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I have become anxious about food and it has had a negative impact. I started to eat white  rice and chicken and eliminate gluten and dairy. My anxiety went up due to the low carbs.  I ate a breakfast cookie with a variety of flours and I felt better.  When my stomach feels empty I have a reaction as well. I had a piece of corn bread and felt better as well. Also, milk and eggs seem to work fine. I am used to eating organic and whole grains. Whole grains like brown rice it's hard to digest. I'm not sure whether I'm making my problem worse by becoming paranoid about food. Feel at loss at what to eat.It is confusing to follow all of these different suggestions. . Any ways to just chill about food...I think it increases my anxiety just to think about. Also, a simple approach to eating without being to boring? 

2006-2007 Lexapro (not sure of dose) in 2006

2007 Stopped abruptly. Developed serious wd symptom.Went back after two weeks and  tapered successfully over 3 months

November 2013  started 10 mg of Celexa for hormonal symptoms

early 2014 cutdown Celexa to 5 mg.Attempted to get off it November 2014 and had a difficult time. Went back to 5 mg and stayed until about a month ago. Had eye surgery for glaucoma (left eye-mini-shunt implant)

March-April 2016 developed multiple problems: ringing of ears, ear infections, multiple allergies. Tested negative to allergies  

Anxiety increased  every time I used  an OTC or had stress.April-May Cortisol spike problems increased.

June 9 Found this website while doing research on cortisone and celexa.

Went back between 5 and 10 mg a couple of times. Currently trying to stabilize at 7.5.   and  taking  a leave from work and comeback part-time.

Started taking liquid Celexa 6/15/2016 at 3.75 ml

Other meds: Dorzalamide/timolol for glaucoma twice a day andLatanoprost in the evening.

Vitamin D 2000 mg;vitamin C 500 mg; Lysine 1000 mg 2 x a day. Acupuncture twice a week; meditation; relaxing music daily. 150 mg of Magnesium as of 6/15.

 

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...ah and paleo, gluten free, no sugar, no dairy, low histamine ...just wanted to add if someone can direct me to a simpler website with two 3 ingredient recipes that work for many peopl, it would be appreciated. I think reading all of these complicated stuff has made my situation worsw.

2006-2007 Lexapro (not sure of dose) in 2006

2007 Stopped abruptly. Developed serious wd symptom.Went back after two weeks and  tapered successfully over 3 months

November 2013  started 10 mg of Celexa for hormonal symptoms

early 2014 cutdown Celexa to 5 mg.Attempted to get off it November 2014 and had a difficult time. Went back to 5 mg and stayed until about a month ago. Had eye surgery for glaucoma (left eye-mini-shunt implant)

March-April 2016 developed multiple problems: ringing of ears, ear infections, multiple allergies. Tested negative to allergies  

Anxiety increased  every time I used  an OTC or had stress.April-May Cortisol spike problems increased.

June 9 Found this website while doing research on cortisone and celexa.

Went back between 5 and 10 mg a couple of times. Currently trying to stabilize at 7.5.   and  taking  a leave from work and comeback part-time.

Started taking liquid Celexa 6/15/2016 at 3.75 ml

Other meds: Dorzalamide/timolol for glaucoma twice a day andLatanoprost in the evening.

Vitamin D 2000 mg;vitamin C 500 mg; Lysine 1000 mg 2 x a day. Acupuncture twice a week; meditation; relaxing music daily. 150 mg of Magnesium as of 6/15.

 

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I have the same symptoms as you guys and react to many foods and have multiple chemical sensitivities as well. Apple Cider Vinegar and salt have saved my life. As soon as I eat something that doesn't agree with me I get a lump at the back of my throat like it is constricting. I walk over to my bottle of apple cider vinegar take a swig and wash it down with water. Almost immediately the panic feeling goes away and my throat seems to relax. If the reaction continues and I feel like I cant take a full breath i take table salt , pour it in my hand, lick it and chase it with water. I carry a bottle of salt and ACV in my purse. I have had some pretty crazy reactions and this has always worked. I have started a low histamine diet and have been off dairy for 18 months and gluten for three years. I am also taking a probiotic. I am now able to tolerate vitamin b , d , c , fish oil, magnesium. I react very badly to antibiotics and just had a severe sinus infection and ended up in hospital on IV. I cured it by neti potting with a little ACV and it cured it. I swear by ACV

12 year on Paxil 20mg. Dropped to 5mg a few years before weaning, Was on 5mg weaned over a few months and then went off Aug 15, 2012. Severe withdrawal started Nov 2012 and have been slowly recovering. Have had all physical symptoms especially muscle, immune and food sensitivities!

