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#73 LexAnger

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

I requested the test for Vb myself as I wanted t know before I should start taking the Vb supplement.

All my doctors have no clue (if they dont denyyou hard) about the entire WD and symptoms it can cause so I did not even try to get their buying. SO they are not part of my battle with the meds except for my family doc who gives me prescription whenever I ask. 

 

I did another text on B12 end of last year, it came down to normal.

 

I dont know if it has anything to do with my liver function or my body utilizing the Vb for especially nerve related finctions.


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#74 Skyler

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 02:21 PM


>except for my family doc who gives me prescription whenever I ask. 

 

No small plus..  My PC was dubious about all my requests, but figured there was no harm in fulfilling my requests, so he acquiesced.  When I finally got off the diazepam, he stood up, shook my hand, and said I was the only person in his practice who had gotten off.  Guess he did not want to tell me sooner for fear of derailing my effort.. so the doc does not need to believe, only support. 

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.

 

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#75 Marmite

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 02:52 AM

Hi....interesting topic.

 

I too had my B12 levels checked....normal.

I had tingling and numbness during AD withdrawal, and continuing occasional numbness post withdrawal.

 

Professor David Healy is currently investigating a possible link between these "paraesthesia" and effects of escitalopram. If any of you would like to submit your symptoms to me relating to:

 

1) Paraesthesia - tingling / numbness anywhere in the body.

2) Difficult to explain cardiac problems - not connected to another diagnosis, but including problems with heart rhythm, heart rate, BP, dizziness/fainting, palpitations etc.

3) Sensory disturbances - to sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell.

 

I will pass on to him....although please note I cannot guarantee any response as he is gathering data atm.

 

If you would prefer not to PM, would you please post your symptoms on his www.rxisk.org website. There is a section on it to report symptoms, and helpfully this goes to the FDA and also generates for you a personal Rxisk report which validates your symptoms in the light of other sufferers who have reported similar ones.

 

Quite useful to take to a disbelieving doctor!

 

Your input could help clarify what is happening when people take / withdraw from this drug.

 

Hope to hear from you.


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

#76 Serenity23

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 06:31 AM

I was tapering off zoloft, not escitalopram, but I will say I had major audible sensory issues while tapering. Suddenly I was extremely sensitive to the tv volume, or radio volume, it had to be just so. And the dog across the street that always barks--I became much more sensitive to his barking. It eventually went away, but it was very annoying. Plus I could tell it wasn't anxiety related; it caused anxiety, but it was not because of anxiety. I could tell it was neurological.


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Dec 2016: Insurance company refused to fill 37mg (1 1/2 pills) Only given 25mg. Starting taper.

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 11:41 AM

I am beggining to accept that this is part of WD. The most difficult at present is that I cannot predict when I will be hit with paresthesia, or tinggling or pain...i have days without it, and suddenly I wake up with paresthesia in my hands, sometimes chest, back abd a bit on my face. Recently started to have some strange tinggling on my scalp...
Will it ever go away?
Last two days have been better...but I had these better days and was hit again with this sensation...

Vit B seems to make things worse. I tried B6 and multivitamin...

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


#78 JanCarol

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 05:24 AM

Skyler says:  

 

 

so the doc does not need to believe, only support. 

Amen to that!  My pdoc smiles wistfully, and sees that I am not worse, but she really believes in neuroleptic drugs, even if she is a "minimalist" prescriber.

 

Serenity:

 

 

I had major audible sensory issues while tapering. Suddenly I was extremely sensitive to the tv volume, or radio volume, it had to be just so. And the dog across the street that always barks--I became much more sensitive to his barking. 

 

While they are not parasthesia, my brain zaps are almost always preceded by external noise.  It's like the noise hits my brain and it explodes in light and electricity.  But it seems to be connected to noise, even if it is - just a dog barking.

