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TweetyRose: Prozac 10 mgs for 5 months, cold-turkeyed, protracted withdrawal

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TweetyRose

Im sorry im asking so many questions (see above questions) but i keep thinking of new things to ask about.

 

For instance, does anyone else experience headaches, vision issues, and breathing trouble symptoms? If these things would cease, I would feel so much better

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scallywag

Those are all possible symptoms during withdrawal.

 

You may find it faster to search the site when you have a questions about whether others experience the same symptom. Use either the site search function, or a web search engine (google, bing, etc.)  If you use a web search tool, include as search terms both the symptom and

site:survivingantidepressants.org

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TweetyRose

Do you think an Epsom Salt Detox bath will be okay?

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Frogie

Do you think an Epsom Salt Detox bath will be okay?

I wish I could answer you, but to tell you the truth the mods would know more than anyone.

 

I hope you feel better soon. :)

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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TweetyRose

Moderators:

 

Do you think an Epsom Salt Detox bath will be okay?

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scallywag

An Epsom salt bath isn't so much a detox bath as an alternate way of supplementing magnesium. If you choose to do an epsom salt bath, start with a smaller amount, ½ or less, of the salt in the water than what is recommended on the package.

 

There are several posts in the Magnesium topic that mention epsom salt:

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker.

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TweetyRose

Scallywag,

 

The one im talking about has menthol, lavender, chamomile, and epsom salt.

 

Do those ingredients sound okay?

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TweetyRose

Also, the most constant symptom I am having is vision disturbances. Its like I see things in 2D instead of 3D. Or like looking through a glass window. R, like being drunk and sleepy trying to read. Is this a common thing in withdrawal and does it go away?

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scallywag

The ingredients of the bath product are fine. How much are you going to add to a bath?  My suggestion was that you start with an amount less than recommended on the package. Those amounts are probably okay for people who aren't tapering medications.

 

Vision symptoms topic on SA

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TweetyRose

Scallywag,

 

Thank you. I don't plan to use the full amount. It will be less than what they recommend. Just to be cautious.

 

However, lately I find that my anxiety has been getting worse. Ive been having this feeling that I am not getting enough oxygen and feeling light headed, low energy, heart palpitaions, and just a general feeling of impending doom. I feel scared and on the verge of death often. I am 6 months off meds cold turkey. What is the likelihood that I will die from withdrawal?

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Happy2Heal

Scallywag,

 

Thank you. I don't plan to use the full amount. It will be less than what they recommend. Just to be cautious.

 

However, lately I find that my anxiety has been getting worse. Ive been having this feeling that I am not getting enough oxygen and feeling light headed, low energy, heart palpitaions, and just a general feeling of impending doom. I feel scared and on the verge of death often. I am 6 months off meds cold turkey. What is the likelihood that I will die from withdrawal?

 

 

hi although these symptoms can be very frightening they are not dangerous.

 

I have have all of the feelings you describe during my withdrawal, esp the feeling of not getting enough oxygen which is very hard to describe to someone else

 

you will be fine, but if you can learn some ways to calm yourself down, you should feel a lot better.

Check out the sections on ways to deal with symptoms:

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/forum/8-symptoms-and-self-care/

 

if you can, try not to get upset about every withdrawal symptom. I Know it's hard but everything you've mentioned is a common symptom for many of us going thru it, and we are all doing ok,

We are all recovering and you will too!

 

Your brain is doing what it needs to do to recover from being on the drug and stopping it abruptly, but even stopping it slowly, and tapering, can cause all the same symptoms.

 

the symptoms are proof that your brain is working to heal itself.

 

it's best to try to focus on other things when you can, and when you have a distressing symptom, just remind yourself, that's my brain, doing recovery work!!

my brain wants to heal itself and in time, it WILL heal and all these odd sensations will be gone

 

hang in there, sometimes when things seem the worst, a change for the better is right around the corner!!

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TweetyRose

Catnapt,

 

Thank you. I am just so frightened. At what pointbshould I go to the hospital when I feel this afraid for my life?

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Happy2Heal

Catnapt,

 

Thank you. I am just so frightened. At what pointbshould I go to the hospital when I feel this afraid for my life?

 

 

what do you think they will do for you at the hospital?

 

If you are afraid you may harm yourself, by all means, call someone and make sure that you are safe. please

 

However, if you just feel  as if you might be dying, You would have better luck with this:

 

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/music/FirstAidPanicF.mp3

 

Feeling afraid is just that, a feeling. It's very uncomfortable, I know, I've been there. But if you can remind yourself that it's ONLY a feeling, and is a normal part of healing from going off the meds,

You can wait it out and it will be gone.

 

 

if or when it comes back, do the same thing, make yourself think about how it's just a feeling, it's not harmful, feelings don't harm us-

and feelings ALWAYS pass.

 

just give them time, they will pass.

 

don't worry, these feelings are awful but they are not dangerous, they will pass.

 

try to distract yourself, or do deep breathing, or try some guided meditations.

