What if you met the love of your life during early withdrawal (and have a long and painful journey ahead of you) but can't be together because you're too sick to function normally and have a relationship, + you don't want to bring pain and suffering into this person's life?
Love during withdrawal
Posted 20 June 2015 - 01:56 PM
I suffer from depression, anxiety, pure-o ocd, and panic attacks since 2004. Been on multiple different psychiatric drugs since 2006. Never had a significant WD problem before, only brain zaps for a month and then I'd be fine...............Been on Cipralex (escitalopram) 15 mg and Fluanxol (flupentixol) 1 mg since Sep 2014. Stopped taking the Cipralex after a fast 20-day taper.Took the last 5 mg Cipralex on Feb 5th, 2015. Then took Seroxat (paroxetine) 10 mg for a week, and stopped it too. Severe WD started suddenly on Feb 16th. RI 5 mg Cipralex on Feb 18th, 2015. RI worked and was relatively stable for a while................April 7 - decreased Fluanxol from 1 mg to 0.5 mg and took it at this dose for a week. - BIG MISTAKE; April 13 - WD starts creeping in; April 14 - RI full dose of Fluanxol 1 mg => severe muscle twitching and jerking when trying to relax and fall asleep, overwhelming sense of doom, dread, terror, and horror, insomnia, hoping to stabilize.
Tried doing a 10% cut off Fluanxol in the end of May for a few days, but quickly updosed to full dose because the twitching returned.
Experiencing waves and windows in the following months.
Unsuccessful brief taper attempt of Fluanxol by 5% on November 1st. Symptoms hit the next day. Too scared to continue tapering, reinstate full dose.
Severe crash in November after stupidly trying a barbiturate on November 9th. Grave mistake. Sense of unshakable inescapable internal torture, like my soul is in hell being tortured, terror/horror/dread/doom (probably akathisia?) that gets especially bad when trying to relax and fall asleep, muscles twitch, jerk and move on their own, shaking, insomnia, can't eat, confusion, disorientation, brain not working normally. Never felt so bad in my entire life. Never experiment with other meds while in WD! Praying to God I stabilize and get back to my baseline.
December - things getting even worse.
January - unbearable suffering
Posted 22 June 2015 - 05:41 AM
oh god, that is exactly what is happening to me right now! I met the love of my life four months ago. I was in bad withdrawal but had a window and was feeling a bit better. We spent a wonderful full month together and in my head I thought, "ok, maybe it will take a little more time but together you will make it and then you can enjoy everything and celebrate your love together. WRONG!!!!! The last time we wanted to meet (we live in different cities) I was back into a very bad wave (actually the window I was talking about before was the only window in over 6 weeks) and I thought I get a nervous breakdown in any second!!!! She took the train that took her 7 hours and came to visit me and she told me she how happy she was to see me and I knew I was so happy too and I want to look at her and be around her all the time because she is just wonderful. BUT I CANT!!!!! I was dying these 3 days because on one hand I did not want her to go and I wanted her to be with me all the time, on the other hand it was pure stress for me!!!!!
Now we skype every night and she keeps saying she will wait for me....but I dont want that!!!! I do not want her to wait because I cannot tell her how long it will take. And I dont want her to tell me one day in the near future that this is too much for her and she cannot do it and then leave.
I will tell her to live her life and that I will go away for as long as I am feeling so bad. And then....I will go and reach out for her again.
Maybe others can handle this better.....and of course I would not leave her if we were together for 10 years or so. But now....that devil withdrawal monster is just to big for such a beautiful new love...I am so very sad...she is so wonderful!!
And how do you handle it??
2000-2010: Paroxetin 20-30mg
2010-2012: Effexor 150mg; ct Effexor in 11/12 and crossed over to Citalopram for 6 weeks (felt awful and ct after 6 weeks). Hell opened its doors.
Polydrugged 2013-2014: Cymbalta, Amitryptilin, Opipramol, Doxepin, Lyrica, Elontril, Lithium (on and off, got worse and worse)
05/14-08/14: Seroquel 50mg
09/14-12/14 (including 6 weeks taper): Ativan 1mg: I feel like being in acute withdrawal still
drugs I am still on: Lamictal 90mg (started with 100mg for a year); started taper 2 months ago, water method, taper 5% every 4 weeks, want to change into 2,5mg every two weeks.
