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Permanent side effects from antidepressants

Posted by Ledgekay on December 4, 2007, at 14:24:03

Hi. I was just wondering if anyone has had tremor and agitation as a side effect of an antidepressant, that never stopped, even after the medication was stopped. I was prescribed Lexapro in 2002 -- a dosage that was much too high for me. Even though I had done well with antidepressants for 10 years -- my doctor decided to swith my medication to see if there would be fewer sexual side effects. This time I acquired Serotonin Syndrome. Yet, the doctor did not recognize it -- even though I had severe tremors, agitation, sleeplessness, pacing, and more. He continued me on the dosage, raising it and adding more serotonergic drugs for 3 1/2 months. Now I am left with permanent agitation and tremor. A different doctor finally found Neurontin to help, but after more experimenting (because I thought I could go off of the Neurontin and return to normal), I now can't go back to the old things that helped with the same result. My body has obviously been permanently altered! I am very discouraged and can't seem to attract any attention from any university, neurologist (I have seen 3 that say in their basic assessment, that my problem is not neurological), or research center. All of them say that the side effects should end when the medicine is stopped and my case is rare. (They tend to seem not to believe me.) I could say more, but will leave it for now. I have an excellent doctor who is trying desperately to find something that will work to give me a chance to live an enjoyable life again, but there is so much that is not known and he says he can find nothing in the research. If anyone else has had permanent side-effects from antidepressants -- especially tremor and agitation, please let me know. The more we group together, the better chance we have to attract attention and get help and maybe more research!! Thank you for any responses you have.




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