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I know some people have had bad experiences with elimination diets, but I started one on Monday and felt soo much better in the evening on Tuesday.  I wasn't expecting it to make much of a difference and am completely shocked at how much it's helped so quickly.  I was still experiencing skin and muscle burning, stinging, lots of muscle twitching, depression, anxiety, and some other symptoms to a lesser extent.  It was all tolerable and probably a lot less severe than what most of the people in this thread seemed to be dealing with, but still made me pretty unhappy.  All of those symptoms are either gone or difficult to detect.  Except for the muscle twitching.  It's easy to detect but isn't as frequent.  I've been eating whole and organic chicken breast, vegetables, fruits, nuts, ginger, garlic, and seeds, and olive oil.  Last night I had organic, grass-fed beef with no adverse reaction.  I've also been using black pepper and salt, but not organic (can salt be organic?).  I probably should have eliminated the nuts since a lot of people have issues with them, but I don't seem to.  My bad ache (with cysts) that I've had for years is clearing up, too.  It clears up and gets bad again regularly, but I have a feeling it might be leaving for good now.  There's a lot of chemicals in our foods.  Pesticides in inorganic produce, hormones and antibiotics in inorganic animal products (which are in most processed foods), preservatives, dyes, etc.  I wonder how much our issues are caused by food sensitivities and how much are caused by exposure to these poisons.

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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A lot of people become anxious about whether what they eat is good or not which is understandable, i myself get anxious when it comes to what i should or shouldn't eat because it is hard to distinguish WD symptoms to adverse reasctions. I suggest sticking to just doing the best you can and staying away from obviously bad foods like chocolate and chips etc. but even them once in a while arent the end of the world.

 

I currently have a problem with binge eating bad foods and i'm working on it but i still feel that iv'e gotten better regardless because of the things i have changed.

 

Diets are a double edged sword sadly so its important to do what only you can cope with, were only human.

2009: Put on Fluoxetine (20mg) and Risperdal (0.5mg) for OCD. Dose was increased a few weeks later to 40mg Fluoxetine and 1mg Risperdal.

2011: Began experiencing Depersonalisation and Visual Snow, general loss of energy and breast growth. Was kept on 40mg Fluoxetine until Late Dec 2015. Risperdal dosage varied and was kept on 0.5mg for a long while before Nov 2015.

Early Sep 2015: Began having symptoms of extreme anxiety, psychosis and hot flushes due to mixing illegal drugs.

Late Nov 2015: Psych doc raised Risperdal to 8mg. Began having severe and hellish Akathisia. Was kept being given Diazepam to cope.

Early Dec 2015: Began seeing a new psych doc who tapered me off Risperdal over a period of a few weeks and put me onto Quetiapine.

Late Dec 2015: Quick tapered off of everything due to little guidance.

Mid March 2016: Reinstated Fluoxetine (5mg), dose was increased to 10mg a couple of weeks later. Gave me restless legs and stopped taking immediately (RLS was unbearable).

10 May 2016: Unsuccessful Fluoxetine reinstatement at 1mg. Drug free since May 2016.

 

Diet (When Able): Low carb and sugar, high fat & dark greens. medium protein and fruit. Taking 100mg magnesium, 1000mg omega 3, 0.25mg Melatonin daily,. Drinking at least one mug of chamomile a day. Weekly Light exercise. Meditating daily and practising mindfulness.

 

"Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time—that is the basic message." – Pema Chodron

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My food sensitivities were much much better when I started WD one year ago until I made another cut of the Lexapro. 

 

I was eating spices and fish burger last month caused me very bad anxiety and akathisia symptoms, both of them lasts for 3-4 days. 

 

However, 4 days ago I had prawns and fish in my friends place, the second day I started very bad anxiety and the third day my first restless legs and akathisia hit. The stomach is totally breakdown. I couldn't sleep at all with top of the anxiety and hopeless feelings. Its so hard for me, but I don't know if this can cause me Akathisia this bad? I just hope this is caused by seafood intolerance. Anyone experienced my similar situation?

