Extreme vertigo and nausea. I took a daily dose of alprazolam totaling 6mg. I had exhausted google by trying to search her symptoms to try to bring some relief to my daughter. Simran Sethi is a journalist, educator and author of the book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, chronicling changes in food and agriculture through bread, wine, coffee, chocolate and beer. Working on lexapro my last one. The MDs I work with have diagnosed quite a few cases of B-12 deficiency – not hard to diagnose or treat but extremely important for physical and mental health. Anyway, I hated how it made me feel all around & after about 10 months, I quit cold-turkey!! Thank you for your time, Linda R. I can relate to all of the people posting about their horrendous withdrawal experiences. I am 2 years off paxil and still suffering severely. When I started to have heart problems last Spring my heart doctor suggested that maybe it was due to being on Paxil. The zaps were horrible, I got rid of mine after 4 months, I would get zapped up to 100 times a day, and was miserable. ❤️. Most posts and information are from people who had been on higher dosages and/or had taken for longer periods of time. I hate seeing anyone deal with these drugs! It mounted up very severe anxiety, depression, very negative thoughts, skin burning, sensations like moving through thick air, very very serious headaches, paresthesias etc etc etc – THIS WAS MUCH WORSE then the anxiety states for which i have taken lexapro in the first place. I found that the stomach cramps return after taking Advil for a few days in a row (for the flu-like symptoms)….then NOT taking it. For example if I take a multivitamin or any other seemingly inert medicine the zaps will come back. She said, “that sounds like anxiety. We did some early spring cleaning and I had to stay outside while my husband vacuumed. How do you exercise? Well, after only 3 days I stopped taking them because I was sleeping all the time. I’ve read many story’s on diffrent sites of poeple and their experience getting off the drug , what worrys me about my perticular case is that my symptoms started almost 6 months after I stopped taking escitalopram . I can’t function properly many days bc of these withdrawals. I’ve been taking it for about 5 years. I was on 20 mg of prozac for 9 years. It is hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel when your life consists of being in bed full time without the label of a chronic illness that any outsider would acknowledge or believe…, after weaning off lexapro and going through the ‘usual’ withdrawl symptoms,I now have excruciating joint/muscle pains.I wonder if those will ever go away,had them for over two month now?I completely stopped lexapro three and a half month ago after taking it for more than 8 years. As I did outreach for the book, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, I told audiences that the changes we were experiencing in food and agriculture would compromise our ability to eat well in the future. At first, it was the normal withdrawal hell of migraines, brain zaps, GI issues, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, fatigue, ticks and crying. I had to withdraw from all of my classes. I am wondering if anyone has had problems with belching after coming off Celexa ? I’m a long time antidepressant user. I was put on Benzo’s (calming pills) and put on Cipralex which I did not tolerate and became sleepless. It was not until i ran out of medication while overseas that i experienced how excruciating the Withdrawal symptoms of that wretched drug can be. I can’t eat because stomach is in a constant state of nausea, it’s also tied in knots with anxiety,I can’t sleep,I’m dizzy,I shake, I have ear pain,numbness, headaches,crying bouts,feeling terrible fear, can’t regulate my temperature. I guess I’m still looking for the courage to continue. ringing in my ears…. I was on 20mg of prozac for 23 years and 300mg of Wellbutrin for at least 10 years. I am looking at trying a acetylcholine and dopamine supplement now so hopefully it will help. Until our country’s legislators lose the financial incentive to put the interests of pharma lobbyists ahead of the interests of constituents, we will continue to be tortured and injured by the drug companies and any doctors who are complicit in the careless prescription of these dangerous drugs. Has anyone else had issues like this? Some women can start to lose their … From all tests and scans what so ever. An incredible anger at the stupidest things. I have had emotional/mental issues since the age of 2, according to my family. No Dr could figure out what was wrong with me. It has helped me tremendously. I suffered from WD when attempting to get off what was intended to be short term treatment for post postpartum depression. There are many natural solutions to ssris and they all seem to provide more than one benefit. Sarah – You mention several very valid points. It’s been 6mos now and I still have lingering effects. When I finally did, I landed in A&E from an acute panic attack and was placed back on another SSRI immediately. [4] http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/341178. Our doctor prescribed her 3 daily drugs that are SSRI’s, and what kills me is every single doctor we saw including two different hospitals had a list of her medications and symptoms and no one thought that it may be the drugs causing this except for me. My biggest issue being off over 3 weeks is extreme