 

My parasthesia started with the statin drugs.  Numbness down my left leg.  It would happen in karate class - so an active stance, not a lazy one!  I couldn't stand in queues or at concerts or anything, my leg would go numb.  Like it went to sleep - but without the pins and needles that some people here describe, or the pins and needles when a limb that is asleep "wakes up."  Instead I can pound my heel like a horse, or do squats, or run in place, do star jumps (jumping jacks) and the numbness is still there - sometimes for hours.

 

Since I got off the statins, this is much better, but it is still present.  I'm writing here because I believe it was a combination of the statins and the lithium which set this dysregulation off in me.  Again, it gets better all the time, but I can be getting a massage, and the same thing - down the outside of the left leg will go numb, and there is NOTHING I can do, other than wait, for it to get better.  On the statins and lithium, this was a constant, daily problem.  I could not be on my feet for more than 3 minutes without complete numbness down my left leg (especially on the outside).  Now, it happens less than once a month.

 

Recently I have a new sensation which is like my feet are in a cold running stream.  It is winter here, but that doesn't mean much.  It's not a circulatory feeling like neuropathy, it just feels like my feet are cold and wet, or damp like I've been playing in the snow for hours, and they still haven't "thawed out," even though they are warm and dry.

 

I'm over halfway off the lithium, doing a snail's pace taper, because I'm terrified of "mania," as well as soul killing depression, and of damaging the relationships I've worked so hard to build in a new country. 


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.

 

Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only.  I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!


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Posted 30 August 2015 - 09:15 AM

hmmm...just read my post from april, I was wondering if it would ever go away...

 

today I have no paraesthesia, no numbness and other sensations...no headaches, no migraines either...

 

this is SO GOOD :)


- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


#80 JanCarol

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 09:43 PM

That's awesome Ikam!  

 

I also wanted to add "dropping things" to my list, like my hands lose all strength and I drop tablets, pens, keys, silverware.  Fine motor coordination, as well as a numbness of ability / feeling.

 

Some of this is my hand injury, or from trying to carry things like I used to (with the hand injury) - but some of it I can see that one second I'm holding a thing, then I cannot feel, then drop the thing.  I hear it, rather than feel it drop.

 

Again, very minor, especially compared to what others have been through.  The dropping things, I do not see much improvement yet.  Maybe it's just aging (though I'm not arthritic, palsied, or psoriatic).


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.

 

Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only.  I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!


#81 Toulouse

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 12:18 PM

I've been feeling my hands fall alseep when I'm in bed. Depending on which side I am lying on.  I need to shake them to get them back to normal. Not sure if this is the same numbness people are talking about.

I've been weening off paxil and this started about 2 weeks ago - when I hit the 1mg mark.  I have been 0 mg for 10 days (Paxil free! And feeling OK except for my quick temper which I'm trying to stay ahead of).  


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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


#82 Marmite

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 10:00 AM

I've had the numb hands thing too Toulouse. Numb arms too and numb toes.
I can't work out if mine has to do with cardiac issues and circulation...mine isn't clear cut.
It has progressed to tingling and it gives the same feeling as chilblains in my toes....but without cold followed by heat as a cause!

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

#83 Toulouse

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 06:14 AM

I get this usually in bed, feeling like I'm lying on one or both of my hands the wrong way and putting them to sleep. They go back to normal upon rising. Also one of my toes does this too but not as frequently. This started in the final week or two of my taper. I'm now 3 weeks off Paxil.

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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 11:35 AM

Yes, if my arm is bent my pinkey and ring finger go completely numb. I never had this prior to wd. Happens to both hands.
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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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..
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#85 Toulouse

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 11:41 AM

Yes, if my arm is bent my pinkey and ring finger go completely numb. I never had this prior to wd. Happens to both hands.

strangely, its also largely my pinky and ring fingers too (on either hand).


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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 01:36 PM

The radial and median nerves supply your hand . If its the little and ring finger that are affected in both hands the likeliest explanation is muscle tension is pinching the nerves in your neck . Could happen where no drugs involved but muscle tension is a problem for many in withdrawal.