Thinking about reinstating every single day because wd symptoms are too much!!!!!
Posted 22 June 2015 - 06:41 AM
On/off sertraline severe withdrawals every time. 2014 - felt better as reduced dose of sertraline no more inner restlessness. Doctor rushed off again. Hit severe withdrawal. Lost the little I had in life. Couldn't get stable again on 12.5mg. Was switched to prozac. Had severe reaction to prozac..came off in November 2015 at 6mg as felt more confused and damaged on it..Even more withdrawal ..rage, depression, dyphoria, near constant suicidal ideation, self harm impulses, doom, concrete block in head, unable to do much of anything with this feeling in head..went back on 6mg of sertraline to see if would alleviate anything. It didn't..reduced from December to June 2016 came off at 2.5mg sertraline as was hospitalised for the severe rage, suicidal impulses, and put on 50mg lofepramine which in 2nd week reduced all symptoms but gave insomnia which still have..psych stopped lofepramine cold turkey..no increased withdrawal symptoms new symptoms from lofepramine except persistant insomnia which has as side effect.
Taking Ativan for 8 months for the severe rage self harm impulses 1-3 times a week (mostly 2 times a week) at .5mg. Two months (I'm unsure exactly when the interdose started to happen) ago interdose withdrawal seemed to happen..2 days I think after the Ativan.
Nightmare that could have been avoided!
Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:27 AM
I agree with LoveandLight. I thought I'd met someone I could enter a romantic relationship with, recently. I was wrong. The relationship went downhill very quickly. It was incredibly stressful. I've found that the normal stresses of being in a relationship are infinitely magnified during this process. In my opinion, that creates an unhealthy imbalance in the (new) relationship. There is a fantasy that love can conquer all, but for me beginning a relationship amidst this degree of turmoil would be unwise at best. I experience a depth of loneliness unlike during any other time in my life. As much as I'd love to have a partner, I don't need any more obstacles to healing than I already have.
After being on (over 25) psychiatric meds continuously during a 16 year period, I began in July 2014 to taper off 1mg Klonopin. In September 2014, I came off Brintellix, Trazadone, Zoloft, Proprityline & Hydroxyzine in 2 weeks on my own without knowledge on how to taper properly. I've been off all psych "meds" since 10/2014 and am currently experiencing protracted withdrawal.
Medication history: Vibryd, Wellbutrin, Lithium, Prozac, Xanax, Celexa, Cymbalta, Trileptal, Lamictal, Abilify, Zoloft, Trazadone, Citalopram, Effexor, Seroquel, Klonopin, Paxil, Brintellix, Protriptyline, Lexapro, Pristiq, Buspar, Clonidine, Lorazepam, Notriptyline, Hydroxyzine, Serzone.
Posted 22 June 2015 - 12:07 PM
when I was in the depths of wd, I suffered from depression and couldnt feel "love". It was tough
Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.
Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.
Posted 02 July 2015 - 08:47 PM
how do you feel confident that intense interests in other people will carry through after withdrawal? sick people sometimes want different traits in a partner than less sick or perfectly well people... i am concerned about investing in something significantly and then healing into someone that is less fitting within that relationship.
before withdrawal, i would sometimes date people in really bad physical/psychological places that i knew would take some rehabilitation and a lifetime of (self-)work, but i was ok with it because i thought they/the relationship warranted that kind of sacrifice and adjustment. but that is pretty rare in a person, im seeing, especially as we all grow older and to many single people youre either someones final destination, all dream-traits intact, or youre nothing to them. (not the most mature view, but most relationships arent mature relationships, even though theres plenty of ones that are.)
i dont know if i could find someone genuinely interested in me, given how sick i am and might be for a while. and, as others have voiced, i share that fear of finding someone there is mutual interest with and then being unable to be as present and supportive as i usually am in a romantic relationship. it sucks to feel like the incapable one, though i guess feeling like the capable one never worked out either.
