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Bellisimo My whole story, from hell to heaven! There IS hope. (warning: Long)


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#1 Bellisimo

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:26 AM

I still cannot consider myself as a fully recovery story, I have a long way to get there i belive BUT i will tell you all that for a few months ago i could never even imagine i would feel like this today.. Im much better ..

The thing that was worrying me the MOST was the bad memory i had and i forgot things all the time and had massive blackouts and was SOO confused, i can tell you that this is almost completly gone, also my feeling of loosing my half body and indentity, i havent suffer from those things in a few months now..

and THAT means so much for me that im not atleast going demental lol

 

Soon its 9 months free, i feel SO PROUD what a journey!!


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


#2 WinningThrough

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 01:08 PM

Sounds like a success story to me! I'm thrilled for you! You're getting your life back and it's amazing.
The only way out is through.

Aug 2013 - Augmentin leading to akathisia
Sept-Nov 2013 - Citalopram 20mg, severe reaction, off at 5mg. Valium 4mg, prn
Oct 2013 - 5 zopiclone tablets, 7.5mg
End Nov 2013-end Feb 2014, Seroquel, top dose 150mg, off at 25mg
End Nov 2013-early march 2014, Zoloft 100mg top dose, off at 25mg
End Dec-2013-early April 2014, lorazepam 1mg prn
April 3rd 2014 zoloft 5mg for a few days. 18/4/14 - zoloft, 1mg. Came off at 0.35 mg,14th June 2014
29 June 2014 - 1mg lorazepam, last ever
29 June 2014 - med free

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:53 PM

Congrats! I am currently going through what you went through...waking up in the morning confused and anxious....feeling like your not in real life.. Paranoid all the time .......and really bad memory problems :( it sucks. But I am so happy your feeling better! You give me hope! Keep it up!!


Been on medications since i was about 12 or 13. I have tried many meds through out my life so far. Even tho as a teenager. I never really took the meds I was giving. I didn't actually start taking antidepressants consistently until i was about 15 or 16. So i have had a multi drug history. I came off of 3 meds this year. And it was fast tapering because that is what the DR told me to do. I forget the MGs of the meds i came off of my memory isn't really that good. I was on pristiq and lamactal. In septemeber I came off of the pristiq....it was a fast taper. But then I was put on lithium. I was on lithium with lamactal for about a month. I hated the way lithium made me feel so i came off of it cold turkey in November or December i cant really remember.Then I decided to come off of lamactal, at the end of January is when i tapered it it was a 15 day taper because I listen to the DR and did what they told me to do. Which now i know was too fast of a taper. 


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:22 AM

aww i know EXACTLY how you feel and i know how afraid i were, it was the totally worse for me that feeling but i can promise you that it will go away, try keep it out.. i had that intensive period of panicattack and waking up with palpations and extreme confusion , i mean really confused!!! for one period , and it never came back , now i have other symtoms but waaaay much milder and as i said i can function and i hope it just gets better and better


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:13 AM

I just noticex i started having like obsisive thinking...like i think about the same thought over and over again.

Been on medications since i was about 12 or 13. I have tried many meds through out my life so far. Even tho as a teenager. I never really took the meds I was giving. I didn't actually start taking antidepressants consistently until i was about 15 or 16. So i have had a multi drug history. I came off of 3 meds this year. And it was fast tapering because that is what the DR told me to do. I forget the MGs of the meds i came off of my memory isn't really that good. I was on pristiq and lamactal. In septemeber I came off of the pristiq....it was a fast taper. But then I was put on lithium. I was on lithium with lamactal for about a month. I hated the way lithium made me feel so i came off of it cold turkey in November or December i cant really remember.Then I decided to come off of lamactal, at the end of January is when i tapered it it was a 15 day taper because I listen to the DR and did what they told me to do. Which now i know was too fast of a taper. 


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:35 AM

from have had insomnia almost every time since i stop my medicine i can say i sleep much better now, i get atleast 6hours of sleep and i think what i feel i can sleep deeper, i no longer wake up easily like i used to do, i used to wake up from small things but now i sleep in a row many nights :D always some progress =)


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 11:28 PM

The thing that was worrying me the MOST was the bad memory i had and i forgot things all the time and had massive blackouts and was SOO confused, i can tell you that this is almost completly gone, also my feeling of loosing my half body and indentity, i havent suffer from those things in a few months now..



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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:03 AM

i havent suffer from those things in a few months now..

 

Sher77, would you like to start a topic about yourself in out Introductions section and tell us more about yourself? The instructions are at the top of the first page of the site after you log in.


What happened and how I arrived here: http://survivinganti...ion/#entry50878

July 2016 I have decided to leave my story here at SA unfinished. I have left my contact information in my profile for anyone who wishes to talk to me. I have a posting history spanning nearly 4 years and 3000+ posts all over the site.

Thank you to all who participated in my recovery. I'll miss talking to you but know that I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, suffering and rejoicing with you in spirit, as you go on in your journey.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:23 AM

Iam updating a bit. Iam now 19 months off ssri

 

Last month in feb 2015 ( off 18 months ) I could FINALLY start exercising again (hard exercise were i really push myself) wihout any problem with increased symtoms, its a big step for me :D  I can now exercise daily (if i want) and im loosing weight..


