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Hya all,

 

for me up until now only a minor problem, but still unnerving sometimes: Skin issues. For example a feeling of burning, tingling, needles and pins and even oil mostly on my legs and lower arms. Additionally I have a very rough and dry skin in my face, despite using creme every day.

 

Does anyone have a clue what this is and what might help to lessen or even resolve those symptoms?

 

Edit: The symptoms have been the worst last week since stopping the pills. They are still endurable though. I hope that I do not have to worry and that this is normal in wd?

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Yes, this is absolutely normal in w/d -- skin seems prematurely aged -- but later it corrects itself. Weird sensations -- burning, itching, feeling like there's water on your skin when there isn't. Dark patches, light patches, weird pimples unlike anything you've ever had before, hives. All common. :rolleyes:

 

I don't know of anything to do about it. Some of it is possibly temporary neuropathy. For that, exercise is a good, long-term solution. I think you do exercise.

 

You might want to experiment with different lotions. You might want to try a lotion that is organic, with no chemicals. Use more. Have you tried aloe vera? Do you shave? That's so hard on the face. Would you be interested in growing a beard for a while to give your face a rest?

 

Eventually, it will correct itself, Maybe. :)

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A beard doesn't fit me too well, so no :D

 

I tried all kind of cremes, to no long lasting effect. It helps for some hours and then is back again. I always had a problem with dry skin, but after stopping the pills it has become worse. Well, I can live with that. Just thought someone might have an idea how to improve it :)

 

Thank you Healing!

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A beard doesn't fit me too well, so no :D

 

I tried all kind of cremes, to no long lasting effect. It helps for some hours and then is back again. I always had a problem with dry skin, but after stopping the pills it has become worse. Well, I can live with that. Just thought someone might have an idea how to improve it :)

 

Thank you Healing!

 

Hi Maybe......

 

just saw this post and wanted to quickly respond. The best way to improve the skin is through diet......introducing the right foods, along with eliminating offending foods.

 

Wish I could recall some of those foods but it's early in my day and the cog fog is blocking access to my memory bank (lol). Anyway, google this subject to obtain a list of foods that promote skin health.

 

In regard to skin sensations.....it's very common in WD and I haven't found anything that eliminates it.

 

I do know that hot baths and showers make my skin sensations flare up even more re: itching, skin crawly sensations etc. Better to bathe in warm water rather than hot.

 

In regard to the dry skin, I believe heat dries it even more. Oh, drinking a lot of water, keeps the skin hydrated and reduces dryness.

 

Punar

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Hi: I've been off Pristiq for 3 months now, 3 weeks into w/d I started getting hives, they were bad, I have been keeping them at bay with a low dose antihistamine evey 2 days. I am now taking the antihistamine every 3 days.... they are getting better....I'm now worrying about them now. I just know that they will soon subside.....

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Maybe, are you taking fish oil/omega 3?

 

Ever since I've been using fish oil, my skin has been noticeably oilier. It annoys me, but if you can tolerate fish oil, it might help you! If not, even having a bit more oils in your diet might help. I also really like a lotion called Complex-15. It's available on Amazon and in some drug stores (or you can ask your local pharmacy to order it if they don't usually carry it). It's pricey, but you don't need much. The face lotion is lighter and thinner than the hand lotion. Both are unscented.

 

Elliotsmum, the hives sound awful. I am glad you have kept a good attitude about them. I'm sure that helps, since I don't know what else you could do.

 

My skin has been an awful bumpy mess, probably from the lack of sleep and the fish oil. Aside from the occasional painful lesion, it's more a vanity issue than anything else.

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Took Omega 3 for some months in 2010, but had problems with it later on. I got bloated very quickly when I took line seed oil. My skin issues are fine right now. No big trouble. So I will not take any supplements, still afraid they could do more harm than good :)

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Coincidentally, I came across this post from a patient on WebMD: http://forums.webmd.com/3/depression-exchange/forum/5808 about burning skin sensations from Lexapro withdrawal.

