Coming off antidepressants

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notcharlotte

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@dearie_23, have you ever tried a pill crusher? i don't have trouble swallowing pills, but some like enormous antibiotics just sit in my stomach and burn. i bought a pill crusher from ebay and that helps the pills go down better. i also ask the doc for capsules, but that's often up to what the pharmacy stocks.

obviously a pill crusher is no good for er.
 

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A very good source of coming off antidepressants is Surving Antidepressants . It is all about coming of the kinds of antidepressants and other things.

I suggest that anyone who thinks about it, should check it out.
 

dearie23

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Hmm, I have 2 pill cutters but no actual crusher. I always fear throwing up from the hideous taste of crushed up pills! Lol.
 

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Totally agree! I've never been on heavy duty stuff for long periods but I SWEAR the pain of antidepressant W/D HAS to be up there with opiate W/D but typically last much longer (the acute w/d at least). I can say for a fact it's a 1,000 times worse than benzo or Z drug w/d's, at least in my case as I've been on SSRIs or SSNRI's for SOOOOO unbelievably long.

The 'official' length of AD withdrawal is always given as a couple of weeks. What a joke. I'm reading posts on support forums from folks who've been drug-free for years and still haven't fully recovered.

Very angry with my doctor because what I actually wanted was a limited prescription for benzos that I could take once or twice a week - i.e., only when I was really desperate. That would have very likely avoided any dependency or subsequent withdrawal. He refused, saying they didn't give them out, 'because they're very addictive'. Handed out the ADs to take every day instead which have given me five times the problems.
 

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The 'official' length of AD withdrawal is always given as a couple of weeks. What a joke. I'm reading posts on support forums from folks who've been drug-free for years and still haven't fully recovered.

Very angry with my doctor because what I actually wanted was a limited prescription for benzos that I could take once or twice a week - i.e., only when I was really desperate. That would have very likely avoided any dependency or subsequent withdrawal. He refused, saying they didn't give them out, 'because they're very addictive'. Handed out the ADs to take every day instead which have given me five times the problems.

Ugh! I am so sorry to hear that. Esp when I hear of patients with anxiety that are only given benzos and have a choice of whether or not to take antidepressants. My brother was one of the lucky ones, he just continued to refuse SSRIS and SSNRIs after knowing what I've been going through so was only scribed Xanax. I just spoke to someone that said her brain didn't fully acclimate to getting off antidepressants for TWO years!!!! How scary is that! And doctors don't believe that AD's cause withdrawal...it drives me crazy!
 

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I really think SSRIs must have no effect on me at all, either good or bad! I never had any side effects when starting, raising the dose, or stopping it suddenly! Nothing.
 

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When I came off Cymbalta my migraines became worse for a few weeks. So I was given another anti depressant for 3 weeks , a very low dose which broke the chain, migraine pattern. Another anti depressant I was on gave me involuntary movements and I was on holiday and could not sleep as my legs would not stop moving. I was already weaning myself off so decided to stop them. It was over Christmas and I was overseas and everywhere was closed and I only had a few days left on them anyway, so stopped. Had no adverse effects and went to docs when I got home and they were happy with what I did and I told them about my legs etc.
 

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I've had jerking of my lower left leg / ankle / foot area for the whole 4 months I've been on Lexapro.
 

ksitz77

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I honestly believe I cannot quit my small dose of tramadol for this reason. I have gone off before but I think I didn't give it long enough. 3 weeks and I just had no drive or motivation. I do believe I was suffering from depression all my life though and this has really helped me. So should I try to go off entirely or not? I don't think so, but it bugs me that I don't seem to have a choice.
 

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When I came off Cymbalta my migraines became worse for a few weeks. So I was given another anti depressant for 3 weeks , a very low dose which broke the chain, migraine pattern. Another anti depressant I was on gave me involuntary movements and I was on holiday and could not sleep as my legs would not stop moving. I was already weaning myself off so decided to stop them. It was over Christmas and I was overseas and everywhere was closed and I only had a few days left on them anyway, so stopped. Had no adverse effects and went to docs when I got home and they were happy with what I did and I told them about my legs etc.

I had similar thing with restless legs after taking amitriptiline,that and other side effects.
I just stopped taking them,hadn't been on them too long,my doc now keeps trying to get me on them for pain,no thanks.

