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Hello,

  I'm new here and , after taking my last does of paroxitine last August , am still feeling exhausted most of the time, plus getting a fair bit of inflamtion pains around my body. I'm feeling dreadful now so I'll leave it at that for now, but if anyone wants to know more, ask away and I'll answer best I can when I feel less wrecked. Thank you.

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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Hi, MaidofErin.

 

Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. 

 

Here is some information on withdrawal to get you started: 

 

How psychiatric drugs remodel your brain

 

Healing from antidepressants. Patterns of recovery video (4 minutes)

 

The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

 

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  • Shep changed the title to MaidofErin: Wondering why I am still feeling dreadful one year after withdrawal?

Thank you Shep, I will look at them when I finished replying to you. I will try to give you the info you've asked for as accurately as I can but my memory of some details is either fuzzy or gone, so I apologise in advance. Would I be able to edit the signature if I remembered anything else? Please excuse my spelling too, I have a problem with mixing letters up.

  1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

   2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

   3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

    4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

    5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

    6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

  I hope this is OK? My memory is quite fuzzy in some places and I also wonder if my memory has been affected by the menopause, which started in 2014 and I feel like I still haven't got over!

P.S. I am still taking 5-HTP tincture, 7 drops 3 x a day. Sorry, I only just remembered. I know this influences seratonin as well and have come down from 10 drops 3x a day but I know I need to get off it too and that will be a struggle, as I feel my energy levels, which aren't good at any time, crashing when I due a dose.

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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@MaidofErinThanks for providing your drug history. I've added it to your signature, which shows up beneath each of your posts. 

 

On 8/14/2021 at 8:03 AM, MaidofErin said:

P.S. I am still taking 5-HTP tincture, 7 drops 3 x a day. Sorry, I only just remembered. I know this influences seratonin as well and have come down from 10 drops 3x a day but I know I need to get off it too and that will be a struggle, as I feel my energy levels, which aren't good at any time, crashing when I due a dose.

 

When did you start taking the 5-HTP? You're correct that it affects serotonin. For more, please see:

 

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) and l-tryptophan

 

As you stabilize from your other drug changes, you'll likely need to taper slowly from this, no more than 10% a month based on the prior month's dose. 

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

You may find some helpful information to handle your symptoms here: 

 

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

 

We don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report their nervous systems are simply too fragile to handle them. However, magnesium and fish oil tend to be calming to the nervous system and many people report they do help. Please only add in one supplement at a time and at a small dose. For more, please see:

 

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

 

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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.

 

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Hello,

  thank you for replying. I started the 5-HTP around the time of my last dose of Seroxat, so I reckon I've been taking it for about a year now. I recently dropped the dose from 10 drops 3x a day, to 7 drops 3x a day. Could that have been what caused the "wave"? I was in better form yesterday but today I overslept until gone 12 and woke up feeling a bit battered. I have been waking up before 9 in the mornings recently and have had one night in the last few weeks when I didn't get to sleep for hours but otherwise have slept quite well. Should I increase the drops at all or should I stay at 7 drops for a while and then reduce again? I am not feeling ill at the moment but I haven't much energy.

   I was taking some Omega fish oil then stopped but have started taking them again because I read they helped with dry eyes; my eyes had become very inflamed and sore at the inner corners last week but are much better now. I have been taking a ZMA supplement; should I change to just Magnesium and which type? I have read up a lot about coming off SSRIs but sometimes find it hard to remember what I've read, and sometimes forget to take things as well. It's a pity I hadn't found this site before I decided to come off Seroxat, I think I'd have done it better but I don't regret what I did at all and I am resolved to keep off all ADs, no matter what as TBH, I'm not sure I was ever genuinely depressed in the first place. If I was, it was to do with the situations I was in and was mild; a course of St. John's Wort would have done me but they have to be prescribed here in the Republic of Ireland!

  All told, the worst symptom I have is fatigue, sometimes extreme. I can cope with the pain, the gastro symptoms and even the occasional insomnia but the fatigue is crippling at times and makes me barely able to function. That was what prompted me to go looking up withdrawal from SSRIs again and how I found ye!

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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19 minutes ago, MaidofErin said:

I started the 5-HTP around the time of my last dose of Seroxat, so I reckon I've been taking it for about a year now. I recently dropped the dose from 10 drops 3x a day, to 7 drops 3x a day. Could that have been what caused the "wave"?

 

Yes, this could very well be the cause. If the symptoms are too severe, you may want to updose by a drop or two and see if that helps. The other option is to hold. 

 

Going forward, reducing by no more than 10% per month off the previous month's dose will be best. 

 

 

20 minutes ago, MaidofErin said:

I have been taking a ZMA supplement; should I change to just Magnesium and which type?

