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Mod. note(mmt) 2020, March 30-  merged Iron Supplement Recommendation, anemia to Ferritin too low topic

Ferritin is a universal intracellular protein that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion. The protein is produced by almost all living organisms, including archaea, bacteria, algae, higher plants, and animals. In humans, it acts as a buffer against iron deficiency and iron overload. Wikipedia 

 

 

Sorry i posted this somewhere else and just copying and pasting for some advise. My doctor said its normal but im beginning to doubt anything she is saying (Always misdiagnosing me)

 

 i have severe fatigue, always feel run-down, losing hair, nails brittle etc etc The results:

IRON 26.2 (Ref 10-30)
TRANSFERRIN 2.9 (Ref 2-3.6)
TRANSFERRIN SATURATION 36% (Ref 15-50)

This is concerning me:

FERRITIN 23 (Ref 11-306.80)

I know the reference rage for the ferritin is 11-306.8 but 23 is really low and i read online its very low for anyone and it means i might have anemia.

Edited by manymoretodays
merged topics, added brief definition of relationship of ferrtin to iron(Wikipedia)

Was on Citalopram 20mg since Feb 2008 - switched to Paxil 20mg in August 2010

Tapered way too fast in April 2012 by skipping days. Taper completed in 6 weeks

Tried prozac 20mg for 3 days - felt spaced out, not better.

Tried 30mg Cymbalta for 2 days. SEVERE ADVERSE REACTION

Antidepressant free since 14 August 2012

Birth control on and off during this time - Last taken 18 June 2017 - Morning after pill 

Started mainly using 0.5mg Xanax beginning 2016 for severe panic attacks and anxiety due to trauma

Xanax on and off never more than 0.5mg at a time, never taking it 3 days in a row - used sparingly 

 

6 Years antidepressant free - Still in severe withdrawal with over 60 symptoms

Severe setback started May 2018 with no let up to date. Developed many new symptoms like tremors, inner vibrations, insomnia, visual distortions and dr/dp are 100x worse, i have severe sensitivity to movement, My dizziness and vertigo got worse and it now feels like im constantly rocking on a boat, my anxiety is sky high, suicidal idiation is back, i feel extremely brain damaged 

 

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rapunzel2

you may not have anemia (if hemoglobin is ok), but iron plays a big role in energy processes. james greenblatt suggests in his book http://www.amazon.com/Breakthrough-Depression-Solution-Personalized-Physical-ebook/dp/B009M9ODQW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390212163&sr=8-1&keywords=depression+solution to get ferritin levels at least to 100. 

 

iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent deficiencies in the world.

 

getting your ferritin levels up may be a long process, usually it's quite hard to get them to increase. 


in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg

Finished my taper on 23 July 2019!!!!!! ZERO drugs in my system!!! jumped off from 1,4mg fluoxetine which was unfortunately too high jump-off point for me. suffering severe withdrawal since. delayed onset came 4 months after jumping.

 

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compsports

I may need to take an iron supplement due to concerns about anemia.   Any recommendations from people on this site who have used them?  Tried doing a search to no avail.

 

Thanks!

 

CS


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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compsports

No one has used iron supplements?   

 

 


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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Psycritic

I use an iron supplement from Innate Response but it really upsets my stomach, most probably due to gastritis.


Zoloft: summer of 2005, age 15, until Dec. 2005

Fluoxetine: Started in either 2009, 2010 or 2011, reaching 60 mg. Stopped (cold turkey) and started again. Stopped again in spring or summer of 2012. Started again in July 2013 and stopped in 2014.

Anafranil: 2014 - 2016, different doses, highest was 150 mg in spring of 2016.
June 2016, 150 mg to 75 mg overnight;

June - August 2016 reduced dosage, reaching 25 mg
Sept. 2016 last dose either 25 mg or half that dose

Lyrica: some weeks uptil a few months in 2012 and/or 2013.
Cymbalta30 mg June 14, 2016; 60 mg June 23; c/t off early July.
Inderal: 40 mg May 2015, reaching 120 mg 2016. Stopped the daily medication in fall of 2016.

