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#217 Survivor1

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 10:55 AM

Thanks Marie.  I wonder how long I will have to hold after my too-large drop.  I can't imagine feeling like this for the next 3-4 months!  Will have to wait and see...


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 17 April 2017 - 02:27 PM

Four weeks now since my large drop of trazodone, and I think I can safely say that I will not need to updose.  I still have fatigue, anxiety (constant, but low grade), dizziness and a few other minor sxs.  But I feel that I am over the hump - touch wood.  Will wait for at least another 4 weeks to stabilize further then make another drop.

 

My sleep has improved with this drop, but I still have some twitching, which keeps waking me up.  I am thinking of moving about 0.5 mg mirtazepine to the morning and taking the ramainder at night with the trazodone and seroquel.  I will do this tonight as I don't think I can wait another month to do this.  Hopefully I am not too sedated in the morning!


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 19 April 2017 - 07:31 AM

So, on 04/17, I decided to split the mirtazepine dose to see if it would address the remaining twitching.  I took 1.9 at night with the other meds and 0.5 the next morning.

 

That did not go over well!  I was VERY shaky in the morning, with anxiety through the roof.  By afternoon I was feeling better, but today the anxiety and shakiness are still there. I know that they are not from the large traz drop, as I was feeling fairly well before the split.  I am a little scared of this med.  Seems like I will have to super-micro taper off it (1% or less).  

 

That means that instead of tapering down off mirt first, as I was planning to do, I may have to reduce trazodone first.  

 

Now that I am at a lower dose of traz, I find that even though I sleep 6 hours a night, the sleep does not feel restful.  The quality of sleep on trazodone was quite good even though short (gave only 6 hours at its peak).

 

I am trying to re-stabilize after this blip.  Man, anxiety stinks!


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 23 April 2017 - 12:44 PM

Time for an update...

 

A week ago I posted that I am over the hump.  Well, now I am not so sure!  I have been having massive anxiety the last few days and having VERY sick episodes.  I do not want to updose since it is now 5 weeks since the drop.  Am trying to hang on ...

 

Even worse, my serotonin syndrome sxs are back.  They had diminished when I made the drop in traz, but again I am having rapid heart rate, insomnia - 4 hrs a night now, some twitching (although there is some improvement with this one) during the night that get better as the day wears on.  This puzzles me as I thought once serotonin levels are reduced (from the drop in traz), they are reduced for good.  The best remedy for this is to reduce mirtazepine, but anytime I make a reduction in this, however small, anxiety skyrockets.  So I am trying to reduce trazodone instead thinking I'll be better able to tolerate it, but now I am now so sure ...

 

Anyhow, seems like I'll have to just push through.  I am praying to stabilize soon, so that I can make small drops in traz.  I have been calculating how long it will take to taper traz and it seems like it will take me at least fours years!  So four years of this before I see any relief?  Lord help me!

 

Right now am in a dark place ...


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 25 April 2017 - 05:35 AM

Update ...

 

Feeling better since last post with regard to the trazodone drop.  However the twitching, rapid heart rate and diminished sleep are recurring.  I was very hopeful when I dropped the trazodone since I had seen improvements for about two weeks after, but these symptoms are slowly coming back.

 

I am thinking  of moving mirtazepine to the morning (all of it), at least for a few days to see if there is improvement.  Have to be prepared for sedation in the morning ... ugh.  Have run out of ideas.  Dejected because feel I need to get rid of the mirt but can't seem to drop it without severe wd.

 

Question:  If I take mirt in the morning, would tapering it affect sleep at night?

 

Thanks for the support.


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 26 April 2017 - 01:55 PM

Can't believe I posted about feeling better only yesterday.  Today I have been hit hard again.  I have developed brain zaps, incredible shakiness/feeling vulnerable, ear myoclonus (that again!), constant low-grade headache,  among the other usual suspects.

 

I felt that by now (in my 6th week since the traz drop) I would see more better than worse days. But today is the worse yet.  I am praying that it doesn't deteriorate further.

I am really trying to hold on and not updose as doing so would only cause the drug interaction (traz/mirt) to worsen, and I've come this far ...


