Jump to content

If you find useful information here, your gift would help keep this site going. Our staff is entirely volunteer.

Photo

Any Cold Turkey Success Stories?

Cold turkey Success Ssri

  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#1 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:49 PM

Hello everyone!

I have CT'd from Prozac use since September 2017 (you can see my history in my signature). It's my 3rd month of withdrawals (but 4 months off Prozac completely) and I'm struggling to find hope that there's success in cold turkeying. I know it's not the best thing to do, but I'm honestly afraid to reinstate.

I've had waves and windows interchange so far, and I'm hoping the existence of the windows means I'm recovering. But I'm unsure. Can I keep cold turkeying and recover? Are there successes out there from CT?

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#2 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 03 January 2017 - 01:51 PM

Sorry meant September 2016, not 2017

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#3 sollicitudo

sollicitudo

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 22 posts
  • LocationStockholm

Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:59 PM

There are tons. Personally I know of my father who CTd prozac after about 6 months without any problems.

You haven't been drugged for very long so you should be fine.

Effexor 150mg July 2011 - March 2014


#4 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 06 January 2017 - 12:04 AM

There are tons. Personally I know of my father who CTd prozac after about 6 months without any problems.

You haven't been drugged for very long so you should be fine.

 

 

I really, really hope so. The last 2 months have been hell though and I'm getting hit with major symptoms every other week so far. I am also 26 years old (not sure if age has to do anything with the recovery period) so I am hoping my recovery will be a bit quicker but again, I do not know when I will fully be myself again. 


My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#5 coldturkmama

coldturkmama

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 375 posts
  • Locationnova Scotia

Posted 07 January 2017 - 08:53 AM

Time, unfortunately is a major factor in CT cases.  I am 3 years out and still experiencing windows/waves....and it is not a good time. It does get better, more tolerable, etc.  I was on the drug 15 yrs tho, so my case is different, I am sure you'll  heal faster. 


Paxil 20mg from 1998-2011 

Paxil 40mg from 2011-2012 while experiencing poopout

October 2013 quit cold turkey

Oct-mid Nov 2013 great window

Late November WD nightmare 

Windows and waves pattern 

Now: 28 months cold turkey...doing decent learning to deal with the windows/waves pattern fighting it every step of the way. 


#6 AliG

AliG

    Platinum star

  • Moderators
  • 3,464 posts
  • LocationAustralia

Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:48 AM

A Girl - It's so hard to say.  Everyone is different but I have found that on average it seems to be around the three - five  year mark for C/T . Maybe you will be the exception . I hope so. You can keep Cold turkeying and recover but it takes time and patience. Perhaps more than you ever thought that you had.


Many SSRI's &SSNRI's over 20 years . Zoloft - 7 years .  Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and many more - on and off . No tapering. Cold turkey -  Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                            Drug free since May, 2014
.
             "Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain" - Joseph Campbell


#7 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:28 PM

Time, unfortunately is a major factor in CT cases.  I am 3 years out and still experiencing windows/waves....and it is not a good time. It does get better, more tolerable, etc.  I was on the drug 15 yrs tho, so my case is different, I am sure you'll  heal faster.


I'm sorry you have experienced all this, even 3 years out. It definitely is hard but have you find yourself improving so far? Are the windows getting longer?

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#8 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:30 PM

A Girl - It's so hard to say.  Everyone is different but I have found that on average it seems to be around the three - five  year mark for C/T . Maybe you will be the exception . I hope so. You can keep Cold turkeying and recover but it takes time and patience. Perhaps more than you ever thought that you had.


Yeah I hope I'll be the exception too but I know everyone's bodies are different. I heard that even for those who have quit just for a month or 2, they still can be in WD for a long time. How have you been holding up so far? Have you improved?

My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#9 WhySSRI

WhySSRI

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 53 posts
  • LocationUnited States

Posted 07 January 2017 - 06:03 PM

All I can do is hold on to dear life day at a time.  It's all I can do.  

But hoping and praying I get a window it's about time.

 

Held on six months and I can't say I haven't thought about reinstating but I won't. 


2010 - had my first full blown panic attack started on alprazolam 0.5 mg
2011 - was told by doc to try AD along with benzo to control panic attack and anxiety lexapro 20 mg alprazolam 2.0 mg
2012 - was told by doc to switch out medication paxil 40 mg clonazepam 2.0 mg
Mar 2016 - made the jump to cymbalta 60 mg clonazepam 2.0 mg
July 2016 - got sick and tired of taking meds finally decided to cold turkey meds
 

- BE HERE NOW -

 

My Intro


#10 excuse

excuse

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 23 posts
  • LocationBangalore

Posted 06 May 2017 - 05:26 AM

Two of my friends Cold Turkey'd SSRi with out any issues after 3 and 6 months of consumption.

This cold turkey stuff depends upon person to person.



#11 AliG

AliG

    Platinum star

  • Moderators
  • 3,464 posts
  • LocationAustralia

Posted 06 May 2017 - 08:46 AM

 

A Girl - It's so hard to say.  Everyone is different but I have found that on average it seems to be around the three - five  year mark for C/T . Maybe you will be the exception . I hope so. You can keep Cold turkeying and recover but it takes time and patience. Perhaps more than you ever thought that you had.


Yeah I hope I'll be the exception too but I know everyone's bodies are different. I heard that even for those who have quit just for a month or 2, they still can be in WD for a long time. How have you been holding up so far? Have you improved?

 

Yes. I'm miles ahead. Some days are still rough but it's always heading on an upward trajectory and I'm nearly there.


Many SSRI's &SSNRI's over 20 years . Zoloft - 7 years .  Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and many more - on and off . No tapering. Cold turkey -  Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                            Drug free since May, 2014
.
             "Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain" - Joseph Campbell


#12 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 06 May 2017 - 08:56 AM

Two of my friends Cold Turkey'd SSRi with out any issues after 3 and 6 months of consumption.

