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Hello, I would like to ask you a question. 

 

If I started Trazodone in mid April decided to taper in May 14th, and then finally stopped on June 7th, but still have symptoms on August 14th; how long will I be this way. I will not take another SSRI or SNRI as long as I live. I m sacred and would rather suffer, so long as I can be free of this treadful syndrome sooner. But for how long? I m worried. I like to exercise a lot, eat healthy nearly every day of my life, I started taking this medication for Insomnia related to a change in (work hours) a shift that I work. I have went to work suffering from Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome and it was killing me. I developed Tinnitus in Early July, and I still have occasional palpitations. They are worsen with lack of sleep, after I eat, and stress. 

I never had this issue with before trazodone, in fact, I never had palpitations before, it hit me hard exactly at the peak of my "withdrawal on June 17th. Every symptom that is listed for withdrawal I have had, except sexual dysfunction. Only when I m in capacitated in bed, and can't think about sex does it effect sex drive, but the function has never affected. 

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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Hello,

 

Welcome to this support site. Before we can answer your questions, please give us more information first. Good that you came here. There is a lot of knowledge to be found and shared here. Also the members can support each other here.

 

Can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months?  It would be especially helpful to have the details of your drugs in a concise list (no symptoms), only drug names, specific dates (as best you can say for example early March if you don't recall the day) and dosages of each medication decrease or increase.  Please read the link below for instructions.  This will allow us to give you the best guidance.  

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/18343-please-summarize-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

Please be as specific as possible about all dosage changes in dates and mg during use and tapering to zero.

 

Sorry to read that you are suffering withdrawal symptoms after using Trazodone for such a short while. The symptoms you describe are typical withdrawal symptoms. They will go. But it may take time.

 

When you give us the requested information we may be able to advise you further.

 

It is difficult to say how long symptoms last. We all react different.... 

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/82-the-windows-and-waves-pattern-of-stabilization/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/2883-tips-for-tapering-off-trazodone-desyrel/

 

 

 

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 0,20

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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I started Celexa 10mg in February 2019, I took this medication off and on from this time until I stopped taking it in November 2020. I took this medication to deal work related stress. I only experienced mild symptoms, no brain zaps, minor sleep disturbances, and elevated BP when I stopped taking it. I started taking Trazodone 25 mg in Mid April 2021, not sure of the exact date and time. I began to Taper, a taper which consisted of half of a 25 mg, then every other day, until I stopped completely on June 7th 2021. That is literally everything I did. 

Update: It is now August 29th, and I am still having , #1 insomnia which has seemed to somewhat improved, but still having difficulty sleeping; #2 random heart palpitations, # 3 Tinnitus,  #4 random muscle twitches (not spasms like a "Charlie horse"), #5 GI disturbances (gas mainly), however bowel movements are great, restless, and irritable, but no real anxiety or depression. I would say I m more concerned about these persistent symptoms. I remember what I was like before I took and then later stopped taking Trazodone, I was a normal person.

My mind is great, sexually motivated, no ED (thank god). I ranked the symptoms from 1 - 5 as in the most persistent and troublesome for me. 

Will these symptoms go away? I don't feel like I'm in the acute phase that I was in from the June 11th to June 25th 2021 which was (PURE HELL, WORST TIME OF MY LIFE). I never got these persistent issues when I stopped taking Celexa. I will again state, I have not taken an SSRI or Trazodone, or any other neuroactive medication since then, except Melatonin, L-Theanine, L-Tryptophan, occasional doxylamine and diphenhydramine to help me sleep which only works so well. I practicing sleep hygiene, eating very healthy, trying exercise ( used to exercise more before in the gym) fires outside, COVID-19 is inside, but managing with calisthenics at my place. 

How much longer and will this eventually end?

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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6 hours ago, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

#1 insomnia which has seemed to somewhat improved, but still having difficulty sleeping; #2 random heart palpitations, # 3 Tinnitus,  #4 random muscle twitches (not spasms like a "Charlie horse"), #5 GI disturbances (gas mainly), however bowel movements are great, restless, and irritable, but no real anxiety or depression.

