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#253 Survivor1

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:27 AM

Thank you Marie,

 

I guess I need to hold a while more.  I'm actually OK with that; it's the worry whether I have an adverse reaction vs wd that I'm grappling with.  I hope holding doesn't hurt as that is what I plan to do for now.

 

Cheers


Klonopin: June 2014 - Sept 2015; 1mg tapered over 6 mths, withdrawal hellish

Naturethroid: 65 mcg

Seroquel:  June 14 - July 24, 25 mg alternate nights; July 25-30, 12mg most nights; Sept 1-12, no more than 10 mg for 7 nights. D/C Sept 12.  Severe wd., Dec 7  reinstate 2 mg, Dec 15 updosed to 5mg (not 10 mg as in post dated 12/12)

Trazodone: Oct 2015 - June 2016; 75 mg tapered over 2 mths, intense w/d Sx after 3 weeks. Reinstatement: 07/25/16 25 mg; 08/03/16 50mg;  10/01/16 62mg. 03/24/17 Began taper due to serotonin toxicity: 52mg

Mirtazepine: Nov 14 -17,2016 2.5mg; Nov 18-26 1.5mg to fight sedation; Nov 27-Dec 3  2.0 mg, Dec 4 updosed to 2.5, Dec 12 down to 2 mg again because of suspected serotonin syndrome (false alarm), upped again to 2.4 mg Dec 19 since withdrawal was fiercer than ever. Revised: 03/24/17 Serotonin toxicity NOT false alarm after all!  

Supplements: Fish oil and multivitamin

 

Synopsis:   Psych meds as of 12/19/2016 - Seroquel 5mg; Mirtazepine 2.4mg, Trazodone 62.5mg

03/24/17:  Began tapering traz - 52mg;  intense wd sxs by week 5


#254 brassmonkey

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:05 PM

It's more than likely WD. An Adverse Reaction hits hard and fast, you would have know within hours of starting the updose if that was the case.


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mg it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

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#255 marie123

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:38 PM

So last night I forgot to take mirtazipine. I couldn't remember last night whether I took it or not and did not want to risk a double dose. I barely slept last night so I guess I did forget. I'm crazy tired but I did not have any fog today. I guess all along a lot of what I was feeling was mirt side effects of fogginess that lasted a good part of the day. Good to know. Tonight I will just take my regular dose.

 

I practiced for my cut of trazodone. First water titrating. Tried dissolving my dose in equal part of water (.006 g weight in 6 ml of water) and practiced with a syringe. Then weighing. I then crushed my dose of 1 mg  (.006 g weight) and divided it up with a blade in 6 small piles. I then cut those 6 piles in half. Now I can get a dose .0055 g. weight for my new dose by using one of those halves and weigh out .005 g. and using that too. I used a mirror.  I think that makes sense, at least to me. I'm writing this down here so I can refer back.

 

I get confused some with the decimals so correct me if I'm wrong. I don't want to switch to titrating because I'm just so sensitive still to the tiny cuts of trazodone.


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#256 marie123

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 08:34 AM

Yesterday I felt pretty good. I went to the gym and had a nice workout. Felt some bladder symptoms in the evening and some spasms. I had great sleep the night before.

 

Last night I slept but it was much more restless with a couple of nightmares thown in. Today I feel pretty lousy, w/d lousy. I am definitely in a wave from the flu. My w/d symptoms have increased. I guess I need to ride it out for a while. The one thing I have now is clarity now that I am on low doses. I am starting to get angry, angry with pharma, doctors. etc. And no this is not a neuro emotion, I am pissed. I'm going to channel it into getting off these meds. The hell with them.

 

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10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#257 Survivor1

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 05:32 PM

Marie,

 

I can't believe you are having wd this far out!  Hope it settles down for you and you can begin your tapering.

 

Cheers. 


