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Blondiee1915

Definitely had windows and waves thankfully (although low grade constant is pretty accurate but it was manageable in the windows) Summer was pretty good for me. I hope you have periods of relief soon. I know how terrible dizziness is. So over it. I also read you have congested ears I believe? I have that too :( I'm faithful in this won't be forever for us

Thank you. I hope so too. I hope all of us will get a break, we truly deserve it. The last couple days the dizziness has been more intense. Yes, I have issues with ears too ! Like pressure clogged kind of feeling and also occasional popping. I love summer and sunny weather always makes me feel better so looking forward to it


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

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

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

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

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

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

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Techstacy

My friend had a lot of luck with "meclizine" it was recommend to her by her psychiatrist. worked quickly. It's over the counter name is "Dramamine Less Drowsy"

 

Investigate:

  • Dramamine - dimenhydrinate (did not work for friend but may work for you)
  • Dramamine Less Drowsey - meclizine (worked)
  • Scopolamine - Transdermal Patch (have not tried)

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Blondiee1915

 

My friend had a lot of luck with "meclizine" it was recommend to her by her psychiatrist. worked quickly. It's over the counter name is "Dramamine Less Drowsy"

 

Investigate:

  • Dramamine - dimenhydrinate (did not work for friend but may work for you)
  • Dramamine Less Drowsey - meclizine (worked)
  • Scopolamine - Transdermal Patch (have not tried)

 

I got a few episodes of vertigo and got a prescription for meclizine.  I took it once and do not recall the effect on dizziness.  I have dizziness dp/dr so maybe bc it is a combination I did not feel the effect.  


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

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

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

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

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

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

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Aelius

I`ve had balance disorder for 10 months and it seems to be a permanent damage. I`m not sure what was the real cause, either going CT off Venlafaxine or fast taper off Clonazepam. My symptoms are the same as persistent postular-perceptual dizziness (PPPD). Treatment options are: antidepressants, cognitive behavioral therapy or vestibular balance rehabilitation therapy. ADs caused it to me, CBT is ineffective. I should try the last option.


05/06/2015-05/21/2015 Zoloft C/T, 05/2015-08/2015 Clonazepam 2x0.5mg (reduced to 0 during one month), 05/2015-08/2015 Trazodone 150mg (last month 100mg, reduced to 0 during 7 days), 09/2015-07/2016 Clonazepam reinstated after one month off to 2x0.25mg (benzo free since July 28, 2016), 09/2016 Escitalopram 5mg (10 days), 10/2015-04/2016 Venlafaxine 150mg (3 months) 75mg (3 months) C/T, 01/2016-04/2016 Olanzapine 2.5mg C/T, 04/2016-05/2016 Lamictal 100mg (5 weeks, reduced to 0 during 7 days)), 08/02/2016-08/16/2016 Valdoxan 25mg C/T,

08/23/2016-09/21/2016 Venlafaxine 75 mg (reduced to 0 during 7 days),

07/27/2016-10/10/2016 Buspirone 3x5mg (Oct. 1-3; 5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg,)(Oct.4-5; 2.5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg)(Oct. 6-8; 2.5mg-2.5mg-0)(Oct. 9; 2.5mg-0-0),

10/25/2016 - reinstated Buspirone 3x5mg (Dec.13-19; 5mg-2.5mg-5mg) (Dec.19-Jan.1; 5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-11; 2.5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-19;1.67mg, 1.67mg, 1.67mg) (Jan.20-27; 0.83mg, 0.83mg, 0.83mg) (Jan.28-Feb.05; 1mg, 1mg)(Feb.6-0mg)

08/10/2016 - Mirtazapine 30mg (01/26/2017-02/19/2017, 27mg) (02/20/2017-03/05/2017, 25.5mg) (03/06/2017-03/12/2017, 24mg) (03/12/2017-03/19/2017, 23mg) (03/20/2017-04/02/2017, 22mg) (04/03/2017-04/16/2017, 21mg) (04/17/2017-05/12/2017, 20mg) (05/13/2017-05/22/2017, 19mg) (05/23/2017-06/09/2017, 18mg) (06/10/2017-06/16/2017, 17.5mg) (06/17/2017-06/23/2017, 17mg) (06/24/2017-06/30/2017, 16.5mg) (07/01/2017-07/14/2017, 16mg) (07/15/2017-07/23/2017, 15.5mg) (07/24/2017-08/31/2017, 15mg) (09/01/2017-09/10/2017, 14.5mg) (09/11/2017-09/30/2017, 14mg) (10/01/2017-10/26/2017, 13.5mg) (10/27/2017-11/04/2017, 13mg) (11/05/2017-11/18/2017, 12.5mg) (11/19/2017-12/08/2017, 12mg) (12/09/2017-12/15/2017, 11.75mg) (12/16/2017-12/28/2017, 11.5mg) (12/29/2017-01/11/2018, 11mg) (01/12/2018-01/25/2018, 10.5mg) (01/26/2018-02/08/2018, 10mg) (02/09/2018-02/22/2018, 9.5mg) (02/23/2018-03/08/2018, 9mg) (03/09/2018-03/22/2018, 8.5mg) (03/23/2018-04/05/2018, 8mg) (04/06/2018-04/27/2018, 7.5mg) (04/28/2018-05/05/2018, 7.13mg) (05/06/2018-05/17/2018, 7mg) (05/18/201/-05/31/2018, 6.5mg) (06/01/2018-06/14/2018, 6.25mg) (06/15/2018-06/24/2018, 6mg) (06/25/2018-06/30/2018, 5.67mg) (06/31/2018-07/09/2018, 5.5mg) (07/10/2018-07/16/2018, 5.33mg) (07/17/2018-07/23/2018, 5.16mg) (07/24/2018-07/31/2018, 5mg) (08/01/2018-08/14/2018, 4.75mg) (08/15/2018-09/14/2018, 4.50mg) (09/15/2018-10/14/2018, 4.00mg) (10/15/2018-11/26/2018, 3.50mg) (11/27/2018-01/05/2019, 3.0mg) (01/06/2019-01/16/2019, 2.5mg) (01/17/2019-02/08/2019, 2.25mg) (02/09/2019-02/22/2019, 2.13 mg) (02/23/2019-03/07/2019, 2.00 mg) (03/08/2019-04/01/2019, 1.67 mg) (04/02/2019-04/13/2019, 1.5 mg) (04/14/2019-04/26/2019, 1.33 mg) (04/27/2019-05/10/2019, 1.16 mg) (05/11/2019-05/23/2019, 1.0 mg) (05/24/2019-06/02/2019, 0.88 mg) (06/03/2019-06/13/2019, 0.75 mg) (06/14/2019-06/23/2019, 0.63 mg) (06/24/2019-07/03/2019, 0.50 mg) (07/04/2019-07/08/2019, 0.00 mg) (07/09/2019, 0.50 mg) (07/10/2019, 0.00 mg)