This cold turkey stuff depends upon person to person.

Dang I wish I was part of that exception. I am still suffering SEVERELY with so many symptoms going in and out since I CT'd 7 months ago. I have friends who used to take SSRIs before and came off with no issues. One of them did taper properly though I think. The other one did a sloppy taper after she used Prozac for 4 years and did ok with no discomfort. I can't believe I'm in this predicament...

 

 

 

 

A Girl - It's so hard to say.  Everyone is different but I have found that on average it seems to be around the three - five  year mark for C/T . Maybe you will be the exception . I hope so. You can keep Cold turkeying and recover but it takes time and patience. Perhaps more than you ever thought that you had.


Yeah I hope I'll be the exception too but I know everyone's bodies are different. I heard that even for those who have quit just for a month or 2, they still can be in WD for a long time. How have you been holding up so far? Have you improved?

 

Yes. I'm miles ahead. Some days are still rough but it's always heading on an upward trajectory and I'm nearly there.

 

That's so good to hear, Ali! I see you're 3 years off now. What symptoms are you experiencing now? Did you notice any turning points in your recovery and when those happened for you?


My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#13 AliG

AliG

    Platinum star

  • Moderators
  • 3,464 posts
  • LocationAustralia

Posted 06 May 2017 - 09:32 AM

3 years at the end of this month. So many symptoms have gone  - dizziness, cortisol awakenings, palpitations,insomia but some remain - neuro-emotions, anhedonia, and occasional depression and anxiety.

 

I seemed to go in monthly waves for a while but I noticed a huge improvement at the 2- year mark. Since then I have regressed to a degree but I think that is due to life stressors. 

 

I was on the AD's for many years.


Many SSRI's &SSNRI's over 20 years . Zoloft - 7 years .  Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and many more - on and off . No tapering. Cold turkey -  Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                            Drug free since May, 2014
.
             "Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain" - Joseph Campbell


#14 anongrl5590

anongrl5590

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • LocationLos Angeles, California

Posted 06 May 2017 - 09:46 AM

3 years at the end of this month. So many symptoms have gone  - dizziness, cortisol awakenings, palpitations,insomia but some remain - neuro-emotions, anhedonia, and occasional depression and anxiety.

 

I seemed to go in monthly waves for a while but I noticed a huge improvement at the 2- year mark. Since then I have regressed to a degree but I think that is due to life stressors. 

 

I was on the AD's for many years.

 

I see. I'm glad to hear you saw a big improvement at 2 years out and that many of your symptoms have gone away. Are you working right now? How did you cope with the symptoms since you quit CT? The only things working for me so far are distractions (by hanging out with friends, doing homework, watching Netflix, walking outside) and sometimes a hot bath. But nothing else like meditation or yoga or even supplements help me. 


My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#15 greyed

greyed

    Getting started

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • LocationNewfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Posted 06 May 2017 - 06:17 PM

There are tons.

Too bad it's still nothing here from a member who isn't speaking for someone they know in life.



#16 coldturkmama

coldturkmama

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 375 posts
  • Locationnova Scotia

Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:00 AM

I'm 3.5 yrs out from a cold turkey. I was on Paxil 20 mg for 14 or 15 yrs and then upped to 40 mg for 8 months when I stopped.
I had stopped and started the medication before, but always returned to it thinking it was me- not withdrawal.
Slowly but surely- the brain heals.

Paxil 20mg from 1998-2011 

Paxil 40mg from 2011-2012 while experiencing poopout

October 2013 quit cold turkey

Oct-mid Nov 2013 great window

Late November WD nightmare 

Windows and waves pattern 

Now: 28 months cold turkey...doing decent learning to deal with the windows/waves pattern fighting it every step of the way. 


#17 sollicitudo

sollicitudo

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 22 posts
  • LocationStockholm

Posted 09 May 2017 - 12:21 AM

There are tons.

Too bad it's still nothing here from a member who isn't speaking for someone they know in life.

Why would someone who quit ADs without any problems come here?

Effexor 150mg July 2011 - March 2014


#18 Lorin

Lorin

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 66 posts
  • LocationIsrael

Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:58 AM

I'm 3.5 yrs out from a cold turkey. I was on Paxil 20 mg for 14 or 15 yrs and then upped to 40 mg for 8 months when I stopped.
I had stopped and started the medication before, but always returned to it thinking it was me- not withdrawal.
Slowly but surely- the brain heals.

how you know its you and not your wd?
thanx


2007-2015- zoloft 100 mg
5-8/2015 taper zoloft 12.5 mg every 2 weeks
3/2016 -11/16 lexapro 20 mg

24/11/16 - 1/1/17 lexapro 15 mg
1/1/17-22/2/2017 lexapro 10 mg
23/2/17-23/3/17- lexapro 7.5 mg

24/3/2017-11/4/17 lexapro 5 mg

11/4/17-lexapro 3.5 mg


#19 coldturkmama

coldturkmama

    Silver star

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 375 posts
  • Locationnova Scotia

Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:48 AM

Withdrawal caused brain zaps, I never had those before. Stomach cramps, intense anxiety like I'd never had before, intrusive thoughts, the need to be up moving, cold chills, shaking, flu like symptoms and shin pain, and more- I knew it was not me.

Paxil 20mg from 1998-2011 

Paxil 40mg from 2011-2012 while experiencing poopout

October 2013 quit cold turkey

Oct-mid Nov 2013 great window

Late November WD nightmare 

Windows and waves pattern 

Now: 28 months cold turkey...doing decent learning to deal with the windows/waves pattern fighting it every step of the way. 






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Cold turkey, Success, Ssri