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It's been nearly 6 months since I started getting all the sensory symptoms. I am still on 7.1mg of Paroxetine and doing a slow taper. I still have a pressure/numbness on my forehead that comes and goes during the day as well as tingly feet. This is still an improvement from the symptoms which occurred in the beginning.

<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

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I have having itching and some tingling on my arms, legs, feet and hands. I guess it could be spring allergies that could make my skin hypersensitive. It also could be fluctuating hormones as I am close to menopause and my cycles lately have been extremely out of wack.

 

I believe though it is AD withdrawal as I just reinstated a small dose of Trazodone. Maybe it's my body's way of telling me no more Trazodone?  Any suggestions/remedies for the itching?

 

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.

 

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HI Marie,

I have had itching that comes and goes with each taper.  I have tingling in my legs and at its worst is a burning sensation.  The last few days have seen a prickling sensation with each drop that was at its worst this taper in weeks 3 and 4 and was torturous.  It woke me in the middle of the night and I had to get up.  I tried using a hot water pack, I tried wearing cold wet socks and I tried using dencorub to alleviate the pain aspect but nothing really helped, sorry!  Just try what you can.

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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Thanks for your advice grandmaD. I'm going to order some Neem online as I read it's great for itchiness. I took an epsom salt and baking soda bath and that seemed to help. I also used warm water instead of hot. I'm not as itchy today. This is a long strange trip but we'll get there.

 

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.

 

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daddybuggaorange

I've had a lot of nerve issues - numbness, tingling, prickling sensations in my hands & feet.  I've been diagnosed with dysautonomia by my PCP as well, he understands that it is most likely caused by coming off all the meds I was on, particularly Zoloft for 14 years.  

 

The past couple of months the tingling sensations in my legs/feet/arms have gone away, but now I get a few hrs a day where the left and sometimes right side of my face has burning sensations.  Has any one had burning sensations, esp. in the face?  

Started klonopin 11/7/14 at 0.5 mg

on K consistently until week prior to Christmas

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Stopped cymbalta august 24, started zoloft august 24

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Started Compazine Aug 12,  10 mg day

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Hi daddybuggaorange

 

If you read my thread you will see that I also experienced many sensory sensations whilst withdrawing from Paroxetine/Paxil. The tingling in my feet has also started feeling better after 6 months.

 

I still have an area on my forehead which ifeels like a pushing,burning feeling. It feels like this almost everyday but has also improved over time. i had protracted WD after 9 months while slowly reducing Paroxetine and am now tapering even slower.

 

When I first started with the physical symptoms, my face tingled, twitched and burned a lot but this will eventually get better for you.

 

I was very anxious about my physical symptoms and still worry some days but the moderators and members on SA have been very supportive and helpful with all their advice and explanations.

 

Take care

 

Africa

<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

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Greetings,

 

I have had a tingling sensation in my left ear which has persisted every since I started tapering Effexor over two years ago. I have just checked my diary where I record symptoms etc. It comes and goes but I am aware of it most days.

 

Apart from that, I suffer from pressure in my forehead which comes and goes also. It seems to be at its worst in the evening time. I take the Effexor in the morning.

 

I would be pretty sure that it's related to the Effexor tapering. I look forward to the day when I am free of it entirely. My signature reflects where I am at currently.

 

Have a good weekend everyone :)

 

 

Previously - zopiclone, risperidone, lyrica (pregabalin), ativan (lorezapam)
 
01/Aug/2016 -  65mg effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
12/Aug/2016 -  75mg effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
03/Oct/2016 -  70mg effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
29/Oct/2016 -  65mg effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
25/Nov/2016 -  65mg effexor, 4mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
25/Dec/2016 -  60mg effexor, 3.6mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
18/Jan/2017 -  60mg effexor, 5.25mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
27/Mar/2017 -  54mg effexor, 5.25mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
23/Apr/2017 -  54mg effexor, 7.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
09/May/2017 -  75mg effexor, 7.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
08/Jun/2017 -  75mg effexor, 6.75mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
18/Jul/2017 -  75mg effexor, 6mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpine
 
Sometimes valium. Not daily. Supplements - Sterols and Stanols.
 
Note : I would really hope that nobody uses my tapering history as a guideline. It might not work well for somebody else tapering similar medications.

 

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Hello all, I already posted this in my introduction, but I felt it fits better here. I'll try to be brief! 

 

I started cipralex/lexapro for anxiety caused by issues dealing with a back injury (herniated disk affecting my right leg), and took it for only two months. I took 2 weeks of 5mg, and then 6 weeks of 10 mg. 

