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#37 Shanti

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

Geez, I feel like I just pick up topics left and right and say "Yep, I do that too". Yes, I get this sometimes on my back. It seems to correlate with back pain. It almost feels like I put some Icy-Hot on it. I was also suspected of having MS for other reasons but found no lesions. So they don't know. Who knows. smh.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:30 AM

I also have this symptom on and off. Mostly during the course of some weeks, but very irregular. Then it is gone again for a month or so. It also changes quite a lot. Started with burning all over my body for some minutes when going to bed, to needles and pins in some areas or whole body to burning around throat and neck and round again.

End of 2008: Remeron 15mg for around 2 months. Unorthodox taper, no problems.
End of August 2009: Lexapro 10mg for only 4 days. Panic attack after 3 pills. Severe gastro problems in the morning for 3 days after last pill. 2 weeks later strong w/d symptoms set in.

Acute WD lasted around 3.5 years. I am feeling much better today, 5.5 years out, but still have some symptoms left.


#39 ajnjj

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:57 AM

Hi all, Quick question. I'm a little over 6 months off lexapro. I have developed a skin tingling, bug crawling sensation similair to when I first had a bad reaction to paxil. What does it mean??? Anxiety comes and for a throughout day. Head symptoms went away for a little while but are now back....shaking vision went away but is now back. What does it all mean?? Is my anxiety back? Is it a disease? Am I actually crazy??? I thought I was doing so well now Im scared again.
Everything was ok. And then it wasn't.

Med History
11/2009- 50 mg Zoloft (1st ad ever) in combo w/.50 xanax for 2 weeks then use xanax as needed (1st benzo ever)
9 days on Zoloft, I was awake for 9 days straight C/T Zoloft
11/2009- trazadone to sleep for 2 weeks c/t Trazadone
12/2009 start 10 mg Lexapro w/ Xanax as needed
5/2010-3 week taper off lexapro
9/2010? back to Lexapro 10 mg after 5 or 6 weeks c/t leapro
12/2010-10mg paxil
5/2011-6 week paxil taper
8/2011 5mg lexapro
last lexapro pill January 7 2012
all this as per doc orders Thanks Doc!

#40 jr1985

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:19 AM

I have the skin tingling sensation too, even after reinstating. I don;t think it's anything to worry about, it's just our nervous system trying to balance itself out. From what I have read, it seems to be normal for symptoms to come and go in waves. As time goes on the bad waves get shorter and good waves get longer. It's not a disease and you're not crazy, it's just your nervous system recovering from the shock of withdrawal. I know it's scary and you want to get better now, we all do, but it will get better eventually, it just takes time.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:37 AM

Hi all,

Quick question. I'm a little over 6 months off lexapro. I have developed a skin tingling, bug crawling sensation similair to when I first had a bad reaction to paxil. What does it mean???

Anxiety comes and for a throughout day. Head symptoms went away for a little while but are now back....shaking vision went away but is now back. What does it all mean??

Is my anxiety back? Is it a disease? Am I actually crazy???

I thought I was doing so well now Im scared again.


Hi ajnjj,

Your symptoms, although distressing, are not dangerous and are not a sign of mental illness or disease. Everything you describe is a symptom of anti-depressant withdrawal. The question that some of the "old timers" can help you with is whether or not reinstating a very small dose will be helpful or not. Some people get relief from reinstating a small amount and then doing a really, really, slow taper. Some people do not. It is very individual. :) Hugs, Annej

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April 2011- C/T Adderall, lithium, Seroquel, Lunesta; Pristiq and Klonopin cut by 1/2 due to med-induced "rapid cycling"
May 2011- Pristiq/Lexapro bridge/taper
June, 2011- K cut to 0.5 mg (doctor)
July 18, 2011 - Lexapro done
October 2011- K taper started
Jan, 2012- Off K, Remeron started -bad idea
March 2012- Horrific Tardive Akathisa/TD (Dx: TA versus withdrawal akathisia secondary to K w/d)
May 2012- Reinstatement of K
Current Psych Meds: Klonopin 2 mg + Propanolol 15 mg and titrating up
As of June 2013: TA gone or suppressed - struggling with tolerance to benzos - beta blocker helping


#42 GiaK

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:37 AM

skin crawling sensations are generally some form of parasthesia...and are often associated with drug withdrawal. there are all sorts of parasthesias and they can all vary greatly in severity as well... http://en.wikipedia....iki/Parasthesia they can be anything from mildly annoying to painfully acute...

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I withdrew from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.

I took a bit over 6 years to do it. Finished on Feb 9 2010. I'm still recovering from iatrogenesis.


#43 ajnjj

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:23 AM

I gotta say, after 6 months being off these drugs I am never reinstating. I don't care what happens to me. I've never felt crazy like this. Never felt helpless to symptoms. I have awful allergies and haven't taken an antihistamine in over 7 months. Everything in my body , especially my head, is so messed up. Reinstating, not an option. But I thank you all for your advice and suggestions. Gives me slight comfort. I truly thought after 6 months id be feeling way better.
Everything was ok. And then it wasn't.

