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Thanks so much for that info!

I was wondering is excederin or aspirin considered in that category as well? Is it a psychoactive substance ?

I get headaches a lot.

I was hoping a natural plant to help me relax would help me with my withdrawl, it sucks there is no easy out.

 

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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Excedrin has caffeine so may cause symptoms. Aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen may be ok. 

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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Greetings Everyone,

So its been quite uncomfortable for me most of the time. I have been tracking each day how I feel and most all days I wrote down as feeling a wave, mild or bad. Only two or three days were windows in a two week period.

Every single night, by the time I feel mostly normal, I dread going to sleep because when I wake up the next morning,,,,,,

That cortisol and anxiety rush hit me. It is there all morning and sometimes into the afternoon. I find I can't relax a lot. My hands shake even when im home alone. No stressors. I don't know if this will get progressively worse. All I know its uncomfortable and it makes me feel very unstable. Like someone pulled the rug out from under you. I could be in a store and feel like crying. Mostly I am nervous and anxious to the point where I don't feel well. I also am very tired a lot of the time, like where I want to lounge all day and not move.

Sometimes its easy to give up and want to get the medicine back just so I can feel ok. IT had been 5 and half months since I took any prozac.

One of the things I was wondering, If last summer was the last time I took 40 or 60mg of Prozac, then the withdrawl I am feeling now can't still be from that can it?? It must be from the 20mg I took from Feb-Apr this year?

My other question to anyone here is how do you know when it is withdrawl and when it is you? Just how you are or react to things? I only know I never in my life woke up feeling sick with anxiety before. And that was with going to school. Then later working full time. This is something I am not in control of. its like something that manifests itself. I want to get off this ride, I keep telling myself to wait til so much time has passed but I dont know how long I can do this. IS 5 and half months a long time to keep feeling withdrawl?

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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Yes, you can still have withdrawal syndrome from going off in July 2021.

 

Did you try fish oil and magnesium?

 

On 8/10/2022 at 8:35 PM, Altostrata said:

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Many people find fish oil and magnesium supplements helpful, see

 

https://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/

 

https://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15483-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you. Please let us know how you’re doing.

 

You still can consider reinstatement of perhaps 1mg Prozac.

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

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Thank you so much for the suggestion!!! As soon as I read your post, I ran out and bought Nature Made brand Magnesium, the Extra Strength one. I hope and pray this works! I took one tonight and will take one each night with dinner. Hopefully, some relief is coming. It's been very hard and the people I know don't understand what I am going through. They think I can feel fine because kids are back in school etc. I tell them it is something that manifests and I have no control over when it comes and goes. Feels like its here constantly like a dark cloud over my life. If I could take a natural supplement to help with the anxiety and mania then great! But I don't want to be on that forever either. But for right now, if it helps me its a win. I will let you know how I do. How soon before the magnesium affects your withdrawl? Thank you again Altostrata!!

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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28 minutes ago, Jasminecat said:

I hope and pray this works! I took one tonight and will take one each night with dinner.

 

If you are taking magnesium for the calming effect it is better to take it in smaller doses throughout the day.  If you take a calcium supplement they need to be taken 2 hours apart otherwise the calcium cancels out the calming properties of the magnesium.

 

Please see:

 

Magnesium

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

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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

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Quick Question: The pill I bought is a big brown pill. It says on bottle it's 400 mg, and its to be taken once a day. I was wondering if I take it once a day, will it stay in my system like prozac does and just sustain me for the entire day til I take it again?

I am feeling very relaxed now after having took my first one tonight. Feels almost like I took Xanax. I hope this feeling continues and i dont have to up the dose. At least tonight, i have some relief after days of crazy. I will let you all know how the morning is.

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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Please read the links that the staff provide.  Alto has twice provided the link to the magnesium topic and I have also provided it in my last post.  See Post #1 of that topic.

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PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

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

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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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2 hours ago, Jasminecat said:

Quick Question: The pill I bought is a big brown pill. It says on bottle it's 400 mg, and its to be taken once a day. I was wondering if I take it once a day, will it stay in my system like prozac does and just sustain me for the entire day til I take it again?

I am feeling very relaxed now after having took my first one tonight. Feels almost like I took Xanax. I hope this feeling continues and i dont have to up the dose. At least tonight, i have some relief after days of crazy. I will let you all know how the morning is.

Hi @Jasminecat

You can find out how long something stays in your body by googling it's half life (look up what that is if you don't know already). With Nature Made pls check if it's magnesium oxide (alternatively  mag glycinate and mag citrate). The mag oxide can make your stools loose (nothing dangerous). If so, you can try the other two kinds. 

 

great that you've seen relief already, isn't it amazing when something works?

 

you may want to cut your one dose into multiple and take them over the day. 

 

I'm also familiar with the anticipatory anxiety about the mornings. Did you see the thread on cortisol mornings? You need to remember that even though the terrors happen every day, you also get through them every day. You're strong. Just let them come. You will get through them.

 

OMW

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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Hi everyone,

Thought I would post in the morning because this morning I feel much better. No cortisol anxiety feelings. None. And its a weekend which is stressful for me. I took a whole magnesium pill last night and I went to bed very early. And slept a long time.

I read the links you posted on magnesium and its very helpful. I believe mine is Magnesium Oxide and so far it has not affected my stools. It did give me a tiny headache which I took aspirin for and its gone already.

The half life of it is 12-24 hours. So should I take it twice a day by breaking it in half or wait til dinner for the full one? All I know is so far this has been a big form of relief for me. Last night I was nice and relaxed. Made me very tired.

But like I said this morning I woke up and felt much better than I have in forever.