 

I decided to stop because I thought I was having side effects from the medication. Only few days after starting cipralex I started to experience tingling in both feet, but most strongly in my right leg. I rapidly associated this to my back problem, and did not think of cipralex. However, I then started to have tingling in my fingertips. After some investigation, I found that this can be caused by SSRI. 

 

The tingling increased, and I decided that I would stop cipralex to know whether or not they were side effects. However, while tapering off (1 weeks at 5mg, 1 week at 2.5 mg), the tingling increased even more (hands and feet), and I am now 5 weeks off and the tingling has never been so strong. I also feel some nerve pain in my toes and fingers. 

 

Could this still be cause by cipralex, or could this be something else? I had cervical and lumbar MRIs in the last week, and nothing explains the tingling in left leg and hands (right leg could be explained by herniated disk). I am now thinking I might need a brain MRI to eliminate serious problem like MS. 

 

So, considering I only took the medication for 8 weeks (+ 2 weeks tapering), and that it's been 5 weeks since I stopped,  could this still be side effects and/or withdrawal effects from cipralex? If so, can it really go on like this for much longer? The doctors do not think by now that the tingling comes from Cipralex. Basically, they all looked at me as if I was crazy when I mentioned cipralex side effect to them. 

 

First time with AD. Never took benzo before. 

Took Cipralex/lexapro for 8 weeks: 2 wks x 5mg + 6 wks x 10 mg. 

Side effects: tiredness, diziness, tingling in hands and feet. 

Tapered over 2 weeks: 1 wk x 5 mg + 1 wk x 2.5 mg. stopped on July 7, 2016. 

Withdrawal: Same than side effects, tingling and numbness increased in intensity. Insomnia. 

Other drugs currently taking: Naproxen (for pain, everyday), zopiclone (for insomnia, almost everyday), Tylenol 3 (for pain, 3-4 a week, trying not to take too much), cyclobenzaprine (muscle relaxant, rarely, might make tingling worse)

Drugs taken with cipralex but stopped since: trazodone (for sleep, replaced by zopiclone)

Supplement: Omega 3, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 (suspected deficiency because of low level, but B12 level went up without improvement in symptoms), Magnesium

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I have the burning feeling like acid being poured over my head. The burning sensation moves around from one area of my head to the other, the most common place being the right side of my head radiating from my temple. My neck is sometimes involved with burning down my back. It is worst when the entire head is involved.

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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Medications presently taking:    Lyrica 150mg. 2x day  , Synthroid 175mcg, Nasonex 2 sprays each nostril, once a day ,     Tylenol  1,000 mg. 2x day., , Restasis eye drops 2x day,  Trazodone 100 mg, Cymbalta 90 mg. Arthrotec 50 mg., Plavix

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This may be the best forum I've read in a year!

I took Paxil for 15 years when it finally "pooped out." Doc told me to just stop and try Wellbutrin (which didn't do a THING for me.) You all can imagine how horrific that cold turkey WD was..

I was really sick for several weeks and a few months in began to experience foot tingling/numbness/weird sensations. Same doctor told me I had Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy (Not loving this guy any longer..) . Add that to an already anxious soul- I've been a mess for a year now.

Reading all the above notes gives me faith that these constant symptoms might possibly be ongoing WD symptoms. Thank you to all who have written that, with symptoms getting better, no matter how slowly, these nerves of mine will heal.

XO!

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whatshappening

Hi All,

here's my story...

 

I was starting my third effexor taper 7/2015 -6/2016 and down to 3 mg untill nerve conditions of numbness, buzzing, tingling, burning sensation in limbs started. I didn't know what was happening and neither did my doctors and thought I had some other illness such as MS, fibromyalgia etc. Did numerous tests with no diagnosis. Anxiety and insomnia was at an all time high so Doctor reinstated full 37.5 mg dose on 6/30 and up to 75 mg in 1 week. Because the nerve conditions also were not allowing me to sleep the doc gave me clonazepam.

 

Later I was then given lyrica to help with the nerve conditions. but After a one week trail of lyrica in August I discontinued immediately due to some paradoxical effects of jerks and muscle fasciculations. I also decided the clonazepam might also be a culprit and started a 4 week taper with the help of mirtazapine for sleep.

