Jump to content

Phoenixmana: cold turkey after 3 weeks on Celexa


Phoenixmama

Recommended Posts

Phoenixmama

hi , i"m a single mom and was given celexa 10mg for head aches and brain fog . the side effects where too much for me from day one , so three weeks after starting i was told to just stop taking them and i did... that was feb 28th the first week was fine , 2nd week i had some anxiety feelings and now the 3rd week I'm having insomnia , the sweats , nausea , and anxiety... I can't seem to find any stories on here from people who where short timers taking an ssri , I would really love to read a success story . my question is am i going through withdraws or is this relaps , please any help would be a blessing 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Replies 96
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Phoenixmama

    63

  • Rosetta

    11

  • ChessieCat

    5

  • Gridley

    4

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Hi.  Welcome to SA, Phoenix.  I’m very sorry for the loss of your boyfriend.   My daughter was 5 when I stopped taking Zoloft.  It’s tough to be a mother through this.  I’m glad you live with o

If you take vitamins D supplements, take them in the morning rather than later as they can be activating and you don't want to disturb your sleep.  Start at a low dose and work up.  A D supplement wit

Hi @Phoenixmama,  I have just seen your posts.   I had an adverse reaction a few years ago. What you are describing sounds familiar. If you click on my username it will take you to a link to

Phoenixmama
Just now, Phoenixmama said:

hi , i"m a single mom and was given celexa 10mg for head aches and brain fog . the side effects where too much for me from day one , so three weeks after starting i was told to just stop taking them and i did... that was feb 28th the first week was fine , 2nd week i had some anxiety feelings and now the 3rd week I'm having insomnia , the sweats , nausea , and anxiety... I can't seem to find any stories on here from people who where short timers taking an ssri , I would really love to read a success story . my question is am i going through withdraws or is this relaps , please any help would be a blessing 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

 

taking:

fish oil

vit D

iron supp

probiotics 

magnesium 

trying cbd oil 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

hi , i"m a single mom with a 4 year old daughter  and was given celexa 10mg for head aches and brain fog . the side effects where too much for me from day one , so three weeks after starting i was told to just stop taking them and i did... that was feb 28th the first week was fine , 2nd week i had some anxiety feelings , headaches, brain tingles , brain burning ,and now the 3rd week I'm having insomnia ,brain burning, night sweats , nausea , and anxiety... I can't seem to find any stories on here from people who where short timers taking an ssri , I would really love to read a success story . my question is am i going through withdraws or is this relaps , please any help would be a blessing 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Help , I’m not sure if I’m doing this right but I need help!!!

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My 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.

Link to post
  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

2 other intro topics

 

Original here:  stopped-taking-celexa-after-three-weeks

 

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My 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.

Link to post
  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

2 other intro topics

 

Original here:  stopped-taking-celexa-after-three-weeks

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My 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.

Link to post
  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

Hello Phoenixmama and welcome to SA,

 

Firstly, sorry for the delay in responding to your first post.  SA is a very busy site with a lot of members and is staffed by unrostered, unpaid peer volunteers.  Currently some of the staff are taking time away from SA.

 

You say you were experiencing brain fog and were given Celexa.  That is a common withdrawal symptom from stopping an AD too quickly.  Had you previously taken and stopped a psychiatric drug?

 

We need to know more details about your drug history (all drugs and supplements, dates and doses, previous and current) before we can offer any suggestions.  Please create your drug signature by following these instructions.  Once we have more details, we will be better able to assist you.

 

Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature

 

If this is the first time that you have ever taken a psychiatric drug (including a benzo) then it sounds like you had an immediate adverse reaction.  If this is the case, please tell us in a post what symptoms you experienced when you were taking Celexa.

 

Once we have the answer to these questions then we will be able to provide you with relevant information.

 

This is your own Introduction topic.  Each members has only 1 Introduction topic (your other two topics will be merged into this one).  Your Introduction topic is the best place to ask questions about your own situation and where you can journal your progress.  This way your history is all in one place and you will not have to repeat your story.

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My 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.

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Yes this was my first time taking an ssri , the first celexa pill I took , I took it at night before bed , all night I was having a weird reaction to it like I was sleep but not sleep , I stood up from my bed and had light flashes in my head and felt very weak and Ill , the next day went to work barley could drive and I went on to have very bad anxiety, I was very very pale , no sleep and still had the lightening in the brain , also I was very irritated and angry. , I felt like I was on a something like speed it was horrible, I could feel when the celexa pill hit my system every time  I took it , I’d be locked down for around five hours , I’d take it in the am while at work since I’d be at my desk at that time , my doctor who is my gp who prescribed it to me said it was normal 


no the brain fog was before I took celexa , I had a head ache then brain fog and my gp ran test and everything came back normal so she said I had anxiety and or depression and said the celexa will help me with the head ache and the brain fog should go away , I didn’t feel like I had depression but maybe a little stressed 