I don't get prescribed tramadol every month,I get 1 month to last me 3,it does give me a lift but I don't know if I would want to take it everyday,WDs sound horrid,I have to spend a few days with various pain then a day or so without when i take 50mg of trams,sometimes more when pain flares up worse.
 

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I've had jerking of my lower left leg / ankle / foot area for the whole 4 months I've been on Lexapro.

Yes. A kind of Restless Leg Syndrome. I started getting this while on the trazodone and am still getting it now, mostly at night. It's like a sudden slight cramping feeling that makes me just have to move my leg.

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Ugh! I am so sorry to hear that. Esp when I hear of patients with anxiety that are only given benzos and have a choice of whether or not to take antidepressants. My brother was one of the lucky ones, he just continued to refuse SSRIS and SSNRIs after knowing what I've been going through so was only scribed Xanax. I just spoke to someone that said her brain didn't fully acclimate to getting off antidepressants for TWO years!!!! How scary is that! And doctors don't believe that AD's cause withdrawal...it drives me crazy!

I saw a post from someone who'd been off SSRIs for six years, and she was doing better, but still not out of the woods.

Drs are scared of benzos and z-drugs, but give out the ADs like they were Smarties.
 

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I was fine with trazadone,then doc said they dont make them anymore,found out they do though,I was on the 50mg caps,another person was still getting them but 100mg instead,I'd rather be on that than the mirtazapine,will see what doc says next appointment beginning of July,had to wait nearly 5 weeks to get an appointment,never used to be like this,usually maybe a week to wait,this country is such a mess and same people get voted in,are people totally oblivious as to the mess or cos it doesnt affect them then they just don't care?
 

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If i want to see a specific GP as i have 5 different GP working under the same practice. I normal wait for 2 weeks ( i like to keep to the same GP always)...
I can call in the morning get a appointment at 08.00 but i want get the GP i like to use, rather then Doctor geoffrey or Doctor Bungle!! or what ever the names are that day..

And you are correct this country is in a complete mess!! i live on the main street in the town center. And our roads are that bad that tar on the road is now longer there and its down to the original cobble stones. I can remember the old guys of the town used to say when i was a kid the town center was all cobbled in there days!! i used to say i bet that look nice.
They used say " yes lad it was and you will never see that again) fast forward 40 x years now i see it.... through lack of mentaintance.
 

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If i want to see a specific GP as i have 5 different GP working under the same practice. I normal wait for 2 weeks ( i like to keep to the same GP always)...
I can call in the morning get a appointment at 08.00 but i want get the GP i like to use, rather then Doctor geoffrey or Doctor Bungle!! or what ever the names are that day..

And you are correct this country is in a complete mess!! i live on the main street in the town center. And our roads are that bad that tar on the road is now longer there and its down to the original cobble stones. I can remember the old guys of the town used to say when i was a kid the town center was all cobbled in there days!! i used to say i bet that look nice.
They used say " yes lad it was and you will never see that again) fast forward 40 x years now i see it.... through lack of mentaintance.

The country is literally falling to bits,no wonder ADs are being prescribed so much.
 

liztaylor

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I had to come off a long relationship with paxil. I did it in stages, finally taking only a quarter a night. It was complete hell for about 3 weeks. After that I lost weight and got back some creative interests, and what women woudn't want those things. After that I said never again!
 

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When I came off Cymbalta my migraines became worse for a few weeks. So I was given another anti depressant for 3 weeks , a very low dose which broke the chain, migraine pattern. Another anti depressant I was on gave me involuntary movements and I was on holiday and could not sleep as my legs would not stop moving. I was already weaning myself off so decided to stop them. It was over Christmas and I was overseas and everywhere was closed and I only had a few days left on them anyway, so stopped. Had no adverse effects and went to docs when I got home and they were happy with what I did and I told them about my legs etc.
I am currently on Cymbalta, ”Duloxetine”. Only a low dose but when I forget to take it I start to get brain zaps which are really annoying. I think I will try to come off these soon as I feel I no longer require them. I know you can open them up and split the dose further as they are made up off smaller little pills inside the capsule.
 

mani

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I don't tolerate SSRI's well but decided to come of Paroxetine (Paxil) which was an absoulate nightmare. It must of taken me two months odd and was told by a Doctor that they are the the hardest ones to to do this.

In place they gave me Mirtazapine but all they seem to do is make me hungry!

Does anyone have have any recommendations where there are should, I say least side side effects for anti-depressants? Or a magic pill to cure depression maybe!?!





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