 

While this was going on only through the course of my own research did I come to the conclusion that the nerve conditions I was suffering from initially was from SNRI withdrawal symptoms. September faired better as the initial withdrawal symptoms seemed like they were being resolved after a few months back on effexor so then I figured the effexor was helping with that...Great! but....As soon as I was done with the clonazepam some of the initial nerve symptoms I experienced in June have returned. Not sure if the clonazepam was masking it. So now my issue is that I'm at a higher dose of the effexor than when I started and the withdrawal symptoms has not been entirely reversed and don't know what to do at this point? Taper off effexor? I'm still using mirtazapine for sleep because because the nerve condition of either a jerk, adrenaline surge, numbness etc will keep me up. Please help me I'm desperate!!!

Effexor XR 37.5mg (1st time 2003-2004 / 2nd time 2007-2008 / 3rd time 2010-current) Attempted to get off again in July of 2015 and did a year long taper only to reinstate by June 2016 due to failed taper. By July 2017 started to give this another try.

 

7.01.17 - 37.5mg fast forward to 3.25.18 - 26 mg  / 4.27.18 - 23.4 mg  / 5.20.18 - 21 mg  / 6.24.18 - 18.9 mg / 9.7.18 - 17 mg  / 10.13.18 - 15 mg / 11.10.18 - 13.5 mg 12.24.18 - 12 mg / 2.10.19 - 11 mg  / 3.6.19 - Updose to 13 mg and was better only for a month so decided to continue with tapering process. / 5.18.19 - 12 mg / 6.12.19 - 11 mg  / 7.7.19 - 11 mg  / 8.22.19 - 10 mg  / 10.4.19 - 9 mg   / 11.29.19 - 8.5mg / 12.16.19 - 8 mg / 1.24.20 - 7.5mg / 3.15.20 - 6.5mg / 3.29.20 - 6 mgs / 5.9.20  - 5.5 mgs / 5.23.20 - 5 mgs / 6.29.20 - 4.5 mgs / 7.10.20 - 4.25mgs / 7.24.20 - 4 mgs / 8.18.20 - 3.75mg / 9.1.20 - 3.5 mgs / 9.29.20 - 3 mgs but Horrendous insomnia suddenly appear preventing further tapering.

 

10.9.20 - Effexor Updose to 3.5mg

10.18.20 - Effexor Updose to 4 - 4.5 mg but no relief and insomnia got worse so.....

11.04.20 Effexor jump! with direct switch to Prozac 10mg.

11/7 - 11/11 - Mirtazipine 3.75mg

11.15 - last Prozac dose

11. 17 - start zoloft 25mg

11.19 - decrease zoloft 12.5mg due to overstimulation

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Hi whatshappening,

 

The new topic which you created with the same information as the above post has been made into your own Intro/Update topic which you can find by clicking this link:  whatshappening-did-i-reinstate-too-late

 

Your questions will be responded to in your own topic.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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so antidepressants withdrawal can actually cause some nervous damage? or is it just a symptom that withdrawal can mimic? i heard some people suffering from benzo withdrawall that as well feel this kind of stuff

(i'm brazlian so please, ignore spelling mistakes) 2015 the beggining of the year started with effexor xr 37,5

went up to 300mgs

in october of 2015 quitted COLD TURKEY/took olanzapine 5mgs for 2 weeks around november/ reinstated effexor in january of 2016

in march of 2016 was at 300mg again

in may tappered effexor xr and added trazodone 150mgs, seroquel 50mgs and abilify 10 mgs/in july cold turkey from abilify (no big deal)

in september tried reducing trazadone to 50mg

after 2 weeks went back to 150mgs of trazadone and 50 mgs of seroquel and added 2 mgs of klonopin to use WHEN NEEDEED

currently taking 150mgs of trazadone and 50 mgs of seroquel at night

 

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You might find reading this topic helpful/interesting:  What is Happening in Your Brain.

 

Alto's quote at the beginning of the post:  "The domino effect of neurotransmitter dysregulation she describes here regarding GABA and glutamate also applies generally to all the other neurotransmitters affected by psychiatric drugs. They are all necessary, working in harmony, like an orchestra. Dysregulate one, and the others tend to get dysregulated, too."

 

It is a long post but I suggest you read completely through Post #1 because I think it helps for us to understand that there is an immense amount of work going on in the brain.  I think this analogy within that post is excellent:

 

"It would be like if the World Trade Center Towers hadn't completely fallen - but had crumbled inside in different places.. Imagine if you were [...] to rebuild the tower - WHILE people were coming and going and [...] to work in the building!  You'd have to set up a temporary elevator - but when you needed to fix part of that area, you'd have to tear down that elevator and set up a temporary elevator somewhere else. And so on. You'd have to build, work around, then tear down, then build again, then work around, then build... ALL while people are coming and going, ALL while the furniture is being replaced, ALL while the walls are getting repainted... ALL while [...] is going on INSIDE the building. No doubt it would be chaotic. That is EXACTLY what is happening with windows and waves.  The windows are where the body has "got it right" for a day or so - but then the building shifts and the brain works on something else - and it's chaos again while another temporary pathway is set up to reroute function until repairs are made."