 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

I am a meth addict clean now for 15 years straight , I don’t take any medications or drink coffee

i started taking supplements the day I stopped taking celexa 

vitamin d

fish oil 

magnesium 

probiotic 

liquid iron 

cbt oil (one drop a day for one week now) 

I drink Passion flower or Camille tea before bed which helps me get about 3-4 hours of sleep , also I have lost weight due to no appetite 

 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Im

trying to find out how to do the signature but I can’t :((

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Also when I woke up last night my fingers were numb 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Good morning , last night I couldn’t sleep and had hot flashes also I was crying a lot , thinking and feeling exhausted and wishing this is all over , this morning I can feel

i had no sleep and managed to to my daughter to daycare and come to work , I feel so low and wondering how worse are  these wd symptoms going to get,, please help me please 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama
Posted (edited)

please help me , I'm waiting for a reply 

Edited by Gridley

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Moderator
Gridley
Posted (edited)

Welcome to SA, Phoenixmama.

 

Could you give us a little more information, please?

 

1.  Have you been on other psychiatric drugs in the past?  If so, what drugs, what dosage and dates.

 

2.  Why did you stop the Celexa CT?  Were you having side effects?  

 

3.  What are your current symptoms?  How do you feel now in contrast with the 3 weeks on the Celexa?

 

4.  What dosage Celexa were you on?

 

5.  When did you start the drug and when did you CT?

 

This is your Introduction topic, where you can answer my questions, ask you own questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.

Edited by Gridley

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, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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.

Link to post
  • Gridley changed the title to Phoenixmana: ct after 3 weeks on celexa
  • Moderator

Hi Phoenixmama--I'm sorry you're having these issues.  To get you started, here is another route to establishing your signature:  Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

 

Here's how to add your signature from a phone or tablet:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12364-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/?p=84105

 

It can be confusing at first getting started.  This will be your Introduction site.  We'll merge any others that you've started with this one.  Stay with just this site so that we can avoid confusion.

 

I want to address your symptoms with the information that I have.  If I understand correctly, you are still within a month of going off Celexa.  In the past you were a meth addict and have been 15 years straight.  WOW, congratulations--

I believe it is likely that your system has been disrupted by past use and withdrawal enough that it could heighten your withdrawal now from Celexa.  If you can hang in there, the pattern of withdrawal from Celexa is not unusual for many people during withdrawal.  It reminds me of my own.  I'm not saying it is anything short of horrendous, but it will very likely get better, especially with the good care you're already describing.  The numb fingers you describe are still something I occasionally wake with.  As I understand it, the neuromuscular system is attempting to re-establish equilibrium.  

 

Here are some subjects that might be useful:   symptoms and self care           What is withdrawal syndrome? 

 

If you wish to consider reinstating and tapering, other moderators will be better able to confer with you.  I mention it only because your optimal time for doing so (within one month of last dose) is getting close to running out.  You can find more information about that under Symptoms and self care under Forums.

 

My best to you and your healing!

Arbor

 

 

Zoloft: 1995 - 2015

Prozac: 2015 - 2018 (tapered from 40mg x day on July 31 to 30mg on August 31 to 20mg on September 31 to 10mg October 31 to 0mg on  December 15, 2018

Gabapentin: 2016 to 2019  (tapered from 300mg x day to 150mg on August 31, 2019 to 75mg on September 15 to 50mg on September 31 to 25ishmg on October 15 to 0mg on December 1, 2019

Enalapril: 2010 - 2019

Lipitor: 2017 -2017

Metformin: 2000 - 2020

Liothyronine: 2007 - 2019

Levothyroxine: 2000 - 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

1. No 

2. yes 

3.my current symptoms are the same as when I was on celexa , a stuck feeling when the pill hit after I took it , nausea, head ache , unsteady , very bad anxiety inside my body , no appetite, loose stool , insomnia,  faint feeling with lights in head , trembling , seeing problems , I felt like I was poisoned even looked pale and sweAty with a concerned look on my face , irritated, mean , snappy , feeling like discontented from myself 

4. 10mg 

5. started 02/02 

Ct 02/28 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

I don’t really want to reinstate 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

When I cut week one and week two weren’t so bad but week 3 is Worse , I’ve had windows since ct 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

I also found out two weeks after taking celexa that I have anemia very low ferritin and vitamin D and my gp said to just keep taking the celexa 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Moderator
Gridley
14 minutes ago, Phoenixmama said:

 

3.my current symptoms are the same as when I was on celexa

It sounds like the Celexa didn't agree with you.  There's no requirement to reinstate if you don't want to, especially since the drug seems bad for you.  The fact that you're having windows since the CT is a very encouraging sign.  There's no way to predict how long it will take for your nervous system to calm down, but it will.  All told, it seems a good thing you're off the drug.

 

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. 

 

 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. Get supplements that ae single ingredient (not mixed with other types of supplements).

