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On 6/9/2011 at 6:03 AM, Punarbhava said:

 

I just saw this thread and thought I'd share my experiences.

 

 

I blame all of my sinus problems on WD. I've had blocked sinuses, pain in the sinuses, tons of sneezing, stuffed up feeling. Also itchy eyes. Allergy like reactions. These symptoms are definitely WD induced.

 

 

 

Things are alowly improving but despite the improvements I can get hit with hours and/or days of bad flare ups.

 

 

 

Histamine is a neurotransmitter.

 

 

 

Many ADs have antihistamine properties but Paxil and some of the TCA (especially the sedating ones) have a more powerful antihistamine effect.

 

 

Consequently, when we WD from such, we experience a histamine rebound effect.

 

 

Also, our immune systems are affected by WD and thus, can be compromised in ways that can cause us to become temporarily more suseptible to allergens whether it be from diet, environment etc. which in turn can cause the problems discussed in this thread.

 

 

You may wish to do a search to obtain a list of foods that can create/produce histamine effects within the body and thus, experiment in way of eliminating such foods and see if there are any improvement.

 

 

If you improve for an extended period of time and would like to reintroduce those foods, do so ONE at a time to see how you react. Give it a couple of weeks and if you're okay then introduce another and so on.

 

By reintroducing one food at a time you may be able to determine IF one particular food is causing more of a negative effect than the others that have already been introduced. But also keep in mind, the cumulative effect factor.

 

Dairy products can aggravate throat, nasal passages etc. by thickening mucous membranes (if I remember correctly).

 

Vitamin C can have antihistamine effects and can help improve the situation or, at the very least keep the immune system stronger. It's also a stress vitamin......good for the CNS.

 

 

With that said, Vitamin C has not eliminated my sinus problems but who knows, I may have been every worse had I not taken it on a daily basis. I also take zinc to keep the immune system strong. Zinc and Vit. C work together.

 

 

I did run out of zinc for awhile and couldn't get out to pick up more and my allergy reactions to certain chemicals became extreme. Once I got out to pick up another bottle of zinc and reintroduced, this particular sytem settled back down to a more manageable level within a couple of days.

 

Finally, stress has the ability to compromise immune functioning and thus, it's advisable to manage one's stress levels.

 

 

Hope this is of some help.

 

 

Punar

 

I've suffered from hay fever my whole life (genetic), and have had to take anti-histamines as a result.

 

Since my last dose of AD in April 2018, I have noticed my waves have been a combination of GI issues and headaches (right sided sinus).

 

Now, beginning of this year, I hit a major wave where the histamine intolerance has massively ramped up (I think).

 

Intolerance to certain foods triggering hay fever-like symptoms (sneezing, watery eyes, throat), and as an added bonus, awful sinus headaches/migraines and issues (blocked ears, head pressure, tinnitus).

 

Once the sinuses eventually drain, morning and evening, when I'm brushing my teeth, I spit out thick mucus; which my GP tells me is from post nasal drip.  Yuck!  I did see yellow and green in there on occasion, so they have been infected too.

 

I am also well into my peri-menopausal years, had the coil fitted early Aug 2019 and think that this is the "perfect storm", in that my hormones have been adversely affected by the coil, and thus, my gut has become hyper-sensitive to foods with high histamine levels.

 

Just to add, I NEVER had sinus issues until I started taking ADs.

Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum.  "Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)  Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018  Diagnosed with: 5th August 2021 PTSD/C-PTSD Diagnosed with: March 2022 Interstitial Cystitis (IC)/Painful bladder syndrome

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On 1/13/2015 at 9:01 PM, Chemistry said:

Hey guys, 

 

I know this is a little bit gross but im just wondering, i'm pretty sure i started to get this constant post nasal drip (feeling of trickling mucus in the back of my throat, having to clear my throat a lot, spitting, etc) at some point after coming off these meds over 2 years ago. I dont remember really having it before. It has gotten worse over time and its so annoying and gross and  i often get a bad taste in my mouth along with bad breath. It's really embarrassing actually and it drives me nuts when its really bad. I could just sit all day trying to clear my throat but no matter what it never goes away. Sorry if this was TMI. 

 

Could this be a symptom of withdrawal? Could it go away on its own? 

 

there are others on the internet who have the same problem for years, sometimes decades and most people find diets and figuring out any allergies they have can help. But if this is mostly caused by withdrawal, then i dont know. I just really hope it'll eventually go away. 