Modiodal: Taken as needed, started April 2016 and stopped October 2016
Other medications taken briefly: Mirtazapin, Risperidon, Valdoxan, EdronaxLamotrigine, Tryptizol, Olanzapine, Propavan, Imovane, Lergigan, Atarax, Ipren, Citodon, Alvedon, Omeprazole
Current medications: None

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UnfoldingSky

I know this isn't much help, but, I had borderline low iron, and they gave me some kind of pill, which I was worried about taking as it had many ingredients I was not sure about.  Instead I used a liquid iron supplement, I'm forgetting the name of it just now, I probably could dig it up though with some effort.  It was in a white, orange and blue box..that much I recall.  However it didn't contain that much iron.  But with the possibility of withdrawal-related supplement sensitivity I didn't want to start at a high dose anyway. Even with it just being a small amount it seemed a bit hard on my stomach.

 

I will likely be getting my levels tested again soon though so if I have to take something again I'll let you know if it works out. For now I am trying to keep it up with iron-rich foods, spinach, beets, etc...Though I realize if you have a problem that is more serious than mine that this sort of thing likely won't cut it.


I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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compsports

Just to clarify, I am having a procedure under general anesthesia a week from Monday and due to concern about anemia, will talk to my doctor about taking an iron supplement tomorrow.   I was told to stop the multivitamin with iron due to the vitamin E which is supposed to be a blood thinner even at a low dose.   As a result, I am trying to eat more foods with iron but I suspect I will still need an iron supplement.

 

Psycritic, I am sorry that happened to you.   That is exactly what I fear and is the reason I would prefer to continue the multivitamin with the iron as I don't like taking any supplement in isolation.   

 

Unfolding Sky, thanks I will see what I can find.   Again, I hope the doc is reasonable and lets me stay on the multivitamin with the iron.   But I have to be prepared in case he says no.


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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sunnygirl12

I've been using Floradix liquid iron and vitamin formula. I'm a little concerned though that it might darken my teeth, I read some reviews of that happening on this product.

My gynecologist happened to test my ferritin on my last visit and it was only 23. I still need to set up an appointment with my G.P. Probably from absorbtion issues from Remeron.


I've been on Remeron for 17 years for insomnia. In 2015, my doctor dropped my dose from 15 mg. to 7.5 for a month and then CT'd... then he substituted Tamazepam for 2 months and then I CT'd that. I reinstated Remeron after 2 months. I tried to withdraw Sept. 20, 2016 until the first week of November 2016. I tapered too fast... going from 15 mg. to around 10.75 mg. After 5-6 weeks I reinstated to 15 mg. I waited about 5 months to taper again because my insomnia was really bad. I started tapering again in April of 2017. My current does is 8.5 mg.

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Thanks Sunnygirl, it looks like a great product.  Unfortunately, it has herbs which are banned 7 days preoperatively.   Sorry, I should have mentioned that.

 

Hopefully, I will get this issue settled this morning.

 

Amazing how psych meds cause so many difficulties.  I hope you get your absorption issues resolved.


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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UnfoldingSky

comp, I hope your procedure goes well!  I'd heard that about vit. E too though didn't think they'd be sticky about something like a multivitamin.   


I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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AmyK

I take iron supplement since november, when I discovered I had only 6 in ferritin.

I live in Sweden but it's called Duroferon.(Fe2+)

100 mg tablett. I take200 mg each day. No side effects.

It's only iron.


Current dose: 0! Free!  Quit June 2017.