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 07:36 AM

Same for me ring and pinky both hands upon waking which isnt very often these days


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5th august 2015 reinstated 5mg amytripiline.increased to 10mg amtrip 9th sept 2015.

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 01:12 PM

I'm currently 3 1/2 months off Paxil, and experienced tingling sensations in both hands and forearms. I'd say it happened within the first 1-3 weeks of stopping. It didn't happen all day but it was at random times. That went away completely for me as well. I think it lasted for 1-2 weeks off and on. Good luck, I hope it goes away soon for you.


Paxil (20mg) - 2003 to June 3rd, 2015. Taken for depression and anxiety. Took Prozac (10mg) while tapering Paxil to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Taper lasted about 6-8 weeks.

 

Ritalin (40mg) - 2013 to current. Taken for depression and fatigue.

-Tapered to 30mg a few months ago, and now take 20mg a day as of 10/31/15.

-Tapered to 15mg as of February 2016. 

-Tapered to 10mg, then to 5mg during late February.

-Ritalin free since March 3rd, 2016.

 

-Currently taking Trileptal (600mg daily) for Anxiety.

 

Current symptoms: Anxiety and OCD.


#89 Toulouse

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 08:44 PM

Thanks, I have noticed it's not as bad as a couple weeks ago. Maybe a separate topic, but the heels of my feet are sore too, like I've been standing all day. Have no idea what this is, but I'm blaming on WD as its my default suspect :/

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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 01:47 PM

 

I'm currently 3 1/2 months off Paxil, and experienced tingling sensations in both hands and forearms. I'd say it happened within the first 1-3 weeks of stopping. It didn't happen all day but it was at random times. That went away completely for me as well. I think it lasted for 1-2 weeks off and on. Good luck, I hope it goes away soon for you.


Can I ask, how are you feeling being off Paxil so far?

 

 

Well, I've been up and down. To be quite honest, the first month after stopping was probably the best part. I dealt with dizziness, brain zaps and tingling sensations in my arms but mentally I was pretty stable and was feeling like my thoughts and mind were more clear within 5-10 days of stopping Paxil.

 

However, after the first month or so that's when more annoying symptoms started. I was getting random bouts of nausea, and I realized that my colon was a lot more active than previously and I was going to the bathroom sometimes 2-3 times a day. It wasn't painful or anything like that but I just noticed the increased frequency in which it was happening. That calmed down, and then I dealt with really bad headaches for about 2-3 weeks straight on almost a daily basis but sometimes it would be every 2 days or so. It would just throb really badly in random spots on my head and sometimes even my neck. Then out of nowhere, that disappeared completely. I still get headaches but they're a lot more spread out than they were before.

 

Then starting about 2-3 weeks into August, I got probably the most annoying and hard to deal with symptom yet and that's my appetite. Out of nowhere, my appetite just tanked. My hunger was still there 100%, but when I went to eat I had no desire for it, and didn't even enjoy it but my stomach was growling and everything. I was getting a weird sensation in my throat where I couldn't swallow. This was 100% mental by the way cause I have no throat/stomach problems. A few of the times I tried to power through and swallow food I actually gagged extremely easy and it led to multiple times throwing up. The peak of that was 2 weeks. As of today, I'd say it's about 75-80% better than it was. As of the day I stopped Paxil, I can no longer stomach as much food and eat a lot less. Drinking Ensure shakes saved me nutrionally all those days though lol.

 

The latest with my symptoms is dealing with minor headaches, nausea and weakness after eating meals. Almost never happens after breakfast or lunch, but usually dinner. Doesn't happen every night but it's really annoying. I'm definitely not saying you'll get any of these and I hope you don't, but from what I've read these are all tied to withdrawal. The best thing I've experienced is my mental state. Depression (which I've suffered from for many years), is still there but is a lot less prevalent than it was while on Paxil. I've noticed a little more anxiety than before, maybe tied to experiencing all these withdrawal symptoms but it's not severe. When I feel no withdrawals though, I have a better mood and better outlook on life which I'm happy for.