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
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.
Posted 07 July 2015 - 10:25 PM
I'm facing the same dilemma.. actually there's someone who is interested in me but he doesn't know how sick I am. as my condition is fluctating, I'm better off some days/periods of time, and I seem "normal". now suddenly he is so interested and I have to tell him how sick I am. it's really complicated, how to do that?
and even more complicated is going into withdrawal and at the same time trying to explain why I can't do things etc. I think that people might THINK they understand, but when it actually happens they don't understand exactly. because I appear "normal".
in 2002- cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2006-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer.
current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 10 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013; 4) free form amino acid complex 3 capsules 5) milk thistle 6) niacin 1500mg
25. april'13 fluoxetine 40mg -> 36mg (10%); 25. may'13 fluoxetine 36mg -> 32mg (1 month inbetween, 11%); 4. july'13 fluoxetine 32mg-> 28mg (5,5 weeks, 13%); 27. july'13 quetiapine 50 -> 45mg (10%); 15. aug'13 fluoxetine 28mg -> 24mg (6 weeks, 14%); 29. sept'13 quetiapine 45 -> 40mg (1,5 months, 11%); 14. oct'13 quetiapine 40mg -> 35mg (2 weeks, 13%); 16. oct'13 quetiapine 35mg -> 40mg; 17. oct'13 fluoxetine 24mg -> 22 mg (8%); 4. feb’14 fluoxetine 22mg -> 21mg (3,5 months hold inbetween, 5% cut); 21. feb'14 fluoxetine 21mg -> 20,5mg (2,5 weeks, 2,4% cut); 27 feb'14 fluoxetine 20,5mg -> 20mg (1 week, 2,4% cut); 30 mar'14 fluoxetine 20mg -> 19,5mg (4,5 weeks, 2,4% cut); 17 may'14 quetiapine 40mg -> 31mg (22% cut); 31 may'14 fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 17,56mg (9,9%); 13 july'14 quetiapine 31mg -> 25mg (19% cut); 19 july'14 quetiapine 25mg -> 18, 75mg (25% cut, 6 days); 28. july'14 quetiapine 18,75mg -> 22mg (-15%); 9. aug'14 fluoxetine 17,52mg -> 17,12mg (2,3% cut, 10 weeks, over 2 months); 19. aug'14 back to 17,52mg due to bad withdrawal symptoms; 20. oct'14 fluoxetine 17,52 -> 17,2mg (1,8% cut); 28. nov'14 fluoxetine 17,2 -> 15,6 (9,8%); 9. feb’15 fluoxetine 15,6 -> 14,4 (7,7%); 3. may’15 quetiapine 22mg -> 19mg (-14%); 27. may’15 fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 12,6mg (-12,5%, 1,8mg); 2. july’15 fluoxetine 12,6mg -> 10,6mg (15,9%, 2mg); 26. oct'15 fluoxetine 10,6mg - 9mg (15%, 1,6mg); 18. jan'16 quetiapine 18mg -> 15mg (17%); 16. mar'16 fluoxetine 9mg -> 7,4mg (18%); 22.may'16 fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 6mg (19%); 19.sept'16 quetiapine 12,5 -> 11,25 (10%); 26. sept'16 quetiapine 11,25 -> 10,25 (9%), 3 oct'16 quetiapine 10,25 -> 9,25 (10%); 10 oc'16 quetiapine 9,25-> 8,25mg (11%), 14 nov'16 quetiapine 8,25 -> 7,25 (12%).