Med History
11/2009- 50 mg Zoloft (1st ad ever) in combo w/.50 xanax for 2 weeks then use xanax as needed (1st benzo ever)
9 days on Zoloft, I was awake for 9 days straight C/T Zoloft
11/2009- trazadone to sleep for 2 weeks c/t Trazadone
12/2009 start 10 mg Lexapro w/ Xanax as needed
5/2010-3 week taper off lexapro
9/2010? back to Lexapro 10 mg after 5 or 6 weeks c/t leapro
12/2010-10mg paxil
5/2011-6 week paxil taper
8/2011 5mg lexapro
last lexapro pill January 7 2012
all this as per doc orders Thanks Doc!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

I gotta say, after 6 months being off these drugs I am never reinstating. I don't care what happens to me.

I've never felt crazy like this. Never felt helpless to symptoms. I have awful allergies and haven't taken an antihistamine in over 7 months.

Everything in my body , especially my head, is so messed up. Reinstating, not an option. But I thank you all for your advice and suggestions. Gives me slight comfort.
I truly thought after 6 months id be feeling way better.


I am so sorry for your suffering. For many, myself included, this process takes much time. Much more time than I ever thought possible. Setbacks, improvements, followed by setbacks and then hopefully restoration of full health. This site has been a source of great comfort for me and I hope it does the same for you. :) Many hugs, Annej

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May 2011- Pristiq/Lexapro bridge/taper
June, 2011- K cut to 0.5 mg (doctor)
July 18, 2011 - Lexapro done
October 2011- K taper started
Jan, 2012- Off K, Remeron started -bad idea
March 2012- Horrific Tardive Akathisa/TD (Dx: TA versus withdrawal akathisia secondary to K w/d)
May 2012- Reinstatement of K
Current Psych Meds: Klonopin 2 mg + Propanolol 15 mg and titrating up
As of June 2013: TA gone or suppressed - struggling with tolerance to benzos - beta blocker helping


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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:35 PM

ajnjj ~ I do admire your determination to not reinstate. That takes guts. The symptoms you have described are WD symptoms. When you initially had the onset of anxiety you probably had physical symptoms (we all do) but I bet they were nothing like this. Anxiety is anxiety, but the other stuff is not the original problem. Just look at everyone's symptoms, we all have the same stuff. When we all first had anxitey, Ibet we did not all have the same symptoms. When I got off Lexapro It took a good year to have the effects wear off. Lexapro was a hellacious drug to get off of for me. Nikki B)

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:54 PM

hey guys, Thanks, I get it. I go through waves as you all do. I know we are all suffering and I know we are all fighting. Today, for instance, I had to fight to keep my attention focused. I literally felt like my brain was going in super slow motion. It was awful! I hope one day we can all look back and say that this experience made us stronger, smarter and better off....however, it feels lke its making me slower, crazy and sick.... If I can say one thing, I have noticed some WD symptoms have faded. And have not returned. That is a good thing. I can handle the crawling skin. I can handle the tingling/numbness. I can even handle the stomach issues or weird pains. But i gotta tell ya, these head symptoms....Whew. They get to me. This includes the visual stuff guys, its pretty intense. I stopped taking the fish oil about 2 months ago. I took 2 the other day when the head symptoms started again. Well, I almost came out of my skin. I felt like I was on speeed. The next day I took them agan, figured that I never had a reaction from fish oil before so it must have been a fluke. No way, again, got that speedy feeling. So I guess no more fish oil for a while. I wonder why that happened all of a sudden? Anyone have anything like that happen? Anyone feeling any better these days?
Everything was ok. And then it wasn't.

Med History
11/2009- 50 mg Zoloft (1st ad ever) in combo w/.50 xanax for 2 weeks then use xanax as needed (1st benzo ever)
9 days on Zoloft, I was awake for 9 days straight C/T Zoloft
11/2009- trazadone to sleep for 2 weeks c/t Trazadone
12/2009 start 10 mg Lexapro w/ Xanax as needed
5/2010-3 week taper off lexapro
9/2010? back to Lexapro 10 mg after 5 or 6 weeks c/t leapro
12/2010-10mg paxil
5/2011-6 week paxil taper
8/2011 5mg lexapro
last lexapro pill January 7 2012
all this as per doc orders Thanks Doc!

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 12:37 PM

I've been having that creepy crawly feeling in my skin & what feels like in my brain. Ugh.

Dec 2004 - Put on Zoloft after having a panic attack from the Birth Control Ortho Evra Patch (the doctors thought I was completely insane when I told them I think the Birth Control Patch is giving me anxiety/panic. Funny how they tell you NOW that Birth Control can indeed cause anxiety) Started at 25mg, increased to 50 mg and 100 mg in 2007. They made me too sleepy so decreased back to 50mg until 2009. Reduced to 25 mg in 2010.

Oct 2010 - Decided to come off Zoloft to try and have children. Didn't know anything about tapering because apparently, my doctor didn't know about it either. WDs included heart palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus etc. Decided to go back on Zoloft within 2 weeks of stopping.

