2016: Escitalopram 5 mg

April 2nd, 2017: Quit last dosage (WD worsened a lot)

Ca 6 last months of 2017: Taking Diazepam 15-25 mg irregularly, less than once a month

Ca Dec 2017: Out of Diazepam, i.e free from all prescribed drugs

Now: Still drug free

Supplements: Irregular intake of Omega-3, magnesium, vitamin D.

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Hi KatyG,

Welcome.  And sending hope.  Bucketsful.  Sounds like you have really struggling right now.


How did you come off the benzo's?


So you just came off the clomipramine 3 weeks ago?

Why were you put on that?

And why the duloxetine?

You noted the duloxetine made you feel worse.

Did the clomipramine help at all?  Or how did it make you feel.


Do give a try at doing the signature.  You'll find more information on that, in the link that Sunnday gave you.

It's different from what you might have put in already, in your profile, on registration. 

It will help us to see the time frames, and also will keep things in context, wherever you post on the site.

It's the section that you'll see below other members topics.


For right now, try and go easy with the supplements too:

Important topics about tests, supplements, treatments, and diet


As most of us are more sensitive to substances in withdrawal.  The only 2 that we recommend are:


King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker


Many members find these to be calming.  Do just try one new thing at a time, and start low in dose, so you can know what helps and then also what might hinder, as you heal.



We generally use a harm reduction method of getting off psych medication:

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


And okay, more hope and healing sent your way.


Please let us know how you are doing, thank you.


Love, peace, healing, and growth,


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Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays


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