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Hello everyone glad I found somewhere to find good information and support . I'll just give a little introduction. I've been off Ciprelex 30mg for 6 months now after being on the ssri for 7 years.The side effects were far out weighing the benefits.

My doctors seemed clueless when it came to the tapering, from what I know now as well as the withdrawal I am currently feeling . I tapered fairly fast from what I read on this forum.My main symptom at first was abdominal pain,panic, discomfort and very poor digestion. I lost 30 lbs in the first month and I know for some people that's good but for my build, not so good.

Most of my symptoms at first were digestive related and my doctors didn't suggest withdrawal. Has anyone in here experienced horrible digestive issues right away ? So I had a million tests run, which came with months of worrying about every disease in the book. My tests came back clean which was good.

However I am still feeling alot of discomfort, sensitivity in the stomach(feels like I'm bruised) coupled with fatigue, vivid dreams and insomnia. I have been experiencing all this while working a Fulltime job, which I love. I have missed more days than I wanted to for the obvious reasons. However I've decided to ask for time off because my body hasn't recovered and I feel the only way for a better recovery is to get away from my schedule and take extra time for myself.

I see two different doctors. The one I saw today wants me to start a pain med and believes my stomach pain is related to migraines I used to get, which at times still show up. I am so scared of all medication but want this stomach pain to go away. I have improved over the 6 months so I'm leaning towards staying the natural course.

Does 5HTP help for withdrawal?? After all the suffering I have gone through in the last 6 months you would think my doctor would give a note to go on sick leave,but apparently that's like pulling teeth. They just see a healthy young man complaining .

Either way I need time for myself and recovery and sorry if I'm ranting. I'm glad to be hear in this forum and look forward to have a place for support and information because I feel my doctors are out too lunch on this topic.

Mort

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Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Sorry for writing so much.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Hi  Mort81 ,   welcome to SA.   There's loads of information here about all things related to antidepressant use and withdrawal.

 

The site recommends sticking with just magnesium and fish oil during withdrawal (see symptoms and self care).    Many people find vitamins and supplements too stimulating. There is a thread on 5htp and Tryptophan in the Symptoms and Self-Care section.

 

Digestive problems are common , and you'll find a lot of discussion here about natural remedies , like ginger , mint tea , greek yoghurt.     

I like your idea of looking for natural alternatives rather than start more medications when possible.

 

Best wishes ,   Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Welcome Mort81,

I'm sorry to hear you are still having some difficult symptoms after tapering too fast off Ciprelex, but at 6 months out, that's not unusual, not around here anyway. It sounds like you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms.  Doctors don't understand withdrawal syndrome. They often want to add or increase drugs, which can make it worse.  Many of us are here because we tapered too fast while believing we were doing it right.  Sadly, most doctors don’t have a clue.

 

Its good to hear that all your tests came back fine, that's what most people find after being tested for all kinds of things, it ends up just being withdrawal.

 

I agree with Fresh that going with natural symptom relief is better than adding more drugs at this stage, your nervous system is working hard to recover,  and unless its absolutely necessary, drugs are best avoided.

 

I also had some digestive issues during my first few months and lost a lot of weight, but that's settled down for me now.  I will list some links to topics you may find helpful:

 

Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems

 

Digestive problems: Nausea, Diarrhea, Bloating, GERD

 

Have you or are you taking any other drugs? Please would you put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature.  Putting a short version of your drug and tapering history in your signature helps people understand your context, it appears below each of your posts.  Here are instructions for how to do it:

 

http://survivinganti...your-signature/

 

You will recover in time, it may take a little longer than you would like.  Please feel free to write whenever you want, you will find a lot of friendly help and support here.

 

Petunia.

 

PS.  Here is our 5HTP topic, its generally NOT recommended for withdrawal:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/656-5-htp-5-hydroxytryptophan-and-tryptophan/

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I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 

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Thank you Fresh and Petunia I appreciate the advice and support

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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I was wondering how many of you have dealt with massive stomach disturbances from withdrawal? My stomach feels like it's been punched all the time. Food sensitivities? I feel like this has been my main side effect from withdrawal. It's almost like my stomach feels like it's missing something. I'm 6 months into withdrawal and things are getting better, but very slowly. I'd really appreciate feedback

 

Mort

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Hi Mort , did you take a look yet at the topics that Petunia suggested on your other post ?

