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Re: SSRI insomnia, restlessness, poor concentratio crittercuddler

Posted by azalea on December 13, 2008, at 21:51:00

In reply to SSRI insomnia, restlessness, poor concentration, posted by crittercuddler on December 13, 2008, at 6:39:29

Are you currently taking any medications, prescription or over-the-counter?

Have you tried inositol supplements?

> Hello all, I am a new member. I have been reading posts for hours so I hope this comes out coherently.
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> I have severe OCD and major depression, suicidal in nature. I have been unable to obtain relief in the last several years due to the following:
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> 1. I USED to take Celexa, 60mg for the OCD and depression. I took it from Fall of 2001 until December of 2005 at which point I stopped it after completing a taper. I stopped it with the intention of getting on another anti-depressant because I felt the Celexa had lost its effectiveness. (I have since wondered if perhaps the fact that it went generic around the time I first noticed it was losing its effictiveness might have had something to do with it, but it is a moot point now.) When I was on it and it was "working" it only worked partially. It took the edge of my obsessions and slightly helped my depression. I was by no means cured, but it did help me function at a much higher level than I am able to without any medication.
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> 2. Ok, SINCE getting off the Celexa I have not been able to tolerate any other SSRI for more than a couple of days and rarely, for a few weeks, before I had to stop because of the following side effects:
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> a. awful insomnia, helped only by Seroquel ***
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> b. severe restless feeling, but I don't feel
> well enough to do anything about it so I it is very uncomfortable
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> c. obliterates my ability to concentrate or keep my train of thought (it feels like rocket science to straighten out my purse)
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> d. short term memory difficulties
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> e. myoclonic jerking when trying to sleep. (this is new and started since I have gotten off of Klonopin) The jerks whenever I try to relax or go to sleep. I will get a jerk everytime I start to drift off. This complicates the insomnia, making any chance I had of getting to sleep go away.
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> *** I tried 5mg of Prozac and it made me tired. Isn't that odd as it is supposed to be stimulating, right? I discontinued the 5mg because I was getting the other side effects that I mentioned.
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> I have tried tiny doses of the SSRIs and I get the same awful side effects, even at 5mg of Zoloft, 5mg of Paxil, 2.5mg of Celexa... It is insane.
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> The fact that I can no longer tolerate an SSRI is very strange considering the fact that I took one for several years. Yes? As soon as I finished my Celexa taper I tried a new one and I couldn't handle it. Since then I have been banging my head up against the wall trying them to get on any one of them over and over and over again. What on earth happened?
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> I desperately need to get stabilized on a medicine, but I have been trying unsuccessfully for 3 miserable years now to do so because of what I mentioned above. I am not able to work or go to school and my functioning has been all but reduced to zero. I am persistently suicidal and living in utter misery. My OCD is out of control. And on top of all that I am still suffering from benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.
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> I am hoping that someone on this forum has had a similar experience and might be able to offer some advice on what medicines I might consider other than the SSRIs as they seem to not be an option for me. Please keep in mind my diagnoses of OCD and major depression.
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