 

Good luck and hope your withdrawals are easy to manage.


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Ritalin (40mg) - 2013 to current. Taken for depression and fatigue.

-Tapered to 30mg a few months ago, and now take 20mg a day as of 10/31/15.

-Tapered to 15mg as of February 2016. 

-Tapered to 10mg, then to 5mg during late February.

-Ritalin free since March 3rd, 2016.

 

-Currently taking Trileptal (600mg daily) for Anxiety.

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 06:33 AM

Just an update. My hands still are numb when I wake up. Both feet have tingling or burning in the heel area. I'm six weeks off Paxil. going to see a Rheumatologist because I'm still getting flushing or hives still ( I think it's from anew food sensitivities). Maybe this is all WD but I'm just wanting answers I guess.

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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 04:05 PM

We all do what feels right in terms of investigation or following up on symptoms. Sometimes it helps, even in just ruling things out. However, I'd encourage you not to invest too much in what a doctor, even a specialist, might say. Doctors know little to nothing about withdrawal and even mast cell or histamine intolerance is almost unknown. And for the most part, the main tool they have to offer is more drugs...which is very often, not helpful for someone in WD.

 

I've had periodic numbness/tingling/burning in my hands especially since a car accident and brain injury in 08. It got much better for awhile, then worse again at times through WD. I went back to the things that helped then, which was wearing wrist braces at night and sometimes using ice. I've had more severe pain in my back, which has been helped by diet, stretching, chiropractor, meditation, and a couple of supplements. Most of us find we are our own best physicians seeking outside help at times...but really, the expertise in my opinion, is primarily on this board.

 

I hope there's something that proves useful in your following through on your concerns.


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Current Medications: Synthroid 37.5 mg

Current Supplements:B complex, Vitamin C, D, K2, Quercetin, CoQ10, Tart Cherry, Probiotic, Phytoplankton oil, magnesium lotion or epsom salts bath daily.

What has helped me most: qi gong, exercise, healthy diet, meditation, IV vitamins, homeopathy, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, music, and cuddling my cats..

My introduction: http://survivinganti...it/#entry144282

Please note: I am not a therapist or medical practitioner. Any suggestions offered come solely from my personal experience in recovering from childhood trauma, therapy, and AD use. Please seek appropriate care for yourself.

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 07:31 PM

We all do what feels right in terms of investigation or following up on symptoms. Sometimes it helps, even in just ruling things out. However, I'd encourage you not to invest too much in what a doctor, even a specialist, might say. Doctors know little to nothing about withdrawal and even mast cell or histamine intolerance is almost unknown. And for the most part, the main tool they have to offer is more drugs...which is very often, not helpful for someone in WD.

 

I've had periodic numbness/tingling/burning in my hands especially since a car accident and brain injury in 08. It got much better for awhile, then worse again at times through WD. I went back to the things that helped then, which was wearing wrist braces at night and sometimes using ice. I've had more severe pain in my back, which has been helped by diet, stretching, chiropractor, meditation, and a couple of supplements. Most of us find we are our own best physicians seeking outside help at times...but really, the expertise in my opinion, is primarily on this board.

 

I hope there's something that proves useful in your following through on your concerns.

Thank you Freespirit.  My appt is two weeks away. If I start to improve by diet and stretching, I will likely cancel.  Even if its a small improvement. If my symptoms grow worse, then I have that appt.  I know this has to be WD related, and I know they don't really have any knowledge regarding it.  I definitely don't want to get on any other pill.  I think I've just gotten frustrated with these strange health issues which began during my taper.  My symptoms collectively sound like histimine intolerance or gluten intolerance. (which I now understand people going through WD can become sensitive to foods or allergies they were fine with before).