 

Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Hi Mort,

I joined your new topic with your original intro thread, its one intro/update thread per member, please ask questions and update here. Did you read the links I posted earlier in your thread?

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 

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Hey thanks I just read them

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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I suspect everyone here has had stomach problems , so you're in good company Mort.  :)

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thanks fresh, it's getting better just at a very slow pace. With all these symptoms of withdrawal stomach, fatigue etc.. How does anybody hold down a full time job? I battled for the first 6 months of WD trying to go as much as I could and it took a toll.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Hi Mort,

I just noticed in your signature that you are tapering off Clonazapam by taking it every 3rd day.  How long have you been skipping doses like this? This method of tapering may be adding to your withdrawal symptoms, by causing rebound withdrawal and further destabilization.  You need to take it on a regular basis with your dose spread out evenly through the day, to keep a steady level in your body.

 

From  The rule of 3KIS: Keep it simple. Keep it slow. Keep it stable.

Do not skip doses to taper. These big, fast changes are the opposite of providing stability for your nervous system. Skipping doses causes the amount of the drug in your bloodstream to go up and down. Do not do this for any psychiatric drug.

 

I suggest you go to our     Members-only benzo forum    and read the topics pinned at the top.  Then maybe start a topic for yourself there if you have questions. 

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 

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Thanks fresh, it's getting better just at a very slow pace. With all these symptoms of withdrawal stomach, fatigue etc.. How does anybody hold down a full time job? I battled for the first 6 months of WD trying to go as much as I could and it took a toll.

 

The trick is to do as little as you can until you start feeling better. My stomach was a horrible mess even before the meds, Mainly stress related. Wd made it even worse but I`m much better now. Probiotics help me a lot.

08 Cipralex 10mg for about 6 months. 11-12 Cipralex 20mg. Unsuccesful WD. 12-13 Zoloft 100mg with Diazepam 10-20mg as needed for anxiety.
Fall 13 Tapering Zoloft 100->50->25->12,5->0 in 2,5 months and CT Diazepam. 12/24/13 RI Zoloft 12,5mg
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1/21/14 11mg

3/18/14 9,9mg

2/18/14 8mg

4/22/14 7,6mg

5/5/14 7,2mg

5/12/14 -> cutting 0,5mg per week, holding when necessary.

8/18/14 -> cutting 0,25mg per week holding when necessary.

10/20/2014 -> cutting 0,1mg per week, holding when necessary.
12/28/2014 Jump!

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Absolutely agree with Petunia, this is no time to be skipping doses on a benzo! Better to divide it into smaller amounts and take the same amount at the same time every day.

 

Gut issues are very common with benzo withdrawal and benzos in general so this is the last thing you need to be adding to the mix.

 

Clonazepam is usually okay taken once a day but in withdrawal people often find they do better taking it twice a day. Whatever you choose. Taking it less than once a day is going to be throwing you into withdrawal in between doses and will keep your nervous system (including the gut's nervous system) stirred up and unstable.

 

You might also want to do some reading about the gut's nervous system, "enteric nervous system." Quite a popular subject these days, you should be able to find a lot of info about it. It's very common for withdrawal to cause gut problems.

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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Hey guys thanks for the responses, I'm gonna check out the benzo forums but this topic has me thinking that benzos may be making my withdrawal worse. I was taking clonzapam whenever I needed it. So I'm gonna do my best to remember how often I tool it,because their was never a set schedule. Before I was tapering off ssri I probably took clonzapam 3 times a week at a small does 0.25 but sometimes more. When I started tapering I took it more often. Probably 5-6 times a week. But when I first started getting stomach pain from WD

WD I pretty much stopped all meds completely for a few weeks. Than I started taking the benzos again to try and manage what I was feeling. Basically my doses have been all over the place! What should I do now? I'll read the forums. Has this increased my stomach sensations during withdrawal? I had cramps one day so bad it put me in tears. I haven't cried in a decade.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Another thing I wanted to add to my last post is that when I got my first sharp stomach pains from withdrawal that sent me to the ER, what followed was severe indigestion for weeks. My stomach muscles weren't contracting to digest food. Food was getting stuck, hence my liquid diet for about a month. Was all this my mismanagement of benzos?? I'm doing lots of research now about this

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Okay I'm freaking out but not in a bad way, this new information could provide my blue print to recovery. Should I start taking 0.25 mg everyday for a while?

