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Has anyone had a burning sensation in the face--like being flushed. It's hot to the touch too. What could this be?

Yes, I get the burning sensation on my face while going off Seroquel and Celexa

July Medications: Started taking antidepressants in 1981, also benzos off and on; antiphychotics , anti-seizure for years.   Trazodone, Lamotrigine, Klonopin for over 10 years   all at maximum dosages,:Disconcontinued Klonopin in month of February 2011,  discontinued Trazodone and Lamotrigine   in month of March 2011 while in hosptial.  Given Seroquel to "help" go off Klonopin  gradually increased to 600 mg ; doctor took me off 600 mg. Seroquel in two weeks, and switched to Resperidal  because of weight gain on Seroquel, went off Resperidal quickly,   then gradually reinstated  Seroquel to 600 mg. at my request.   Went off Seroquel by myself at 25mg. per month in 2014.     Last medication Seroquel completely off since May 2016. Also went off Morphine at the same time as last 25 mg. of Seroquel in May 2016. Started tapering Celexa 40mg. to 35mg.  on 11 Aug. 2016  ; 16 Oct. Celexa 32.5 mg.; 6 Nov. 2016:  30mg. , 50 mg abt. Feb 26 with occasional 30mg.  , : May 10, 2017 began tapering rapidly because of adverse reaction to Celexa;, 40 mg. Celexa;   May 24, 2017: 35mg Celexa.;  June 8, 2017, 30 mg. Celexa, June 22, 2017 25mg.Celexa,; July 6,2017 20mg. CELEXA, July 20: 15mg.; August 10: Sep 29 2017: 10mg. Celexa + 10mg. Prozac, 5 Oct, 2017:  5mg. Celexa + 10mg. Prozac.; Oct. 14 Celexa 0., Prozac 10mg.Took last Prozac on November 22, 2017, Jan. 31 30mg. Cymbalta........ May Cymbalta 90mg.

 

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Purplestars22

I have had burning eyes which turn watery and sometimes red sporadically. It can be very bothersome. I don't know if it is a wd symptoms. I have never had allegeries before so I don't know the cause of of it. I don't think is a face cream or makeup. Has anybody ever had watery burning eyes before?

Celexa 20mg 2008-2012 for Social Anxiety

Failed attempt to stop reinstated

1 year taper skipping doses

Celexa free 12/2013

1/2014-5/2014 took 5 htp every other day

Failed Reinstatement 5mg of Celexa on 12/2014 for 5 days only

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Excuse me for saying this it might be tmi (too much information), but I'm getting burning in my ******. I think it's withdrawal from Trazodone or maybe a new symptom from my Ambien withdrawal. Has anyone else experienced this? I had cultures done that were negative. I just made a cut from Trazodone, but I did have it some before the cut.

 

It seems every month it's a new symptom. Uggh.

 

Marie

10/13--10/14 Ambien. Started tapering 1/14  Jumped 10/14.  Done.                                                                              

3/14        7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

1/16        4 mg Trazodone  -  Jumped. Bad mistake. Got hit with late withdrawal 6 weeks later. Had to reinstate.

4/16        Reinstated 1 mg, updose to 2 mg Trazodone

2/19        .04 Trazodone. Walked off.  Done.

10/3/19  Started 7.5 Mirtazapine taper cut to .073 gram weight, pill weighs .076

4/5/20    New Mirtazapine Taper - Compound Liquid 7.35 mg April '20, 7.25 mg May, 7.05 mg June, 6.99 mg June, 6.78 mg July, 6.57 mg Aug, Sept 6.35 mg, Sept 6.24 mg, Sept 6.21 mg, Oct 5.99 mg, Oct 5.90 mg, Oct 5.70 mg.

1/11/21 6.05 mg Messed up taper due to syringe change. Must remember the 1 ml syringe contains 1.5mg! 1/16/21 5.99 mg

2/21 5.75 mg, 3/21 5.6 mg, 4/7 5.45, 4/14 5.30.

 

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Yes, I have experienced a burning sensation of my right foot......its as though there is a heating pack on it.  

 

It doesn't alarm me as there have been much worse symptoms than this.

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.

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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.

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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).