January 2011 - Knowing a little more about tapering, I decided to stop taking taking Zoloft with my doctors help again. She told me to hurry and taper in 4 weeks because the tinnitus could become permanent. I thought this was too fast so I took another month to taper.

March 30, 2011 - Last Zoloft pill.

Had a little dizziness & sadness, but felt fine until Aug 2011 after a relative died.

Since then symptoms include brain shivers, migraine headaches on right side of head, warm/hot sensations on right side of head and ears, internal vibrations, tremor, muscle twitches, strange sensations in right side of head, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, disconnected, depersonalization, numbness on left side of body at times, neck pain, muscle/rib cage pains,  just don't feel like myself :(


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:36 AM

since I started reducing from 20mg I started breaking out, now at 14mg and not stable I'm breaking out very badly. Are the two things correlated, withdrawal and acne? 


Edited by KarenB, 11 January 2017 - 12:27 AM.
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end of 2010, prescribed paxil 20mg

1 year off cold turkey  september 2011- september 2012 (nightmare) escitalopram for 4 months (didn't help).

RI september 2012 20mg

october 2013 crash reaching 10mg

10/31/2013 updose to 14mg

1/3/2014-13mg

2/23/2014-12mg

4/6/2014-11mg

august 2014-10mg

November-December 2014 Big mistake, skipping doses BIG Crash

January 2015- 12 mg

 


#49 Sweetcreature

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:35 AM

I don't think so Lex...I have suffered acne on a off for a long time..are you eating a lot of sugar?  stay away from it for a few weeks and see - its a known toxin! If I avoid it my skin clears up quickly and effectively, try to avoid dairy too - I think some people have also spotted a link with it.

 

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May 2001 - age 24 given 20 mg seroxat. Tried to reduce myself after a year. Told by GP to take on alternate days and I would be fine. FAIL. Assumed 'wrong time' due to university stress and that my 'depression' must be worse than I thought.

Increased dose to 30 mg December 2002. Tried the same technique as before to reduce- made it down to a quarter tablet but couldn't stand symptoms, had a sneaking suspicion that it was due to tablets but never considered dependency - 'depression is a diseased brain after all' (is what I was told)

 

Continued until October 2010 - tried to CT and managed to last five months - assumed the depression was really bad but had no understanding of the reason for awful anxiety. Ran back to GP started Prozac- went crazy thought I was going to die. Stopped Prozac after two weeks.

April 2010 Started sertraline. Stablished but felt numbed.

September 2010 Asked for seroxat again. Upped my dose to 30 after three weeks. Felt hyper, caffeinated, but functional. Glad to be over what I thought was 'depression'..

Realised it is the meds, want to be free at last - July 2012 started 10% taper from original dose and took supplements. Took suppliments sporadically and despite the temptation the taper, wanted it 'over with'. Taper took exactly six months and 10 days.

Reductions were as follows:
First 2 weeks- 27 mg
Next 2- 24mg
Next 2- 21 mg
Next 2- 18mg
Next 2 15 mg
Next 2 12 mg (held for four weeks due to house move from London back to Ireland)
Next 2 weeks- 9 mg
Next 2 weeks- 6 mg
Next 2- weeks 3 mg
Next 2 weeks 1.5 mg (held for 5 weeks as scared)
10th February 2013 Jumped to zero

Within 3 weeks sadness, led to anxiety.  Restarted suppliments - helped a bit.  Stressful move to London. A lot of fatigue and DEEP emotions. Crying LOTS. Took suppliments on and off, moved back to Ireland after being back in London for only eight weeks as felt too sad and unsettled. 

 

No suppliments when moved back.  Unhappy at being back, scared I wouldn't ever find happiness - deep deep sadness, anger, STUPIDLY went back to doctor and decided I must just be a 'depressive'.  Given Citalopram/Celexa 20mg.

 

Took it for seven days, changed my mind, decided to be 'strong' and put it behind me. (No particularly adverse effects that I recall, save for day 5 having inner vibrations in arms and legs) Still had pack of tablets however and every time emotions got hard felt I had to 'go back onto tablets'.  I did this from July until November. (On them off them on them off them) ........

 

Started to get body vibrations and told myself it was 'anxiety' and I was 'giving myself panic attacks.  I continued to cry as I 'started' the tablets again and again - not wanting to go back there but not sure what else to do. 

 

More vibrations - but didn't make the connection that I had a compromised CNS -  thought it was anxiety....chest started to pound in Sept, vibrations continued...lost weight, became anxious, sleep was awful and I tried a variety of remedies to replace the tablets and calm my anxiety and lift my mood.  I think they made things worse.

 

(These included, St.Johns Wort, Rescue Remedy, Homeopathic treatments, Chinese herbs, Passiflora, and suppliments from the online company who state they are experts in assisting people get off meds)

 

Also did the following:

 

Talking therapy

Human Givens Therapy

Homeopathy

Narcotics Anonymous

 

October 23rd took Citalopram (20mg) for 12 days - no relief

 

November 6th Started Seroxat 10 mg (to be safe) stupidly upped to 20 the next day.

