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ChessieCat

I've just done a quick google search on "antidepressant + acne" and other people have been asking the same question so it would seem that the answer might be yes.

 

If you are planning on tapering off your Prozac, please create an Intro/Update topic.  We will be able to answer your questions about your own situation as well as support you during your taper.

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Barrebelle7

I've been searching but can't seem to find out if it's stress induced acne so coincidence or if Prozac actually causessss the acne

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Junglechicken

The acne I had has finally gone, leaving me with just eczema to keep under control.

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JanCarol

Just a warning, doctors may be excited about some new psoriasis drugs that have achieved "approval"

 

Dr. Healy curates (and possibly writes) on Rxisk:

 

Recently approved for use downunder (avoid if at all possible) new drugs for psoriasis (if you see a doctor, s/he might be very excited about these):

 

https://rxisk.org/are-you-aware-siliq-can-cause-suicide/

https://rxisk.org/otezla-birth-defects-and-suicide/

https://rxisk.org/youll-come-a-taltzing-matilda-with-me

 

Dr. Healy says:

 

Brodalumab, aka Siliq, Apremilast, aka Otezla, and Daliresp. Prepare to hear a lot more about Phosphodiesterase antagonists and drugs acting on Interleukin 17 or 23. 

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Junglechicken

I've been suffering from eczema etc., for well over a year now......its on my face, neck, shoulders, scalp, arms and hands.

 

I think its a combination of hormonal changes, stress, lowered immune system, allergies.

 

Been utter hell, but I'm getting better at coping with it now.

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O2bhappy

I was just diagnosed with Dermatographia.  I am wondering if this is a withdrawal symptom.  I have been off Prozac for a little over two years.

 

In the end of August I started having itchy hands and feet, which I still have now.  Then in the end of September I started feeling itchy all over.  I was wondering if it was seasonal allergies so I started taking Zyrtec, it helped but made me tired.  I started to notice that when I would scratch that I would develop red lines and welts where I scratched. 

 

I went to the doctor yesterday and she said there was no know cause for the Dermatographia.  She said to take a antihistamine to help with the itching. 

 

I am extremely frustrated because I am tired of things being wrong with me.

 

I was just wondering if anyone else has experience this before.  If so, did it get better or go away?

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LexAdvice

Hello all, I'm currently off Lexapro after a slow taper, took my last minuscule dose over Thanksgiving. I am currently dealing with all-over body itching that worst on my feet, on my scalp and in my armpits. The itching came out of nowhere around Halloween when I was still on Lexapro. I am not totally sure that what I am dealing with is WD related, since it's not like the itching started after I took my last dose - it was there towards the end of my taper. I'm wondering, for people on this thread who have dealt with skin issues, if they cropped up during the taper (especially at the end?) or ONLY once the medication was stopped? Please weigh in. Thanks!

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LexAdvice

Hello all, I'm currently off Lexapro after a slow taper, took my last minuscule dose over Thanksgiving. I am currently dealing with all-over body itching that worst on my feet, on my scalp and in my armpits. The itching came out of nowhere around Halloween when I was still on Lexapro. I am not totally sure that what I am dealing with is WD related, since it's not like the itching started after I took my last dose - it was there towards the end of my taper. I'm wondering, for people on this thread who have dealt with skin issues, if they cropped up during the taper (especially at the end?) or ONLY once the medication was stopped? Please weigh in. Thanks!

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manymoretodays

Maybe both.......during the taper and then after the medication is stopped. 

 

I got an extreme itching once when very briefly on Wellbutrin........the all over body type of itching and it felt like there were bugs or something under my skin.........I also felt very agitated at the time(?akathesia).  It did seem to resolve once I was completely off the Wellbut........  Chances are I had recently come off another medication so was probably in acute W/D as well.

