How Long Does The Withdrawal Last?

Gallco Says:

I was on lexapro for nine months. I put on ten kilos and so I changed to pristiq six weeks ago. I felt awful the whole time and so have decided to go off all medication. I have gone cold turkey three days ago. I'm constantly dizzy, it feels like my brain is a second behind real time. I have terrible diarrhea and my whole body hurts. Strangely enough I am a great deal happier in my mood. A little anxiety but so far no depression or rage.
Should I expect worse? How long will it all last?

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Verwon Says:

After being on them for almost a year, it may take several weeks for the effects to all taper off, because your body has to readjust your brain chemicals on its own.

Learn more Pristiq details here.

If you quit just 3 days ago, it may get a little worse and you could still experience some rebound effects, so you should be careful.

How are things now?

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Heidi Says:

I quit taking 200mg Topamax once a day, 50mg Lyrica twice a day and 40 mg Viibryd once a day 5 days ago. (I also quit 40 mg simvastatin and OTC Zyrtec) I quit cold turkey. For the 1st three days it was because I didn't have access to my meds. I am back home now and could start taking them again but I hoped that maybe the worst is behind me as far as withdrawal symptoms. I have migraine headaches (have had them daily for 30+ years) and I don't think all these are drugs are doing anything for me. They certainly haven't helped my headaches. I have no doubt I am also depressed. But now I am miserable. I have diarrhea/vomiting and can't even keep water down. I cycle between being too hot or too cold. I am itchy all over. I can't truly get any sleep. The first couple of days I couldn't stop crying. I know the crying is from not taking the Viibryd. I missed a single dose of it once and cried over everything. But I don't know if I should hang in there and try and tough it out. Did I give up too many things at once? I'm afraid if I start again I will be stuck on it forever because I won't want to do this again. I also had the brain zap that someone mentioned last night. I was asleep and thought I was having a seizure. I am really scared. I don't want to be taking all these drugs but can I take something OTC for nausea and vomiting? Please help me. I am 54 and female.

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