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 12:01 PM

Well done Bellissimo.

You deserve every success and happiness.

xxx


5 yrs on Escitalopram 10mg, 2 week taper resulting in serious protracted w/d
Cardiac and autonomic nervous system w/d effects resulted in hospital admission - low & erratic pulse
Re-instated to 10mg Citalopram after several months - bit better
Tapered after 6 months (2008) over 3 months using liquid drops - gave up when w/d started at 2 mg as didn't know better.
Cardiac symptoms - no improvement - pacemaker implanted.
Placed on corticosteroid for autonomic nervous system issue - caused deep depression/suicidal thoughts on top of w/d symptoms
Placed back on Citalopram 10mg for 12 months - 2009/10
Taken off - 2 week taper again - worse w/d, paranoia and intense anxiety developed. Referred to psychiatry
Placed back on Citalopram 10mg - 2012 - refused higher dose
Taken off after 6 months - 2 week taper again - serious anxiety, dissociation, in a mess
Therapist, peer support and education on psych drug w/d got me through more serious w/drawal effects.
Drug free since 2012, but still have bradycardia, recently tachycardia and pacemaker plus minor legacy effects. No MH symptoms

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:41 PM

Congratulations Bellisimo, you really are a success story, thank you for updating it gives people hope when they see others are healed  :)


**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

See how to create a signature here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12364-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

Many drugs for many years, prescribed diazepam first 1973, took occasionally. 3 or 4 tricyclics  for short periods.

1993 had a breakdown leading to 10 years of drug experiments with all classes of psych drugs.

2002  effexor. 

Tapered by counting beads from March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

 

Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg -hold- Feb2016 46mg  March 8 2016 45 April 44mg  May 11  43mg June 14 42mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.

 

My story http://survivinganti...king-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 01:34 PM

More progress!

 

Even though my symtoms that I got in waves have been mild , i always felt tremor , innershakings weird feelings in the background. in the waves these shakings was more serve etc..

 

now, after 22 months I suddenly felt different. it all stopped. I dont even feel it a bit inside.
I have no idea if it will come back but i feel different then ever before.. to stop shake from been shaking for almost two years its for me a miracle and i cant be more happy than this! ^_^ :D

 

Iam so proud today that I am medicine free, I never thought I could do it, but I did it and it was well worth it! wow!


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:54 PM

I still cannot consider myself as a fully recovery story, I have a long way to get there i belive BUT i will tell you all that for a few months ago i could never even imagine i would feel like this today.. Im much better ..

The thing that was worrying me the MOST was the bad memory i had and i forgot things all the time and had massive blackouts and was SOO confused, i can tell you that this is almost completly gone, also my feeling of loosing my half body and indentity, i havent suffer from those things in a few months now..

and THAT means so much for me that im not atleast going demental lol

 

Soon its 9 months free, i feel SO PROUD what a journey!!

 

Thank you for sharing.  Congratulations on your body healing from the damaged to this point, I'm sure you'll be in even better shape this time next year.


8 Words of Wisdom about Adverse Effects and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Syndrome:

 

1.  Please do learn about this condition by thoroughly reading 1) Dr. Healy's website and SurvivingAntidepressants.

2.  Please read books like: 1) Anatomy of An Epidemic and 2) Mad in America.

3.  Success Stories do exist.

4.  Please be extremely cautious about reinstatements, recreational drugs, supplements.  Even low doses can complicate matters.

5.  Transfer all financial assets into your own name (hint: relationships end).  Do not spend money wastefully.  Keep your job as long as possible.

6.  Psychiatric drug "withdrawal" and adverse effects are serious neurological reactions to powerful "drugs" - do not take this condition lightly.

7.  These conditions almost never recognized by any medical doctors - hospitalization/appointments can be futile/potentially injurious.

8.  PSSD, anhedonia (no emotions), memory loss, brain zaps, etc are scary - don't worsen them by taking more drugs, supplements, and medications.

 

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 12:25 AM

Bellissimo, I'm so happy for you! I'm also trying to heal from the damage done by citalopram. You said that after 18 months off you were able to exercise again. Was the muscle weakness the reason why you couldn't exercise before that?


Citalopram 40mg from 2003-2015

Jan 2015 started tapering first dropped to 35mgFeb 30mg, March 25mgApril 20mg, May 17,5mg, June 15mgJuly 12,5mg, Aug 12,5mg,

Sep 0mg for 5 days because of stomac flu and after I raised to 7,5mg. All the symptoms of acute WD shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, barely could walk ect. Still didn't realize that it wasn't only stomac flu but I was also going through WD.

Oct 2,5mg and crashed again badly and quickly raised to 4mg. It was then when I knew my symptoms were due to WD.

