I have been on anti depressants for 5 years

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I started on on citrolpram that made things worse i attempted suicide about 4 times over doses, i was put on paroxetine and had been on them up until a few days ago been taking them for 5 years now been put on  mirtazapine one per night as i  tried to end my life again i have not been sleeping at all get serious night mares. Now i have dizzy head when standing is it normal for the doctor to change you from one to another drug without taking you of one by decrease of the doze.

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    Ross I am so sorry you are feeling so poorly.  I think you will find that many people here have been on two anti depressants at the same time.  I think it is normal to do what your doctor has done.  He wants continuity of medication.  What did the doctor say?  Has he given advice on what to do?
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      Hello Anne

      I felt so low last thursday and attempted my own life was in hospital and saw doctors im awaiting  appointment to see a phsycatric for help then saw my own doctor who changed the medication to mirtz i know its only been 3 days but when you feel dizzy its awful as you can imagine.

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      Hello Ross.  I have myself taken an overdose and been in a psychiatric hospital.  That low feeling is so awful, and I know exactly how you are feeling.  I have been there many times.  I have seen numerous psychiatrists and counsellors and been on a lot of different medications for many years. 

      Yes I know that dizzy feeling.  It should pass once your body gets used to the new medication.  I do hope you get the help you need soon.  I will be thinking about you. 

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      Hello Anne  

      i had to go to hospital this morning i had bad palpatations  severe dizzy head. I had a ecg done and blood tests. It turns out im suffering withdrawal from the seroxat, my doctor has done a very stupid thing as i have been told he should have lowered my doze slowly. He has caused me to feel ill i have been given more seroxat from the hospital and also have to keep taking the miz drug also until it kicks in for the time being i have to suffer the dizzy ness due to my doctors mistake. I have made an appointment to see him wed he better count his blessings i dont make a complaint. I feel i should tell anyone dont ever come straight of a drug as you will suffer what i have.

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      Ross I am so sorry.  yes you must always withdraw slowly from anti depressants.  I was on Seroxat once but had to stop it abruptly because it gave me bad side effects, my arm would not stop jerking.  I was on holiday at the time and had to see a dcotor there.  I was given an injection to stop the jerks and told to stop Seroxat at once.

      It took me 10 months to withdraw from Effexor so I did not get any withdrawals.  I did it once cold turkey and the withdrawals really are severe with that anti depressant. 

      Some doctors really are not helpful are they?  I think all of us here are very aware not to stop an anti depressant abruptly, but sometimes, because of side effects, we have no choice.  I had to stop Prozac immediately too as it gave me such awful side effects.

      Let us hope you will be OK now Ross

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