2006 October Zoloft 50mg for anxiety.

2013 March Lexapro 10mg for 18 months to 2015 September.

2015 September increased to 20mg for 7 weeks but getting worse. 3rd November dropped back to 10mg

2016 11th November taper to 9mg

2017 3rd March Taper to 8.8mg, then Fast taper start: 10th-8.6mg, 12th-8.2mg, 17th-8.0mg, 22rd-7.7mg, 27th-7.4mg.

April 2nd- 6.9mg (WD start), 19th-6.5mg. Failed one day Cymbalta trial, took back Lexapro, much worse Akathisia torture. Keep holding. 

May 22nd- 6.3mg, June 10th- 5.7mg, Nov- 4.4mg, Dec- 4.3mg,

2018 Jan- 4.1mg 

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Hey all thank you so much for sharing.

 

I have always had food sensitivies  which resulted in eczema but since reinstating at 1/3 of what I was on, every time I ate my body exploded into rashes.

 

After a stint of fasting and trying to endure all the rashes, then being prescribed prednisone (which completely freaked me out because I understand it could send me manic which is the last thing I need right now) I have decided to pop anti-histamines for my poor inflamed skin which has been struggling for two weeks.

 

I am terrified that the anti-histamines will stop working before these histamine dysregulation symptoms pass but there is nothing I can do about it at the moment. Its either that, or I scratch till I water, or prednisone (!!!).

 

I am seeing a kinesiologist weekly to support me and give me a food plan on a week by week basis so I have a safe food list from week to week (which changes as we all know).

 

I am still super freaked out. Prior to this I have like 6 shots of coffee a day, one of them a soy cappuccino, chocolate desserts twice a week, and can eat a tonne of red meat.

 

Now I am down to fresh fish only for meat, vegetales, peeled pears  and I am going to have to rotate my food. Ugggghhhhhhh. Lucky I can still have one shot of coffee a day and a soy cappacino once a week otherwise life is so not worth living.

 

The kinesiologist reckon that I currently have sensitivities to salicylates, amines and glutamate (??). So now I am off to the salicylates sensitivity forum to see what I need to do.

 

This is soooo painful. Please somebody tell me it passes.

Prescribed Lexapro in 2003 and switched to Cipramil (5-10mg per day) 2004 with Lamictal.

Stopped Lamictal cold turkey with no withdrawals in 2014 with support of a Paleo diet. 

2003-2015 Cipramil only: 5mg 21 Dec 15: 2.5mg 28 Dec 15: 2.25mg 4 Jan 16: 1.575mg 10 Jan 16: 1.1025 11 Jan 16: 0.7875 25 Jan 16: 0.9, 1 Feb: 0.8, 8 Feb 0.75, 15 Feb 0.5, 29 Feb 0.25, 21 March 0.17, 4 April: 0.10, 25 April 0.05, 8 May 2016 0.05, 15 May 2016 NIL 21 June 2016 0.1, 5 Sep 16: 0.2 7 Sep 16: 0.15 16 Sep 16: 0.075 3 Oct 16: 0.015 17 October: 0.015, 14 Nov 2016: Reinstate 0.005, 26 Dec 16 0.0045, 2 Jan 17 0.004, 20 Feb 17 0.003, 3 Apr 17 0.002, 22 May 17 NIL.

Supplements/Lifestyle: Paleo/AIP protocol, daily exercise, probiotic, B6, Zinc, Vit C, Pharma Mag Forte, low histamine and salicylate diet. Church/mediation twice a week.

 

 

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Hey all thank you so much for sharing.

 

I have always had food sensitivies  which resulted in eczema but since reinstating at 1/3 of what I was on, every time I ate my body exploded into rashes.

 

After a stint of fasting and trying to endure all the rashes, then being prescribed prednisone (which completely freaked me out because I understand it could send me manic which is the last thing I need right now) I have decided to pop anti-histamines for my poor inflamed skin which has been struggling for two weeks.

 

I am terrified that the anti-histamines will stop working before these histamine dysregulation symptoms pass but there is nothing I can do about it at the moment. Its either that, or I scratch till I water, or prednisone (!!!).

 

I am seeing a kinesiologist weekly to support me and give me a food plan on a week by week basis so I have a safe food list from week to week (which changes as we all know).

 

I am still super freaked out. Prior to this I have like 6 shots of coffee a day, one of them a soy cappuccino, chocolate desserts twice a week, and can eat a tonne of red meat.