 

I developed EXACTLY this set of symptoms in January.

 

This must be a new phase for me in protracted WD.

 

My GP confirmed that it was post-nasal drip yesterday.

Dose History: 19 Feb 2014 - Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms faded. Held at this dose and experienced "windows and waves". 12 Oct 2017 Reduced dose to 1.25mg. 13 Mar 2018 Reduced dose to 0.625mg (approx.). 16 April 2018 0mg. Windows and waves triggered by stress (IBS/reflux, headaches, sinus issues) Aug 2019 Mirena coil fitted 6 Jan 2020 MAJOR Wave hit 19 months following last dose (protracted WD).  Symptoms listed below Mar 2020 Mirena coil removal.

Therapy: Nov 15th 2016 Re-started therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT Dec 2017 Started listening to Hypnotherapy CD (self-esteem). Nov 2019 Started couples therapy.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum.  "Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

Diet: 16 April 2018 Detox cleanse / anti-candida for 90 days. Jan 2020 Started "small plate" diet (i.e child size portions).

Exercise: Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Elliptical/upper body workout, walking.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

Symptoms:  Flu-like symptoms, anxiety, anhedonia, sinus headaches right-side (severe), IBS issues/reflux (severe)**, tinnitus, fatigue, inner tremor, nausea, chills/hot flushes, pounding heart, muscular issues including stiff left hip flexor, intense anger, PSSD (ongoing).  **Histhamine intolerance (suspected).

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)  Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018  Diagnosed with: 5th August 2021 PTSD/C-PTSD Diagnosed with: March 2022 Interstitial Cystitis (IC)/Painful bladder syndrome

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Everyone, hello.

 

@Altostrata asked me to post an update here at some point, so here I am.

 

Last May, I had an ear infection that resulted in a perforated eardrum - my eardrum essentially exploded from the pressure behind it. I lost all hearing in that ear for over a month. It affected my center of balance and my ability to converse normally. It healed on it's own, but in the course of going to a doctor who did some minor procedures to clear the healed eardrum of some scabbing, I was told it would be a good idea to take some Zyrtec for the allergy season. I was told it was over-the-counter and not subject to dependence, drowsiness, or withdrawal.

 

Fast forward to last fall and I attempted to go off the Zyrtec after using it for approximately 4 months. I was overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, itching, wheezing, nausea, and generally feeling unwell. Ironically, many of the symptoms that I had while tapering from Mirtazapine. My best guess is that my histamine receptors have been compromised by years of Mirtazapine use and the Zyrtec basically aggravated a still healing histamine system. I awakened a beast. (I know, I know, I see you tsk tsk'ing as you shake your head side to side, "you should have known Dave, you should have known" ūüôā)

 

So, two lessons learned here.

 

1 - After withdrawing from all medications, we are obviously still sensitive and must be absolutely vigilant in terms of what we are putting into our bodies - particularly if the things we are ingesting are going to affect systems that were hindered by our psychotropic drug use and or withdrawal.

 

2 - The way I was able to save myself from this particular fire was to re-instate the Zyrtec at a much lower dose than what I jumped from - stabilize - and then cut. I didn't have to follow the 10% every 30 days trajectory, I found that 10% every 14 days was sufficient - I held if symptoms seem extra aggravated and felt I needed more time. Fortunately here in the U.S. at least, they make a children's formula of Zyrtec - grape flavor - 1mg = 1ml suspension. I tapered it just as I'd tapered off the Remeron.

 

So yes, all that to say, I used the tools of tapering I learned on this site to get off the Mirtazapine and reapplied it to tapering the Zyrtec. I have been off Zyrtec for over a month now. I am currently following a low histamine diet as this is a bad time of year for histamine in general. But I was able to extract myself from the depths once again. I do believe I have learned well and properly this time.

 

I hope this may be useful to someone else who may find themselves in a similar predicament, or perhaps someone will think twice before reaching for the Zyrtec or other allergy medications. They are not without risk.

 

Hang in there all, these are difficult times for everyone. Be strong.


Dave

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Thanks ten/Dave, I've added a link to your post in Post #1 in this topic.

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Thanks, @ten0275

 

It is known that after you take Zyrtec for a while, going off abruptly can cause rebound itching. You did the right thing to taper.

 

Too bad doctors don't tell their patients this when they prescribe Zyrtec.

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 "Non-steroidal nasal spray such as azelastine."