joint pain. I want others to be aware of the horrible side effects of withdrawing from these meds. I saw your post and just thought I would respond. Hello All, I’m in Brisbane, Australia. I tried numerous times to withdraw from Seroxat and it was extremely difficult. I talk like a damn baby and always think something horrid is happening now. I think on positive things to keep going. I couldn’t possibly recount the hell ive been through: hospitalizations, meds, ECT, IOP, etc. May help when everything we say gets filtered through and labelled as symptoms of mental illness rather than being seen as information that may merit further investigation/ be taken into account when originally prescribing. For many people, a little bit of temporary nausea and dizziness on halting a drug would be acceptable but the reality of SSRI withdrawal for those who have lived through it, is that it is a far more complex process than is commonly understood or recognised and in the case of protracted withdrawal (which is far more common than reported) it can last years and the withdrawals can be severe and enduring. I swear that Trying to rid this poison has only caused us all a stack of medical bills for mystery conditions that can’t be diagnosed or fixed. I have been off Lexapro for 12 weeks now. I’m planning to taper off slowly this time.. hope it helps…. Then we would rush to that solution and become long term, unconsenting test subjects again. There is one good thing however. The adrenal glands are responsible for sending messages to the brain to release hormones that are important in our bodies functioning normally. Here, take these and you won’t be stressed at work anymore. But the worst is the belching and pain between my shoulder blades on my back..I did have some belching before the Celexa with my anxiety but this is extreme, anyone ?? I’ve been off since January 27, 2016 and I am still feeling awful. Medication always has risks of side effects and withdrawal, so it’s only worth taking if the benefits out-weigh the risks. I am not depressed though. You would make a very strong advocate to help inform others. If I knew this would be such a b!tch to get off of I would have thought twice. I’ve spent days on end in bed, crying, unable to get my life back together. My only way I got healed was trusting God to heal me. I think it’s great that you didn’t have many problems. I am going off them because I owe it to my self to go without , let’s see. I decided one day to google fluoxetine and see if that could be the cause. Now we are dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. Thinking about how my father never saw the book I had given myself over to. Initial symptoms were of course intense brain zaps – they lasted 4 months then stopped completely. She also added that if I found it to hard to do, start taking the medication again at full dosage. I never felt like that before the mess and honestly I was heading in a good direction until I fell at work and ended up incapacitated for over a year. I really don’t want to go back on the medication now that I know if causes all of these symptoms, but I don’t feel like I can push through it much longer. I hope people on this page find some useful information to help them, don’t suffer in silence… God bless ❤️❤️. I did, in have discontinuation effects like you would expect; however, these effects pretty closely matched the research. The drug that brought it on in the first place. This is really getting to me and I don’t want to go back on the anti-depressants because I believe this is what has caused all my pain. I can at least sleep 6 hours now but I usually can’t fall asleep until 5 in the morning. Are you sure it’s not your ‘anti anxiety medication’ that’s causing your symptoms? Greetings from Poland. I know it’s the Prozac because they’re the same symptoms I had when I lowered the dose. Be strong. I’m not kidding myself I really don’t think I will ever be what I once was.”. I was careful not to miss a dose due to the one time I missed due to the rx mail order plan not reaching me before I ran out. Not a chance. I’m a physician and have social anxiety which made it difficult to talk with patients and families. Sooo, 8 months later it’s better but not gone. SSRIs may cause weight loss with short-term use, but taking them for 6 months or more can lead to an increase in weight. One would think that I may have lost 1lb with all of the vomiting and low calorie intake (due to not being able to eat, limited diet, etc), but NO; I’ve actually gained weight! Thank you. When I get worked up, they return…but never to the stinging level that I experienced while on the drug itself. It took 5 more months to see a local D.O. I have ALL or most of the symptoms described by the many users of SSRI’s. It's why you puke after treatment. Ive heard a lots about wd for Venlafaxine / Efexor…I hope that low dose and short usage time will not make getting of this to painfull. I know that benzos are addictive, and that’s why they are the last resort. The symptoms increased her anxiety because of the intensity of the spells when they would come on. All websites advise reduction by 10% at a time… well at 80 mg that would mean less than 10mg each dose. That didn’t seem to help much, either, but the doctor said it was helping more than I thought. I’m in a complete debilitated state at the moment. Been bad for me too. I believed her. I began to have the following symptoms: Are you seeing a therapist through Zoom or anything? I