 

Now I am down to fresh fish only for meat, vegetales, peeled pears  and I am going to have to rotate my food. Ugggghhhhhhh. Lucky I can still have one shot of coffee a day and a soy cappacino once a week otherwise life is so not worth living.

 

The kinesiologist reckon that I currently have sensitivities to salicylates, amines and glutamate (??). So now I am off to the salicylates sensitivity forum to see what I need to do.

 

This is soooo painful. Please somebody tell me it passes.

 

Have you considered that withdrawal syndrome might have caused you to develop a sensitivity to medication as well as food?  I know things got a lot worse for me when I started adding medication.  This seems to be more important the more severe a person's withdrawal syndrome symptoms are.  Sensitivities usually go away, but while a person is sensitive, they have to be careful about what they put in their body.  What I've gathered from the stories I've read is, at the very least, while we're sick, we need to quit adding medication and very slowly taper off of whatever we're currently taking after a stabilizing hold.  An elimination diet might help you figure out what foods you're sensitive to.  I really started to improve after I started an elimination diet.

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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Yes! That's the path I have been on this last week. I finally found David Healy's Rx guide to coming off anti-depressants which talked about histamines going all over the place and him prescribing anti-histamines.

 

I am aware that it is only a short term solution, but I have tried Quercitin and Black Seed oil and had terrible itchy reactions (I suspect the salicylates). I also tried Tulsi (with horrid reactions). It would appear that for now, nothing herbal will work on me.

 

The good news is that my eczema is mostly clear (!!) for now. I finally caved on Sunday night and started popping anti-histamines and putting cortisone on my skin, along with an anti-septic to kill the bacteria. This has stopped the itching and the flaring all together.

 

I have been doing this for 5 days. In the meantime I have been spending all my holiday time researching what the f**k is going on.

 

I suspect that I have always been sensitive to salicylates and the reduction of cipramil (which is also an anti-histamine) meant that I started reacting like crazy to all foods (that and eating my interpretation of a paleo diet with red meat, chocolate and coffee daily didn't help probably). My mother doesn't eat fruits and vegetables and only eats them if she is out. She always complains of fainting when she eats abit of vegetables or fruit. I suspect it comes from her.

 

So this last week, its back to fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts with a little turkey and lamb for Christmas. And eating ALOT less (like 1/2 or a 1/3 of how much I used to eat) as eating in itself produces histamines. I did consider an elimiation diet but per the other thread on "food sensitivities" it could be aggravating  to a strained nervous system.

 

My plan going forward is to now taper off the anti-histamines, SLOWLY while I continue this new food plan and find new doctors who can help me in the new year.

 

My head is otherwise fine, with meditation (to Christina music in my case), and as much sleep as a I want. The test will come next week when I go back to work.

Prescribed Lexapro in 2003 and switched to Cipramil (5-10mg per day) 2004 with Lamictal.

Stopped Lamictal cold turkey with no withdrawals in 2014 with support of a Paleo diet. 

2003-2015 Cipramil only: 5mg 21 Dec 15: 2.5mg 28 Dec 15: 2.25mg 4 Jan 16: 1.575mg 10 Jan 16: 1.1025 11 Jan 16: 0.7875 25 Jan 16: 0.9, 1 Feb: 0.8, 8 Feb 0.75, 15 Feb 0.5, 29 Feb 0.25, 21 March 0.17, 4 April: 0.10, 25 April 0.05, 8 May 2016 0.05, 15 May 2016 NIL 21 June 2016 0.1, 5 Sep 16: 0.2 7 Sep 16: 0.15 16 Sep 16: 0.075 3 Oct 16: 0.015 17 October: 0.015, 14 Nov 2016: Reinstate 0.005, 26 Dec 16 0.0045, 2 Jan 17 0.004, 20 Feb 17 0.003, 3 Apr 17 0.002, 22 May 17 NIL.

Supplements/Lifestyle: Paleo/AIP protocol, daily exercise, probiotic, B6, Zinc, Vit C, Pharma Mag Forte, low histamine and salicylate diet. Church/mediation twice a week.

 

 

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Elimination diets have made things worse for some people.  I wonder if slowly taping off of foods that are on the no-no list might be a safer way of introducing an elimination diet.  Doctors don't know anything about withdrawal syndrome and the way they respond to it is generally very dangerous.  They tend to want to treat the symptoms with medication, which may make the symptoms temporarily subside, but they put you at a greater risk of getting sicker, especially if you ever decide to taper off of whatever they give you.  The risk should be less once your nervous system has healed some, but right now it's probably very sensitive.  The worst cases I've read were those where the patients kept going to doctors and those doctors kept adding new medications and cold-turkeying them off of old medications.  People seem to start getting better when they quit making med changes (including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine) and start living a healthier lifestyle (especially in regards to diet).