Then in November after a month holding on 4mg raised to 5mg due to muscle weakness and had a VERY BAD reaction to reinstatement: akathisia(lasted for one or two weeks), insomnia, anhedonia... Drop quicly back to 4mg, Dec 3mg

Jan 2016 2,6mg( in the middle of Jan after I had been on 2,6mg for a week I tried to updose to 2,8mg and immediately had bad reaction to it: akathisia for a day, andehonia got worse. The next day dropped back to 2,6mg), Feb 2,4mg( a new symptom PGAD lasted 24/7 for 2 months after that on and off), March 2,4mg, April 2,3mg, May 2,2mg, June 2,1mg, July 2,0mg( Pgad almost nonexisting, sleeping pretty good, still some anhedonia but there has been a lot of gradual progress), Aug 1,97mg-1,89mg, Sep 1,88mg-1,49mg, Oct 1,48mg- 1,70mg,

Nov 0,65mg- current dose 0,5mg

 


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 02:13 PM

Thank you for posting your experience. It is a beacon of hope and I am very happy for you :)


I'M A WEANER!  :D 
atavan PRN ,Paxil approx 20 yrs ago for major depression
Switched to Klonopin PRN through to current
Paxil wore out
Changed to Effexor 
Depakote added
enormous weight gain - flat affect - led to depression - dropped depakote
Dropped Effexor, changed to Paxil 
PDoc added mixed salts amphetamines for ADHD - took for 2 yrs - was ok at first but had to cut as symptoms too intense -  then the crash was too much. STOPPED
Vyvanse started in 2013 (APRIL) - more smooth than IR amphetamine tabs---Have not used vyvanse daily in full amt since May 2013 

Paxil CT withdrawal 10/2012  :wacko:  Klonopin CT WD

Switched Klonopin to Xanax prn  - too strong

WD CT from XANAX after taking for a while - it was awful but can be done if you hold on!

Back to Klonopin PRN - working very hard to avoid taking it at all. 

Effexor 37.5 started 02/2013, 75mg by 03/2013, 150mg by 05/2012 (approx)  :blush:

Effexor 150mg 3/10/2014 Microtaper -3beads  :unsure:

3/11/2014-4beads ,3/12/14 - 5, 3/13/14 -6, 3/15/14 - 7, 3/18 - 8, 3/22 - 10, 3/24 - 12, 4/6 - 13, 4/7 - 14, 4/11 - 16 - on 4/19 ran out of brand took generic. Bad move. Back on brand on 4/20 and updosed 2 beads. 5/1 - 15, 5/6 - 16, 5/9 -17, 55/10 -17, 5/15 -18, 5/21 -19, 5/24 -20, 6/3 - 21, 6/6 -23, 6/13 -24,6/19- 25, 6/21 -26, 6/25 -27

6/28 -28, 6/29 -30, 7/3 -34, 7/8 -35, 7/17 -36, 7/30 -41,7/31 -42, 8/2 -43, 8/3 -44, 8/5 -45, 8/14 -48, 8/26-50, 9/24 -53, 10/24 -55, 12/1 -57, (lost the tally sheet, thus taper info for some of it), 4/19-63, 4/26-64, 4/30-65 Switched to wt reduction - now @ -.068, 7/14 -.070, August 2015 -.074, between Sept & October 10 -.077, Nov. -.078(feeling great), -.090 as of 1/10/16, down to  -.101 since January 2016 (it is now 6/24/16), -.105 as of 8/13/16
 
 

Ladies, please don't underestimate the possibility of perimenopause. The symptoms can be similar to, may intensify & in some cases mimic protracted w/d from ssri's & benzo's. 

 


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 06:44 PM

I wil post my whole story in a new thread , that will be my final story from start to ending bc i feel that i have healed.. There isnt really anything i can complain about today 2years and 6 months later haha .. but hang in there guys. Grass IS totally greener on the other side! Believe me! 


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 07:01 PM

I promised to come back and write my story after 2 years off ssri, its been now 2years and 6months off and i have got my life back. I can finally say that iam happy, excited and full of joy and love again for everything in this beautiful world! <3 After a really long suffering.. Iam pleased and blessed to be one of those who comes out as a survivor. 

if you having a real hell, read my story, and know there is hope.. Everyone has their own journey. My journey was for sure the hardest journey i have been going thru in my whole life and my life has not been easy , i can say that without going into detail. So Ssri WD is REAL and it is NOT easy. that is a fact, believe it and make the journey as comfty as possible with all your tools you have around you. 

 

The story im about to post under here will be my last one, bc there  is nothing after this moment bc i can feel i have healed. There is a point when you feel you are yourself again. I know it and it feels wonderful.. I will still login from time to time to try support every brave person in here.. and being patient is the keyword. If you are patient you can do it.

 

My story from the start to the end of this crazy trip. 

 

After a few weeks, the body went in chock. You could be perfectly fine  one day then the next day your whole world would be upside down.

I were in a desperate need of help, of something that i didnt know what. I thought i was prepared but I wasnt. I had never ever in my whole life experience what i was about to experience.

How could I be prepared of something i had never gone thru before? No in my mind before I decided to stop my ssri, i was determinded to stop and success. i was a fighter , i tried to quit for 4 years. I came to a point were I felt I had to stop. My life with the medicine was a hell, my body was failing

high bloodpressure, kidneyproblems, gained alt of weight, felt more depressed, tired all the time and had no feeling of either happiness or anger at all. i was living in a emotionell cold world were emotions didnt exist.

 

I took my last pill and prayed to something up there, even tho im not really religious but i prayed that this would be the right time to finally start to live my life without it.

I didnt feel i needed it anymore since I felt it only caused me problems, i came to a point were i bascially cudnt care less if i died right there and then on the medicine so it was bad.

 

I was excited, and happy. Had told myself to daily tell myself what i will experience if i will experience anything it will be bc i stopped the medicine and not bc iam sick or that iam going insane. I felt strong..

