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KatieDogMom: Withdrawal is rough

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Hi there,

I'm coming off of the lowest dose of fluoxetine-there was a short taper since it's supposed to be easy to come off of...my dizziness is popping up  now that I'm fully off. I've only been off for two weeks, and the taper was VERY fast...admittedly, I cut it in half from what was ideal and that's my fault. Aside from Sea Bands, does anyone have any remedies for the dizzy spells? 

Im aware that I should not have manipulated my taper schedule. I was tired of being an overeating zombie struggling with chronic fatigue and absolutely zero sex drive. (Sorry if that's oversharing)

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Hi KatieDogMom and welcome to SA,


Definitely sounds like withdrawal symptoms.  The only known way to lessen withdrawal symptoms is to reinstate the same drug you have been taking.  Because you have only been off for 2 weeks reinstatement shouldn't be an issue.  Once we have more information of your drug history we can suggest a dose which you could reinstate.  It is impossible to know what would happen if you didn't reinstate.  There is a possibility that your symptoms could become worse and could last for months and possibly years.


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Please read Post #1 of this topic.  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


Psychiatric drugs change the brain.  We have been physiological dependent on them, not physically like nicotine and caffeine.


I attempted to reduce my Pristiq from 100mg to 50mg and experienced severe cog fog for 3 weeks.  At the end of this time I was unable to type.  I have been a professional typist for 40+ years so I realised that something was very wrong.  Thankfully I had joined SA a few days before I couldn't type and they had suggested that updose.  I did this and after about 4 hours I was able to type again and my brain fog was lifting.  Since then I have been successfully tapering following SA's recommended tapering methods and I am now down to 18mg.  Once my dose got lower I began to feel more like I was before drugs (25+ years on an AD) and recently I feel real excitement whereas back in May (25mg) it was a dulled excitement.


Here are some links with information:


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)


These really helped me to understand SA's recommended taper of no more than 10% of the previous dose followed by a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.


Brain Remodelling

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery


I will add drug tags to your topic (top left under the topic title) which you can click on and it will bring up other members who have the same tag.  This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.


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Welcome, Katie.


What dose of fluoxetine were you taking? Do you have any left? You might want to take a very small amount, such as 1mg, right away to stop the withdrawal symptoms. 


This topic (thanks, Chessie!) explains how to take a small amount by making a liquid with water

Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)

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Thanks for the tip! It was a 20 mg dose. I have had a very hard time coming off of SSRIs in the past. I have some left-they are capsules so the liquid would be a great way to combat the dizziness.

As a side note, Sea Bands are very helpful as a natural alternative to the "sea sickness" you may feel when you come off of an SSRI. They work for a good portion of the day

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