 

2017: Last dose zoloft: 17 June 0,00065 mg 18 May 0, 001 mg 14 May 0,002 mg 9 May 0,003 mg 28 April 0,006 mg 19 April 0,009 mg 8 April 0,013 mg 25 March 0,019 mg 22 March 0,039 mg 18 March 0,052 mg 16 March 0,079 mg 4 March 0,086 1 March 0,099 mg 22 February 0,11 mg 15 February 0,13 mg 6 February 0,145 mg 24 January 0,15 mg 19 January 0,19 mg 10 January 0,20 mg 3 January

 

2016: 0,98 to 0,22 mg

2015: 2,35 to 1,01 mg

2014: 4,9 to 2,5 mg

2013: 9,1 to 5,1 mg

2012: 15,7 to 9,7 mg

2011: Started on 25 mg - then 50 mg- dropped to 25- to 12.5 mg - back to 25 mg - after 18.75 mg started tiny tapering to 16.6 mg

 

Started on 25 mg Zoloft in March 2011 due to stressrelated tinnitus that gave me panicattacks. Had a terrible reaction to Zoloft from start, but was told to "hold on". After four months I was stuck. Therefore the long taper. Crazy, I know... Super sensitive to drops and have dropped by 4-6 % from the previous dose.

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Compsports, my gastritis was much worsened when I took NSAID at very high dose. Could be that it gave me a small ulcer.


Zoloft: summer of 2005, age 15, until Dec. 2005

Fluoxetine: Started in either 2009, 2010 or 2011, reaching 60 mg. Stopped (cold turkey) and started again. Stopped again in spring or summer of 2012. Started again in July 2013 and stopped in 2014.

Anafranil: 2014 - 2016, different doses, highest was 150 mg in spring of 2016.
June 2016, 150 mg to 75 mg overnight;

June - August 2016 reduced dosage, reaching 25 mg
Sept. 2016 last dose either 25 mg or half that dose

Lyrica: some weeks uptil a few months in 2012 and/or 2013.
Cymbalta30 mg June 14, 2016; 60 mg June 23; c/t off early July.
Inderal: 40 mg May 2015, reaching 120 mg 2016. Stopped the daily medication in fall of 2016.

Modiodal: Taken as needed, started April 2016 and stopped October 2016
Other medications taken briefly: Mirtazapin, Risperidon, Valdoxan, EdronaxLamotrigine, Tryptizol, Olanzapine, Propavan, Imovane, Lergigan, Atarax, Ipren, Citodon, Alvedon, Omeprazole
Current medications: None

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compsports

US, thanks for your well wishes.   Called doctor who said it was ok to take multivitamin with iron.   Hopefully, between eating the liver and taking this, things will be ok.

 

When I had a septoplasty in 2015, I was told taking the multi was fine as they were concerned with extreme amounts of vitamin E.  It is frustrating when there is no consistent policy but such is life in the health care world.

 

Amy K, thanks for the name of the iron supplement.   Since I can take the multi with the iron, I will go with that for now.   But will keep it on hand in case I need it in the future.

 

Psycritic, that could very well be about the gastritis.

 

Sorry folks for my panicky initial posts.   When I was told initially the multi was banned 7 days before surgery, I should have called my doctor right away asking to take it.   If god forbid there is a next time, I will know better.


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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Blondiee1915

@NoMeaning25, did you bring your ferritin levels up?  I have the same issue and was wondering how you are now.  From my research it appears low ferritin but optimal iron can be caused by MTFHR gene mutations.  Finding the correct B12 vitamin and avoiding folic acid can help.  


04/10 Luvox 25 mg PM, Nortriptyline 1 mg PM

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

01/01/19: Xanax 0.125 AM 5 times a week. Occasionally, 0.125 twice a day AM & noon