Posted 13 November 2016 - 06:35 AM
Hello everyone, hope everyone is doing okay. Sorry for the length, but literally if anyone can help me I'd be so grateful. I've never been a depressed person although I've always struggled with severe anxiety. Last August I was into my senior year of nursing school and was incredibly stressed out so I was put on 10 mg of Lexapro by my doctor. About a month on the pills I met an amazing guy. Oh my goodness, I had never felt that way about anybody. I knew after a few months that he was the one and we could not have had a stronger love. Things continued to be great and about 10 months on the pills I decided I no longer needed them and I quit cold turkey. I did not have any major WD at first but a couple weeks passed by and I noticed my anxiety was insane. I could barely go to the grocery store without sweating and shaking, and I hated work meetings cause we had to talk in front of people, but it all would go away as soon as I was alone again so I didn't think much of it. But then about a month later something had changed. I woke up one morning and the man I had loved more than anything was almost a stranger to me. I felt nothing. It was like the love I had for him was all gone. I cried and vomited nonstop for the next two days just from pure panic. To say it was awful would be an understatement. It's been almost exactly 4 months since that day and I just don't understand. How can I be so close and so attached to someone and then just nothing. Completely dead when it comes to love and romance. I just want to sleep all the time and not talk to anyone. It's just crazy cause literally two weeks before I had lost feelings, I was watching proposal videos and just crying cause I could not wait for that moment. I want my happiness back with him so bad, I would do anything. Please let me know if you've felt this way because of these pills or withdrawl and if the loving feeling will return. I don't know how much longer I can take it. Thank you in advance!
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 15 November 2016 - 05:17 AM
What I have read is that people become extremely emotionless. I think it is best to not take emotions in full when on withdrawal. Just live very peaceful until the storm passes
Posted 18 November 2016 - 09:00 AM
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:21 AM
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 30 November 2016 - 11:28 PM
Prescribed Lexapro in 2003 and switched to Cipramil (5-10mg per day) 2004 with Lamictal.
Stopped Lamictal cold turkey with no withdrawals in 2014 with support of a Paleo diet.
2003-2015 Cipramil only: 5mg 21 Dec 15: 2.5mg 28 Dec 15: 2.25mg 4 Jan 16: 1.575mg 10 Jan 16: 1.1025 11 Jan 16: 0.7875 25 Jan 16: 0.9, 1 Feb: 0.8, 8 Feb 0.75, 15 Feb 0.5, 29 Feb 0.25, 21 March 0.17, 4 April: 0.10, 25 April 0.05, 8 May 2016 0.05, 15 May 2016 NIL 21 June 2016 0.1, 5 Sep 16: 0.2 7 Sep 16: 0.15 16 Sep 16: 0.075 3 Oct 16: 0.015 17 October: 0.015, 14 Nov 2016: Reinstate 0.005, 26 Dec 16 0.0045
Supplements/Lifestyle: Paleo/AIP protocol, daily exercise, probiotic, B6, Zinc, biotin, Chromium, Vit C, Pharma Mag Forte, Molybdenum, cod liver oil, low histamine and salicylate diet. Therapy once a month, and member of OA and ACA.
Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:13 PM
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:27 PM
Hello everyone, I don't mean to bombard everyone with questions but I would love to get feedback on anyone who has experienced this. If I had any earthly idea that antidepressants would affect love, I would have never started them. I was into my last year of nursing school and was very stressed out so I went to my doctor and he prescribed me 10 mg of Lexapro. I started taking the pills at the end of August 2015. In September I met the love of my life. Omg I loved him so so much. I couldn't believe I had met someone like him and I just felt so incredibly blessed to finally find my soulmate. Just thinking about him would make me tear up. I loved him so so much. We had an incredible, amazing 9 months together and I was done with school so I decided to get off the lexapro. I quit cold turkey around May 2016 cause I thought I could handle it and wasn't really concerned about withdrawl. Stupid I know. The next 6 weeks or so went great. I had maybe had a couple headaches and been extra tired but nothing that I couldn't handle. My anxiety had increased but I still felt good, very happy. And then out of nowhere, my world fell apart. I woke up one morning to realize my world turned upside down. I looked at the man I had been so crazy about and I felt nothing. He kissed and hugged me before he went to work and I had no feelings whatsoever for him. Just like that. I immediately felt dizzy and ran to the bathroom and threw up. I couldn't believe what I was feeling. The man I was certain I couldn't wait to marry and love more than anything. I felt nothing for him. I cried and cried. It has been 5 months since that day and the feelings still have not returned. I am terrified. I cry so often. I hate everything. I cannot believe what I'm feeling. I was so so happy and now this. I got even more terrified when I had read something about people sometimes fall in love with people they normally wouldn't if they weren't on pills. This makes me literally sick. I loved him so much on the pills, I just cannot even began to believe that the 9 months with him were a lie or all caused by some pills. I wish I would have never started lexapro or stopped them cold turkey. I pray with all my heart and soul that this is only from withdrawl and that my love for him will return as this gets better. I don't know what to do. It's getting so hard to fake it but we have so many amazing memories together. Please please please if anyone has experienced this please let me know. Even if it didn't get better, I would like to know what I should maybe expect or if I should plan on getting them back. I really need some help. I'm afraid if I keep going on feeling this miserable, I'll end up in a mental hospital somewhere. I apologize for the length, but I didn't know how to shorten my story. Please let me know if anyone fell in love while on pills and if you felt like you fell out of love during withdrawl. Thank you so much in advance.