A few weeks passed, i felt a bit anxious and restless but extremly excited to win this battle. I felt hyper.. more time went by and i was thinking i had made it for once, but wow how wrong i were.

 

Then one night i felt like something inside me exploded and this huuuuuge panic spread trhu my body , i got what i felt was blackout after blackout in my head, flashes , lighting in my head and a hedache from hell and i was thinking now i will probably pass out. I didnt.

I coudlnt sit still, i coudlt lay down, i screamed in panic of this unknown thing that was happening inside my body .. I run thru livingroom,, bathroom, kicthen , all in panic begging not to die. Then i called hospital and they said u probably having a panicattack. ( i had never ever experience one before)

I had panicattacks roll in one after another for 6 hours that night praying to trust the hospital that i woudlnt die.

 

From that point my life started to become the worst nightmare i had ever experience.

 

When i finally got some sleep, I woke up in panic, felt like someone or something just shot me in my heart and i had to wake up, all shaky and panicing i wud die again, over and over , night after night .. I went to hospital , emergency I said something is terrible wrong and u have to check me out, I remember that day when i were going to hospital and i bearly remember where i were or who i were, I felt so confused.

When i were at the train, i bascially ran thru the whole train until it stopped, in panic. People looked at me but i cudnt care less bc i were in my own world.

I LIVED in panic, daily. Doctor took tests, didnt find anything wrong. I never believed them, i got paranoid and felt EVERYONE was against me. I felt the world is mad and crazy and i thought every single doctor wanted to lie or harm me.

I were scared I coudlnt work bc i coudlnt leave my house anymore.

 

What first started as panic, got to insomnia, my body never found rest, i didnt sleep correctly for months, i slept max 2 -3 hours, i started to hallucinate and having huge nightmares.

 

then one day i stood in my livingroom looking out of  the window, it felt ike a movie, not real. hard to explain but scary. I looked out again , looked at my cat , had forgotten his name even tho i had him fr 6 years..

i went to rest on the day to try sleep, woke up with the weirdest feeling ever, CONFUSION , i asked myself in my head. what is my name? I tried to force myself to remember and when i did i started to cry alot, bc i was scared of why i wud forget my own name or were i were.

I walked into kicthen, then in the kicthen i asked myself were am I ? i had already forgot. I called doctor said im loosing my memory i need help. They took tests ect didnt find any wrong..

Another strange symtom that I had which was probably the most scary one aswell, was that one day when i woke up , i didnt connect with one side of my body.. It didnt feel like that arm, that hand was connected to my body, and that feeling was very very weird and scary.

It felt so weird when i moved that side, it just didnt match and i cudnt connect to it. My recuse was when i met a man who told me he also had it in wd, and its normal and nothing to be scared of and it also had a name. It made me feel better because i thought i had a braindamage somehow.

 

Another day while standning in the livingroom looking out of the window, i got the most painful hedache and pain in my eyes and neck that i thought right there and then that my head wud explode.

My neck was cramping, so stiff , my muscles cudnt relax, after that "attack" i have had eyefloates and a stiff neck that is hard to make relax and suffer from migranes.

Just a few days after while layig in bath my head started, this noise that i never had experience before .. but i knew that this buzzing head, vibrations is common in wd so i force to tell myself, its bc of the medicine.. But so annoying.

Dizziness catch me pretty bad , balanceissues, felt like i were standing on a boat for months.
Brainzaps came too

 

Then frustration and sadness.. I was so aggressive to the point were i cudnt even see anyone bc of the risk i wud just shout at that person for no reason. I stayed inside , isolated myself from people around me and the anger i felt for the community and doctors etc was extremly intense. It took me long time, over a year bascially to trust a doctor again after what i went thru, because they never warned me or believed me.

then we have the sadness, oh wow.. the sadness that came to me was deep sorrow, i cried daily for months, begged to die bascially , i cried for everything!

All worlds misery, i thought of my life - i cried. I watched a movie  maybe not even a sad one i cried. I watched the news I cried. I cudnt no anything at all without crying..

 

three months of extreme sadness..

 

Burning skin also occur after i stopped my ssri, its way much better now but its been a big problem aswell.

Tremor is coming and go still but alot better..

 

I developed musclespasm/cramp in my right side of body nighttime after a few months and had it for almost 2 years :/

I went into a brainscan and i did eeg , everything was negative.

 

There are alot of symtoms that i went thru, everyting was a mess in my head for a very long time, i realise now that my body was in chock for a very long time. It took me a long time to recover and it took me hard work.

have to learn how to regulate each and every emotion again, have to learn how to relax (bc ur body cant) have to learn how to be patient, everything u took for granted before .. it felt like starting from scratch again..

 

And also I were very hypocondric for a very long time, i was sure i was dying.I was sure i had MS, parkinsson, ALS, lyme disease, braintomour, all in one!
 It didnt help that doctors said no u r fine, i was 100% sure i had something inside me that was killing me and i wudnt last long. to walk with this fear daily for months, up to a year is hard.

Thinking u will die soon and there is no way u can continue your life.

