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@Go2zero has been giving you excellent advice.

 

The way I interpret your recent symptoms are that when you got hungry during that long drive, your blood sugar was low. When your blood sugar drops, your body releases adrenaline to compensate. As you are in a drug withdrawal state, you are hypersensitive to adrenaline release, this caused waves of anxiety.

 

I am somewhat doubtful you had withdrawal symptoms from Prozac. Rather, you had a nasty wave. Also, were you careful to take 20mg Cymbalta at the same time each day? Irregular dosing can cause bad withdrawal symptoms.

 

I agree with @Go2zero that you have been taking too much of everything. Although you did the crossover to Prozac correctly, it probably was not necessary to take 20mg Prozac. Combining 20mg Prozac with 20mg Cymbalta risks serotonin syndrome as the Prozac ramps up.


However, you say your waves of anxiety stopped after taking Prozac. This could have been a coincidence, but in case you were having withdrawal symptoms from Prozac, I'd immediately cut back to 5mg Prozac per day. Yes, it's filled with powder. This topic explains how to take a small dose Tips for tapering off fluoxetine (Prozac)

 

Still, the 5mg Prozac will ramp up, with full effect in about 2 weeks. Over this time, please let us know how you're doing with the combination of 20mg Cymbalta and 5mg Prozac. I suspect you will be gradually reducing Prozac to zero within 2 weeks.

 

If you had asked here first, we would never have recommended a switch to Prozac to go off 20mg Cymbalta. The way you taper Cymbalta is by counting beads, see Tips for tapering off duloxetine (Cymbalta) We suggest bridging with Prozac or another drug only when a direct taper proves to be too difficult, as drug switches sometimes do not go well, not even with diazepam substitution for other benzos.

 

As @Nanda said, please stop changing your drugs. This vastly complicates your situation. Simpler is better.

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Great news! If you feel OK with the 20mg that's fine. You feel what you feel. And it is important that you feel confident with it. It is no exact science   Understand that fallbacks may occu

Honey, don't keep making changes to your medications.  I speak from experience.  Reintegrating 20mg of Prozac is too much, in its place, I would no longer take Prozac, I would take the dose of duloxet

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Thank you everyone for your advice and support. I do think it's possible that Sunday was just a bad wave and not prozac withdrawals, but I don't know. I took 10mg today and my pharmacy is ordering me tablets, so I'll be taking 5mg tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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20mg Cymbalta, 5mg prozac

 

A whole lot of nausea and reduced appetite the past two days. That’s about all.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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9 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

A whole lot of nausea and reduced appetite the past two days. That’s about all.

 

Are these new symptoms, or different from your symptoms prior to taking 20mg Cymbalta with 5mg Prozac?

 

Be sure to keep those Prozac capsules with the powder in them, they could come in handy.

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1 minute ago, Altostrata said:

 

Are these new symptoms, or different from your symptoms prior to taking 20mg Cymbalta with 5mg Prozac?

 

Be sure to keep those Prozac capsules with the powder in them, they could come in handy.


The nausea started yesterday morning. So after 3 days of 20mg Prozac. Could be related to that. I don’t know.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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Yes, that was probably the 20mg Prozac ramping up. This should subside, as you've reduced the Prozac dose.

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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

Yes, that was probably the 20mg Prozac ramping up. This should subside, as you've reduced the Prozac dose.

 

I've also had a really bad sore throat the last few days. I don't know if it's related to withdrawals or if it's just a coincidence that I got strep throat right now. If it is strep throat, the nausea could be related to that. I saw a doctor today and he gave me some antibiotics for it. We'll see. 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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Did the doctor take a swab first to make sure you needed the antibiotic?

 

Please be aware that taking an antibiotic can exacerbate antidepressant-related symptoms, as well as cause unpleasant gut symptoms. Do not take antibiotics unnecessarily. They are another type of drug that is overprescribed.

 

Each time you add or change a drug will alter your symptom pattern and make it more difficult to interpret any antidepressant-related symptoms you may have.