 

Has anyone who has tried this  found that it made anxiety worse?

 

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I am having a lot of sinus inflammation after I eat and later during the digestive process. I've had histamine issue for over 4 years since  withdrawing from Celexa. Here lately I have had increase of symptoms that seem to be related to gut issues. I am trying different things but I wonder if anyone has suggestions on what to do about sinus inflammation. I.  do a low histamine diet and lately I am doing a low FODMAP. I am seeing a Naturopath and see if I can find out whether is SIBO or SIFO related. I am trying some Quercetin but in very small quantities. I am usually better in the earlier time of day.

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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Hi there -

 

I am not sure if I am positing this in the right spot so I apologize in advance if I am doing it wrong.

 

I have been taking Claritin for close to two years now and am thinking of switching to Zyrtec. Do antihistamines need to be tapered as well or is it safe for me to switch from Claritin to Zyrtec? 
 

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Lamotrigine:

37.5 mg (Aug 29th 2020 - Current)

43.75 mg - (Aug 25th 2020) tried splitting the dose 1 tab in morning and 3/4 tab afternoon - reacted terribly to this

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Claritin (loratadine) does not have to be tapered but Zyrtec does, or you may experience rebound itching.

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I am adding this members account of withdrawing from Allegra here.

Allegra is a 2nd generation histamine h1 antagonist.

 

This may be of interest to others with similar tapers or histories.

  

55 minutes ago, FeralCatman said:

@KiasofiaSo, here is an update on my final course of withdrawal from Allegra. I am posting all of this because there may be other patients who run into the same problems. If not addressed as possible withdrawal they could get misdiagnosed and treated for something else which could cause even more problems.

 

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As previously posted I have been tapering the Allegra now that things are frozen and snow covered and allergens are buried.

I first switched from 24 hour Allegra once a day to 12 hour Allegra twice a day. The effect on mood and anxiety was profound but short lived for about 3 and a half days. I am having the waking anxiety again from 3-7 am every day. I also started having to pee constantly which is still happening.

The next week I cut the morning dose in half and the symptoms flared up and I started having GI issues as well. I am still taking Nexium daily.

This past Sunday I eliminated the morning dose and the same thing happened. I haven't been able to leave the house for 2 days now due to the GI issues and Urinary Issues. Today is a bit better but still shaky.

My BP's are still okay so I will cut the night dose in half this Sunday and then stop altogether the following Sunday so I can get my Allergy testing done in February.

In my write up I stated it took 27 rounds of withdrawal to get off the Seroquel. I am counting this as part of the process so that number will go up to 32.

Nothing should surprise me at this point but I have to admit it is surprising me how much trouble coming down off of an OTC antihistamine is causing me. I assume it is because I am still very sensitive to histamine levels from having been on the Seroquel for 16 years and that histamine overload is what is causing the problems. If you look up Histamine intolerance all of these symptoms are listed. I am also having trouble with episodes of blurry vision that come and go. I thought it was dry eye but eye drops do not help. It just kind of comes and goes randomly. I have also had a flare up of systemic inflammation that has caused my spine to swell. This started a few days after I cut the morning dose in half.

More lessons in the power of Histamine and that messing with it is a bad idea.

Hopefully things will level out once I am off of it completely

 

 

2022 May- continuing with limited activity on site, just something I need to do right now

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16,  medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.¬† And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.¬† Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)ūüíú

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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I am continuing to add my Allegra experiences on my introductions page. It is still an ongoing process.

Current Psychiatric Medications

  1. Paxil 10mg daily (a.m.) 2017 - Present
  2. Carbamazepine 400mg daily (split half a.m. and half p.m.) 2011 - Present

Recently Stopped Psychiatric Medications

  1. Seroquel - Tapered from 700mg to 0mg From April 2018 to August 2021 - Final Dose 6.25mg - In Recovery

Past Psychiatric Medications From 1994 to April 2018 -  Depakote, Lithium, Risperidone, Xanax, Lamotrigene, Olanzapine, Lorazepam, Welbutrin, Trazodone, Oxazepam, Gabapentin, Abilify, Topiramate, Prazosin, Ambien (See Attached Spreadsheet And Seroquel Tapering And WIthdrawal Summary)

Current Non Psychiatric Medications -  Levothyroxine 88mcg (a.m.)-Vitamin D3 1000 IU (p.m.)-Fexofenadine 180 mg twice daily -Metoprolol 25mg (p.m.)-Azelastine Nasal Spray-Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray

Other - Fish Oil Twice Daily-Multi-Vitamin (a.m.)-Vitamin C 1000mg Daily (a.m.)-Saline Nasal Spray-Benadryl-Salsalate 750mg twice daily PRN, Diclofenac Gel on affected joint PRN-Alpha Stim-M electrotherapy device (TENS Pain)-Magnesium Glycinate 25mg twice daily

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I am in protracted withdrawal from antidepressants. Ive been on multiple antihistamines since I was 13 (im 30). I have been on 40mg zyrtec for about 4 years. I have always had severe allergies, I also get allergy shots. Should I wait to dose down on the zyrtec? I am about to start a benzo taper and ppi taper.

Celexa (10-40mg) 2003-2011

Celexa (40mg) + Wellbutrin (75mg-150mg) from 2011-2014

Lexapro (20mg) + Wellbutrin (150mg XL) from 2014- 03/2017

Lexapro (20mg) + Wellbutrin (150mg XL) + Buspar (5-15mg) from 03/2017-2018. Added carvedilol 3.125mg BID in 2018.

Saw psych for first time. Switched Lexapro to Zoloft (25mg-150mg) 12/2020-4/2021. Added lamotrigine (12.5mg SID) for 2 weeks in 2/2021. Discontinued Buspar 2/2021. Switched Zoloft (100mg) to Paxil (20mg) 3/2021-4/29/21. Added Abilify (2.5mg) 4/19/21-4/28/21. Told to discontinue all meds immediately on 4/29/21 due to concern for serotonin syndrome. 

Seroquel (12.5mg) 5/19/21-5/23/21. Prozac (10mg) 6/22/21-6/30/21 (different psych). Pristiq er (50mg) 8/20/21 (ER psych), adverse reaction. 8/25/21- klonopin (0.25mg BID)

Trintellix (5mg) 8/31/21-9/22/21 (primary provider). Lexapro (5mg) 9/23/21-10/8/21 (new and current psych). Lexapro 2.5mg 10/9/21-11/5/21. Began taper 11/6/21, 0.5mg every 4 weeks. 1mg 1/1-1/7, 0.5mg 1/8-1/14. 0mg 1/14.

2/11- klonopin 0.19mg am; 0.25mg pm. 6/29- 0.125mg AM; 0.25mg PM. 

3/29- lexapro 0.1mg. 4/17- 0.2mg. 5/4- 0.3mg. 5/23- 0.4mg. 6/11- 0.5mg. 6/30- 1mg. 7/4- 0.5mg. 7/12- 0.6mg. 7/30-0.7mg.

 

medtimeline.docx protracted withdrawal timeline.docx

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So in reading about antihistamines as I taper off antidepressants, I am wanting to quit antihistamines as well. Would it be best to taper from antidepressants ( which will take me about 6 years) and then start with the antihistamines?

2002-2021: 19 yrs on/off different psychotropics (ADs, lamotrigine, stimulants), 5-10 yrs on/off antihistamines 10mg, Singulair 10mg

2/22: Wellbutrin 150mg, Lexapro 20mg

3/22: Wellbutrin 150mg xl, Lexapro 10mg
4/22: Wellbutrin 150xl, Lexapro 5mg (hadn’t read how to properly taper yet)

4/15/22: reinstate Lexa to 7.5mg total, Wellbutrin 150mg

5/22: Wellbutrin 112.5mg xl, Lexa 7.5mg

6/8/22: Welbutrin 111mg xl, Lexa 6.8mg  

8/7/22: Wellbutrin 100mg xl, Lexa 6.8mg, Zyrtec 9mg, Singulair 9mg ( I don't need last 2 med all year & they exacerbate cognition)

Other Daily Meds: Singulair 10mg, Zyrtec 10mg, 1-2 puffs Spiriva Respimat inhaler. 

As Needed: Hydroxyzine, omeprazole, Clonazepam 5/22. Rarely taking: OTC pain relievers, Albuterol, Diclofenac, Cyclobenzaprine, anti acids

Supplements: Blood levels ok. Taking Fish oil 1300-2600mg, Nigella oil, Mag Glycinate 200-400mg, Probiotics 15 billion, 1/5 dose prenatals, Melatonin .38-3mg, Lactium 167mg

 

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On 5/14/2022 at 8:51 PM, DazzlingCold said:

So in reading about antihistamines as I taper off antidepressants, I am wanting to quit antihistamines as well. Would it be best to taper from antidepressants ( which will take me about 6 years) and then start with the antihistamines?