I started to write letters to every single person that i cared about, telling them that my time has come and i wont be here for so much longer. Then i laid down and i cried and i prepared for death.

that period was something that i didnt even existed. I went thru my life, started to regret stuff that i had done while i was "living a good life" i tried to make up by calling ppl that i loved , saying sorry , and stuff like that.

and then i waited, in my bed .. for death. Every night for a long time i called this man which was a new friend,  crying , every night thinking this wud be my last night. He helped me thru the night.. He was my angel going thru the same **** that i were going thru.

 

This deathfear and hypocondric feeling was with me for a long time, months, or maybe up to a year before i actually cud start to relax and understand that i was actually not dying.

 

I started to exercise some, from time to time.. at first i got huge fatigue and pain in my muscles, but after a while i cud do it more and more.. it felt good.

 

What i didnt realise when i decided to stop my ssri was that i had to actually create myself again from start.

I have alwatys been a very strong and independent women, always fit for fight and took care of my own **** until i went on that journey , from starting my ssri to become healed from it.

 

I will say like many others have said that has quit it.. I regret 100% that i ever started it.

And i wish those pills cud ONLY be given to ppl who are extremly suicidal.. bc i was not and i got them quite easy and what i went thru when i stopped it will always be a memory of fear in my mind.

 

Today, 2 years and 6months after the last pill i can finally say i feel fit for fight again!!

I can exercise alot and hard ..I do hard work and my body feels perfectly fine with it.

I can eat whatever i want, and i do sleep maybe a bit too much nowdays ;) but there is no problem at all to sleep 8 hours + .

I work AND i study :) at the same time. I feel its perfectly fine.

the oneside cramps has stopped since a while back.

Today i can live, today i see only possibilities in my life and im very happy. I have a wonderful fiance that i love from the bottom of my heart, a very supportive man.

Im looking forward to have my own kids soon and to live happy for the rest of my life. I have learn my lesson. No more drugs!

 

What I learn thru my journey what my body felt best with, was to cut off
- alcohol
- sugar
Careful with suppliments, herbs and coffein.

Coffeine and sugar was a great activator for symtoms to increase.
Do relaxation daily, be in a calm place, dont have too much stimula around u, I got very paniced and confused in the beginning when i had too much ”action” around me.. It cud be too much ppl, too much noise, too much flashings etc, my brain wud stop work and i wud just panic and start to shake.

This doesnt happen today,  its very rare i can be around alot of ppl i work in a stressful job and it works fine today.

 

At one point aswell i cudnt watch tv, or listen to music bc it wud cause me to panic and it felt it was way to intense for me.. like my brain cudnt handle all the information. 


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:37 AM

Wow, Bellisimo, what a inspiring story!
I can't say enough how strong you have been and how happy I am for you to get back to heaven from this true hell!

Thanks so much for sharing your experience! It gives everyone here great hope!

Love,
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2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.
2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg
2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain
2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain
2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain
2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on
2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.
2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR
2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday
2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg
2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.5mg, 1/21--0.3mg, 1/22--0.25mg,


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:53 AM

Bellisimo,

 

Congratulations and thank you so much for your success story!  It is inspirational for me and I'm sure for so many members who continue to suffer.

 

Best of luck as you go forward and LIVE!!!!

 

Best,

 

Andy


Started Sertraline 50mg and Clonazapam .375mg circa 2000; Sx Spring 2012. increased to .5 Clonazapam - no improvement; Started taper of K November 2012 (benzo sites said "taper benzo first"); increased Sert to100mg no improvement; Finished K microtaper in November 2014
Started Sertraline taper from 100mg in December 2014 by reducing to 75mg; Reduced to 62.5mg on January 1, 2015 and 50mg on February 1, 2015; Held at 50mg through April 5 when I got Rx for liquid Sertraline
Reduced dosage in 10% or less drops from 50mg to 25mg -- at single tablet on 10/5

Held through February with no noticeable change

March 2016 attempted to begin taper again but miscalculated into 1 week accidental updose to 32.5mg; dropped back to 25mg for 1 week; tapered to 22.5mg the following week; hit with symptoms and tried to stabilize between 22.5mg and 25mg.  Transitioned to all liquid for accuracy. Was dealing with horrible insomnia which had me sleeping once every other day.  Went back to 25mg liquid and held until October 1, 2016.  October 1 cut 4% to 24mg.  November 1 cut 8.3% to 22mg. December 1 cut 9% to 20mg.  Not great but functional. Holding until 2/1/17 before another cut.  Taking Spray-on Magnesium, Magnesium supplements, D3, Omega 3, curcumin, Co-Q10, Valerian, 81mg Aspirin, L-Theanine, B-12


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

Now, that's what I call a Success Story! Congratulations, you are a fighter! And thank you.


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

Wow,I can't believe how strong you are.I need stories like this daily, it's what keeps me going.
Great story .
Opiates 18 months 2010 to 2012
Prozac 12 months 2012 to 2013
Prozac 7 doses of prozac late November 2015.
Adverse reaction on the 7th dose.
Stopped cold turkey on the last week in November 2015.
Immediately suffering from acute w/d.
Severe insomnia, anxiety, burning head.
Doctor prescribed propranolol for anxiety, adrenaline rushes.