 

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I never had burning feet, but I have tingling all the time. Did you get that?

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

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec 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

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a 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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Yes, I have experienced a burning sensation of my right foot......its as though there is a heating pack on it.  

 

It doesn't alarm me as there have been much worse symptoms than this.

Get that same feeling on my right calve..

Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.

1/01/15 - .75 mg.

1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...

2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!

3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!

4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." 

4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. ????????????????

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Were you on benzos?

I'm still on 4mg Xanax as needed daily, but I only take 3.

That sounds really bad. I've been on then probably close to 12-15 years.

Thanks,

Frogie xx

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

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec 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

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a 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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After withdrawing from Paxil I also experience prickly burning feet.  I thought it was from the withdrawal but my physician feels that I have some nerve damage that the use of Paxil was masking.  When I stopped the Paxil I felt the burning.  Going to have an MRI done to check for damaged nerves in the lower back.

 

Be aware, Paxil can mask some symptoms of things you may not know you have.  High blood sugar or diabetes can also cause hot prickly burning sensation.  Make sure you are not missing something important.  In the meantime I find that using a cream with peppermint oil in it is useful.  I rub a generous amount on my feet when they are hot and the cooling of the peppermint allows me to ignore my feet and fall asleep.  Yes, mine is often at night but not always.  Be careful with peppermint.  Wash your hands thoroughly after applying because you really don't want the stuff to get into you eyes.

~ 1992 started Paxil 20 mg

~ 2010 started have adverse symptoms that couldn't be diagnosed.

2014 symptoms grew much worse, sought medical help with no results

Dec 2015 increased Paxil dose to 40mg to fight a bout of depression

Dec 2015 all my symptoms exploded. Suspected I was headed toward Serotonin Syndrome. Started Tapering Paxil

Dec 2015 -July2016 Tapered until completely off Paxil, now dealing with withdrawal especially anger/rage

Currently going day to day.

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Paxil doesn't only "mask" conditions, it creates them when you come off and they ever so slowly go away. If it was masking them it would mean it is a condition you have and it won't get better after withdrawal. Most people hav these weird nerve symptoms that actually diminish months or years after last dose.

Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.

1/01/15 - .75 mg.

1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...

2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!

3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!

4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." 

4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. ????????????????

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Paxil doesn't only "mask" conditions, it creates them when you come off and they ever so slowly go away. If it was masking them it would mean it is a condition you have and it won't get better after withdrawal. Most people hav these weird nerve symptoms that actually diminish months or years after last dose.

I don't take Paxil, I take Lexapro. It's just as evil. I neuropathy in my foot from an injury. I know how you feel. Your foot feels like it's a pin cushion.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec 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

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a 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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My first withdrawal symptom was waking up one morning with pins and needles in all 10 of my toes. Over a period of 3 days my feet were almost completely numb. Over the next week the sensory sensations for example pin pricks, burning muscles, twitching and pressure on my forehead followed. I could hardly walk on my feet they felt so strange. I had been reducing my Paxil quite slowly but probably not slow enough and didn't realise it was WD. This was almost a year ago and I was so frightened that I had something seriously wrong with me. I had an MRI scan, nerve conduction test and loads of bloods which were all clear. My symptoms have slowly gotten better but I still experience the odd pin pricks and pins and needles in my feet.

 

I am tapering very slowly even though my highest dose was only 10mg. Neurological symptoms seem very common during withdrawal but they do get better over months/years.

<p>February 2009 started taking Paroxetine 10 mg everyday. Started reducing very slowly in February 2015.15 December 2015 Was on 5 mg Paroxetine 4 days a week and 7.5 mg 3 days a week. Severe withdrawal. Back to 7.5mg everyday from today 25 March 2016 starting 7.1 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 23 May 2016 starting 6.7 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 4 July 2016 starting 6.3 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks). 2 September 2016 starting 5.9 mg (stayed on this dose for 10 weeks) 9 November 2016 starting 5.6 mg (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 4 January 2017 starting 5.3 mg (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 20 February 2017 starting 5 mg (it's taken me 2 year to get half way!!) (stayed on this dose for 4 months) 20 June 2017 starting 4.6 mg (stayed on this dose for 5 months ) 27 November 2017 starting 4.2 mg (stayed on this dose for 7 months) 17 June 2018 starting 3.9 mg (stayed on this dose for 7 months) 22 January 2019 starting 3.5 mg {stayed on this dose for 2 years) 16 January 2021 starting at 3.2 mg 

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African,

 

I'm sorry you are suffering too from the pins and needles for this long even with a very slow taper.