01/26/2017 - present Mirtazapine 0.00 mg

 

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Junglechicken

Just found this website on Neurological Dissasociative symptoms.

 

This is what I think I'm experiencing at the moment:

 

http://www.neurosymp...uses/4533053418

 

Hopefully it'll answer other people's mystery symptoms as well.


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.

Supplements: "Bioglan" Biotic Balance Ultimate Flora 10 billion CFU, live Bacteria, Probiotic, suitable for Vegetarians, with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Longum"Pukka" Vitalise a unique blend of 30 energising botanicals.

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.

Medical Test Results: 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program 24 Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment + anti-Candida diet started due to suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). DETOXED for 7 weeks to "re-set" gut. April 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Comprehensive Stool Analysis NEGATIVE; Full Blood Count (Normal) / Blood Cholesterol: 5.6 (Borderline) / Blood Sugar (Normal) / 28 Jun 2017 FSH 8.2 / 14 Nov 2017 FSH 17.7 Dec 2017 Blood Cholesterol: 3.9 (Normal) / Kidney Function (Normal) / Blood Sugar (Normal). December 2017 "Genova Diagnostics" Food panel allergy (bloodwork) analysis - a few "VERY LOW/VL" allergens; Mar 2018 "Genova Diagnostics" SIBO urine analysis: High Level of Yeast/fungal markers found in small intestine but NO SIBO.  April 2018 Thyroid (Normal) / Full Blood Count (Normal) / FSH (Normal). 16 April 2018 Started anti-Candida diet - 3 month protocol.   25 March 2020 All test results "Normal". CRP" 5 mg/L (normal range to 0-5 mg/L).

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).

 

Major Life Events: 

Re-located to UK from Canada: Jan 2016

My father died: 5:05pm, Monday 5 Feb 2018 Last Lexapro dose: 16 April 2018 (its now been over a year since I quit ADs)

Moved house: Friday 23rd February 2018  "Divorced" toxic Mother: Monday 26 March 2018 Starting working again: 19 November 2018

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apace41

Aelius,

 

JC may well be onto something.  Here is in interesting paper in this regard.

 

http://sci-hub.cc/10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.03.003

 

I have had the same issues, however, mine started prior to taking meds (30 years ago) and the meds suppressed it for much of that time.  I now have it sporadically.

 

I don't see any reason to believe it is permanent.

 

One thing that neurologists in this space recommend to help with balance for sensory integration is the Wii fit balance games.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3922272/

 

You should definitely pursue vestibular rehab.  No downside that I'm aware of.

 

Best,

 

Andy


Sertraline 50mg and Clonazapam .375mg from 2000 -- symptoms of dizziness Spring 2012

increased to .5 Clonazapam and 100mg Sertraline -- no improvement

Benzo microtaper from November 2012 to November 2014 (followed benzo sites "taper benzo first")

Started Sertraline taper in December 2014 cut by 25mg to 75mg; 62.5mg 1/1/15 and 50mg on 2/1/15

Held at 50mg through April 5 to use liquid 
Reduced dosage in 10% or less drops from 50mg to 25mg -- at single tablet of 25mg on 10/5/15

Transitioned to all liquid for accuracy while tapering -- Horrible insomnia -- back to 25mg liquid and held until October 1, 2016

10/16 -- 11/18 tapered very slowly to 10.6mg.  No real improvement and never really stable so updosed to 12.5mg (1/2 a pill) for convenience and long hold.

After 8+ months of holding with no noticeable improvement decided to add .4ml of liquid Prozac (about 1.5mg) to see if that improves the situation

Supplements, Magnesium, D3, Omega 3, curcumin, Valerian, 81mg Aspirin, L-Theanine, Vit. C,

 

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Blondiee1915

Chiming in on the dizziness thread

 

I experience dizziness and disbalance constant since coming off lexapro . Prior to medication I never experienced this . It is truly terrible , particularly since is is constant for me . I went to neurologist and they diagnosed me with benign positional vertigo as I had a few episodes of that back during winter . I was also recommended rehab . I honestly feel like it will not do me any good as this is directly related to WD . I really hope this is not permanent as I have no life now due to these symptoms . Stress makes it worse too .

I would love to hear back from squirrel too as I read some of her thread and she did suffer with this


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

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

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

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

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

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

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Aelius
20 hours ago, apace41 said:

Aelius,

 

JC may well be onto something.  Here is in interesting paper in this regard.

 

http://sci-hub.cc/10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.03.003

 

I have had the same issues, however, mine started prior to taking meds (30 years ago) and the meds suppressed it for much of that time.  I now have it sporadically.

 

I don't see any reason to believe it is permanent.

 

One thing that neurologists in this space recommend to help with balance for sensory integration is the Wii fit balance games.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3922272/

 

You should definitely pursue vestibular rehab.  No downside that I'm aware of.

 

Best,

 

Andy

Hi Andy,

thanks for the links. I`ll check them when I feel better. I`m in a pretty nasty wave of symptoms.