Propranolol 10mg 4× a day.
Nearly 3 months after reaction, new symptoms include,
Awful insomnia,burning head.waves of depression and suicide ideation.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 12:10 PM

Thanks guys :-) I hope it will give hope to people out there 


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 12:24 PM

Thank you Bellissimo for telling your story! It's so comforting to read  :)


1997-1999 Citalopram 20 mg

1999-2014 Sertraline 50 mg

2012 Sertraline very quick taper due to side effects. Switched to Wellbutrin 150 mg-300 mg. Reinstated Sertraline 25 mg-50 mg.

2013 burnout. Wellbutrin 150 mg. Sertraline 75 mg-100 mg.

Sept 2014 Found this site. Started tapering. Sertraline 87,5 mg + Wellbutrin 150 mg 

Aug 2015 No more Wellbutrin!! Sertraline 50 mg

2016 Sertraline 35 mg (January) - 33 mg (March 21st) - 32,5 mg (July 11) - 32 mg (July 27)

 


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:30 PM

Thanks Bellisimo, I am currently at 9 months off Cymbalta. How did you cope during your difficult waves?  When did you notice that you were feeling better? At 12 mo? 24 mo?


On antidepressants for almost 20 years due to situational anxiety. I was in a bad marriage, bad divorce, raising 3 boys by myself, stressful job etc. The drugs were Paxil, Effexor and most recently Cymbalta for 10 years. Each time I tried to get off the drugs I would get panic and anxiety attacks. My Dr. would tell me it was my anxiety coming back so I would get back on the Antidepressant rollercoaster. I had a therapist who told me I should get off the toxic poison. He didn't think I needed it. I tapered off 60 mg over 9 months. I completely stopped the poison on 04/20/2015. I have been in withdrawal for 8 months. I currently suffer from bouts of anxiety, uncontrollable crying, insomnia and fatigue. I was also taking .5 Lorazepam as needed for anxiety and 25 mg of seroquel for sleep. I currently take Snooze-in from Vitamin Shoppe to help with sleep, Spray on Magnesium, Krill oil, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils for relaxation and inositol when I remember to take it:)


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 01:05 PM

Thanks Bellisimo, I am currently at 9 months off Cymbalta. How did you cope during your difficult waves?  When did you notice that you were feeling better? At 12 mo? 24 mo?

Helllo,, gratz for being off 9 months :) 
How did I cope hehe that is a difficult question but when I had bad waves I tried mybest to avoid any kind of stress, and I tried to tell myself it was just a wave and it will get better again amd that iam not alone. I also tried to eat very good and take care of my body as best .. 
I think it were after around 8 months that i saw some improvement , then after a year and then again after x months, then after 2 years + I found myself back to normal.. 

 

I wish you the best of luck 


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:09 AM

Thank you much for sharing. You don't even know how much you are helping me. I understand perfectly When you talk about being
In fear that you might have something else going on other than wds. When I've had palpitations I thought I was having
Heart attack at she 20. Currently I've been having chest pains however the er doctor said all tests came out fine. Just inflammation on the chest wall. Did you ever have that?
One therapist that I saw recently said I should be tested for Lyme. Did you have that test.? I had asked my doctor a while back, ( he does believe in withdrawals) that lyme test have false positives and thst would huge coincidence that all this would turn out to be Lyme when I had just cut half of my ad.

I bookmarked your story Everytime I need reassurance that this nightmare will end.
Thanks again.
Started Effexor August 2012 Sept'12-150mg=extreme anxiety Oct'12 cut half-75mg severe wds
Feb 2013 68.5mg. Mar'13- 65mg. Apr'13-59mg. May'13-57mg. June '13-52mg Aug'13 49.75mg.
Sep'13-48.75. Nov'13-47mg Dec'13-45..5mg
May 2014 42mg. Jun'14 40mg (depressive mood started). Aug'14 -40mg/ started brintellix 2.5mg
Oct '14 -39 Nov'14 36.89 Dec'14 34.45
Jan 2015- 31 Feb'15 29mg. Mar'15 26.72. Apr'15 24.48. May'15 22.31mg. Jun'15 20.30mg
Aug'15-18.89. Oct'15 16.96. Nov/16- 16.10. Dec/15- 15mg
Jan 2016-14.22. May'16 11.45. Aug'16-9.60. Sep/16- 8.88mg. Oct/16- 8.39mg. Nov/16- 8.13. Dec/16- 7.89

#27 Bellisimo

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 05:24 AM

Hey Lexy. Iam glad my story could help you a bit. I totally understand the fear of going around and having a secret disease that no one can find =( Wd is awful truly. About palpations and lyme, yes i have had longterm palpations  for a long time.. I dont know how many EKG tests I did and they always came out fine.. I think its the stress the body goes trhu, the panic u know in this wd, cause all kind of symtoms.. it is very scary. When my body started to relax, deeply then the palpations stopped. Being in panic/fear/tension mood all the time cause a bunch of symtoms, and the worst part of it is that it feels impossible to relax have to wait it out.. its like your body have to take care of the distress itself , correct it .. but I could wake up every night of extreme chestpain and went into emergency time after time until i woke up and felt it but thoguth docs cant help me so if i die i will die right here and now. i was drained of energy and hope.. but it got better. today  i dont have palpations and i cant rememeber when i had it last :) 

About lyme ,  I thought for a long time that i had lyme, many ppl that i spoke to in wd said they also had lyme.. But I thought ike this, first of all that these symtoms started after i stop my ssri and i remember from before that when i tried to quit i got same symtoms and when i went back to the drug it stopped. Doctors never took a lyme test on me because they didnt belive i had it, but if they wanna take it on u ishould take it .. just incase. But i dont believe u have it but if they offer u to take it i would do just to make you a bit calmer if they say it was negative.. I know the test can be tricky but i believe there is two tests that can be taken.. 