I am with you enduring the most severe needling pain all these years since 2013 the start of tapering. I had it almost half of the day's constant for the day if it decided to show. My pain is always on my head, face, neck, shoulder and back, more on the left side ( all my other symptoms are also on the left). I couldn't figure out if it's from WD or side effects, but most time taking dose makes it worse, but again I remember one time I held for 4 months for a cut and all types of pain including the needling one were much less frequent and in severity, very confusing. These pains are so sentence often times makes my heart shaking. I'm now at 1.1mg Lexapro, and today I had the worst and longest needling pain ever.

 

Is your pain getting less while you hold longer? Do you see a pattern of it in relationship with each cut?

 

I'm so hopeful this horrible symptoms will go away, or at least lesson some as dose gets lower.

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi LexAnger

 

I'm sorry you're still experiencing the pin and needles. When I first got them, I was petrified but over the year I have almost got use to them. When I had my nerve conduction test the specialist said that this is a common withdrawal symptom and can take a lingering time to completely go away. My pain is also worse on my right side and I still have pressure/pushing on the right side of my forehead.

 

I think by holding for longer periods it's not going to hit us all at once but I do think that if we are sensitive we will get some milder symptoms. I have been holding for between 6 and 10 weeks at a time and I still get burning toes and feet as well has the pins and needles. This usually starts about 5 days after a taper and starts to settle after about 6 - 8 weeks.

 

I hope you're having a lovely day. These symptoms have to get better.

<p>February 2009 started taking Paroxetine 10 mg everyday. Started reducing very slowly in February 2015.15 December 2015 Was on 5 mg Paroxetine 4 days a week and 7.5 mg 3 days a week. Severe withdrawal. Back to 7.5mg everyday from today 25 March 2016 starting 7.1 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 23 May 2016 starting 6.7 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 4 July 2016 starting 6.3 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks). 2 September 2016 starting 5.9 mg (stayed on this dose for 10 weeks) 9 November 2016 starting 5.6 mg (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 4 January 2017 starting 5.3 mg (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 20 February 2017 starting 5 mg (it's taken me 2 year to get half way!!) (stayed on this dose for 4 months) 20 June 2017 starting 4.6 mg (stayed on this dose for 5 months ) 27 November 2017 starting 4.2 mg (stayed on this dose for 7 months) 17 June 2018 starting 3.9 mg (stayed on this dose for 7 months) 22 January 2019 starting 3.5 mg {stayed on this dose for 2 years) 16 January 2021 starting at 3.2 mg 

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Just a reminder that this thread is about burning sensations. The pins and needles sensation sometimes is present with burning, sometimes not. 

 

For reference, please look at Paresthesia: Pins & Needles, Numbness, Tingling, Burning Sensations

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
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Thanks Africa for sharing your experience and thoughts!

After years playing the lex doses up and down, I somehow got a grasp of most others symptoms weather if they are more from WD or drug side effects, except for this pins and needles which still have no clue as it can show with both other WD symptoms and side effects symptoms. I feel it's just a nerve/ brain damage thing. Maybe that's why it's the last one to disappear after complete off.

 

Hope your taper going well!

Lex

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I've been getting "burning legs" combined with "restless legs" , particularly at night, when I also have insomnia.  The feeling is intolerable, and hard to deal with. It's torture. It's one of the worst  symptoms, for me at the moment. It feels like an itch on the inside , that you can't scratch.   I put it down to "withdrawal", as it's too bizarre to be anything else.

 

 LaineyK, I've given up on sleep, for now.  I'm hoping one day , it will come back ! I'm practicing "acceptance".

Ali G if you see this post, I am wondering how this symptom is going now for you? 