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2 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Did the doctor take a swab first to make sure you needed the antibiotic?

 

Please be aware that taking an antibiotic can exacerbate antidepressant-related symptoms, as well as cause unpleasant gut symptoms. Do not take antibiotics unnecessarily. They are another type of drug that is overprescribed.

 

Each time you add or change a drug will alter your symptom pattern and make it more difficult to interpret any antidepressant-related symptoms you may have.

 

The doctor did not do a swab. It was a telemed appointment. He gave me a 5 day course of azithromycin. I was supposed to take 250mg twice today. I took one so far. I know you're supposed to finish a course of antibiotics, but I only took one pill so far. I'm thinking of giving the sore throat a few more days to resolve before I go to antibiotics. Or maybe go get it checked out in person.

 

So here's something that just happened. I was lying down watching tv. Very relaxed. And I noticed that I was feeling agitated for no real reason. I checked my Apple Watch and it said my heart rate was 110 bpm. I'm also feeling warm.

 

To recap, prozac was reinstated for 3 days at 20mg starting on Sunday. 10mg yesterday and 5mg today. 

 

I know prozac has a long half life and it's unusual to experience withdrawals so quickly. But is it possible I kindled myself with reinstating cymbalta last week. Maybe I'm more sensitive to changes in meds than normal. 

 

I wish I didn't take the azithromycin today. I didn't realize that could be related.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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I should add that what I'm feeling right now is pretty similar to what happened on Sunday. It's not as bad as it was on Sunday, but it just started. 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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I wonder if instead of a plan of going from 20mg to 5mg, I should go to 10mg. I took 10mg yesterday and 5mg so far today. I could still take another 5mg today. I don't think that counts as changing doses since it's the same day. 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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2 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

I wonder if instead of a plan of going from 20mg to 5mg, I should go to 10mg. I took 10mg yesterday and 5mg so far today. I could still take another 5mg today. I don't think that counts as changing doses since it's the same day.

 

As we said before you need to stabilize after the bridge to prozac and bridge back to cymbalta you made. 

 

The longer you stay on Prozac the more problems you may have to get off it. We suggested several times to stop it asap by tapering to 5 mg and further to zero in maximum 2 weeks. When you keep messing around with dosage changes this may make things worse. 

 

 

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

 

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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Just now, Go2zero said:

 

As we said before you need to stabilize after the bridge to prozac and bridge back to cymbalta you made. 

 

The longer you stay on Prozac the more problems you may have to get off it. We suggested several times to stop it asap by tapering to 5 mg and further to zero in maximum 2 weeks. When you keep messing around with dosage changes this may make things worse. 

 

 

I haven’t done it yet. I’m just wondering if going to 5mg is too big of a jump.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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5 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

I haven’t done it yet. I’m just wondering if going to 5mg is too big of a jump.

 

As we discussed before, it is choosing between being too long on Prozac and creating more problems or stopping asap since you have been not very long on it.... The bridging twice may take time to settle. This can be a bumpy ride....  You will have to sit this out..... Do not expect wonders within a couple of days.

 

If I were you I would get off the prozac rather sooner than later.... 

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

 

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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A word of advice: Never take an antibiotic unless its an emergency or a swab has confirmed you have an infection (bacterial) that can be treated with antibiotics. A doctor that does not do this is a slob.

 

We cannot interpret your symptom pattern because the antibiotic may have influenced it. Do not change drugs unless you absolutely have to, or we will continue to be unable to interpret your symptom pattern.

 

Please continue to report significant new symptoms.