Edited by scallywag, 11 December 2016 - 07:57 PM.
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:27 AM
Thank universe for this thread.
My almost 2 year relationship is ending, I feel. The romantic part of it. He's got many of his own issues and it's too much for him. He's too concerned that I've become like a vegetable, though he didn't directly state that.
2000: Paxil, low dose. 2001?: stopped Paxil cold-turkey. 2006?: Zoloft, 25mg? 2007?: Wellbutrin, low dose. Discontinued after a week or a month. 2007-2009: Zoloft, increasing dose (up to 75mg?). 2009-2011: Zoloft, numerous withdrawal attempts (cold-turkey; fast tapering). 2009-2011: Trying out Cymbalta, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Ambien, Ativan, and Xanax for different periods of time. 2012-2015: Zoloft, 100mg to 200mg. 2013-current: Trazadone for Zoloft-induced insomnia, 25mg to 50mg. 2015: Trileptal, don't remember dose, but I withdrew. Started on Bupropion, up to 200mg. 2016: Zoloft, 137mg, Bupropion, 150mg, Trazodone, 25mg.
05/21/16: Began Zoloft taper - 10% from 150mg - 137ish mg
06/23/16: Zoloft taper - 125mg
07/08/16: Zoloft taper - 5% up to 131ish mg
07/22/16: Zoloft taper - back to 125mg
08/03/16: Bupropion XL taper - cut 150mg pill in crude half (mistake)
10/31: Zoloft successfully down to 100mg. Staying on 100mg for 2-3 months to let my brain rest. Symptoms: Good appetite, good mood, some energy.
11/09: Wellbutrin SR prescribed, 150mg once a day, for withdrawal. Current symptoms: Agoraphobia, completely nonfunctional, feeling of doom.
12/11: Wellbutrin SR, twice daily - minus 18ishmg = 112.50mg
Posted 12 December 2016 - 12:40 PM
During six years on paroxetine, I had no feelings toward any man. None, zero. When withdrawal syndrome came punching me right in the face, I actually fell in love. Then, I had to went back on my meds (paroxetine) and feelings begun to fade away. I felt like literally fighting to keep them. I'm dropping again, feelings were coming and going. Now, as I'm struggling with depression, I feel like all is left to do is put to put some flowers on my feeling's grave. Well, crap... at least I'm able to grieve them. It was good to have them.
I don't want much with life. I want it leave me alone.
