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MNgal1960

So sorry to hear about your situation, Biscuit. If you post and introduction thread, you will meet more people on the forum who can be of help.


Prior meds: Trazodone a few years ago. Low dose for sleep. Didn't work. Tapered off. I don't remember any details.

2012-2013 Prescribed Xanax for severe insomnia. Became dependent quickly. Dose up to 1.8mg. 

Nov. 2014 New doctor anti-benzo but thought a 4-month taper was safe. Failed and stopped due to extreme symptoms. Added 25mg Seroquel for sleep. Also take gabapentin (400mg x 2).

June 2015 Crossed to Valium. 30mg V (3 x 10mg). 

August 3, 2019 .01mg V. Last dose tonight.

July 2020 Now taking 100mg gabapentin 3x/day and 20mg of Seroquel at night for sleep.

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Looking4peace

Looking for help!

Just need support from people who have or are going through this.

It has begun to take a major toll on all aspects of my life, including family relationships and I just do not know how to handle it or repair it.

I came of Effexor XR incorrectly after 15 years, and now after 1 year, my problems continue.

When in a window, I can process things better. But when I'm in a wave, like right now, problems and worry CONSUME me.

It seems that everything is going wrong and I can't escape from it. 

Its almost as if my body and mind sabotage my thoughts and I shut everyone out and stop doing anything that could be beneficial to me. I just want to WORRY and stress about everything.


2001-Started Effexor XR (15 Years on Drug) April 1, 2016- 150 mg Effexor XR discontinued 

Started with 150 Mg-Dropped to 75 Mg after 3 weeks I then dropped to 37.5 Mg,4 weeks later I dropped off the medicine entirely.

Did not find out about weaning until too late. (This was the protocol from my general practitioner)

Symptoms of withdrawal are so severe I tried to reinstate Prozac, 9 months after discontinuing Effexor XR

February 15th, 2017-Started Prozac 10mg 

February 22, 2017 -upped to 20mg one week later (no relief)  Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome - (OCD, Anxiety, Depression)

March 1st, 2017-Discontinued Prozac (Psychiatrist wanted to increase dose to 40 mg)

Currently on no medications / Currently dealing with Major Windows and Waves

Supplements: Magnesium, Cod Liver Oil, EM-1 probiotic, Restore teaspoon 3x daily,

Will begin to eliminate the following supplements 7/7/2017

vitamin D 10,000 mg, NAC 600 mg, Zinc 50 mg, Inositol 600mg x 4, B-12, Vitamin C 500 mg, GABA 500 mg, Ashwagandha

 

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greyed

Available for skype (text). No positivity, no bullsh*t.


2020 July 28 - August 9: 15 mg Mirtazapine

Quit cold turkey. Experienced tiny brain zaps, dulled emotions, insomnia.

2020 September 2 - 4: reinstated with 7.5 mg Mirtazapine

2020 September 4 - 12: went back to 15 mg Mirtazapine

2020 September 13 - present: reduced to 7.5 mg Mirtazapine

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powerback

Looking for help!

Just need support from people who have or are going through this.

It has begun to take a major toll on all aspects of my life, including family relationships and I just do not know how to handle it or repair it.

I came of Effexor XR incorrectly after 15 years, and now after 1 year, my problems continue.

When in a window, I can process things better. But when I'm in a wave, like right now, problems and worry CONSUME me.

It seems that everything is going wrong and I can't escape from it. 

Its almost as if my body and mind sabotage my thoughts and I shut everyone out and stop doing anything that could be beneficial to me. I just want to WORRY and stress about everything.

 

Hi looking4peace .I relate to your pain and suffering so much I'm so angry this is my story ,I'm desperate for relief ,I'm not even in withdrawal   still on the poison [tolerance withdrawal I believe]  ,the rage and anger and I'm becoming more and more antisocial because of my symptoms ,and I totally relate about family ,I'm loosing patience with it all ,they say we should talk about our problems but my family think I'm just moaning half the  time ,its so painful .I get that feeling off them ,sure we all have problems .if they could feel our torture for a second.