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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so antidepressants withdrawal can actually cause some nervous damage? or is it just a symptom that withdrawal can mimic? i heard some people suffering from benzo withdrawall that as well feel this kind of stuff

 

 apparently so. I never had those problems before and the effexor was the only drug I was on before it all started and was tapering off of. Now being poly drugged of course I can't tell if this is the initial withdrawal symptoms returning or from the clonazepam mimicking the same symptoms. 

Effexor XR 37.5mg (1st time 2003-2004 / 2nd time 2007-2008 / 3rd time 2010-current) Attempted to get off again in July of 2015 and did a year long taper only to reinstate by June 2016 due to failed taper. By July 2017 started to give this another try.

 

7.01.17 - 37.5mg fast forward to 3.25.18 - 26 mg  / 4.27.18 - 23.4 mg  / 5.20.18 - 21 mg  / 6.24.18 - 18.9 mg / 9.7.18 - 17 mg  / 10.13.18 - 15 mg / 11.10.18 - 13.5 mg 12.24.18 - 12 mg / 2.10.19 - 11 mg  / 3.6.19 - Updose to 13 mg and was better only for a month so decided to continue with tapering process. / 5.18.19 - 12 mg / 6.12.19 - 11 mg  / 7.7.19 - 11 mg  / 8.22.19 - 10 mg  / 10.4.19 - 9 mg   / 11.29.19 - 8.5mg / 12.16.19 - 8 mg / 1.24.20 - 7.5mg / 3.15.20 - 6.5mg / 3.29.20 - 6 mgs / 5.9.20  - 5.5 mgs / 5.23.20 - 5 mgs / 6.29.20 - 4.5 mgs / 7.10.20 - 4.25mgs / 7.24.20 - 4 mgs / 8.18.20 - 3.75mg / 9.1.20 - 3.5 mgs / 9.29.20 - 3 mgs but Horrendous insomnia suddenly appear preventing further tapering.

 

10.9.20 - Effexor Updose to 3.5mg

10.18.20 - Effexor Updose to 4 - 4.5 mg but no relief and insomnia got worse so.....

11.04.20 Effexor jump! with direct switch to Prozac 10mg.

11/7 - 11/11 - Mirtazipine 3.75mg

11.15 - last Prozac dose

11. 17 - start zoloft 25mg

11.19 - decrease zoloft 12.5mg due to overstimulation

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so antidepressants withdrawal can actually cause some nervous damage? or is it just a symptom that withdrawal can mimic? i heard some people suffering from benzo withdrawall that as well feel this kind of stuff

 

 apparently so. I never had those problems before and the effexor was the only drug I was on before it all started and was tapering off of. Now being poly drugged of course I can't tell if this is the initial withdrawal symptoms returning or from the clonazepam mimicking the same symptoms. 

 

scary man... i did some exams and it all came back negative, wich leads me to think that it's some sort of neuropathic issue, thinking about actual NERVE DAMAGE is scary...

(i'm brazlian so please, ignore spelling mistakes) 2015 the beggining of the year started with effexor xr 37,5

went up to 300mgs

in october of 2015 quitted COLD TURKEY/took olanzapine 5mgs for 2 weeks around november/ reinstated effexor in january of 2016

in march of 2016 was at 300mg again

in may tappered effexor xr and added trazodone 150mgs, seroquel 50mgs and abilify 10 mgs/in july cold turkey from abilify (no big deal)

in september tried reducing trazadone to 50mg

after 2 weeks went back to 150mgs of trazadone and 50 mgs of seroquel and added 2 mgs of klonopin to use WHEN NEEDEED

currently taking 150mgs of trazadone and 50 mgs of seroquel at night

 

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But maybe nerves can regenerate with time. At least that's what I'm hoping for being back in effexor.

Effexor XR 37.5mg (1st time 2003-2004 / 2nd time 2007-2008 / 3rd time 2010-current) Attempted to get off again in July of 2015 and did a year long taper only to reinstate by June 2016 due to failed taper. By July 2017 started to give this another try.