 

 

 

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, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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.

Link to post
  • Administrator
Altostrata

Welcome. @Phoenixmama

 

There's only one Introductions topic per member. To reduce confusion, such as moderators asking the same questions for every Introductions topic you start, please add ALL your questions to THIS topic. You will be able to find the answers here.

 

You added a signature! But please put in when you started Celexa, the dosage, and when you went off.

 

Quote

3.my current symptoms are the same as when I was on celexa

 

Your symptoms did not change after you went off Celexa?

 

Your doctor does not sound very helpful. I would find a new doctor and talk about the low ferritin. 

 

Also see 

 

 

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.

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Thank you so much for your reply ♥️ I’m grateful also I am now on my monthly woman thing which she be interesting 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Administrator
Altostrata

Please see my response.

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.

Link to post
  • Moderator
Gridley
11 minutes ago, Phoenixmama said:

vitamin D

If you take vitamins D supplements, take them in the morning rather than later as they can be activating and you don't want to disturb your sleep.  Start at a low dose and work up.  A D supplement with vitamin K2 helps absorption.  It's all individual, but I like to take magnesium when I take my D/k2.  Magnesium glycinate is a form with good absorption, and I've been taking it with good results for years.

 

Space out your magnesium throughout the day.  This will help with the calming effect it has.

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, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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.

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Ok 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

If I don’t reinstate which I don’t want to I’m too scared , what’s the worse that could happen ive also had windows 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Administrator
Altostrata

If there's no difference between how you feel now and how you felt on the drug, it seems to me your current symptom pattern is hangover from the adverse reactions you had while taking the drug.

 

We have a small number of people here who have had fairly immediate adverse reactions to a drug. When they go off the drug, they have symptoms just like withdrawal but it's not withdrawal, your nervous system still needs to recover from the adverse effects. Reinstatement is not a good idea in these situations. You should gradually recover over months.

 

Many people find fish oil and magnesium supplements helpful, see


https://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/


https://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15483-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

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.

Link to post
Phoenixmama
46 minutes ago, Phoenixmama said:

If I don’t reinstate which I don’t want to I’m too scared , what’s the worse that could happen ive also had windows 

 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

Being that I was in this position 

i suffer damages to my brain ? 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

Here is a topic about adverse drug reactions:

 

immediate-adverse-reactions-to-an-antidepressant-or-within-a-few-doses-how-long-for-recovery

 

And a post about it here:

 

But I only took it for a Week

 

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My 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.

Link to post

Hi @Phoenixmama,  I have just seen your posts.

 

I had an adverse reaction a few years ago. What you are describing sounds familiar. If you click on my username it will take you to a link to my success story.

March 2003 took two sartroline tablets after a traumatic incident and had a reaction so stopped.  I am not sure now whether what I had for the next 18 months was WD after the reaction or the emotional fallout from the traumatic event.  Some of it was very similar to WD in hindsight.  

 

February 2014 - Took five pristiq (50mg) tablets and three Ativan and had a severe reaction.
Extreme withdrawal symptoms for three weeks compounded by visit to naturopath -

One week later took 900mg St John's Wort x 3 daily for six weeks - more negative effects and suspected serotonin syndrome - before tapering over three weeks. Last tablet late May 2014.

Waves and windows cycle of recovery with longer windows and manageable waves.

May 2015 - already in a mild wave, following a usual pattern, I took clarithromicin and amoxicillin for two weeks for a sinus infection which I also seem to have had quite a reaction to.

 

February 2016 - Feeling much better.  I still have waves and windows but they are manageable.  I'm largely enjoying life again.

Link to post
Phoenixmama

thank you so much ❤️

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Phoenixmama

@Gridley hi good morning i got some k2 but now i'm scared , will i feel anything when i take it , the one i got is vitamin k2 mk-7 90 micrograms soft gels 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • Moderator
Gridley
25 minutes ago, Phoenixmama said:

the one i got is vitamin k2 mk-7 90 micrograms soft gels 

I don't have any experience with k2 separately from vitamin D.  I take a combination of D3 5000IU with 50mcg k2, the purpose being to help with absorption of the D.  I can't predict how you'll react.  People in withdrawal can be sensitive to supplements.  This works for me but might not for you.  It will have to be your decision.  You could start with a lower dose of D3 like 2000IU to test it out.  If the K scares you, don't take it.

 

 

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, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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.

Link to post
Phoenixmama

What if the windows are longer then the waves ? Today I took a omega three after not taking it for a couple days and after I took it I felt nausea and doom , I was feeling fine before this . Is it a wave ? I haven’t had one this bad before , feeling of doom and like a fever 

 

 

started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g

feb 26th took 5mg

feb 27th took 5mg 

feb 28th cold turkey 

currently taking mag

 

 

 

 

Link to post
  • ChessieCat changed the title to Phoenixmana: cold turkey after 3 weeks on Celexa

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use Privacy Policy