 

Stayed on 20 for 18 days, no relief, stopped for two days suddenly, relief came - short lived, vibrations and torture came after 72 hours.  Suicidal for days.  Upped to 30 thinking it would improved.  Even more suicidal.  Dropped to 20 again (December 9th) not suicidal, but not better. Started liquid 28th December reduced to 18 mg in effort to reduce and stabilise.  Don't know where to go from here.  Living with parents who are supportive beyond words.

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#50 Fenrir

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:13 PM

well if you consider that wd can impact strongly on your hormonal system, I would not exclude that some link exist


end of 2010, prescribed paxil 20mg

1 year off cold turkey  september 2011- september 2012 (nightmare) escitalopram for 4 months (didn't help).

RI september 2012 20mg

october 2013 crash reaching 10mg

10/31/2013 updose to 14mg

1/3/2014-13mg

2/23/2014-12mg

4/6/2014-11mg

august 2014-10mg

November-December 2014 Big mistake, skipping doses BIG Crash

January 2015- 12 mg

 


#51 ladybug

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:31 PM

I have had the same exact experience. I had clear skin throughout my whole life (even puberty) until I was 26 years old and my taper went below 20mg.  My skin started breaking out and hasn't stopped since. Five years later (still tapering) and I have a face full of scars, and still breaking out. I manage to keep it somewhat under control with a benzoyl peroxide regimen and lactic acid lotion. I miss my flawless skin. These drugs wreak havoc with your hormones so I absolutely believe it's WD.


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#52 WinningThrough

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 02:11 AM

Hi. I was searching for skin topics and I came across this one.

In withdrawal, the skin on my face keeps going really dry hard and flaky. A couple of times this week, it's like I've had a skin peel or something. I've literally had to rub all the flaky skin off my face. It's really sore. I'm not using anything different on my face. Every shampoo I use makes my ski worse and my scalp is ridiculously flaky too. I have hard skin on my ear lobes. There seems to be no moisture in my skin anywhere.

Anyone else had this? Withdrawal really does wipe out every ounce of self esteem we have, doesn't it? I used to always have low self esteem and before these drugs, I was in a really good place with that. Now, my self esteem is shot to shreds.
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Posted 14 January 2015 - 06:35 PM

Hi. I'm having a rough night. It's four in the morning and I'm tired but can't sleep. It's for many reasons, but one big reason is that I'm having one of those nights when I feel allergic to all kinds of materials. My skin isn't itching, but I have this extreme "unpleasant feeling" all over my body, that I don't know how to get rid off. I've moved around from my bed to the floor, from my floor to my couch, changing clothes more than five times, but nothing can take away the unpleasant skin-sensations.
Does anybody recognize this, and if so, is there anything I can do about it? I can't see any connection between different fabrics and these sensations, but maybe there's something else that's causing them? Can I reduce these unpleasant sensations by excluding gluten or wheat from my diet or something? Will the sensations reduce over time?

If anybody have had this problem, and now is free from it, please tell me about it and give me some hope!

I haven't written my drug story in my profile yet, but I'm currently (on the day actually, which feels very sad) two months off an adverse reaction to Prozac.

Thanks in advance and all the best!
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Posted 15 January 2015 - 01:30 AM

several similar topics merged


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

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Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

Xanax PRN

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Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

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May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 03:49 AM

I also have a skin thing too, I took a different brand of fish oil two nights ago and for about an hour after my skin felt like fire as well as my eyes. I really hate having to wear any clothes other than loose sweats. Never was like this before tapering. Also, last night as I fell asleep I heard what sounded like water running then scratching sounds in head while my fingers felt like they were being pulled had to force myself up like from sleep paralysis.
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
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#56 cymbaltawithdrawal5600

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 05:02 AM

A lot of these 'weird skin things' are symptoms of a nervous system reacting erratically to various normal stimuli. It will eventually calm down but in the mean time, soothing baths, and magnesium via soaking in epsom salts baths MAY help. Distraction is also necessary but it is inconvenient to do when you are trying to sleep. Just be assured, a lot of this stuff goes away in time.


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 06:28 AM

So has anyone had their skin return to normal when they got off ssri's? My skin has gotten so thin prob from elevated cortisol for so long.
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. 😃👍👍👍

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:53 PM

My skin has been awful all the years on these drugs.   I didnt realise.  Scabby face, scabby scalp, and of all things constant pain in my left ear  .  Now I find out it is all the AD use.  Now I have given them up and in WD, my skin is like that, all sort of peely, but the ear soreness and scabby face has all but gone (I hope).


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2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:51 AM

This started a few days ago. In my upper back just on one side towards the shoulder I have this strange pain/sensation when I lightly touch or brush my fingers against the skin. It's freaking me out. I'm withdrawing off Luvox - currently down to25mg from 75mg and have been having a horrific time with withdrawal.
Anyone else experience symptoms similar to this? Any reassurance would be much appareciated.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 04:16 PM

Hi Dee,

Is this anything like a burning sensation?  Different kinds of nerve pain and unusual sensations are common in withdrawal.  This topic on 'skin issues' has some discussion about it:

 

http://survivinganti...11-skin-issues/

 

 

A lot of these 'weird skin things' are symptoms of a nervous system reacting erratically to various normal stimuli. It will eventually calm down but in the mean time, soothing baths, and magnesium via soaking in epsom salts baths MAY help. Distraction is also necessary but it is inconvenient to do when you are trying to sleep. Just be assured, a lot of this stuff goes away in time.