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Honey, I know how scared you must be about all this.  It's really scary, I'm going through the same process and it's not been easy.  About the sore throat, I also had this week and was put on azithromycin, whether or not my WD symptoms got worse I don't know, but at least I don't have the terrible sore throat and debilitating body aches anymore.  About Prozac, in my case, I stopped completely as soon as I started having crises, it was only 7 days taking 10mg, 4 days after I stopped, I had nausea, severe headaches and lack of appetite.  I'm not a moderator here in the group, I'm just giving my report, as I might be able to help you understand some of your symptoms.  I know it's hard to stay calm when we're going through something this bad, but our bodies are perfect and will find a way to heal.  Everything you're feeling passes away.  Have you ever thought about finding a good psychiatrist to talk about what you're feeling and try to hear their opinion?  Count on me for what you need.  I will be praying for you and sending good energy here in Brazil.

2017 Duloxetine 60mg and Zolpidem 5mg
 2021 funneling of 1mg of duloxetine per day
 May 2021 25mg Duloxetine WD Severe
 On the doctor's advice, I completely stopped the duloxetine, but I was only able to stay 4 days without the drug.  Reintegration of 30mg of duloxetine, but with a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepan 1.6mg started 4 weeks ago May 29, decreasing 0.2mg per week.  
25 June 1mg from Clonazepan.  I am no longer using zolpiden.

July came off clonazepan and introduced 2mg of mirtazapine to sleep, it was going well

Early August Duloxetine Bridge -Prozac - fell on the seventh day - panic, akathisia, anxiety, nausea, headache

back to 30mg of duloxetine and clonazepan for strong attacks of anxiety, crying, akathisia
on August 16 it increases duloxetine to 40mg and remains with 1.5mg of clonazepan divided into 3 doses per day
current symptoms: severe headaches, earaches, mild anxiety, lack of mood, unable to do physical activity because she has no strength

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Thanks, @Nanda!

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2017 Duloxetine 60mg and Zolpidem 5mg
 2021 funneling of 1mg of duloxetine per day
 May 2021 25mg Duloxetine WD Severe
 On the doctor's advice, I completely stopped the duloxetine, but I was only able to stay 4 days without the drug.  Reintegration of 30mg of duloxetine, but with a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepan 1.6mg started 4 weeks ago May 29, decreasing 0.2mg per week.  
25 June 1mg from Clonazepan.  I am no longer using zolpiden.

July came off clonazepan and introduced 2mg of mirtazapine to sleep, it was going well

Early August Duloxetine Bridge -Prozac - fell on the seventh day - panic, akathisia, anxiety, nausea, headache

back to 30mg of duloxetine and clonazepan for strong attacks of anxiety, crying, akathisia
on August 16 it increases duloxetine to 40mg and remains with 1.5mg of clonazepan divided into 3 doses per day
current symptoms: severe headaches, earaches, mild anxiety, lack of mood, unable to do physical activity because she has no strength

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Just thought I'd throw in an update. 

 

Still on 20mg cymbalta and 5mg prozac.

 

My sore throat is finally getting better. I was also given azithromycin for it. I have two more days and then I'm done with that. I went and got a covid test, but I haven't gotten the results back yet. I haven't had a fever or a cough, so I don't think it was that.

 

Overall I'm feeling pretty good. A lot of the cymbalta withdrawals that I was experiencing are starting to go away finally. The sharp pain in my shoulder is only occasionally popping up and it's pretty mild when it does. I'm still not eating much, but I'm sure that will come back, too.

 

I'm pretty hopeful that I will be able to stabilize and do a proper taper from the cymbalta. Thank you all for your help! I'll keep you posted. 

 

 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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On 9/3/2021 at 3:45 PM, Nanda said:

@Altostrata ♥️ 

 

Oh, and can someone tell me how you included a screenname in your post so the person sees it? Like this here?

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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New symptom today. Woke up feeling depressed. No appetite (although that's not new). 

 

Not sure which med might be causing it. Today is my last day of azithromycin, so hopefully any symptoms that was causing will go away soon. 

 

But I can manage this.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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38 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

New symptom today. Woke up feeling depressed. No appetite (although that's not new). 

 

Not sure which med might be causing it. Today is my last day of azithromycin, so hopefully any symptoms that was causing will go away soon. 

