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Hi

I’m wondering if anyone has experienced itching and like pins and needles all over the body with Fluoxetine?

It wanders all over the body during the day.

I’ve also had red burning skin after workouts.

 

The pins and needles began the very first day but was hardly noticeable.

I only took 10 mg a day for 5 days.

it has now been 1 week since the last tablet and the pins and needles hasn’t gone away.

 

I’ve been taking fluoxetine 80 mg ( 15 years ago ), for a few years without any problems like these I’m experiencing now.

 

I’m scared it’s a allergic reaction or is it common side effect?

 

I’ve been on numerous anti depressives but never experience this.

 

My doctor want to switch me to another fluoxetine but from another brand / company.

a liquid form instead of tablets.

 

Thank you

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2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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Welcome @Skvafs

I am sorry you are going through this and are suffering, but relieved you have found us. 

Others have also experienced the symptoms you describe:

Paresthesia: Pins & Needles, Numbness, Tingling, Burning Sensations aka Neuropathy

 

I found this post helpful to understand how these drugs actually work:

How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain

 

Every time we start and stop a psychiatric drug our central nervous system gets sensitized. This is why starting and stopping can work initially, but then starts causing problems. Starting fluoxetine again now, is risky. Especially since you had a bad reaction to it and then quit. If you do decide to take it, then do not start taking more than 1mg.

 

I highly recommend reading  Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker as well as A straight talking introduction to psychiatric drugs by Joanna Moncrieff to better understand these drugs and their effects. The Council for Evidence based Psychiatry also has a lot of good information.


This forum works differently to many other forums. Each member has their own Introduction topic (only one).  Your Introduction topic is the best place to ask questions specific to your own situation and where you can journal your progress. This keeps your history in one place and means that you do not have to repeat your story.

Staff regularly check for new posts that members make in the Introductions forum. However because the forum, which only has a small staff of volunteers, is a very busy site with a lot of members needing assistance, the staff do not always see posts made in the other areas of the site, so posts made elsewhere may be missed.

What date did you start and quit fluoxetine this time? Was 10mg the starting dose? To help us better advise you, can you please create a signature with all of the drugs that you are taking and have been taking in the last couple of years following these instructions:

How to List Drug History in Signature

 

When we have a few more details, we will be in a better position to offer support and suggestions.

These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I have learned, not medical advice.

 

Drug history

2002-2019 Citalopram/Escitalopram, Lamictal
2019 April Escitalopram, quit at 10mg (withdrawal), Oct Escitalopram 10mg reinstated, quit after a few days (adverse reaction)

2019 Oct Lamictal cut from 200mg to 100mg
2019 Dec Lithium 83x2 mg

2020 Aug-Nov Lamictal tapered to 50 mg

2020 Nov 24 Lithium taper started, 30 Jan off Lithium

2021 15. March-31. May Lamictal tapered to 32.5 mg (holding)

2022 10. Jan started taking 25mg+5mg+2mg+0.5 liquid, 22. Jan went back to taking 25mg+5mg+half 5mg

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17 hours ago, Kiasofia said:

Welcome @Skvafs

I am sorry you are going through this and are suffering, but relieved you have found us. 

 

Others have also experienced the symptoms you describe:

Paresthesia: Pins & Needles, Numbness, Tingling, Burning Sensations aka Neuropathy

 

I found this post helpful to understand how these drugs actually work:

 

How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain

 

 

Every time we start and stop a psychiatric drug our central nervous system gets sensitized. This is why starting and stopping can work initially, but then starts causing problems. Starting fluoxetine again now, is risky. Especially since you had a bad reaction to it and then quit. If you do decide to take it, then do not start taking more than 1mg.

 

I highly recommend reading  Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker as well as A straight talking introduction to psychiatric drugs by Joanna Moncrieff to better understand these drugs and their effects. The Council for Evidence based Psychiatry also has a lot of good information.

 

 

 

This forum works differently to many other forums. Each member has their own Introduction topic (only one).  Your Introduction topic is the best place to ask questions specific to your own situation and where you can journal your progress. This keeps your history in one place and means that you do not have to repeat your story.

Staff regularly check for new posts that members make in the Introductions forum. However because the forum, which only has a small staff of volunteers, is a very busy site with a lot of members needing assistance, the staff do not always see posts made in the other areas of the site, so posts made elsewhere may be missed.

 

 

What date did you start and quit fluoxetine this time? Was 10mg the starting dose? To help us better advise you, can you please create a signature with all of the drugs that you are taking and have been taking in the last couple of years following these instructions:

 

How to List Drug History in Signature

 

When we have a few more details, we will be in a better position to offer support and suggestions.

Thank you so much for responding 🙏.

I will read all of it.

I will also try and create a signature as adviced.

 

I started with 10 mg 7/11 and took the last one 12/11 this year.

I felt the pins and needles the first day along with a mild nausea and some heart palpations.

I felt heart palpations during the whole time I took them but this could be my anxiety and not the tablets.

I have never experienced The pins and needles and the itching that wanders on may drug or due to my anxiety.

So I’m pretty sure it’s the Fluoxetine.

 

I’m glad I found you. Thank you

for letting me in 🌷

2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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55 minutes ago, Skvafs said:

I felt heart palpations during the whole time I took them but this could be my anxiety and not the tablets.

This is also a common side effect. So it's possible it was the fluoxetine.

 

Thank you for the signature. Can you change the size so it's the same as where you wrote "2002 Zoloft"?

 

Nice to have another Scandinavian here. Velkommen! 🙂

These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I have learned, not medical advice.