 

On the Lexapro...........it's been over 3 years now since I've been completely off of that.  And I do, somewhat seasonally, especially in the fall..........get what I call extrasensitive itching.........scalp, armpits, sensitive to synthetic fabrics.........stuff like that.  And then it's gone again.  Just weird.  I do usually switch hygiene products and try and switch to just loose cotton clothing as much as possible.  I take oatmeal baths, which really help as well(I don't dunk my head though).  I'm just thankful it doesn't last forever.  And it does seem to go with a bit of a more intense change in mood, for me.........anxious/obsessive/withdrawn. 

 

I have a friend who I actually laugh about it with........she gave me some of that sugar scrub to help with my yearly molting/exfoliation phase.  I think sometimes it hits in the Spring as well.

 

Best,

mmt

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Junglechicken
On ‎10‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 9:04 PM, LexAdvice said:

Hello all, I'm currently off Lexapro after a slow taper, took my last minuscule dose over Thanksgiving. I am currently dealing with all-over body itching that worst on my feet, on my scalp and in my armpits. The itching came out of nowhere around Halloween when I was still on Lexapro. I am not totally sure that what I am dealing with is WD related, since it's not like the itching started after I took my last dose - it was there towards the end of my taper. I'm wondering, for people on this thread who have dealt with skin issues, if they cropped up during the taper (especially at the end?) or ONLY once the medication was stopped? Please weigh in. Thanks!

 

Mine were triggered by severe stress.

 

They lasted for over a year and subsided.

 

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Callie

I am 19 months in protracted WD and experience different types of skin issues. My concern right now has to do with skin rashes. I have many different types of them all over. Never had this problem in my life till AD WD. One of the rashes I have is an itching, burning, stinging, tingling rash on an area of my body that received radiation therapy many, many years ago. I just read on the Net that radiation dermatitis can occur years after treatments end.

 

I saw two doctors in the last two days. The first said it is postherpetic (healed shingles) neuralgia, but I don't buy that diagnosis as this rash has not gone away at all in the last two months. Besides the second doctor I saw said that in no way is my rash shingles--current or post. She really didn't know what type of rash it is and has referred me to a specialist, but my appointment isn't for another 2.5 weeks.

 

All of my skin has become extremely fragile since I've been in WD, and I know that radiation permanently changes the skin. For these reasons I'm thinking this rash might have something to do with radiation therapy. Has anyone had a rash in a previously radiated area of their body?

 

Thank you!

 

Callie

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grandmaD
On 11/4/2018 at 3:18 AM, Callie said:

 

I saw two doctors in the last two days. The first said it is postherpetic (healed shingles) neuralgia, but I don't buy that diagnosis as this rash has not gone away at all in the last two months. Besides the second doctor I saw said that in no way is my rash shingles--current or post. She really didn't know what type of rash it is and has referred me to a specialist, but my appointment isn't for another 2.5 weeks.

 

All of my skin has become extremely fragile since I've been in WD, and I know that radiation permanently changes the skin. For these reasons I'm thinking this rash might have something to do with radiation therapy. Has anyone had a rash in a previously radiated area of their body?

 

Thank you!

 

Callie

I have had shingles recently - which hasn't gone away over the last 2 months.  Been back to doc several times for it plus the itching.  I notice you were told your itching was phn whereas today at docs she said my itching is not phn but just the aching and pain is phn!

 

I have not had radiation but been struggling with itching for many years now and only got severe with shingles.  Docs answer is ANOTHER A/D.

 

Back to different doc today who has prescribed a steriod cream.

 

What is happening with your itching????  Any answers.?

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grandmaD

What do people find helps for constant, irritating itching all over?

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Callie

Hi, grandmaD

 

I was away for a week and didn't check my messages.

 

On 11/12/2018 at 11:30 PM, grandmaD said:

What is happening with your itching????  Any answers.?

I'm going to see a specialist tomorrow as I have to make sure that the rash and itching isn't recurrent cancer as those are symptoms of IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer). Over the last couple of weeks, I've applied Benadryl cream on the area twice a day, and the rash and itching are fading. I also stopped eating pears. Now I don't know if it's the Benadryl, the pears, both, or something else that have eased the rash and itch. It does seem, however, that I'm not as itchy all over as I was when eating pears every day, so maybe pears are the culprit.

