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christi4n posted a topic in Antidepressants - If You're Crappy and You Know ItTook Paroxetine for 13 years from 2002-2015. Then I decided I want to feel real emotions again like a real human being and went off of it cold turkey on September 1st 2015. After three weeks of brain zaps I was finally free! Or so I thought... Felt good for two months before anxiety and desperate thoughts ruled my life. In February I realized I was in severe depression. Decided to return to Paroxetine not knowing about the initial side effects (had none in 2002). Had three days of pure horror and was truly determined to end my life for the first time ever. Immediately stopped and tried St. John's Wort instead. Had a good week but then I couldn't sleep and thus not function at work so I tried to do without any medication again. That didn't work out well so on March 17th I began taking Citalopram (Celexa). First four days 10mg, then 20mg. To calm me down in order to be able to sleep I also took 1mg of Fluanxol every day at 4pm. Endured seven weeks including a few suicidal days. But the Citalopram didn't do squat for me! Decided that I should give Paroxetine another try and stopped taking Citalopram+Fluanxol on May 3rd. Took nothing on May 4th and then immediately started with 20mg of Paroxetine on May 5th. In the past I had taken it in the evening but now I was afraid of insomnia and thus I currently take it in the morning at 6am. Side effects now have been anxiety, desperate thoughts and sweaty hands and feet. Only in the evening I always feel relaxed and normal. Read about Paxil not working well for many people the 2nd time around which scared me to death because it seems to be the only med that worked for me. Now today, it's day 17 back on Paroxetine, something happened: at 5pm I suddenly went into zombie mode for 3 hours. Zombie mode is the state I was in the 13 years of taking Paroxetine the first time. It's like there is a glass pane before my eyes shielding me. It's like there is a barrier in my head protecting me. It's like I'm not really here. But I can partake in anything without fear. I was happy that I finally got to be in this state again! There was no depression and no fear. I can't live unprotected like normal people. I tried and failed. I need my zombie mode back! Unfortunately after three hours it ended and anxiety returned. Hope this experience today means that Paroxetine already starts working again! My life may depend on it. I'll glady stay in zombie mode for the rest of my life if it means I don't have to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts anymore. Better undead than dead.
I'm having a hell of a hard time and experiencing rather weird symptoms. Whether they've anything to do with Mirtazapine (Remeron) is something that I strongly feel but can't quite convince any doctor of. I was put on 15 mg of it in spring 2015 for depression and a severe insomnia - I hadn't slept an hour like since 25 nights back then! The benefits showed immediately within a day and surprised myself and my family. I would sleep well and be in a very happy and cheerful mood. Then however, from summer 2016 I developed some strange food intolerances; caffeine, sugar, fruits containing high amounts of fructose, yoghurt, butter and so on. Eating anything of that would cause me jitteriness and insomnia. I steered clear of those foods. From autumn last year though, a lot of those food intolerances have relented and it changed into intolerance towards medicines and supplements that I was on; the thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vitamin E and could never again tolerate any new medicine or supplement. Symptoms resulting from these are, again, jitters, insomnia and a strange kind of feeling of being struck on the head, like I can't hear anything and the thinking becomes very unclear and blurred. Coupled with this is a weird sensation that if a medicine has any potential side-effect (even physical, such as urine retention), I get it at all costs. So I'm steering clear of the culprits here too. However, avoiding the culprits doesn't end my misery, it just helps in avoiding a whole new set of symptoms, because since autumn 2016 I'm under constant brainfog anyway, have heart palpitations immediately after every meal (but worst after breakfast), have concentration and focus issues, lead a life without any hobbies, wishes or desires. Nothing excites me, nothing interests me and nothing catches my attention. Leave tasks pending for months (the most unlike me habbit), have badly lost my sense of humour. My sense of humour was something that I literally used to pride on, and friends from around the world would call me to fresh up if they were having a dull day. My mind feels numb, although it isn´t as if it´s the sedating effect of the Mirtazapine because 90% percent of the nights I don´t sleep well, and on a lot of nights I feel as if I´m asleep with an awake mind! Amidst all this, although initially not effected for the first 17 months, but the libido is not non-existent. If I get them at all, my erections are very tiny and hardly last a minute. The GP who put me on it considered it to be just the effects of anxiety and depression and recommended the doubling of the dose to 30 mg. When I contested that, given that I´ve my doubts of a lot of these issues being brought upon by Mirtazapine itself, she referred me to a psychiatrist. He too strongly denies of Mirtazapine having any hand to play on it and instead thinks it´ll be best to combine it with another antidepressant for day-time. He put me on Paroxetine, boom, a flood of side-effects! Then changed to Fluoxetine (Prozac) - third day on it and having weird feelings. The heart poundings are one and is in fact making me very depressed and hopeless!
Hi, this is my first post so please be gentle. I'm wanting some feedback on medications really, have you guys had any success with the SSRI/SNRI medications for OCD racing thoughts, anxiety, agitation, etc? If so which meds? I've tried a whole bunch (Paroxetine/Paxil, Sertraline/Zoloft, Venlafaxine/Effexor, Citalopram/Celexa) with absolutely no benefits whatsoever. I've had bad side effects from some but without a doubt ALL of them made me more agitated, restless, anxious and so on. As much as I believe I have a good doctor I am running out of patience, all he wants to do is switch from one SSRI to another. I feel my main issue is anxiety not depression and I'm starting to feel the idea that anti-depressants can cure anxiety is a myth, UNLESS the anxiety is actually secondary to depression itself. Anyone care to argue differently?