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. Mostly early in my withdrawal. Brain zaps. Bruxism. Wild vivid dreams  Hives (chronic that lasted 5 months which diminished after diet changes) Food intolerance (gluten, soy, dairy - eliminating these took away my hives mostly).Lump in throat, . Joint pain. Knees, elbows.  Pain in feet. Numbness in hands. One of my toes. (mostly when I am sleeping, or waking up). 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. Took Xanax as needed (bad idea, no longer doing).  No xanax at all since June, after bad reaction.  Mindfulness and mediation helped A LOT. Still practicing. I highly recommend.

Slowly feeling better, 14 months off. (11-08-16)

 

 


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Posted 06 October 2015 - 07:42 AM

I got hit with my worst withdrawal symptoms beginning at seven months after stopping Lexapro.

 

From ten months off to thirteen months off, I would wake up with the left side of my body slightly numb, and my scalp numb.

 

It was not bad at all. It would go away once I got out of bed.

 

The numbness went away seven months ago and has never returned.


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Prozac:   20 mg 1996 – May 2003 CT to 0 mg; by Aug 03 CRASH then protracted WD 3 yrs

Zoloft:    2004 few weeks;, CT to 0 mg

Effexor:  2005 few months CT to 0 mg; bad withdrawal. 

Lexapro:  10 mg from 2009 – 2011; cut dose in half to:

Lexapro:    5 mg from 2011 – Feb. 2014; CT to 0 mg; 2 months of fatigue, followed by:
Aug - Oct 2014 Lexapro WD Insomnia Wave; sleeping very good from Nov 2014 - Nov 2015; broken sleep pattern Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

Dec 2014 - present: Brutal Lexapro WD ear ringing/head ringing/head pressure lasting for 14 months now.

 

24 months SSRI-free  


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Posted 06 October 2015 - 12:24 PM

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.
<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 16 December 2015 - 03:20 AM

Tapered off Zoloft in August. All symptoms went away. Problems started in November again...

 

Current symptoms: Sharp pin prick pain in neck (right side) along with burning, tingling, and tightness. It's like someone lit a fuse in my neck and it keeps going up and down. Feeling has started to spread down my right arm and to my hand. Popping sensation sometimes also. Haven't been able to get to sleep. A lot of restlessness (I have to get up and walk around instead of lying down).

 

MRI and Xray at doctor turned up negative. Trying to get into a specialist for nerve pain soon. 

After doing research it seems like it could possibly be Paresthesia. However, the only thing that makes me second guess this is that I remember hurting my neck while turning it and holding a heavy object. I felt a pop and a huge burning sensation. It went away but now has gotten progressively worse. This sensation happened 2 months ago. 

 

Again, doctors are currently perplexed. Can't work because of it. Hoping to see if anybody has recommendations for dealing with Paresthesia that worked for them to see if it makes a difference or to see if anybody else has similar symptoms or possible solutions. 

 

Saw some stuff about magnesium and Omega 3s. Just started today with them. Does that work for anyone? Is this permanent? 

 

 


2009 150mg Zoloft

2012 100mg Zoloft

2013 50 mg Zoloft

August 2015 to current: 0mg 

 

Tapered off of Zoloft brand name (sertraline) with doctor supervision. 

September Withdrawal symptoms: brains zaps, vertigo, shakes, fits of anger,

November: Pin pick pain in neck along with burning and tingling sensation. Popping sensation. Extremely painful. MRI and Xrays negative. Possible paresthesia? 

Can't lift anything without pain. Sensations have spread down arm. Can hardly write without pain now.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:26 AM

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.

I get needling in my neck. Goes all the way down to my arm. I think it's paresthesia or some kind of nerve thing. A bit worried about it. Can't work currently and can barely sleep. 


2009 150mg Zoloft

2012 100mg Zoloft

2013 50 mg Zoloft

August 2015 to current: 0mg 

 

Tapered off of Zoloft brand name (sertraline) with doctor supervision. 