 

I have had the burning painful legs, ankles and feet all through withdrawal and for so long now, I never put it down to withdrawal but thought it was part of my sciatica problem.  It is so bad, especially in the heat, I think it causes my insomnia (that is when it isn't the palpitations causing it!).  It has got a lot worse this last week, with severe pain along the insides of my feet and my big toes.  It is as if the nerve is "alive" and if I accidentally bend my ankle or toe - it is excruciatingly painful.  I have resorted to taking painkillers this week and they have helped me to get to sleep and sleep better.  It is like you said with restless legs, because when I move, the pain goes, but that is only for the few seconds that I move them!  Do you think this is from withdrawal?  Does it ever get any better, as mine is getting worse.

1995-2007      20mg Aropax/Paxil for pain.  Years of up and down doses

2008                Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!) CT (oh dear!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg;    2015 2.5% taper 4.4 - 4.0mg

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;  Apr 3.3; Oct 3; Dec 2.9;

2018                2.5% taper. Jan 2.8; Mar 2.7; Mar: 2.75; Jun 2.7; Aug 2.6; Oct 2.5; Nov 2.4; Dec 2.3

2019                Jan 2.2; Feb 2.1;

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Grandma. It's interesting seeing this old post as most of these symptoms have now disappeared. The only one that I still occasionally deal with is burning feet. I use a tub of water with some ice.  :)  That helps.

 

For me it was withdrawal and it possibly is for you too but if it's getting worse it might be worth checking out just to make sure.

Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

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For the fist time, ever with any symptom, I have achieved some measure of success!  I am using ice water and sat with my feet in it for an hour yesterday!  Perhaps the ice kills the nerve's ability to "feel"!  Anyway, it relieved 50% of the aching, and all the sharp-shooting needle type pricking excruciating pain. 

 

I wonder if the heat has something to do with all this?  When I thought about the hot weather, my brain actually remembered something (which is incredible in itself) and that was on another occasion in the heat, Brassmonkey said to wear wet sox to bed, so I did that last night and with the fan going on also, it relieved enough of the aching and pain for me to get to sleep before my music stopped (I think it goes for an hour and it usually takes me 2 hours to fall asleep). 

 

Another thing I used to do but had forgotten about was putting my head under the cold shower and then draping a wet towel around my shoulders and this keeps me cool for a few hours and also helps.

1995-2007      20mg Aropax/Paxil for pain.  Years of up and down doses

2008                Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!) CT (oh dear!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg;    2015 2.5% taper 4.4 - 4.0mg

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;  Apr 3.3; Oct 3; Dec 2.9;

2018                2.5% taper. Jan 2.8; Mar 2.7; Mar: 2.75; Jun 2.7; Aug 2.6; Oct 2.5; Nov 2.4; Dec 2.3

2019                Jan 2.2; Feb 2.1;

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I mentioned it to my dr. and he wanted to give me a pill for osteo.  I want to hold off and see if it is just w/d or what.  In the meantime, I have had wonderful success with the ice water, thanks AliG!  it has relieved pretty much most of the excruciating pain, burning and needle piercing sensations and half the aching, which is so good.  this is the only thing that has ever helped anything during my w/d!  I still have the intense pain in my big toes which seems to be a nerve thing, and is okay as long as I don't stretch/bend it accidentally or then I go thru the roof!

1995-2007      20mg Aropax/Paxil for pain.  Years of up and down doses

2008                Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!) CT (oh dear!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg;    2015 2.5% taper 4.4 - 4.0mg

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;  Apr 3.3; Oct 3; Dec 2.9;

2018                2.5% taper. Jan 2.8; Mar 2.7; Mar: 2.75; Jun 2.7; Aug 2.6; Oct 2.5; Nov 2.4; Dec 2.3

2019                Jan 2.2; Feb 2.1;

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Nerve regeneration can cause pain and healing can feel like hurt. It helps if we can confuse the nerves with heat , cold , pressure and /or massage.

 

Hot baths can help with akathisia  - anything to confuse the nerve signal can often bring relief.

 

I also found hot " wheat packs " helpful at certain times for various aches and pains etc. as well as heat creams with menthol.

 

I kept some eye masks ( wheat and gel ) in the freezer for any head or eye symptoms as part of my tool kit as well.