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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Reviving an old thread! I'm going through severe food sensitivity issues 1 month out of a long and slow taper of Lexapro. Most foods make my skin itch, luckily I have been able to establish a mostly low-histamine diet which I am able to tolerate. However, I am a food writer and simply mad about food and this situation, frankly, is scaring me. Can anyone comment about recent improvements or being able to re-introduce foods as healing moves forward? Thanks!

6/2015: 10 mg Lexapro generic + 100 mg Seroquel following episode of severe insomnia.

12/15 - 2/16: self-tapered Lexapro (no Dr. supervision) too rapidly: 3 weeks at 7.5 mg, 3 weeks at 5 mg, 3 weeks at 2.5 mg then off. NO W/D SYMPTOMS.

3/16 (about two weeks after final dose): bad insomnia again. Tried to hold out. Failed.

5/1/16: Saw psych. He said relapse and put me back on 5 mg Lex + 50 mg Seroquel to be reduced as Lexapro takes effect. I now believe it was only W/D. Dr. wanted me to updose, but after finding this site I decided to stabilize at 5 mg and start tapering at a later date.

Supplements: Magnesium citrate, fish oil, probiotics (from food not from pills)

Month of 7/16: Tapered off Seroquel: 1 week 20 mg, 1 week 15 mg, 1 week 10 mg, 1 week 5 mg. No problems sleeping throughout this process. Stopped Seroquel several days ago (7/21?) and sleep has been mostly good, some bad.

Reinstated 5 mg Seroquel 7/25 and stabilized my sleep.

9/1/16: Started tapering generic escitalopram liquid: 4.5 mg  :D

6/1/17: No longer taking seroquel for sleep. Escitalopram liquid down to .9 mg  :D

6/10/17: .8 mg

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I've generally become less sensitive to food over time.  If you're gentle with your nervous system, it should heal and all of these issues should go away eventually.

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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Thanks for that, @Evoldnahturt! What foods were you sensitive to, how did the sensitivities present and did you have to cut those foods for a while and then keep trying to introduce them back or...?

6/2015: 10 mg Lexapro generic + 100 mg Seroquel following episode of severe insomnia.

12/15 - 2/16: self-tapered Lexapro (no Dr. supervision) too rapidly: 3 weeks at 7.5 mg, 3 weeks at 5 mg, 3 weeks at 2.5 mg then off. NO W/D SYMPTOMS.

3/16 (about two weeks after final dose): bad insomnia again. Tried to hold out. Failed.

5/1/16: Saw psych. He said relapse and put me back on 5 mg Lex + 50 mg Seroquel to be reduced as Lexapro takes effect. I now believe it was only W/D. Dr. wanted me to updose, but after finding this site I decided to stabilize at 5 mg and start tapering at a later date.

Supplements: Magnesium citrate, fish oil, probiotics (from food not from pills)

Month of 7/16: Tapered off Seroquel: 1 week 20 mg, 1 week 15 mg, 1 week 10 mg, 1 week 5 mg. No problems sleeping throughout this process. Stopped Seroquel several days ago (7/21?) and sleep has been mostly good, some bad.

Reinstated 5 mg Seroquel 7/25 and stabilized my sleep.

9/1/16: Started tapering generic escitalopram liquid: 4.5 mg  :D

6/1/17: No longer taking seroquel for sleep. Escitalopram liquid down to .9 mg  :D

6/10/17: .8 mg

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I'm not sure what all I was sensitive to, I know dairy, nuts, and grains all caused me problems.  I also have at least one autoimmune disease that continues to cause skin and mild anxiety issues if I don't stick to my diet.  I just try to stick to the autoimmune protocol.  It's hard to say what symptoms are caused by with autoimmune disease(s) and what's caused by withdrawal syndrome, but I know that cheating doesn't make me feel as bad as it did right after my failed taper two years ago.  I'll intermittently test different foods, but it's difficult because symptoms don't usually pop up very quickly if I've been strict with my diet for a while.

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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Can anyone list the specific symptoms that are associated with food sensitivities? Also, how quickly after eating do the symptoms appear? I'd really like to know. It would help me a lot.