September Withdrawal symptoms: brains zaps, vertigo, shakes, fits of anger,

November: Pin pick pain in neck along with burning and tingling sensation. Popping sensation. Extremely painful. MRI and Xrays negative. Possible paresthesia? 

Can't lift anything without pain. Sensations have spread down arm. Can hardly write without pain now.


#98 LexAnger

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 09:49 AM

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.

I get needling in my neck. Goes all the way down to my arm. I think it's paresthesia or some kind of nerve thing. A bit worried about it. Can't work currently and can barely sleep.

Hi roseprince, so sorry you got this horrible symptom! Did it start after you completely stopped or before that? did it have a daily pattern?
<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 16 December 2015 - 08:07 PM

RosePrincess, please see the discussion above in this topic.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:33 AM

Hi,

The last week I've been having really strange sensory disturbances. My face and scalp is numb, as if a dentist has given me an anesthetic. Also when I eat it's like I can't feel my mouth. I also have that feeling like I'm falling, even while lying down. When I'm sitting it's like an invisible hand is pushing me down. Even though my symptoms are a result of a severe interaction with zoloft/bactrium/Zofran (anti nausea drug) not withdrawal related (although I've been thru a unsuccessful withdrawal ten years ago) it's hard to believe even after a year I'm still getting bizarre symptoms.
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[*]2006 Tried to withdrawal from 50mg . Doctor told me I would have no trouble. I tampered over about a month (50mg-0) which left me with severe and debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Doctors put my dose up to 75mg mistaking my withdrawal symptoms as a relapse. Stayed on Zoloft 75mg since 2006.
March 2015- adverse reaction between Zoloft (75mg) an antibiotic and anti nausea drug resulting in debilitating symptoms/recovery identical to withdrawal. Have not altered or changed dose since 2006.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 07:29 AM

Yes I feel the same way after 3 years 8 months. As in incredulous that I am still symptomatic

Paxil 10mg 21/2 years to June 2012 after a 2 month taper

 


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 02:44 PM

I am not sure if mine is w/d.  I always put the tingling in legs/ankles/feet to sciatica as I did have 4 slipped/ruptured discs.  They have since healed and my back is a lot better except for backaches each taper that are improving as time goes by.

 

Is it painful for others also?  My legs/ankles/feet are also extremely painful at times and mostly ache and a burning sensation.  I read something yesterday that said to use heat and/or cold so i put a muscle cream with menthol on and it did give some relief for a short time.  Just enough to be able to get so sleep would be helpful.  Hubby is getting the cold gel you use for sunburn to try tonight.

 

I had forgotten, but remembered that last year I used wet socks at night - especially in the summer.


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2004-2007       Daily 20mg

2008                Switching to Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg (worst year ever for w/d by far, plus gall surgery-developed arrythmia

2015                2.5% taper.  4.4mg - 4.0mg (gall surgery/anaesthetic continued to make things even worse)

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5 (finally imp. from gall surgery)

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 08:38 AM

I am free for 3 months now and a new symptom is occuring when i start falling to sleep (with difficulty), feeling like tingling in nose and cheeks. Note : it is a zone from my face which has horribly transformed overnight when I was polydrugged (swelling and sagging cheeks, nose enlargement with skin texture change , it is not imaginary, a few friends and honest physician told me it's not wrong seeing pictures before after).

Might I hope that reversing could occur to get back my juvenile and healthy face ? Any members experienced same kind of symptoms ?

Sorry if this thread could have been posted elsewhere but I didn't found any that was about both neurological and morphological symptoms.


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febr 2015 4mg  /march 2015 3mg  / may 2015 2mg / june 2015 1,66mg   /july 1,33mg  / aug end 0,66mg  / sept end 0,33mg  /  oct end 0,17mg   /   1st nov 0,14mg  /  10 dec 2015 JUMPED

 

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:35 AM

I have numbness on my both ring fingers tips and on the right side of my lips and nose. I have tingling in one of my toe. The numbness on my finger tips has lasted now for six months. 


