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I Am Going Through Withdrawal From Antidepressants

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 39 People

    Need Some Advice On How To Distract From Withdrawal Symptons

    I have been tapering off anti-depressants for the past 3-4 months and this is the first week i'm off. I didn't have issues with reducing the dosage except maybe a little bit anxiety of going off. Now that I have stopped I'm having withdrawal symptoms I think. I didn't connect...
    tryingtogetoff tryingtogetoff 31-35 1 Response May 5, 2012

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    Hell On Earth From Stipping Antidepressents

    i have finally realized that my antidepressents have never really helped after being on one type or another for the past twenty years. However depression and anxiety seem like a piece of cake compared to the HELL on earth I am going through at this moment. I am weaning myself off...
    blondiel blondiel 61-65 2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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    last night i had what i thought was a really

    bad panic attack. i ended up having to call the police. a cop stayed with me while i spoke to a counselor on the phone at their headquarters (but had to leave a couple of times because he was being radioed). the paramedics had to come. they took my blood pressure. i didn't...
    Degrassi94 Degrassi94 18-21, F Dec 1, 2014

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    SSRI Withdrawal - Cold Turkey

    I have decided to go cold turkey from 40mg Citalopram and am currently into day 5 of the symptoms. The first few days after I stopped using were fine, since it took the SSRI a bit of a time to clear off my system. But then the symptoms started appearing and now I am in full blown...
    hatter161 hatter161 26-30 5 Responses Jun 21, 2011

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    Help! Awful Effexor and Lexapro Withdrawl

    Doc gave me lexapro to help taper off effexor. Thinking i may have tapered off the lexapro too fast. Anyway i'm off both now for a week and the side effects are horrendous. Dying to know: Did anything help curb the symptoms? How long do the effects last? dizziness, blurry vison...
    Grasswasgreener Grasswasgreener 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2012

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    I got off Prozac 10mg

    after weaning off it over 9 months. Seems crazy right? I thought I was doing it the right way to avoid withdrawals. I took my last dose September 2, 2014. I was doing ok for the first two months and then in November I guess the withdrawals kicked in. :/ Has anyone ever had bad...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 26, 2014

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    Not Taking Pills Means Feeling Crappy

    I've been bad this past week and haven't taken my Paxil. Now i'm paying for it and feeling dizzy and sick to my stomach. It's hard to keep on them when I don't have the money for them but thankfully my oldest sister is on them too so she lends me some when I'm out. My family gets...
    HollyBu HollyBu 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2013

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    Saved From W/d Hell

    I started going through Pristiq withdrawal hell last night. I had come to the realization that this med was making my anxiety and depression worse. Unfortunately it seems that the w/d is worse than the side effects. I am not going to say that this drug is evil, b/c I don't doubt...
    5BlueRoses 5BlueRoses 31-35, F 2 Responses May 13, 2011

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    On An Off Antidepressants Since 16 Year Old. Now 32 And Trying To Get Off For Good.

    I was on 40 MG of Ciprolex for the past 4 years or so. I decided that I wanted to de-fuzz my head, and told my doctor that I'd like to taper down gradually, as I'd read the horror stories of people who go cold turkey, and what it can do to your normal functioning. Well, I went...
    amygirl1979 amygirl1979 31-35, F Sep 13, 2012

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    I'm Feeling Really Alone

    I don't thing anyone is writing on this forum right now, but I can't stop crying and the brain zaps are body zaps now. The dreams are so weird and real that I don't know what to do. Does anybody know how long this will last till I feel semi-normal again?  
    ColeenD ColeenD 51-55, F 4 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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    I Am Weaning Off Lexapro

    I was depressed. Now I'm trying to get pregnant. Funny how I seem to keep creating difficulty for myself. The antidepressants were working, aside from the weight side effect (about 15 lbs). But now I've decided to quit them so I can get pregnant with my husband. More evidence of...
    truehottie truehottie 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 26, 2010

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    Life With Ads

    I have been on and off anti-depressants for more than 20 years but this is the first time I've experienced such awful withdrawal side effects.  I was on 150mg Effexor, dropped down to 75mg for about 6 weeks, then 4 weeks at 37.5 mg.  Now been five days off all together...
    cazly cazly 51-55 2 Responses Nov 9, 2008

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    Trying To Stop Antidepressants On My Own

    Hi. New here. I've realized How hard it is talking to ppl who have never been in ur situation before and I stumbled across this to hopefully make friends get support and get through this on my own. Will try to make a long story short. I've been on and off, mostly on...
    JuJu1980 JuJu1980 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2013

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    Antidepressant Withdrawal - My Story...

    I have been slowly withdrawing from anti-depressants for two months now. I am almost there!!!  If you are interested in reading my story, I began a blog last night where I am writing a journal of all the awful symptoms and experiences I have been through since beginning this...
    Jacq7777 Jacq7777 51-55 Jan 6, 2012

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    Incapacitated By Anti-depressant Citalopram

    Hi  I have  been taking aniti-depressants for 15 years.for anxiety, was on 20mg, untill Christmas built up tolerance so doctor increased dosageto 40mg I  felt like a zombie with no energy or motivation.So I decreased dose from 40mg of Citalopram to 20mg ,for one...
    withdraw withdraw 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 11, 2010

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    It Took About a Month

    But I think I am finally out of the woods. Last week the brain zaps were mild and mostly infrequent except when I was tired. I haven't been noticing them this week and my energy level seems to be a lot better. Having energy is wonderful! I have xanax for use when my anxiety gets...
    iforget iforget 36-40, F 4 Responses Jul 24, 2008

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    Haven't taken them in more than a week iv given up
    iminpain iminpain 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 29, 2010

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    Dear Withdrawal, Feel free to go home.

