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10 hours ago, manymoretodays said:

Hi jipavl,

We'd love to hear more about you, and your story too.

How have you managed the low periods or "depression" ?

Have you managed drug free?

 

Hello,

I was not drug free for a long time. I got depressed again a so ended on drugs again. Did not know what else to do.

 

Doing quite poorly now. I have a lot of anxiety and trouble sleeping. Currently, on 50mg sertraline and 25mg agomelatine.

Weird thing is that even when I am in a good mood and anxiety is at bay I wont be able to fell asleep. Whenever I feel my brain is slumbering off then "zzap" and I wake up.

I think it is the sertraline, that is preventing me from sleep.

I'm just in a bad place mentally and cannot try to discontinue the drug as I'd than spiral downward into even more terrible depressions and anxiety.

I tried to quit the sertraline CT once and endured it only for 3 days. It was much worse than Venlafaxine withdrawal that I once experienced.

 

10 hours ago, manymoretodays said:

 

I've always wondered about some of the diagnoses of Sleep Apnea and the relation to the drugs that people are on.

 

It is definitely possible.   Or the the Sleep Apnoea is just accidental finding. Lot of people have mild apnoa, but re asymptomatic.

10 hours ago, manymoretodays said:

And I also noticed, slowly, over time, that many of the problems that were secondary to the AD's(antidepressants) went away, after I came off them.  As well as when I came off some of the other drugs from different classes.

 

 

And I wonder if you would like to start an Introduction topic, and do a signature for us as well.  That would be most helpful. 

Would love to hear more about your experiences, and goals for living.

 

Thank you.

 

See:

 

Introductions and Updates

and:  Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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Welcome, @jipavl

 

It's unusual for someone to be taking 2 antidepressants. What times of day do you take each of your drugs, with their dosages?

 

Please put ALL your drugs in the Drug Interactions Checker https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php
and copy and paste the results or a link to them in this topic.

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On 2/13/2021 at 5:27 AM, jipavl said:

Three days after stopping 50mg sertraline I'd get muscle pain all over.

All my muscles were jerking randomly. It was unbearable. I went back to sertraline.

I need to stabilize now and then maybe start a slow tapper later.

 

Hi jipavl, @jipavland okay good, Looks like you've gotten your own Introduction topic started now.

I just quoted one of your posts from another members topic here as well ^

 

Please summarize you withdrawal history in your signature to help us out:

  

On 7/19/2011 at 9:31 AM, Altostrata said:

Putting a SHORT version of your recent history of reducing or discontinuing drugs in your signature helps people understand your context when they read your posts.

 

Your signature appears under all your posts.

 

Staff needs this information to answer your questions. In your signature, we need to see

- Exactly what you're taking now, with dosages and when you started each drug

- What you were taking before, with dosages and start and stop dates

 

As the signature is limited to 12 lines, we expect you will condense your drug history. The last few years usually will do.

 

FOR READABILITY, SHORT LINES ARE BEST.

  • A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs
  • Include ALL drugs, doses, and dates (starting and stopping)
  • Any drugs prior to 24 months ago can just be listed with start and stop years
  • Use actual dates or approximate dates (e.g. mid-June 2018) rather than relative time frames (e.g. 3 months ago)
  • Spell out months (e.g. "January" or "Jan" as 9/1/2016 can be interpreted as 9 Jan 2016 or 1 Sept 2016)
  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses

 

Example:

2001–2002 paroxetine 
2003  citalopram 
2004  paroxetine
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to 2016 Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg

 

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And then you can just click on the link, or click on the arrow, to see the instructions for doing the signature and the how to.  It is a bit different from what you might have put into your confidential profile information, at registration.  You'll see other members signatures below their posts, and it's a good way for us to see where you are at, wherever you post.

 

And then I see Alto had some questions for you too, to help us get to know you and get you started.

 

I'm not real familiar with agomelatine, but did find a tapering topic on it.  One of the brand names for it is Valdoxan.
Tips for tapering off Valdoxan(agomelatine)

 

So far, I have not been able to get it into the drug interaction checker by either name.

11 hours ago, Altostrata said:

It's unusual for someone to be taking 2 antidepressants. What times of day do you take each of your drugs, with their dosages?