 

The burning sensation is listed in published papers on withdrawal symptoms as paresthesia -- see this wikipedia article.

 

(There are lists of withdrawal symptoms here.)

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Hi,

I have had severe burning coming off benzos and now coming off AD's

It is located mainly in the upper body...arms, face, neck but can spread all over the body.

When it subsides a bit, the after glow last for hours and with a deep bone pain.

 

I am not surprised to read the answer from that psychiatrist on the WebMD......

not once have I heard any doctor admit it or that he/she has heard it before...

They all seem to have the same answer.

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The sensations are currently gone. I hope that stays this way. The dry skin could be related to my food sensitivites (especially milk). Thanks for the links, alto!

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Since stopping fish oil, I have developed mysterious hives on legs and arm that have no rhyme or reason to them. I am going to see if resuming it will help.

 

As an FYI, I was on Doxepin which is an antihistamine. But I have been off of that for over a year so I would have a hard time believing my hives are related to that.

 

Anyway, I need the amateur Houses:) on this board to help me figure out what is going on as this quite annoying.

 

CS

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But I have been off of that for over a year so I would have a hard time believing my hives are related to that.

CS

 

My experience is that symptoms appear more than one year after, i have new problems which appear after 2,5 years, all related or aggravated by past psychotropics

the toxicity effects continue after 1 year, even 4 years and more

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""My experience is that symptoms appear more than one year after, i have new problems which appear after 2,5 years, all related or aggravated by past psychotropics

the toxicity effects continue after 1 year, even 4 years and more""

 

Wow Stan, I am so sorry to hear that. What kind of problems have you had?

 

Of course, this is all speculation on my part but I am wondering if the fish oil kept the allergic reactions at bay? I may try a small amount just to see what happens.

 

CS

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Hi Comp,

 

This is one symptom I did not have, but a protracted friend (not on this board) had hives and itching as a major symptom and still has them to a lesser degree 5 years out. So I definitely believe they are related to the w/d...but, I would still keep an eye out on possible triggers.

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So even after being 2 years out, I have to fear that new crippling symptoms might come up??

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Hi Comp,

 

This is one symptom I did not have, but a protracted friend (not on this board) had hives and itching as a major symptom and still has them to a lesser degree 5 years out. So I definitely believe they are related to the w/d...but, I would still keep an eye out on possible triggers.

 

Thanks Hopeful, I think:)

 

Geez, these drugs are gifts that keep on giving. Wow, that's incredible about your friend.

 

So far, I haven't found any triggers. However, when the phosphatidylserine I took wore off, the hives started itching. I have no clue what that all means.

 

CS

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So even after being 2 years out, I have to fear that new crippling symptoms might come up??

 

Hi Maybe,

 

I understand your fears but personally, I would try not to worry about things that haven't occurred. It sounds like you have enough on your plate.

 

CS

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Hey CS,

 

well, I am not really worrying about it. I have no energy for that. I just don't know what to believe anymore. Many say you heal, some say you never know what will happen. Everything is so random...

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CS,

Did you ever figure out the hives? I've had 'bites' coming out on my arms, legs, and stomach. Very itchy. Not debilitating, but annoying. I have no idea what may have triggered. I was staying w friend when it began about 2 weeks ago. I did take 3 days of Cipro for UTI. Not smart, I realize. I witnessed a quinolone CNS effect on my elderly aunt. Had sig dementia (asked same questions over and over) that turned to psychotic mania. She's very happy w imaginary guests now which is actually easier on my cousin who she lives with.

Barb

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CS,

Did you ever figure out the hives? I've had 'bites' coming out on my arms, legs, and stomach. Very itchy. Not debilitating, but annoying. I have no idea what may have triggered. I was staying w friend when it began about 2 weeks ago. I did take 3 days of Cipro for UTI. Not smart, I realize. I witnessed a quinolone CNS effect on my elderly aunt. Had sig dementia (asked same questions over and over) that turned to psychotic mania. She's very happy w imaginary guests now which is actually easier on my cousin who she lives with.