 

I'm not sure what a ZMA supplement is, but here is the information on magnesium:

 

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker

 

If you decide to increase the 5-HTP, please do not add in magnesium until you find out how the updose works. Only one change at a time is best. 

 

The rule of 3KIS: Keep it simple. Keep it slow. Keep it stable.

 

Please let us know what you decide to do and how you're feeling. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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.

 

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Thanks Shep!

   I think I might stay at the 7 drops, for today anyway, read up on the links you've sent me and see how I go. 

p.s. ZMA is a combination of Magensium, Zinc and Vit B6 which is supposed to help one sleep. I've had problems getting off to sleep all my life, even all though my childhood according to my  late parents. Funnily enough, although I have a sleepless night about once every 3 or 4 weeks since I've been off the Seroxat, I'm actually getting off to sleep quite quickly most nights! The only reason I went to the GP in the first place was because my husband was ran into by a woman at a traffic lights, his boss replaced him while he was off sick with a back injury and I had insomnia for a few weeks after that. He prescribed the Seroxat and I, being so wrecked from sleep deprivation and the stress of us being back on the dole again, didn't do the research I would normally have done and here I am! They knocked me out at night for a couple of months, then it was back to the usual, lying awake for hours, then oversleeping in the mornings and me too sedated to go back and tell the GP they weren't helping me anymore! More fool me, eh?

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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22 hours ago, MaidofErin said:

Funnily enough, although I have a sleepless night about once every 3 or 4 weeks since I've been off the Seroxat, I'm actually getting off to sleep quite quickly most nights!

 

That's great your sleep is getting better. Are you able to sleep all night? 

 

 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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.

 

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I am most nights; I'll just have the odd night every few weeks when I don't drop off until the small hours, or am even awake after it's got light. I've just bought a face-mask to block out light as I read it not only helps improve quality of sleep but eases dry eyes and I do think I'm sleeping more deeply and my eyes are much better!

  The one downer is that I forgot to take one of my 5-HTP doses on Sunday and I have overslept yesterday and today and am wrecked tired. I have slept well on both nights though and I am only very tired, I don't feel ill the way I have been that lead me to finding this site, so I can cope with that!

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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You signature shows an extremely rapid taper. You could be feeling I'll effects from your taper last year or maybe you avoided withdrawal symptoms and as discussed above your current supplements are the trigger. 

 

Best to make any changes one at a time so you can identify what each item may be doing. 

40 yo Male. Started Paxil about 15 years ago. 10 mg (pill weight .125 - .129 g). 5 yrs wanted less side effects, doctor took me off Paxil over couple week period and put me on Wellbutrin. Not good. Went back on Paxil. Relieved my symptoms, but didn't work as well and more side effects. Severe reaction between Paxil and Zomig Summer of 2012. Head was affected during warmer days (cloudiness, confusion, pressure). Began 10% withdrawal 10/24/12.

Withdrawel helped many symptoms, but also added side effects: nausea, dizziness, tiredness. Hyper-anxiety started January 2014.

Went through a 2 year period of de-realization (2016-2018).  Rarely any windows.  
Current dose: 0.00 as of 4/10/21.  Made a lot of progress in my withdrawal symptoms the last 2 years of my taper.  I think doing a liquid taper helped stabilize things on the lower doses.  A lot of my symptoms have reduced significantly.  Hoping for even more improvement now that I am off.
My thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/8909-rusty1-paxil-withdrawal-help-and-advice-welcome/#entry150222

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Yes, I am beginning to think that myself. As I have said in a previous post, it's a pity I didn't find this website before I decided to wean myself off Seroxat and supplement with 5-HTP. I can't change what I did though so I'm just going to be very careful and taper off 5-HTP dead slowly!

1. 1995-Antidepressants prescribed in England, an SSRI , cannot remember which one. I cannot remember the finish date but think I was off them by September 1997.

2. September/October 1999- Prescribed Prozac ?20mg and Xanax 0.25mg B.D. in Ireland. Returned to England in February 2000 and GP did not continue prescription, cannot remember details ?

3. Prescribed Prozac in 2001- cannot remember how long for.

4. Prescribed Xanax 0.25mg-0.5mg in England in Summer 2005. Moved back to Ireland in April 2006 and GP refused to prescribe them so I had an abrupt withdrawal.

5. Prescribed Zispin in Summer 2012. Stopped after 4 or 5 weeks abruptly with no problems!

6. December 2017- Prescribed Seroxat/ paroxitine 20mg. Dose increased to 30mg in Summer 2018. Started tapering in March 2020. Used Prozac "bridge" and liquid Seroxat half way through. Final dose in August 2020.

7. August 2020 - 5-HTP 10 drops 3 x a day

August 2021, reduced t-HTP to 7 drops 3 x a day

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