antidepressant withdrawls

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Been on antidepressants for 16 years I've just come of them 3 weeks ago. Feel so sick,how long will I be like this?

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    Discontinuation symptoms can look like depression.  I hope you didn't come off cold turkey.  Your doctor should slowly taper you off these pills and may be able to alleviate unbearable symptoms by temporarily returning you to the previously prescribed dose, slowing the tapering process.
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      Hi no I came of them over a few months.but stopped completely just over 3 weeks ago.im literally going through hell depression anxiety bad bad nausea very lethargic not sleeping properly.just a constant feeling of dread and feel sick
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    Which med were you on? I was on Celexa for a short time, but had the WORST discontinuation symptoms. These have lasted on, but gotten more mild over 6 weeks. I was told any SSRI can cause this, especially if you didn't taper off, and quit cold turkey.
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    It will take a while for you to get off 16 years of drugs out of your system so be patient and healthy and all will be well.

    rich

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      Do you have a counselor you can talk too. Its withdrawls but also realize your body has to reset itself and function with out whatever the meds altered in you.i would think a couple of months at the least. Its more then the meds leaving your system its a readjustmet as well.Im surprised no one explained anything to you. These docs are so quick to throw pills at people and yet when you have to switch or go off no one explains anything. So wrong.
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      Christina, I have just come across your post.  Do not go back on A/D if you can go through the symptoms.  It will be hard, you will not sleep well, you will have cold and hot flushes, you will have palpitations, but it is not life threatening and you WILL get better.  It will all stop.  Remember, it is only momentarily, you are not in danger, it is normal to come off the A/D in that way.  You will be free, just hold on there!
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