 

Much appreciative,

 

Callie

Lexapro: 2004-2010; Effexor XR 225 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017

Abilify 5 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017; Buspirone 60 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Trazadone 100 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Xanax: as needed; Fast taper

 

 

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I'm not sure there are any specific symptoms.  My impression from reading stories is that symptoms vary widely between individuals.  Many people believe the best way to determine if food is causing you problems and what problems those are is to do an elimination diet.

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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I am happy I found this topic because the main symptoms I seem to be having result from eating food. Mainly processed.

If I have anything with sugar, caffeine, or any additives I have a weird and very uncomfortable reaction. MSG seems to be the main issue. When I consume anything with MSG, I feel dizzy and weak and I have to lay down and nap afterwards to deal with the feeling. I never had any bad reaction before or during my time on Prozac. This food sensitivity didn't appear until 1 month after my last dose of 10mg Prozac. I've been off Prozac for almost 3 months now and I was only on Prozac for a total of 3 months as well. I am hoping to have a quicker recovery since I wasn't on the drug for that long, but right now I feel like this will never end. I plan to, of course, eliminate these types of foods but it's disheartening to keep finding another food that makes me feel ill. I'm starting to lose my appetite in general. Has anyone fully recovered from this? If so how long did it take for you to recover from food sensitivity? 

 

(I'm still learning about all of this since I believe I'm in the early stages of my withdrawal)

Prozac 20mg: Sept 2017- Dec 2017 (3 months total)
Currently feeling WD symptoms: Jan 2018

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4 hours ago, Kallalily said:

I am happy I found this topic because the main symptoms I seem to be having result from eating food. Mainly processed.

If I have anything with sugar, caffeine, or any additives I have a weird and very uncomfortable reaction. MSG seems to be the main issue. When I consume anything with MSG, I feel dizzy and weak and I have to lay down and nap afterwards to deal with the feeling. I never had any bad reaction before or during my time on Prozac. This food sensitivity didn't appear until 1 month after my last dose of 10mg Prozac. I've been off Prozac for almost 3 months now and I was only on Prozac for a total of 3 months as well. I am hoping to have a quicker recovery since I wasn't on the drug for that long, but right now I feel like this will never end. I plan to, of course, eliminate these types of foods but it's disheartening to keep finding another food that makes me feel ill. I'm starting to lose my appetite in general. Has anyone fully recovered from this? If so how long did it take for you to recover from food sensitivity? 

 

(I'm still learning about all of this since I believe I'm in the early stages of my withdrawal)

 

It seems like most people do eventually heal.  Often times in just a year or two.  It does sound like your case may not be as bad as many cases on this forum, which suggests that you're likely to heal more quickly than many of those more serious cases.  The really good news is this condition forces us to take better care of ourselves and to develop better habits.  You might overall live a longer and happier life because of this condition if the habits stick.  Focusing on silver-linings, when you have them, can make coping a lot easier and this is a pretty good one!

- 2002-2015: Zyprexa (Olanzapine), between 2.5mg to 5mg

- 9/15-2/16: Started a taper that jumped up and down quickly for five months.  Got really sick.  Took Xanax sporadically throughout taper.  Stopping taking Xanax in January 2016.

- 2/14/16: Increased dose to 3.75mg and held for two months, quickly got better at first and then slowly continued to get better after that

- Apr/16: 3.375mg, May/16: 3.03mg, Jun-Jul/16: 2.73mg, Aug-Sept/16: 2.5mg, Oct/16: 2.25mg, Nov/16: 2.03mg, Dec/16-Jan/17: 1.82mg, Feb/17: 1.64mg, Mar/17: 1.48mg, Apr/17: 1.33mg, May-Sept/17: 1.20mg, Oct/17: 1.08mg, Nov/17: 0.97mg, Dec/17: 0.87mg, Jan/17: 0.78mg, Feb/17: 0.71mg, Mar/17: 0.64mg, Apr/17: 0.57mg, May/17: 0.51mg

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I sure hope so! Thank you for your feedback. I live with a bunch of different people who eat processed foods so it's been hard to keep up a decent diet. I'm going to do my best since I've been reading it helps push through recovery. 

And you're definitely right. One positive thing I see out of this is that it'll push my towards a healthier lifestyle. I just want to get to where I can handle a small treat here and there without feeling completely ill after. Lately I've been having a reaction very soon after I consume something that my body doesn't agree with. 