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

Supplements: B Complex, B12 (adeno), multi-vitamin, D, Adrenal Cortex, iron

  • Lexapro 20 mg 2007 - 2013 with various attempts to stop
  • 2013 found a new Dr and started trying other meds: Prozac, Notryptoline, Effexor, Buspar, Gabapentin, Paxil, Nardil
  • Lexapro 15 mg 2015 - 04/2016
  • Vibryiid 10 - 15mg 05/16-06/16 
  • NO MEDS 07/16 - 10/31/16
  • Reinstated 10/31/16 at 2.5 mg lexapro, increased to 5 mg   
  • 1/13/17 switched to Luvox 50 mg before bed
  • 1/20/17 Luvox 37.5 mg PM
  • 12/18 Luvox 10 mg PM, Nortriptyline 2 mg (started Nortriptyline 06/17 at 10 mg)

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Rachellynn

So......anyone here ever had to take an Iron pill during their cycle? My iron is low...just want to revisit and see what the experiences have been❤️


 

Rachel - 1998-2012 Prozac 20mg

2012-2014 Prozac 40mg

Sept 17 Remeron 15mg, March ‘18 7.5mg

Jan 31 - Feb 13 1/4 - 1mg Ativan

Jan 31 - feb 5 - 2mg Prozac, 4mg feb 7

feb 10 - 10mg rem, Feb 27 - 7.5mg rem

Feb 27 - March 6th - 5mg Baclofen 

March 12th - Keppra 250mg

March 24 - 30mg phenobarbital 

 

 

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NoMeaning25

Sorry no. I cant tolerate any supplementation and im sensitive to many food groups.


Was on Citalopram 20mg since Feb 2008 - switched to Paxil 20mg in August 2010

Tapered way too fast in April 2012 by skipping days. Taper completed in 6 weeks

Tried prozac 20mg for 3 days - felt spaced out, not better.

Tried 30mg Cymbalta for 2 days. SEVERE ADVERSE REACTION

Antidepressant free since 14 August 2012

Birth control on and off during this time - Last taken 18 June 2017 - Morning after pill 

Started mainly using 0.5mg Xanax beginning 2016 for severe panic attacks and anxiety due to trauma

Xanax on and off never more than 0.5mg at a time, never taking it 3 days in a row - used sparingly 

 

6 Years antidepressant free - Still in severe withdrawal with over 60 symptoms

Severe setback started May 2018 with no let up to date. Developed many new symptoms like tremors, inner vibrations, insomnia, visual distortions and dr/dp are 100x worse, i have severe sensitivity to movement, My dizziness and vertigo got worse and it now feels like im constantly rocking on a boat, my anxiety is sky high, suicidal idiation is back, i feel extremely brain damaged 

 

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KMart95

Mine dropped from 60 to 30 lately in a very short period of time. Although it's not considered "too low" my doctor thinks it's probably too low for me. I've been beyond tired so i'm getting a few iron injections this week. My naturopath says if your iron is in the higher range (100s-300s i'm assuming) it can actually be a bad thing and cause inflammation in the body.


2009-2018: 15mg Celexa

 

June 2018-January 2019: .5mg-1mg Ativan

 

2010-March 2019: Marvelon 21 (Birth Control) 

 

September 2018-Present: Prozac reinstated 1mg (.25ml) April 21st 2019 , updosed to .32ml June 19, 2019 now holding to stabilize.

 

2015-Present: Myers Cocktails 1-2x month 

 

June 2019-Present: B 50 Complex, Magnesium as needed.

 

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Blondiee1915

30 for ferritin? What’s the range?

 

I was in the same boat.  My total iron, percentage saturation were high but ferritin was low.  My naturopath told me no iron as it is dangerous.  However,  my functional MD told me I was anemic and take iron 2 and 3 times a day.  He said for anemia they look at ferritin.  

 

I also found out you need B12 to help with iron absorbption and I was deficient in B12.  B12 I believe ties to methylation.  I was told to try a methylated B12 then I tried adeno B12 instead twice a day for a few months.  I continued taking iron even though I was worried about becoming iron toxic.  

 

I went for blood work and my total iron and percentage saturation dropped while ferritin went up a bit.  I was shocked bc I was taking iron.  But the fact that my ferritin went up a bit high 30s makes me feel like I am on the right track.  