    You are not welcome here- I have a life I am trying to live. Thanks, Sadie
    Degrassi94 Degrassi94 18-21, F Dec 10, 2014

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    I'm Thinking About Reading "the Shack"

    I have heard a lot about this book and am thinking about reading it. I'm a Christian but I am not currently walking with The Lord. I wish to get back on track with my relationship with God and this book was recommended to me. The book seems to have some controversy surrounding...
    crazybad crazybad 36-40, F Apr 14, 2011

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    I Am Blessed! Wow.

    I was so appreciative of endlessrain and MizzBlue72's response to my first time anywhere ever posting on the net.  I wrote it at work today (and was surreptitiously crying while I did!) and was just sharing how I was feeling, not actually realising someone would actually...
    cazly cazly 51-55 1 Response Nov 10, 2008

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    OMG!! I have been on 40 mg fluoxetine

    for 10 years. I've tried to get off of it several times, each with me back on 40 mg again. I decided to stop taking this stuff 6 weeks ago and for the first 5 weeks I had some mild withdrawl effects - nothing that I couldn't handle, until yesterday. I swear that I don't have...
    djekms djekms 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 4, 2014

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    Quitting Antidepressants Successfully

    For all those people who keep having a horrible time with AD withdrawal, here is what worked for me and what I can tell you: The reason you have such bad withdrawal is that most ADs have a very short half life in your body. So after a day or two without it your brain goes...
    n4123e211 n4123e211 26-30 3 Responses Sep 10, 2011

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    Brain Zaps

    Sounds scary right? No one ever knows what that is like until they have them. I started weaning off celexa 3 weeks ago. I did what my doctor said and took 1/2 (20 mg) for a week, then every other day for a week. Then off of them. I think she should have had me wean off a little...
    iforget iforget 36-40, F 16 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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    I am 27 years old and think that what I'm going through is a midlife crisis, although I believed that that usually happens later on In life... I wake up depressed and feeling...
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    I am going through a break-up and although it hurts, it is for the best. When he had me, he didn't appreciate me for the woman that I am. He took me for granted, thinking that I...
    candyblu candyblu 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    Indeed. I am being captured by a moment that can not return. I have been wondering around the empty streets , like some short of ghost that can't let go of past. My life is a joke...
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    Hi guys. I would like to tell u my side of how our marriage ended. I am 32 hubs 42 we have been together 11 years, married 7. Hubs has a son from a previous and we have two...
    disclosure31 disclosure31 31-35, F Jan 7

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    I was the first one who filed the divorce after too many years together. I am surprised at his audacity to want to fix things now. In fact, he wants to drag the divorce out....in...
    heartache123 heartache123 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I have been away from my desk for a loong time. At least it seemed so.Anyway I have been real busy and Happy New Years to all.I know this will be a good year.My life will never be...
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    I just went through a surgery and I was a bit expectant of my boyfriend to support me emotionally and to be present. I guess I was asking too much. He went out partying and when I...
    dreamsofdoom dreamsofdoom 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    Few weeks after we met he told me that he is suffering from ALS for the past year. He said I could leave if I wanted to. I decided to say because of the strong connection that we...
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    I am again on EP . I always use to come when i am depressed. Now i think its a part of my life. Right now i am in my office.Trying to hide my tears. I met him in 2012 . We use to...
    kathhyv kathhyv 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 8

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    Last night I dreamt about him again. We both performed at a concert last night, so in my dream he texted me later saying, "hey babe, nice job! I like the boots and legs, keep it up...
    Katiebug7 Katiebug7 13-15, F Jan 8

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    I am missing my friend from albany , I wish he would write to me .
    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F Jan 16

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    I finally realized, my ex aint **** ! He lied, cheated, then had the audacity to break up with me. WTF?! He's a 44 year old man who can't take responsibility for his actions. He's...
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    While in Meditation, I received the image of a deep Lapis Lazuli colored Ganeshani (female Ganesha) standing on the top of a fully bloomed mushroom (rather than a lotus). Fully...
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    I used to think I couldn’t go a day without your smile. Without telling you things and hearing your voice back. Then, that day arrived and it was so damn hard but the next was...
    WeLiveAndDieInTheseTowns WeLiveAndDieInTheseTowns 31-35, M Dec 30, 2014

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    We BROKE UP because of religion, we still deeply love each other and believe me at that time we did a lot. Because of her religion we had to break up and we had many talks about...
    ShaneTom1 ShaneTom1 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 4

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    The lose of my dad passing has to be the worse feeling anyone has to feel taking care of my mom the pass two days is just killing me watching her go through this and not being able...
    monica0215 monica0215 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    Update to my divorce Well I have moved out. As the process continues. We have put our house on the market. We have been meeting to sign papers regarding the sale of our house. I...
    thelefthandedboy thelefthandedboy 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 10

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    Something just came to me, that I felt I had to write down. Love is love, no matter what. I finally understand love without degree, or ownership. Beauty is beauty, but no two...
    RoyalCrystalPalace RoyalCrystalPalace 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    I'm happily married . I have met a friend on Ep who is now missing . I miss him. I am in albany now and I could meet up but it seems I'm going to have to settle for possibly...
    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F Jan 16

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    well tomorrow I'm going to another rehab facility this time with an open mind hope the **** helps me
    jitterbug9 jitterbug9 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    Wow, 2 years and it's over. I don't know what to feel. This pain is just unreal.
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