I've had illness of the normal kind over the years but the last few months is just a joke ,I've a dark sense of humour so sometimes I laugh at it .

please just come to this site and you will always have someone that can relate to you ,I wish I never told people anything ,so many relationships and  friendships ruined .

please dig dip and believe your soul will heal ,I've had a very bad day today but I got through it and always believe u can .

respect.

PB   


Alcohol free since February 2015 

1MG diazepam

4.5MG PROZAC.

 

 

 

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Looking4peace

Anybody out there today?

Another really bad day. The feelings of worthlessness or just overwhelming.

 

What do you do when your support team starts to break down.? You can feel them at their wits end, when they revert to the "tough love" and that just seems to make you feel worse .

 

Would love to hear some words of encouragement! This is just all so hard


2001-Started Effexor XR (15 Years on Drug) April 1, 2016- 150 mg Effexor XR discontinued 

Started with 150 Mg-Dropped to 75 Mg after 3 weeks I then dropped to 37.5 Mg,4 weeks later I dropped off the medicine entirely.

Did not find out about weaning until too late. (This was the protocol from my general practitioner)

Symptoms of withdrawal are so severe I tried to reinstate Prozac, 9 months after discontinuing Effexor XR

February 15th, 2017-Started Prozac 10mg 

February 22, 2017 -upped to 20mg one week later (no relief)  Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome - (OCD, Anxiety, Depression)

March 1st, 2017-Discontinued Prozac (Psychiatrist wanted to increase dose to 40 mg)

Currently on no medications / Currently dealing with Major Windows and Waves

Supplements: Magnesium, Cod Liver Oil, EM-1 probiotic, Restore teaspoon 3x daily,

Will begin to eliminate the following supplements 7/7/2017

vitamin D 10,000 mg, NAC 600 mg, Zinc 50 mg, Inositol 600mg x 4, B-12, Vitamin C 500 mg, GABA 500 mg, Ashwagandha

 

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powerback

Anybody out there today?

Another really bad day. The feelings of worthlessness or just overwhelming.

 

What do you do when your support team starts to break down.? You can feel them at their wits end, when they revert to the "tough love" and that just seems to make you feel worse .

 

Would love to hear some words of encouragement! This is just all so hard

I love your profile  picture ,pretty much some's up my head after waking from a nap it took an hour to dissipate to just a normal head  ache .we can never ever give up or else we will miss out on the happiness and joy that will come our way some day .

we never stop learning no body  is above that .

I totally feel your agony .  

I am by no means a professional but always try to work out decisions about your body when its possible .

take care

PB


Alcohol free since February 2015 

1MG diazepam

4.5MG PROZAC.

 

 

 

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MyHurtisoftheMultiverse

Hey, Looking4peace and whoever else might be concerned, feel free to contact me if you want to talk. I actually have a master in psychology (that's far less helpful than one might think, but hey) and I suffer from SSRI withdrawal problems as well.

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Scorpio

Hi I'm happy to chat too.  It would be such a relief to talk with people who have similar experiences and problems for support.


2006 After sudden death of mother put on 20mg of citaloprom for depression. 

2014 Drug stopped working after two weeks of panic attacks felt fine. 

Aug 2014. Doctor put me on lyrica for rash on face, diarrhoea, sleeplessness,muscle cramp, bruising. Initial dose too strong, halved dose.  Stopped taking it 22/10/14

2014 severe anxiety after several ssri's attempted, seem to have developed severe  sensitivity to any drug, but giving severe  reactions put on cipralex drop form.started on 2 drops and had to increase by 1 drop every 3 days. Eventually got to 12 drops and had to stop as side effects every step of the way dreadful. Psychiatrist kept telling me to stick with it and my body would get used to it.  Eventually down to 8 drops. Bad reactions throughout the time I was on it

Have been on this until may 2017. Stopped over two weeks. Felt fine for 5 weeks after initial dizziness, nightmares, nausea, insomnia.  