Klonopin: June 2014 - Sept 2015; 1mg tapered over 6 mths, withdrawal hellish

Naturethroid: 65 mcg

Seroquel:  June 14 - July 24, 25 mg alternate nights; July 25-30, 12mg most nights; Sept 1-12, no more than 10 mg for 7 nights. D/C Sept 12.  Severe wd., Dec 7  reinstate 2 mg, Dec 15 updosed to 5mg (not 10 mg as in post dated 12/12)

Trazodone: Oct 2015 - June 2016; 75 mg tapered over 2 mths, intense w/d Sx after 3 weeks. Reinstatement: 07/25/16 25 mg; 08/03/16 50mg;  10/01/16 62mg. 03/24/17 Began taper due to serotonin toxicity: 52mg

Mirtazepine: Nov 14 -17,2016 2.5mg; Nov 18-26 1.5mg to fight sedation; Nov 27-Dec 3  2.0 mg, Dec 4 updosed to 2.5, Dec 12 down to 2 mg again because of suspected serotonin syndrome (false alarm), upped again to 2.4 mg Dec 19 since withdrawal was fiercer than ever. Revised: 03/24/17 Serotonin toxicity NOT false alarm after all!  

Supplements: Fish oil and multivitamin

 

Synopsis:   Psych meds as of 12/19/2016 - Seroquel 5mg; Mirtazepine 2.4mg, Trazodone 62.5mg

03/24/17:  Began tapering traz - 52mg;  intense wd sxs by week 5


#258 marie123

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:42 PM

Big window today all day. I know what healing feels like. I finally got my strength back after the flu so it's time to go down in dose. I'll make a small cut tonight to bring me to about .92 mg of trazodone.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#259 marie123

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:14 AM

I feel pretty good today. The only symptom from the cut is that I am very tired from not sleeping well. I only got 4 1/2 hours sleep, but at least it was all in succession. This will even out as the days go on. If not I'll just have bedtime a half hour later. That seems to help regulate my sleep better and then after a week or so I'll move the time back.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#260 marie123

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:35 AM

An even better day than yesterday with more sleep at 5 1/2 hours. I feel a bit off and have some loose bowels, but otherwise healing is happening. This cut so far has been far better than my recent cuts. My slow descent off of traz will at least take all of 2017. That's fine though because I'll be done with it.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#261 Survivor1

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:40 PM

Good for you Marie.  Am rooting for you!


Klonopin: June 2014 - Sept 2015; 1mg tapered over 6 mths, withdrawal hellish

Naturethroid: 65 mcg

Seroquel:  June 14 - July 24, 25 mg alternate nights; July 25-30, 12mg most nights; Sept 1-12, no more than 10 mg for 7 nights. D/C Sept 12.  Severe wd., Dec 7  reinstate 2 mg, Dec 15 updosed to 5mg (not 10 mg as in post dated 12/12)

Trazodone: Oct 2015 - June 2016; 75 mg tapered over 2 mths, intense w/d Sx after 3 weeks. Reinstatement: 07/25/16 25 mg; 08/03/16 50mg;  10/01/16 62mg. 03/24/17 Began taper due to serotonin toxicity: 52mg

Mirtazepine: Nov 14 -17,2016 2.5mg; Nov 18-26 1.5mg to fight sedation; Nov 27-Dec 3  2.0 mg, Dec 4 updosed to 2.5, Dec 12 down to 2 mg again because of suspected serotonin syndrome (false alarm), upped again to 2.4 mg Dec 19 since withdrawal was fiercer than ever. Revised: 03/24/17 Serotonin toxicity NOT false alarm after all!  

Supplements: Fish oil and multivitamin

 

Synopsis:   Psych meds as of 12/19/2016 - Seroquel 5mg; Mirtazepine 2.4mg, Trazodone 62.5mg

03/24/17:  Began tapering traz - 52mg;  intense wd sxs by week 5


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:47 PM

Good to read that you're getting a bit more sleep and that your reaction to the recent decrease is milder than before. Three cheers!


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#263 Madeleine

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:04 AM

Nice to read your positive update. I am happy for you!

March 15/2017: 3.75 zyprexa; January 16/2017: 6.25 mg; down from 10 mg December 2016
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#264 marie123

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:25 AM

Thanks folks for coming by with your support. Can't do this without you. Another big window day so that makes three days in a row after making a small cut. I had a nice workout at the gym and then some shopping without feeling like a sick alien lol. My brain must love less trazodone. This year I'm not stalling my taper unless I absolutely have to i.e. not for family stuff, events, etc. I must get off this stuff but I'll do it slowly, every 6 weeks with maybe a good pause at the tiniest of doses.