 

I take iron extended release by Douglas lab twice a day with vitamin C to help absorption.  I also take adenocombalamin by seeking health in lozagen form twice a day and I take a complete methylated B complex as well.

 

I do think it helps my energy and I don’t feel as “dead” as I felt before.  I am also on natural desiccated thyroid which helps fatigue as well and adrenal cortex complex (I have low cortisol) 


04/10 Luvox 25 mg PM, Nortriptyline 1 mg PM

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

01/01/19: Xanax 0.125 AM 5 times a week. Occasionally, 0.125 twice a day AM & noon

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

Supplements: B Complex, B12 (adeno), multi-vitamin, D, Adrenal Cortex, iron

  • Lexapro 20 mg 2007 - 2013 with various attempts to stop
  • 2013 found a new Dr and started trying other meds: Prozac, Notryptoline, Effexor, Buspar, Gabapentin, Paxil, Nardil
  • Lexapro 15 mg 2015 - 04/2016
  • Vibryiid 10 - 15mg 05/16-06/16 
  • NO MEDS 07/16 - 10/31/16
  • Reinstated 10/31/16 at 2.5 mg lexapro, increased to 5 mg   
  • 1/13/17 switched to Luvox 50 mg before bed
  • 1/20/17 Luvox 37.5 mg PM
  • 12/18 Luvox 10 mg PM, Nortriptyline 2 mg (started Nortriptyline 06/17 at 10 mg)

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bheb
32 minutes ago, Blondiee1915 said:

 My naturopath told me no iron as it is dangerous.  However,  my functional MD told me I was anemic and take iron 2 and 3 times a day.  He said for anemia they look at ferritin.  

 

Oh, interesting. Did either of those practitioners suggest "active" iron -- that's what some hormone specialist nurse practitioner gave me. Don't really know about the difference.

 

I had a ferritin of about 11. I started supplementing around the time the drug issues cropped up. I sometimes take my iron pills, but not consistently...unfortunately I lean on anemia as a crutch to help me sleep through akathisia


Aug-Dec 2015 Prozac 20mg / Dec 2015-Feb 2016 Prozac 15mg / Feb 2016-May2016 Prozac 20mg

May 2016-June 2016 15mg

June 2016-August 2016 10mg

October 2016-January 2017 15mg, alternating agitation/akathisia sets in --> cold turkey

January 2017 Clonazepam .5mg 

February 2017 Clonazepam 1mg (for a week) then .5mg morning and .25mg evening for about a month. Came down to .25mg morning and evening. 

May 1, 2017 Clonazepam .25mg morning and .125mg evening. // May 20, 2017 Clonazepam .25mg morning and .0625 evening (.3125 total).

early June .28125 // early mid june .25mg // mid june .21875 // late june .1875 // early july .15625 // early mid july .125 

mid july .09375mg // late july .0625 //early August 2017 down to .03125mg once a day, hopped off in mid August

reinstated at .0625mg late August // Oct 16 - updose to .07mg and switch to oral Rosemont solution

Nov 17 2017 reinstate Prozac .5mg // Nov 21 2017 prozac 1.6mg // Dec 18 2017  3mg prozac / fast taper off the reinstatement -- probably completely off early Oct 2018

June 2019 begin tapering off .07mg Clonazepam, Finish taper December 2019

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Blondiee1915

I don’t remember him mentioning active iron.  He just recommended Douglas laboratories extended release formula.  He did say that it will take time for me to increase iron - few months, a very slow process.  