Best of luck 


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 07:12 AM

another positive thing that i never thought I would say is that when you heal and when you become better, you will automatically stop talk and think so much of the suffering and when u have been good for a long time you have a tendence to forget "how difficult it was".. like today I dont really think of what happened to me , I can talk about it without getting scared and even if i remember almost everything it feels very far away from me.. and iam happy for that. 

Many times when i look back on my wd journey im thinking of the phases of trauma, chock, panic, fear ignorance, confusion etc, then recovery comes, then acceptance comes .. and so on.. 

 

in the beginning when i had a really rough time I spoke to everyone about my suffering, I had the need to talk about it and i believe  that is a very big "healing itself" to talk about it with someone, to hear you are not crazy .. I also belive its important to try distract your thought sometimesand think about positive things, like "this will go away, im not going crazy , its all just my brain trying to change back", nothing to be afraid of and try do stuff that makes u happy and feel calm.. 

 

But like today its very rare im even thinking of the past, im living in the moment and i have accepted that i went into that wd chock but now its good again :D and can move on with my life <3


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 10:28 AM

Thank you for writing your story! 

 

I was wondering how old are you? :)


Citalopram 40mg from 2003-2015

Jan 2015 started tapering first dropped to 35mgFeb 30mg, March 25mgApril 20mg, May 17,5mg, June 15mgJuly 12,5mg, Aug 12,5mg,

Sep 0mg for 5 days because of stomac flu and after I raised to 7,5mg. All the symptoms of acute WD shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, barely could walk ect. Still didn't realize that it wasn't only stomac flu but I was also going through WD.

Oct 2,5mg and crashed again badly and quickly raised to 4mg. It was then when I knew my symptoms were due to WD.

Then in November after a month holding on 4mg raised to 5mg due to muscle weakness and had a VERY BAD reaction to reinstatement: akathisia(lasted for one or two weeks), insomnia, anhedonia... Drop quicly back to 4mg, Dec 3mg

Jan 2016 2,6mg( in the middle of Jan after I had been on 2,6mg for a week I tried to updose to 2,8mg and immediately had bad reaction to it: akathisia for a day, andehonia got worse. The next day dropped back to 2,6mg), Feb 2,4mg( a new symptom PGAD lasted 24/7 for 2 months after that on and off), March 2,4mg, April 2,3mg, May 2,2mg, June 2,1mg, July 2,0mg( Pgad almost nonexisting, sleeping pretty good, still some anhedonia but there has been a lot of gradual progress), Aug 1,97mg-1,89mg, Sep 1,88mg-1,49mg, Oct 1,48mg- 1,70mg,

Nov 0,65mg- current dose 0,5mg

 


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 01:24 AM

another positive thing that i never thought I would say is that when you heal and when you become better, you will automatically stop talk and think so much of the suffering and when u have been good for a long time you have a tendence to forget "how difficult it was".. like today I dont really think of what happened to me , I can talk about it without getting scared and even if i remember almost everything it feels very far away from me.. and iam happy for that. 

Many times when i look back on my wd journey im thinking of the phases of trauma, chock, panic, fear ignorance, confusion etc, then recovery comes, then acceptance comes .. and so on.. 

 

in the beginning when i had a really rough time I spoke to everyone about my suffering, I had the need to talk about it and i believe  that is a very big "healing itself" to talk about it with someone, to hear you are not crazy .. I also belive its important to try distract your thought sometimesand think about positive things, like "this will go away, im not going crazy , its all just my brain trying to change back", nothing to be afraid of and try do stuff that makes u happy and feel calm.. 

 

But like today its very rare im even thinking of the past, im living in the moment and i have accepted that i went into that wd chock but now its good again :D and can move on with my life <3

Great success story. Thank you for sharing it. May I ask what was your original diagnosis? and did you experience a relapse? I'm fearing that I won't return to my pre ssri self, the sweet slightly anxious self.  


2009-2014= Paxil CR 12.5mg increased to 25 then 50mg. // Late 2014= reduced to 25mg then switched to regular Paxil 20mg.

July 2015= 10mg // Aug 2015= 5mg // Sep 26, 2015= Paxil free // Oct 2015= minimal WD- glimpse of pre-Paxil self // Nov 2015= WD hit HARD. Increased anxiety, irritability, depression, extreme confusion, concentration problems, intolerance to stress. // Dec 2015= reinstated 5mg // Jan 2016= switched to Prozac 20mg every other day. // Feb 2016= Prozac 20mg every third day // Mar 2016= Prozac free // April 2016= WD symptoms started gradually (anger, anxiety, memory problems). Started taking Lamictal 25mg then days later increased to 50mg then 100mg then 200mg.  

May 2016= Still taking 200mg // June 2016= increased to 400mg // July 2016= Decreased to 300mg then 200mg. 