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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There's one more thing which may be adding to your problems, the way you are weaning off your acid blocker.  That needs to be taken every day, please see:

 

Tips for tapering off stomach acid blockers or PPIs (esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole)

 

 

Should I start taking 0.25 mg everyday for a while?

 

Or you could try 12.5mg every day, that might be enough.

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 

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Thanks I'm gonna try0.125 everyday and see if my stomach calms Down. I believe the half life of clonazapam is 30-40 hours so maybe 12.5 won't be enough but ill try it out. Reading the benzo forums of withdrawal the symptoms many experience like benzo belly sounds exactly I've been experiencing with my stomach.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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mort, hey.

 

benzo belly was my first symptom in benzo withdrawal/tolerance. i was still taking the ativan and xanax when it began. it was just as you have described. the sharp pain, the lack of digestion. i ended up on a liquid diet as well. i lost a massive, massive amount of weight. the pain would happen shortly after i would ingest food. the intense stabbing pain. i'm not certain i've ever felt physical pain on par with it.

 

rhi mentioned the "gut's nervous system" above. it's some good stuff to look into. i had no idea until withdrawal that there are GABA receptors in the gut, as well as the brain. and in that light, it made perfect sense that my gut would be rebelling at the same time my brain was.

 

i hope things steady out for you soon. the benzo belly goes, thankfully. occasionally, very very occasionally, i will still feel a tightness/bloated-type feeling in my abdomen that i attribute as a leftover echo-symptom. it's nothing so troublesome as the stabbing pain, but enough to remind me that it was once bad.

 

and my weight came back. i have never been so happy to throw away skinny jeans.

 

hang in there.

 

dave

1996 - .5mg Ativan as needed, 7.5mg Remeron daily2008 - .5mg Xanax, Ativan discontinued, Remeron continued2012 - .5mg Xanax, .25mg Ativan 3x daily, Remeron continued2/2012 - Jumped from Remeron, continued .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily4/2012 - Began rapid taper of .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily6/2012 - Jumped from Xanax and Ativan, voluntary hospitalization followed7/2012 - 2nd voluntary hospitalization, reinstated Remeron, bumped to 30mg, also given risperidone.8/2012 - discontinued risperidone, tried gabapentin, dicontinued gabapentin, Remeron 30mg continued10/2012 to current - tapered Remeron 10% every 4 to 6 weeks (sometimes more time) using liquid compound12/2014 - 2mg Remeron 1/16/2015 - 1.9mg Remeron 8/1/2015 -1.6mg Remeron - 03/1/2016 - 1.5mg Remeron - 1/2/2017 1.3mg - 5/7/2017 1.2mg - 5/13/2017 - syringe size change - 6/8/2017 - 1.1mg - 7/10/2017 - 1mg - 9/1/2017 - 0.9mg - 10/22/2017 - 0.8mg - 11/22/2017 - 0.7mg - 2/2/2018 - 0.6mg - 3/13/2018 - new compound pharmacy - 5/20/2018 - 0.5mg - 8/31/2018 - 0.4mg - 11/16/2018 - 0.3mg - 12/24/2018 - 0.2mg - 4/1/2019 - 0.1mg - 5/1/2019 - .05mg - 0mg achieved 2019-06-15. 🤞

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Your also right about the PPI, I need to break it up in lower doses but take it everyday. These two medications need to be stabilized while my body is going through the ssri WD. I have a month off work to get things on track.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Thanks dave! Ya I lost a ton of good weight, cant fit into any of my clothes. Luckily my brother is skinny so I am borrowing his all his pants . I've stabilized my weight recently but it's been tough.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Hey thanks for Asking Fresh . Im doing okay . I am finding alot more ups and downs lately . Like one day is okay than the next day is not good and sometimes ill have a bad day but a better night , more frequent better days than in earlier months. I cant say I have Truly have good days yet but hopefully soon. I have just started to work with an Osteopath and psychologist in my area to help me work on the issues that originally landed me on all these meds. I played competitive sports and had a few head injuries and I had another non sports related brain trauma.  These issues caused me headaches and daily panic attacks,PTSD etc...  

 

So the good news is I joined a gym and had my first workout , the bad news was I got a headache! I got discouraged at first but that's okay.Ill try again next week. The gym is a tricky issue for me because I feel so good when I have a good workout but It can also cause massive head tension even doing the simplest of exercises .  I have been off work for about 3 weeks which has helped tremendously. However my doctor gave me a sick note that stated I would be ready to work at thestart of April. She didnt think I needed anytime off and Thinks these withdrawl symptoms are in my head. So I am never seeing her again but I need a new note because I feel I am not ready to go back to work yet. I am really hoping that my work accepts a Psychologist note because she is more understanding and recognizes what I am going through. I figure that If I stay away from work until May or even June than I could recover much better than dealing with daily stress.