 

Very hard to say. While in withdrawal we have to deal with waves and windows. Symptoms come and go during the healing process. New symptoms come, other ones go. Better just see it and accept it. Analyzing every symptom may result in ruminating and stress, which both can make WD worse.

 

And as Altostrata said, taking an antibiotic can have mean effects on withdrawal. Just as lots of other meds and supplements.

 

If you really want or need to take as a med or supplement better check here before you start. We see a lot of things go wrong because of that. By checking you can prevent such...

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

 

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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On 8/25/2021 at 2:51 AM, thenextguy said:

In the last year I had decided that I haven't had a depressive episode in a long time and wanted to try to come off it

Hello @thenextguy, this forum really shows how dangerous it can be to come off ADs. Whether you are ideologically against ADs or not, maybe a pragmatic decision if you feel good enough on them, think you're at risk for Withdrawal and were put on them for a legit reason, would be to stay on them. Or at least take your decision knowing the horrors of AD Withdrawal and that tapering does not necessarily avoid these horrors. + we all know that ADs does not "cure" depression, so if you had legit depression before, there's a very good chance it will come back once you stop your meds (maybe even worse because of AD use). I am not a defendant of Antidepressant but I just think withdrawal is not worth coming off of them.

  • February 2020LEXAPRO 15mg/April : lowered to 10mg/Mai : 7,5mg then 5mg/June 15 : lowered to 2,5mg --> major WD living hell)
  • June 19 : back on 5mg/June 23: back on 10mg, major WD gone after a few days /End ofJuly 2020 : feeling amazing
  • September 2020 Lower to 7,5mg --> Instantly anhedonic
  • December 2020 : Decides to up my dose because I really can't take the anhedonia anymore --> insomnia + vision disturbances + what I think was akathesia. From that failed updose remains a feeling of inner tension (mild aka ?) that I will often feel later on 
  • February Started the process of converting my solid dose to a liquid "homemade" dose --> figured out that for me the liquid was way more "powerful" than the solid 
  • March 4th :  3mg
  • May 26th : 108mL<-> 2,7mg --> symptoms : high heart rate (120 when just standing), dry mouth and eyes, difficulty sleeping, crying spells, anxiety (whereas anxiety and sadness are completely inexistent on 120mg, it's like there's some sort of passage where under 3mg, feelings come back full force with almost no "transition" from 0 to 100, it's like under 3mg, the zombie/suppression of feelings effect of the med is inefficient, like a threshold)
  • June 3rd : back on 125mL <-> 3,125mg, completely stable again a few days later, no suffering whatsoever, just the anhedonia
  • August 1st : hit with intense panic, cortisol, cannot eat. 

 

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Altostrata

Another inappropriate post, Camille. When people are already suffering in the midst of withdrawal syndrome, it is inappropriate to harangue them about having made a mistake. Nobody can replay the past and make those decisions over again, and it is unnecessary and cruel to remind them of that.

 

You can, of course, take any psychiatric drug you choose, and I urge you to see a doctor for that rather than trolling members here.

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I have considered staying on cymbalta forever. Luckily I didn't experience any side effects when I got down to 20mg a day. So I guess technically a could have stayed there. But I truly don't think I need it anymore. And just because there aren't any visible side effects, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea to stay on forever. There could be long term issues that we don't even know about with SSRI/SNRIs. Medicine is great, but it should be a last resort, IMO.

 

 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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Hello, How are you? 

2017 Duloxetine 60mg and Zolpidem 5mg
 2021 funneling of 1mg of duloxetine per day
 May 2021 25mg Duloxetine WD Severe
 On the doctor's advice, I completely stopped the duloxetine, but I was only able to stay 4 days without the drug.  Reintegration of 30mg of duloxetine, but with a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepan 1.6mg started 4 weeks ago May 29, decreasing 0.2mg per week.  
25 June 1mg from Clonazepan.  I am no longer using zolpiden.