 

Drug history

2002-2019 Citalopram/Escitalopram, Lamictal
2019 April Escitalopram, quit at 10mg (withdrawal), Oct Escitalopram 10mg reinstated, quit after a few days (adverse reaction)

2019 Oct Lamictal cut from 200mg to 100mg
2019 Dec Lithium 83x2 mg

2020 Aug-Nov Lamictal tapered to 50 mg

2020 Nov 24 Lithium taper started, 30 Jan off Lithium

2021 15. March-31. May Lamictal tapered to 32.5 mg (holding)

2022 10. Jan started taking 25mg+5mg+2mg+0.5 liquid, 22. Jan went back to taking 25mg+5mg+half 5mg

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1 hour ago, Kiasofia said:

This is also a common side effect. So it's possible it was the fluoxetine.

 

Thank you for the signature. Can you change the size so it's the same as where you wrote "2002 Zoloft"?

 

Nice to have another Scandinavian here. Velkommen! 🙂

Tack så mycket 🙏😊/ thank you so much .

I will try to fix the size of the text 

2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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Perfekt🙂 Please also add the date you started and quit Fluoxetine in 2021 and when you tried Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil and for how long.

 

The search function on this site doesn't work very well.  The best way to search this site for specific information is to use your favorite search engine. Type in survivingantidepressants.org then the symptom, treatment, supplement or information you wish to search for.

 

This is your Introductory topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  If you need any advice specific to you and your situation, please ask it here. Otherwise, feel free to join discussions on other threads.

 

Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.

These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I have learned, not medical advice.

 

Drug history

2002-2019 Citalopram/Escitalopram, Lamictal
2019 April Escitalopram, quit at 10mg (withdrawal), Oct Escitalopram 10mg reinstated, quit after a few days (adverse reaction)

2019 Oct Lamictal cut from 200mg to 100mg
2019 Dec Lithium 83x2 mg

2020 Aug-Nov Lamictal tapered to 50 mg

2020 Nov 24 Lithium taper started, 30 Jan off Lithium

2021 15. March-31. May Lamictal tapered to 32.5 mg (holding)

2022 10. Jan started taking 25mg+5mg+2mg+0.5 liquid, 22. Jan went back to taking 25mg+5mg+half 5mg

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2 minutes ago, Kiasofia said:

Perfekt🙂 Please also add the date you started and quit Fluoxetine in 2021 and when you tried Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil and for how long.

 

The search function on this site doesn't work very well.  The best way to search this site for specific information is to use your favorite search engine. Type in survivingantidepressants.org then the symptom, treatment, supplement or information you wish to search for.

 

This is your Introductory topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  If you need any advice specific to you and your situation, please ask it here. Otherwise, feel free to join discussions on other threads.

 

Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.

@kiasofia oh I can’t really remember wich year I tried the other antidepressants 🥺. And for how long. Many years is blurry and they all float together. I will try to sort it out somehow.

 

2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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Ok! If you need advice from us later it's important to know how many times you have started and stopped these drugs and if it was in the last two years or longer ago. For now I think taking the time to heal and avoiding restarting more psychiatric drugs is the safest.

These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I have learned, not medical advice.

 

Drug history

2002-2019 Citalopram/Escitalopram, Lamictal
2019 April Escitalopram, quit at 10mg (withdrawal), Oct Escitalopram 10mg reinstated, quit after a few days (adverse reaction)

2019 Oct Lamictal cut from 200mg to 100mg
2019 Dec Lithium 83x2 mg

2020 Aug-Nov Lamictal tapered to 50 mg

2020 Nov 24 Lithium taper started, 30 Jan off Lithium

2021 15. March-31. May Lamictal tapered to 32.5 mg (holding)

2022 10. Jan started taking 25mg+5mg+2mg+0.5 liquid, 22. Jan went back to taking 25mg+5mg+half 5mg

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5 minutes ago, Kiasofia said:

Ok! If you need advice from us later it's important to know how many times you have started and stopped these drugs and if it was in the last two years or longer ago. For now I think taking the time to heal and avoiding restarting more psychiatric drugs is the safest.

I understand. The last ones was before 2009. Fluoxetine is the only drug I tried twice. I can add this information if it helps ?

2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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20 hours ago, Skvafs said:

I can add this information if it helps ?

Yes, signature looks good now🙂

These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I have learned, not medical advice.

 

Drug history

2002-2019 Citalopram/Escitalopram, Lamictal
2019 April Escitalopram, quit at 10mg (withdrawal), Oct Escitalopram 10mg reinstated, quit after a few days (adverse reaction)

2019 Oct Lamictal cut from 200mg to 100mg
2019 Dec Lithium 83x2 mg

2020 Aug-Nov Lamictal tapered to 50 mg

2020 Nov 24 Lithium taper started, 30 Jan off Lithium

2021 15. March-31. May Lamictal tapered to 32.5 mg (holding)

2022 10. Jan started taking 25mg+5mg+2mg+0.5 liquid, 22. Jan went back to taking 25mg+5mg+half 5mg

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@Kiasofia perfect 🤩 

2002-2003 Zoloft, Sobril

2004-2005 80 mg Fluoxetine, Stesolid

2004-2021 Xanax ( ongoing )

2009-2010 Venlafaxine, Lamotrigin

2021 7-11 November 10 mg Fluoxetine

2020-2021 Melatonin

2021 Imovane

Also tried and quit after a few months between 2006-2008 due to no effect or difficult side effects Effexor, Edronax, Voxra, Cipramil 

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