Given diazepam by gp and told to take them when anxiety bad. Have only taken them very rarely as they frighten me. 

Last two weeks severe anxiety returned and feeling hopeless 

11July 2017. Cipralex 2mg. Anxiety, nausea still severe

13 July 2017 Cipralex 1mg due to advice of too high dosage  by kind person on thus site. so dropped from 2mg to 1mg and feelings of anxiety still at severe. As well as nausea, headaches, fatigue. 

15 July still feeling extremely anxious verging on panic. Nausea, feelings of fainting, fatigue. Lots of head pains 

3 August. Three weeks into trying to stabilise on one drop of cipralex. Still have waking from 4am. Sporadic upset stomach. Nausea.  High anxiety.  Throbbing/burning in nether regions seems to have eased for time being but stabbing/burning in calves of legs. Tinnitus. Occasional half to whole better days but mainly still struggling. Fatigue   

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Quietis

it would be nice to have a chat sometimes with people whom i can relate to, going thru the terrible experiences of quitting psychiatric drugs. as a fair warning, i have periods where even interacting with other human beings feels too much, so i might not be always responding or chatting away... but ill try my best to support people that feel they need someone willing to listen during a rough patch. and hopefully find others willing to do the same for me :).  just send me a pm, or contanct me thru skype, there's no need to direct face to face if you dont feel to, we can always just chat. cheers.

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bruno2016

i am open to chat with anyone. I am fully recovered more or less. I still have my bad days but have come a long way---i am now a fitness trainer and also about to graduate LMT school...I could have NEVER thought of doing such things just a few years ago. Time, patience, faith, nutrition, etc will get you feeling well. 


Various SSRIs/SNRIs 7- 1/2 years

Went Cold Turkey from Celexa 2011, Stayed Off

Psych Drug Free and Loving Life (over 6 years and counting)

 

How I Stay Well: Diet, exercise, meditation, supplements, etc

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Lojo016

Anyone can add me on Skype or send me a pm    Would be more than happy to chat 


Was on Seroquel 400mg and Lexapro 10mg from August 2014 - July 2017 for 3 years. Weaned off both of them in April 2017, by July 2017  I was completely off them.

 

Reinstated Lexapro 5mg to 10mg Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

Reinstated seroquel  up to 400mg Dec 2017- Feb 2018

Prozac up to 40mg Jan 2018 - Feb 2018

Risperdal Feb 2018 1.5mg

Luvox Feb 2018 50mg. 

Seroquel 200mg - present. Going down to 100mg April 23, 2018

 

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robcbar1

Posting and messaging with SA members is awesome but I always seem to feel a little better after a good chat with a real person who understands what's going on.  Do SA members ever communicate via phone or is that frowned upon?    


20 years of daily SSRI use in total...

Paxil                                                                                                                                                                  1995-1998

Zoloft (25 mg)                                                                                                                                                 1998-2002

Lexapro (10 mg)                                                                                                                                              2002-2015    (**August 2015, Lexapro “stopped working" after near death of my 1.5 yr. old son**)

Lexapro (15/20 mg) - increasing dose only made SEs worse                                                                   Nov 2015 - Mar 2016

Zoloft (25/50 mg) - made derealization worse                                                                                            Mar 2016 - Jul 2016

Celexa (20 mg) - made symptoms worse                                                                                                     Oct 2016 - Jan 2017

Remeron (7.5 mg) - helped me eat and sleep for 4 nights, then went bad                                             Jan 2018 (stopped after 2 weeks)

Lamictal (2.0 mg) - started at 5 mg to help with WD symptoms, trying to wean off and has been complete HELL   Jan 2018 - current

 

(Trialed Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta - severe reaction, couldn't tolerate longer than a few days)

 

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ChessieCat

Hi rob, I've moved your post to an existing topic.

 

On 26/06/2012 at 11:12 AM, Christiana said:

ADMIN NOTE: 

Please remember that everyone here has their struggles. Be considerate of your phone friend and mindful of the person's time and energy.