 

Thanks for answering my post, grandmaD! I'll let you know what I find out from the specialist tomorrow.

 

Callie

 

 

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grandmaD

Callie, how did you get on?

 

I've been back yet again to doc for severe itching.  I thought it was related to the shingles, despite the fact the itching was everywhere and anywhere, all over.

 

This is the 3rd doc I've seen with this issue.  She said the shingles rash is gone so is strictly not shingles anymore but the aches and pain is constant still after several months now.  It is now called "post herpatic neuralgia".

 

I suspect this is why the previous 2 docs wanted to put me on another a/d - perhaps knowing it is going on for a long time .... but I'm still battling this one, hoping it will suddenly improve and/or go away.

 

As for the itching, she wrote a script for a steroid ointment.  The relief was overnight and absolutely amazing.  I only used it for a few days and the itching has returned now and then, but only mild.

 

The funny thing is that when I was telling my daughter, she said she has a similar itch everywhere and she suggested I use a moisturiser on a daily basis, twice a day to start, which I have done and I think this has contributed to the relief in a big way.

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Callie

Good to hear back from you, grandmaD!

 

Yes, I went to the specialist, and she did a skin punch biopsy. I won't get the results until next week. One good thing is that she highly doubts my rash is IBC. She said it could be dermatitis and that can be determined by the lab.

 

Sounds like itching is tormenting both of us. For me, it was one of the first symptoms I developed after the doctor tapered me too quickly off the drugs. Back then, I never got a rash. Now I itch everywhere, just like in the beginning, but some areas with rashes and some without. About a month after my fast taper I went on a low-histamine diet for a couple of months, and the itching stopped. Till today I still avoid most histamine foods. I'd say about two months ago the itching started up again though, and it's driving me insane.

 

I'm thinking two things about my itching. One, my symptoms started with itching, and maybe I've gone full circle. Maybe my symptoms will end then, stopping like they started. Two, perhaps drug toxins are being released from my body through my skin causing the itching. It's possible neither of these theories apply. Who knows!!??!!

 

One thing I'd like to know, grandmaD, is your skin different now in WD than it was before? Mine is. It stings and burns constantly on my arms and hands and is extremely hypersensitive to touch and temperature. It often turns red from the lightest touch, and the skin on my palms dents and reddens when holding anything for the shortest amount of time. The skin on my fingers are most often pruny-looking, like I've been in the water too long. I also get dermatographia (skin writing). Lastly, I end up bleeding and have scratch marks from itching on my arms, shoulders, back, and legs only, even though I itch and scratch just about everywhere. Never in my life have I ever experienced any type of skin issues until I was tapered too quickly off of the nasty drugs.

 

It sounds as if you have gotten some relief, and I sincerely hope that that continues for you, also that you heal completely. No one in this world deserves the anguish that any of us are going through.

 

Callie

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Ryguy

I know this thread is years old but here’s my story

 

i come from a family of perfect skin, not a single cousin sibling etc has ever had even a single pimple as far as I can tell and that was me up until I came off Zoloft, it’s been 7 years of protracted withdrawal and every day is another pimple, I can feel they come on when I become psychotic or have extreme stress, I have them all over my back and face, and the insane thing is after years they have formed bad scars all over my face. This is 100 percent from Zoloft and this is what I’ve learned

 

we have been victims of the largest mental health experiment in history and our voices will not be heard because the masses don’t know it’s going on, it’s a silent war , and in a silent war shouting out won’t get you anywhere, we must mobilize, organize, and change. This is actually a civil rights movement more than anything else, we have had war waged against or bodies and our minds and our only way of fighting back is never giving up on trying to change the pharmaceutical industry and the holocaust they have brought upon the planet. This may sound hyperbolic , but these shootings in the media lately , I’m convinced all of them are on ssris or coming off , convinced, so yes holocaust isn’t an inappropriate word to use . 

 

I beg all of you fellow psychiatric warriors to realize your path is going to be one of activism and your fulfillment will come from solidarity with those who are oppressed . There you will find purpose, and there you can rise above the noise of this wicked world . 

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