 

I think it depends on the antihistamine. Does it cause drowsiness? If so, if you're is taking it at night and it helps with sleep, than you may want to stay on it until you're off the antidepressant, especially if it's an SSRI that's stimulating. Also, are there any drug interactions with the antihistamine and the antidepressant?

 

It really depends on the type of antihistamine and the other drugs in your cocktail. It also depends on your allergies - if they're seasonal for certain things, you'll find it easier to discontinue during the season when that allergy is less problematic. And then you can work on non-drug ways of handling allergy issues.

 

If you have questions about your specific drugs, please follow up in your intro topic.

 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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On 9/7/2019 at 10:18 PM, ShiningLight said:

I've tried neti and neilmed but the level of leaning they required seemed to make my ears too full. This device is a bit more pricey, but it arrived today and I love it! I don't have the ear fullness and it felt very soothing, easy to use, and natural (as natural as sticking a wand up your nose can feel!) ūüėĄ.

 

SinuPulse Elite for sale at Amazon and Target online


Do you still like the SinuPulse ?

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 drug merry go round with dr. 
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9, 5.4ml, 

Klonopin as needed, present Celebrex 200 - 400 mg daily as needed, 1000 to 2000 mg  turmeric Qunol daily as needed, Trader Joe’s omega 3, Prilosec very rarely if desperate 

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Everyone, hello.

 

@Altostrata asked me to post an update here at some point, so here I am.

 

Last May, I had an ear infection that resulted in a perforated eardrum - my eardrum essentially exploded from the pressure behind it. I lost all hearing in that ear for over a month. It affected my center of balance and my ability to converse normally. It healed on it's own, but in the course of going to a doctor who did some minor procedures to clear the healed eardrum of some scabbing, I was told it would be a good idea to take some Zyrtec for the allergy season. I was told it was over-the-counter and not subject to dependence, drowsiness, or withdrawal.

 

Fast forward to last fall and I attempted to go off the Zyrtec after using it for approximately 4 months. I was overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, itching, wheezing, nausea, and generally feeling unwell. Ironically, many of the symptoms that I had while tapering from Mirtazapine. My best guess is that my histamine receptors have been compromised by years of Mirtazapine use and the Zyrtec basically aggravated a still healing histamine system. I awakened a beast. (I know, I know, I see you tsk tsk'ing as you shake your head side to side, "you should have known Dave, you should have known" ūüôā)

 

So, two lessons learned here.

 

1 - After withdrawing from all medications, we are obviously still sensitive and must be absolutely vigilant in terms of what we are putting into our bodies - particularly if the things we are ingesting are going to affect systems that were hindered by our psychotropic drug use and or withdrawal.

 

2 - The way I was able to save myself from this particular fire was to re-instate the Zyrtec at a much lower dose than what I jumped from - stabilize - and then cut. I didn't have to follow the 10% every 30 days trajectory, I found that 10% every 14 days was sufficient - I held if symptoms seem extra aggravated and felt I needed more time. Fortunately here in the U.S. at least, they make a children's formula of Zyrtec - grape flavor - 1mg = 1ml suspension. I tapered it just as I'd tapered off the Remeron.

 

So yes, all that to say, I used the tools of tapering I learned on this site to get off the Mirtazapine and reapplied it to tapering the Zyrtec. I have been off Zyrtec for over a month now. I am currently following a low histamine diet as this is a bad time of year for histamine in general. But I was able to extract myself from the depths once again. I do believe I have learned well and properly this time.

 

I hope this may be useful to someone else who may find themselves in a similar predicament, or perhaps someone will think twice before reaching for the Zyrtec or other allergy medications. They are not without risk.

 

Hang in there all, these are difficult times for everyone. Be strong.


Dave

Hi @ten0275,  did your Zyrtec symptoms resolve after the tapering ? I took Zyrtec for about 5 days and coincidentally some withdrawal symptoms were better, trying to decide if I should keep taking it ,Thanks !!