 

What is your doctor recommending for this? Be careful not to make matters worse.  11 is pretty low. You must be exhausted 


04/10 Luvox 25 mg PM, Nortriptyline 1 mg PM

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

01/01/19: Xanax 0.125 AM 5 times a week. Occasionally, 0.125 twice a day AM & noon

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

Supplements: B Complex, B12 (adeno), multi-vitamin, D, Adrenal Cortex, iron

  • Lexapro 20 mg 2007 - 2013 with various attempts to stop
  • 2013 found a new Dr and started trying other meds: Prozac, Notryptoline, Effexor, Buspar, Gabapentin, Paxil, Nardil
  • Lexapro 15 mg 2015 - 04/2016
  • Vibryiid 10 - 15mg 05/16-06/16 
  • NO MEDS 07/16 - 10/31/16
  • Reinstated 10/31/16 at 2.5 mg lexapro, increased to 5 mg   
  • 1/13/17 switched to Luvox 50 mg before bed
  • 1/20/17 Luvox 37.5 mg PM
  • 12/18 Luvox 10 mg PM, Nortriptyline 2 mg (started Nortriptyline 06/17 at 10 mg)

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bheb

I see. Yes I get quite drowsy. If I notice it getting too extreme (body starts buzzing--separate from akathisia) then I take iron. My doctor recommended 150mg. I did that everyday early on and was able to get my ferritin up to around 20 I think. Haven't been back to that doctor in a while. I've got my original regular Ferrex 150mg and then I've got some "active" iron that is about 20mg. 


Aug-Dec 2015 Prozac 20mg / Dec 2015-Feb 2016 Prozac 15mg / Feb 2016-May2016 Prozac 20mg

May 2016-June 2016 15mg

June 2016-August 2016 10mg

October 2016-January 2017 15mg, alternating agitation/akathisia sets in --> cold turkey

January 2017 Clonazepam .5mg 

February 2017 Clonazepam 1mg (for a week) then .5mg morning and .25mg evening for about a month. Came down to .25mg morning and evening. 

May 1, 2017 Clonazepam .25mg morning and .125mg evening. // May 20, 2017 Clonazepam .25mg morning and .0625 evening (.3125 total).

early June .28125 // early mid june .25mg // mid june .21875 // late june .1875 // early july .15625 // early mid july .125 

mid july .09375mg // late july .0625 //early August 2017 down to .03125mg once a day, hopped off in mid August

reinstated at .0625mg late August // Oct 16 - updose to .07mg and switch to oral Rosemont solution

Nov 17 2017 reinstate Prozac .5mg // Nov 21 2017 prozac 1.6mg // Dec 18 2017  3mg prozac / fast taper off the reinstatement -- probably completely off early Oct 2018

June 2019 begin tapering off .07mg Clonazepam, Finish taper December 2019

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hennie86

I have low ferritin levels  and have symptoms that is possible are caused by iron deficiency (such as brain fog, RLS,fatigue). I havent had those symptoms before withdrawal issues though but I have been in wd from several meds for years.

 

I have a bit concerns about iron supplement and supplements overall during wd because I have had severe sensitivities to supplements. On the other hand I have got benefit from some supplements that I tolerate but there have been supplements I have reacted badly. I have been thinking that during wd less is more and havent been wanting to take risks for a long time with new supplements and just take my nutrients from food. I think I will take the risk with iron.because I really hope it wouls help with my symptoms

 

I have started using iron. I start from low dose of liquid iron supplement and test it. Hopefully there will be no problems.


2005-2009 Lexapro 10-20mg & Remeron 7,5mg: cold turkey

2010 tried Venlafaxine (month),  2014 6 days Cipro(antibiotics) adverse reaction

2011-2012 Seroquel 25mg (8 months) & 2011-2015 Lexapro 10-20mg (tapered off during 4 months)

2015-2016 (all these drugs during 9 months,did not tolerate most of them ) : tried Remeron. Tried to reinstate Lexapro 3 months after quitting it: fail. Akathisia, insomnia. Then went to hospital: Zyprexa10mg, Sodium Valproate, Temazepam(20mg), Oxazepam 30-45 mgs. switching meds: Seroquel 50-100mg, Oxazepam  30-45mg , Temazepam 20mg. Then back to Zyprexa 10mg, Temazepam20mg, doctor took me off Oxazepam fast. Then Zyprexa 20mg, Temazepam 20mg, melatonin10mg ( sometimes very rarely Valium 10 mg.) Zyprexa: cold turkey because Zyprexa 20 mg made akathisia intolerable after every dose. After it insomnia, 24/7 akathisia. Bad reactions to supplements

