New Member That Needs Help
Posted 04 October 2021 - 05:01 PM
Posted 04 October 2021 - 06:48 PM
That is quite an ordeal you have been through and the first thing is that no-one can say that one drug is less prone to causing tinnitus than another. No-one can know. There are serotonin receptors in the inner ear so it is likely that this can happen with SSRI and SNRI's. But how each affect a person is purely subjective. Nobody - regardless of qualifications and experience can say for sure whether one would be better than another for you in not causing tinnitus. You may as well flip a coin.
Coming off the pills may or may not fix this issue. I would like to say that it would, but it can take considerable time for the brain to return to its original status quo - pre antidepressant.
If you had breathing difficulty when coming off the Cymbalta a while ago, it may or may not appear again.Due to plasticity of the brain, your neurochemistry will have changed since your last Cymbalta taper, so you may find that this is not the case this time round.
Therefore, I would suggest that you try your withdrawal again to see if the breathing difficulties return. It is far better to only leave one drug in the mix than keep throwing more and more into the equation, especially given your drug history. It is NOT good practise to keep chopping and changing as your doctors have done as you will end up with something known as kindling, which will only make matters worse and give you less of a potential for the drugs to do what you are taking them for.
If you find the breathing difficulties return despite the bead counting - which was right by the sounds - then Prozac would be a good route to go as it has a long half life and far less complications when withdrawing occurs. Yes - it is again subjective, but it was the first SSRI on the market and thus, didn't have all the molecular changes that have developed since - the problem there being that the big pharma's don't REALLY know what they are doing - they have just trialled these things to see what they doing. We are all just guinea pigs.
Fishing Hat will respond tomorrow and may have other insights, but I hope this gets you started. Please feel free to ask any further questions. It might be that you need to look at complimentary meds (amino acids etc) to help with the withdrawal...
Posted 05 October 2021 - 07:22 AM
I am in full agreement with IUN. Keep your approach simple. One med and very very slow.
Just some notes aboutr things I have observed with members. Tinnitus is one of the last withdrawal symptoms to resolve after the last dose. Typically 6 months or so BUT some members have taken as long as 2 to 5 years!! The key here is to withdraw slow enough to minimize the tinnitus. Dropping one bead every day is usually way too fast for many members. I would say that first of all stay at your current dose until stable, that could take as long as a couple of months. Then slowly bead count from there. Some members go as slow as 1 bead every week. Your nervous system is very stressed right now so take some time to give it a chance to recover some.
Years of being on this site has left me the opinion that changing from one antidepressant to another to help withdrawal symptoms is like Russian roulette. Some times you are lucky and some times it is a disaster.Just my opinion.
Hang in there it will get better.
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