2013-2021 Lexapro 20mg

10-21 started lexapro tapering

3-22 lexapro free
5-22 started to get paresthesia all over body mainly in legs , numbness, tingling, stinging sensations 

6-22 neurologist started me on Lyrica 25mg twice a day to see if it helps with the paresthesia, got a nerve conduction test which was negative

6-22 neurologist suggested quitting lyrica as it isnt seem to be helping, and reinstating 5mg lexapro to see if it helps with the symptoms, thinking of starting lower at 2.5mg

6-13-22 stopped lyrica by doctor order (only took it 4 days )

6-14-22 reinstated 2.5mg lexapro

6-15-22 neurologist added 10mg amitriptyline to try and help with paresthesia sensory symptoms

6-22-22 updose to 5mg lexapro (bad reaction, paresthesia got worse, back to 2.5mg next day)

6-27-22 went to see a new internal doctor, per symptoms (lack of appetite that had been going on for almost a month, the paresthesia, and gi problems), told me to suspend everything i was taking and take new low dose combination drug (Adepsique) 5mg amitriptyline/ 1.5mg Diazepam / 1mg Perphenazine and 40mg Propranolol for daytime sinus tachycardia

 

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@Pepms

 

Yes, after tapering the Zyrtec as I'd indicated in that post (with the liquid children's formula), the withdrawal symptoms from that medication resolved. It was annoying to have to taper that after tapering the Mirtazapine for as long as I did. But just like any other taper, I went slow and made my way off of it.

 

Hang in there,


Dave

1996 - .5mg Ativan as needed, 7.5mg Remeron daily2008 - .5mg Xanax, Ativan discontinued, Remeron continued2012 - .5mg Xanax, .25mg Ativan 3x daily, Remeron continued2/2012 - Jumped from Remeron, continued .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily4/2012 - Began rapid taper of .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily6/2012 - Jumped from Xanax and Ativan, voluntary hospitalization followed7/2012 - 2nd voluntary hospitalization, reinstated Remeron, bumped to 30mg, also given risperidone.8/2012 - discontinued risperidone, tried gabapentin, dicontinued gabapentin, Remeron 30mg continued10/2012 to current - tapered Remeron 10% every 4 to 6 weeks (sometimes more time) using liquid compound12/2014 - 2mg Remeron 1/16/2015 - 1.9mg Remeron 8/1/2015 -1.6mg Remeron - 03/1/2016 - 1.5mg Remeron - 1/2/2017 1.3mg - 5/7/2017 1.2mg - 5/13/2017 - syringe size change - 6/8/2017 - 1.1mg - 7/10/2017 - 1mg - 9/1/2017 - 0.9mg - 10/22/2017 - 0.8mg - 11/22/2017 - 0.7mg - 2/2/2018 - 0.6mg - 3/13/2018 - new compound pharmacy - 5/20/2018 - 0.5mg - 8/31/2018 - 0.4mg - 11/16/2018 - 0.3mg - 12/24/2018 - 0.2mg - 4/1/2019 - 0.1mg - 5/1/2019 - .05mg - 0mg achieved 2019-06-15. ūü§ě

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@Pepms

 

Yes, after tapering the Zyrtec as I'd indicated in that post (with the liquid children's formula), the withdrawal symptoms from that medication resolved. It was annoying to have to taper that after tapering the Mirtazapine for as long as I did. But just like any other taper, I went slow and made my way off of it.

 

Hang in there,


Dave

Thanks, im trying to decide wether to take the med or not, i took it for 5 or 6 days for a mild flu, and i dont know if it was coincidental but it took some other withdrawal symptoms away

2013-2021 Lexapro 20mg

10-21 started lexapro tapering

3-22 lexapro free
5-22 started to get paresthesia all over body mainly in legs , numbness, tingling, stinging sensations 

6-22 neurologist started me on Lyrica 25mg twice a day to see if it helps with the paresthesia, got a nerve conduction test which was negative

6-22 neurologist suggested quitting lyrica as it isnt seem to be helping, and reinstating 5mg lexapro to see if it helps with the symptoms, thinking of starting lower at 2.5mg

6-13-22 stopped lyrica by doctor order (only took it 4 days )

6-14-22 reinstated 2.5mg lexapro

6-15-22 neurologist added 10mg amitriptyline to try and help with paresthesia sensory symptoms

6-22-22 updose to 5mg lexapro (bad reaction, paresthesia got worse, back to 2.5mg next day)

6-27-22 went to see a new internal doctor, per symptoms (lack of appetite that had been going on for almost a month, the paresthesia, and gi problems), told me to suspend everything i was taking and take new low dose combination drug (Adepsique) 5mg amitriptyline/ 1.5mg Diazepam / 1mg Perphenazine and 40mg Propranolol for daytime sinus tachycardia

 

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On 6/10/2022 at 11:19 PM, ChessieCat said:

Petroleum jelly in the nostrils!!!