2016 spring daily  Valium 15mg>0mg (used for 4,5 months and during that time slowly tapered off), Temazepam 40 mg > 25 mg (tapered in 3 months)

2016 summer Temazepam 25 mg > 20 mg, melatonin 2,5 mg

2016 november Melatonin 0,5 mg, Temazepam 20 mg.  Started tapering again.

2020 march (microtapering) Temazepam 4,5 mg Supplements: probiotics, magnesium oil occasionally, melatonin 0,5 mg

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Enid

Hennie86, I am currently using transdermal iron. I don’t notice any side effects. However, I’m almost out and it is very expensive to get it compounded for me. 

For over the counter iron supplements, my naturopath recommended Bob’s Iron. It has several vitamin B’s in it to help with the iron absorption. I’m not sure if I should take vitamin B at the moment, since it can be stimulating and I already have high anxiety. I will see if I can find liquid iron, like you mention, at my pharmacy (I’m in Canada). 

My ferretin has been around 5 for the last year and a half. I have been feeling exhausted and have brain fog and feel terribly overwhelmed. Effexor has been very upsetting to my gut. I have recently been diagnosed with SIBO and it hinders my iron absorption.


Venlafaxine, 112.5mg for 10 years. Lithium (1200mg)  for 20 years. Tapered off Litium from March 2018 through September 2018. September 2018 until now: 10 mg Lithium Orotate. Tapered off Venlafaxine, starting on October 2018 (75mg) to March 20, 2019 (12.5mg). Severe anxiety as side effect of Venlafaxine taper. April 17, 2019 (19 mg Venlafaxine)  May 1, 2019 (37.5 mg Venlafaxine) May 14, 2019 (75 mg Venlafaxine) June 18 (112.5mg Venlafaxine) 

List of drugs taken: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21346-enid-rapid-cycling-manic-depressive-episodes/?do=findComment&comment=448517

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wanttosurvive

I have recently started taking iron supplement. I was afraid of both side effects of iron and sensitivity in regard to WD. Fortunately, it has not caused any sensitivity.

As another member said "It is just iron!" But it is acceptable anyone in WD is afraid about sensitivity to anything...

 

I am taking Solgar gentle iron 17 mg. 

This product is said to have fewer side effects when compared to other iron supplementations. I agree with that. I have not experienced constipation or stomach discomfort, nausea, etc, although I have gastritis and WD-induced severe stomach issues.


6 months treatment of prozac in 1996 (do not remember any withdrawal symptom)

May 2017- July 2017 Mirtazapine 7,5 mg. Quit cold turkey (as told by the doctor)

May 2017- August 2017 Tianeptine 12,5 mg 3x1. Quit cold turkey because of adverse reactions

October 2017- Suicidal. Had to start Mirtazapine

17 December 2017 LAST DOSE                                                   

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Nsr99

Hi everyone

 

I searched for help in this site regarding iron deficiency anemia IDA but could not find it.

 

Need some help on iron deficiency anemia (IDA)

 

I am now 4 years into WD. Doing better, but not there yet. My WD is not as severe as it used to be, much improvements. All along I have tried to avoid taking supplements, as they exacerbate my WD.

I have been complaining of fatigue, and just recently, my blood analysis shows low iron which explains my fatigue, FERRITIN (5), and it should be 30 and more. My Hemoglobin is also low HGB is 11, and it should be more than 13. so the doctor told me that this is known as iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and prescribed to me iron tables; its name is: Ferrose F (100mg Ferric Hydroxide Polymaltose Complex / 350 mcg Follic Acid), and started taking them 2 weeks ago. I increased the dose to two tables per day a week later, per another doctor's advice.