July came off clonazepan and introduced 2mg of mirtazapine to sleep, it was going well

Early August Duloxetine Bridge -Prozac - fell on the seventh day - panic, akathisia, anxiety, nausea, headache

back to 30mg of duloxetine and clonazepan for strong attacks of anxiety, crying, akathisia
on August 16 it increases duloxetine to 40mg and remains with 1.5mg of clonazepan divided into 3 doses per day
current symptoms: severe headaches, earaches, mild anxiety, lack of mood, unable to do physical activity because she has no strength

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40 minutes ago, Nanda said:

Hello, How are you? 

 

I'm doing well. I think I was having a lot of side effects from the azithromycin, but now that I stopped taking it I expect those will go away in the coming weeks. 

 

Still experiencing windows & waves, but everything is heading in the right direction. 

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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♥️ 

2017 Duloxetine 60mg and Zolpidem 5mg
 2021 funneling of 1mg of duloxetine per day
 May 2021 25mg Duloxetine WD Severe
 On the doctor's advice, I completely stopped the duloxetine, but I was only able to stay 4 days without the drug.  Reintegration of 30mg of duloxetine, but with a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepan 1.6mg started 4 weeks ago May 29, decreasing 0.2mg per week.  
25 June 1mg from Clonazepan.  I am no longer using zolpiden.

July came off clonazepan and introduced 2mg of mirtazapine to sleep, it was going well

Early August Duloxetine Bridge -Prozac - fell on the seventh day - panic, akathisia, anxiety, nausea, headache

back to 30mg of duloxetine and clonazepan for strong attacks of anxiety, crying, akathisia
on August 16 it increases duloxetine to 40mg and remains with 1.5mg of clonazepan divided into 3 doses per day
current symptoms: severe headaches, earaches, mild anxiety, lack of mood, unable to do physical activity because she has no strength

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Feeling great. Probably 85-90% normal. It's been a week since my last 20mg of prozac and no sign of withdrawals worsening. In fact, things continue to get better. It probably was just a wave I experienced last Sunday and it was just a coincidence that the 20gm of prozac made me feel better. 

 

Still on 20mg Cymbalta, 5mg prozac. One more week until I dump the prozac.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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18 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

Feeling great. Probably 85-90% normal. It's been a week since my last 20mg of prozac and no sign of withdrawals worsening. In fact, things continue to get better. It probably was just a wave I experienced last Sunday and it was just a coincidence that the 20gm of prozac made me feel better. 

 

 

So happy to read this! You are doing great. Yes waves and windows can give signals that are not signals, but just part of WD. Keep going! I am so happy for you!

Edited by Go2zero

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

 

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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Happy for you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

2017 Duloxetine 60mg and Zolpidem 5mg
 2021 funneling of 1mg of duloxetine per day
 May 2021 25mg Duloxetine WD Severe
 On the doctor's advice, I completely stopped the duloxetine, but I was only able to stay 4 days without the drug.  Reintegration of 30mg of duloxetine, but with a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepan 1.6mg started 4 weeks ago May 29, decreasing 0.2mg per week.  
25 June 1mg from Clonazepan.  I am no longer using zolpiden.

July came off clonazepan and introduced 2mg of mirtazapine to sleep, it was going well

Early August Duloxetine Bridge -Prozac - fell on the seventh day - panic, akathisia, anxiety, nausea, headache

back to 30mg of duloxetine and clonazepan for strong attacks of anxiety, crying, akathisia
on August 16 it increases duloxetine to 40mg and remains with 1.5mg of clonazepan divided into 3 doses per day
current symptoms: severe headaches, earaches, mild anxiety, lack of mood, unable to do physical activity because she has no strength

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1 hour ago, Nanda said:

Happy for you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

 

Thank you, @Nanda. I hope you get relief soon, too.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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Little bit of a setback. The last couple of days haven't been as good, but nothing I can't handle. Some depression and insomnia mostly. 