 

Let us know on the questions above in a reply.

 

Welcome jipavl, and thank you.

 

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

manymoretodays(mmt)

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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On 2/13/2021 at 12:50 AM, jipavl said:

I was not drug free for a long time. I got depressed again a so ended on drugs again. Did not know what else to do.

 

Doing quite poorly now. I have a lot of anxiety and trouble sleeping. Currently, on 50mg sertraline and 25mg agomelatine.

Weird thing is that even when I am in a good mood and anxiety is at bay I wont be able to fell asleep. Whenever I feel my brain is slumbering off then "zzap" and I wake up.

I think it is the sertraline, that is preventing me from sleep.

I'm just in a bad place mentally and cannot try to discontinue the drug as I'd than spiral downward into even more terrible depressions and anxiety.

I tried to quit the sertraline CT once and endured it only for 3 days. It was much worse than Venlafaxine withdrawal that I once experienced.

 

 

And hi again.  You might have tapered too quickly and then also may be experiencing some protracted WD(withdrawal) from the Venlafaxine.

So......I'll just give you some of the basic information about WD, and then tapering.

And meantime, it's okay to not work on tapering right now.  Sometimes it's best to get some stability, before tapering. 

Let's also help you get familiar with your current drugs, and how they work now too.

 

The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs.
 
 

 

When we take medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made.  The CNS likes stability. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.
 
We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system.   Going on and off psychiatric drugs can create a sensitivity to lot's of things.  And so, as a general rule we do recommend that you only start one at a time, and then just a small amount at first.  This way you can know what might be doing what, and how you are reacting to it.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 

 

And all for now.  So sorry.  When did the sleep and the anxiety problems start?

And some of the zaps might be brain zaps, and the sleep disturbance may be due to cortisol awakenings.  Sleep can be so very healing.

Brain zaps

and Papp, 2018, Brain Zaps: an Underappreciated Symptom of Antidepressant Withdrawal

 

Early morning waking- managing the morning cortisol spike

 

This is your introduction/journal page where you have now introduced yourself to the community, you can ask questions here regarding your tapering, give updates, and just keep a record of your journey.

 

And best,

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

 

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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Hello,

 

I could use some advice. End of 2018 was a very stressful period for me. So I ended at psychiatrist again.

I got prescribed Venlafaxine and Olanzapine as a mood stabilizer. I did know much about medications and just did was told by the doctors.

 

After some 6 months I quit Olanzapine CT without an issue and stayed on Venlafaxine only.

Summer 2019 I felt well and decided to quit Venlafaxine. I suffered some 2 weeks of WD like brain zapes, but they went away.

 

After several weeks I got all kinds of musculoskeletal pain. Probably delayed onset WD from Venlafaxine.

This was a huge stressor for me and started  several months of constant worry and stress about my physical condition.

That is why I ended on AD (sertraline) again. My psych also suggested that I can take the Olanzapine as needed when I'm down.

 

So I was taking 5mg Olanzapine from 10/2020-12/2020. It was only then that I did some research, realized what Olanzapine is and decided to quit.

As CT worked for me last time I did it again (beginning 2021).

 

What I'm trying to determine what of my current symptoms are WD and what underlying condition.

I had bad sleep for many months now due to stress.

 

After Olenzapine CT I experienced more severe insomnia. I entered therapy and lowered my stress and was sleeping relatively well 3 weeks into my WD I for about a week.

 

But since then things went downhill, I experience anxiety on scale as never before, insomnia is more severe, barely able to function etc.

Now I cannot sleep even when I feel relaxed and well. Usually I fell into sleep no problem, but wake up soon.

 

I'm just not sure whether I should attribute it to WD. What about the better week I had?

I'm pondering whether I should restart Olanzapine and tapper slowly or just ride it out.

 

 

Thanks for reading this.

 

 

2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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23 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Welcome, @jipavl

 

It's unusual for someone to be taking 2 antidepressants. What times of day do you take each of your drugs, with their dosages?

 

Hi,

 

agomelatine is atypical AD, it works by binding to Melatonin receptors and should promote sleep. It doesn't  interfere with SSRI type ADs.