Thank you so much everyone! I will keep posting, its so weird how a vitamin pill can make such a difference. I only hope this isnt a temporary relief, and my body will start getting immune to it.

 

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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Hi jasminecat ,

Iam very happy to meet someone who stopped prozac 5 months ago exactly as me and Iam very excited to follow your journey 

Keep going and never ever return to these drugs , best wishes ❤️

March 2022- April 2022 Prozac 20 mg for 3 weeks

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Suggest you take magnesium in smaller doses at least twice a day. Magnesium citrate or glycinate is better than magnesium oxide.

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

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Thank you so much Bika for your kind and supportive words! I wish you all the best on your journey and wish you happy days ahead!!

If my story helps you in any way, I am glad to help out!! All the Best!

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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So an update on the magnesium: I took one pill this morning for the day. I started feeling anxious shortly after waking up. It had been 14 hours so it was out of my system at that point. Its a soft gel pill so I can not cut it in half. I also have gotten a headache after taking it which I took aspirin for again today. Magnesium is not supposed to cause headaches so it may be just a coincidence. The pill works like a charm so far for me, it makes me pretty tired though after taking it. I could always get the regular ones and not the extra strength ones next go around.

My biggest question is, will this become addictive? Will I need to be on this forever or just until withdrawl is over?

It has definitely helped me. I feel more in control of emotions and less neurotic/anxious/nervous etc. My body also feels more relaxed and less hand shaking.

I will keep taking one pill a day in the mornings and see how I do with the headaches. I hope to keep feeling like this, I hope over time this pill doesn't become less effective. It's unbearable to feel the other way. I cant function feeling that way.

Wishing everyone a peaceful evening

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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10 hours ago, Jasminecat said:

Hi everyone,

Thought I would post in the morning because this morning I feel much better. No cortisol anxiety feelings. None. And its a weekend which is stressful for me. I took a whole magnesium pill last night and I went to bed very early. And slept a long time.

I read the links you posted on magnesium and its very helpful. I believe mine is Magnesium Oxide and so far it has not affected my stools. It did give me a tiny headache which I took aspirin for and its gone already.

The half life of it is 12-24 hours. So should I take it twice a day by breaking it in half or wait til dinner for the full one? All I know is so far this has been a big form of relief for me. Last night I was nice and relaxed. Made me very tired.

But like I said this morning I woke up and felt much better than I have in forever.

Thank you so much everyone! I will keep posting, its so weird how a vitamin pill can make such a difference. I only hope this isnt a temporary relief, and my body will start getting immune to it.

 

Hi @Jasminecat

if this works for you then keep taking it in the evening. If not, you can split it into multiple parts and take it throughout the day. Some people dissolve the powder into water and sip it throughout the day. I haven't been able to do that because I don't have the dissolvable tablets and never bothered and taking 100mg multiple times a day works for me. But sometimes I also take 300mg at bedtime instead of multiple times a day. Do what works. 
OMW

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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Magnesium is not addictive. It's good for you.

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

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Hi everyone, quick update: I have been taking my magnesium for a few days now. It was noticeably more effective the first day or two. Now I still take it and it takes some of the edge off. I would hate to see how I would be if I didnt take it.

I still have my morning and day anxiety, maybe not AS bad but still there. I will keep taking the magnesium because I feel it helps.

Now, how long do I take it? Until I feel the withdrawl is done? I am almost at six months since taking prozac.

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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It's best to take magnesium in small doses throughout the day. You can stop at any time.

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

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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Hi , quick question first. Can you cut the soft gel pill in half or will it leak everywhere? If so, I have to buy different ones.

The thing is the magnesium has taken the edge off a bit but I still feel like my head is all messed up. I get negative, paranoid, thoughts all day long. I could be relaxing and all of a sudden I feel sharp pangs of fear and anxiety in my stomach. I think about things that bother me while I’m watching tv or a movie. I don’t understand what is going on. I do not want to go to therapy. At all. But physical symptoms aside, they are mental ones in my

head I can’t fix or get rid of. When I was on these pills, I felt like I was able to push negative things to the back of my mind and forget them. Now, it feels like they control me and I don’t know what to do about it. Is this withdrawal or is this me? Am

i this type of person? If it’s withdrawal, how can it fix itself if it’s a mental thing?

 

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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Another thing i wanted to post because I want to know if anyone has this going on: All day long I can feel the mental effects of withdrawl. I am a hot mess. Then at night, after it gets dark outside, my brain finally calms down and I feel "normal". Like I felt before ever taking prozac. No anxiety, no negative thoughts, no crying, no fear, no paranoia, just a sense of normal.

THEN like clockwork, go to sleep, wake up and BAM its all back again!! Some days it is only there in the mornings, other days it is there til after dinner. What in the heck is going on???? I tried to stop having coffee in the mornings but that didn't help. I drink tea all day long but that doesn't help me either. Its like my brain is literally sick. Sad to have peace at night only to have it come back the next day. And it seems it is slowly getting worse, I am definitely worse now than I was early summer. I have a lot of personal issues in my life too which would depress the average person, I can't say I am a happy person. But the withdrawl makes whats going on in my life magnified. If that makes sense. I analyze everything and obsess about something that bothers me until I vent to someone or I find something else. But all day long, I live in a pool of negative emotions and frankly I am tired of it. Because most of it is stuff I cant fix. Its other people's actions or words that bother me.

Prozac 60mg Began: June 2007-July 2021

40mg - 1 week in July 2021

20mg- 1 week in July 2021

July 2021 ended Prozac

February 8th 2022-April 4th 2022 - 20mg Prozac

Ended Prozac April 4th 2022

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