 

I do have a question though. @Go2zero @Altostrata Next Tuesday I have an appointment with my psychiatrist.  I know the plan is to stop taking the 5mg prozac next Wednesday, but should I ask my doctor to prescribe liquid prozac in case I need it? I'd much rather do than than try to make my own with older capsules.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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Have you told your psychiatrist of all your drug-related problems and your very recent antibiotic treatment? What is your psychiatrist's opinion about making another drug change so soon?

 

You took your last antibiotic on Sunday, after lots of adverse effects from it. We advise people not to keep changing their drugs to allow their nervous systems to settle down. Do you think next Tuesday is a good time to stop Prozac, after taking it in various dosages since August 2?

 

Please be aware that we do not treat "depression" here, that's what doctors get paid to do. The tapering and withdrawal process can be very distressing, emotional ups and downs are a natural part of it. Taking antibiotics or switching or discontinuing drugs can cause "depression". It's not a disease that suddenly pops up.

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

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15 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Have you told your psychiatrist of all your drug-related problems and your very recent antibiotic treatment? What is your psychiatrist's opinion about making another drug change so soon?

 

You took your last antibiotic on Sunday, after lots of adverse effects from it. We advise people not to keep changing their drugs to allow their nervous systems to settle down. Do you think next Tuesday is a good time to stop Prozac, after taking it in various dosages since August 2?

 

Please be aware that we do not treat "depression" here, that's what doctors get paid to do. The tapering and withdrawal process can be very distressing, emotional ups and downs are a natural part of it. Taking antibiotics or switching or discontinuing drugs can cause "depression". It's not a disease that suddenly pops up.

 

I haven't had an appointment yet with him since all this started. I'm going to discuss with him on Tuesday.

 

As for whether or not I'll be ready to discontinue the prozac next Thursday, I guess it will depend on how I'm feeling then.

 

However, I'm pretty confident that the depression I'm feeling is just related to the withdrawals, as it comes in waves and then I'm fine after a bit.

 

One other thing to point out, I stopped the antibiotics because the course was basically done. I did skip the final day, but I would have stopped it the following day regardless because it was only a 5 day course.

-Starting taking zoloft in 2011 for anxiety. Over the next 5-6 years I tried numerous drugs for anxiety & depression. List of meds from 2011 through 2017:

Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Viibryd, Lexapro, Effexor, Buspar, Propranolol

-Since 2017-ish I've been on Cymbalta & Mirtazapine. At max dose it was 120mg cymbalta and 45mg mirtazapine. This combo was meant to deal with a depressive episode and it worked. Over the next few years I tapered down from those high doses. I had tried to get off the cymbalta twice and had to reinstate twice. I don't remember when. Maybe 2018? 2019? 

-Since 2020 I've been stable 20mg cymbalta and 7.5mg mirtazapine (this is mainly for sleep now). I have come off of the mirtazapine before without trouble, but still take it occasionally for sleep. 

-August 2nd began taking 10mg prozac as a bridge to attempt to get off cymbalta. Took 10mg for about a week then 20mg for a few days. Stopped taking the cymbalta and was doing okay for a bit, but things didn't seem to get better and maybe have been getting worse. 

-8/25/2021 - 20mg cymbalta and struggling. Stopped the prozac. I'm struggling, but I can probably ride this out if I had to. My concern is that things will continue to get worse, as they seem to be doing. 

-8/29/2021 - things started to get worse. Probably prozac withdrawal. Reinstated 20mg prozac. 

-Currently 20mg cymbalta, 5mg prozac - Feeling much better after reinstatements, waiting to stabilize

 

 

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53 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

However, I'm pretty confident that the depression I'm feeling is just related to the withdrawals, as it comes in waves and then I'm fine after a bit.

 

That is possible. It's likely your psychiatrist will call this relapse.

 

53 minutes ago, thenextguy said:

One other thing to point out, I stopped the antibiotics because the course was basically done. I did skip the final day, but I would have stopped it the following day regardless because it was only a 5 day course.

 

Understood. Yet you were having adverse effects from the antibiotic. We have seen that antibiotics can rock the boat quite a bit when people are sensitized by psychiatric drug withdrawal.

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