 

7.01.17 - 37.5mg fast forward to 3.25.18 - 26 mg  / 4.27.18 - 23.4 mg  / 5.20.18 - 21 mg  / 6.24.18 - 18.9 mg / 9.7.18 - 17 mg  / 10.13.18 - 15 mg / 11.10.18 - 13.5 mg 12.24.18 - 12 mg / 2.10.19 - 11 mg  / 3.6.19 - Updose to 13 mg and was better only for a month so decided to continue with tapering process. / 5.18.19 - 12 mg / 6.12.19 - 11 mg  / 7.7.19 - 11 mg  / 8.22.19 - 10 mg  / 10.4.19 - 9 mg   / 11.29.19 - 8.5mg / 12.16.19 - 8 mg / 1.24.20 - 7.5mg / 3.15.20 - 6.5mg / 3.29.20 - 6 mgs / 5.9.20  - 5.5 mgs / 5.23.20 - 5 mgs / 6.29.20 - 4.5 mgs / 7.10.20 - 4.25mgs / 7.24.20 - 4 mgs / 8.18.20 - 3.75mg / 9.1.20 - 3.5 mgs / 9.29.20 - 3 mgs but Horrendous insomnia suddenly appear preventing further tapering.

 

10.9.20 - Effexor Updose to 3.5mg

10.18.20 - Effexor Updose to 4 - 4.5 mg but no relief and insomnia got worse so.....

11.04.20 Effexor jump! with direct switch to Prozac 10mg.

11/7 - 11/11 - Mirtazipine 3.75mg

11.15 - last Prozac dose

11. 17 - start zoloft 25mg

11.19 - decrease zoloft 12.5mg due to overstimulation

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Over the past week I started having these pins and needle sensation in my head and now it has moved to my face. The sensation is constant. I have been off Prozac for almost 14 months. Is this a new symptom of withdrawal?

Discontinued Fluoxetine cold turkey after taking it for 12 years. Stopped taking Fluoxetine in August 2015.

My current withdrawal symptoms: Itchy skin, smell hallucination, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and anxiety. 

Synthroid for hypothyroidism.

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I've had a lot of nerve issues - numbness, tingling, prickling sensations in my hands & feet. I've been diagnosed with dysautonomia by my PCP as well, he understands that it is most likely caused by coming off all the meds I was on, particularly Zoloft for 14 years.

 

The past couple of months the tingling sensations in my legs/feet/arms have gone away, but now I get a few hrs a day where the left and sometimes right side of my face has burning sensations. Has any one had burning sensations, esp. in the face?

Yes, my lips have been numb for six months while in wd. I've noticed a few times that the right side of my chin is also numb. I wonder which nerve area this is related to?

Effexor XR 300 (brand) mg & various SSRIs 15 yrs (Effexor XR 300 mg past 10 yrs

Clonazepam, 1.0 mg. am, .5 mg pm. - 15 yrs, 7-17-16- Began .5 three times a day

Vyvanse 60 mg, - 2 yrs, Cut to 50 mg for 6 mths, Cut to 30 mg. on 4-1-16. Tapering.

Approx. 4-1-15 began Effexor XR 300 taper, very slowly for a year. Held at 37.5 for about 3 mths. Cut to 18 mg for 2 wks to 0. WD began 2 wks later. Depression, anxiety, paranoia, low appetite, nausea.

7-14-16-Reinstated 5 beads Effx after 4 mths misery.Pooped out 10 days.

9-12-16-to present- Wide eyed terror, bedridden fear, no appetite/feeling of being full.

10-30-16- Began 15% liquid tapering of 30 mg Vyvanse. (25 mg)

11-13-16- Liquid Vyvanse 22 mg,11-27-16- Liquid 15 mg, 12-12-16- Vyvanse 12.5 for 5 days. 12-16 - 12-29, 15 mg.

11-20-16- Switched back to 1.0 clonazepam am & .5 bedtime

12-30-16- Moved to 15 mg COMPOUNDED Vyvanse.Current 4/11-4/25 7.5 mg.(10% ev 2 wks) Off Vyvanse

Current meds:Effexor XR- 3 Beads, Clonazepam-1.0 mg am, .5 mg bedtime,Vyvanse-(tapering) Estradiol- 2

mg,Progesterone 200 mg,Testosterone 30 mg/ml,Nature Throid- 48.75 mg.(12-21-16-65 mg.) (4-18-17-81.25 mg) Current supplements: Fish Oil-1360 mg, Curamin- 2706 mg.

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I've had a lot of nerve issues - numbness, tingling, prickling sensations in my hands & feet. I've been diagnosed with dysautonomia by my PCP as well, he understands that it is most likely caused by coming off all the meds I was on, particularly Zoloft for 14 years.