I know I'll get to where I'll feel a lot better eventually. When my waves hit, I can't help to have a moment of doubt.

I've been keeping a diary that I'll probably post on here in the future once my symptoms ease up. 

 

Prozac 20mg: Sept 2017- Dec 2017 (3 months total)
Currently feeling WD symptoms: Jan 2018

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For those who are msg sensitive, here is some great info

 

https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/80645-symptoms-from-msg/

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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Hi all, 

 

I was wondering. Are there any food sensitivities you experienced while tapering citalopram ( or other AD)?

 

The reason I ask is that I experience a lot of nausea while tapering citalopram. This doesn't occur every day but after some meals. I just can't figure out which ingredients might cause this because there doesn't seem to be a pattern.

 

If some of you have very specific ingredients to avoid that could ease my search for the right food!

 

 

Thanks in advance!!

Jozeff

- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg- 

2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg, 5th Dec 10.0 mg holding for a while.

 

 

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At such a taper rate I doubt you are having that nausea because of the taper, whats your age ? 

By the way, having nausea sometimes is very common, try having Yogurt whenever you have it.

What other medicines do you take ? 

1995 to 1997: different antidepressants at maintenance dosages along with benzos 3 times a day.  

1998 to 2000: Citalopram 20mg + Benzo twice daily.

2001 to 2015: Sertraline 50 mg + Alprazolam (half of 0.25 mg once daily which is next to nothing)

2016 to 2017: Sertraline 50 mg + Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg (NO BENZO)

2017 to 2018: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 50 mg  (NO BENZO)

2018 (Earlier): Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg x 2 daily (7 weeks on Olanzapine was a disaster, antipsychotics are not for panic disorder)

2018 August : Sertraline 50 mg for 20 days (couldn't take it any longer) + Clonazepam.

2018 Sept. 1st week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg -- 2018 Sept. 2nd week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 12.5mg +Clonazepam 0.25 mg 

2018 November: Clonazepam 0.50 mg at night (for sleep disturbed by tinnitus)

2019 January to now: Clonazepam 0.25 mg at night and 0.25 mg in the morning.

Remember: Going out for a Walk or for a Change does help, it may take a few days or weeks or months for some, but it definitely helps.

Here is Knowledge for you: The more you Know about your sickness the more bad it is for you, so forget about it !

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On 9/16/2013 at 11:07 PM, Dani said:

Help...I'm hungry :( and i don't want to eat junk...but i feel like that's all i can tolerate. That's bad in itself.

I just want to be "normal" again...

Edited November 24, 2017 by Altostrata

 
Responding to this old post. I have struggled with food allergies on and off for years and now that I am withdrawing, they are coming back full blast.
 

One solution is to cook all your food. Cooked fruits and veggies are more tolerable than raw. Also, elemental nutrient formulas, are a tremendous help. They allow you to wash out foods that may be problematic and give a “food holiday” while still getting essential nutrients.
 

Of course, the goal is to re-introduce foods slowly in small amounts with the hope that you will regain tolerance. Often, food allergies are not for life, but you have to be very careful about re-introducing foods and be willing to remove a food if you have difficulty. 

1980s: First diagnosed with depression. Treated with a tricyclic. 1988: Switched to Prozac 20 mg after triclyclic stopped working. 1990s to 2010: On and off Prozac. Increased dose led to side effects. 2010: Work stress led to increased depression/anxiety. Tried several SSRIs but tolerated none of them. Put on Zyprexa. 2011: Work burnout and breakdown. Hospitalized for suicidal depression. Switched to Seroquel. Prozac increased to 80 mg. 2017: Started psychotherapy. Helped a lot. Switched to Celexa 40 mg and lithium 300 mg. 2019: Stopped Seroquel. Lost weight. 2020 June: Added Wellbutrin to try and correct sexual dysfunction. Could not tolerate Wellbutrin.

Taper (Lithium 300 mg maintained until off Celexa):

2020 July: Decreased Celexa to 30 mg in attempt to alleviate sexual dysfunction. Worked somewhat.

2020 August: Decreased Celexa to 20 mg. Sexual function improved but w/d effects started. 

2020 September: Maintaining Celexa at 20 mg. Experiencing w/d effects - fatigue, dysphoria, mood instability

2020 September 13: Increased Celexa to 30 mg due to w/d effects. Still on lithium 300 mg/day.

2020 October 3: Reduced Celexa to 27 mg. Started taper. 10% per month as recommended.

2020 October 18: Reduced to 24 mg.

2020 December 4: Reduced to 21 mg.

2020 December 23: Reduced to 20 mg (spacing out taper intervals due to persistent w/d effects)

 

 

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On 10/27/2020 at 9:17 AM, Bruci said:

 
Responding to this old post. I have struggled with food allergies on and off for years and now that I am withdrawing, they are coming back full blast.
 