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Thanks Ali!  Well, I sure hope you're right there with the regeneration thing!  Also the menthol creams is a good idea, I'll try that right now!

1995-2007      20mg Aropax/Paxil for pain.  Years of up and down doses

2008                Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!) CT (oh dear!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg;    2015 2.5% taper 4.4 - 4.0mg

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;  Apr 3.3; Oct 3; Dec 2.9;

2018                2.5% taper. Jan 2.8; Mar 2.7; Mar: 2.75; Jun 2.7; Aug 2.6; Oct 2.5; Nov 2.4; Dec 2.3

2019                Jan 2.2; Feb 2.1;

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No heat, warmth, or even touching my feet if I can help it. When the burning sensation was bad for me, I literally put them up in the air on the head board of my bed, so they would not touch anything but air! I tried ice but it seemed to often make the circulation return with a warm sensation that was painful.

 

I can't wear tight shoes or socks, either. Suddenly having to wear only one or two pairs of clodhopper sneakers loosely tied. I schlep around with these bulky things on my feet, but couldn't survive wearing anything tight to my feet.

 

I tried a warm epsom salt soak the other night and it felt worse than before. It's like when you have a burn and then put that burned part near a hot stove, that second burn sensation that is so sensitive and agonizing.

 

I am using cool water now for the soak. I like the feeling of the cool water but it doesn't provide any lasting relief after stepping out.

 

This is definitely my worst physical symptom.

2012: Diagnosed major depression: Prozac 40 mg daily use of Klonopin 0.5 mg 2014: switched to Ativan 0.5 mg 2014-15: tapered down Prozac and Ativan (unsuccessful) Chinese herbs acupuncture 2016: diagnosed major depression for second time, put back on Prozac 40 mg also various tiny attempts with other drugs  2016: Gabapentin 1800 mg for nerve pain in feet (believe related to meds) (B12 injections) Low mood, low energy, no motivation. Frequent anxiety between doses of Ativan. Diagnosed adrenal fatigue, supplements. // 2017: 40 mg fluoxetine // 1.5 mg lorazepam // 1800 mg gabapentin // supplements   Mar 2017: 40 mg fluoxetine // 1.33 mg lorazepam // 1800 mg gabapentin // only fish oil supplementation July 2017: tapered off fluoxetine 100 days // 0.25 mg lorazepam // 900 mg gabapentin Continuing nerve pain, intermittent severe depression

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Hi there,

I'm just wondering how long your burning feet and hands symptoms lasted?  I see there are many of you on this board that have also had this.  I'm just wondering if this is a symptom you still have?  I have had burning hands and feet at night time for the last 6 months and I'm so tired of not being able to sleep because of it.  They get hot and throbbing and almost painful.

Wondering how long yours lasted if it's now gone?  I have been off of effexor for 18 months but still tapering my bridge drugs of prozac and lithium.

Thank you

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May 31st took last of prozac. Lithium 300 mg, estrogen patch 150, magnesium.

June 14th reinstated 1mg Prozac due to intolerable emotional distress. Cont with lithium 300mg, 150 magnesium, re added omega 3, cont estrogen patch. June 15-july 5th had marked improvement of emotional wd symptoms, likely due to the reinstatement. July 5th intense emotional symptoms returned.

July 15 decreased 50 mg of lithium to see if it improved low heart rate.

July 19th - increased prozac to 1.5mg.

July 22 marked improvement of emotional symptoms...again, likely due to increase of prozac. However sudden agitation developed so decreased back down to 1.25mg prozac. Realizing increasing dose is dangerous because of these adverse effects and also seeing that wave is inevitable regardless of reinstatement.

Continuing 250 lithium, 1.25mg prozac, estrogen.

Oct 31st - continued 250 lithium, 1 mg prozac, estrogen patch.

Jan 2018  - off of prozac (bridge) as of Dec 2017.  Starting to taper Lithium 250 mg.  Will do 10% per month. 

May 2018 - lithium 115mg.  Still having waves but they aren’t as bad.  However, I really struggle with emotional symptoms about 1 week after a cut.  Even this past micro taper of 1.5% was tough.  That was after holding for a month.

dec 2018- 80mg lithium.  Tapering 1 mg per week since last June.  Symptoms improving overall but still very sensitive to light, sound, social stimulation and I cry a lot.