05/06/2015-05/21/2015 Zoloft C/T, 05/2015-08/2015 Clonazepam 2x0.5mg (reduced to 0 during one month), 05/2015-08/2015 Trazodone 150mg (last month 100mg, reduced to 0 during 7 days), 09/2015-07/2016 Clonazepam reinstated after one month off to 2x0.25mg (benzo free since July 28, 2016), 09/2016 Escitalopram 5mg (10 days), 10/2015-04/2016 Venlafaxine 150mg (3 months) 75mg (3 months) C/T, 01/2016-04/2016 Olanzapine 2.5mg C/T, 04/2016-05/2016 Lamictal 100mg (5 weeks, reduced to 0 during 7 days)), 08/02/2016-08/16/2016 Valdoxan 25mg C/T,

08/23/2016-09/21/2016 Venlafaxine 75 mg (reduced to 0 during 7 days),

07/27/2016-10/10/2016 Buspirone 3x5mg (Oct. 1-3; 5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg,)(Oct.4-5; 2.5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg)(Oct. 6-8; 2.5mg-2.5mg-0)(Oct. 9; 2.5mg-0-0),

10/25/2016 - reinstated Buspirone 3x5mg (Dec.13-19; 5mg-2.5mg-5mg) (Dec.19-Jan.1; 5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-11; 2.5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-19;1.67mg, 1.67mg, 1.67mg) (Jan.20-27; 0.83mg, 0.83mg, 0.83mg) (Jan.28-Feb.05; 1mg, 1mg)(Feb.6-0mg)

08/10/2016 - Mirtazapine 30mg (01/26/2017-02/19/2017, 27mg) (02/20/2017-03/05/2017, 25.5mg) (03/06/2017-03/12/2017, 24mg) (03/12/2017-03/19/2017, 23mg) (03/20/2017-04/02/2017, 22mg) (04/03/2017-04/16/2017, 21mg) (04/17/2017-05/12/2017, 20mg) (05/13/2017-05/22/2017, 19mg) (05/23/2017-06/09/2017, 18mg) (06/10/2017-06/16/2017, 17.5mg) (06/17/2017-06/23/2017, 17mg) (06/24/2017-06/30/2017, 16.5mg) (07/01/2017-07/14/2017, 16mg) (07/15/2017-07/23/2017, 15.5mg) (07/24/2017-08/31/2017, 15mg) (09/01/2017-09/10/2017, 14.5mg) (09/11/2017-09/30/2017, 14mg) (10/01/2017-10/26/2017, 13.5mg) (10/27/2017-11/04/2017, 13mg) (11/05/2017-11/18/2017, 12.5mg) (11/19/2017-12/08/2017, 12mg) (12/09/2017-12/15/2017, 11.75mg) (12/16/2017-12/28/2017, 11.5mg) (12/29/2017-01/11/2018, 11mg) (01/12/2018-01/25/2018, 10.5mg) (01/26/2018-02/08/2018, 10mg) (02/09/2018-02/22/2018, 9.5mg) (02/23/2018-03/08/2018, 9mg) (03/09/2018-03/22/2018, 8.5mg) (03/23/2018-04/05/2018, 8mg) (04/06/2018-04/27/2018, 7.5mg) (04/28/2018-05/05/2018, 7.13mg) (05/06/2018-05/17/2018, 7mg) (05/18/201/-05/31/2018, 6.5mg) (06/01/2018-06/14/2018, 6.25mg) (06/15/2018-06/24/2018, 6mg) (06/25/2018-06/30/2018, 5.67mg) (06/31/2018-07/09/2018, 5.5mg) (07/10/2018-07/16/2018, 5.33mg) (07/17/2018-07/23/2018, 5.16mg) (07/24/2018-07/31/2018, 5mg) (08/01/2018-08/14/2018, 4.75mg) (08/15/2018-09/14/2018, 4.50mg) (09/15/2018-10/14/2018, 4.00mg) (10/15/2018-11/26/2018, 3.50mg) (11/27/2018-01/05/2019, 3.0mg) (01/06/2019-01/16/2019, 2.5mg) (01/17/2019-02/08/2019, 2.25mg) (02/09/2019-02/22/2019, 2.13 mg) (02/23/2019-03/07/2019, 2.00 mg) (03/08/2019-04/01/2019, 1.67 mg) (04/02/2019-04/13/2019, 1.5 mg) (04/14/2019-04/26/2019, 1.33 mg) (04/27/2019-05/10/2019, 1.16 mg) (05/11/2019-05/23/2019, 1.0 mg) (05/24/2019-06/02/2019, 0.88 mg) (06/03/2019-06/13/2019, 0.75 mg) (06/14/2019-06/23/2019, 0.63 mg) (06/24/2019-07/03/2019, 0.50 mg) (07/04/2019-07/08/2019, 0.00 mg) (07/09/2019, 0.50 mg) (07/10/2019, 0.00 mg)

01/26/2017 - present Mirtazapine 0.00 mg

 

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On 6/6/2017 at 9:58 AM, Blondiee1915 said:

Chiming in on the dizziness thread

 

I experience dizziness and disbalance constant since coming off lexapro . Prior to medication I never experienced this . It is truly terrible , particularly since is is constant for me . I went to neurologist and they diagnosed me with benign positional vertigo as I had a few episodes of that back during winter . I was also recommended rehab . I honestly feel like it will not do me any good as this is directly related to WD . I really hope this is not permanent as I have no life now due to these symptoms . Stress makes it worse too .

I would love to hear back from squirrel too as I read some of her thread and she did suffer with this

I'm in the exact same boat as you with this lexapro WD. Dizziness, depersonalization, and detachment. Hang in there!


2005-2015 sertaline, 2015 to November 2018 escatalopram. Used liquid titration to drop doses. By 0.5mg at first then drops as small as 0.01mg at end of taper. Jumped of at 0.02mg

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Blondiee1915

Thanks Itzakadooze, I am doing my best.  Hope you are okay.  I also have depersonalization and detachment and extreme exhaustion.  Our poor bodies.  But I do have hope it will get better. pm me if you want to chat 

B. 