The past couple of months the tingling sensations in my legs/feet/arms have gone away, but now I get a few hrs a day where the left and sometimes right side of my face has burning sensations. Has any one had burning sensations, esp. in the face?

Yes, my lips have been numb for six months while in wd. I've noticed a few times that the right side of my chin is also numb. I wonder which nerve area this is related to?

Burning feet. Comes with increased walking or when core body temperature is hot

Effexor XR 37.5mg (1st time 2003-2004 / 2nd time 2007-2008 / 3rd time 2010-current) Attempted to get off again in July of 2015 and did a year long taper only to reinstate by June 2016 due to failed taper. By July 2017 started to give this another try.

 

7.01.17 - 37.5mg fast forward to 3.25.18 - 26 mg  / 4.27.18 - 23.4 mg  / 5.20.18 - 21 mg  / 6.24.18 - 18.9 mg / 9.7.18 - 17 mg  / 10.13.18 - 15 mg / 11.10.18 - 13.5 mg 12.24.18 - 12 mg / 2.10.19 - 11 mg  / 3.6.19 - Updose to 13 mg and was better only for a month so decided to continue with tapering process. / 5.18.19 - 12 mg / 6.12.19 - 11 mg  / 7.7.19 - 11 mg  / 8.22.19 - 10 mg  / 10.4.19 - 9 mg   / 11.29.19 - 8.5mg / 12.16.19 - 8 mg / 1.24.20 - 7.5mg / 3.15.20 - 6.5mg / 3.29.20 - 6 mgs / 5.9.20  - 5.5 mgs / 5.23.20 - 5 mgs / 6.29.20 - 4.5 mgs / 7.10.20 - 4.25mgs / 7.24.20 - 4 mgs / 8.18.20 - 3.75mg / 9.1.20 - 3.5 mgs / 9.29.20 - 3 mgs but Horrendous insomnia suddenly appear preventing further tapering.

 

10.9.20 - Effexor Updose to 3.5mg

10.18.20 - Effexor Updose to 4 - 4.5 mg but no relief and insomnia got worse so.....

11.04.20 Effexor jump! with direct switch to Prozac 10mg.

11/7 - 11/11 - Mirtazipine 3.75mg

11.15 - last Prozac dose

11. 17 - start zoloft 25mg

11.19 - decrease zoloft 12.5mg due to overstimulation

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I suspect it is a w/d symptom.  I get get like a "flush" of pins and needles in my scalp from time to time.  It is not constant, so that must be difficult to live with.  I suspect it is a nerve issue like another thing I get ocasionally is a sharp pin pricking and another one is like head lice or something running through my scalp.  I wonder if there is anything that can help these things?

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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grandmaD -

 

I wish I could find something that helps.  I have notice when I have the feeling/sensation in my face that it causes itching.  It feels almost like an allergic reaction. 

Discontinued Fluoxetine cold turkey after taking it for 12 years. Stopped taking Fluoxetine in August 2015.

My current withdrawal symptoms: Itchy skin, smell hallucination, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and anxiety. 

Synthroid for hypothyroidism.

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I have this too.  entire body and head.  The tingling comes and goes.  I'm trying to figure out if it is related to stress or not.  I took a dose of Advil and the tingling started then.  I don't know if that means it is withdrawal or an Advil side effect.  Advil never effected me before WD.  Do you know if this will go away or lessen with time.  It is very difficult to live with and sometimes almost seems so intense it seems to shake my body though others cant feel any shaking.

Oct 2016 Took 10mg of amitriptyline, one per day for three days on Oct 6,7,8. Then stopped taking the medication when my legs jerked. Experiencing tingling body wide, burning in the top of my head and jerking movements at night ever since. No history of psychiatric drugs before or since.

 

Dec 2016 Jerking has lessened.  Burning in head has lessened.  Took anti inflamitories for a couple of weeks Nov 2016.  Now I have increased tingling all over my body, increased burning to my head, ear ringing and vision focusing issues.

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It has been with me all these years regardless high or low dose, although not everyday. Often times severe enough to make my heart shaking, but not the real noticeable physical shaking.

 

Did it start when you were taking the meds or after you stopped it? How about burning? I believe it's all from these drugs not Advil. But after your system is shocked, other meds including Advil can bring the symptoms back.

 

I'm so sorry that only three day med hurts you so much. It sounds to me you got a drug reaction.

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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Has anyone had neuropathy type symptoms? Mine are pretty severe: skin tingling, skin burning, limbs feel 'electrified', mouth and throat tingling, pulsating muscles, buzzing all over body, burning hands, numbing sensations... it makes me want to just rip my skin off! 

