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Posted 15 October 2018 - 08:19 AM

OK - so quick update.

 

On Friday evening I had a 15mg dose of Citalopram (as had 20mg in the morning) and no Dulox in the evening. Then Saturday morning started 10mg Dulox and the 30mg Citalopram in the evening. Overall, I am very glad to report a comfortable weekend. I am seeing anxiety setting in around early evening though. 

 

At the moment, it just seems that my baseline for tolerance has been lowered quite a lot. That it doesn't take much at all to set me off for either depression or anxiety, so my nerves are on full alert. Guess I am still waiting for the Citalopram to take hold, and obviously fighting the withdrawal.

 

Wife was also VERY bad yesterday. Trying to maintain a better mood while playing therapist is not easy.

 

Very glad I decided to stay on 10mg for a while. I am feeling very fragile. 


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 01:10 PM

I was fragile for quite a while.  Not like I couldn't function but small things set me off.  I tried to go on a diet a few times and my body was having none of it.  Thankfully my body is tolerating a calorie deficit now.  It's just time and patience.  I also found that if I caught a bug or virus my anxiety would rear its ugly head.  Things are better now that the Lexapro is in full effect.

 

Hang in there.


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 03:57 PM

Thanks Juli...

 

It is just that - the little things. I had a day off yesterday and was quite welcomed. But I had to nip out around 7pm - only for about 20 minutes and I thought "hey, I haven't been out today, hope I don't get anxious". And there you have it. That was all it needed!! Fortunately, it dissipated over the following hour and wasn't anything that was going to stop me doing things as you saw. So glad that Lexapro worked for you - and I am considering a switch as I have heard so much about it.

 

Had you tried many others before? And were you using the Lex as a prop to then come off meds altogether, or was it a switch?

 

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 04:45 PM

Hi used Lexapro to cross-taper off of Cymbalta.  It worked quite well.  I have also been on Citalopram and Prozac in the past and they worked well but I think Lexapro has been the best.


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 04:56 PM

Hi IUN,

I get you Scrat as you describe the way anxiety started. You know what you're talking about.

Same happened to me this morning, all was ok, and I had prepared my laundry bag for it to be done today. I was in pain and the hamster started running in my head with hundreds of thoughts. Keep in mind that I have to go down to floor zero and I'm on the fourth floor.

That was the biggest attack in a long time. Couldn't answer the phone, could not settle my mind, Ativan was like a sugar pill. 45 minutes like this to calm down. I was so tired from it, I went to bed. I love hand washing, so that's what I did. Going crazy over something like this...GAD, a pest. I'm thinking here that citalopram is beginning to kick in. Supper!

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 06:22 PM

Good to see another "up-vote" for Escitalopram/Lexapro. Thanks Juli.
 
...and my dear Gail.
 
It does really tucker you out doesn't it! Feel like you have run a marathon... There have been times when the doorbell has been disconnected as one buzz of that and it is game over. You have my every sympathy and here's hoping to a better tomorrow for you. 

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Posted Yesterday, 07:25 AM

Quick update - now on day 5 of drop to 10mg of Dulox.

 

Surprisingly, the last four days have not been too bad. I have had a few nasty moments of anxiety, and as my confidence is severely shaken from weeks of withdrawal, I anticipate something bad happening at the slightest thing.... and it arrived.

 

The building joining the apartment block where I live is being renovated and they have started work this week. They are smashing down walls, using buzz-saws, throwing debris out the windows into the street. The noise is getting unbearable. Wakes me in the morning, my concentration is all but gone. I am walking around wearing ear plugs.

 

Held it together for Monday and Tuesday, but today is proving a lot more difficult. 


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Posted Yesterday, 08:39 AM

When I have to deal with noise issues (which really bother me0 I use a Bose noise cancelling headset. They are amazing. They reduce noise by around 85 to 90%. I would highly recommend them.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:00 AM

Small world - I used to work for Bose! I agree, they are very good.

 

I have had music on to help. The issue is the sub-bass noise, which unfortunately, not even the very best noise cancelling apparel can ease as it is heard through the vibrations within the body and not just the ears. Fortunately, I am off to work soon - albeit in a very anxious state, but hopefully, this will help. It just worries me how long this will keep going. It is a big building and in need of a lot of work. I just hope they work fast.... currently playing havoc with my wife's OCD... bless her.





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