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Hi, 

 

I have been on various antidepressants since 1991. I recently tapered off of cymbalta and abilify. I went off Wellbutrin cold turkey. I am having withdrawals including nausea and vomiting and emotional lability. I am here looking for information and support. 
 

thanks,

1991 - 2018 miscellaneous including Paxil, Effexor, Topiramate, Amitriptyline, and others

2018 - June 1, 2021 Cymbalta - slow taper for over a year

June 29, 2021 - Wellbutrin - cold turkey

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Welcome to SA @Krussell548

 

I'm sorry you're experiencing these withdrawal symptoms.  Did they begin after you had tapered off Cymbalta and abilify, or only after Wellbutrin?  No matter what, I know they're awful.  As you can read on this site, you're not alone.   It sounds like you're in an acute phase which will get better.  The damage caused by these drugs is hard to tolerate, but our systems are, in the long run, resilient.  They do eventually heal with patience and self care.  In the meantime, congratulations on tapering off Cymbalta and abilify.  If you could create a signature like you've done above and include the dates of finishing with these 3 drugs, that can help moderators and members to share more information.  Here is a link for this:   

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature

 

To give you further support, especially for the emotional lability, this link has lots of topics you might find helpful:   

symptoms and self care    

 

Here is also a link to the possibility of reinstating Wellbutrin at a very small dose and tapering from there if you feel the symptoms are intolerable and you feel it would be helpful.  I'm not sure how long ago you CT'ed, so that may make a difference as to the wisdom in doing so--as you can read here:

About Reinstating and Stabilizing to Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms

 

If there are other specific questions you're having, feel free to ask them as well, once your signature is in place.  You can also browse the site by researching specific issues, using the research box to the right on the forum page.

This is your Introduction site where you can ask questions, record your experience, and connect with other members.

I'm glad you've found us. 

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 - 

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Good Morning,

 

I have tapered off Cymbalta and it took me a year. I have been off for about 6 weeks now. I also went off of Wellbutrin cold turkey about a month ago. Does anyone else have eye pain?  My eyes just ache and I find myself closing them hard all the time trying to get the pain to ease.

 

Thanks,

1991 - 2018 miscellaneous including Paxil, Effexor, Topiramate, Amitriptyline, and others

2018 - June 1, 2021 Cymbalta - slow taper for over a year

June 29, 2021 - Wellbutrin - cold turkey

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Previous post moved to your intro topic to keep your history all in one place.  Please post questions and discussion about your situation in this one thread, to avoid confusion and duplication of efforts.  Thank you.  

Please do not tag me, unless it is an urgent question about tapering or reinstatement. 

 

***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.

 

Lexapro   Started Apr 15 '02 - 10 mg;  Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, breakfast, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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Thanks for specifying your signature @Krussell548.  Unfortunately eye pain is a symptom people report during withdrawal, especially in the early stages.  The best way to search this site for specific information  is to use your favorite search engine. Type in survivingantidepressants.org then the symptom, treatment, supplement or information you wish to search for.  

You might also want to keep track of symptoms like eye pain.  Here are link to help with this:   

Rate symptoms daily to track patterns and progress

 

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen's withdrawal symptom checklist

 

Here is a link that addresses eye issues including pain.  I recommend ice packs which I used in the first 6 months of w/d.  With time, if you are still experiencing the pain, then it might be good to have an eye doctor examine your eyes.  Mine resolved in the first 6 months without seeing a doctor.

My best to you and keep in touch,

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 - 

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