 

These are all common WD symptoms. The fact that your insomnia is slowly improving is a very good sign. The other symptoms will disappear most probably, but no one can say how much time this may take. We all react and heal differently...

 

Here is some very good information about it:

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23081-are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take/

 

If I were you I would stop using the doxylamine and diphenhydramine. These can make WD symptoms worse....

 

Could you please list all your former and recent use of meds and supplements in your signature as described in my first post? The signature will then show up under each post from you. In that way we can see directly what you have been using or are using. We are limited in time and want to help as much members as possible. Instead of getting through a complete thread every time.

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 0,20

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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How do you list medication history in the "signature" part. Where is this located at?

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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I am still struggling from withdrawal symptoms. I can not tolerate chocolate, alcohol, or any kind of caffeine. My sleep is terrible. I too, go through the waves and windows. I try to exercise. I work a lot.  I have never stopped working. I never sleep good. I had no choice but to work on the holidays, and every since Christmas, my symptoms have just gotten out of hand. I literally feel right now like I did when I went through Acute Withdrawal the week after I stopped taking Trazodone back in June 2021. I' am really struggling. I can't sleep. I m nervous. I have not touch any kind of antidepressant since June 7,2021 and I won't. I did't know anything about tapering until after I stopped taking my medications. 

But since this has been so long as in going on 7 months ago, I don't understand why their would be any benefit to restarting a medication I no longer have a prescription for. Also, would it not speed up the process to recovery the longer a person is without the medication? My neuroplastiscity should improve correct? 

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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On 1/3/2022 at 6:43 AM, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

I am still struggling from withdrawal symptoms. I can not tolerate chocolate, alcohol, or any kind of caffeine. My sleep is terrible. I too, go through the waves and windows. I try to exercise. I work a lot.  I have never stopped working. I never sleep good. I had no choice but to work on the holidays, and every since Christmas, my symptoms have just gotten out of hand. I literally feel right now like I did when I went through Acute Withdrawal the week after I stopped taking Trazodone back in June 2021. I' am really struggling. I can't sleep. I m nervous. I have not touch any kind of antidepressant since June 7,2021 and I won't. I did't know anything about tapering until after I stopped taking my medications. 

But since this has been so long as in going on 7 months ago, I don't understand why their would be any benefit to restarting a medication I no longer have a prescription for. Also, would it not speed up the process to recovery the longer a person is without the medication? My neuroplastiscity should improve correct? 

@TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 Hi warrior!! My story with traz is a little different but I am struggling a lot too. Ive tried to wean off of it like twice now and makes me feel on hell, literally, my main symptoms are electricity inside my whole body, like My veins were plugged to the socket, and burning skin which i get evey single day. It has been more or less like this 7 months too, and im on 1 month reinstatementafter the last time I tried to stop. I had to abandon coffe and alcohol for good, I dont even drink a zip of a beer. It has been three days with 1-2 hours of sleep in total. So you should know I am here in the same boat with you and we can fight together, I support you. I advise you to read all of the information from this page there are tons of resources and topics, this is what ive been up to (more slowly than what I would want). Reach out to me whenever you need. Never doubt the ability your body has to heal. I wish you relief ❣️

 

March-October 2019 Escitalopram 10 mg, Trazodone 50 mg, quit cold turkey, mayor depression, nothing else 
2021  January - Alcohol withdrawal - Got me to the ER, treated with carbamazepine 200mg x 7 days

2021 Feb - Apr Trazodone for sleep 50 mg

May-June Trazodone up and down 50-100 mg for sleep

July, Got trazodone down from 100 mg to 50 mg without tappering and then tried to quit, extreme withdrawal- reinstate instantly without knowing it was due to this

August- went back again to 50 mg trazodone - symptoms still very present 
September - started gabapentin up to 900 mg/day due to this neurological symptoms (that were due to trazodone wd but didnt know)