 

Is it normal to have this as part of WD? I feel like these symptoms are the WORST and have been ongoing since I CT'd. It makes me feel suicidal but of course I would never want to commit such a thing. 

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 

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If you use a search engine and type in survivingantidepressants.org and the topic you are seeking you can find existing topics.  For example, try searching using any of these single terms:  burning; neuropathy; tingling; numb.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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does anyone have a constant burning and pins in the back of there hands and feet since withdrawing from their medication , also if I sit or or cross my legs my limbs go numb very quickly , I wonder wether it's due to the condition called called parathesia which has been has been stimulated to nerve damage from the use of anti depressants , has anyone experienced this , does anyone no how to relieve these symptoms , mornings are bad for me , feel like my skin is on fire and itching especially in my arm s hands and feet with pins and needles , feels like sunburn

100mg Effexor 2000 untill jan 2015 severe withdrawals . Tapered 4weeks.

Jan to end of Feb 4 weeks on 15mg mirtazapine 20mg quetiapine , tapered of both 2 weeks , severe withdrawals , still some from Effexor possibly

End of Feb 2015 to end of July 30mg citolapram tapered 2weeks severe withdrawal , anxiety high , bouts of sever depression , severe emotional moods

Currently on 30mg mirtazapine appx 5 months , high anxiety, March cut dose 22.5 mg going on to liquid still no improvements with the depression , also started sept 2015 200mg pregabalin , currently on 22.5mg mirtazapine tablet form doing really badly. Cut beginning of May remeron 20mg still bad anxiety,August 15mg remeron ,100mg pregablin , severe depression headaches anxiety , oct 2016 doctor stoped pregablin c/t , 15mg mirtazapine still no let up in physical symptoms ,high anxiety ,Nov 2016 remeron 13.5 mg , Jan 2017 mirtazapine stopped flouxetine20mg added by hospital admission, no choice , doing really badly , akathesia suicidel ,, Flouxetine c/t by hospital after 7 weeks 20mg daily , currently on nothing , God help me

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TERRY - omg! I have this.

 

The tops of my hands burn/prickle after I eat a meal. I'm trying to figure out if it's due to turkey or not, but it tends to happen with certain meals.

 

My legs have started getting ridiculously strong pins and needles in them when I'm crossing my legs. My hands go numb with holding my phone sometimes. Even laying on the sofa can make the side of my bode go numb too. I use to wake up with numb body parts too!

 

I basically Cold turkey'd (4 week taper) Citalopram 19 months ago.

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I have the burning, tingling and numbness coming and going all over my body. It really started to flare up at the 16 month mark. Prior to that could only feel the occasional numbness in my fingertips, toes and genital area at times. Has anyone had a flare up so late in WD? Any recovery stories? I'm feeling so depressed and uncomfortable and not sure what to do next. 

Celexa 10 mg ( approx 5 years), reduced to 5mg (approx 10 years). Prescribed for anxiety and panic. Started tapering July 2015-2.5 mg for a month, then 2.5 every other day. Kept tapering until October when I took my last crumb.  Almost 4 years drug free and WD symptoms are evolving constantly. Some improved, some new. 

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Still feeling the pins + needles sensations at 5.5 months out from my CT of Prozac. It's mainly in my hands, arms, and legs. I also get the numbing and buzzing sensations in my feet, head, and hands. I think it is getting a liiiiiittle better but haven't had any significant changes. 

 

I wonder if there is a way to minimize the intensity of the pins + needles? Have any of you tried something that would be effective for this symptom?

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 

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Anongrl, I probably one of the many who had the longest and most severe pins and needles pain all theses years. Immensing into cold water seems the only things helps. Mine is allover the head and back so I swimming provides the best results with soothing from the water for like 20-30 mins. They usually disappear or lesson a lot when I get out of the pool.

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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Hello,

I am interested to find out about your nerve pain and when it started for you. I was on Prozac (generic) for three years before I self-tapered pretty quickly and then used acupuncture and Chinese medicine as coping for withdrawal and depression at the time. However, I developed awful foot pain that was eventually diagnosed as nerve pain, and I am now taking gabapentin for it (which works up to a point). I don't really want to be on this medicine but prior to taking it, I was in absolute agony with burning pain on the bottom of my feet. I was practically bedridden and would be in tears over the predicament and the severe pain.

 

I suspected that my benzo use was involved because those would ease the pain a little. But the timing was aligned with my w/d from Prozac (3-4 mos out) so I don't know what to think exactly.