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 03:24 AM

oh and what about sexual dysfunction/ interest? Right now I have no interest in guys whatsoever which is VERY unlike I used to. 


2009-2014= Paxil CR 12.5mg increased to 25 then 50mg. // Late 2014= reduced to 25mg then switched to regular Paxil 20mg.

July 2015= 10mg // Aug 2015= 5mg // Sep 26, 2015= Paxil free // Oct 2015= minimal WD- glimpse of pre-Paxil self // Nov 2015= WD hit HARD. Increased anxiety, irritability, depression, extreme confusion, concentration problems, intolerance to stress. // Dec 2015= reinstated 5mg // Jan 2016= switched to Prozac 20mg every other day. // Feb 2016= Prozac 20mg every third day // Mar 2016= Prozac free // April 2016= WD symptoms started gradually (anger, anxiety, memory problems). Started taking Lamictal 25mg then days later increased to 50mg then 100mg then 200mg.  

May 2016= Still taking 200mg // June 2016= increased to 400mg // July 2016= Decreased to 300mg then 200mg. 


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 03:47 PM

Thank you for writing your story! 

 

I was wondering how old are you? :)

Iam 28 year old, soon 29.


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 03:51 PM

 

another positive thing that i never thought I would say is that when you heal and when you become better, you will automatically stop talk and think so much of the suffering and when u have been good for a long time you have a tendence to forget "how difficult it was".. like today I dont really think of what happened to me , I can talk about it without getting scared and even if i remember almost everything it feels very far away from me.. and iam happy for that. 

Many times when i look back on my wd journey im thinking of the phases of trauma, chock, panic, fear ignorance, confusion etc, then recovery comes, then acceptance comes .. and so on.. 

 

in the beginning when i had a really rough time I spoke to everyone about my suffering, I had the need to talk about it and i believe  that is a very big "healing itself" to talk about it with someone, to hear you are not crazy .. I also belive its important to try distract your thought sometimesand think about positive things, like "this will go away, im not going crazy , its all just my brain trying to change back", nothing to be afraid of and try do stuff that makes u happy and feel calm.. 

 

But like today its very rare im even thinking of the past, im living in the moment and i have accepted that i went into that wd chock but now its good again :D and can move on with my life <3

Great success story. Thank you for sharing it. May I ask what was your original diagnosis? and did you experience a relapse? I'm fearing that I won't return to my pre ssri self, the sweet slightly anxious self.  

 

I got my SSRI in the first place because I felt low. It was so easy to get a medicine, they put depression but I dont even think i was that depressed 
When I stopped the SSRI I had alot of different symtoms, depression, anxiety, panics, etc.. and alot of symtoms i had never ever experienced before in my life. Mostly all of the doctors would say its a relapse if the symtoms last longer than like 2 weeks or something haha but no im fine today, im happy but in my wd period iwas depressed. I think its normal to feel some anixiety and depression etc when you start to feel your emotional again, ssri is a great "emotional blocker" atleast it was for me, and i felt kinda confused with the emotionalstorm after i stopped for some time.


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 03:53 PM

oh about the sexual interest, while on ssri i bearly had any lust at all, but after i stopped i got it back alot.


2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 05:28 PM

Bellismo so happy for you! You made it through to the other side. Your story is inspirational. Thanks
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 05:56 PM

Hi bellisimo
You give us hope to keep pushing through these tough times. Thank you so much for your story.
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UPDATED 31/1/16
 
Hi. my whole world came crashing down when I took a pill salbuterol which triggered severe anxiety. I went overseas for the birth of my baby on 25/1/14 I took Xanax and Ad. Came back to Australia 3 weeks later, went cold turkey on these meds felt ok for few days than all went to hell. Started taking mirtazapine around the 10-2-14 worked for around 6 weeks than started to get bad symptoms. I Started reducing mirtazapine  15mg  31-1-15     11.25mg,    18-3-15    7.5mg,
25-5-15    6.5mg,   22-7-15   5.5mg,    25-8-2015    4.5mg,     11-10-15    5.5mg,  All my problems started when I went down from 5.5 to 4.5 mirt then went back to 5.5 to try and settle but no result.
Reboxitine 1-1-15  8mg,   18-10-15  12mg,     29-10-15  8mg,    14-1-15  6mg    I currently have sleep apnea I'm using c-pap machine which is under control according to the reading data.  I have been very unsettled for the last 5 months. My main symptom is severe tiredness 24/7 which is absolutely hell, bad depression, mild anxiety. I'm not sure if this is chronic fatigue symdrome this tiredness has been going on 3 months and continuing. I have been on mirt 5.5mg for 5months and recently cut reboxetine  8mg to 6mg as I was desperate to see if I get any relief from this 24/7 tiredness. The recent cut hasn't had any new symptoms. Still 24/7 tiredness. I will hold my AD doses here for a while. I don't know what is the best next move for me with my medication and cuts. If I'm still unsettled do I continue to make small cuts? Please help I need guidance or what to do next. . Taking fish oil, and B-vitamins, trying to do gym 4 days a week but struggle now. Using smart weigh scale to measure my pills and go to bed and wake same time everyday. My second baby due on 20/3/16.  Thankyou so much  truly appreciate it. To all the moderators, members, and everyone on this forum thankyou so much. You are the only ones helping me and saving my life and help me to continue on and fight this