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WhoAmI19: did i encounter withdrawals or relapse ?


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Hello, I've been trying to figure out what happened to me after feeling so well. I started Lexapro in 2017 and slowly came out from it in June 2021. I noticed strange feelings of anxiety in November then just went downhill. I did fall off a ladder 6ft to concrete so that's also something I've been blaming myself for feeling like I do blame I might damage my brain from that fall even though I was cleared by the ER from any concussions as I was fully functional and able to walk on my own besides fracturing my right shoulder.  I do want to also point out that after feeling like this I reached out to my psychiatrist and was put on two different antidepressants Zoloft and Paxil. Zoloft I started with 25mg for a week then 50mg for a month also took Xanax 0.25mg to deal with certain side effects from it. Xanax I was told by my doctor to take every night with Zoloft and even when I switched to Paxil which I only took for 7 days. In other words with both Zoloft and Paxil, I didn't last a whole year on them. Paxil was the last one I took on for 6 days couldn't tolerate the side effects. For now, I'm only on Xanax 0.25mg, my fear is becoming addicted to it or dependent, I just want my life back and need some guidance.


Thank You,


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Hi, WhoAmI.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


It's unclear when you were last on Paxil and Zoloft. 


Please add a signature.  Include drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements in the last 12-24 months. Also include supplements. This will help us give you the most accurate advice we can. 

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As you provide more information, including a clear timeline of your drug and supplement history, we can help you set up a game plan for coming off Xanax. 


Please continue to use this thread to ask questions and document your taper. 

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


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


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

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.


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