 

I am trying (cool, never hot) epsom salt soaks occasionally but results are still uncertain. A few months ago I got some relief from B12 injections, and I might try that again. Thought I could make some dietary changes to get more b12 but that's been difficult. I'm now considering the Wohls diet for inflammatory conditions.

 

Please keep us posted.

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

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/14160-squeak-prozac-ativan-nerve-pain-gabapentin-enough/

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I'm having all kinds of neuropathy too. It started about over a month ago...month 16 of WD and seems to be worse since having an acupuncture treatment around that time. I have numbness, burning and tightness all over my body! It moves around...feet, hands, legs, arms, torso, face, back...It's been over a month and is becoming unbearable. Can anyone offer some hope? Anyone else have these symptoms appear this late in WD? Please help.

Celexa 10 mg ( approx 5 years), reduced to 5mg (approx 10 years). Prescribed for anxiety and panic. Started tapering July 2015-2.5 mg for a month, then 2.5 every other day. Kept tapering until October when I took my last crumb.  Almost 4 years drug free and WD symptoms are evolving constantly. Some improved, some new. 

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Hello,

I am interested to find out about your nerve pain and when it started for you. I was on Prozac (generic) for three years before I self-tapered pretty quickly and then used acupuncture and Chinese medicine as coping for withdrawal and depression at the time. However, I developed awful foot pain that was eventually diagnosed as nerve pain, and I am now taking gabapentin for it (which works up to a point). I don't really want to be on this medicine but prior to taking it, I was in absolute agony with burning pain on the bottom of my feet. I was practically bedridden and would be in tears over the predicament and the severe pain.

 

I suspected that my benzo use was involved because those would ease the pain a little. But the timing was aligned with my w/d from Prozac (3-4 mos out) so I don't know what to think exactly.

 

I am trying (cool, never hot) epsom salt soaks occasionally but results are still uncertain. A few months ago I got some relief from B12 injections, and I might try that again. Thought I could make some dietary changes to get more b12 but that's been difficult. I'm now considering the Wohls diet for inflammatory conditions.

 

Please keep us posted.

 

 

Hi Squeak,

My nerve pain is still present but as of this past few days, it is lessening a tiiiiiiny bit. Still getting the tingling, burning hands and skin, and severe 'electrified' limbs (this one isn't painful but EXTREMELY uncomfortable). The teeth pain has gone down thankfully but it comes and goes still. I don't want to take any psych meds or any meds that act on serotonin or GABA receptors to help because I am way too scared of potential side effects and more withdrawals. I am also bedridden when these nerve sensations become too intense to handle. I also just tried epsom salts in a hot bath and dunno if it really helped... didn't really feel a change. But I will probably try again. This person on the Benzo Buddies forum details her diet that helped resolve her chronic inflammation and muscle pain. You may want to check it out here: http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?topic=44666.0

 

 

I'm having all kinds of neuropathy too. It started about over a month ago...month 16 of WD and seems to be worse since having an acupuncture treatment around that time. I have numbness, burning and tightness all over my body! It moves around...feet, hands, legs, arms, torso, face, back...It's been over a month and is becoming unbearable. Can anyone offer some hope? Anyone else have these symptoms appear this late in WD? Please help.

 

 

Hi Mimi,

I'm sorry you're getting these symptoms later in WD. I hate that this process is non-linear...it doesn't make sense to me at all! It's so horrifying. Seems like acupuncture can really help or set you back. I have the same symptoms as you but they come and go. 

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 

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I'm really wondering about the connection between Prozac and nerve pain. The posts I've seen about nerve pain seem to be about 3/4 Prozac or fluoxetine users. This helps me feel more strongly that my discontinuation of fluoxetine 1 1/2 years ago is what started the symptom, rather than the use of benzos. At least I have a bit of understanding, although it is still very disappointing that I have the foot pain despite being back on fluoxetine for a year now. I hope when I taper again, it won't get worse.

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

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/14160-squeak-prozac-ativan-nerve-pain-gabapentin-enough/

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I had all of this and now it's gone. It's withdrawal . It was hard at the time but with patience one gets through. I had pins and needles pretty much everywhere -  mainly in the head - that was one of the most disconcerting symptoms. I chose to think of it as healing and I do think that it is . As I was going through it I kept saying to myself -  " this is healing " . This is what healing looks like . Remaining positive is of the utmost importance . For anyone experiencing this now - just know that it does get better with time. Eventually it starts to dwindle away ..... given  time.

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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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Paresthesia: pins & needles, numbness, tingling, burning sensations aka neuropathy

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