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

03/08/19: Buspar 2.5 mg AM, 5 mg PM

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

12/18 Armour Thyroid 60 mg (for hypothyroidism) 

 

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

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

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Bobo32

Anyone experienced vertigo and loss of balance symptopms 3 or 4 months after withdrawal? I know a friend who is struggling with those symptoms, she's 4months lexapro free just taking a benzo and thyroid medication. Could it be that the sudden loss of balance and headaches she's experiencing caused by lexapro withdrawal?

she used the drug for about 5 years then she used it again after quitting it for about 2 years

 

thanks

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2004-2007 paxil

2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax

Med free since Feb 28th 2017

Mostly experiencing PSSD

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LilyBlueRose

Just checking in seeing how others are doing with this? My ears are constantly congested , whether it is extreme or slightly. I have periods of time where I rarely notice the dizziness or woozy in motion feeling. Where I feel good and pretty much normal,  And then there are times, like now, where it hits me like a freight train and I lose all hope and fall into despair. Scared thinking what if this isnt withdrawl? What if this is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life? 

 

Being dizzy and feeling like my chair is swaying on the ocean when I am sitting still is an absolute nightmare. Going on a year a 5 months now since quitting Celexa. Considering calling up yet another DR because I feel hopeless, but I know he wont be able to do anything. Ive seen an ENT, A vestibular specialist, two pcps and had an MRI. Very frustrating! I just dont get how they cant see whats going on in my ears or understand why I am having these issues. I really wish it would stop :(


Current age - 29

 

At Ages 16- 20 Celexa 40 mg 

 

2014- September through February of 2016 ( 18 months) Celexa 20 mg

 

Tapered for Several months

 

Celexa free since February of 2016

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RachelSusan

I'm having issues with sinus pressure. Pressure in the inner ear and behind the nose, along with a post nasal drip, some nausea and headache. Shaking as well. Meclizine seems to be working for me however I am now concerned about taking any drug on a regular basis and I try to ride out the symptoms as much as possible.  Does anyone have any knowledge if the Meclizine will cause a problem with a Zoloft taper and or withdrawal? I used drug interaction checker and while there is no problem that doesn't mean that it can't impact us with CNS problems. I am in a taper but I suspect I am also going through a withdrawal resurgence from when I went Cold Turkey. I'll also post this on my page.


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 19, 2017 reduced to 12.0 mg (4%).   Feb 9 2017 reduced to 11.0 mg (8%). March 1 2017 to 10.0 mg (9 %).  March 21 2017  to 9.5 mg (5%). April 1 2017  to 9.0 mg (5.3%). April 10 2017 to 8.5 mg (5.6%). April 22 2017  8.25 mg (2.9%). April 29 2017  8.0 (3.0%). May 6 2017  7.75 mg (3.1%).  May 14 2017  7.5 mg (3.2%). May 20 2017 to 7.25 mg (3.3%). May 27 2017 reduced to 7.0 mg (3.4%). June 10 2017  to 6.75 mg (3.6%). June 17 2017 to 6.5 mg (3.7%). June 24 2017 6.25 mg (3.8%). July 1 2017 reduced to 6.0 mg. July 8 2017 5.75 mg. July 15 2017 5.5 mg. July 22 2017 5.25 mg.  Aug 5 2017  5.0 mg.  Dec. 9, 2017  4.75 mg (5%).  Feb. 10, 2018 4.50 mg.   March 15, 2018 4.375 mg (2.8% decrease). April 3, 2018 4.25 mg (2.9%). May 14, 2018 4.125% (2.9%). June 16, 2018 4.0 mg (3.0%).  July 21, 2018 3.875mg. August 11, 2018 3.75mg (3.2%). Sept. 12, 2018 3.62mg (3.3%).  Oct. 13, 2018 3.5mg (3.4% decrease). Nov. 29, 2018 3.375mg (3.6% decrease). Jan. 20, 2019 3.25 mgFeb 16, 2019 3.125mg (3.8%). April 7, 2019 3.0mg (4.0%).  May 18, 2019 2.875mg (4.2%). June 22, 2019 2.75mg (4.3%)July 27, 2019 2.62mg (4.5%). August 18, 2019 2.5mg (4.8%). Sept. 14, 2019 2.375mg (5.0%) Oct.19, 2019 2.25mg.  Nov. 16, 2019 2.12mgDec. 7, 2019 2.00mg (5.9%). 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.

OTHER MEDICATIONS: Gabapentin - 900 mg since July 2016, Prednisone  5mg.  QVAR Inhalant,  Supplements: Vitamin D, Probiotic, and Fish Oil.

 

 

 

 

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On 18/06/2011 at 1:50 AM, Altostrata said:

Acta Otolaryngol. 2010 Sep;130(9):981-3.

A possible explanation for dizziness following SSRI discontinuation.

 

Smith PF, Darlington CL.

 

Source

 

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand. paul.smith@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

 

Abstract at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20144124 Full text at http://www.mediafire.com/?3v4waouysa70j6q

 

Dizziness is the most commonly reported symptom of abrupt discontinuation from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) category of antidepressants. The reported dizziness is exacerbated by even slight head movement, and therefore is likely to be vestibular in origin. The SSRIs most implicated are those with short half-lives and which are most selective for serotonin (as opposed to noradrenaline), e.g. paroxetine and sertraline. Since the vestibular nucleus complex (VNC) has an abundance of serotonin receptors, the abrupt withdrawal from an SSRI is likely to have a substantial impact on the electrophysiological activity of neurons within it. Here we suggest that the abrupt withdrawal from an SSRI is likely to cause a sudden decrease in serotonin in the VNC, which will disrupt the function of VNC neurons bilaterally, causing dizziness without vertigo.