March 2019 - 65 mg lithium.  Still tapering 1mg per week.  

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Hi Help777,

I am currently tapering after a cold turkey and a reinstatement.  I have had burning skin for the last year.  The good news, at least for me, is that it has lessened. I have better and worse days but over all it has become more bearable.  At one point though, just like you it kept me awake at night.  It is painful, but hopefully you will get relief soon.

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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I started with burning skin on my back  August 2016, had burning feet before that, now I have it on back ,lower legs,feet,arms,sometimes hands,neck...ugh.

intensity varies, wondering how long it will last..

went on Prozac 1994-99,60mg.poopout ct  back on 2001-2002,prozac weekly 2002,not working,Effexor 75 mg.?2003-mar.2004 gaining weight 8wk. taper,wellbutrin 150 mg.mar. -may 2004 ctmedfree til july 2005 back to Prozac gaining weight again,back on wellbutrin jan.2006150-300 mg.bad constipation.also was taking aygestin(hormone)perimenopausal irregular bleeding.back on Prozac around sept,?2006,hysterectomy jan30.2007(adenomyosis)off&on Prozac til 2009,citalopram about 1 mo, April 2010 no effect,Effexor again may -mar, 2011.ct,Prozac aug,-dec, 2011 &sept-nov 2012,paroxetine oct,23 2013-may 4 2014 20 mgs.tapered 6 wks.-failed RI in Oct.2014-in protracted WD.

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Hi Direstraits,

I have had mine since the fall of 2016, so a little over a year now for me.  It started off being very severe, very painful. It first showed up on both my right and left leg and then a few months later I had it on only my right leg. Eventually it moved to my right arm as well. So now I have it only on my right leg and right arm.  The good news is that it has gotten far less severe.  It is still with me every day though, and flares up when I do a taper.  So to recap, mine does move, but over all it is far less severe than at the beginning. Good luck with yours.

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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thanks for the reply, Rachel.

I'm glad to hear yours is lessening....mine isn't too painful,mostly just annoying!

hope the new year brings much healing to us all.

thanks for your concern.

ds    xx

went on Prozac 1994-99,60mg.poopout ct  back on 2001-2002,prozac weekly 2002,not working,Effexor 75 mg.?2003-mar.2004 gaining weight 8wk. taper,wellbutrin 150 mg.mar. -may 2004 ctmedfree til july 2005 back to Prozac gaining weight again,back on wellbutrin jan.2006150-300 mg.bad constipation.also was taking aygestin(hormone)perimenopausal irregular bleeding.back on Prozac around sept,?2006,hysterectomy jan30.2007(adenomyosis)off&on Prozac til 2009,citalopram about 1 mo, April 2010 no effect,Effexor again may -mar, 2011.ct,Prozac aug,-dec, 2011 &sept-nov 2012,paroxetine oct,23 2013-may 4 2014 20 mgs.tapered 6 wks.-failed RI in Oct.2014-in protracted WD.

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Hi DS,

You are welcome.  However I hope someone that has had the burning skin, and has gotten over it, answers us.  We both know we have had it for a while, but I would love to hear how long it took someone to completely get rid of it. Fingers crossed.  Anybody out there?

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, RachelSusan said:

However I hope someone that has had the burning skin, and has gotten over it, answers us.  We both know we have had it for a while, but I would love to hear how long it took someone to completely get rid of it. Fingers crossed.  Anybody out there?

Hi, I have had burning skin. Mainly, feet, lower arms and legs. Also for two days I suffered very painful burning on the soles of my feet. Could barely walk and had to apply icepacks. Anyway, Just over a week ago I started magnesium citrate. These particular symptoms have improved significantly.  Can't be 100% sure there is a link but I'm hoping. Hope that helps. K

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Thank you Kristine for the tip.

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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On 1/10/2015 at 9:33 AM, luv2knit said:

Yes, for me this is especially bad when my akathisia is ramped up. I just cope with it and it eventually gets better. I'm sure eventually it will go away altogether. Not pleasant, though.