October - cold turkey gaba - extreme wd- reinstated to 500 mg

Nov-Dic tried to tapper trazodone again

Dic 23 didn't take the quarter trazdone I was taking, 

Dic 24- 25 massive Wd, dic 25 reinstatement to 50mg as I felt too overwhelmed by the wd

today: reinstated traz 25 mg night (sleep), reinstated 500 mg gabapentin (100/100/300)

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I have had tinnitus every since I stopped a 1.5 month dose of Trazodone 25mg daily on June 7th, 2021, after having stopped celexa 10mg in October 2020,Non stop. I have a sinus infection after a cold and my ear ringing has significantly worse. Does anyone know of or every experienced Tinnitus, and if so did it resolve over time? 

 

Would re-instating Celexa help? After having stopped for this long. I never had Tinnitus when I stopped Celexa 

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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On 3/21/2022 at 11:10 AM, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

I have a sinus infection after a cold and my ear ringing has significantly worse.

 

Sinus infections may make ear problems worse. If you have a sinus infection, you should seek medical treatment from a medical specialist. 

 

The increase in symptoms may not be due to withdrawal. Reinstating Celexa for worsening ear symptoms makes no sense in this situation.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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If I stopped taking meds a year ago and still have withdrawal symptoms, what can I do to improve my recovery. It is now too late to go back, so moving forward what are the expectations?

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full 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.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Today marks 1 year today without Trazodone and nearly 2 1/2 years since I swallowed a pill..a microdust of any kind of SSRI or SSNI.  I m still suffering, small improvements. Tinnitus, Insomnia..however improved sleep, stress sensitive, still with inner shaking which is improved. I feel like my autonomic nervous system is really messed up. I m still hoping I can fully recover. Exercising exacerbates my symptoms to point of having insomnia for up to 2 weeks a time. I love to run and work out hard too; however, I ve had to stop. I m physicially active at work, walk up to 6 to 8 thousand steps a day at work. I eat a strict diet, when I break the healthy trend I get screwed bad. Hanging in there, I have a child on the way. I have anxiety about this too. Wish me luck. 

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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Hi there, 

I thought I would pop in and say hi and offer what I can in the way of support. 

 

If you read my introduction you'll see that I am trying to taper off mirtazapine. In March I dropped 10% to 6.75 mg and for some reason developed a toxic interaction with the trazodone I'd been taking (12.5 mg for sleep every couple of nights). I started shaking uncontrollably for 16 hours straight, was nauseated, dizzy, got severe agitation. I thought I was dying. 

 

I had to CT the trazodone and have been struggling ever since. It's been just over 2 months since I CT'd the trazodone. I'm holding at 6.75 mg mirtazapine until I stabilize. If I ever stabilize 😭

 

My main symptoms at this point are headache, anxiety, tinnitus, and ear worm (a song looping endlessly in my head which sometimes makes me feel like I'm going crazy).

 

I meditate for 30 minutes twice a day, sometimes more, avoid all alcohol and caffeine, exercise, and eat a low histamine diet. But nothing seems to budge these persistent symptoms. 

 

I can totally relate to how frustrated you feel. Trazadone was *just* something I took for sleep, and at such a low dose! Because mirtazapine is the AD I am tapering off, I thought I could just stop the trazodone. Ha! Turns out the trazodone was also woven in to my neurobiology and coming off is kicking my ass. 

 

You are not alone. Protracted withdrawal is a thing and it sucks. 

 

Sending care to you. 

 

 

Antidepressant (mirtazapine):

2015-2016: 22.5 mg 

2016/17: 10% taper / month to 15 mg

2018: 10% taper / month to 7.5 mg

2018-2022: 7.5 mg 

March 8, 2022: 10% taper to 6.75 mg

Other meds:

- since 2007: 2.5 mg Zoplicone, pn, for sleep 

- 1994-2022: 12.5 mg trazodone pn for sleep. Developed serotonin toxicity with mirtazapine @ 6.75 mg; CT trazodone Apr. 9, 2022. 