One solution is to cook all your food. Cooked fruits and veggies are more tolerable than raw. Also, elemental nutrient formulas, are a tremendous help. They allow you to wash out foods that may be problematic and give a “food holiday” while still getting essential nutrients.
 

Of course, the goal is to re-introduce foods slowly in small amounts with the hope that you will regain tolerance. Often, food allergies are not for life, but you have to be very careful about re-introducing foods and be willing to remove a food if you have difficulty. 

I am rereading this thread as I have an increase in my food sensitivities. I am at the end taper at 0.28 mg of Celexa. I thought all along I had a histamine sensitivity and that diet worked some for the past 4 years. Now I am reacting to pretty much everything (just eating). It

s mostly mild but bothersome. Can you tell me more about elemental nutrient formulas? Txs

2006-2007 Lexapro (not sure of dose) in 2006

2007 Stopped abruptly. Developed serious wd symptom.Went back after two weeks and  tapered successfully over 3 months

November 2013  started 10 mg of Celexa for hormonal symptoms

early 2014 cutdown Celexa to 5 mg.Attempted to get off it November 2014 and had a difficult time. Went back to 5 mg and stayed until about a month ago. Had eye surgery for glaucoma (left eye-mini-shunt implant)

March-April 2016 developed multiple problems: ringing of ears, ear infections, multiple allergies. Tested negative to allergies  

Anxiety increased  every time I used  an OTC or had stress.April-May Cortisol spike problems increased.

June 9 Found this website while doing research on cortisone and celexa.

Went back between 5 and 10 mg a couple of times. Currently trying to stabilize at 7.5.   and  taking  a leave from work and comeback part-time.

Started taking liquid Celexa 6/15/2016 at 3.75 ml

Other meds: Dorzalamide/timolol for glaucoma twice a day andLatanoprost in the evening.

Vitamin D 2000 mg;vitamin C 500 mg; Lysine 1000 mg 2 x a day. Acupuncture twice a week; meditation; relaxing music daily. 150 mg of Magnesium as of 6/15.

 

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Might this be related to low stomach acid. at least in some cases? My food sensitivity problems are mostly gone now (thank GOD) but I happened to read some reviews of betaine (trimethylglycine) and noticed this one:

 

"I researched nausea and rapid heart beat after eating all foods - and low stomach acid kept coming up. I had tried everything from eating smaller portions more frequently to eliminating possible food allergens. My hair was falling out, my nails were thin and rippled, I was beyond tired all the time, I had extreme anxiety for no reason. I eat healthy, take vitamins, and yet I looked like walking death. I had gone to the doctor for these problems twice, and they looked at me like I was crazy. All my blood tests for diabetes and thyroid were within "normal" range. I take this with every meal now, and after the first time- no rapid heart beat after eating. Then no anxiety. My hair and my nails are growing back after a couple of weeks. I can think clearly again. Low stomach acid would have been the first thing I would have checked if I were a doctor with a properly fed yet malnourished patient. Thank you Amazon and Google for pretty much saving my life and sanity when my doctors said I was "fine". I never write reviews, but if it helps someone who has been confronted with an incompetent medical system, it was well worth the 5 minutes out of my life to help someone else."

 

I remember my "food sensitivities" always started off with rapid heartbeat and then severe anxiety after eating.  It's worth a look I'd say.  Some have said betaine/TMG can be helpful in withdrawal anyway

1997-2019 Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Serzone, Wellbutrin, Amitryptiline, Mirtazapine, Lexapro (mostly, 10-20mg)

Jan 16-Feb 2019 Fast tapered Lexapro after spontaneous kundalini syndrome 

Feb-Jul Used various herbs to deal with severe anxiety (bacopa, gotu kola)

Sept 2019 Developed histamine intolerance and daily panic

Currently taking ~10mg lithium orotate, , high DHA fish oil, occasional magnesium glycinate or threonate, l-ornithine, l-lysine, l-glycine for sleep, agmatine sulfate for depression

 

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