 

I started feeling not good, my mood now is not that good, as it used to be, and this has slightly affected my sleep as well. I started feeling a little bit cold, a symptom that I had at the initial stages of my WD!

 

My question is if I persist and continue taking iron supplements, will my mood be better? What if I take the iron injection instead of waiting for months for the tables to do its work will it help? if I increase FERRITIN through injection, faster than tables, will things be OK and fatigue will go away? Will the injection also agitate my WD?

 

Your advice is highly appreciated.


2010-2016 Cipralex 25mg (escitaloram) 6 years. Developed some side effects, which triggered my desire to stop AD drugs.

October 31, 2015: Started tapering

March 29, 2016: Stopped Cipralex. For 6 months, things were OK, tolerable.

Sep 25, 2016: Started having very severe withdrawal symptoms. I took cipralex for one day only, then decided to move on without AD drugs.

Sep 2017: Slight improvements

June 2019: Much better, but not yet 100%.

 

 

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52 minutes ago, Nsr99 said:

Hi everyone

 

I searched for help in this site regarding iron deficiency anemia IDA but could not find it.

 

Need some help on iron deficiency anemia (IDA)

 

I am now 4 years into WD. Doing better, but not there yet. My WD is not as severe as it used to be, much improvements. All along I have tried to avoid taking supplements, as they exacerbate my WD.

I have been complaining of fatigue, and just recently, my blood analysis shows low iron which explains my fatigue, FERRITIN (5), and it should be 30 and more. My Hemoglobin is also low HGB is 11, and it should be more than 13. so the doctor told me that this is known as iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and prescribed to me iron tables; its name is: Ferrose F (100mg Ferric Hydroxide Polymaltose Complex / 350 mcg Follic Acid), and started taking them 2 weeks ago. I increased the dose to two tables per day a week later, per another doctor's advice.

 

I started feeling not good, my mood now is not that good, as it used to be, and this has slightly affected my sleep as well. I started feeling a little bit cold, a symptom that I had at the initial stages of my WD!

 

My question is if I persist and continue taking iron supplements, will my mood be better? What if I take the iron injection instead of waiting for months for the tables to do its work will it help? if I increase FERRITIN through injection, faster than tables, will things be OK and fatigue will go away? Will the injection also agitate my WD?

 

Your advice is highly appreciated.

It's unlikely that your mood will improve from taking it everyday if it's setting off withdrawal symptoms. Injections were great for me in the sense that my IDA never came back but it took weekly injections for a whole year. There is also IV iron which I think can bring it up fairly quickly but I haven't gone that route so i'm not 100% sure.


2009-2018: 15mg Celexa

 

June 2018-January 2019: .5mg-1mg Ativan

 

2010-March 2019: Marvelon 21 (Birth Control) 

 

September 2018-Present: Prozac reinstated 1mg (.25ml) April 21st 2019 , updosed to .32ml June 19, 2019 now holding to stabilize.

 

2015-Present: Myers Cocktails 1-2x month 

 

June 2019-Present: B 50 Complex, Magnesium as needed.

 

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Kmart95 

 

Thank you very much for your input.

 

The other option for me is to go iron IV, rather than injection, as someone has told me that injections are not good, they may pose quick complications. But for IV, they can stop it immediately if things go bad.

Because of Coronavirus, I am kind of locked up, and hesitant to go to the clinic to talk to a doctor regarding iron IV. But wanted to hear from people who have gone this route. Thanks pal!

 

 


2010-2016 Cipralex 25mg (escitaloram) 6 years. Developed some side effects, which triggered my desire to stop AD drugs.

October 31, 2015: Started tapering

March 29, 2016: Stopped Cipralex. For 6 months, things were OK, tolerable.

Sep 25, 2016: Started having very severe withdrawal symptoms. I took cipralex for one day only, then decided to move on without AD drugs.

Sep 2017: Slight improvements

June 2019: Much better, but not yet 100%.

 

 

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