 

Good luck everyone.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#265 marie123

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 06:30 PM

It's been 10 days now of feeling good the whole day. Sleep is fine now. I'm hoping this is a turning point in my taper where my small cuts will be felt less and less. As long as I go very slow I should be successful. I'm an impatient person who learned to be patient. Wish me luck.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#266 marie123

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:32 PM

I'm getting some withdrawal from the taper. I fell asleep quickly last night but woke up around 4 AM and couldn't fall back to sleep. Just that would have been okay to deal with but my teeth starting hurting today. It's where I got the root canal and one tooth over got a filling. That was about 2 months ago. My sinuses sting a bit on the same side too. When I first got the work done it took a good month for it to start to calm down. I've read that withdrawal can flare up old surgical/root canal sites so I guess this is it.

 

I hope after a good night sleep tonight it will get better. Lately it's one night of very good sleep after a night of poor sleep. Well at least I had two weeks of feeling pretty good.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#267 marie123

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:20 PM

Tooth pain for the second day. It's the spot where I had the filling done in the beginning of January. I'm not sure if this warrants a visit to the dentist, because before I made the traz cut it was feeling better for two weeks. I was in a nice window for sure. Nasty trazodone. I think I'll wait a week or so.

 

Other symptoms: blurry vision/fatigue even though I slept 7 hours

 

I am 29 months free of Ambien.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:45 PM

I had broke a lower tooth in the fall. After the dentist filled/repaired it, I was surprised by how much time he took to file down the tooth above it. Apparently my lower tooth with one or two decades-old fillings broke from repeated pressure from the pointy upper one. I mention this only because the dental work you had in January may have created a similar problem.

Getting sleep with very low dose trazodone and no Ambien? Priceless!

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Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14; 3.5 mg (32) Apr. 26;
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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:20 PM

Hey Marie, 

 

I wanted to ask you if your sciatica ever went away and do you think it was contributed to WD? I developed it in Sept and didn't injury myself at all. I thought this is such a strange WD symptom that I wasn't sure if it really was. I still have it. It's not very painful, more like an achy feeling if that makes sense. 

 

Thanks! 

 

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Took 10 mg of Lexapro for 15 years. Started to taper in October 2015. Took last 1mg dose in March 2016. Started having side effects end of March 2016. Symptoms include: anxiety, heart palpitations, shaky, chronic fatigue, body feels like lead(so heavy), brain fog and dizziness and really bad pain especially on right side of body. 

 

Symptoms as of 10/18/16- Burning skin, widespread body pain, some insomnia, some fatigue, some brain fog, anxiety upon waking up, numbing and tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints. 

 

Symptoms as of 4/19/17- A little burning skin, muscle pain, FATIGUE, some brain fog, tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints, blurry vision, eye floaters, sciatica.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 02:42 PM

Yes the sciatica went away. It was withdrawal for sure (never had it before). I went for physical therapy but it's hard to say if it helped that much.  I was able to do some stretches at home once they showed me them. I improved after one month and a half and it went away completely. There are some stretches online if you care to try some. It might help along with some warm epsom salt baths and advil if you can tolerate it. I found really only time made it go away and it will for you too. I've found that with withdrawal nothing surprises me with these symptoms.  Feel better.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:39 AM

Yes the sciatica went away. It was withdrawal for sure (never had it before). I went for physical therapy but it's hard to say if it helped that much.  I was able to do some stretches at home once they showed me them. I improved after one month and a half and it went away completely. There are some stretches online if you care to try some. It might help along with some warm epsom salt baths and advil if you can tolerate it. I found really only time made it go away and it will for you too. I've found that with withdrawal nothing surprises me with these symptoms.  Feel better.

 

Marie

Thanks Marie. That's interesting. The fact that yours went away after 1.5 months sounds normal. The fact that I've had mine for over 6 months is a little concerning. :( I think I'm going to try some stretches and see if that helps. I do take epsom salt baths too. Sometimes it's hard to determine what is WD and what is something else. I just think it's really strange that I would develop sciatica out of nowhere when I didn't injure myself and am in the middle of WD. I pray it goes away!! 


Took 10 mg of Lexapro for 15 years. Started to taper in October 2015. Took last 1mg dose in March 2016. Started having side effects end of March 2016. Symptoms include: anxiety, heart palpitations, shaky, chronic fatigue, body feels like lead(so heavy), brain fog and dizziness and really bad pain especially on right side of body. 

