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I took prozac for 10 years, and developed sexual side effect! I was at 40mg for te last 1 and half years. While i was on prozac i didnt care for anything and all i did was work and sleep. An even the sleep was bullsh*t because i just recently learbed people actually dream! Also another side effecr i discovered is i use to get really fatigued around 12 or 3 clock and now realize it was the prozac!

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stan

6 years ok, than 6 years in tolerance

i was as you, work, sleep, fatigued


for anxiety 

12 years paxil - cold turkey 1,5 month - switch celexa 1 year taper; total 13 years on brain meds 

67 years old - 9 years  med free

 

in protracted withdrawal

rigidity standing and walking, dryness gougerot-szoegren, sleep deteriorate,

function as have a lack of nerves, improving have been very little 

 

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Adverse reaction after 4 pills. Panic attack and severe gastro pains/cramps.


End of 2008: Remeron 15mg for around 2 months. Unorthodox taper, no problems.
End of August 2009: Lexapro 10mg for only 4 days. Panic attack after 3 pills. Severe gastro problems in the morning for 3 days after last pill. 2 weeks later strong w/d symptoms set in.

Acute WD lasted around 3.5 years. I am feeling much better today, 5.5 years out, but still have some symptoms left.

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Claudius

I did pretty well on Paxil, but realized that I did not want to take pills forever. I knew thatI had been funcitoning well before taking the pill but some life events brought me to it.

After several failed attempts to quit, I somehow felt that something was wring and that the symptoms I developed were not my original problem. But still unaware of WD and tapering, I quit cold turkey again. And when I got very sick from WD, I just did not know what was happening, but I knew that if I would go back again, it would be forever. And when I finally learned about WD from the other site, it was too late to get back and taper properly... :(:angry:

But no there is no other option than riding it out and hope for complete recovery one day.

And learning all those terrible fact about the dangers, the lies, the hidden data, the books of Healy, Breggin, Whitaker etc. , there is absolutely no way I will ever tough a psychiatric med again, no matter how "safe" it is according to the leaflet or doctors...

I have still moemtns that I regret that I quit, it has costed my my job, a lot of money, and brought me in s atte of despair and misery I could never imagine. But I know that swallowing forever (until my natural death) would be no option too, so I am still glad to be off the crap.

But I will always regret that I did not found the right tapering information (the other site) in time...


10 mg Paxil/Seroxat since 2002
several attempts to quit since 2004
Quit c/t again Oktober 2007, in protracted w/d since then
after 3.5 years slight improvement but still on the road

after 6 years pretty much recovered but still some nasty residual sypmtons
after 8.5 years working again on a 90% base and basically functioning normally again!

 

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serotonin

Hi claudis, thank u for the reply, i aldo did not quite prozac correctly and suffered the consequences! Now i am suffering everyday with prozac withdrawal! And all the psychoatrist lie! Its like there is a huge interest in deciecing the patient! And making huge amount of money!

 

And i am also very much impressed with how u were able to get of of paxil!

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Rhiannon

Hi claudis, thank u for the reply, i aldo did not quite prozac correctly and suffered the consequences! Now i am suffering everyday with prozac withdrawal! And all the psychoatrist lie! Its like there is a huge interest in deciecing the patient! And making huge amount of money!

 

And i am also very much impressed with how u were able to get of of paxil!

 

Yes I would say it's EXACTLY like there's a huge interest in deceiving patients and making huge amounts of money.

 

Pretty well documented in Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker, especially chapter 15, which is titled "Tallying Up the Profits."

 

I quit Wellbutrin because the side effects were making my life miserable and I could tell it was hurting my liver. Plus I was suicidal on it, and I ended up being CT'd off Wellbutrin in the hospital after a suicide attempt. (Psych meds have always made me suicidal. And anxious. In fact, they generally have caused the problems I was supposedly taking them for. That's becoming more obvious now as those problems are clearing up the lower my doses get. I haven't gone this long without feeling suicidal since I was first put on Prozac in 1992.)

 

I'm quitting Celexa, and all that other crap, because I have discovered that ALL the psych meds I've taken have made me crazy and dysfunctional and a shell of myself, and I want myself, my talents, my mind, my feelings, and my health back, while I still have a few years left to live and maybe enjoy them a little. Not to mention to find some way to take care of myself in my old age (since clearly retirement will not be an option).


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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Claudius

Hi claudis, thank u for the reply, i aldo did not quite prozac correctly and suffered the consequences! Now i am suffering everyday with prozac withdrawal! And all the psychoatrist lie! Its like there is a huge interest in deciecing the patient! And making huge amount of money!

 

And i am also very much impressed with how u were able to get of of paxil!

 

Thanks Sero. Strange that you suffer still so much problems after getting off Prozac, because it is the one with the fewest WD problems. How long off the drug are you?

And yes I got off Paxil but I must also be very grateful to my mother, friends and employer for ongoing love, friendship and financial support. Without that I would never have survived it. I know some are less lucky in that sense and are not among us anymore...

During WD you learn about who you can trust and who not. My sister, who I always considered as someone who loved me and could be trusted, does still not believe a word of my story, accuses me of "not listening to doctors", "not taking my medicine" and urges that I should take myself into a psychiatric clicic for "diagnosis and treatment"! And we all know what that would mean...

Maybe it matters that shi is on Paxil herself for 10 years now... But it really hurts me. But in the end, I am off it although still suffering from lingering symptoms.


10 mg Paxil/Seroxat since 2002
several attempts to quit since 2004
Quit c/t again Oktober 2007, in protracted w/d since then
after 3.5 years slight improvement but still on the road

after 6 years pretty much recovered but still some nasty residual sypmtons
after 8.5 years working again on a 90% base and basically functioning normally again!

 

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I have quite prozac for exctaly 5 month now! And i am only geting 6 to 7 hrs of sleep. I suffer from fatigue, headache and incredibly hot flashes. I have to be honest i find what is happening to me scary!

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i took zoloft for anxiety and depression after they told me i had a brain tumor then ms neither of which i had. then did well on it but i was deinking more and more and my sex drive was nil. man how i wish those were my problems now....


2020, October the 2nd

(in this members words)

Off the offending meds now for 1.5 years

Zoloft, Lexapro, then a whole ton of drugs i was destroyed by in hospitals

 

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Lexapro caused severe emotional blunting, and fatigue in the PM hours.

 

I would describe the drug effect as a bizarre cloying feeling.  I functioned just fine during the day, and there were good moments.  But I wasn't myself.  I'd lost my energy, and the joie de vive at the core of my personality.  I'd hypothesize that the excess 5HT was outcompeting dopamine & norepinephrine in the cleft.  I was "comfortable," but not fulfilled.

 

I'm an author, and writing in the afternoons became problematic for me.  I always wanted to go to sleep at 7 p.m.  I had trouble with feeling passion about what I was doing.  It was no way to live.

 

Lexapro's side effects were nothing compared to its withdrawal syndrome.  So very glad that's over with.


Celiac, Seizure Disorder, Cluster Headaches

 

Previously - Escitalopram ("Lexapro") (dangerous substance, do not start taking this): 03 - 05/2018 - 10mg // 05/2018 - 12/2019 - monthly recursive dose reduction to 0.

 

Always consult a qualified medical professional before taking any substance.

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