am very against her going on Prozac or any other SSRI. It is very distressful emotionally and physically for her and it is hard for her to function at work like this. In Jesus Christ Name. I was at my wits end watching my baby girl suffer every single day, she was missing school and had to stop playing sports. Exactly what I needed to hear Shadow! Thank you. (2005-2015) Initially prescribed for severe PMS symptoms, only to be taken 5 days a month before my period. I tapered of citalopram and have been completely off for 3 weeks now and I am miserable. If and when discontinued, antidepressants should be tapered very slowly – I propose the taper should last at least 1/4 of the length of the treatment with the medication. I slept 20 hours a day. Unless injured patients speak out, ADs will continue to be prescribed by doctors who either don’t know about, or think they won’t be held accountable for, the consequences of putting patients on antidepressants that result in physical dependency and severe protracted withdrawal symptoms that can persist for months or years. It is rewarding that there are those among them taking a cold hard look at the disastrous effects of withdrawing from these drugs. It was pure hell; and like you I was not made aware of the dangerous side effects that can be lifelong. It’s the mental withdrawal I am having such a hard time with. Might be a good reason why I decided to take antidepressants in the first place. Why didn’t I have those symptoms from anxiety prior to taking the drug? I started on Prozac, then took Effexor for years. Push us to our limits…work work work…push papers, spin that hamster wheel! My doc switched me to bupropion per the advice of my counselor. Taking these drugs as well as coming off of them can result in devastating side effects. I’m going to try a very slow taper at this point. While not as common as the other side-effects, I have seen several reports of aggravated parasthesia. I was told no and I’d need to see if a muscle relaxant worked first. I walk every day and repeat Mantras about healing and safety and wellness. I cry out Lord help me! At this point, I have read enough posts on the survivingantidepressants website and watched enough terrifying youtube videos of people in withdrawal that I myself have developed iatrophobia. I was only on Paxil for 2 months but the WD was horrible! And most important thing; seek help from friends, spouse, good therapists which can be hard to find, listen to yourself, don’t hang on to people who hurt you, write a journal, anything! We provided the science to back up what they’re already doing.”, This paper proclaims that “the field of psychiatry has conducted few rigorous studies of antidepressant withdrawal, despite the fact that long-term prescription rates in the United States and Britain have doubled over the past decade, with similar trends in other Western countries.” Went to 10 mg for five weeks, then 10 mg every other day for 2-3 weeks. I stuck w it for a month, but the sensations persisted. They think it’s just dehydration. Hi everyone. She’s lost 60lbs in 3 months. Methadone was horrific with one year of a weaning period from 40 mg… I suffered for one full year after my final dose. You can get thru this. These medications include antibiotics, antidepressants, asthma medications and high blood pressure medications.Common causes are:nasal obstruction, such as the common cold, breathing allergies and nasal congestion from irritants like cigarette smoke and pollutants. Got to a point where I almost killed myself with painkillers. I quit citalopram 10 mg four weeks ago. I will be (praying) thinking about you all! I have NO REASON to be depressed! We agree and thank you for being a voice in this battle. I pray to God every night to make my life little closer to the way I was before the medicine. I would rather go through heroine withdrawal again than come off Zoloft ever again! I am much, much better now thank god, but the awful breathing problems I experienced every day were terrifying and debilitating and not a ‘return’ to depressive feelings! And being so angry for no reason . You don’t have to keep suffering through this… the right dr and Meds are out there for you, Andrew hang in there brother there is hope. Since taking a pyrrole primer my anxiety is 109% better. Always in Er for all kinds of stupid reasons. Brain zaps and dizziness started back up today randomly… I started feeling better, now I’m starting to feel bad again. Don’t think my parents want me to go to the ER since I might die from the virus. Lol! I know I will get through this but how long will it take I’m not sure. I am very angry they still push these. I took my last 10 mgs of Paxil on 10/28/16. Yes now i know what that feeling in my head is…brain zaps. Hi Nancy I have been taking SSRI’s for over 10 years, since 2001. Eventually I developed terrible edema in my legs and grew a hump on my back. Hi Diane, my heart goes out to you! I am so sorry Christi I am currently having WD from Veneflaxin…This is my second time being on an antidepressant. I feel scared, like I am actually losing my mind. Wow…thank god i found this post…ive been off lexapro and wellbuterin for over two weeks now…and i thought i was going insane. Others simply misdiagnosed and treated erroneously. Paxil victim here. Good luck to all. That includes the cancer, along with hair follicles, your taste buds and saliva glands, and your stomach lining. 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