 

Symptoms as of 10/18/16- Burning skin, widespread body pain, some insomnia, some fatigue, some brain fog, anxiety upon waking up, numbing and tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints. 

 

Symptoms as of 4/19/17- A little burning skin, muscle pain, FATIGUE, some brain fog, tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints, blurry vision, eye floaters, sciatica.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:58 AM

The fact that you are telling me it's an achy feeling and one-sided tells me it's withdrawal. I've read many times that people withdrawing have one side where their pain is worse. Mine was left-sided (bladder/sciatica/lower back) at different times. Sometimes my left hip aches a bit but goes away. My left achilles is also a bit tender. Muscles and nerves flare up more in w/d and settles and goes away the farther you are out of w/d. It will definitely get better. Stretching/walking it all helps. Hang in there.

 

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10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Thanks Marie! Your encouragement is really helping me believe that this is WD and it will go away eventually!!  :)


Took 10 mg of Lexapro for 15 years. Started to taper in October 2015. Took last 1mg dose in March 2016. Started having side effects end of March 2016. Symptoms include: anxiety, heart palpitations, shaky, chronic fatigue, body feels like lead(so heavy), brain fog and dizziness and really bad pain especially on right side of body. 

 

Symptoms as of 10/18/16- Burning skin, widespread body pain, some insomnia, some fatigue, some brain fog, anxiety upon waking up, numbing and tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints. 

 

Symptoms as of 4/19/17- A little burning skin, muscle pain, FATIGUE, some brain fog, tremor in pinky and ring finger on left hand, cracking/popping/stiff joints, blurry vision, eye floaters, sciatica.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:33 AM

It seems after the cut I had two weeks of feeling pretty good. I guess it's the delayed w/d of traz that hit two weeks later. It's worse in the mornings with feelings of wooziness, weakness, insomnia,  a bit of nausea and light sensitivity.

 

Here's one for you:  I've noticed this several times before so it's a pattern. I've been getting one night poor sleep and the next night better. My spouse is off this week so he's naturally sleeping it. I've done the same. My withdrawal symptoms have increased with increased sleep! I've done some digging and reading about it and others withdrawing have reported the same. Some crazy stuff this withdrawal.

 

I am now about one month from the cut so I won't updose. I'll just hold at least for six weeks possibly longer. Wish me luck.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 06:35 AM

Hello Marie,

 

How strong are your wd sxs?  I am amazed that one can have them after such small dose reductions!

 

I am feeling the heat now after 3 weeks dropping - anxiety, shakiness, fatigue - main sxs.  This week will be crucial to see what my next step (updose or ride it out) will be.

 

Best of luck.


Klonopin: June 2014 - Sept 2015; 1mg tapered over 6 mths, withdrawal hellish

Naturethroid: 65 mcg

Seroquel:  June 14 - July 24, 25 mg alternate nights; July 25-30, 12mg most nights; Sept 1-12, no more than 10 mg for 7 nights. D/C Sept 12.  Severe wd., Dec 7  reinstate 2 mg, Dec 15 updosed to 5mg (not 10 mg as in post dated 12/12)

Trazodone: Oct 2015 - June 2016; 75 mg tapered over 2 mths, intense w/d Sx after 3 weeks. Reinstatement: 07/25/16 25 mg; 08/03/16 50mg;  10/01/16 62mg. 03/24/17 Began taper due to serotonin toxicity: 52mg

Mirtazepine: Nov 14 -17,2016 2.5mg; Nov 18-26 1.5mg to fight sedation; Nov 27-Dec 3  2.0 mg, Dec 4 updosed to 2.5, Dec 12 down to 2 mg again because of suspected serotonin syndrome (false alarm), upped again to 2.4 mg Dec 19 since withdrawal was fiercer than ever. Revised: 03/24/17 Serotonin toxicity NOT false alarm after all!  