 

I am pretty exhausted all the time, thats something I truly notice everyday but one thing thats not bothering me as much is my Gut Pain/Discomfort.  Its still there but not as intense . Some days it still feels like someone hit me with a baseball bat but other days its not so bad and Im so thankful for that! Thanks for checking in on me ! I hope your doing well Fresh!! :)

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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mort, hey.

 

hang in there with the ups and downs. ride them as best you can and realize that the fact that there are actually "ups" in the equation is a good sign that healing is chiseling away in that brain of yours. i am glad that you are stabilizing before your final drop from the klon. and really glad the tummy issues are decreasing.

 

in terms of your workout question, my best advice would be to drop any previously held notion of what you are capable of in the gym; essentially hit the "reset button." 

 

i think i started taking little walks around month 6. no strength training at all. i probably started jogging around month 9 or 10, but very timidly. around the year mark when i was feeling some palpable improvement, i started lifting fairly heavy, but cautiously. it takes time. the only way you are going to know is if you try. 

 

the way i started with the weights was i went into the gym and grabbed a set of 40lb dumbells - so 80lbs total. i hit 3 sets of 12 reps per arm and just did that for a couple weeks. threw some pushups in there as well. some days it did great things, other days i didn't have the energy or nervous system stability to achieve it. as time passed, i just increased the weight as i felt i could while adding other exercises to the mix. it's all going to be an experiment for you.

 

if you feel motivated to get in there and start hitting it - my personal view is that you should. but do so very very cautiously. remember, the iron always dishes you the absolute truth. 80lbs is always 80lbs. if you spend a half hour lifting more than you are ready for, you're setting yourself up for lifting nothing more than a spoon for months. and with withdrawal in the picture, you really need to watch how your nervous system is affected.

 

if you experiment, report back and let us know how you did. i have found strength training to be one of my most faithful allies in my healing. but i had to get into it with care and respect.

 

hang in there.

 

dave

1996 - .5mg Ativan as needed, 7.5mg Remeron daily2008 - .5mg Xanax, Ativan discontinued, Remeron continued2012 - .5mg Xanax, .25mg Ativan 3x daily, Remeron continued2/2012 - Jumped from Remeron, continued .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily4/2012 - Began rapid taper of .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily6/2012 - Jumped from Xanax and Ativan, voluntary hospitalization followed7/2012 - 2nd voluntary hospitalization, reinstated Remeron, bumped to 30mg, also given risperidone.8/2012 - discontinued risperidone, tried gabapentin, dicontinued gabapentin, Remeron 30mg continued10/2012 to current - tapered Remeron 10% every 4 to 6 weeks (sometimes more time) using liquid compound12/2014 - 2mg Remeron 1/16/2015 - 1.9mg Remeron 8/1/2015 -1.6mg Remeron - 03/1/2016 - 1.5mg Remeron - 1/2/2017 1.3mg - 5/7/2017 1.2mg - 5/13/2017 - syringe size change - 6/8/2017 - 1.1mg - 7/10/2017 - 1mg - 9/1/2017 - 0.9mg - 10/22/2017 - 0.8mg - 11/22/2017 - 0.7mg - 2/2/2018 - 0.6mg - 3/13/2018 - new compound pharmacy - 5/20/2018 - 0.5mg - 8/31/2018 - 0.4mg - 11/16/2018 - 0.3mg - 12/24/2018 - 0.2mg - 4/1/2019 - 0.1mg - 5/1/2019 - .05mg - 0mg achieved 2019-06-15. 🤞

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Thanks Dave your support is huge! I think I am probably at the light cardio and stretching stage at the moment. Slowly work my way up. Weight training has gotten me through some tough times over the years so can't wait to be able to lift.

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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I watched a documentary about antidepressants recently and I'm disgusted about what I saw . I am trying to figure out the name of it but I cant remember. Basically what I've got from it is that Antidepressant side effects and withdrawal are a big cover up by pharm companies and psychiatrists . Family Doctors either turn a blind eye or are just absolutely stupid and uneducated about this issue. It's a vicious cycle that puts massive dollars into the pockets of all involved. They get us hooked and make it nearly impossible to get off of them. When we have withdrawal it's automatically us going into a relapse so we need to go back on more meds!? Even though the symptoms may be completely different from the symptoms that suggested we use the drugs. I just can't get over what I saw, the world we live in is just so corrupt!