 

You may wish to begin with pms.  If after some time you both are still happy with the contact, you could consider sharing phone numbers. You may wish to agree in advance about how often you want to talk, for how long, and at what times of day.

 

Please do not share your phone number if you know you are a person who has difficulty setting boundaries in relationships.

 


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Adili13

Anyone here want to communicate via phone? 


2008: start Lexapro 10 mg which is quickly upped to 20 mg. 2008:2013 try at least four individual times to get off Lexapro, never get lower than 5mg, settle at 15 mg. 2015: again, attempt to get off Lexapro and get to 5 mg. After 6 months, feel i'm stabilizing but go back on a higher dose because of one stressful event. 2016: go to 20 mg from 15 mg due to work stresses, hit severe tolerance for the first time and become very suicidal. 2016-2017: try viibryd and cymbata in an attempt to feel better. Also add Lamictal 150 at some point. 2017: eventually land on paxil 37.5 and Lamictal 150. January 2018: cut paxil to 25. April-July 2018: reduce Lamictal in 50 mg increments till im off August. 2018: reduce paxil to 20 mg. december 2018: dropped Paxil to 18 mg, SEVERE CRASH. March updosed to 20 mg April 11: dropped to 19.4 mg due to akathsia (still experiencing akathsia symptoms from updose) April 20: 19 mg Paxil May 4: 18.7 Paxil July 5: 18.2 July 12: 17.8 Aug 19: 17.5 Aug 26: 17.3 Oct 20: 17.1 Nov 3: 16.9, 8/17/20: 16.6 after nine month hold, 8/24/20: 16.4, 8/31/20:16.2, 9/14/2020: 16.0, 9/21/20: 15.8, 9/28/20: 15.6, 10/19/20:15.4,

 

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jonathangalack

Same.


Drugs history:

-2002 (1 month):  Zyprexa 10mg

-2008: took an infusion of the cactus San Pedro (mescaline in it), had a bad trip...could not sleep, was totally anxious! PTSD!

-2012: got back my balance, more or less, could sleep, but, my father is in retirement and he's always here and tired, so, the night, he snores a lot and it brings back my trauma of not sleeping... that's why i came to Zyprexa

-2012-2016: Zyprexa 5mg (i tried to take it off many times but i wasn't aware of the protocol, so, i stopped cold turkey different times. then, i started to cut it)

-May 2016: Zyprexa withdrawal started (10% reduction of the initial dose each time, in a liquid solution, but, i started this at 3mg or Zyprexa ; so it was already too quick maybe)

-April 4th 2019: Withdrawal finished (0,0125mg of the molecule)

-April 11th 2019: weird sensations... mental confusion, neck pain, sensation of insanity, everything is weird...

-May 4th 2019: reintroduction of Olanzapine, at 0,20mg per day. I took the afternoon, so, i continue taking it the afternoon, but, i displace the taking from 1 hour each day, to reach sleeping time...

Supplements (per day): vitamin C (1g), vitamin B2 for migraines and photophobia (400mg), rhodiola, vitamin B12 600 micrograms, hawthorn for extrasystoles, magnesium citrate 3g (or magnesium malate 3g), inositol for OCD (18g), omega 3 (3g > EPA 540mg, DHA 360mg), melatonin 1mg, valerian (at sleeping time or when i am anxious) ginkgo biloba, licorice (help with cortisol and stress), sometimes seresta.. (let's be cautious with supplements)

Troubles and disorders: OCD, magical thinking (so a lot of stress in the everyday actions), PTSD-like subsequent sensations, former porn addict (still have a lot of sexual obsession, it is stressful, it's like a sexual addiction in the mind)

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Albin

Feel free to contact me in a PM.


2018: 17 December 1 pill Lexapro 10mg, 22-26 december 10 mg Olanzapine. Imovane 10 mg between December-March. 2019: Injection cicordinol in February. 

 

Supplements taken during December-Januari (2018-2019).