2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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12 hours ago, jipavl said:

Hello,

 

I could use some advice. End of 2018 was a very stressful period for me. So I ended at psychiatrist again.

I got prescribed Venlafaxine and Olanzapine as a mood stabilizer. I did know much about medications and just did was told by the doctors.

 

After some 6 months I quit Olanzapine CT without an issue and stayed on Venlafaxine only.

Summer 2019 I felt well and decided to quit Venlafaxine. I suffered some 2 weeks of WD like brain zapes, but they went away.

 

After several weeks I got all kinds of musculoskeletal pain. Probably delayed onset WD from Venlafaxine.

This was a huge stressor for me and started  several months of constant worry and stress about my physical condition.

That is why I ended on AD (sertraline) again. My psych also suggested that I can take the Olanzapine as needed when I'm down.

 

So I was taking 5mg Olanzapine from 10/2020-12/2020. It was only then that I did some research, realized what Olanzapine is and decided to quit.

As CT worked for me last time I did it again (beginning 2021).

 

What I'm trying to determine what of my current symptoms are WD and what underlying condition.

I had bad sleep for many months now due to stress.

 

After Olenzapine CT I experienced more severe insomnia. I entered therapy and lowered my stress and was sleeping relatively well 3 weeks into my WD I for about a week.

 

But since then things went downhill, I experience anxiety on scale as never before, insomnia is more severe, barely able to function etc.

Now I cannot sleep even when I feel relaxed and well. Usually I fell into sleep no problem, but wake up soon.

 

I'm just not sure whether I should attribute it to WD. What about the better week I had?

I'm pondering whether I should restart Olanzapine and tapper slowly or just ride it out.

 

 

Thanks for reading this.

 

 

Any ideas?

2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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On 2/15/2021 at 11:39 PM, Altostrata said:

Welcome, @jipavl

 

It's unusual for someone to be taking 2 antidepressants. What times of day do you take each of your drugs, with their dosages?

 

Please put ALL your drugs in the Drug Interactions Checker https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php
and copy and paste the results or a link to them in this topic.

 

Hello, @jipavl. Please take care to answer all questions from the staff, so we don't have to put in the time to ask them again.

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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2 hours ago, Altostrata said:

 

Hello, @jipavl. Please take care to answer all questions from the staff, so we don't have to put in the time to ask them again.

Hello,

 

I take 50mg Sertraline in the morning and 25mg Agomelatine in the evening.

 

The drug interactions checker does not list Agomelatine.

2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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Please add months of events and drug dosages in your signature.

 

On 2/12/2021 at 11:50 PM, jipavl said:

It was much worse than Venlafaxine withdrawal that I once experienced.

 

Were you able to sleep while you were taking venlafaxine? How long did you take venlafaxine? What were your withdrawal symptoms when you went off venlafaxine? What drug did you take after you went off venlafaxine? 

 

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

All postings © copyrighted.

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33 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Please add months of events and drug dosages in your signature.

 

 

Were you able to sleep while you were taking venlafaxine? How long did you take venlafaxine? What were your withdrawal symptoms when you went off venlafaxine? What drug did you take after you went off venlafaxine? 

 

I could sleep on Venlafaxine. It would wake me up in the middle of the night, but i was able to go back to sleep.

 

I was on it for some 18 months.

 

Venlafaxine withdrawal symptoms were headaches, general malaise, flu like feeling. It lasted for about 2 weeks.

Then after about a month various muscle aches appeared.

 

Then after a pause restarted Venlafaxine it was then changed to Sertraline. Sorry don't remember exact dates. Sertraline since mid December.

 

Unfortunately also Olenzapine 5mg, 10/2020 - 12/202

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2013 - 2018 various ADs, last and for the longest period was Brintellix

1/2019 - 6/2019 Olanzapine 5mg CT no issues

2019 - 7/2020 Venlafaxine 150mg CT

 

9 - 10 /2021 - shortly back on Venlafaxine

10/2020 - 12/2020 Olanzapine 5mg CT

12/2020 - Sertraline 50mg

1/2021 - added Agomelatine 25mg

currently, dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression probably related to the Olanzapine withdrawal.

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