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 The reason I was put on antidepressants was that I have  been suffering from migraines and dizziness for the past three years, which go into remission and come back.  When I have them both are chronic and will get better as time goes on.  In this time period the I began having intrusive thoughts, which I had when I was 18, but completely recovered from.  During my latest bout with dizziness I was having issues with the intrusive thoughts and my neurologist prescribed me Lexapro 10mg to deal with some of the anxiety and to see if it would help with the dizziness.   It should be noted that the intrusive thoughts were well under control, and only came up prior to a migraine.  I was on Lexapro almost two months when I told him it wasn't helping with my dizziness or headaches and he switched me over to Amitriptyline.  Upon my first pill I had a terrible panic attack, felt dizzier, and tired.  This lasted a few weeks, but got better.  At around the two month mark, I began having random panic attacks and extreme irritability.  I also noticed some gastric issues and would even get anxious after eating.

 

The following time I saw neurologist he asked me to up my dosage from 10 mg to 20mg and referred me to a psychiatrist to address the higher levels of anxiety I was developing.  When I went up to 20 mg I had the same reactions as the first 10 mg pill only worse. I went 3-4 days on 20 mg before going back down to 10.  I tried it one more time another 3-4 days and couldn't handle the side effects and went back to 10 mg.  Looking back I know this was a mistake on my part.  A few days later I began developing flu like symptoms and woke up dizzier than I had been in the past.  This dizziness lasted about a week, but the anxiety and obsessive/intrusive thoughts began getting worse and worse.  A few days passed and I began having trouble driving.  I was having trouble concentrating,  I would instantly forget brief moments while driving.  For example, I would come at a stop sign, then turn and leave the neighborhood. A few minutes later I would have trouble remembering doing so (I had to really dig deep to remember even leaving the neighborhood).  A few times I simply would appear somewhere and could not remember how I'd gotten there.  Then came the anhedonia.  It was as if someone has pressed a button and within seconds I lost all interest in everything I had previously enjoyed.  I became emotionless, quiet, and confused.  Since then I have been dealing with flu-like symptoms, muscular and joint pain, brain fog, loss of creativity, disorientation, confusion, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, gastric issues, irritability, erratic crying spells, and the list goes on.  I don't know if I caused this by messing with the dosages or switching meds.  Thank you.

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Altostrata

Welcome, Meeto.

 

When did you go off Lexapro? When was it you increased your amitriptyline dosage from 10mg to 20mg? When did you go back to 10mg?

 

Your current symptoms sound like withdrawal symptoms from decreasing amitriptyline. Are you taking 10mg amitriptyline now?

 

It also sounds like you are very sensitive to both Lexapro and amitriptyline.


 

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Hi Altostrata, I went of Lexapro March 8 and Started Amitriptyline the following day.  I increased the Amitriptyline June 5 and went back down possibly the 8th or 9th.  I stayed on 10mg for couple of days and went back up to 20 mg and after too many side effects I went back down again. I can't remember the exact dates.  I have been on 10 mg until last week where I began tapering off.  I did begin to have some symptoms prior to the dosage changes.  Particularly some speech issues, increased anxiety and irritability.

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Meeto

Is the 5-10% tapering method recommended for all antidepressants, or is it different for SSRIs, SNRIs, and Tricyclics? 

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