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 26 April 2017 - 05:27 PM

Hi Survivor1, thanks for stopping by my thread with your encouraging words, it is much appreciated.  I've read through your thread and very sorry to hear that you have had to suffer through some very challenging times.  I'm astonished when I read about doctors over-prescribing these very dangerous drugs ... it's unconscionable.  I can very much relate to you writing about feeling good one day and the next day you are thrown back into withdrawal.  It's very discouraging when symptoms change so drastically from one day to the next, sometimes hour by hour, and can be very disheartening.  After trying to speed up my taper a couple of months ago, it caused a lot of problems and I'm now in the middle of a three-month long hold to re-stabilize so I can restart my taper.  If you are able, please try and hold at your current dose ... I do believe that the body/mind does eventually rebalance itself if we hold at a stable and steady dose.  Am wishing you every success getting off of this poison.            


Current Prescription Drugs for Hypothyroidism

Synthroid 100mcg / Cytomel 5mcg

Tapering Schedule
September 15, 2016 - switched from Pristiq 50mg to Effexor XR 75mg 
November 10, 2016 - reduced to 67.5 Effexor XR
December 9, 2016 - reduced 60.75
January 5, 2017 - reduced 54.67
January 30, 2017 - reduced to 49.0
February 20, 2017 - reduced to 44.0 (holding until I stabilize)
May 20, 2017 - reduced 40.25


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:30 AM

So, the good: things have not deteriorated; the bad, they are just all-round unbearable, lol.

 

3 hours of sleep last night due to the twitching; don't know now if the twitching is from wd or mirt/traz interaction ...  On the few nights there were no jerks/twitches, and I have had a few of those, I get 6 hours of sleep.  I still have heavy limbs, anxiety, dizziness as the other main sxs.

 

On the home front, had a blowout argument with husband.  Can't understand why after 6 weeks since dropping traz I still have strong wd; said at this point wd sxs must be "psychosomatic", and "doesn't make sense".  Thinks I am catastrophizing when I tell him it will take me several years to get off the meds, because he thinks I could get off mirt "this summer" by tolerating the wd. Reminded him of last summer when I rapid tapered trazodone...  Argh!

 

This has been hard on the family as I do not do as much with the kids anymore, and he has been filling the void so far without complaining.  So I think it all came to a head this morning.

 

This forum has been good for me because it is the only place where people understand what wd is really like.  I had started seeing a CBT therapist to help me cope with the wd sxs, and while she is supportive of the taper, she mentioned that if I wanted to stay on the meds, then that's ok too because "antidepressants are harmless".  I did not respond to that.

 

Something I need to work on:  always thinking that the drugs will poop out any moment, and I will be in a bigger soup than I am now.  This causes a lot of unnecessary anguish as I seem to lie in wait for it to to happen.  I need to focus on the fact that they have not as yet (and may not ever will).

 

Thanks for listening, all.


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 29 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

Sounds like you are doing everything you can to keep your head above water! Sometimes, that is ALL we can do. And that is ok. Hard on others though I am sure - they don't understand fully what this rollercoaster is like. Hoping and praying your symptoms ease and you stabilize asap!

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  • Sep'12: 1st attempt to get off, naively tried cold turkey per Dr. suggestion. Couldn't work for 2 months. Another Doc upped dose to 20mg.
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  • Mar '16: began taper from 20mg. Decreasing .5mg or less each month. Sporadically using Ambien &/or Trazodone for bad insomnia. 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 07:41 AM

Hello Meg,

 

Your support really means a lot.  Things are good at home now, I think we all needed to vent.  Made me aware even more that I am not the only one affected by this.

 

Today I am feeling much better, but as you know this can be followed by a nasty wave.  But I am making sure to take the time to appreciate all windows!

 

Thanks for stopping by, my Texas friend.


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 30 April 2017 - 08:02 AM

Hi Survivor1, you have come a long way juggling a multi-drug taper and am happy to hear that things aren't getting any worse.  Sounds like you have a positive attitude which really is half the battle.  Very hard to stay positive when things can be so challenging day-to-day.  Hoping you start to feel better soon.  All the best to you.