Supplements: Fish oil and multivitamin

 

Synopsis:   Psych meds as of 12/19/2016 - Seroquel 5mg; Mirtazepine 2.4mg, Trazodone 62.5mg

03/24/17:  Began tapering traz - 52mg;  intense wd sxs by week 5


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 08:32 AM

They're pretty strong, at least yesterday it was. I'm not sure why. I could speculate and say well it could be partially ambien w/d still or maybe traz is going paradoxical on me. It really isn't doing anything for me now, just keeping worse w/d at bay. I did have a piece of delicious cheesecake right before bedtime the night before, so sugar sensitivity could have brought on worse withdrawal. Having a big window for two weeks right after the cut makes me wonder what the heck is going on. I know that after I reinstated the traz I became much more sensitive to cuts. I also notice that highway driving is more difficult lately. Last week I had a couple of days of feeling pretty good and was able to have a light workout at the gym.

 

Today I'm feeling somewhat better. I slept very well and not nearly as foggy. I still have blurry vision/light sensitivity and w/d fatigue. I will be going to family gathering with 37 people in a small apartment tonight. Usually I would just drink a lot of wine to get through it, but no wine now for me. My tooth is still hurting but avoiding the dentist for now. It wasn't hurting until the dentist worked on it. I can't deal with a route canal now so hoping it goes away.

 

Oh I forgot one pleasantry. I had my first panic attack right before sleep. I didn't realize I was having a bit of anxiety all day long. I haven't really had much anxiety during my tapers. It was like a big rush of anxiety, but was strange because I fell asleep quickly after that. I just said to myself "what the heck is this?" It's a beautiful day today. I think I'll go outside and take in some rays on my anti-gravity lounger.

 

30 months off Ambien

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


#277 Survivor1

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 10:49 AM

This is a little disheartening to hear about being sensitive to small drops, since I have the whole taper ahead of me, having gone off once before.  I understand that for a lot of people, subsequent tapers are harder than the first.

 

Hang in there, I will try to do the same!


Klonopin: June 2014 - Sept 2015; 1mg tapered over 6 mths, withdrawal hellish

Naturethroid: 65 mcg

Seroquel:  June 14 - July 24, 25 mg alternate nights; July 25-30, 12mg most nights; Sept 1-12, no more than 10 mg for 7 nights. D/C Sept 12.  Severe wd., Dec 7  reinstate 2 mg, Dec 15 updosed to 5mg (not 10 mg as in post dated 12/12)

Trazodone: Oct 2015 - June 2016; 75 mg tapered over 2 mths, intense w/d Sx after 3 weeks. Reinstatement: 07/25/16 25 mg; 08/03/16 50mg;  10/01/16 62mg. 03/24/17 Began taper due to serotonin toxicity: 52mg

Mirtazepine: Nov 14 -17,2016 2.5mg; Nov 18-26 1.5mg to fight sedation; Nov 27-Dec 3  2.0 mg, Dec 4 updosed to 2.5, Dec 12 down to 2 mg again because of suspected serotonin syndrome (false alarm), upped again to 2.4 mg Dec 19 since withdrawal was fiercer than ever. Revised: 03/24/17 Serotonin toxicity NOT false alarm after all!  

Supplements: Fish oil and multivitamin

 

Synopsis:   Psych meds as of 12/19/2016 - Seroquel 5mg; Mirtazepine 2.4mg, Trazodone 62.5mg

03/24/17:  Began tapering traz - 52mg;  intense wd sxs by week 5


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:40 PM

Nice window all day today. I went shopping and had lunch in the city. Lots of sun and exercise. This is the fifth week since the cut. If the good stuff continues I'll cut after the sixth week to which would bring me down to about .83 trazodone.  Have an appointment with the dentist tomorrow for toothache. I thought it might be w/d related but I've come around to realizing it's not.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:06 AM

I just got back from the dentist and he took x-rays and tested the teeth. Everything looks good he says and asks me if I clench. Well idk but I probably do because of the stress of it all.  It might be ligaments from what I've been reading. They can get inflamed during w/d from benzo and I'm sure ad w/d too. Btw one of the s/e's of trazodone is, wait for it, toothache. Warm salt water rinses for me.

 

Withdrawal the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

2/14         75 Trazodone   -    Tapered by dry cutting all the way down.

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

10/10/15  33 Traz, 10/24/15 30 mg 11/5/15 25 mg 11/20 12.5 mg 12/9/15 9 mg 12/22 6 mg 1/1/16 4 mg JUMPED.4/2/16 Rein 1 mg, 6/7/16 updose 2mg

8/13/16    1.1 Traz tapered from 2 mg, 10/26/16 1 mg Traz .92 mg CURRENT DOSE






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