Gotu Kola, Mucuna Pruriens, Magnesium, Zinc, Curcummin, Omega 3, K2, D3

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MRothbard

Willing to do a phone thing with someone. PM me.


September 2014 to July 2015 - 20 mg Lexapro, 30mg Mirtazipine

 

August 2015 to November 2016- 10mg Lexapro, 30 mg Mirtazipine

 

Nov. 2016 to Nov. 2017 - 10mg Lexapro, 3.75 mg Mirtazipine

 

Nov. 2017 to Mach 2018 - 5mg/2.5mg Lexapro, 0mg Mirtazipne

 

Mach 2018 to Dec. 2018 - 0mg Lexapro, 0mg Mirtazipne

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Ella56

Yes. If anyone is still doing this  I am interested.


Age 21 started on antidepressants, Paxil, Zoloft cant remember dozes.

Most I remember is being on Celexa 10 - 40 mg since 1996 to 2019 up and down.

Changed to Pristiq March 2019 to May 2019 lowest doze but quit scared ot it.

Went back to Celexa 20mg may 2019 to sept 2019.Tried Cipralex, 3 days,

Went off celexa 20 mg Sept 16/19 taper 1 month.

Took Ativan .5 to 1 mg on and off for years and some Clonazepam for anxiety.

Ativan in dec 2019 about 10 and in jan 2019. .05mg.

Brain zaps  Agitation, terror and dread, suicidal feelings, stomach in fear. afraid to be alone. Depression 

Now: feeling disconnected from self and inability to connect with others, anxiety, depression,.emotionally weak and helplesd, ringing in my ears.

Feb 25, 2020 reinstated 1mg celexa.

 

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Pleasehelpme4

I am interested aswell. Pm me! 


2014 - April 2019 150mg Fluvoxamine ER 

Fast taper beginning in April 2019 and ending in June 2019

Off Fluvoxamine for 6 weeks with severe WD.

12 mg of Ambien xr for insomnia.

After 6 weeks reinstated fluvoxamine 150mg Aug 2019 - December 2019

Jan 2020 able to get off Ambien and started slow taper to get of Fluvoxamine but taper was not slow enough. 10% reduction every week. still experiencing WD from first attempt.

March 2020 switch to 75mg Effexor xr

April 2020 37.5mg Effexor xr, bridged to Trintellix, and now off Effexor

 

4/25/2020 5mg Trintellix

 

 

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gn11

I just found this thread and I'm wondering if anyone is interested in phone peer support. I am coming to the end of my taper from Celexa . I still have withdrawal symptoms although I'm able to manage for the most part. I am facing a hysterectomy in 3 weeks and worry about side effects from anesthetics.  Anyhow, just connecting to someone who has similar experiences can help. Txs


2006-2007 Lexapro (not sure of dose) in 2006

2007 Stopped abruptly. Developed serious wd symptom.Went back after two weeks and  tapered successfully over 3 months

November 2013  started 10 mg of Celexa for hormonal symptoms

early 2014 cutdown Celexa to 5 mg.Attempted to get off it November 2014 and had a difficult time. Went back to 5 mg and stayed until about a month ago. Had eye surgery for glaucoma (left eye-mini-shunt implant)

March-April 2016 developed multiple problems: ringing of ears, ear infections, multiple allergies. Tested negative to allergies  

Anxiety increased  every time I used  an OTC or had stress.April-May Cortisol spike problems increased.

June 9 Found this website while doing research on cortisone and celexa.

Went back between 5 and 10 mg a couple of times. Currently trying to stabilize at 7.5.   and  taking  a leave from work and comeback part-time.

Started taking liquid Celexa 6/15/2016 at 3.75 ml

Other meds: Dorzalamide/timolol for glaucoma twice a day andLatanoprost in the evening.

Vitamin D 2000 mg;vitamin C 500 mg; Lysine 1000 mg 2 x a day. Acupuncture twice a week; meditation; relaxing music daily. 150 mg of Magnesium as of 6/15.

 

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