Supplements:

- omega-3 (900 mcg / day); Mg bisglycinate (150 mg 2x day); vitamin D; probiotic (Flora Symmetry), vitamin B6 (12.5 mg/day), vitamin C (500 mg/day) 

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Hello. I too had tapered trazodone and had a rough time. I jumped off too soon (5 mg) and had to reinstate after 6 weeks. I had a bad w/d from it but what I found was the longer I was off the better I would feel. You are one year off and some symptoms have improved. You will notice they improve slowly but after some months pass you can look back again and see how much you healed. Sometimes you could get a lurch forward in healing. I've experienced them and they are great. It will get much better for you. Distractions help a lot and with a baby on the way you will be very occupied, but in a very nice way. Good luck.

Marie.

10/13--10/14 Ambien. Started tapering 1/14  Jumped 10/14.  Done.                                                                              

3/14        7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

1/16        4 mg Trazodone  -  Jumped. Bad mistake. Got hit with late withdrawal 6 weeks later. Reinstated.

4/16        Reinstated 1 mg, updose to 2 mg Trazodone

2/19        .04 Trazodone. Walked off.  Done.

10/3/19  Started 7.5 Mirtazapine taper cut to .073 gram weight, pill weighs .076

4/5/20    New Mirtazapine Taper - Compound Liquid 7.35 mg April '20, 7.25 mg May, 7.05 mg June, 6.99 mg June, 6.78 mg July, 6.57 mg Aug, Sept 6.35 mg, Sept 6.24 mg, Sept 6.21 mg, Oct 5.99 mg, Oct 5.90 mg, Oct 5.70 mg.

1/11/21 6.05 mg Messed up taper due to syringe change. Must remember the 1 ml syringe contains 1.5mg! 1/16/21 5.99 mg

2/21 5.75 mg, 3/21 5.6 mg, 4/7 5.45, 4/14 5.30, 5/12 5.15, 5/25/21 4.99 mg, 6/29 4.87 mg, 7/14/21 4.74 mg, 8/5 4.62 mg 8/17 4.5 mg, 8/30 4.38 mg,9/16 4.26 mg,10/9 4.14 mg, 10/23 4.05 mg, 11/6 3.96 mg,11/17 3.87mg.***Jan 22 Liquid was changed/couldn't tolerate***Changed back to pills. Feb 22/3.9 mg, 2/17/22 3.8 mg, 3/23 3.7 mg, 4/7 3.6 mg, 5/10 3.5mg,6/10/22 3.4 mg, 7/4 3.3 mg, 7/25 3.2 mg.  *Taking Vit D and Multi-Vit.

 

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To Marie 123. Thann you so much for your support. Inappreciated 

Thanks to Altostrata and Mirtazapain as well. Thanks. You do not know much having feedback helps me and anyone like me.

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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@TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18

On 6/9/2022 at 5:03 AM, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

Today marks 1 year today without Trazodone and nearly 2 1/2 years since I swallowed a pill

Congratulations on these milestones! How far you've come. 

 

On 6/1/2022 at 1:39 PM, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)

 

SSNI/SSRIs are really rough compared to just a SSRI. When you started this after quitting Escitalopram in 2018, what was the reason? Did this help and why did you CT and stop? They say this could prolong recovery. The people here who state they have recovered, are able to stop and very slowly recovery over many months to years in time.

 

You posted this in my thread. I wrote you an elaborate reply that disappeared and haven't had the energy to rewrite it. 

Short answer to your questions: It was a mistake. At the time I did not know about WD or PAWS. I CTed/stopped because I realized the error. 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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On about June 6th... I started having an insidious build up of tension, with heightened symptoms..Not sure as to what exactly had caused the change and these symptoms. I am aware of waves and windows. On 06/10/22 my sleep had become noticeably more interrupted, with multiple awakenings at nights, nightmares, confusion, louder tinnitus, random itching at night,bskin crawling like sensation on the skin of forearms and legs, bp elevated more above normal than usual. This has lead to so much frustration, irritability, and more restlessness. I've developed a strict diet in a years time. I eat even more vegetables, lean meat at times with meals, low carb diet,I m taking magnesiusm 200 mg four times a day now, flax seed oil 200 mg 3 times a day. Drinking plenty of water. 