 

If you are really worried about it, you could check with your doctor.

 

Please would you start an introduction topic for yourself in our intro/update section, so we can get to know you better.


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

My Introduction Thread

 

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Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

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DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

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Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes animal25.gif

 

Supplements which seem to help:  High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger.  Taurine, Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.

 

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

 

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 10:38 PM

I have been suffering constant needling pain all over on top of other pain for the entire withdrawal for 2 years, and it can cuse heart failing sometimes in my case when it's very severe. My symptoms meet the entire set for fybromygia.

Lots ppl have this from either side effect or/and WD.
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 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 pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 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, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--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--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:59 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Sorry to hear about all your pain.

 

I had an MRI this morning due to tingling and electric zap sensations all over my body (seriously - every single area has been affected at one point or another, even my tongue and inside my nose!) I am certain it's due to the Lexapro withdrawal, but it's still frightening, especially if you are prone to hypochondria. I will get the results tomorrow and hopefully that will put an end to my paranoia about potential sinister causes of this issue.

 

Most of the posts in this thread are quite old now but if you read this can you let us know how your skin sensations are doing now?? Thanks!


2009-2012: Lexapro 10mg, and then varying doses , multiple failed attempts to wean myself off. Instant withdrawal side-effects, including: loss of balance; forgetfulness; bruxism; apathy; pins & needles; extreme anxiety; panic; extremely vivid dreams and nightmares; akathisia; suicidal ideation; sleep paralysis; skin crawling; and more.2012-March to 2013-December: Lexapro 10mg, Life was great.2014-January to 2014-December: Weaned myself off, using 10mg and 5mg doses only. Alternated & skipped days until finally going cold turkey. Experienced restless leg at night, temporarily. Numbness in scalp, sporadically.2015-January to 2015-April No medication. 2 weeks after taking final pill - choking sensations [ongoing]. 6 weeks after final pill - Random, all-over, burning / pin-prick / electric shock sensations throughout my body [Ongoing] (Never any brain zaps though.) Tinnitus symptoms [temporary.] Loss of sensation in throat/neck [ongoing]. MRI of brain and C-spine; blood tests; all clear. 2015-April to now 10mg Lexapro. Loss of sensation in fingers [constant]. Still experiencing burning / pin-prick / electric shock sensations all over my body since before reinstatement [almost constant]. Still experiencing numbness in throat/neck since before reinstatement [constant.] Balance problems [infrequent]. Pins and needles in legs & feet [infrequent.]<p>2015-Nov to date: 10mg daily. Numbness in finger remains, some electric shocks, but it doesn't bother me anymore. Loss of sensation / motor capabilities in tongue / throat / airways continues, seems to be getting worse.

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:37 AM

Hi someday,

We have very similar meds history with lex etc. except for you have been on higher doses and tapered off now while I am still playing games with this evil drug.

Tingling sensation is most common to lex users, you can find specific topic for that in the pins and deedling sensation topic. I believe it's not a type of skin problems ppl are talikng about here.

I will find the link for you next.
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 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 pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 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, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--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--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:39 AM

Here it is
http://survivinganti...ing-sensations/
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 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 pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 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, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--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--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:58 PM

Hey guys! I have been reading a lot around the internet about this topic and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Back in high school I tried Wellbutrin and LOVED it however two weeks in, I got hives all over my body which was very discouraging because, to this day, it is the only medicine I have ever liked. I am currently weaning off Prozac and would really love to try Wellbutrin again. I have read quite a bit about how people have been starting the medicine, getting hives, letting the medicine clear out of their system, then starting back up again at a lower dose and adding an antihistamine (Claritin/Zyrtec). I know of course you have to be careful of severe reactions, etc, but I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and what did you do for it? Or have you found anything else similar to Wellbutrin that you liked?

 

Thanks!


2002-2010 - I was on a high dose of Effexor then cymbalta, weaned off the cymbalta using Zoloft but had major withdrawal symptoms I.e. Brain zaps, fatigue, confusion, feeling drunk all the time 

July 2014 -10mg of Prozac. Love it except for the side effects: heart palpitations, weight gain, extreme fatigue

Jan 22, 2015 - began 10 percent taper, currently on 9mg (2.25mL) of liquid fluoxetine 
           WD symptoms so far: extreme fatigue getting worse 

June 4, 2015 - currently at 5.3mg (1.2mL) 

           WD symptoms: extreme agitation and irritability, restlessness, slight depression

 


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Posted 07 July 2015 - 05:35 PM

You are allergic to Wellbutrin. Taking a psychiatric drug to which you are allergic can lead to life-threatening problems.