Current Prescription Drugs for Hypothyroidism

Synthroid 100mcg / Cytomel 5mcg

Tapering Schedule
September 15, 2016 - switched from Pristiq 50mg to Effexor XR 75mg 
November 10, 2016 - reduced to 67.5 Effexor XR
December 9, 2016 - reduced 60.75
January 5, 2017 - reduced 54.67
January 30, 2017 - reduced to 49.0
February 20, 2017 - reduced to 44.0 (holding until I stabilize)
May 20, 2017 - reduced 40.25


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

Hi Baroquep,

 

I am trying to be positive but it is hard because I am in an adverse reaction situation.  Combo ramps up my heart rate and twitching which leads to poor sleep (the reason I'm on them in the first place!).

 

So there is no choice but to push through.

 

I hear you about the constantly changing symptoms, can be disheartening at times... Anyway I think I am on the upswing (note I said this at week 2 also, lol), touch wood.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  All the best to you too in this challenging journey.


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 03 May 2017 - 09:26 AM

Into the 7th week since dropping dose of traz, but still not stabilized!  Having anxiety, shakiness, weak limbs as the main sxs, with other minor ones.

 

Wearing me out ...


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 04 May 2017 - 10:37 AM

Into the 7th week since dropping dose of traz, but still not stabilized!  Having anxiety, shakiness, weak limbs as the main sxs, with other minor ones.

 

Wearing me out ...

 

Hang in there! I will be praying for you.


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Dates are tentative (my memory is shot)...

Prozac & Lithium from 1999 to 2003 (I don't remember the dosages). Went off but developed symptoms so put back on after 4 months.

Switched to Effexor (75mg 3/day) and Seroquel (50mg 3/day) some time in 2010 (I think). Did a self-taper during 2016 after losing insurance. Been off since around the beginning of 2017.

Developed Discontinuation Syndrome beginning with uncontrolled/unexplained crying in 02/17.

Moved on to full-blow symptoms from there. Been really bad since late 03/17.


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:39 AM

Thanks, ShakeyJerr.


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 May 2017 - 01:39 PM

In the 8th week after the traz drop.  Sxs are actually worsening :(!  WTH? I thought that at least they wouldn't be getting worse, even hoped for improvement, by now.  Can't imagine this, it's not like I have ct'd.  Anyway the body will heal only when it heals ... hoping for stabilization soon.


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 15 May 2017 - 08:57 AM

Survivor, I am so sorry to hear your symptoms are worsening! :( What dose are you on and what symptoms are worse? I see you are in Texas as well, are you able to get outside much? Around the area I live in TX it has been great weather, which always helps me when I am struggling. I imagine your brain IS healing and sometimes things get worse right before they get BETTER!


  • Jun '09-Aug '12: 10mg Paxil for severe insomnia due to anxiety. Also took Ambien/Trazodone for sleep.  
  • Sep'12: 1st attempt to get off, naively tried cold turkey per Dr. suggestion. Couldn't work for 2 months. Another Doc upped dose to 20mg.
  • Oct'12-Sep'15: 20mg Paxil
  • Sep'15: tried to come off slower. Used fish oil, vit D3, and regular exercise/healthy diet to assist. (Taper sched= 18mg for 60days, 15mg for 60d, 10mg for 30d, 8mg for 30d) At my 3rd week of 8mg in Nov '15, insomnia and panic attacks began. Back up to 20mg after a month of horrible withdrawal. 
  • Mar '16: began taper from 20mg. Decreasing .5mg or less each month. Sporadically using Ambien &/or Trazodone for bad insomnia. 

May' 17: 12.75mg Paxil, Westhroid, fish oil, vit D3, tumeric, and Melatonin as needed for sleep. Gluten-free & dairy free.  

 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Hi Meg,  thanks for checking up on me.  Unfortunately, I am not out of the woods.  Anxiety is the worst followed by severe fatigue.  I think I am able to weather them because I'm sleeping OK; I am able to go for walks despite the body aches.  I know these sxs are part of the deal, but when they appear late or worsen after so many weeks, it is disheartening.

 

I am now worried that I will have to wait more than the regular month after a normal drop to stabilize if my sxs show up late, thereby lengthening my taper even more...

 

I hope you are doing well in your taper.  Glad you are able to get off trazodone (am jealous a little bit  ;) ).

 

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






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