I'm super anxious right now. I'm kind of lost, I thought I would be getting better more than a year out. I have not felt this bad since literally a year to date. I m working too. It's tough, nobody I personally know has been any help; explaining my life to someone I know right now is like explaining Alegbra to a Rock. 

It almost feels like I made a mistake to stop these medications even though they made me sick in the first place. The level of inner tension and anxiety is so intense, that it is no surprise someone would consider suicide. I hate SSRIs and antidepressants so much that I literally would rather die before I put that into my body again, eventhough i suffer this much. 

My ony desire is to overcome this, no matter what it takes except reusing this poison.. I mean nothing that could hurt someone this bad should ever be considered good. I feel like I have made so many mistakes, not even knowing about this website, what I could be in for and for how long. The despair is mountain high right now. Again I hope this is not too negative. But today is a bad one, and I can't not talk about this with people I know.

Celexa 10 mg started (for panic attack) and quickly stopped. From Jan 2001 to September 2001 stopped cold turkey.

Celexa 10mg taken for short period of time in 2010; could not take for a long period of time due to side effects, thus only taken for about 2 months. Went through withdrawal symptoms, and protracted symptoms for at least 1.5 years.

Restarted Celexa 10 mg in 2013 to 2016 off and on. (never could tolerate anything above 10mg) to due work related stress, and not because of anxiety or depression. Never could consistently take a pill daily for weeks at a time, due to side effects. 

Restarted in 2019 off and on again for a year, than in October 2020, cold turkey stopped. Did not know about this website, never was told how to stop or to taper since "I was not taking a high dose", suffered insomnia, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, stress, but not any real devastating symptoms. 

Have not swallowed a micro dust of Citalopram since October 2020, and it's October 2021 now.

Started trazodone 25mg in April 5th, 2021 for insomnia, horrible choice, recommended by doctor, couldn't tolerate side effects, tapered, every other day for a month starting on April 24th, than every 2 days for 1 months in May as recommended by doctor, until last 25 mg pill swallowed on June 07,2021. What a mistake! 

No SSRI's or SSNI's or any psycho medications have been ingested by me since June 07,2021. And life has been hell, especially after the Trazodone was introduced. 

March 17th, 18th, 2022. I took a cough suppressant that contained Dextromethrophan. Took a total of 20 mg over 2 days, to suppress cough. Caused a major exacerbation of previous symptoms. Have suffered 2 Panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, anxiety which had been well controlled for at least 3 months. And also worsen my Withdrawal induced Tinnitus.

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Hi @TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18

How are you feeling today?

 

I'm so sorry to read that it's been so bad recently. 

 

On 6/20/2022 at 6:29 PM, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

I'm super anxious right now. I'm kind of lost, I thought I would be getting better more than a year out. I have not felt this bad since literally a year to date. I m working too. It's tough, nobody I personally know has been any help; explaining my life to someone I know right now is like explaining Alegbra to a Rock. 

 

I can't imagine how hard it must be to be working at the same time as struggling through this ordeal. I'm bowled over by your courage and tenacity.

I know that my words cannot remove the painful symptoms or alleviate discomfort. I'm just so sorry that you have to go through this. 

 

I can really relate to this: "explaining my life to someone I know right now is like explaining Alegbra to a Rock." 

 

I hear you on the despair. I have nothing wise or helpful to say. Just that I hear you and I can relate to what you describe. My heart goes out to you. 

 

Remember this is temporary and the suffering will pass. It gets better. 

Healing is happening all the time, even when we do not consciously feel it.

 

In solidarity and support,

A.

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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