Hello.   Has your akathisia gone away?

Dabhob33

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- 1st stint on benzos (100mg Librium) November 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017 (rapid taper)

- 2nd stint on benzos (20mg Valium)  started May 1 2017.  Reinstated due to Librium rapid taper.  Tapered 100mg pristiq in 4 weeks (Jan 2018).  Currently tapered down to 10.5mg Valium where I began holding on February 12, 2018 due to rough patch. Using Ashton Method pill taper.  

Updose valium to 12mg on Feb 28, 2018 / Prozac .5mg March 3 - March 5, 2018 / March 13, 2018 - valium drop of .5 to 11.5mg

Valium now 10mg as of May 23, 2018

Lithium 150mg August 8, 2017; 900mg August 23, 2017  Tested on July 13, 2018  .60 mmol/L result.  Normal range is .60-1.00 mmol/L

 

Took doxylamine sporadically (between 12mg and 25mg).  Last taken on July 5, 2018.  Don’t plan on continuing to take.  

 

I was given a 500mg dose of Levaquin for a UTI (ended up not having a UTI).   Only one dose, but wreaked havoc on me.   Is it still affecting me?

 

 
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Dr. David Healy suggests the sensation of burning in withdrawal might be related to sodium channels (one way cells communicate). Potassium counters sodium; for this reason, potassium supplements are used to calm the heart in situations of arrhythmia and sodium should be avoided.

 

If you have symptoms of burning, you might try potassium supplementation (and reduce sodium intake, such as in salt). In the US, potassium supplements are commonly available as 99mg, don't take more than this each day, you can overdose potassium.

 

Please post in this topic to report what effect this has on your symptoms of burning.

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Thank you. I try to have a banana every day.  

 

Been taking an 1/8 of a tsp of Himalayan sea salt daily with lots of water.   Not sure if I should cut it out.  

 

Ill keep a better eye on my salt salt intake overall. 

 

This article says a banana has avg of 420mg of potassium.   Yikes!

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Potassium-and-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_303243_Article.jsp#mainContent

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Lithium 150mg August 8, 2017; 900mg August 23, 2017  Tested on July 13, 2018  .60 mmol/L result.  Normal range is .60-1.00 mmol/L

 

Took doxylamine sporadically (between 12mg and 25mg).  Last taken on July 5, 2018.  Don’t plan on continuing to take.  

 

I was given a 500mg dose of Levaquin for a UTI (ended up not having a UTI).   Only one dose, but wreaked havoc on me.   Is it still affecting me?

 

 
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RachelSusan
13 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Dr. David Healy suggests the sensation of burning in withdrawal might be related to sodium channels (one way cells communicate).

Thank you for the link Altostrata. This is the first time I really sat down and looked at Risk.  I appreciated the article and the comments connected to the article (yours included).  There was one person in the comments section that mentioned things have improved on a low carb diet. She specifically mentions that an intake of over 35 grams of carbs per day causes her insomnia, however she does not mention burning skin, still her comments were interesting to me. My burning skin started decreasing slightly a few weeks ago, which would have been six weeks after I started on a low carb, low sugar way of eating. I have absolutely no way of knowing if there is a correlation or not, but I thought I would mention it.  I already have a low sodium intake and will look into increasing my potassium. Since burning skin has been my one persistent withdrawal symptom I have a strong interest in finding out more.

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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On 4/20/2018 at 6:35 PM, Altostrata said:

Please post in this topic to report what effect this has on your symptoms of burning.

I bought a two month supply of Potassium and will take 99mg a day.  I started the Potassium on April 23, 2018.  The day before I started taking it I had burning in my right leg only and it felt almost like a cross between a burning and cold sensation, and I rate it as mild.  I will check in and let everybody know how it goes.

 

If anybody else decides to try this please post so we can compare notes.

 

RS

Find my story here:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12649-rachelsusan-my-zoloft-story-on-off-reinstated-in-trouble/?hl=rachelsusan

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 100mg to 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.

OTHER MEDICATION Gabapentin 900mg a day since July 2016, Prednisone 5mg a day and Qvar Inhalant since 2016. Vitamin D and fish oil.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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