Hey alto,

what you think might help with dizziness? My mom us having this symptom ever since She stopped lexapro and a benzo I really want to help her. Its been about 4 months that She ct 10mgs. Her dizziness is worst in the mornings as well as when she moves her head. Any advice ?

thank you


2004-2007 paxil

2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax

Med free since Feb 28th 2017

Mostly experiencing PSSD

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10 hours ago, Bobo32 said:

My mom us having this symptom ever since She stopped lexapro and a benzo I really want to help her.

 

Hi Bobo,

 

Because we are making suggestions that can affect a person's health and wellbeing it is very difficult for us to assist 3rd parties.  I suggest that your mother become a member of SA so that we can support her directly.  Thank you.


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

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

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

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.

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This is happening most days, usually in afternoon and it lasts for 4 to 5 hours. Meclezine helps. Symptoms usually include the feeling of pressure in sinus, the area around and behind nose. Profuse sweating, and feeling hot, along with motion sickness feelings. I also feel speedy at times, like too much coffee, the feeling of internal tremors. I can't think clearly when it happens, headaches, sort of out of things,   Anyone have any thoughts?


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 19, 2017 reduced to 12.0 mg (4%).   Feb 9 2017 reduced to 11.0 mg (8%). March 1 2017 to 10.0 mg (9 %).  March 21 2017  to 9.5 mg (5%). April 1 2017  to 9.0 mg (5.3%). April 10 2017 to 8.5 mg (5.6%). April 22 2017  8.25 mg (2.9%). April 29 2017  8.0 (3.0%). May 6 2017  7.75 mg (3.1%).  May 14 2017  7.5 mg (3.2%). May 20 2017 to 7.25 mg (3.3%). May 27 2017 reduced to 7.0 mg (3.4%). June 10 2017  to 6.75 mg (3.6%). June 17 2017 to 6.5 mg (3.7%). June 24 2017 6.25 mg (3.8%). July 1 2017 reduced to 6.0 mg. July 8 2017 5.75 mg. July 15 2017 5.5 mg. July 22 2017 5.25 mg.  Aug 5 2017  5.0 mg.  Dec. 9, 2017  4.75 mg (5%).  Feb. 10, 2018 4.50 mg.   March 15, 2018 4.375 mg (2.8% decrease). April 3, 2018 4.25 mg (2.9%). May 14, 2018 4.125% (2.9%). June 16, 2018 4.0 mg (3.0%).  July 21, 2018 3.875mg. August 11, 2018 3.75mg (3.2%). Sept. 12, 2018 3.62mg (3.3%).  Oct. 13, 2018 3.5mg (3.4% decrease). Nov. 29, 2018 3.375mg (3.6% decrease). Jan. 20, 2019 3.25 mgFeb 16, 2019 3.125mg (3.8%). April 7, 2019 3.0mg (4.0%).  May 18, 2019 2.875mg (4.2%). June 22, 2019 2.75mg (4.3%)July 27, 2019 2.62mg (4.5%). August 18, 2019 2.5mg (4.8%). Sept. 14, 2019 2.375mg (5.0%) Oct.19, 2019 2.25mg.  Nov. 16, 2019 2.12mgDec. 7, 2019 2.00mg (5.9%). 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.

OTHER MEDICATIONS: Gabapentin - 900 mg since July 2016, Prednisone  5mg.  QVAR Inhalant,  Supplements: Vitamin D, Probiotic, and Fish Oil.

 

 

 

 

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On 9/27/2017 at 3:22 PM, Bobo32 said:

Hey alto,

what you think might help with dizziness? My mom us having this symptom ever since She stopped lexapro and a benzo I really want to help her. Its been about 4 months that She ct 10mgs. Her dizziness is worst in the mornings as well as when she moves her head. Any advice ?

thank you

 

22 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

 

Hi Bobo,

 

Because we are making suggestions that can affect a person's health and wellbeing it is very difficult for us to assist 3rd parties.  I suggest that your mother become a member of SA so that we can support her directly.  Thank you.

 

Bobo, Chessie's suggestion is a good one. It sounds like your mom has withdrawal syndrome, not just dizziness. Please ask her to join SA and start an Introductions topic.

 

18 hours ago, RachelSusan said:

This is happening most days, usually in afternoon and it lasts for 4 to 5 hours. Meclezine helps. Symptoms usually include the feeling of pressure in sinus, the area around and behind nose. Profuse sweating, and feeling hot, along with motion sickness feelings. I also feel speedy at times, like too much coffee, the feeling of internal tremors. I can't think clearly when it happens, headaches, sort of out of things,   Anyone have any thoughts?

 

Hi, RachelSusan, I responded in your topic 

 


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K

On 11/08/2017 at 3:05 AM, Kalinia said:

Just checking in seeing how others are doing with this? My ears are constantly congested , whether it is extreme or slightly. I have periods of time where I rarely notice the dizziness or woozy in motion feeling. Where I feel good and pretty much normal,  And then there are times, like now, where it hits me like a freight train and I lose all hope and fall into despair. Scared thinking what if this isnt withdrawl? What if this is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life? 

 

Being dizzy and feeling like my chair is swaying on the ocean when I am sitting still is an absolute nightmare. Going on a year a 5 months now since quitting Celexa. Considering calling up yet another DR because I feel hopeless, but I know he wont be able to do anything. Ive seen an ENT, A vestibular specialist, two pcps and had an MRI. Very frustrating! I just dont get how they cant see whats going on in my ears or understand why I am having these issues. I really wish it would stop :(

How you doing now Kalina? 

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LilyBlueRose

Hey there! I've had over a month of a window. I have days where I am dizzy and in motion but not as intense as when it's a "wave" of pure misery. Ears have been a little better as well. I always have low grade in motion dizziness when still and ears are always full of pressure... But it has not been too bad at all lately. Dreading the next wave but enjoying the bit of relief. 

 

I've been having racing heart issues tho which I've had on and off since quitting celexa. 