Barb

 

Hi Barbara,

 

Since I have mostly quit taking multivitamins and fish oil capsules, they have pretty much disappeared.

 

The day after I posted, they had greatly improved although I was still getting them here and there.

 

Obviously, your situation proves that even regular drugs have plenty of side effects.

 

CS

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Hey all,

 

I've always had sensitive skin, but since going on AD I got acne so badly that I decided to be treat with accutane. My skin was fine for years, until withdrawing. Now I have welts all over my neck and back. My doctor says it's folliculitis. But that seems too coincidental. Why would i suddenly have this condition when coming off meds?

 

Could this be detox?! Suggestions? Please Help!

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I don't know and didn't have any skin problems until the last couple days. I've been doing a sugarfree diet and been taking detox baths (epsom salts, socium bicarb, apple cider vinegar) as well as a couple of supplements including one new one (licorice root).

 

The last couple of days I have noticed the tip of my nose is dry and discolored, a bit darker than the rest of my skin.

 

So, like you, I don't know whats up with that. Could be nothing, could be unrelated to my withdrawal and recent food/supp regimen or it could all tie together. Dunno.

 

It's not a big thing unless it gets worse but it doesn't matter to me that it's not that big a thing. It's a new thing and my plate is still overfull of old things!

 

Good luck,

Alex

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I have had the worst acne I have ever had in the past year, particularly on the lower part of my face, my neck and my shoulders, and I don't know if it's related to withdrawal or not. It surely is a hormonal thing, because it's related to my cycle. And I think it improved after I switched to a different Omega 3/fish oils brand. But that could be coincidental. Then about a month ago I went from being almost clear of it to it coming back again.

 

I started using Retin-A about two weeks ago and it is helping somewhat.

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Oh, at one point I did think it may be related to having high cortisol.

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Yes! I had PERFECT skin my whole life. Even during puberty I only got a few pimples. In 2006 (I was 26 years old) is when I started tapering from 37.5mg. My skin slowly started to break out and the lower in dose I got the worse it got. At one point I could count 15 active pimples at one time! Even worse is for every single pimple I get a post inflammatory hyperpigmentation scar that last several months to over a year! My skin was covered in dark marks from all the pimples. Even worse than that the other day I was plucking my eyebrows by a lamp and as I turned my face in certain direction a shadow was cast over my face and it was bumpy as if I had some indented scars! This is after I have finally gotten my acne under control using a Benzoyl Peroxide regimen every day. I still have a lot of marks that I am trying to get rid of with weekly lactic acid peels. Bottom line: WD has absolutely messed up my skin. If I truly do have indented scars those won't ever go away. Yet another reason I hate this poison.

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Hey all,

 

I've always had sensitive skin, but since going on AD I got acne so badly that I decided to be treat with accutane. My skin was fine for years, until withdrawing. Now I have welts all over my neck and back. My doctor says it's folliculitis. But that seems too coincidental. Why would i suddenly have this condition when coming off meds?

 

Could this be detox?! Suggestions? Please Help!

 

Please do not go on Accutane. It is a horrid drug that can cause you horrible problems that are permanent. It has been linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, horrible joint pain, and early arthritis just to name a few. Some of these problems don't even show up until you have been off of Accutane for some time. It has also been linked to psychological problems like depression and even suicide. Please consider something safer like 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. I have been able to clear my skin 90-95% using a benzoyl peroxide regimen. This was years after nothing over the counter worked, as well as Retin A which is by prescription. Please read up on Accutane on Askapatient.com to read some people's horrible experiences with it. It is just not worth taking the chance, in my opinion unless your acne is incredibly severe, and maybe not even then.

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lady bug-- good to hear from you. I am NOT going on accutane. I've already been on accutane! Age 19 and again at 27. I won't that again. I do think this outbreak is related to withdrawl. Your outbreak sounds similar to mine. I get mine on my back, jaw and neck mostly, and behind the ear. It's as if my lymph nodes are draining and the toxins are leaving my skin. so strange.