 

here's one I just tried today that is very nice and soothing:https://youtu.be/OoM57Z8dRUY

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TweetyRose

Thank you catnapt

 

 

The hard part is the heart palpitations and breathing difficulties to go along with the feelings

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O2bhappy

TweetyRose -

 

I am 15 months into withdrawal from Prozac.  I have experience many of the symptoms that you are describing.  With regards to the breathing difficulties have your tried deep breathing exercises or mediation?  Over the summer I was having a very hard time taking a deep breathe.  It scared me but I kept telling myself that this was part of withdrawal.  During that time I had a hard time going to bed.  I would feel like I wasn't getting enough air.  There were even times that I was gasping for air.  It did eventually go away, but I still get it from time to time. 

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TweetyRose

Do you guys think trying a different med other than prozac will make my withdrawal symptoms stop?

 

I am 6 months out from my last dose of prozac.

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scallywag

Short answer: No.

 

Long answer:

  1. Because of its long half-life (4-6 days) and the half-life (4-16 days) of its active metabolite, Prozac is "kinda-sorta" self-tapering. For this reason, fluoxetine (Prozac) is frequently the medication that doctors prescribe as a switch when someone is trying to discontinue medications.
     
  2. We don't generally make medication recommendations on this site.

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O2bhappy

TweetyRose -

 

From what I have read on this sight I wouldn't advise on introducing a new medicine during withdrawal.  What the moderators suggests is going back on your original antidepressant you were on and on a smaller dosage. 

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TweetyRose

Scallywag,

 

I am aware of what they say about prozac. However, if that is the case, why am I having such AWFUL withdrawal symptoms:(

 

I took it 4.5 monthsbat the lowest dose. Been in withdrawal over 6 months :( :( :(

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TweetyRose

TweetyRose -

 

I am 15 months into withdrawal from Prozac. I have experience many of the symptoms that you are describing. With regards to the breathing difficulties have your tried deep breathing exercises or mediation? Over the summer I was having a very hard time taking a deep breathe. It scared me but I kept telling myself that this was part of withdrawal. During that time I had a hard time going to bed. I would feel like I wasn't getting enough air. There were even times that I was gasping for air. It did eventually go away, but I still get it from time to time.

 

 

Are you still having a lot of withdrawal symptoms?

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scallywag

The lowest dose is different from country to country. What dose were you taking, 10 mg?

 

You are having awful withdrawal symptoms because your CNS (central nervous system) adapted very quickly to the presence of Prozac over the 5 months you took it and you had bad or no advice about how to taper off it.

 

Did you have a look at the links I posted on November 25?  The descriptions there may help you understand what is happened in your CNS when you were on Prozac and what's been happening since you stopped.

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TweetyRose

I was taking 10 mg the whole time. I tried to go to 20 mg *once*, but it gave me jitters. So I stayed at 10 mg the entire time.

 

I'm starting to feel like I am permanently brain damaged. Like I belong to the unlucky group of people who never return to their former selves. ????????????

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TweetyRose

I seem to be getting worse these days. Not better. My memory is shot, I can't breathe properly half the time, I am extremely fatigued, my vision is weird, Im still sensitive to light and sudden noises, I have heart palpitations and anxiety, every night at bedtime I feel like I am dying, I am not emotionally stable, and I feel like my life is over in general at 32 years old.

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O2bhappy

TweetyRose -

 

Yes I am still experience withdrawal symptoms.  Some have improved while others have remained the same.  The ones I have can even change from hour to hour. 

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TweetyRose

Oh2bhappy,

 

 

You were on meds 12 years, right?

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O2bhappy

Yes...12 years.

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TweetyRose

I took my meds for roughly 5 months. I hope my withdrawal doesn't last much longer. I want to go back to my old self.

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O2bhappy

TweetyRose -

 

I can understand wanting to get back to your old self.  I have felt that way for a long time.  I am sure that will happen for you but it will just take time.  I know when you are feeling awful you don't want to hear it takes time you want to feel better now.  I have been in that position many times.  I still get that way from time to time now.  I will have a pity party because I am tired of feeling bad and just want to feel better now.  Sometimes I have to take a step back and realize just how far that I have come.  You should read my intro page when you have time.  You can see my times of desperation. 

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TweetyRose

Thank you OH2BHAPPY

 

Just out of curiosity, how long should I wait before I know if my recovery is complete or if I am permanently stuck this way?

 

1 year? 2 years?

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O2bhappy

TweetyRose -

 

I don't have an answer to your question.  I am still struggling with withdrawal and dealing with new symptoms 15 months off the medicine. 

 

You only took the medicine for 5 months so hopefully your withdrawal symptoms won't last as long. 

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TweetyRose

Do b complex vitamins damage the brain or act in the brain like an ssri?

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Frogie

I wouldn't think so, but I'm not an expert.

I can't take b vitamins, they make me sick.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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TweetyRose

Can any moderators answer the above question?

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TweetyRose

Does ANYONE know if Iron pills are activating in withdrawal?

 

I am iron deficient and need to take iron pills

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TweetyRose

Hello....anyone there???

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Frogie

Hello....anyone there???

I'm here. :)

 

I have restless legs. My biggest problem is my nausea. So I don't mention a lot of stuff.

 

I wasn't nauseous at all yesterday awesome:)

 

Today I am. :(

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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