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Nov 24, 2015 · Weaning off of Pristiq in Depression & Anxiety

Hey Becka, sorry to hear about the sudden shift in treatment and this fast down-taper. It is not pleasant.

If the goal is to remain on pharmaceuticals for support then it would be ideal to find another doctor or clinic in the short term who could offer sufficient samples so that you can cross taper. I don’t have any experience with this but the sooner you can reinstate possibly the better.

I was on Pristiq between 50-100mg for less than a year and I did a 1dayon1day off and so on taper that was also not very comfortable.

The brain zaps and the other symptoms are truly disruptive and I can only encourage you to use your therapeutic tools in the meantime while balancing gentle exercise and rest. The body is in survival mode during this rapid down taper. But it is temporary. My zaps were permanently gone within the year after I tapered and I no longer have any symptoms.

Looking forward to hearing of your progress. Keep us updated.

Sep 22, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

Also shttp://survivingantidepressants.org/ is another community with a very active forum.

Jul 30, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for sharing your post. Most/all of my comments are from 2013 but there are pre2013 contributions here.

Hang in there as the withdrawal eventually gets easier (read my comments below). If you Google ‘surviving antidepressants’ you will find a good forum that helps with managing AD WDs.

Wishing you the best.

Jul 26, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

Since my last update have been sleeping well. Only emotional flatlines remain. Last evening a moment of panic symptoms beginning with a sensation of clogged sinuses. Today feeling like my stomach is bloated and in my chest, feeling slight wooshing sensations but my mood is flat. Still waiting for those emotional good feelings.

Jul 17, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

I am 8 weeks off, and the withdrawal symptoms ended up being protracted. One set of symptoms would appear and subside, then nothing, then a new set began. Patience, care and persistence is key (diet, support and exercise, too, of course).

Jul 17, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

This is true. The prescription of AD’s by family doctors should be revisited, and special certification should be required in order to prescribe these. Had I known what I was getting into I never would have filled the prescription to begin with. What a terrible interruption this was to my life.

Jul 17, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

Another update. Last week I was beginning to experience anxiety, and then those signs of insomnia picked up. Waking up every 2-3 hours, or not feeling as though I had a good nights rest. Waking up with anxiety, carrying it throughout the day. As the week went on I was having less anxiety in the morning, but it migrated to a feeling of doom, and then wonderful feelings of well-being in the evening. These new feelings of well-being are new, and something I havent felt in several years. The sensation started in my gut, a warm tingly wonderful feeling. I assume serotonin receptors rebuilding there. The general anxiety and doom have left, for now, but today with the intense heat I noticed some fatigue setting in. Have adjusted my workout routine away from heavy lifting to walking only for now. What a ride. The brain zaps and fog have left, and they never seem to occur at the same time as anxiety and doom are present, and so I hope this means I’m just working my way through the various stages of withdrawal.

Jul 1, 2013 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

Another quick update. Symptoms are less frequent physical fatigue – maybe feeling a lack of energy once or twice in a 2 week period. The brain zaps and grogginess/brain fog happen at the end of a rough week over the weekend or appear during the middle of a cognitively demanding day (multi-tasking and operating across various levels of thinking. It usually clears with a 10 minute nap or overnight. The brain tingles are intermittent but ill take these over the zombie state I was in for 8 months.

My gym routine has been interrupted for a few weeks and so I don’t know how I am doing here.

When I hit these symptoms I need to remind myself to back off, dial down the intensity and let myself rest. It’s just withdrawal and it will go away.