 

I just bought a juicer and will begin to juice a meal or two a day to include organic greens, lemons, apples, garlic and ginger. I'm hoping this will help. I think my digestive and liver/kindneys need a break! poor things..

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This is interesting. About two years after quitting cold turkey my skin became extremely sensitive. I developed horrible type 2 rosacea and had to go on Accutane to cure it.

 

There is no history of rosacea in my family, while I am fair I tan easily and my skin had always been oily, tough as nails and the envy of people. So I didn't fit the profile of someone with rosecea.

 

Finally, now 10 years later my skin it back to its original state. I have ZERO rosacea which is odd because there is no cure for rosacea and it is a chronic disease.

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Maybe it will help to be sure to use a good facial moisturizer. I recommend getting an organic, non-oil clogging kind from the health stores. Jojoba is good and doesn't clog pores. It may be the oil in your skin that is changed and so if you use a good moisturizer daily, it will help keep your skin from producing it's own oils. I don't know if that will work. I didn't have trouble with this but did have bad skin problems when I was younger and this helped me a lot. Only med I had skin problems with was Geodon. That turned my face into leather but it's back to normal now that I'm off it.

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I find it interesting that we have acne in the same areas... lower face, neck, back... I am getting acne in places I NEVER had it before quitting ADs, and to a degree that is crazy. I often joke it is way, way worse than during puberty and it's not fair as I'm getting wrinkles as well.

 

Since hormones and neurotransmitters work in a complex system, it makes sense that if we are unstable in withdrawal that this could be one of the effects.

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My skin refuses to clear despite going to the dermatologist multiple times. Even Retin A micro, clyndamycin & benzoyl peroxide wash wouldn't make my pores less visible or get rid of the huge amounts of oil that I keep producing!

 

I'm also dealing with patches of eczema that flake, scale and itch & once again the steroid cream that I was given doesn't do a thing. It's not exactly the best thing for my already deflated self esteem, so I've decided to stop wasting money at the doctors. It's pretty pointless.

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Count me in, but I can't associate mine to meds. Never had skin probs in adolescence but got horrible adult acne in early 30s, mostly on jawline. That calmed a bit but then in past 10 years have had severe hypopigmentation. Every doc and esthetician had a different diagnosis - dermatologists said it was acne scarring that laser resurfacing would take care of for a few thousand dollars. One endocrinologist said it was melasma related to autoimmune disorders. Last endocrinologist confirmed that it is vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder in which melanin production is disrupted. Related to gray hair which is common in autoimmune disorders. Both are loss of pigmentation. No treatment that Ive found.

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After They started me on Paxil, almost immediately I started to experience a severe burning sensation in my legs. actually, mostly the thighs and upper legs. The pharmacist said it waS A negative reaction, however, my doctor and family told me to stick it out an I did. the burning sensation eventually went away. After i weaned Paxil, all was okay, after a few months I started getting those burning sensations out of no where, they were severe. it was at this point the docs thought I had MS. After numerous tests, they decided it wasnt MS, it was a relapse in my anxiety. Thats when they put me on Lex again. The burning stopped. Well, I am 14 weeks off Lexapro. Guess what? Here is the burning again. My entire right leg. down to my foot. Its awful. I was wondering if anyone else experienced this or why, if anyone knows, the burning started 14 weeks after my last pill? among all my other symptoms, this added, its kind of making me lose it again.....Anyone have any ideas? Suggestions? I get a monthly b12 shot....doesnt really do anything...lol

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Ajnjj,

Both my husband and his brother got burning feet on Prozac. They couldn't tolerate it. I don't know what the mechanism is. It *seems* like side effects that are known to be treatment-emergent also happen during tapering/withdrawal (mood lability in particular). This is just my informal observation. I'm sure someone will have better info.

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Is it worse at different times of the day? Or associated with any activity -- like bathing?

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Not associated with an activity. Seems to come and go. So strange it just started again out of the blue. Never had it before the paxil. And it travels!!!!

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