 

This is a site for going off drugs. As such, we do not discuss the comparative merits of psychiatric drugs in order to get re-medicated. There are many sites on the Web, such as http://www.depressionforums.org/, where members enthusiastically dish about their drug cocktails. I suggest you go there for the discussion you seek.


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Posted 11 July 2015 - 09:26 PM

hi, i wanted to avoid starting a new thread on rash-related withdrawal issues so ill post my question here.  ive come into a hives-type rash stage of withdrawal and havent really had something quite like this before.  i dont know if its histamine-related or due to a sensitivity to something external that im suddenly not doing so well with anymore or what.  but my question is more about activities---in your similar experiences, is it better to avoid showering or can showering help with the symptoms?  and what about exercise, or foods?  i checked into the food area of histaminic problems, but i want to cover all my bases, especially since dietary changes have not mitigated things.  withdrawal has left my skin overdried, cracking, bleeding, and also itching intractable in the extremities for the full 3 years, but less localized rashes are a new thing as a persistent state.

 

the rash begins in small dots, almost like bug-bites, and spreads to broader areas of reddened, slightly raised skin with no pale center (or any other color differentiation), and with abnormal borders/asymmetry.  sometimes they seem to ooze a bit of oil or pus on the surface, and they have a painful tingle to them more than an itch.  it has been several days and they continue to spread instead of calming down or diminishing; they appear in areas exposed to sunlight and air, and areas that arent, areas that contact outside materials/surfaces and areas that dont, and are not focused on mucuous membrane regions (like underarms) or places that often see more abrasion from clothing or movement.  they are spreading across my chest, back, arms, neck, and legs, somewhat radiating from my stomach region in all directions.  this may very well continue getting worse, and i have no way to see a doctor right now (not that theyd be likely to have anything helpful to say anyway).  im avoiding using my lycra/polyester wrist braces for carpal tunnel (which ive only briefly used for a few days lately due to concern about the materials) in case that has any contributing influence, and aside from trying those a few days before the rash began developing, i have not changed my diet, exercise, sleeping, products, or general environment.  just sitting here makes me feel like my skin is slowly burning off my body, but luckily it hasnt yet gotten to the point of severity of pain where i feel like something must be done immediately towards relief.

 

ive read several other threads on here mentioning hives and histaminic responses, and read a bit elsewhere, but this is the sort of specificity that individual members seem best suited to address, even if you cant predict the symptoms or reactions in another withdrawing person.  thanks for reading.


from 2005-2012, i spent 7 years taking 17 different psychotropic medications covering several classes.  i would be taking 3-7 medications at a time, and 6 out of the 17 medications listed below were maxed or overmaxed in clinical dosage before i moved on to trying the next unhelpful cocktail.
 
antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, tetracyclics): zoloft, wellbutrin, effexor, lexapro, prozac, cymbalta, remeron
antipsychotics (atypical): abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon
sleep aids (benzos, off-label antidepressants & antipsychotics, hypnotics): seroquel, temazepam, trazodone, ambien
anxiolytics: buspar
anticonvulsants: topamax
 
i tapered off all psychotropics from late 2011 through early 2013, one by one.  for all 5 years since quitting, ive been cycling through severe, disabling withdrawal symptoms spanning the gamut of the serious, less serious, and rather worrisome side effects of these assorted medications.  previous cross-tapering and medication or dosage changes had also caused undiagnosed withdrawal symptoms.
 
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Posted 27 July 2015 - 07:33 PM

Hello everyone - I am a new member and was advised to share my hives situation, and whether it is or isn't Paxil withdrawal related.   Here is a copy ad paste of my post.

 

Hello everyone, I am a first time poster, long time Paxil user.   I have been on Paxil for about 12 years or so, prescribed by my doctor to combat anxiety.  My anxiety was never severe, I just fell down the slippery slope of Paxil use after what should have just been a bump in the emotional road for me.  Long story short, I've decided to taper off of the Paxil 20mg (down from 40mg a couple years prior). 

 

This year my doc advised me to cut from 20mg to 10mg. (I know now, way too much and too fast).  I had brain zaps, irritablilty, and vivid dreams (which I actually don't mind since they are usually pleasant) and some dizziness.  After a few weeks I was feeling OK enough to go from 10mg to 5mg. I was good for about 3 weeks.  But the next two weeks I suffered from severe anxiety - unlike any kind of despairing feeling I've ever had in my life! I suddenly became an emotional wreck and was just at wits end.  So I went from 5mg Paxil back up to 10mg.  A week or so later - hives.

 

Hives, - small ones, on my neck or forearms. They'd go away after a couple hours so I didn't put too much worry into it.  Then a week after these small hive appearances, I had a really bad outbreak of hives on my legs, which I thought was just a heat rash. I didn't take an anti-histamine, I hate the way they make me feel.  Big mistake. I ended up waking up at 4 in the morning, itching terribly all over my body.  I was searching for Benadryl downstairs when my wife found me - at which point I was getting dizzy and nauseous. I was going into anaphylactic shock.  My wife and I both thought I was dying, my children sobbing as they waited by the front door for the ambulance to arrive. 