 

How are you doing @IrishMonkey92


Current age - 29

 

At Ages 16- 20 Celexa 40 mg 

 

2014- September through February of 2016 ( 18 months) Celexa 20 mg

 

Tapered for Several months

 

Celexa free since February of 2016

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I went to yet another ent by the way who was useless and just said to take klonopin 


Current age - 29

 

At Ages 16- 20 Celexa 40 mg 

 

2014- September through February of 2016 ( 18 months) Celexa 20 mg

 

Tapered for Several months

 

Celexa free since February of 2016

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On 13/10/2017 at 4:55 AM, Kalinia said:

Hey there! I've had over a month of a window. I have days where I am dizzy and in motion but not as intense as when it's a "wave" of pure misery. Ears have been a little better as well. I always have low grade in motion dizziness when still and ears are always full of pressure... But it has not been too bad at all lately. Dreading the next wave but enjoying the bit of relief. 

 

I've been having racing heart issues tho which I've had on and off since quitting celexa. 

 

How are you doing @IrishMonkey92

Basically the exact same. Somedays I don't feel as bad. I try to not let it get to me. I just have no idea what this is.

Further to add to my annoyance... I went to an infectious disease doctor - after a year and a half on the waiting list. They confirmed that my blood was showing high probability of having lyme disease. So this just throws the whole withdrawal situation out in the bin because I thought that was the reason for my symptoms. So confused right now :( All this started after stopping Citalopram... I've never been ill in my life until that point. 

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On 13/10/2017 at 4:57 AM, Kalinia said:

I went to yet another ent by the way who was useless and just said to take klonopin 

Question: Did you get odd sensations in your head... like a jolt/shooting pain in your head and it happened various times throughout the day at the start of all this occurring? 

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On 14/6/2017 at 11:10 AM, Bobo32 said:

Anyone experienced vertigo and loss of balance symptopms 3 or 4 months after withdrawal? I know a friend who is struggling with those symptoms, she's 4months lexapro free just taking a benzo and thyroid medication. Could it be that the sudden loss of balance and headaches she's experiencing caused by lexapro withdrawal?

she used the drug for about 5 years then she used it again after quitting it for about 2 years

 

thanks

My rocking/swaying sensation like I'm on a boat started 5 months out from stopping my Citalopram. I still have it 22 months later. I think its never going to go away for me :( Still struggling to believe this is withdrawal. 

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Does anyone know anyone who has quit Antidepressants and has my sensation of being on a boat? I'm starting to believe this is something else now (Lyme disease maybe?). It started 5 months after stopping Citalopram, a night after drinking a lot of alcohol. Its been nearly 2 full years. Replies would be much appreciated. 

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Oh I'm sorry! :( if it is lymes then maybe treatment will help it go away? Did you have other lymes symtoms? @IrishMonkey92

 

No I never had that. I once in a while had sensations like my brain was shaking or something tho! 


Current age - 29

 

At Ages 16- 20 Celexa 40 mg 

 

2014- September through February of 2016 ( 18 months) Celexa 20 mg

 

Tapered for Several months

 

Celexa free since February of 2016

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On 22/10/2017 at 6:02 AM, IrishMonkey92 said:

Question: Did you get odd sensations in your head... like a jolt/shooting pain in your head and it happened various times throughout the day at the start of all this occurring? 

 

This might be what is called brain-zaps

 

I've experienced this.  I've felt it in my head, when my eyes have been closed and I've moved them and in my shoulder area of my back when walking.

 

And there is also this topic: -head-symptoms

 


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

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

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

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.

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LilyBlueRose

Also what is their plan of action now? 


Current age - 29

 

At Ages 16- 20 Celexa 40 mg 

 

2014- September through February of 2016 ( 18 months) Celexa 20 mg

 

Tapered for Several months

 

Celexa free since February of 2016

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LisaP

Hi,

 

The week that I finished tapering off of long term use of both Trazodone and Cymbalta (both for neuromuscular pain/sleep) I fainted and gave myself a mild concussion. I've never fainted before. At the hospital they ran lots of tests and everything was fine. I still feel dizzy periodically one month later but understand that's common. A few days ago, when I thought fainting was behind me, I fainted, again, and gave myself another mild concussion. Now I'm fearful of fainting.

 

Are there things I can do to help with the dizziness and things that make the dizziness worse? I've read about reinstatement but after one month I'm not sure that makes sense for me. And besides, I still haven't found a doctor who would agree to work with me before/during/after this period of "reshaping" by brain and am leery of doing more on my own. (My family doctor said that she was not equipped to help me, which was at least honest. )

 

Has anyone had any experience with (medical) marijuana making the dizziness worse? I think there may be a connection for me so I've stopped all marijuana use. I've been taking 300 mg of Gabapentin and 20 mg of time release Melatonin to help me sleep at night. Could they be adding to my dizziness problem? I've cut out all caffeine and alcohol thinking that might help.

 

Since I don't know how long this dizziness will last, I'm eager to get some helpful ideas or suggestions. Thanks.

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On 23/10/2017 at 9:43 AM, ChessieCat said:

 

This might be what is called brain-zaps

 

I've experienced this.  I've felt it in my head, when my eyes have been closed and I've moved them and in my shoulder area of my back when walking.

 

And there is also this topic: -head-symptoms

 

Chessie, did your brain zaps feel like a jolt/quick/sharp/shooting into the head? And did you get them consecutively within a space of time? 