I never posted the exact side effects I was experiencing while on Lexapro that made me say I need to get off of this stuff now! I was curious if any of the SSRI users experienced this. After being on Lexapro for about 5 years 30mg my body temperature would always been extremely hot. I could never get cool enough. I woke up with the dryest mouth. My lips would be stuck to my gums and headaches. Anyway I played ice hockey regularly and anybody who has played this sport knows how hot your body can get. I blacked out twice after playing hockey. My body temp was through the roof. I had to stop playing but even when I wasn't playing It would continue to happen except for actually blacking out. I started getting ORAS. I don't know if I spelt that word right. But my heart would slow down and I'd get light headed and begin to shake. I got used to this happening almost weekly. My doctor had me see neurologists. I saw 2 neurologists lost my license and all that was said was that it was anxiety and I needed more meds. Not once did they suggest my meds could the culprit. I feel like we live in a world where we can't trust anyone. Sorry for the rant I wish we could expose these corrupt people. I Feel like their should be a huge lawsuit against doctors, pychs and Big pharm. Kinda how the older NFL players have sued the NFL for long lasting head injuries. Or something better like the people pushing these drugs on us should go on them for as long as we've been on them! I'm sorry sometimes I feel like an eye for eye.That DOCUMENTRY just got me fired up!

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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i have same conclusions 

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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Hi Mort ,     a member called Marmite is looking for people like you who have had cardiac and sensory issues whilst on Lexapro.

He's working with Dr David Healy with the goal of putting a case together against the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

 

The thread is in Symptoms and Self Care , called "Research:  Escitalopram/Lexapro , citalopram /  celexa".    This is a chance for us all to get involved.

Anyone interested can message Marmite.

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thanks Fresh I will be on board 

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Just an update , I have actually had 2 fairly good days in a row. Stomach slightly tender but no pain. I am able to eat things that would have bothered me in previous months. Hopefully many more windows and better windows ! 

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Purplestars22

So happy for you on your improvements wish you many more.

Celexa 20mg 2008-2012 for Social Anxiety

Failed attempt to stop reinstated

1 year taper skipping doses

Celexa free 12/2013

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

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

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Lexapro, has just taken a year and a half of my life from me. Its nasty stuff. Had to transfer to prozac to try and get off of it.

Effexor 150 mgs 2003-2005 (led to a disaster on withdrawal and no help from DR. eventually thought i was crazy and booked myself into a clinic was hugely traumatic and led to years of thinking i had bi polar disorder.) In the clinic was put on ativan and topomax but didnt stay on either for longer than 2 months. Had sever withdrawal from the ativan as became hoocked.

Trepaline 100mg's 2005-2013 (for sleep)

Valium as needed from 2010-2013 (became dependant and stopped cold turkey-horrible withdrawals.)

Lexapro 2013-aug2014 ( Tried to come off 3 times but withdrawal was intolerable so changed to prozac as has longer half life and is easier to come off.

Prozac Aug 2014-Nov 2014 ( weaned off very slowly, with a decrease every two weeks)

Am now off everything for three months. Had very bad withdrawal the first few weeks. Then improved, now worse again.

Supplementing Neutragenics: serenagen and Trancor

Calm shen at night for sleep, which is a chinese herbal remedy.

Vit b12

omega 3's

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Ya its been awful , we will come out better on the other end but I guess it takes a long time. Its pretty pathetic when my doctor tells me I should only experience 2 weeks WD. 

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Thanks purple ! today makes it 3 in a row !

Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th . PPI Dexlant  30 mg taper has begun. Cutting 20% currently.  using zantac as needed.  Benzo is currently 0.10mg 

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Just an update , I have actually had 2 fairly good days in a row. Stomach slightly tender but no pain. I am able to eat things that would have bothered me in previous months. Hopefully many more windows and better windows ! 

 

That's wonderful Mort.  I'm delighted to read your news.

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.

 

Requip - 3/16 ZERO  Total time on 25 years.

 

Lyrica: 8/15 ZERO Total time on 7 or 8 yrs.

BENZO FREE 10/13 (started tapering 7/10)  Total time on 25 years.

 

Read my intro thread here, and check the about me section.  "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin

 

 

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