 

I've never had allergies really.  I am allergic to cats, it turns out, but I've had my cat for 3 years (a Persian which I found to not feel allergic reactions to in the past- and who has since been living with my brother till this all gets ironed out).

 

So this anaphylaxis was not something I was prepared for.  An amulance ride later, they told me I had some kind of allergic reaction.

 

A few weeks later, after seeing an allergist, he suspected my bizarre reaction to be caused by a medicine (not a food or other allergen).  I only take Paxil, and Propecia. (which I've stopped last week to try to rule that out as a cause of the hives).  I still get small areas of redness on my skin, primarily when I wake up in the AM.  And for now I'm on antihistimines, which I dislike greatly.

 

I am wondering if the traumatic, despair-like anxiety feelings I suffered, and then yo-yo-ing back to a higher dosage of Paxil did a number on my body and made me overly sensitive to histamines, or my cat.  Since my allergist suspected Paxil as a possible cause of the hives/anaphylaxis, I have since tapered back down to 5mg, and three days ago down to 2.5mg.  I suspect its not the actual Paxil causing the hives, but the withdrawal itself, the toll it takes on my body and mind. 

Just hoping putting my story out there, if anyone can relate to such a physical reaction like what I experienced, and if they too, think it is related to the Paxil withdrawl.

 

Thanks for reading.

Cheers


Been on Paxil 14 years. 40mg for the bulk of those.

20mg in 2014

10mg March of 2015 - then tapered to 5mg

Then to 2.5 to 1.5 - to 1mg, from Mar-August.

As of August 23 2015, I am flying without a net.  Paxil free!

 

WD symptoms since tapering mid- 2015:

 

Short temper, hostile. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives Food intolerance Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. Shaking, like I'm cold. Trembling. Tremors, muscle twitches all over. Facial tics. Eye, lips. Head.  Floaters in my eyes. Severe Insomnia (between months 4-5)  then returned from March-October 2016. I'm sleeping better now. Dreams have returned to normal (month 7) High levels of anxiety when around large crowds or in large rooms. Intestinal spasms, heartburn.  Dizzy spells.  Panic/Anxiety Attacks suddenly developed months 8 out.  1.5 years out, 90% feeling back to normal.  (April 25, 2017)

 

 

 


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 08:51 PM

hi, i wanted to avoid starting a new thread on rash-related withdrawal issues so ill post my question here. ive come into a hives-type rash stage of withdrawal and havent really had something quite like this before. i dont know if its histamine-related or due to a sensitivity to something external that im suddenly not doing so well with anymore or what. but my question is more about activities---in your similar experiences, is it better to avoid showering or can showering help with the symptoms? and what about exercise, or foods? i checked into the food area of histaminic problems, but i want to cover all my bases, especially since dietary changes have not mitigated things. withdrawal has left my skin overdried, cracking, bleeding, and also itching intractable in the extremities for the full 3 years, but less localized rashes are a new thing as a persistent state.

the rash begins in small dots, almost like bug-bites, and spreads to broader areas of reddened, slightly raised skin with no pale center (or any other color differentiation), and with abnormal borders/asymmetry. sometimes they seem to ooze a bit of oil or pus on the surface, and they have a painful tingle to them more than an itch. it has been several days and they continue to spread instead of calming down or diminishing; they appear in areas exposed to sunlight and air, and areas that arent, areas that contact outside materials/surfaces and areas that dont, and are not focused on mucuous membrane regions (like underarms) or places that often see more abrasion from clothing or movement. they are spreading across my chest, back, arms, neck, and legs, somewhat radiating from my stomach region in all directions. this may very well continue getting worse, and i have no way to see a doctor right now (not that theyd be likely to have anything helpful to say anyway). im avoiding using my lycra/polyester wrist braces for carpal tunnel (which ive only briefly used for a few days lately due to concern about the materials) in case that has any contributing influence, and aside from trying those a few days before the rash began developing, i have not changed my diet, exercise, sleeping, products, or general environment. just sitting here makes me feel like my skin is slowly burning off my body, but luckily it hasnt yet gotten to the point of severity of pain where i feel like something must be done immediately towards relief.

ive read several other threads on here mentioning hives and histaminic responses, and read a bit elsewhere, but this is the sort of specificity that individual members seem best suited to address, even if you cant predict the symptoms or reactions in another withdrawing person. thanks for reading.


Excercise, showering, chemicals in household products can all create a histamine response. Also, changes in climate temperature.

The low histamine chef website does a much better job of explaining this than I ever could. A quick Google search should bring that site up.
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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:07 PM

I had skin rash on my legs and face during increasing dose and then decreasing the dose, not sure which is the cause though. The doctor prescribed steroid cream which cleaned up the ones on legs soon, but those on the face ca pomes and goes for a while each time I reduce the dose. They eventually stopped showing up as my dose went down further.

No one knows for sure what exactly what is going on inside my body under influence of the meds and the change of dose. Possibly our immune is harmed somehow causing the allergy reaction.

