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havana
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   Posted 7/10/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms from going off Mirapex (Pramipexole) and Lexapro. I've spent much of the past two days in bed, sleeping, and I'm feeling very foggy. I've already been taking Hydroxyzine for nausea, so that's a help. And I already didn't have much of an appetite. But I'm just feelin' kinda weak and puny. I figure that, if my body seems to want to sleep--and boy, does it ever want to sleep--I'm gonna let it. I'm thankful that I had an enjoyable evening last evening!
 
Has anybody else ever gone off Mirapex/Pramipexole or Lexapro? Did you have any withdrawal symptoms?
 
As always, thanks for any info you might be able to give me.
 
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg


havana
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   Posted 7/10/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Now I've got heart palpitations added to the other symptoms. Ugh. I'd hoped that, when I went off Effexor in November, I wouldn't have to go through withdrawal symptoms from anything ever again. No such luck, alas. Oh well, will try to hold tight and ride this nuisance out. If it gets worse, I suppose I can always call the pdoc on duty. I just HATE the idea of adding yet more medicine to the mix, especially when my pdoc is trying to get me off of two meds. Ain't meds fun?? <Grumble>

Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg


havana
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
What I read online talked about flu-like symptoms as being how the withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro might feel. I took my temperature last night, cos I was feeling really cold (unusual, given how hot it is here in Florida). My temperature was 95.5! Is that even POSSIBLE?? I mean, I'm still alive, and my temperature is that low.

Anyway, I'm still feeling really weak and exhausted, and I'm still taking Hydroxyzine as soon as I get up, to keep nausea at bay. I'm eating very little, other than a bit of cereal for breakfast, and canned soup for dinner. Lunch is usually slept through. I may go out today, despite feeling really nervous, and buy some frozen dinners or something. I just don't feel like cooking.

According to what I've read online at reputable sources, there don't seem to be any withdrawal symptoms for Mirapex/Pramipexole. It's just Lexapro that has the withdrawal symptoms. I am feeling truly lousy and sorry for myself. Sorry for whining.

Whinily yerz,
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg


mogli
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   Posted 7/12/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. One of the best things you can do for yourself during this time is drink plenty of water.

I just went off Mirpaex and didn't have any withdrawls. I also am missing 100mg/day of my Lamictal b/c an error occured with my drug plan and so I can't get my meds for 5 to 10 days until they have it fixed. Oh I can't even talk about it, it still upsets me so much....

Anyway, try to take it easy, get rest, drink water and I hope you are feeling better soon. I know you've had such frustration with all of this.

Hugs,

Mogs.


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 12 mg/day, Mirapex 1.5mg/day, Lamictal 400mg/day


havana
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   Posted 7/12/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your kind note, Mogs! I admit that I haven't been drinking plenty of water, but I really should, shouldn't I, to keep flushing this crud out of my system? "This crud" being the Lexapro. I was so sure, when I went through drug withdrawal getting Effexor out of my system, that I wouldn't have to go through anything like this again. Well, I was wrong.

As far as I can tell, I'm not getting any withdrawal symptoms from the Mirapex. As a matter of fact, I'm now done with getting off the Mirapex. I have about two more weeks of getting off the Lexapro left; my pdoc is doing this slowly, which is probably a blessing. Of course, it prolongs the agony. But then again, if he were taking me off Lexapro all at once, THINK how bad it would be!

Is there anything you can do so that you can get your meds sooner? Can your pdoc give you samples? It's really dangerous to your health to be off your meds for so long.

Take care of yourself, and thanks again for your kind words.

Warmly and with hugs,
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg


nuts?
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   Posted 7/31/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I know exactly how you feel! I'm currently coming off Lexapro and have been feeling in a complete fog...also had a few panic attacks as well (just upped my Xanax a bit) I'm currently down to 50 mg a day (lexapro) from 70. Tomorrow I start at 40-45 mg day. it seems to be the only way to do it....really slowly with frequent resting periods at a certain dosage that doesn't feel to bad, then let your body get used to that.

Coming off Efexor was one of THE most horrible experiences of my life! The raw feeling as if everything was so much more 'real' that I had to get used to. The anxiety and panic., The dizziness. Unfortunately Once i got off the efexor, that's when I went on the lexapro (maybe 6 years ago now?) As I've recently been diagosed with bipolar II but am rapid cycling I have to come off the lexapro........Very crapty experience!

Have you tried Lithium?

I was recently prescribed Lithium and started taking it 5 days ago.

Did it help you?

Bad side effects?

Hope you're feeling better soon!

G20man
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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nuts :-)  , You were taking 70mgs of Lexapro???!!! I thought the max dose for Lexapro was 20mg. I've heard of people using up to 60 to 80mgs of Celexa, but never Lexapro.
And as far as comparing Lexapro withdrawl with Effexor, Lexapro works pretty much the same as Effexor, hence the same withdrawls. They are both potent SSRIs, with Effexor having some norepinephrine uptake inhibition. But it's the serotonin action of both drugs that causes the bad withdrawl problems.
 
I wish you both well in your quest to get off these meds, I know it's not easy.
 
God bless.
      
                                 G20man

havana
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   Posted 8/1/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you to both of you for your kind thoughts.

I was tried on lithium many years ago. It unfortunately did nothing for me other than dry me out completely (could barely swallow or talk), leave a metallic taste in my mouth, and give me acne.

I figure I've been on just about everything, but I get bad side effects from it all. Sheeeesh.

Right now, I'm just hoping for this stuff to drain out of my system soon. Between being taken off Lexapro (about as hellacious as going off Effexor, which I went off in November, because it'd stopped working), being put on Depakote (which gave me gastrointestinal distress), being put back on Lexapro, and being taken off Topamax cold turkey by my pdoc, I don't know which end is up.

All I'm on right now is Lexapro and clonazepam, plus hydroxyzine for nausea.

Makes one never want to take meds again.

Warmly,
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg
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