 
If this has been posted here already, I want to post it again.
 

This really does help keep dust and pollen from getting way up in sinuses! 

If you are struggling in the pollinating season and you still have to work in it this will bring the suffering way down. 

Don’t knock it till you try it! 

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 drug merry go round with dr. 
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9, 5.4ml, 

Klonopin as needed, present Celebrex 200 - 400 mg daily as needed, 1000 to 2000 mg  turmeric Qunol daily as needed, Trader Joe’s omega 3, Prilosec very rarely if desperate 

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Hi, 

 

I've been reading this thread about allergy symptoms and antihistamines because for the past few weeks I've developed very bad allergy-like symptoms and I'm wondering if they're caused by/exacerbated by WD. I've always had mild issues with frequent runny nose, to the point where I just got so used to it I didn't really bother treating it. But in the past few weeks, particularly since my run in with mirtazapine, I've experienced bad sinus pressure, headaches, clear runny nose, ear ringing and nausea every day. This morning has been particularly bad which is why I'm on here seeking answers. I was considering going to buy some OTC antihistamines (cetirizine is the most common one here I think), but of course I'm worried that it'll exacerbate my symptoms. Should I tough it out or would taking an antihistamine be such a bad thing?

 

I never used to get headaches or any sort of sinus pressure unless I had a cold, but I heard that mirtazapine is a strong antihistamine so even though I only took it for 5 days I feel it may have triggered something. Every morning like clockwork I wake up, am fine for about 5 minutes and then the symptoms start. 

2012 - Fluoxetine 10mg. 10mg --> 20mg soon after 

2017 - direct switch from Fluoxetine 20mg --> Citalopram 20mg. 20mg -->30mg soon after.

2017 - addition of Pregabalin 50mg daily, stopped a year later in 2018. 

December 2021 - citalopram 30mg --> 40mg, 4 week updose taper. 

18th Feb 2022 - citalopram 40mg --> 30mg (due to side effects) 

30th March 2022 - citalopram 30mg-->25mg (rec by doctor, in order to ultimately reduce citalopram and switch medications). 

24th April - 30mg-->20mg. Side effects. 30th May - 20mg-->15mg. Side effects. 9th June - 15mg->10mg. 11th June - 10mg->15mg.

15th June - Addition of 7.5mg Mirtazapine. 20th June - stopped mirtazapine (bad side effects). 

11th June to 5th August - citalopram 15mg hold. 6th August - 15mg --> 16.5mg (to try and alleviate acute WDsymptoms)

Currently - on 16.5 mg citalopram. 

Supplements - 250mg Vitamin C daily 

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@Erin9 yes you should be ok taking antihistamine. BUT us caution start with lowest dose. AND Altostrata has mentioned somewhere to not use one brand I think it was zyrtec she said not to use. Research what Alto says about Zyrtec. I use Allegra 180. And saline spray. And flush .  I have allergies for 3 seasons. 
 

And yes the symptoms you listed are worsened by/from side effects AND withdrawals of SSRIS. 

I am not a doctor or moderator this is just what I have researched and my experience. 

 

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2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 drug merry go round with dr. 
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9, 5.4ml, 

Klonopin as needed, present Celebrex 200 - 400 mg daily as needed, 1000 to 2000 mg  turmeric Qunol daily as needed, Trader Joe’s omega 3, Prilosec very rarely if desperate 

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For the south eastern US folks this week is high ragweed count so be prepared. 
 

pollen.com has an app to help you. 
 

https://www.pollen.com/

 

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 drug merry go round with dr. 
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs, Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2020 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul  7ml. Oct 2021 to Jan 2022 5.9ml, Mar 5 2022 5.8 ml, Mar 12 5.7ml, Mar 20 5.6ml, Mar 27 5.5ml, April 23 5.4ml, April 30 5.3ml, May 7 5.2ml,  Jul 9, 5.4ml, 

Klonopin as needed, present Celebrex 200 - 400 mg daily as needed, 1000 to 2000 mg  turmeric Qunol daily as needed, Trader Joe’s omega 3, Prilosec very rarely if desperate 

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On 7/19/2021 at 5:37 PM, Altostrata said:

Claritin (loratadine) does not have to be tapered but Zyrtec does, or you may experience rebound itching.

This is what Altostrata says about Zyrtec.

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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