I would think ways to enhance immune system is the key. I have been taking OPC 3 which helps great deal with my immune system. It is possible why those problems didn't return.
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Posted 09 August 2015 - 06:56 AM

I had skin rash on my legs and face during increasing dose and then decreasing the dose, not sure which is the cause though. The doctor prescribed steroid cream which cleaned up the ones on legs soon, but those on the face ca pomes and goes for a while each time I reduce the dose. They eventually stopped showing up as my dose went down further.
No one knows for sure what exactly what is going on inside my body under influence of the meds and the change of dose. Possibly our immune is harmed somehow causing the allergy reaction.
I would think ways to enhance immune system is the key. I have been taking OPC 3 which helps great deal with my immune system. It is possible why those problems didn't return.


Like you, I started to get a rash, but now has turned to hives and / or rash when I was changing my paxil dose. I went down from 10mg, to 5mg, then back to 10mg within a month period. I am currently on 2.5. Rashes or hives still sprouting.

Been on Paxil 14 years. 40mg for the bulk of those.

20mg in 2014

10mg March of 2015 - then tapered to 5mg

Then to 2.5 to 1.5 - to 1mg, from Mar-August.

As of August 23 2015, I am flying without a net.  Paxil free!

 

WD symptoms since tapering mid- 2015:

 

Short temper, hostile. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives Food intolerance Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. Shaking, like I'm cold. Trembling. Tremors, muscle twitches all over. Facial tics. Eye, lips. Head.  Floaters in my eyes. Severe Insomnia (between months 4-5)  then returned from March-October 2016. I'm sleeping better now. Dreams have returned to normal (month 7) High levels of anxiety when around large crowds or in large rooms. Intestinal spasms, heartburn.  Dizzy spells.  Panic/Anxiety Attacks suddenly developed months 8 out.  1.5 years out, 90% feeling back to normal.  (April 25, 2017)

 

 

 


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:47 PM

Excercise, showering, chemicals in household products can all create a histamine response. Also, changes in climate temperature.

The low histamine chef website does a much better job of explaining this than I ever could. A quick Google search should bring that site up.

thanks for that. i was showering less frequently and less abrasively (had long-quit soaps and shampoos after withdrawal began), trying to keep cool, avoid prolonged sunlight and any chemicals i could. none of that was any different from my usual behavior, but i stayed indoors a bit more and would take breaks from things if they felt to be worsening the rash.

 

i saw a GP and he said he thinks its fungal (with no cause, and no explanation for all the non-rash symptoms like electric shocks and trouble breathing).  he prescribed a topical and an antifungal...i said no way, and asked questions about his diagnosis until he just referred me to a dermatologist for a second opinion.  the dermatologist said it was definitely NOT fungal, and was actually pityriasis rosea (despite being a pretty atypical presentation: no herald patch, no tree-formation on my back, and encroachment of the rash onto my neck and face).  he was in a massive rush and didnt explain anything to me about the symptoms---i looked those up afterwards.  he, too, wanted to give me a steroid and topical, and admitted they wouldnt help things heal any more quickly.  i refused those, especially in light of their being useless to me.

 

and, just like usual, he had no way to explain the other symptoms that correlated entirely and exclusively with the rash period.  in fact, he had no explanation for the rash either---it is of unknown cause and mechanism, so he was just going by appearance, despite contraindications.  he did say he has never heard of antidepressant withdrawal rashes, and that it doesnt look like an antidepressant usage rash.  for some reason mention of histaminic reactions went over his head or he was just being a smartass or playing dumb, so he didnt address that possibility.

 

the rash finally faded somewhat, after several weeks.  i was told it shouldnt last beyond 8 weeks.  either it left scars or is still in the process of dying down, but my antidepressant-heavy withdrawal experience has shifted to swinging back and forth between antipsychotic, antidepressant, and sedative symptoms.  im slated to see a neurologist, finally.  im trying to find one that claims beforehand to recognize and treat withdrawal-related issues...there is no reason to subject myself to tests and demeaning treatment and write-offs if they cant do anything for me, with a diagnosis, that im not already doing for myself.  and im hoping im in the last 1-2 years of acute withdrawal, anyway.


from 2005-2012, i spent 7 years taking 17 different psychotropic medications covering several classes.  i would be taking 3-7 medications at a time, and 6 out of the 17 medications listed below were maxed or overmaxed in clinical dosage before i moved on to trying the next unhelpful cocktail.
 
antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, tetracyclics): zoloft, wellbutrin, effexor, lexapro, prozac, cymbalta, remeron
antipsychotics (atypical): abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon
sleep aids (benzos, off-label antidepressants & antipsychotics, hypnotics): seroquel, temazepam, trazodone, ambien
anxiolytics: buspar
anticonvulsants: topamax
 
i tapered off all psychotropics from late 2011 through early 2013, one by one.  for all 5 years since quitting, ive been cycling through severe, disabling withdrawal symptoms spanning the gamut of the serious, less serious, and rather worrisome side effects of these assorted medications.  previous cross-tapering and medication or dosage changes had also caused undiagnosed withdrawal symptoms.
 
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