Citalopram 40mg from 2003-2015

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 0,65mg- current dose 0,5mg

 


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 02:18 PM

It's been nearly 6 months since I started getting all the sensory symptoms. I am still on 7.1mg of Paroxetine and doing a slow taper. I still have a pressure/numbness on my forehead that comes and goes during the day as well as tingly feet. This is still an improvement from the symptoms which occurred in the beginning.
<p>February 2009 started taking Paroxetine 10 mg everyday. Started reducing very slowly in February 2015.15 December 2015 Was on 5 mg Paroxetine 4 days a week and 7.5 mg 3 days a week. Severe withdrawal. Back to 7.5mg everyday from today 25 March 2016 starting 7.1 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 23 May 2016 starting 6.7 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 4 July 2016 starting 6.3 mg everyday (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks). 2 September 2016 starting 5.9 mg (stayed on this dose for 10 weeks) 9 November 2016 starting 5.6 mg (stayed on this dose for 8 weeks) 4 January 2017 starting 5.3 mg (stayed on this dose for 6 weeks) 20 February 2017 starting 5 mg (it's taken me 2 year to get half way!!)

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:05 PM

I have having itching and some tingling on my arms, legs, feet and hands. I guess it could be spring allergies that could make my skin hypersensitive. It also could be fluctuating hormones as I am close to menopause and my cycles lately have been extremely out of wack.

 

I believe though it is AD withdrawal as I just reinstated a small dose of Trazodone. Maybe it's my body's way of telling me no more Trazodone?  Any suggestions/remedies for the itching?

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

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

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

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

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


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 12:03 AM

HI Marie,

I have had itching that comes and goes with each taper.  I have tingling in my legs and at its worst is a burning sensation.  The last few days have seen a prickling sensation with each drop that was at its worst this taper in weeks 3 and 4 and was torturous.  It woke me in the middle of the night and I had to get up.  I tried using a hot water pack, I tried wearing cold wet socks and I tried using dencorub to alleviate the pain aspect but nothing really helped, sorry!  Just try what you can.


1995                20mg Aropax/Paxil for pain.  2000-2004 - Years of tapering and up-dosing (fast) (resultant suffering)

2004-2007       Daily 20mg

2008                Switching to Endep, Lexapro and then Esipram (hell!)

2009                20mg Aropax.  Tried skipping doses for a year (more hell!)

                        2010                10mg.  10% taper.  Lasted 4 months. Crashed again

2011                5% taper. 9mg-7mg (hell got even worse!)

2012                2.5% taper.  6.6mg – 5.6mg (worser still & unbearable)

2013                5% taper.  Big mistake.  5.5mg – 4.6mg  (even worserer)

2014                2.5% taper.  4.9mg – 4.5mg (worst year ever for w/d by far, plus gall surgery-developed arrythmia

2015                2.5% taper.  4.4mg - 4.0mg (gall surgery/anaesthetic continued to make things even worse)

2016                2.5% taper.  3.9mg  Feb 3.8   Mar 3.7  May 3.6   Jul 3.5 (finally imp. from gall surgery)

2017                2.5% taper.  Jan 3.4;   Mar 3.35;


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for your advice grandmaD. I'm going to order some Neem online as I read it's great for itchiness. I took an epsom salt and baking soda bath and that seemed to help. I also used warm water instead of hot. I'm not as itchy today. This is a long strange trip but we'll get there.

 

Marie


10/13--10/14 Ambien   Done                                                                                  

3/14  7.5 Remeron  still taking this.                              

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

2/22/15    69 Traz

3/13/15    63 Traz

4/12/15    56 Traz

5/14/15    50 Traz

6/3/15      47 Traz

7/3/15      45 Traz

9/10/15    37 Traz

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

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