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did you come off of the medicine too fast maybe? Do you still experience any withdrawal effects? If not, Maybe its your brain adjusting still and might take a while to even out since the hospital scans were fine. I heard once that side effects from SSRIS continue after a few years sometimes. I would try to see what your symptoms are before you faint and sit down if possible to not fall. I’m sorry you are going through this 


Withdrew from Luvox in 2015 to fast (took 2 months). (highest dose was 800mg..tapered off 50mg every week)

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(Klonopin 1 mg for a month, second time on it, in May 2016 and tapered .25mg through early aug)
(Tapered off Klonopin as i went on Luvox)  
-Off klonopin-
....
Back on Luvox in 2016 of June..400 mg 8/26/2016.. 350mg 8/26/2016.. 300mg 09/04/2016.. 250mg 09/08/2016.. (tried to taper to 225mg 03/07/2017 didn't work).. 240mg  04/04/2017.. 230mg 04/27/2017.. 225mg 05/12/2017...223mg 09/28/2017...222mg 05/01/2018...220mg 05/21/2018...218mg 09/01/18...216mg 02/21/19  (03/15/2019-08/30/19)had a serve drug interaction with going into ketosis and an far infrared sauna.. took a long time to recover and find the right dose)  08/30/19...199mg...09/24/19...198mg (feeling more human)

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Raye

great idea with cutting caffeine and acholol out tho.. I cut those out to and experience better cognitive function especially after cutting out caffeine. best luck to you


Withdrew from Luvox in 2015 to fast (took 2 months). (highest dose was 800mg..tapered off 50mg every week)

...
(Klonopin 1 mg for a month, second time on it, in May 2016 and tapered .25mg through early aug)
(Tapered off Klonopin as i went on Luvox)  
-Off klonopin-
....
Back on Luvox in 2016 of June..400 mg 8/26/2016.. 350mg 8/26/2016.. 300mg 09/04/2016.. 250mg 09/08/2016.. (tried to taper to 225mg 03/07/2017 didn't work).. 240mg  04/04/2017.. 230mg 04/27/2017.. 225mg 05/12/2017...223mg 09/28/2017...222mg 05/01/2018...220mg 05/21/2018...218mg 09/01/18...216mg 02/21/19  (03/15/2019-08/30/19)had a serve drug interaction with going into ketosis and an far infrared sauna.. took a long time to recover and find the right dose)  08/30/19...199mg...09/24/19...198mg (feeling more human)

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I've been feeling this lately, especially late at night, when showering and when going to the toilet.

 

I will feel a rush of dizziness for a few seconds. Then it's like I lose conscious for about half a second or less. And feel myself kind of falling to one side. But I catch myself just at the start of the motion of falling. It's very jolting and anxiety inducing. It's also often like a feeling of vertigo or like there is a very gentle earthquake for a few seconds.

 

Does this sound familiar ? Any advice?


  • 2008: Started Citalopram 30mg
  • Sept 2014: Tapered down Citalopram over 6 months and discontinued Feb 2015
  • Severe withdrawals peaked in July/Aug 2015. Totally housebound.
  • Sept 2015: Sertraline started @ 100mg on GP advice.
  • Oct to Dec 2015: Reduced to Sertraline 50mg due to side effects. 
  • Jan 2016 to March 2017: Tapered Sertraline to 2mg @ 10% per month. 
  • Severe withdrawals peaked again June 2017. Totally housebound. 
  • Diazepam: July 2017 5mg // Aug 2017 2.5mg // Sept 2017 1mg // 12th Dec 2017 0.85mg 
  • Sertraline Reinstatement: 23 Oct 2017 5mg // 15 Nov 2017 10mg // 23 Nov 2017 15mg 

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Hi James,  My goodness...that was such an concise description of your experience...I recognised it immediately.  Very similar to own experiences.  I have only gone as far as describing it as dizziness, vertigo and jelly legs. Unfortunately I did fall once but it was only in the lounge room onto carpet!  The only advice I can think of is to focus on a spot on the wall in front of you...you have identified two areas where this happens and that it happens mostly at night.  For example if you are in the shower, try to focus on a spot in line with your eyes.  This prevented me moving my head too fast which seemed to trigger this horrible feeling. Also I found if the shower was too hot it got worse.  I have also slowly introduced magnesium citrate as a supplement, which seems to have helped.  Sorry this is happening to you James.K