2005 - 2006 – diagnosis: OCD. Meds: sertraline (Setaloft), from 30 mg to 120 mg. Side effects: insomnia, anorexia (psychic inabillity to eat), obesity; some sleep medication (don't remember the name), side effects: halucination. 2007 – sertraline withdrawal by myself. Reducing the dose slowly (120 mg – 90 mg – 60 mg – 30 mg – 0 mg). Felt great for about a year. 2008 – diazepam, taking ocasionally if needed. 2010 – paroxetine (Seroxat, then: Parogen) for OCD. From 20 mg to 40 mg. Side effects: none. Piracetamum (Memotropil), side effects: general weakness. Withdrawal of piracetamum: after two years (none withdrawal syndrome). 2016 – attempt to withdraw paroxetine. Severe depression after month and a half. Insomnia, nervousness, loss of weight. Suicide thoughts. Returning to paroxetine in march. From 10 mg to 20 mg. Side effects: sudden suicide thoughts, serotonine syndrome, panic attacks. Other meds: Clonazepam 0,5 mg for three days (benzodiazepam), side effects: none; Alprazolamum (Xanax): from 0,25 mg to 0,5 mg; side effects: obstruction, acne, period stoppage. Withdraw after a month, side effects: one-day lasting histeria; Trazodonum (Trittico CR): from 75 mg to 25 mg. Side effects: somnolance. 2016, June – dropping the dose of paroxetine from 40 mg to 30 mg. Side effects: mood swings. Withdrawing Trazodonum from 25 mg to 0 mg. Side effects: wide mood swings and fretfulness for about a week; too rapid, don't recommend. Went back to 25 mg of trazodone and 40 mg of paroxetine. 2016, July - dropped trazodone by 10 %, went back to 25 mg after two weeks (cause: depresion). 2016, October - 10% paroxetine drop, leaving trazodone at 25 mg. 2016, November - second 10% paroxetine drop.
Suplements: vitamins – C (600 mg), D3 (4500 IU), K2 (6400 IU), B15 (50 mg); hawaiian spirulina; fish collagen; fish oil (1 spoon); probiotic; magnesium (50 mg), selenium (200 mcg); flaxseed (1-2 spoons/day); minced milk thistle (1 spoon/day).
Diet: mostly vegan, gluten-free due to doctor's advice. Drinks: water, green tea, cistus incantus.
Books I recommend: Your Body Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj; Hidden Therapies by Jerzy Zięba; Deadly Medicine and Organized Denial by Peter C. Gøtzsche; The Microbiom Solution by Robynne Chutkan; Urban Shaman and Mastering Your Hidden Self by Serge Kahili King.
Posted 13 December 2016 - 11:19 AM
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 12 January 2017 - 12:03 AM
Just another experience. Met my first love prior to meds. Between the depression and near suicide caused by the meds/withdrawal, we ended things. It was one of the worst things to see lost from the withdrawal, although everything in my life has gone to hell and pieces. I've resolved to not bother with relationships until this is all over. That's a hard pill to swallow, but there are so many hard things to accept so what's another.
My heart goes out to all of you. Losing love because of this sucks, which is an understatement.
Jan 11 2016: began weight restoring/anorexia recovery (threw hormones out of whack)
Apr 24 2016: began 20 mg citalopram
Aug 1 2016: 20 to 15 mg
Aug 22 2016: 15 to 10 mg
Sep 16 2016: reinstated to 12mg
Dec 1 2016: 12 to 11 mg
Side effects/WD effects:
Constant: high prolactin/gynecomastia, edema, malaise, extreme fatigue, messed hunger cues, sibo/leaky gut, food intolerances, concentration problems, neuro-emotions, weight gain/hypercortisolism, increased hair growth, stretch marks
Intermittent: acne, insomnia, vomiting, dry heaving, cracking lips, extreme hunger, headaches, anhedonia, muscle pain, increased sweating, depression, wired feeling, muscle pain, pssd
Dormant: nausea, galactorrhea, heartburn, extreme thirst, dpdr, blood sugar problems, suicidal
Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:19 PM
Quit cold turkey in June 2016.
Posted 15 January 2017 - 02:54 PM
I wonder if this is a form of depersonalization / derealization. I say this because it happened to me long before I started any drugs.
It was my first love, extremely intense, the summer before my senior year of high school. He was a year olde. When he was preparing to leave for college several hours away, my feelings just shut off and I felt like I was in a bubble, alone. When people asked me about him, it sometimes took a few seconds for me to recognize his name! I told him what was going on and this sweet man did research at his University library and sent me a long handwritten excerpt explaining Depersonalization. It was SPOT ON.
As Depersonalization / dissociation are common in withdrawal, I suspect there may be a connection to my subconscious defense type experience before drugs.
It was terrible to lose that feeling. I tried to force it for many months which only made things worse. The feelings eventually returned.
I've experienced this with different drug changes over the years, though not as profoundly. The connection to friends, family, beloved pets is broken, but I know that I still love them.
Just throwing this in in case it helps to make any sense of it as a stress response.