  • Citalopram 20mg - 40mg ~ approx 2010 - October 2015 (stopped over one week)
  • Parnate  20mg - 50mg and olazapine 5mg ~ Jan 2016 - May 2016 (ceased over 2 days) 
  • Lithium 450mg-900 mg and Thyroxin ~May 2016 - May 2017
  • Diazepam various doses (including PRN) ~ 2015 - 2017
  • Oxazepam various doses (including PRN) ~ May 2016 - June 2016
  • Lurasidone 20mg ~Mid May 2016 - Mid June 2016
  • Vortioxetine 10mg - 20mg ~ 6th June 2016 - 20th July 2016 (abruptly ceased)
  • Amitriptyline 200mg ~July 2016 - September 2016 (ceased over 1 week)
  • Nortriptyline  (dose ?) ~October 2016 ~ November 2016 (abruptly ceased)
  • Seroquel XR 100mg - 300mg ~ May 2016 - August 2017 (ceased over 3 weeks)
  • Escitalopram 10mg - 30mg ~ August 2016 - March 2017 (ceased over 2 weeks)
  • Bupropion 300mg ~ December 2016 - May 2017 (ceased over 1 week)
  • Clonazepam 1.5mg daily ~ July 2016 (started tapering May 2017 - September 2017 currently on 0.375mg..ie 0.125mg TDS) 27th May 2018 5% 0.357mg (possible paradoxical reaction - see benzo thread)  28th June 5% 0.337mg, 28th July 10% 0.303mg, 12th September10% 0.272mg, 18th September reinstated 10% due to intolerable WD 0.303mg, 1st October-11th Oct 10% (1% reduction over 10 days) 0.272mg, 22nd October clonazepam ceased crossed over 10mg diazepam
  •  Dexamphatamine 20mg ~ December 2016 (started tapering October 2017 - tapered 1.25mg 4th Dec 2017, 1.25mg 19th Dec 2017 6.25mg, Speed up decrease due to major interaction between Dex and fluoxetine- ref to thread 10% 17th Feb 2018 5.63mg, 10% 21st Feb 2018 5.1mg, 10% 26th Feb 2018 4.5mg 10% 28th Feb 4.1mg, 10% 1st March 3.7mg, 10% 5th March 3.3mg, 10% 8th March 3mg, 10% 10th March 2.7mg, 10% 12th March 2.4mg, 10% 14th March 2.16mg, 10% 16th March 1.94mg, 10% 18th March 1.74mg, 10% 20th March 1.57mg, 10% 21st March 1.41mg, 10% 22nd March 1.26mg, 10% 23rd March 1.13mg, 10% 24th March 1.01mg, 10% 25th March 0.9mg, 10% 27th March 0.81mg, 10% 29th March 0.73mg, 10% 31st March 0.66mg, 10% 2nd April 0.59mg , 10% 4th April 0.53mg, 10% 6th April 0.47mg, 10% 8th April 0.42mg, 10%10th April 0.37mg, 11th April 0.2mg, 12th April 0.1mg (last dose) OFF! 
  • Fluoxetine 40mg ~December 2016 -.31 Jan 2018 reduced to 20mg (probable serotonin toxicity) 10th March 2020 10mg, 7th April 9mg, 1st May 8.5mg, 15th May 8.0mg, 27th May 7.5mg, 8th Sept 7.2mg, 2nd Oct 7mg
  • Diazepam 10mg ~ 22nd Oct 2018, 10th November 8mg, 14th Nov 7mg, 8th December 6mg, 30th December 5mg (Nocte), 7th March 2019 4.5mg,14th March 4mg, 5th April 3.5mg, 9th April 3mg, 18th April 2.5mg,1st May 2mg, 17th May 1.75mg, 25th May 1.6mg, 4th June 1.59mg, 5th June 1.58mg, 6th June 1.57mg, 7th June 1.56mg, 8th June 1.55mg, 22nd June 1.4mg, 4th July 1.2mg, 16th July 1mg, 30th July 0.8mg, 13th Aug 0.6mg, 28th Aug 0.4mg, 10th Sept 0.2mg, 23rd Sept Off! 
  • SR Circadin 2mg (melatonin) 25th May - 20th June 
  • Zolpidem 10mg 25th May (7 tablets)
  • Supplements: Magnesium glycinate (soluble - sip throughout the day) 

 

"Whenever you feel yourself doubting how far you can go,  just remember how far you have come.  Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome"    Unknown 

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I've experienced this quite a bit myself, and in different forms. I've experienced visual disturbances that make it appear as if everything around me is moving, this is only alleviated by closing my eyes. Recently my symptoms revolve more around an overwhelming fatigue and weakness leaving me pretty much bedridden. Often walking from one room to the next is enough to bring on a dizzy spell and collapse. (Along with palpitations, and of course tears of frustration.) Along with that I have an unsteady gait and at times stumble into things. I'm still experiencing the withdrawal effects from the Effexor and Zoloft combination after taper and complete discontinuation. This in spite of the fact that I am currently taking Prozac to help me through the WD of the other AD. The Prozac has only helped my emotional symptoms, and only minimally. It has done pretty much nothing for the physical state I've been left in. I keep myself well hydrated, force myself to eat as much (supplemented with protein shakes) as I can. I'm taking a few supplements as well as the Vit D3 and B Complex my GP has insisted upon. Rule out any causes that may be related to other things. That said, the only remedy I've found for my episodes is to stay in bed 24/7. And that's not possible. So I'm working on other solutions and praying it passes soon. Hopefully there are others who've had some success with dealing with this.

 

Best Wishes

UPC


Ativan 1or2mg PRN: 2003 - present 

Paxil up to 60mg: Aug 2005 - Feb 2013

Adderall XR Varied dosages on and off: 1994? - present

Pristiq 100mg: Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

Effexor XR 150mg: Feb 2014 - Jun 2016; then gradual taper. D/C'd in Nov 2017.

Xanax 1mg: PRN 1998 - Jan 2018

Zoloft 200 mg: 2016, Taper then CT Dec 2017 AMA. Destroyed my life. And everyone I love. 

Prozac 5mg daily: JAN 2018 - OCT 2018, CT'D against my will and despite my protests.

 

Current: (NOV 2018) Ativan 1mg prn, Adderall XR 15mg daily, Clonidine 0.1mg twice daily

 

 

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Prozacboy

I also have this symptom while slowly tapering off Prozac. It makes just walking to work a complete and utter nightmare. I feel like I am going to fall or get hit by a car unwittingly. Any update from Kristine or ultimateprisoncell on how you or doing or how to make it better? 


10mg Lexapro: November 2014 - May 2016 (tapered over 4 weeks)

10mg Prozac: March 2017 - Current (currently tapering) 

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1 hour ago, Prozacboy said:

I also have this symptom while slowly tapering off Prozac. It makes just walking to work a complete and utter nightmare. I feel like I am going to fall or get hit by a car unwittingly. Any update from Kristine or ultimateprisoncell on how you or doing or how to make it better? 

I wish I had answers. Reinstatement can help, but I personally would not go there. I've been playing the wait it out game... With no success this far, but I'd imagine it has to get better at some point.... I would advise reaching out to others in the forums to see if they've had any success via other means.

 

UPC


Ativan 1or2mg PRN: 2003 - present 

Paxil up to 60mg: Aug 2005 - Feb 2013

Adderall XR Varied dosages on and off: 1994? - present

Pristiq 100mg: Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

Effexor XR 150mg: Feb 2014 - Jun 2016; then gradual taper. D/C'd in Nov 2017.

Xanax 1mg: PRN 1998 - Jan 2018

Zoloft 200 mg: 2016, Taper then CT Dec 2017 AMA. Destroyed my life. And everyone I love. 

Prozac 5mg daily: JAN 2018 - OCT 2018, CT'D against my will and despite my protests.

 

Current: (NOV 2018) Ativan 1mg prn, Adderall XR 15mg daily, Clonidine 0.1mg twice daily

 

 

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